Doing the twist

Morphological similarity and visual inspiration: Someone has built it before. There are no new architectural ideas / ArchNewsNow carries the burgeoning Niemeyer backlash / Cibarius, a tumblr about food / The Gourmand, a magazine about food / Post New intrigues with its content and infuriates with its layout / beautiful drawings at Kranieri, but the sections remind us of Jet Set Willy / the latest stretch of the London transport network is now open, the London Overground.

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The soundtrack to the 1984 film Electric Dreams featured extensive work by Italian disco legend and electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder. Moroder later ploughed some of his earnings from the film into the Cizeta Moroder V16T, one of only a handful of 16-cylinder production cars. Just a few were made, one of which was recently impounded for being illegal to drive in the US.

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Snippet

A tale of two breads. Artisanal baking verses the sliced loaf / Said the Gramophone’s selection of the best songs of 2012 / an interview with Rob Walker about his exhibition ‘As Real as it Gets‘ (see previously) / The Inevitable, by Kurt Ralske, ‘created with custom software written by the artist: the program searches through a database of movies, comparing each frame with every other frame, looking for pairs of frames that resemble each other the most.’

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The uses and abuses of aviation

An interview with photographer Hélène Binet. Binet has done much to shape the presentation of contemporary work from the likes of ‘Peter Eisenman, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Zumthor, Zaha Hadid and Luigi Moretti’, acting as the bridge between the architects’ abstract intentions and the interpretation of the finished building / an icon for your back garden, the TetraShed / Symbolia, ‘a digital publication devoted to nonfiction stories told in comics form’ (via Design Observer) / apparently the BBC has finished scanning the entire run of the Radio Times, all part of the BBC Genome Project to collate the corporation’s complete broadcast history. Not available to us mere mortals just yet, but happily the entire TV Go Home archives are available on line instead.

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Bomb Sight got a lot of interest last week. This interactive map of London’s Blitz experience (BBC, MeFi, etc.) shows a landscape of red dots, marking each point where a bomb fell during the war. There’s something uncanny about these retrospectively scarred cartographics (see also the database of purges of Moscow residents linked earlier), especially given the lack of historic maps. Simply overlaying the modern city doesn’t really give a sense of loss, either of life or infrastructure. Someone needs to digitise and overlay the The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps, 1939-45 and merge this with the data on BombSight.org. See also V2 rockets mapped.

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Visualizing 50 years of concerts of The Rolling Stones (via Kottke). Racking up the frequent flyer miles (via well you say that). See also this thread about the Rollings Stones fleet. For more in-flight antics you have to track down a copy of the Stones’ Cocksucker Blues, directed by no less than Robert Frank, creator of the series ‘The Americans‘. The above image is of a Lockheed L-749A Constellation, taken by John Krepp in Australia in 1973 and posted at Airliners.net.

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High and mighty

Part of our ongoing and occasional series exploring Cold War oddities and instantly outdated pieces of military equipment: the McDonnell XF-85 Goblin, a ‘parasite fighter‘ designed to work in conjunction with the Convair Peacemaker / prints by Jantze Tullet / 3D models at Falling Pixel / Stickers and Stuff, a scrapbook weblog (scrapblog?) / Nomadicity, a tumblr / Shotgun Season, a tumblr / Winterpool, a tumblr / volume control, a tumblr / the Archives Dada, a tumblr.

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Adam Curtis, Save Your Kisses For Me, a good companion to Jerusalem / Skyscrapers – past, present and future / Vincent Fournier’s masterful series The Man Machine splices emotion into modern robotic research (see above). See also his series Post Natural History, a bestiary for an altered future / make your own Eiffel Tower in paper, matchsticks, cardboard, Lego, Meccano, Duplo, K’Nex, lollipop sticks, Eitech.

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Currently, here.net’s /’Maps 3D’ function gives you a melty, 3D city view, a bit Hundertwasser. The future is a combination of Lidar and photography, apparently / Pigeon Sim: Fly Round London as a Pigeon / delighted to rediscover The Deep North / quite a meta concept for a book: the Moleskines sketches of famous creatives / more Niemeyer tributes, also at W* / Cure People, a project by Scott Witter. See also James Mollison’s The Disciples.

