Streets ahead

How your Street View panoramas are made at Greg.org. The piece links to a frankly fantastic flickr video, Street View time-lapse (Los Angeles). Imagine if Reyner Banham could have got hold of this sort of imagery. The conclusion is that Street View isn’t really a photographic project, but a cinematic one, and that by dipping into the application here and there weren’t effectively sampling a few frames from a massive, interconnected frozen movie, a vast project that captures not just place, but time.

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The Great British Economy Disaster. John Lanchester has a way of explaining things simply that is unrivalled in the British media: ‘…thanks to the special measures currently in place the banks can borrow from their governments at, effectively, 0 per cent rates of interest. They can then invest the money at higher rates of interest, 5 to 7 per cent, say. This is a direct transfer of wealth from the taxpayer to the banks, and the only difference between it and an actual, physical licence to print money is that the banks don’t have a piece of paper with the words ‘Official Licence to Print Money’ written across the top.’

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The Plastiki, a boat made of 12,000 plastic bottles. The Kon-Tiki of the 21st century. Let’s hope it doesn’t get consumed by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a phenomenon that is remarkably camera-shy) / a selection of sketches by Polish artist Stefan Norblin for the Art Deco interiors of the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur / DigsDigs, modern houses / landscape sketches by Nathan Fowkes. We also liked his Project Daedalus imagery (via Daily Jive).

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Gabion on the ‘Twist': ‘…misconceived, ugly, banal, compromised and downright embarrassing, that is why it is, by a considerable distance, the worst piece of public art I have ever seen. It will probably look great on television, particularly at night.’ / photographs by Rob Streeter / pitched just after the 8-bit aesthetic: Landschaft Mit Haus / images at top and bottom are from the Kodak Colorama series, used to illustrate this Vanity Fair piece, ‘Rethinking the American Dream‘, from April 2009.

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April Fool jokes have evolved into a rather tiresome form of cultural safety valve. The Guardian’s round-up of pranks past and present, including BMW’s usual stunt, has the weary air of someone forced to listen to the same joke over and over again, told perhaps by a five year-old with no sense of timing or actual comedy. Ironic that the Guardian’s own joke should follow the same template.

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2 Responses to Streets ahead

  1. Catherine says:

    I love these two images.

  2. Is it really that hard for them to come up with new April Fools humor?

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