Category Archives: ephemera

Slight Return

The Library of Things – ‘why buy when you could borrow?’ This Guardian piece asks whether ‘borrowing everything from drills to disco balls cut waste and save money?’ It is certainly a tempting idea. Based in Oxford (a London branch … Continue reading

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Away days

Historical Times presents a collection of culturally important ruins / Mars in the Gobi Desert / how climate change deniers make themselves seem legitimate / Island living. See also The Gatekeepers, a photography project by Alex Ingram / Asia, through … Continue reading

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Small snippets

Unrailed, a new game about an endless railway (via RPS) / crafty stuff and Hole and Corner / Barcelona from above / Cambridge from the rooftops / London as a leaky sieve of laundered property money / speaking of which, … Continue reading

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Crunch Time

Rediscovering Hampshire’s Wartime History at Urban Ghost Media / paintings by Suhas Bhujbal / paintings by Nancy Gruskin / music by The Ornament Birds / music by Coby Sey / Ettore Sottsass’s The Planet as Festival, the height of 70s … Continue reading

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Stairs to nowhere

A few snippets. some thoughts on online magazines, courtesy of the founder of The Millions / Everywhere At The End Of Time – Stage 6, a final release, apparently, from The Caretaker / Bauhaus-style logos of famous brands at Kottke … Continue reading

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Standing under stones

Recalling random acts of kindness / Fixing Computer Space, restoring one of the earliest arcade machines / three-dimensional origami made of fabric backed plywood by Sinead Fahey / Toyota Lunar Camper concept / an obituary of Sir John Richardson, biographer … Continue reading

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Crack an egg

How to Study the Bible – the Language of Colour, by Thomas Macklin, 1909. “A highly idiosyncratic, eccentric and colourful engagement with his Bible by an East Anglian merchant, who over a twenty year period (c.1888-1909) extensively annotated the volume … Continue reading

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Warm electronics

Material Matters is a new podcast about objects and making by the design writer and critic Grant Gibson / Synchedelia: Beyond the Dark Side of the Rainbow, which links to the epic MovieSyncs.com and Alternative Synchs, but fails to mention … Continue reading

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Space and light

The New American Home is a Condo; how much space do we need to live? / paintings by Chloe Wise / ten extraordinary effects pedals / classic cars as animals, art by Frederic Mueller, via hotvvheels / from 1993, a … Continue reading

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Cabbages and things

Berberian Sound Studio becomes a stage play. See our earlier post, Aural Excitements / all the strange things are collated and presented by 41Strange, which is a veritable dark cave of the uncanny and the esoteric in 20th century media … Continue reading

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See through

This and that. Glass art by Rachel Goswell (Slowdive) / compare and contrast with the champagne and Opal Fruit lifestyle revealed in this an oral history of Mark E.Smith / new from Morton Valence, Bob and Veronica’s Great Escape / … Continue reading

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Stick, twist or fold

Industrial heritage on the wane: the collapse of Detroit’s Packard Bridge / a book by Trevor Paglen, From the Archives of Peter Merlin, Aviation Archaeologist / Limner Journal is about contemporary illustration / see also Books Peckham, local zine-focused store … Continue reading

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Gone but not

Small snippets today. A list of people who claimed to be Jesus / you are getting old / ambient music from The Leaf Library / the world’s population depicted in 3D / the decline of

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Welcome, 2019

Timothy Bird’s The Great North Wood is a masterly graphic work. A available from Avery Publishing / an interactive American gun violence map / building an F1 car in cardboard / a selection of AI-generated cars. Some are quite convincing … Continue reading

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From other here to there

Robin Friend’s new photography monograph, Bastard Countryside, ’15 years worth of exploration within the British landscape, dwelling on what Victor Hugo called the ‘bastard countryside’: “somewhat ugly but bizarre, made up of two different natures”.’ See also the interview at … Continue reading

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Still desperately trying to be distracted

Rachael Smith illustrates regularly on Empathize This, ‘a place where people can tell their own stories about how prejudice and hardship affect their lives’ / music by The Expert Sleepers / Ott Art, a tumblr about art / Cocoons, photographs … Continue reading

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Distraction

Frivolous things: Mikutap / fun to revisit: Medieval Fantasy City Generator / Cassette Tapes are back, but then Bandcamp aficionados know the analogue feeling / totalitarian rides square up: China’s Hongqi L5 versus the Russian Aurus Senat. No word on … Continue reading

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It’s all connected, in the least conspiratorial way possible

Grim but essential: Everyday Plastic: ‘The UK throws away over 295 billion pieces of plastic every year’ (via the Guardian) / Darkest London, a weblog about history and the past / Concrete jungle: How Italy’s modern ruins became art. A … Continue reading

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Flowers of romance

Paternoster Lifts: Dangerous, Obsolete and Quite Fun / Puzzle Montage Art by Tim Klein (via Boing Boing) / the Museum of the Flat Earth / SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal, an exhibition at Japan House London. Includes flowers by Paper Eden … Continue reading

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War gaming

Trafalgar pyramid? A look at an alternative London, a strangely steampunk arrangement of future visions / Tree House in Glass by Broissin Architects / Microkorg tape loop jam / Wargames and the end of the world: the disastrous feedback loop … Continue reading

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