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Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Bad Mags (via Ashley B). Why is the web such a fine repository for trash culture? Perhaps scanning and uploading and thing somehow flushes out the essential seediness, leaving behind a pixel-thin veneer of irony. It suits the low-attention span era to strip (bad choice of word, perhaps) the cultural back story out of images and objects, flattening their meaning to an instant flash of recognition and/or delight. The things we talk about at things are increasingly not objects in the traditional sense, but the traces left behind by the objects we remember, traces people have taken time and effort to recover and re-present. Or, more likely, they are a new breed of objects. Devices for collating and controlling an ever-increasing volume of music and images, or places that exist only in silicon, or cabinets of curiosity that have no physical form, no sense of wholeness, collections that take up no space.

Elsewhere. If you still have the capability to watch an hour or so of silent black and white movie, take the time to download the Expressionist classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Internet Archive (via we make money not art, via Bibi's Box) / the Hearwear exhibition is currently showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum (also via we make money). The official site is here. The exhibition is curated by a friend of things, and is well worth a visit.

The oops list, aviation blunders (via adventure lounge). The back story for this bad eject situation can be found here. The pilot, Keith Gallagher, flew again six months to the day / sorry about the jarring link switching. Kate Marshall paints burlesque wrestlers (via hyperreal and supercool) / 2lmc spool, London-centric design and culture weblog.

Wiederaufbau: Nachkriegsmoderne in Berlin is an elegantly-presented selection of Berlin's best twentieth century architecture / Modern San Diego / Shop Dropping is something I think we've mentioned before. Essentially reverse shoplifting - i.e. you surreptitiously stock the shelves - it seems like a fine, if rather unprofitable, way of distributing music, publications and more / Mocking Music delights anorak wearers everywhere by posting the complete NME C86 tape / The Food Section looks tasty.