Visual platter

An illustrated foray into archives. Decorated books online / the Eckersley Archive / Books and photographs on Aeronautics / Manners, Custom and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period, by Paul Lacroix / the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive / more at the Archives Hub.


Another happy rediscovery, Full Table, Dr Chris Mullen’s epic ‘lyrical encyclopedia of visual propositions’, an absolute treasure trove. From this great magazine image by Stanley Kubrick, taken in Lisbon in August 1948, a page devoted to the Flying Wing, a set of visual codes, the visualisation of BANGS, A World of Pattern, by Gwen White, The Beautiful Island, an extraordinary architectural collage fantasy by Meg Rutherford from 1969, Arthur Radebaugh’s epic series of futuristic paintings for Bohn (triple-deck jetliners and vast road building machines) and a set of scrapbooks, ‘images at random you ought to see collected over thirty years’. The what’s new page alone would take hours to fully appreciate. The section on the Festival of Britain alone is awesome; see this article on the construction of the site.


A selection of other things. Lost Finale Round-Up, no spoilers, just expectations (but outdated by now) / the forthcoming Chrome Webs Store, apps for your PC / the Future Laboratory has a shop / 48 HR magazine hits the legal buffers / Dan Reetz might have other stuff on his plate at the moment, but we’re still intrigued by his You Are Not Dead project / Fat House, Fat Car, the automotive equivalent of McMansions / SELFS, the South East London Folklore Society.


Ghosts of the Future: Borrowing Architecture from the Zone of Alienation, a guest post at BLDG BLOG by Jim Rossignol of Rock Paper Shotgun on recreating the real world and the mythology that has been strewn around it. ‘If borrowing architecture from the zone proves anything, it’s that simulation should not exist in a vacuum.’ Our cultural memories are not only much stronger than we imagine, but they’re far hungrier too. The piece references this vast STALKER flickr set.

It’s also worth looking at Rossignol’s post on digital magazines, and how content and communities should be the first step in this brave new world of content, rather than simply catering for new technology, using software sledgehammer that bend and twist paper magazine formats into pads and screens. There’s a similar vibe in Peter Preston’s recent piece, which states that the new breed of portable screens are not old media substitutes and won’t function as such. Instead, they’re ‘multipurpose devices’.


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