Cuts and zooms

We’ve been waiting for something like this: 80GB panoramic photo of London (via me-fi). First impressions are what a colossal ungainly lump Central Saint Giles is, as well as how ungainly the interface is (surely all you really want to do is find a spot and click it to zoom in, then drag the picture around, maps-style? Is that so hard to do?), but there’s a wealth of snooping to be done here. We have something of an obsession with roof terraces and penthouses / sort of related: UrbnCal, ‘We zoom in on the numbers of the city. In urbnCal every date get its own image, an image of a number.’

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Concrete Misplots at Zeitguised: ‘Based on iconic housing shapes, these buildings were intended as prototypes for mass-customization. Yet, as things go with computerized manufacturing, there have been misplots. The cartridge was not loaded properly. The concrete was set to the wrong parameters or scale. The printer module falsely translated a data set…’. Nightmarish visions that are reminiscent of the work of Erwin Wurm / Dystopian Dioramas by Lori Nix at tmn.

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Vast, unsettling collection of surgical instruments and sketches of plastic surgery procedures (e.g. skin grafting knives) from the Anthony Wallace Archive at the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, held at the Hunterian Museum and on SurgiCat, part of the museum and archive collections of The Royal College of Surgeons / see also James G.Mundie’s Cabinet of Curiosities / Laura Tarrish’s Collection of Miniature Chairs / Many Stuff, sifting through the design deluge.

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On historical narrative in games: Assassin’s Creed and the appropriation of history: ‘Let’s face it, the mainstream games industry is pretty much a chronological wasteland. There are the RPG titles set in vague mythological realms and there are the shooting games, which sub-divide World War II and its successive conflicts into a series of set-piece battles, freed of context or compassion.’ / the fog descends over Germany: Google Street View in Hamburg. Thanks to The Cartoonist / Otto Wagner and the Millennium Falcon, at Life Without Buildings / see also the Blade Runner/Star Wars references / Eric de Maré’s secret country, the English industrial landscape.

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Work by Leong Leong / The Alienation of Objects, a show by Toby Ziegler. ‘Working from found images sourced from the internet or publications, Ziegler’s practice starts with computer aided 3?D design and evolves through hand modelling, to confront the supposed flawlessness of digital processes with the idiosyncrasies of the handmade.’ / Das Projekt, the story of a one-off Maybach concept car / the Horniman Museum in South London, a things favourite, is to lose 85% of its government funding thanks to recent cuts. They’ll take effect from 2014-2015.

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