Aggregated Curating

A Survey of British Taxidermic Polar Bears

The 1851 Glove Map of London. An object that captures the imagination and is suddenly everywhere, tumbled, blogged, tweeted, etc, having first (?) emerged on Boing Boing back in 2008 after being picked up from an exhibition at the Field Museum, ‘Finding our Place in the World‘. A virtual museum will eventually emerge from such rankings, as the suggestions of the new army of curators are clipped and collated. Someone needs to compile a site that scrapes these ‘popular objects’ into a gallery, an automatically curated space that focuses on physical things, not the screenprints, scans, posters, ephemera, street art, mash-ups, lomos, polaroids, and found imagery that tends populate these visual cascades.

Another contender for this imaginary museum: Mapping the Marvellous flags the travelling show of stuffed polar bear photographs by Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson, ‘nanoq: flat out and bluesome. The first installation, at Spike Island, Bristol, in 2004, was the most spectacular. We’ve covered this before, but it is surely worth revisiting.


Creepy Software, the future of instant parametric on screen plastic surgery / Shkann, another scrapbook tumblr, or ‘inspiration blog’, as is All That Shines. Some more tumblrs: From Munich to Dortmund‘; Uncertain Times (which links the art-heavy flickr page of petrus.agricola); flintyflooshka; ::UN::; Electric Gecko.

All physical digital media models are essentially living on borrowed time. Right now, the alpha status cash cow is the DVD box set, but the physical surely can’t cling on for long in the face of the inevitable switch to streaming content. The charity shops and boot sales are waist deep in unwanted VHS cassettes and cassette tapes, and increasingly scratched and chipped CDs that have been ripped to iTunes and then disregarded. How long will the Blu-Ray disc have before it suffers a similar fate? The lists of obsolete products and data formats grow longer and longer / a review of The Invention of Paris by Eric Hazan and Parisians, by Graham Robb. The former is a psychogeographical study of the city, the playground of the first flaneurs.


What are the iPad’s killer apps? This is two weeks old now so probably rather out of date / does anyone have the time or inclination to use an app like Swankolab, a slick but confusing simulation of a traditional darkroom? / play a large chunk of Monkey Island / inside Walter Gropius’s only London house / art by Joseph L.Griffiths / Ministry of Type features the Concrete Quarterly, 2.5gb of which happily clutter up our hard drive / related Concrete Proof, a tumblr.


The Google Earth driving simulator, take your Smart car on a predetermined road trip / INQ, ‘A Netaudio Resource’ /, guitar resource / the ragbag, a tumblr with a literary bent and an ongoing collection of oddities, from Russian mafia tattoos to ribbon symbolism / Sick Britain, Urbex in the UK / Kanellos the Greek protest dog / London Tube Flows, data mining at Suprageography, which also has this sublime (but depressing?) image of the Forests of Great Britain / Inhotim, ‘Brazil’s sprawling art zoo’.

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