Archive for January, 2010

Standard Time

January 28, 2010

Standard Time is defined by Wikipedia as the result of synchronizing clocks in different geographical locations within a time zone to the same time rather than using the local meridian as in local mean time or solar time. The time so set has come to be defined in terms of offsets from Universal Time.

More importantly it is also an amazing project by artist Mark Formanek, where a ‘digital clock’ is erected in different locations for a 24 h period. The really cool thing is that actually it isn’t digital but made by workers who reassemble it in real time, so the wooden numbers change every minute. Check out the video of the installation in Rotterdam Central Station.

I would love to have this as my clock, played in a constant loop. You can by the entire video here and look at pictures, videos and behind the scene material. Standard Time


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Tape

January 27, 2010

What a simple yet beautiful way to create graphical installations. All installations by American artist Rebecca Ward.

seventeen is sharp
electrical tape, vinyl adhesive
06.19.09
kansas city, mo
charolotte street foundation/urban culture project

shivering tents
electrical tape, flagging tape, masking tape, string, dual-channel projection
04.26.09
houston, tx
20 to watch: new art in austin
diverseworks

tape 3
duct tape
03.21.06
university of texas at austin
austin, tx

rip and pull
09.06.07
electrical tape, vinyl adhesive
finesilver gallery
houston, tx

Not a Terrorist!

January 23, 2010

I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist!

Something New

January 21, 2010

Learn Something New Everyday

Street With A View

January 18, 2010

Street With A View is a charming project by artists Robin Hewlett and Ben Kinsley. In 2008 they invited the Google Street View team to a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, where a community performance by local residents and artists took place. The result can be seen anytime you go to Google Maps and browse around the Sampsonia Way area.

I like the way the issue of surveillance and the random weirdness of the images captured by the Google Street View car is broached. Some of these so called Google Street View sightings are featured in this Times Online article. The fact that a whole community is involved in such a public art project makes it even more likable.

More cars

January 17, 2010

This is not intentional, but I came along a project which deals with cars in a very charming way. Austrian civil engineer Hermann Knoflacher, who is well known for his criticism of cars and their effects on humans and the environment, developed a construction, which he calls Gehzeug ( something like walkmobile in English). It is essentially just a wooden frame, with the dimension a car would have, but can be worn by a pedestrian, to illustrate how much space a vehicle uses compared to a single human. Understandably, when Knoflacher hits the streets with his creation, car owners are not amused and he frequently causes traffic jams.

We are increasingly retreating into enclosed environments, more or less out of our own choice, while isolating ourselves from an outside world subjected to noise, pollution and dust created by cars. Knoflacher

It has inspired people in other places, like Thailand, to demonstrate the potentialities of urban areas without cars. Let’s make it happen!

Long time no write…

January 14, 2010

As a result of settling into the new year my postings on this blog have suffered a little. Nevertheless, I have many things in mind I would like to write about.

This year I will start with a thought about a phenomenon I would like to see vanish from our streets sooner than later. It is the Porsche Cayenne. I’m normally not really bothered about cars, but this is just annoyingly apparent. Imagine you live in a city, a big city, like London. The streets are small, mostly jammed and most of them even cost money to drive on. Your day to day travel is, let’s say, bringing your kids to school, going shopping and maybe going to Ikea sometimes. Going to Ikea might count as a bit of a track, BUT this car is a monster, a machine, not much unlike a military jeep. The Cayenne weighs 2 tonnes, needs 22.5l fuel for 100 km, has 500 hp and could probably drive into any wild animal without much damage. This might be useful for going into the wild, but not to drive in a city, AT ALL.

To me this vehicle is a symbol for something much greater, something which I’d like to call Weltangst. It is the almighty protective gadget for you and your whole family. Just think about all the possible threats – terrorism, climate change, recession – if only you’re in your Porsche Cayenne you and your family are safe. So this is what I want to say to the owners: It’s ok, you’ll be safe without it. Trust me, the world is not going to end soon, but you might contribute to it. Why don’t you try a smaller car, or maybe even a bike, public transport – it will all be fine. With this suggestion I would like to herald 2010 and hope that this might be the year when people will not only be driven by fear and starting to trust each other and the world around them more.