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Dead icons

The Voisin was Le Corbusier’s favourite car – the company sponsored his notorious plan for Paris’s reconstruction and inspired his own Voiture Minimum, as well as some eccentric speculations. Here’s a gallery of Voisin Automobiles currently on show at the Mullin Automotive Museum in California, courtesy of Autoblog. We especially like the 1923 Voisin Type C6 Course “Laboratoire”, a racing special that has been laboriously reconstructed. Here’s a link to a detailed essay of this particular car, the first to be designed by Andre Lefebvre (as well as a subscriber-only article at Veloce Today), who went on to design the great DS.

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Many tributes to Oscar Niemeyer are being assembled around the web. Here’s a link to a few: Archinect / BBC News / The Guardian / Building Design / Domus / Dezeen / Norman Foster / Daily Telegraph. Photographer Leonardo Finotti has an extensive portfolio of Niemeyer’s work, old and new, built up over many years.

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Dead jets

One unsurprising casualty of last decade’s financial crisis was the sudden end to several independent proposals for small scale business jets; all of a sudden there simply wasn’t a big enough market to support a host of new players in what is an incredibly expensive start-up. Here are six dead jets from the last decade: the ATG Javelin (‘an Indy car racer for the sky‘ that was more of a fighter plane for businessmen than a jet), the Epic Victory Very Light Jet (VLJ), the design of which might survive in someone else’s hands, the PiperJet PA-47, the Adam A700 and the Eclipse 400. A few players are still clinging on, such as the Spectrum S-40 Freedom, the Diamond D-JET and the Cirrus Vision SF50 / possibly related, Confessions of a Flight Attendant, a weblog.

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Artifacts from the first 2000 years of computing at the Computer History Museum‘ / Vintage Technology Obsessions has some fun things, such as this look at a piece of Juvenile Cold War Space Fiction and a maintenance manual for the massive Convair B-36 Peacemaker heavy bomber / The Wende Museum Saves Communist Design, Steven Heller on a repository of Cold War artefacts / Magpile on C+A, the trade magazine of the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia / images from the Secret Cinema series currently running in London and elsewhere.

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The Human Rights Skyscraper in Beijing, a tongue-in-cheek dig at Chinese property rights (recently in the news yet again, although the story is always the same). This time the proposal riffs on SITE’s Highrise of Homes proposal from 1981, which crops up every now and again as inspiration, such as in the proposed Shelf Hotel by 3Gatti Architecture Studio (at Bing Bang Pouf) / Kottke discovers the delights of Russian dashcam videos. These have become something of an internet cottage industry, carefully cut compilations, updated monthly, drawn from a huge pool of private recordings, all of which must be uploaded, presumably for insurance purposes. Update: Dash-Cams: Russia’s Last Hope for Civility and Survival on the Road, also via Kottke.

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Bribery, Yakuza and Kamikaze

Mitsuyasu Maeno, ‘a Japanese actor who appeared in roman porno films. He died in an (unsuccessful) suicide attack on Yoshio Kodama, a multi-millionaire right-wing leader and leading figure in the Lockheed bribery scandals‘, part of a much wider system of kickbacks that followed the arms industry around. Kodama’s receipt of money from Lockheed horrified the ultra-nationalistic Maeno and other Japanese right-wingers, some of whom ‘expressed the view that he was being punished for taking money from Lockheed, a company that had built aircraft to fight Japan during World War II.’

In early March 1976, Maeno flew around Kodama’s neighborhood in Setagaya, gaining knowledge of the area in preparation for an attack. On the morning of March 23, 1976, Maeno arrived in the western suburbs of Tokyo at Chofu Airport with two friends. All three were dressed in the uniforms of kamikaze pilots, and Maeno informed airport officials that they were renting two planes for a kamikaze segment of a film… Maeno in one plane and his two companions in the other, the three flew around Tokyo for a period of about one hour… Maeno flew low over Kodama’s home, circling twice before diving into the building. An amateur radio operator reported that at 9:50 a.m. he heard Maeno call out “JA3551” – the number of his plane – and then saying emotionally, “Sorry I haven’t replied for a long time. Long live the Emperor!” after which the transmission suddenly ceased.

