Collector’s Edition proves printed artifacts can still hold centre stage in the digital age, with mind-blowing productions. The author [Stuart Tolley] picks his favorites, taking in materials from ice, to hand-carved wood, to Gummy Bears.
The Flaming Lips, Gummy Song Skull, 2011
What is there not to love about a to-scale human skull made from Gummy Bears, that houses a strawberry jelly brain implanted with a USB containing music by The Flaming Lips?
(Italian Limes at the Corderie dell’Arsenale. Photo by Delfino Sisto Legnani, June 2014.)
Italian Limes is a research project and installation presented at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture that opened on June 7 and will remain on show to the public until November 23. This post is the first in a series of analyses that will set out to expand on the themes of research that underpin the project over the coming months, outlining possible developments and presenting new material not included in the exhibition.
“There are more international borders in the world today than ever there were before.” These are the opening words of the book A Companion to Border Studies by Thomas M. Wilson and Hastings Donnan, one of the most recent and important publications in a new field of research at the intersection between geography, anthropology and political science. It is a statement that places the accent on a fact often overshadowed by all the contemporary talk of global markets and hyper-connectivity: although the process of digitization currently underway has removed many physical constraints on our everyday lives, we inhabit a world still bound by the 19th-century logic of national institutions and their principle of sovereignty. The struggle for territorial independence remains a priority for any minority, rooted in the belief that recognition by the international community requires, in the first place, the definition of a boundary marking out an inviolable portion of land. (Klat magazine)
Over a period of two years, photographer Simon Menner researched the archives of the German Democratic Republic’s Ministry for State Security (Stasi), one of the most effective and feared surveillance organizations that ever existed. The quantity and breadth of the images he was able to unearth in that period provided invaluable visual evidence of surveillance from the organization. These images documented multiple areas of the Stasi, from seminars on disguises and how to apply fake facial hair, to secret house searches and spies photographing other spies. This material was compiled in his book Top Secret: Images from the Stasi Archives (Hatje Cantz, 2013).
We talked to Simon to know more about his project, the current state of surveillance, and the need to look further into the past to see what is possible.
For months the design world from Turin to Detroit, Tokyo, Paris and beyond has been wondering what was going on at Stile Bertone, the last enclave of the heritage left here by Nuccio Bertone, son of founder Giovanni Bertone.
The answer? Bankruptcy.
News finally emerged last week the Italian design house was declared officially bankrupt June 4 and is up for sale – in whole or piecemeal. (WardsAuto)
(The Ramones pose for their eponymous debut in 1976. Bayley / Redferns)
Tommy Ramone, the original drummer for the Ramones and the band’s last surviving original member, died on Friday at the age of 65.
Ramone was a founding member of the family of “brothers” who helped invent punk rock in New York’s frenetic 1970s music scene. Harnessing a powerful combination of short, propulsive three-chord singalongs with playful lyrics on themes of adolescent angst, the Ramones created a durable sound in songs like “Beat on the Brat,” “I Wanna Be Sedated,” "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" that would go on to influence countless later bands. (Rolling Stone)
Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto of Floto+Warner Studio recently produced this beautiful series of photos titled Clourant that seemingly turns large splashes of colorful liquid into glistening sculptures that hover in midair. The photos were shot at a speed of 1/3,500th of a sec. (Colossal)
Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto AKA Vhils has been interacting visually with the urban environment since his days as a graffiti writer in the early 2000s. In recent years he has become better known for his chiseled facade portraits, which see him break away surface layers of walls to create highly detailed artworks. ahead of his upcoming show at the EDP foundation in Lisbon he told designboom more about his influences and approach. (designboom)