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Monday, December 12, 2005
King Tat, an exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, features an installation by Shaun Doyle and Mally Mallinson of 'the tomb of a modern recluse a man they call King Tat'. Doyle and Mallinson have a subversive take on the built environment, using altered familiar and homely structures to portray a more accurate world. 'Wendy Squat 2' is a boarded up child's playhouse, while 'Skippy' turns the classic Cosy Coupe into a festering rubbish dump. 'King Tat' taps into the British obsession with dirt and disorder behind closed doors, best exemplified in popular culture by the 'Life of Grime' series of TV shows, later extrapolated into 'How clean is your house?', essentially an excuse to probe into the lives of the mentally ill and socially withdrawn, further humiliating them in the process.

From house to (future) mobile home: a gallery of General Motors' PAD, an 'advanced mobile home', which has echoes of the ARK, from a little-remember 70s TV show (did this ever make it to the UK?), or even the immense Antartic Snow Cruiser of 1939 (gallery). GM envisage their current concept as 'an urban loft with mobility, a concept for living in the ever-changing cultural landscape of Southern California'. It reminded us of the mobile home-based culture described in 2000AD, the 'mo-pads' that would plough the highways of Mega City 1 in the late 21st century (timeline). 2000AD is fast turning into one of the most prophetic cultural documents of the late C20. Some more vintage motorhomes.

Other things. Mp3 blogs have been our discovery of 2005 (we're usually late to the party). View every song posted by Said the Gramphone in the past two years. Another: woodentop/ Related, what happens to my mp3s when I die? / the cover art tagging project / artworks by AntiGirl / Polish Posters of American movies / Glamorgirl Photography, cheesecake from 1959 / compare and contrast with the modern work of Patrick Demarchelier.

Eugenio Recuenco takes elaborately staged fashion and advertising photographs, like this shipwreck vignette, or this extraordinary series of images featuring Kimora Lee Simmons. Contemporary visual culture is just one long quote and clip session / Vlaemsch market a flat-pack moose / it's all in the eyes: The All Girls School, a photographic series by Mara Bodis-Wollner at tmn.

Distellamap, 'Seeing the operation of code in Atari 2600 games' / flickr images tagged with Buncefield: instant visuals on yesterday's exploding oil depot / Les voitures des Presidents de la Republique / Autocar's weblog / the weblog of Atomic Books, who promise 'literary finds for mutated minds' / artistic photography at Our Eyes, which frequently means nsfw-nudity / a history of Corvette prototypes / is it another christmas miracle? (thanks dave).