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Making the landscape work

The Wind Tunnel, by Katie MacDonald and Kyle Schumann, the PV Tensegrity Forest by Kyuseon Hong and WooJae Sung and The Energy Diamond Sculpture, by William Badrick, just a few of many, many submissions at the Land Art Generator Initiative, an art-into-power organisation established to solicit the ‘design and construct[ion of] public art installations that have the added benefit of large scale clean energy generation. Each sculpture will continuously distribute clean energy into the electrical grid, with each having the potential to provide power to thousands of homes.’ Clean energy by stealth, although the confluence of public art projects and environmentally friendly technology is unlikely to win many friends in certain sectors of the American media.

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Collages by Todd Bartel, whose own blog is a fascinating piece of art history, ‘an ongoing effort to define the relationship between collage and landscape painting’. We also like his Real Landscapes series and Witness Series (above) / Hyperkit have created a new site for Retrouvius, high-end salvage specialists / a pretty hefty overview of 2012’s best design books. Today’s monographs are tomorrow’s Pinterest, Tumblr and ffffound fodder / How a high-rise craze is ruining London’s skyline. The jury is very much out on the Walkie-Talkie, aka 20 Fenchurch Street, which will struggle to overcome its proportions, and as the article notes, the Vauxhall Tower achieves the rare distinction of making that particular stretch of river even less distinguished than it was to start with.

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A lovely proposal for the Kofun new national stadium in Japan by Dorell Ghotmeh Tane / The 12 Desks of Christmas. Guess the owner of the desk, win books, courtesy of Laurence King Publishing / photography by Karen Miranda / Revista, a tumblr / The Overstuffed Chair, a weblog / the New Yorker launches Double Take, ‘timely notes from the archive’.

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The Enduring Object

We’d like to see a directory of supposedly high technology products that are still built but haven’t been updated in years. These are the objects that do exactly what they were originally designed to do and can’t really be improved by new tech, smaller footprint, enhanced speed, etc. They’re also somewhat outside of fashion and/or branding, so that the design values they originally espoused aren’t in any way retro or ironic or subject to fashion cycles. Some initial thoughts: the Alesis SR-16 drum machine, first introduced in 1991 and still built and sold today even though sampling technology and miniaturization have moved on a hundred-fold. Or the Hewlett-Packard HP50G Graphing Calculator, introduced in 2006 and still on the market and still slowly evolving despite its functionality being replicated in your pocket for a fraction of the price. The Casio F91W (also introduced in 1991), an ultra functional digital watch that also has the virtue of being incredibly cheap to buy yet not quite disposable (despite its alleged dubious associations). Are there any others?

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Many thanks to The Observer for flagging up The Pelican Project at the week / a few other sets and collections that caught our eye: Sandiv999 has a flickr stream full of bold mid-century modernism (they’ve also caught the Observer’s eye recently). We especially like this and this / Neither Here Nor There, a photography project by Toby Lloyd-Jones: ‘In crematorium waiting rooms, we are faced with spaces which express both an absolute rupture in time and a strange permanence through various forms of commemoration and social rules that are to be observed. This selection is taken from visits to 75 crematoria in England and Wales’.

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Something for the commute

The origins of the Grumman Goose (above): ‘In 1936, a group of wealthy residents of Long Island, including E. Roland Harriman, approached Grumman and commissioned an aircraft that they could use to fly to New York City’ / Majestic Plumage, a weblog / Weathering the Storm. Heavy seas, via The Kid Should See This / Strange, Beautiful and Unexpected: Planned Cities Seen From Space (via MeFi) / planning notices in Brighton (via beta). The addition of a laminator would tip these over the edge.

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Burnt and melted wax figures after the 1925 fire at Madame Tussauds in London. At Ridiculously Interesting, which invariably lives up to its name / Will Wiles draws entertaining parallels between David Cameron and Salvador Allende / Trenchant.org, a weblog / play Dune II online. The game that paved the way for Warcraft and its ilk.

