Bombs and X-Rays

The artist Ahmet Ögüt created Exploded City in 2009 as an installation at the Venice Art Biennale. The city is ‘an imaginary metropolis comprising buildings, monuments, and vehicles that have figured in acts of violence and terrorism over the past two decades. Structures from Turkey, Ireland, India, Yugoslavia, Great Britain, and the United States, among other countries, form a unified urban scale model, reconstructing these sites in the moments before they were destroyed’.

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The Pedascope, fitting shoes using X-Rays. Pedoscope was a brand name, the correct term is a Fluoroscope, a technology still widely used in medical imaging. They were eventually phased out due to health concerns: ‘In the end, the shoe stores were probably just as glad to be rid of the things – at least one survey had indicated that the machines were perceived by shoe salesmen a sales gimmick rather than a useful tool.’

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A tidal wave of iPhone 5s / posters designed by Twelve Car PileUp / more art at BLDGWLF / the Mal 1956 is a plastic-moulded replica of the Eames Lounge Chair, now out of copyright / Punched and Ruled, a tumblr / Now Voyager, a weblog / The Gourmand is a new magazine devoted to food and arts / Neon Crayon, a tumblr / Lines and Colors, a blog about drawing, e.g. Space Shuttle concept art, via a post at i09. Dan Gray has his own take on Shuttle aesthetics as well.

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New documentary Miragemen sound fabulous: ‘For over 60 years teams within the US Air Force and Intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and ET visitations as part of their counterintelligence programmes. In doing so they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own.’ There’s also an accompanying blog, from which we learn (in a roundabout way) that the giant KFC Logo installed in the Nevada desert in 2006 has been lost to the sands of time.

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‘Sandra sat in the darkened hospital room, holding the hand of the stranger who had fallen to Earth and landed on her driveway.’ The Naked Writer Project uses Google Docs to illustrate the writing process happening ‘live’ in your browser (via Design Taxi) / no-one has taken any responsibility for The Vela Incident.

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