Archive for March, 2007
an interactive lighting installation on Tower Bridge, controlled by Bluetooth sensors on London Bridge. the movement of individuals carrying active Bluetooth devices are captured on London Bridge. thisinformation is then transmitted across the Pool of London to the high level walkways on Tower Bridge, controlling a dynamic band of ambient light displays.
via information aesthetics
Comedians do the strangest things:
From Popular Science 1938 – a fantastic bicycle made from a bed frame! Link.
We can’t help you with finding the time, but we’ve found the perfect place. The Bibliochaise by Nobody & Co. holds up to 5 linear meters of your favorite books. Just fill it up with the books on your list and start reading. When the shelves/chair are/is empty, repeat.
seen at http://www.rossanaorlandi.com/
Going to Germany this summer? Be sure to drop by Museum Ludwig in Köln where the talented and always interesting Christopher Williams is slated to curate "What does the jellyfish want?" A wry title to a survey show of 20th century photography:
"What does the jellyfish want? This question was raised by artist Christopher Williams during an interview in which he explained why he finds this sea-creature so fascinating: without shape, without a skeleton, and without a sex, a jellyfish is a creature without properties. In keeping with this, the jellyfish is a fitting metaphor for photography in contemporary art and serves as the motto for the exhibition: What is photography? Copy of reality or data source that may be altered as desired? Documentation or staged image? Found footage or extravagantly made exposure? With three historical links back to the avant-garde at the dawn of the 20th century, the exhibition shows current tendencies in photography against the backdrop of its traditions. "
What does the jellyfish want?
Photographs from Man Ray to James Coleman
31 March till 15 July 2007
I’ll be at a conference all weekend, so I won’t be able to make it to this one. If you go, send me a report:
I’ve been a Bowie fan for years (who hasn’t?) but I have to wonder what he was thinking when he added Laurie Anderson to the line-up of this otherwise fantastic sounding festival. It’s beyond me, but like Dave J said of TS Eliot, "I suppose every author (or whatever Anderson is) has a fan or two."
If anyone out there wants to buy me Ricky Gervais tickets…
From the promoters:
The H&M High Line Festival is a new multi-discipline arts festival that will be curated each year by a different artist. The inaugural edition, curated by David Bowie, will run May 9 to 19, 2007.
The ten-day mash-up of music, film, comedy, visual art and performance will highlight all of David’s favorite artists. The best of the best.
The inaugural 10-day festival will take place in venues near the High Line, the elevated rail structure soon to open as a public open space, running through the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/HellÕs Kitchen. A portion of each ticket sale will go to benefit Friends of the High Line, the 501(c)3 organization currently working with the City of New York to transform the 1930Õs rail structure into a park, set to open in 2008.
Please Note: none of the events of the High Line Festival will take place on the High Line itself.
"One way of spinning this is to say that my daily experience is often spontaneous and exciting. Not fragmented and intimidating, but unpredictable, continuously new. I may lose track of things, or of myself in space, my line of thought, but instead of getting frustrated I try to see this as the perfect time to stop and figure out what I want or where I am. I accept my role in the harlequinade. It’s not so much a matter of making lemonade out of life’s lemons, but rather of learning to savor the shock, taste, texture, and aftereffects of a mouthful of unadulterated citrus."
- Floyd Skloot
In the Shadow of Memory
via whiskey river
Incubus, the 1965 black and white horror film starring William Shatner, was the second movie ever released in the artificial language Esperanto (The first, Angoroj, appeared a year earlier). Though Incubus is considered something of a joke today — at most a a curious piece of film trivia — it’s actually quite striking in several respects. The cinematographer, Conrad Hall, went on to win three Academy Awards.
For many years, the original print of Incubus was thought to have been lost and all copies destroyed, but the film turned up in Paris 1996 and was re-released on DVD in 2001. According to Salon Magazine, the movie may be cursed.
The Incubus re-release trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_Spyt7bjFk
Interviewer: "What do you think of Jasper Johns?"