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London Bytes visits the Museum of Curiosity in Soho, as did we a couple of weeks ago. It’s located at the Pertwee, Anderson & Gold Gallery on Bateman Street, stuffed full of what appear to be genuine relics, some twisted into modern reliquaries, sculptures and cabinets of curiosity. Prices suggest that this kind of nouveau gothic is all the rage amongst oligarchs and hedge funders.

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The OUP Blog offers up five gif-makers for the more serious-minded / buy Rick Joy’s Desert Nomad House / The Sketchpad, a weblog / all about facebook’s ghastly couples’ page / Push the Sky Away, February 2013. Albums have trailers now, too.

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Festive things

We haven’t really got the hang of Amazon Associates yet, but it seems that some of you are kind enough to buy things via things, theoretically giving us a bit of a financial boost and helping out with hosting costs. Here’s a small set of recommendations in books, technology and other stuff that has caught our eye. We’ll add to this post from time to time over the next few weeks.

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Monographs: The Color Revolution, an amazing history of the colour industry / Norman Bel Geddes Designs America, fascinating monograph about futurism and the birth of the military-industrial complex / The New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism, a book we co-wrote / Thanks for the View, Mr Mies/a>, fun exploration of Lafayette Park, Detroit / Architecture in Northern Landscape, the architecture of Todd Saunders / Joseph Cornell’s Manual of Marvels, a facsimile edition of the artist’s ‘reinvention of a French Agricultural Manual’ / Thomas Heatherwick: Making, the hefty portfolio of a design polymath / Le Corbusier Redrawn: The Houses, go inside the greats / Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture, and Landscape in England / Caspar David Friedrich / still lives by S. J. Peploe.

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Books: Jerusalem: The Biography, 5000 years of history, 720 pages and utterly fascinating throughout / Museum Without Walls, Jonathan Meades, collected journalism and scripts, highly recommended / Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, another collection of articles and essays / Chris Ware: Building Stories, the graphic artist’s latest magnum opus / Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, culture clash memoir / Architectural and Cultural Guide: Pyongyang, a two volume set, one containing the official line, the other a behind-the-scenes analysis of the North Korean’s culture and built environment / Mrs Weber’s Omnibus, Posy Simmonds’ magnum opus / KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money / Instant: A Cultural History of Polaroid / Care of Wooden Floors, fine debut novel.

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Technology: Kindle Paperwhite, a pocketful of books / Canon S100: things’ camera of choice / Samsung Galaxy SIII, likewise for smartphone / we love this: Line 6 Pod HD500 / Garmin Nuvi 3490LMT Sat Nav System / Sony NEX7, things’ potential camera of choice / Fujifilm XF1, likewise / LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0: Robot, change the world / Roberts RD60 Revival Digital Radio / Casio Digital Piano / Sonic Blue Thinline Telecaster copy Electric Guitar / Microsoft Surface 32gb, intrigued by this / Jambox, we hear good things.

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Other things: Staedtler Ergosoft , the world’s best colouring pencils / Moleskine journals, everyday essentials / Stabilo Smartball, draw properly on your smartphone / the Lego Architecture series: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Fallingwater, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House / Bigtrak, pure nostalgia / Nespresso by Krups Pixie Coffee Machine, compact and powerful / Toys Pure Wooden Domino Rally, get knocked down / Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On Sky.

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Other places to go: Wonderwall sells art and prints / Nothing to See Here, A Guide to the Hidden Joys of Scotland / maps and guides by Herb Lester / the Monocle Shop the MagCulture Shop / People will always need plates / It’s Nice That / Cabinet Magazine / Stack Magazines / the Metafilter Holiday Mall / New Found Original / Evermade.com / the Society of Wood Engravers / Modern British Gallery, from where the Eric Ravilious prints in this post are taken.

