Archive for February, 2010

Everyone Ever

February 28, 2010

Great poster by London-based data wizzard Peter Crnokrak The Luxury of Protest.

“Everyone Ever in the World” is a visual representation of the number of people to have lived versus been killed in wars, massacres and genocide during the recorded history of humankind. The visualisation uses existing paper area and paper loss (die cut circle) to represent the concepts of life and death respectively. The total number of people to have lived was estimated through exponential regression calculations based on historical census data and known biological birth rates. This results in approximately 77.6 billion human beings to have ever lived during the recorded history of humankind. The total people killed in conflicts was collated from a number of historical source books and was summed for all conflicts – approximately 969 million people killed, or ~1.25% of all the people to have ever lived. The timescale encompasses 3200 BCE to 2009 CE – a period of over 5 millennia, and 1100+ conflicts of recorded human history.

Conversations

February 25, 2010

Joseph Grigely is an artists whose work consists of conversations, written conversations, as he is deaf as a result of a childhood accident. It is all about the paths they take, the shapes and colors they have and the stories that lie behind those scraps of paper, beer mats and notes that other people have written on in order to communicate with him. Joseph Grigely shies away from lip-reading (as he points out, the word vacuum can be misunderstood as ‘fuck you’) which leaves only the written word. As a big fan of ‘found’ objects in art practice, as well as any form of conversation and the writing, I really like his work.

Art History

February 23, 2010

Art History (Part One) by Vuk Vidor

I’m on a horse

February 21, 2010

Love this ad by Old Spice which proves that if you don’t take yourself too seriously or, in fact, ridicule what people think about yourself (or your brand) it proves to me most successful.

A rose is a rose is a rose

February 16, 2010

I have no idea who Marco Fusinato is, but somehow I stumbled across his website and, although most of the projects are very subtle, there is something intriguing about each of them. As a big fan of Beuys I especially like A Dozen Roses, based on Rose for Direct Democracy (1972) by Beuys.

Joseph Beuys
Rose for Direct Democracy
1973
Glass beaker with silkscreen 33.5 x 5 cm

Marco Fusinato
Rose #1-#3 from A Dozen Roses
2006
digital type-C photograph on Fuji Crystal Archive paper
139 x 93 cm framed
edition of 5
Courtesy Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Marco Fusinato
A Dozen Roses
2006
Installation view: Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne

Puddle

February 14, 2010
Imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, “This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn’t it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!”

This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it’s still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything’s going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for.

Douglas Adams

Via But Does It Float

Francis Upritchard

February 9, 2010

New Zealand born artist Francis Upritchard came to my attention when I had a chance to look through her new book Every Colour By Itself.  Beautifully designed by Äbake and published by their publishing venture Dent-De-Leon it made me want to find out more about her work. In the book all the sculptures – incredibly colourful fluorescent naked men and ladies – are shown from all possible angles and printed on thick, absorbing paper, which creates a wired and wonderful feeling. I love the use of colour and the awkward postures these bodies have – almost as if we all should actually look like this. Naked, of course.

Disposable memories

February 8, 2010

Here is a project which is simple and very much to my liking. 270 cameras have been disposed in 59 countries. So far 20 have returned, 81 found and passed on while 166 are still missing. It is a great way to collect and tell random stories and images from people all over the world. Some cameras making incredible journeys like traveling from Wales all the way to Greenland and finally to the Antarctica. Find out more about locations of cameras, more stories and how dispose your own here.

Camera 38: Left in a bar in London, and was immediately picked up and taken to Cambodia, coming home in April 2009. Lifetime: 93 days, Distance: ~12630 miles, Countries Visited: England Cambodia, People: 2

Camera 134 Released on Apr 14, 2009 in London, UK by Kolla R. Returned by Abri K.Jun 12, 2009 from South Africa. Lifetime: 44 days, Distance: ~7890 miles, Countries Visited: England South Africa, People: 4

I’m a designer

February 4, 2010

When it comes to explaining your parents what exactly it is you’re doing it can sometimes be a bit tricky. Often what they want is to have a simple explanation, mainly involving how you’re thinking to live of that. Another reaction is, “oh, that’s interesting” then silence. Directors and artists Lernert & Sander made a series out of this. How To Explain My Parents features nine artists in conversation with their parents, shedding light on their practice. Make sure to check out all the other nice projects on their site.