Zig-zags and hidden messages

The upcoming Balfron Project (via Blueprint), ‘a large-scale photographic event to be staged at the Grade II listed building Balfron Tower. Shot on film with a large format still camera, the event will result in a mural sized photograph presenting both this icon of 1960s New Brutalism and its connection to the lives of the people who inhabit it today. Residents are invited to participate by choosing how they wish to represent themselves within the larger picture.’ A project by Simon Terrill who specialises in cataloguing, assembling and erasing crowds.


Alphabetical Autocompletes, a fun contemporary parlour game at Varsity Bookmarking. Through which we get the lovely Jacket Mechanical, concerned with book cover art in all its forms. Related, Why art books won’t become e-books any time soon. As long as we continue to fetishise feel, texture, grain and patina… / on Iwan Baan, the architectural photograph who pretty much dictates the contemporary aesthetic. Baan’s website / Depressive Robots, at entshwindet und vergeht, which also points us towards Found Objects (a ‘hauntological dumping ground’) / Matthew’s Drawings, a tumblelog.


The post-Christmas haze is going to be extra special for those who order this little trinket: Edible Gingerbread Playhouse by Dylan’s Candy Bar. We wonder how many of these attention-grabbing, high-ticket items are actually sold through the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. See also the Cupcake Car.


We’re looking forward to this: Care of Wooden Floors, a forthcoming novel by Will Wiles / Art Deco in the UK, a weblog / Sociological Images, the visual presentation of politics / photography by James Pomerantz (via Lenscratch), especially the Agua Sagrada series, shot in a Mexican cenote, ‘a water-filled sinkhole’.


Media, museum, at Butterpaper, which looks at the controversy surrounding the design of the Garden of Australian Dreams at the National Museum of Australia, by Ashton Raggatt McDougall. Described as ‘teeth-grating kitsch’ by the local media, the building is a rare splice of deconstructivist intent with po-mo borrowing – there’s a section that’s a breathtaking steal from Libeskind’s Jewish Museum in Berlin (see below). But it also courted controversy over alleged messages in the morse code relief patterns on the walls. Brings to mind Liam Gillick’s canopy for the Home Office building, which incorporates a message known only to Gillick. See also Secret Society: Cracking the codes of Conceptual art. And perhaps the ‘Mystery on Fifth Avenue‘, a splicing of Martha Stewart and Umberto Eco.

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3 Responses to Zig-zags and hidden messages

  1. Michelle Young says:

    for a cheaper oversized cupcake thrill that’s still green…http://untappednewyork.com/2010/10/04/in-the-studio-with-cupcake-man/


  2. Would love to visit that museum, looks so fun and different. Very cool aerial pics, thanks for sharing!

  3. Will says:

    Thanks for the plug – but I should mention that my book is called “Care of Wooden Floors”, minus the definite article. “Care of Wooden Floors” is also the title of a book within the book, which offers DIY advice and new age spiritual in equal cloying measure. It also involves hidden messages, a neat link to the rest of your post!

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