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The Secret Garden

The tale of a secret theatre in Berlin, discovered by one Dirk Moritz of the Moritz Gruppe and posted at Design Porteur. From the site: ‘An old cabaret theatre from the roaring ’20s has been uncovered in the heart of Berlin. The music hall theatre has been buried in 30 tonnes of rubble since 1934 when it closed, perhaps as part of a crackdown on the cabaret scene by the Nazi regime. The three level musical hall and restaurant was a cabaret venue and featured a grand ballroom, a theatre, beautiful wall paintings and vaulted stuccoed ceilings.’

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Real Space, Imaginary Stuff, Rob Walker on the experience of curating ‘As Real As It Gets‘, an exhibition dedicated to ‘imaginary brands’, recreating them for the real world. Although, as Walker notes, ‘While imaginary brands have populated fictions for generations, some have lately been “defictionalized,” crossing over into the real world — and into this exhibition, since their existence is uncanny enough to consider in this marketplace of ideas. What does it mean to sport a T-shirt, like those from Last Exit To Nowhere, advertising Soylent Green, the Tyrell Corporation, or some other menacing product or corporation?’.

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The story of the BBC News website, now 15 years old. And from 2007, the story of the BBC’s online presence / But does it float publishes a selection of images from Corpus Christi, a photographic series by Fabrice Fouillet about contemporary places of worship / yet more Soviet-era architecture fetishism, a topic fast approaching modern ruins, quirky Lego modelling and tube maps as a predictable things staple.

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Who would have guessed that Richard Scarry’s Busytown would ride high in Monocle’s Quality of Life Index? / more town planning: Sim City’s ultimate construction set / the late Mark Bourne ran an entertaining film blog, Open the Pod Bay Doors, HAL / Supermarine Aircraft make a 90% scale replica of the Spitfire / related, Search for missing Spitfires in Burma due to begin.

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Fighting fire with fire

Occasionally, overthinking things is fun and entertaining: “Swiper, No Swiping!”: The Demonology of Dora the Explorer. Via MeFi, which has plenty more links and this this wonderful comment:

Q:How realistic is the Fireman Sam series? Like, would a town that’s really that small actually have a fire fighting force with such seemingly advanced and expensive equipment? I’m wondering if things are different in the UK, a town that small in the US would not. (yes, I know it’s not meant to be a documentary)

A: It would if the residents of said town were as oblivious and stupid as the people of Pontypandy. The town officials wouldn’t have much choice but to dedicate the bulk of the village budget to fire and rescue. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a town left. You might think that it would be better to put that money in the schools, so that future generations would learn things like “don’t store the camping fuel next to the space heater,” but that ship has sailed; the children of Pontypandy won’t survive to create the next generation if there’s no boat to fetch them every single time the fucking tide goes out.

What I can’t figure out is why they have all that expensive equipment, but they only hired one competent fire fighter: Sam. Penny’s almost competent, except that she can’t figure out to stay far away from the other firefighters when she knows they’re going to pin her under the truck or something.

Does Sam get any time off? What happens then? “What’s that? Norman and his friends accidentally set your collection of oil-soaked rags on fire? And they’re trapped in your shed with them? Why don’t you let them out? … Yeah, doorknobs are tricky things. Anyway, Sam’s gone down to visit his mother in the valley for the afternoon, so why don’t you just go back inside and turn up your TV real loud. We could send a crew, but we all know that means six dead people instead of four. Try to have a nice afternoon.”

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‘… a direct result of the actions and/or gross negligence’

We love it when little spikes of online interest can be traced back to source. The Acme Catalogue has got further traction on Mlkshk and MeFi, which links to this The ORIGINAL Illustrated Catalog Of ACME Products (‘accept no imitiations’). It was also picked up by Coudal, which was inspired to post this classic transcript, Wile E. Coyote, Plaintiff -v.- Acme Company, Defendant:

As the Court is no doubt aware, Defendant has a virtual monopoly of manufacture and sale of goods required by Mr. Coyote’s work. It is our contention that Defendant has used its market advantage to the detriment of the consumer of such specialized products as itching powder, giant kites, Burmese tiger traps, anvils, and two-hundred-foot-long rubber bands. Much as he has come to mistrust Defendant’s products, Mr. Coyote has no other domestic source of supply to which to turn. One can only wonder what our trading partners in Western Europe and Japan would make of such a situation, where a giant company is allowed to victimize the consumer in the most reckless and wrongful manner over and over again.

