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Tuesday, September 19, 2006


The classic Grace Jones Citroen commercial, directed by Jean-Paul Goude and featuring a giant Jones spitting out a CX. The car maker once prided itself on its artistic collaborations, including Robert Doisneau, Henri Cartier-Bresson, William Klein and Marc Riboud. This early DS film is wonderful as well. Citroen's road cars were once nigh-on indistinguishable from its concepts, a hard-won commitment to avant-garde design that they then spent the best part of the 90s trying to destroy. Happily there's a sign that things have changed; the new C-Metisse is a welcome return to form: elegant, unusual and quite unlike anything else.

A bit more Grace Kelly at the unashamedly camp Lady Bunny. Staying with camp, and moving on to the man who used Jones as a muse, the story of Kellie Everts, 'progenitor of female body building,' a sport that Jean-Paul Goude was rather fond of. Over to Everts, 'The day PLAYBOY did [the story] "Humping Iron" was the beginning of female body building as we know it today.' A lot of that paragraph is, as you might expect, nsfw.

How to flood Europe (via ask me-fi) / the story of Scratch Acid, Austin's finest and recently reunited band / Alt Photos / a The Human-powered Submarine, via Collision Detection / how to get a tank out of a lake / de-dust, installing virtual crates in the real world (wonderland). / Varese & Le Corbusier's Poeme electroni. See also Corb's Venice Hospital project, rendered and animated for your viewing pleasure / Traveler's Diagram's Delicious.

On Plagiarism and Similarities: Conscientious asks 'when do similarities between photographs end, and when does plagiarism begin?' Another article linked here: turns out that the visual lure of the new China is creating problems for Western photographers who find the aesthetic too tempting. Peter Bialobrzeski claims he was there first, and that others are doing little more than copying his signature, long exposure style.