Fifteen images of not so secret secret service buildings
, a light-hearted round-up of the architecture of information. Related, "Everyone is becoming like a Stasi agent"
on information technology and privacy: '.... anything out of the norm is ripe for being filmed, photo'd and commented upon. Each little cluster of social activity surrounding a slightly unusual event is somewhat akin to far too many people dialling 999 around the scene of an accident.'
This segues nicely into the introduction to Douglas Rushkoff's
new book Life Inc.
('How the World Became A Corporation and How To Take It Back'). 'It's as if the world itself were tilted, pushing us toward self-interested, short-term decisions, made more in the manner of corporate share-holders than members of a society.' There's a link between this slow infusion of corporatism into every day life and way of thinking and the 'clusters of social activity' described above. One facilitates the other, providing the technological backbone that enables social technology, as well as the structures that shape our response to this information. On a global scale, the patterns that emerge through Zeitgeist or even the email logs of a multi-national corporation
illustrate how easily the global unconscious is expressed through information. As a result, it's increasingly easy to audit cultural responses.
Also related (and much linked, for good reason), Adam Curtis's
new BBC-hosted weblog, The Medium and the Message
. The filmmaker has created some of the most powerful documentaries of recent years, with a breathtaking visual style that takes what at base level appears to be MTV-like cuts and reappropriations and flows them seamlessly into narrative and music so that pictures act as a narrative all of their own. It's very powerful stuff, and undeniably manipulative for it (although probably self-consciously so). You can see almost his entire back catalogue at Archive.org
(scroll down for links). *
Random link round up. Mags McGinnis
, formerly of Laika
, makes candles, practices law and plays guitar in Wire
/ Being Tyler Brule
, the man made weblog / M.Inc
, a design weblog / Sam Haskins' photoblog
(some nudity) / Don't be a coconut
, a music weblog / Ryan's Neat Stuff Blog
, mostly old comics and things / the Victorinox edition Airstream
) / seier + seier + seier's
flickr stream is notable not just for the beautiful architectural imagery, but for the extended and highly informative captions.
Owen Luder is now getting his Rubble Club
deluxe membership fleshed out: Southgate Shopping Centre
, Bath and the Tricorn Centre
in Portsmouth / designing the friendly skies
, an old aviation nostalgia-fest / the best 'boring postcard
' ever? / Le Corbusier - Chapelle Ronchamp
, Notre-Dame du Haut 1950-1955 / thank goodness for people with large, well-organised flickr streams, like Steve Cadman
and Sandro Maggi
.If Famous Architecture Were Priced Like Paintings, a Le Corbusier Would Cost the Same as the Entire American GDP
/ go on, Fix Outlook
/ Heavy Metal
of a different kind, photographer Anthony Oliver on tractor badges in Eye
/ more on Polaroid and a possible antecedent to the classic SX-70
camera uncovered by Mrs Deane
Disappointingly small gallery of historic roller coasters
, where there are better links) / Coast Modern
is a new documentary about the modern house on America's West Coast. Should be interesting to see moving images of dwellings that have long been canonised through epic photography (Shulman
'Ghost village to be demolished
', the story of Pollphail at Portavadie. Check the photography
of this never-inhabited village, taken by Philippa Elliot
. There's more about Pollphail
at Secret Scotland
/ hive mind ADD. On 25 June
4 of the 10 top search terms were directly Michael Jackson related. By 27 June
, Jackson had dropped to only two mentions in the top 50, the first at number 25.
We're looking forward to the BLDGBLOG book
/ Werner Aisslinger's Loftcube
, a media celebrity project from a few years back, gets several more minutes of fame at PhotoshopDisasters
/ it's a shame that bad British Architecture
isn't reeling off the vitriol on a daily (hourly?) basis - there's too much material there for it to stay idle.
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