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A new dustbowl

Elon Musk’s grand plans for colonising Mars – a throwaway remark, perhaps – have certainly captured the media’s attention. There’s a whiff of Bond Villain about the whole endeavour, with the totalitarian, almost cult-ish undertones that would inevitably be created by hiving humanity off into two different planetary entities. Naturally, this also conjures up a deluge of imagery, most of it wildly optimistic and inappropriate; the above picture is from i09’s post twenty retro-futuristic visions of the Red Planet.

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A small selection of tumblrs: Accessible Exclusivity, imagery and colour / Pinecones and Hearts / the Art of Google, presumably unofficial. They look great en masse. We like this one especially / Lost Images, ‘correspondence between a Royal Navy sailor and his sweetheart in the early 1900’s’ / the retro review, old games and things / the wandrlustr, old things / Fear the Engineer, fun with 3D printing / Bauzeitgeist, architecture.

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DBG emerges from the post-natal gloaming to offer up a poem, a parental lament / it’s entirely possible that the recent Acme Catalogue image was taken from images in this flickr set by Dystopos. Check the Found Art section for more gems / Artifice, a literary publisher / how MIDI changed the face of music / the Kottke holiday gift guide. Ours will follow. It will be more cynical, probably.

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Dark matter

Tokyo 1955-1970 at MoMA (via C-Monster). An exhibition about the avant-garde in post-war Japan, revealing an avant-garde set at ideological odds with the country’s outward expression of calm and conformity. Having declared its post-war reconstruction over just 9 years after being subjected to two atomic bombs, Japan’s economic and technological performance in the 50s and 60s was remarkable, but also contained an undercurrent of uncertainty and upheaval caused by the presence of the US and the close proximity of the war on the Korean peninsula. Often dark and disturbing, the artwork on display reveals a little-known period in contemporary art history. Above, Haraguchi Noriyuki’s painting Tsumu 147, 1966.

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Catch it quick: ‘Radio Eris is an algorithmically generated audio stream that will broadcast for 15 days from 23rd November 2012, and then shut down for good.’ Described as a ‘response to the burning of million pounds on the Island of Jura by Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty on 23rd August 1994′ (an event which we remain fascinated by), the station has been set up to promote (?) the book KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money, by John Higgs. Few pop acts have taken the time and trouble to create a mystique even half as interesting as that of the KLF.

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A beautiful model of Ford Timelord / art by Dr Lakra, showing at Kate Macgarry / The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, a comic about Victorian geniuses / secret codes in everyday life / a view from the ground of the flooding in south-west England / Aesthe/tech:Tonik, visual culture.

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More photo-realism

The Bernarducci Meisel Gallery seems to be home to many of the voyeuristic fringes of photo realism, including the cityscapes of Gus Heinze, the Sofia Coppola-inspiring ‘portraits’ of John Kacere (possibly nsfw), and the, um similarly-themed imagery of Hilo Chen (also nsfw). Even more pin-up art, early erotica and vintage film stills at El Vuit Bruit (decidedly nsfw) / Extraordinart, a portfolio-driven art weblog / through which we find the work of Chelsea Bentley James / fiendishly complex paintings of glass by Steve Smulka.

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Like fairy wings fading away

A short history of the Lego Space Shuttle / Alec Shao, a tumblr about art and installation / see also not shaking the grass, which collates large, visual posts like this one on Lucinda Devlin’s The Omega Suites / where would the proposed Northern Line extension actually go? / Solitaire.exe, a deck of cards by Evan Roth (via Ben Bashford, who also links to Dronestagram) / Dangerous Minds has a Look at London’s Private Clubs, from 1965 / Cave to Canvas, a tumblr about art, from Beardsley to Twombly and many, many more.

