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Friday, March 24, 2006
One of the works mentioned in Calum Storrie's The Delirious Museum is Chris Burden's 'Samson', 'A museum installation consisting of a 100-ton jack connected to a gear box and a turnstile. The 100-ton jack pushes two large timbers against the bearing walls of the museum. Each visitor to the museum must pass through the turnstile in order to see the exhibition. Each input on the turnstile ever so slightly expands the jack, and ultimately if enough people visit the exhibition, SAMSON could theoretically destroy the building'.

Storrie advocates merging the museum with the city, a continuous space of memory and marvel that has no boundaries. Peter Campbell's In Paris, at the London Review of Books, explores the city's role as a repository, a museum of sorts that's constantly being refreshed, creating a 'contrast between the vivacity of the street and the quiet of the museum'. Any building can be a museum, although the architecture of museology is becoming more and more specific about function, role and status; a modern museum should conform to certain preconceived ideas, according to committees of artists, benefactors, town planners and architects.

Another Maisel project, Library of Dust: 'The canisters hold the cremated remains of mental patients who died at the hospital from 1883 (the year the hospital was opened, when it was known as the Oregon State Insane Asylum) to the 1970's'. The OSIA found infamy as the last resting place of the Holy Rollers, the 'Oregon Love Cult' initiated by one Franz Edmund Creffield / another cult, that of the Yakuza. This piece explains their car culture - and why ordinary Japanese get out of the way when they see a white S-Class Mercedes in the rear-view mirror.

A neat, but slightly less threatening installation: Moonraker / photos by Mitch Epstein / nuclear time capsules discovered on Brooklyn Bridge / 'Riot by migrant workers halts construction of Dubai skyscraper': the monstrous Burj Dubai is turning into a bit of a PR nightmare (something it shares with another mega-construction, for the UK anyway, Wembley stadium). As buildings get bigger, so do the projects. The widely-reported 900 faults in the Scottish Parliament are pretty much par for the course when snagging a building of that size.

Cryptozoologists rejoice! ABCs are real. Apparently there's one near my parents' house in Wiltshire - ghostly giant eyes seen reflected in car headlights at dusk. Some more on the Lynx of Great Witchingham / Lux Lotus, a weblog / two excursions into a recent but distant past: Ansel Adams' Lost Los Angeles Found (see also on Flickr, found via me-fi). Car of the Century, the official Harley Earl website, which has a lot of jolly consumerist propoganda about the great man's ability to get to win the hearts and minds of the American consumer. Try this: Buick had the first SUV, ever.

'Staircases in Hitchcock's films almost always lead to trouble' begins Alan Vanneman's essay 'A Hank of Hair and a Piece of Bone', on the link between the step and the swirling vortex (via Theresa Duncan's The Wit of the Staircase) / Alex's Lego Technic workshop, via jalopnik. From here it's a short hop into Lego obsessiveness. Keppler Industries, for example, who have created their very own Lego universe / our ultra-lame brush with the law is up for your reading delight, care of the good people at tmn.

BLDG BLOG goes under Manhattan / Tactical geoannexations, shifting boundaries thanks to the ever-changing course of the Mississippi / just like Domus magazine's recent exploration of the editorial potential of Google Earth, pointing it now offers the Icon architectural trail, which highlights all that's new in the Tokyo districts of Aoyama and Harayuku, as seen in the latest issue of icon magazine / a 1954 Building Manual, in German and Polish, at Enerdowski, a Westerner-in-Japan weblog which occasionally has nsfw-ish content. See also Peter Payne, who can rarely contain his delight at yet another obscurely branded piece of chocolate/plush toy/soft pornography.

Just discovered, 1160 found dots.