Airshows and Gridirons

Photographs from the 2001 Moscow Airshow (MAKS). Just a decade old, but they already have such an extraordinary feel of the distant past. Our memory of this event was the total freedom the crowd had to wander everywhere – practically to the edge of the runway. The following year, the Sknyliv disaster changed the way such things were done. It was also notable for the Wing-in ground effect aircraft and a flight demonstration of the only Su-47 ever made. This photograph gives a pretty good sense of the atmosphere.

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Elsewhere. A profoundly depressing map. The air smells burnt / a database of Underground buildings in the USA / the Guardian has scraped some database somewhere or other in order to build ‘three million’ pages of album reviews and information. Does this feel less than useful to anyone else? / an archive of the Studio International magazine. Includes features like ‘Art in Gridirons‘, by Francis Arthur Jones.

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Inheriting the Hoard. When hoarding is passed down through the generations. Via MeFi. From the comments: ‘re: his dad and all the books – it’s interesting to think about how the digital age has changed the nature of hoarding in a sense. How many books and movies and songs are we all storing on hard drives? Hundreds of thousands, surely. If I had a copy of every paper book that I have on my computer sitting in my house, I would look like a crazy person.’ The truth is that we are pretty much all hoarders now, especially if one thinks in terms of the digital bequests we are going to pass on.

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