Before and After, During, Then and Now

People are doing great things with free APIs. These Streetview panoramas by Jamie Thompson are highly reminiscent of Hockney’s polaroid collages / History Rambler, photographs of decaying houses around America / Shopwork, a new project by El Ultimo Grito, mixing culture and commerce and located right here. We really must update that streetscape one day. Shopwork is also just up the road from the Flat Time House, which is just about to host Blow Up: Exploding Sound and Noise (London to Brighton 1959-1969), curated by David Toop.


On the Roof, Kosmograd conflates penthouse living, set design, Modernist experiments and license fee payer outrage into an exploration of a particular kind of temporary space. The description of ITV’s World Cup Studio is great – ‘the sort of design that John Outram might come up after a 4-day Angel Dust bender’. Related, How is North Korea’s 7-0 thrashing by Portugal being reported in North Korea?


Partners and Spade, an ephemera log / buy copper guitar picks / installation work by Kevin Van Braak / installation work by Lang Baumann / the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, a plane with a parachute / BVGR, an imagery weblog / Reborn Cat, a tumblr / Elizabethan Days, ‘Modern Day Storytelling from E. Sargent Illustrations‘ / Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog, always fascinating.


Adventure Playground: John V. Lindsay and the Transformation of Modern New York, an essay by James Sanders, the author of the wonderful Celluloid Skyline, which also has a pretty good website (the Visions of the Dream City section is worth exploring) / photography magazine Lens Culture returns. The Scenes of Life series by Lucie and Simon is especially beautiful / Beck’s Record Club (‘an informal meeting of various musicians to record an album in a day’) has tackled INXS’s Kick. Sample: Need You Tonight.


It’s surprising how old, in digital terms, this idea is: ‘A Web log really, then, is a Wunderkammer. That is to say, the genealogy of Web logs points not to the world of letters but to the early history of museums — to the “cabinet of wonders,” or Wunderkammer, that marked the scientific landscape of Renaissance modernity: a random collection of strange, compelling objects, typically compiled and owned by a learned, well-off gentleman. A set of ostrich feathers, a few rare shells, a South Pacific coral carving, a mummified mermaid — the Wunderkammer mingled fact and legend promiscuously, reflecting European civilization’s dazed and wondering attempts to assimilate the glut of physical data that science and exploration were then unleashing.’ From the archives of FEED Magazine, 2000.

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2 Responses to Before and After, During, Then and Now

  1. Elisa says:

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  2. I am having fun with the pictures especially seeing the before and after shots. It is to know that there is improvement in such a place. Keep it up.

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