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Oct 27, 2013
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"Why ‘I Have Nothing to Hide’ Is the Wrong Way to Think About Surveillance" »

Found this article looking up information on security discourse.


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Apr 14, 2013
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german-expressionists:

Paul Klee, Growth of the Night Plants, 1922 

german-expressionists:

Paul Klee, Growth of the Night Plants, 1922 

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Mar 28, 2013
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sparklenight:

East German beverage labels


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Dec 4, 2012
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"The Women’s Spa" at the Frye Art Museum for the exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude], October 25 & 26, 2012”

This is a song and video installation by artist Wynne Greenwood

Music Video in the Women’s Spa

I’m rehearsing and live-videotaping Mirrors and Dresser in a re-creation of The Women’s Spa, an installation I originally made in 2011 to explore security, transformation and isolation. The set encourages a public performance of a private process.

When I think of women’s spas, I think of a place to rest, and to witness rest. A space has been created whose function is to allow communal relaxation. Spas are typically limited to women with financial means, the majority of whom are white. I mention these details because I’m concerned with who has access to transformative processes, and why.

For Mirrors and Dresser, popular cartoon characters and mythic figures like Pebbles Flintstone, Betty Boop and Medusa will hang out on spa maintenance day, watching each other have a body, holding space for becoming space, and praying for an end to isolation through nostalgia.

Pebbles has been a happy baby for 50 years. Medusa has been the monster for hundreds. How tiring. These are characters we insist upon; myths that we replay again and again. Why? Is it comfortable? Why do we seek comfort? Can we let our icons and our myths change?

I’m choosing these characters to talk about cultural exhaustion; to help me perform and challenge my own cartoony definitions. Performance itself expands by first exaggerating its boundaries and then letting it relax, stretch out, soak and rest. Not necessarily seeking comfort, but transformation and a more complicated existence.

—Wynne Greenwood


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Aug 13, 2012
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transitmaps:

Historical Map: Tokyo by Richard Saul Wurman, 1984
Thanks to Twitter follower @chrishelenius for bringing this amazing map by Richard Saul Wurman (founder of the TED Conference amongst other things) to my attention. In the course of research for this post, I also discovered that Mr. Wurman was responsible for these beautiful maps of Philadelphia from the book Man-Made Philadelphia: still the most-visited post on Transit Maps by far.
But onto the map itself.
Firstly, this is not a map of the Tokyo subway, as many commentaries that I have come across state. It actually shows two lines of the JR East rapid transit network that very cleverly help to define “Tokyo”: the circular loop Yamanote Line, and the cross-town Chūō-Sōbu Line. The stations along the Yamanote Line all have points of interest listed, while the Imperial Palace complex is shown for reference within the circle.
Secondly, this is beautiful. Abstracted, clarified, simplified information. Five stars.
(Source: Edge-Serpentine-MapsGallery via Chris Helenius)

transitmaps:

Historical Map: Tokyo by Richard Saul Wurman, 1984

Thanks to Twitter follower @chrishelenius for bringing this amazing map by Richard Saul Wurman (founder of the TED Conference amongst other things) to my attention. In the course of research for this post, I also discovered that Mr. Wurman was responsible for these beautiful maps of Philadelphia from the book Man-Made Philadelphia: still the most-visited post on Transit Maps by far.

But onto the map itself.

Firstly, this is not a map of the Tokyo subway, as many commentaries that I have come across state. It actually shows two lines of the JR East rapid transit network that very cleverly help to define “Tokyo”: the circular loop Yamanote Line, and the cross-town Chūō-Sōbu Line. The stations along the Yamanote Line all have points of interest listed, while the Imperial Palace complex is shown for reference within the circle.

Secondly, this is beautiful. Abstracted, clarified, simplified information. Five stars.

(Source: Edge-Serpentine-MapsGallery via Chris Helenius)

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Jul 17, 2012
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moccasingrooves:

Paul Citroen, Big City (Metropolis), c.1896-1923

moccasingrooves:

Paul Citroen, Big City (Metropolis), c.1896-1923

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Feb 6, 2012
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This is a music video for the song “a certain person” by the band Light Asylum. I heard this song a while ago and was immediately captivated. They sound like they were spit out of another dimension. Their sound is haunting and beautiful. Goth out.


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Feb 1, 2012
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Design History
This very cute website is an overview of design history accompanied by images. Very visually oriented and easy to digest.

Design History


This very cute website is an overview of design history accompanied by images. Very visually oriented and easy to digest.


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Jan 30, 2012
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50 Watts

Is a beautiful blog created by one Will Schofield. It appears that Mr. Schofield has a serious book problem that he luckily shares with the world. On his blog you can see illustrations from many beautiful and odd books.


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Jan 26, 2012
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Ed Emberly talks about his life, work, and house. »

Illustrator Ed Emberly is known for illustrating beautiful and zany books for children. This is a touching and personal video where he describes his creative process and what led him to become an illustrator.