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Archimodels. A good companion to drawings architecture / new drawings by Angie Lewin / Driveway, a painting by John Ogilvy (at Drawn) / London Underground Tube Map. B minus (for the Prof) / The same bomb joke: endearing young charms / Objective Correlative, the ‘Anthropology of art, objects & the everyday’ / Athanasius Kircher’s cross-section of Vesuvius, 1664. At Diffusive Architectures

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Pompeii’s not-so-ancient Roman remains, Mary Beard on how the last days of Pompeii have been carefully constructed, shaping forms out of voids to create macabre limited edition sculptures of the moment of death:

In fact, at the very moment that one version of the young woman is greeting visitors to the Getty Museum in Malibu, an identical version has pride of place in another Pompeii exhibition in Denver, Colorado – different casts and recasts of the same void made by the same dead human being 2,000 years ago (and 5,000 miles away).

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Away, bombs

Is this famous image of a Heinkel bomber above Millwall actually a German propaganda fake? Airminded is on the case / MDM Props are the manufacturers and makers behind many iconic contemporary artworks and installations, including Anish Kapoor’s Turning the World Upside Down installation in Kensington Gardens and Fiona Banner’s Harrier and Jaguar (more images) / Natural Born Matador, a short film celebrating the Lamborghini Espada (via Autoblog).

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Seaside Ghost Town: The Abandoned Millionaire’s Resort, yet another modern ruin, this time the town of Varosha in Cyprus / Ms Blue Sky’s photo stream, old ads, pin-ups, and more / Robi, a cute little Japanese robot. We’re not nearly tech-minded enough to know whether it is actually real or not / this little electric guitar is neat, but probably barely playable / 1,000 destructions, an explosive tumblr / keyframe, a tumblr.

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End of week collection of things

A big Friday link round-up. Deck the halls in a Slayer Christmas Jumper / incredible miniature military dioramas at Brigida Tripeira / Quick Streetview, instant access to the world’s front doors (via MeFi / are you growing tired of my love? / The Brothers Brick, a Lego blog / paintings by David Waterson / a fine MeFi post about Britain’s last typewriter. See also an illustrated guide and a debt of thanks at the Guardian / a collection of clapper boards, amongst other effects for sale at the Nordic auction house Bukowskis.

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A collection of 3D maps of London Underground/DLR stations / worker bees spill miserable corporate secrets / architectural zoetropes: I, II, III. By students at the Bartlett’s Unit 22 / WWII pigeon message stumps GCHQ decoders. The picture is especially poignant / vintage fish tanks / How to Draw a Tree, with wonderful small scale sketches and paintings / the impact of Hurricaine Sandy / the weblog of the National Railway Museum / a collection of paintings and prints by Winslow Homer / suburbs in the sky, a quirky apartment building by Edouard Francois.

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That Last Landscape, a weblog about ‘Art, maps, models, underground buildings and hidden landscapes’, hosted by artist Matthew Miller, whose work includes Ponderosa, a video showing ‘the developing landscape of the American west as I imagine it, a kind of prequel to the map illustrated in the title sequence of Bonanza (1959-1973)’ / a gallery of the New York Aquarium, 1896-1841 / extracts from the collections of the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum / Pruned on Giovanni Bologna’s Appennino pavilion at the Villa Medici at Pratolino.

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Wildfire Worlds, a beautifully stylised computer environment for a game about simulated civil unrest / Jon Stick Likes, art and design tumblr / Of Time and the City, a film about Liverpool / World’s Tallest Building will be complete in 90 days, says Chinese building company. Meanwhile, Architecture in China [is] big, bold and shoddy, says the NYT / a collection of stories about early online connections / what are some influential manifestos? / Art world goes Gangnam Style mad in solidarity with Ai Weiwei / I am a shapeshifter, a tumblr / strange pots by Hawktrainer / Did the Lomo camera save film photography? / Man Made Moon at Strange Harvest:

This is a proposal to turn the dome of St Paul’s dome into a man made moon. Wren’s building is transformed into a selenosphere, a hemispherical map of the moon synced through its lighting with the phases of the moon. The cathedrals dome and the moon would hover over London as though it were a city on a planet with two moons. St Paul’s becomes a secular device linking our earthly concerns with the heavenly realm.

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