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Oliver Mandi? ‘My Love Wants Only to Watch Kurusawa Films’

Below is "a music video from 1981 by Oliver Mandi?, a big-time 1980s eastern European pop star, transvestite, drug experimenter, orientalist (natch), perfectionist and all-around controversial guy." –benperry.net

I think it is absolutley amazing and must be watched by everyone under the age of 20:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFGObRscWas

A big ‘thank you’ to benperry.net for this one

Polar Clock by Pixelbreaker

Polar_clock We’ve been feeling inspired by designers specializing in info-graphics. Gabriel Bucknall, a.k.a. Pixelbreaker, has designed a great screensaver called "Polar Clock". W just downloaded it for one of the Macs and it is a hit! Simple, elegant and clever. What more could you ask for?

From infoaesthetics:

a simple clock design based on depicting the length of circle arcs. available as a free screensaver application.

see also coulheur clock & colhour clock & last clock.

[link: pixelbreaker.com (clock) & pixelbreaker.com (blog entry)]

Hank’s Hi-fi Webcast to Go Under; Save Net Radio

Hankshi_fi_hirezstationlogo   You heard correctly, Hank’s Hi-fi may go under if current legislation is passed. YOU CAN HELP!

Act Now!

"The future of Internet radio is in immediate danger. Royalty rates for webcasters have been drastically increased by a recent ruling and are due to go into effect on May 15 (retroactive to Jan 1, 2006!). If the increased rates remain unchanged, the majority of webcasters will go bankrupt and silent on this date. Internet radio needs your help! The Internet Radio Equality Act has just been introduced by Representatives Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Donald Manzullo (R-IL ) to save the Internet radio industry. Please call your congressperson to ask them to co-sponsor this bill by clicking below.

Call Your Representative!

Eikongraphia’s Top 25 List: We made #25!

Worldtitlebelt Hello and thanks to all you who are stopping by via the post on Eikongraphia. We are thrilled to be selected and are pretty sure we fit the bill, as noted by Michiel:

"Also note that the chart becomes a bit obscure after number 20. There are not that many architecture blogs out there, so the figures down there are quite low and unstable. To illustrate: BLDGBLOG is linked by 1,086 blogs, Progressive Reactionary only by 1. New blogs could easily enter at the bottom of the chart and silently leave without anybody noticing them. There are winners and losers."

Can we call ourselves "Award Winning" now?

Be sure to check them out HERE: http://www.eikongraphia.com/?p=1395

This is the Blogoshpere: Matt Hurst

Blogosphere

Pretty! And this is the explaination from creator, Matt Hurst (not Nathan Gilliat-correction 3:48PM):

Data – I took a hefty amount of blog data – approximately 6 weeks of full index from blogpulse. I then pulled out all the links in posts that were to other blogs and created a data set of blog to blog links.

Graph Building – By inspecting this data set for blogs that have reciprocal links (A links to B and B links to A) we can form a graph of what we might call a social network of the blogosphere.

Partitionaing – This graph will have distinct partitions. For two partitions (X and Y) there are no links between any blog in X and any blog in Y. Each partition may be thought of as a community.

Layout – Each of the communities can be laid out using a standard graph layout algorithm. Further, as there are non-reciprocal links between some of the communities we can actually use these links to layout the different communities with respect to each other (this can be thought of almost as hierarchical graph layout).

Projection – A blog is selected to be the centre of the image and the whole picture is projected on a hyperbolic surface (which gives it something like a fish-eye lens look).

What I have done in this instance is select a blog in a part of the graph that is off centre and used it to form the centre of the projection – thus pushing of the large core mass of the blogosphere to the edge of the hyperbolic surface.

via reBlog

Jonas Mekas @ Nina Hagen LIVE!, NYC

Nina_hagen_screen_shotFollow the jump to Jonas’ film for the day; a 1998 performance by Nina Hagen in NYC. Weird and wonderful. Jonas is my hero!

get your copy for FREE today only:

http://www.jonasmekas.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=JM&Category_Code=365FEB&mon=1

Web 2.0 in 5 Minutes by Michael Wesch

Great for sparking some debate. We Saw this on Dennis Hollingsworth’s site and had to post it.

Walter Benjamin/Arcades/and Blogging

Wb_1940"Like the railroad stations,
exhibition halls, and shopping arcades, the
‘despised , everyday’
weblogs easily adapt
themselves to the
contours
of everyday activity
and more or less comfortably
serve as literary and political
meeting places, akin to what
was once cafe culture.

Benjamin is anything but the slow
and methodical kind of scholar-creator.
On the contrary, Benjamin would have
loved the quick turn-around of reading
and writing made available and
instantly universally accessible as blogging.
Benjamin’s collecting of materials for the
Arcades project, like blogging,
pleasurably embraces reading
over the shoulders of other writer.
In turn, this action embraces the past,
as well as the future.

Walter Benjamin would have
loved blogging because of its
capability of embracing as
part of its mortar what society
considers trivial and unmentionable.
These innumerable details,
which constitute the names,
or at least the initials,
of every person who exists or
who has ever existed, embrace
what traditional journalism consigns
to ‘quaintness’ and the
‘human interest story.’

Walter Benjamin would have
understood that like the growing
masses of moviegoers of his time,
the thronging masses of bloggers
stand with insousciant
defiance towards the overall capitalist
conception of the function of
information and history."

Link: fait accompli: 11/30/2003 – 12/07/2003.

via: ::: wood s lot ::: "the fitful tracing of a portal".

and to us via the delicious! Theresa Duncan

John O’Brien on Contemporary Art

Jobrien This is typically wonderful, as are most observations from O’Brien:

"I’ve been among those observing the fragmented trajectory of contemporary visual art as it clears the 20th-Century with great interest, and am heartened by the diversity I see–and worried about the stark relational contrasts. Of the many vectors emerging, there are a few common threads–like the timeless uniqueness of the art experience and the fascinating nonsense of art expenditure–as energy or acquisition, for example. But there is at once large group of conflicting and fundamentally different paradigms that appear to be without any convergence in either ideal or practical terms. Today the role of an art writer, consequentially, must be that of a thoughtful and conscientious observer of the flux of all these trajectories. Writing intelligently about the wonder and complexity of all contemporary art (with a touch of skepticism to acknowledge one’s own historical limits) is essential to understanding, delineating and deciphering the trends of the present. That is the only way to respect its sense of accruing critical mass given its current delicate state of imbalance.

"Critical Mass"? Sounds spooky, John…

via ARTSCENE

Dave Cole; The Knitting Machine

Just saw this great piece on Neatorama. Wondering what my knitting buddies will think:

Davecoleknittingmachine

From DailyServing; "The Knitting Machine is just one of artist Dave Cole‘s large scale projects that consist of ambitiously knitting unconventional materials. In this particular piece Cole uses two excavation tractors equipped with 20′ knitting needles to assemble a giant American flag in time for the 4th of July (2005). This work was part of larger exhibition and artist residence held at Mass Moca, North Adams, Mass. Cole describes the work as "combining the feminized domestic American tradition of knitting with the grandiose gesture of construction". Additional works by the artist include the knitting of a 15′ teddy bear made of fiberglass, and an evening gown made of shredded dollar bills. In 2007 Cole will exhibit with the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art, and with the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. Recent exhibitions include works at the Judi Rotenburg Gallery in Boston and the Woods-Gerry Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence, Rhode Island."

Link via Neatorama

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