Glitches and banality

Some images of post-war German architectural banality, apparently now a burgeoning issue in a country that has always had a pragmatic attitude towards contemporary architecture. See also Hope and change, perhaps, in Germany, which flags up how the visionary fervour of modernisers was allegedly stoked by wartime destruction (‘One architect was Konstanty Gutschow, of Hamburg, who said of its firebombing in 1943: “This act of destruction will be a blessing.’) Similar things happened in the UK, where post-war planning rose out of the ashes of the bombing raids of the early 1940s, most notably with the Abercrombie Plan.


A brief history of quicksand. See also Quicksand sucks / Ballardian headline of the day: Traffic Jam enters Ninth Day / work by Anne Holtrop, including temporary museum / The Modernist Residential Buildings of Victoria / Modern San Diego / Stunt Magazine, coming soon, seemingly on an Evel Knievel trip / the alleys, courts and passageways of central London / Pont-Saint-Esprit poisoning: Did the CIA spread LSD?. See also, Ergotism and the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments (movie) / Wi-fi in Venice / Douglas Coupland’s Pixel Orca.


In the future, what will ‘library’ mean? Information storage is being expanded to encompass things like motion capture and behaviours. Motives in Movement is a ‘library based on a unique way of categorising behaviour. We use actors to create a comprehensive library of highly complex and subtle behaviours, that can then edit into almost any dramatic sequence. The clips can provide those vital reaction shots; the right kind of look, nod, smile, or even how they sit in a chair. Just as importantly, you can easily find the right clip.’ Via BBC news, which hinted that this particular library was a repository of movements, all mapped and stored in order to be applied to models in the future; one actor’s physical abilities suddenly becoming available to all. See also Carbon Framework, a suite of animation tools that attempts to recreate lifelike movement and effects procedurally, rather than through capture (via RPS).


Le Mans Classic, photographs by Laurent Nivalle (via Swiss Cheese and Bullets) / Space Colonies versus ‘real-world glitches‘, two sides of the same coin, utopian/dystopian. A perfect illustration of the combination of retro-futurist projection and self-aware techno-deconstructivism that underpins so much modern image creation / Cabinet of Wonders, a weblog / Google Maps without the cartography.

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3 Responses to Glitches and banality

  1. Pete says:

    Your alleys and courts no longer exist! I’m talking about London, of course. Geocities closed a long time ago. Is there a more fresh link? Sounds fascinating.

    Congrats on your continuing excellence, by the way.

  2. Yes I also agree with “Pete”. Alleys and courts no longer exist.

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