Archive for October, 2006
From the Telegraph: "The building that Ban has designed for Metz was partially inspired by a Chinese peasant’s hat which the architect found in a Parisian market. To Ban, the woven bamboo of the hat suggested a kind of architectural canopy which set him on a train of thought that eventually led to a vast, luminescent, conical roof that will tie the various elements of the new Pompidou together. Ninety metres wide, this sinuous crown will be made up of a timber frame woven into a hexagonal lattice and then coated in a fibreglass membrane topped with a layer of Teflon.
"It was not so much the shape of the hat that interested me but the way that it was made," says Ban, talking at his temporary European office perched on the roof of the original Pompidou Centre. "It was not only the pattern but the structure itself, which is very light but can span big distances.
A refreshing, new film graphic sensibility is taking over. The much needed shake-up of the established motion graphics studios is under way and we are all better off. Fewer layers of approvals means less opportunity to hit it with the ugly stick in an effort to save their middle-management jobs.
Not that I’ve ever experienced that…
Click here for a great slide show of the up and comers: http://www.iht.com/slideshows/2006/10/27/style/web.1030design30.php?index=0
From Cool Hunting: "The world’s first international news magazine on cotton, T-post is a subscription t-shirt service based in Sweden. Silkscreened onto American Apparel tees, subscribers get a new "issue" every six weeks with a design about a current news item on the outside and a short article on the topic printed inside. Many of the stories covered by T-post are outside the radar of the traditional news media—like conversations overheard on the subway or microchips implanted in butterflies—but that is precisely why the editors at T-Post think they’re important. Available worldwide, each edition costs €26 including shipping and back issues are not for sale—"you can’t go trying to buy one like ‘you was with it way back when.’"
This Thursday I will be participating in a group show called Menlo Park at the Gallery OK at the OK Hotel in Pioneer Square, Seattle. The show features artists who work with light and is a celebration of the work of Thomas Edison in his Research Lab in Menlo Park, NJ. I have a video installation in the show. Come down and say "Hi!" Beer and goodies and, as usual, all the galleries in town are open late for First Thursday that night. Here are the deets:
November 2, 2006. Menlo Park, at Gallery O.K./ 212 Alaskan Way S.
Seattle, WA 98104-3456, US/ Opening Reception 6 – 10 PM.
If you’re in NYC this weekend, try and check out the GAIN Conference, if you can get tickets, that is. Tom Kelley, general manager, IDEO and author, The Ten Faces of Innovation, will serve as moderator for Gain: AIGA Business and Design Conference.
Julie is there now and will be reporting back as events develop. Get in on the ground floor; Design is the new Black…
And here: http://www.tenfacesofinnovation.com/
From Magical Urbanism: "German-born photographer Michael Wolf documents the extreme densities of Hong Kong. His series ‘Architecture of Density’ rarely contain images of people, instead letting the extreme scale of the buildings remain as the focus. The images are stunning, though I’m not quite sure how to react. It’s overwhelming to view the scale and enormity of the buildings, and then realize that people live there. The post-modernist in me wants to decry the lack of humanity in the high rises. But these images aren’t hopeless. After all, we created those buildings, right?"
Find more here: http://www.magicalurbanism.com/?p=127
Now this brings back some memories. Which one of us didn’t dream about making his/her own laser and gunpowder. My brother and I made molitof cocktails and threw them onto the sand bar in the river. My neighbor introduced us to the joys of dripping burning plastic (that sound!) This one is a little before our time, but the spirit remains the same:
"Ah, the good ole’ days, when fun meant home experiments with hydrogen, Modern Mechanix 1936 – Link.
"William Kentridge discusses his work in conjunction with William Kentridge: 7 Fragments for Georges Méliès, a film and video installation that captures the South African artist in a series of humorous and improbable interactions with his own drawings.
Recorded December 10, 2005 at the SilverScreen Theater in conjunction with William Kentridge: 7 Fragments for George Méliès.
"it is this time of year again, at which Boris Müller puts online his newest ‘visual theme’ for a yearly international literature festival. This year, the theme consists of beautiful visualizations of the poetry texts themselves.
"each words correspond to a numerical code by adding the alphabetical values of its letters together. this number is mapped onto the position on a circle, & marked by a red dot. gray lines connect the dots in the sequence the words appear in the poem. the diameter of the circle on which the dots are placed is decided by the length of the poem.
see also last year’s visual theme.