Monthly Archives: March 2012

A selection of links, part 2

Some end of week links, part 2. Car culture in China – an end to the official obsession with Western status brands? / Mark Power’s series on the Airbus A-380, industrial design on a Europe-wide scale / A crime of … Continue reading

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A selection of links, part 1

Some end of week links, part 1. Built Dublin, ‘A love letter to architecture and public space in Dublin, Ireland.’ / the blog of Frank Chimero / once and for all, they’re LEGO bricks, not LEGOs / two enthusiastic sites … Continue reading

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Mapping the origins

Yesterday’s post sparked a bit of debate about content creation, consumption and the nature of making links, copying, pasting and imitating. Yesterday’s minor flurry of interest in Memepool ably illustrates the evolution of the weblog from tempting textual wonderland into … Continue reading

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Sound of silence, sounds of confusion

The Tumblr trap: Is Internet culture turning musicians into content-producers? In the future, we will all be ‘content producers’. A dread phrase (via MeFi, where it is correctly pointed out that music is content). So is instant online media setting … Continue reading

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Lost fringes and paper cuts

Five years ago, when we linked to the online archives of WET, ‘the magazine of gourmet bathing’ (via an throw-away reference to this hip late 70s publication by Stephen Bayley), we noted that it was one of those ‘things that … Continue reading

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Borders from space

A random selection. Sippey, etc., is Michael Sippey’s current platform for thoughts and links, including Jessica Eaton’s beautiful Cubes for Albers and LeWitt, a three dimensional conflation of two iconic pieces of minimalist art / and we complain about the … Continue reading

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Morbid curiosity

The Museum of Talking Boards presents a history and extensive collection of these essential spiritualist tools, with their origins in the speedy reception of information from the ‘other side’: ‘The problem with table turning was that it took far too … Continue reading

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Hong Kong by night

The website for Frank Gehry’s new apartment building in Hong Kong, OPUS HONG KONG, features an amazing pair of 360 degree panoramas of the city, by day and by night. See also the axonometric pixel map of the city at … Continue reading

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Engineering for Teenagers

The tweak is the thing. Teenage Engineering, makers of the extremely seductive OP-1, which takes the aesthetics of Casio’s VL-1 from 1979 and the likes of Roland’s TB-303 and infuses it with modern electronics to make a compact, pricey and … Continue reading

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Slow motion

Jonathan Schipper’s Slow Motion Car Crash #1 is the UK debut of his series of glacial automotive catastrophes, similar in concept to Schipper’s earlier Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle (and seen here in early model form). We’ve previously noted … Continue reading

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Painter of Wight

Browse the world using these beautiful ‘watercolour’ map tiles by Stamen (via haddock). The Stamen map projects (including the [map=yes] series) use the amazing OpenStreetMap as a data source to absolutely stunning effect.

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What these trays have seen

Photographs of developer trays by John Cyr: ‘By titling each tray with its owner’s name, I reference the historical significance of these objects in a minimal manner than evokes thought and introspection about what images have passed through each individual … Continue reading

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Ghost towns and space ships

Ordos: The biggest ghost town in China. A swift transition from flagship real estate project and design utopia, we’ve touched upon Ordos in recent posts, most notably over Ai Weiwei’s documentary about Ordos 100, the city’s stalled super-community of European … Continue reading

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Infinite monkeys and infinite links

I’m not a ‘curator’, an interesting debate on the nature of online attribution. The bone of contention is the proposed Curator’s Code, ‘a system for honoring the creative and intellectual labor of information discovery by making attribution consistent and codified, … Continue reading

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On the road to the future

We rather missed the initial flurry of interest in Pepys Road, an ambitious piece of interactive story telling created on the back of John Lanchester’s epic financial crisis novel Capital (snarkily digested for the short of time). Lanchester takes geographic … Continue reading

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The many truths unravelled

‘#UNRAVEL is a collection of devices making up a gallery-based, reactive sound installation, through which the audience will attempt to unravel the truth about The Narrator’s life by playing records from his collection.’ ‘As soon as [visitors] drop the needle … Continue reading

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We can remember it for you, wholesale

The Dutch Mountain House features an admirable reuse of an old Jaguar. This certainly isn’t recycling, or even upcycling. Perhaps downcycling? / related, Fantastic Journal on the visual symbolism of the Volvo 240 in mainstream Hollywood movies / exploring applications … Continue reading

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Exploring new worlds

Armchair architectural photography. Andrea Bosio uses Google Street View to build up a portfolio of images of key pieces of contemporary urbanism: ‘the subject of my shots was the representation of the city supplied by Google Street View on my … Continue reading

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One word: plastics

Tupperware!, a PBS documentary about the miracle plastic container and the (ongoing) role of the Tupperware party in post-war American society (via Etsy). The link also has bonus videos taken from Tupperware sales conventions in the 50s and 60s and … Continue reading

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Castles and urban tanks

Purple-ish Boots, a tumblr / Quite Island, a tumblr / Sculpture Center, a tumblr / Record Shop, an installation by Conrad Bakker at the 2011 Show Off Solo Show Art Fair in Paris / we hadn’t seen the addition of … Continue reading

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