Hidden Loci and Technological Change

Why preserve Van Gogh’s palette?
On colour theory and intuition in art: ‘Monet aimed to be as familiar with the colours on his palette as a pianist with the keys of piano, so he didn’t have to remove his eyes from his work as he painted.’ The post also links to Titian’s Palette, available over the counter: ‘Rublev Oil Colors are based on single, natural mineral and historical pigments that give Old Masters-like painting effects in oil. This series features such exotic colors as natural ultramarine (lapis lazuli), azurite, malachite, among many others…. Titian’s Palette includes six basic colors from the master’s palette. The palette includes one full-sized tube each of six colors: Lapis Lazuli (natural ultramarine or lazurite), Malachite, Lead-Tin Yellow, Italian Yellow Earth, Vermilion, Ercolano Red, Lead White and German Vine Black.’ At bottom of page, from left to right: Seurat, Degas.


The shift from virtual flaneuring back to physical exploration; New York based Elastic City is offering Centroids and Asphalt, a walk that ‘will identify hidden loci of New York City – invisible hinge-points upon which the city’s people, buildings and population turn.’ Related, the architectural cartography of Perry Kulper / Living with the iPad, ‘It’s a lovely, lovely thing…. The one thing none of us did was use it to read magazines.’ / is there a term for the law of technology that allows smart electronics products to get cheaper and cheaper as their performance increases, but allows for ‘dumb’ products – shavers, toothbrushes, etc. – to maintain a steady price with little or no discernible leap in performance / PWR Paper.


Digg Labs puts out some fun stuff / Magpie and Cake, a craft blog / scribbler, does the doodling for you, practically / looks interesting: Cold World. The title is coincidentally (?) the same as an admirably nihilist early song by Godflesh / the Helmut Newton Foundation / Mercedes-Benz Study CW311, the future always looked better in the past / all about the SARO P.192 Flying Boat, designed to carry in excess of 1,000 passengers / If you could travel back in time a couple thousands of years, armed with only the Wikipedia database, would that be enough to take over the world?


Channel 4’s forthcoming ‘Plane Crash‘ (scheduled for broadcast later this year, but obviously not yet filmed or else we’d have seen leaked footage by now) is a salient reminder that entertainment is so much more literal. Perhaps the programme is a cross between the channel’s earlier, and highly acclaimed, Black Box documentaries and NASA’s legendary (and botched) Controlled Impact Demonstration. It’ll be a nightmare of scheduling.

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