A remarkable exhibition at LACMA in Los Angeles traces the paths followed by a Germany split in two after World War II. Each side developed distinctive versions of modern and postmodern art–at times in accord with their political cultures, at other times in opposition to them. I knew i would get a powerful lesson of history but i was not expecting the show to be so overwhelmingly good
As humankind has developed increasingly sophisticated weaponry with which to harm its enemies, medicine has had to adapt to cope with the volume and the changing nature of resulting casualties.
Concentrating on the modern era, the exhibition ‘War and Medicine’ considered the constantly evolving relationship between warfare and medicine, beginning with the disasters of the Crimean War and continuing through to today’s conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq
‘World War One, France: a radiographer wearing protective clothing and headpiece’, a photo seen at the remarkable exhibition ‘War and Medicine’ at the Wellcome Trust in London
Robert Kusmirowski’s UHER.C is a classical, archaic sculpture that has gone berserk: it is both the nightmarish and joyous side of machine
The International Center of Photography had an exhibition about Bill Wood, a commercial photographer in Fort Worth, Texas, whose negatives were bought by Diane Keaton
Weegee gained fame for his photos of crime scene and villains, his documentation of life in the city from the 1030s Depression to the postwar period, but he was also keen on bringing into light social problems
This year Turin is the World Capital of Design, a title that the city is not holding with much panache. No critical design, no interaction design, nothing really progressive nor challenging either. Still, there’s a couple of interesting exhibitions going on throughout the city. The one i visited on Thursday might actually be the best show about design i’ve seen in a long time
Full-color publication of the complete Ant Farm Timeline, as well as Allegorical Time Warp: The Media Fallout (1969) and an archival dossier on Ant Farm’s Truckstop Network (1970-1972)
The bitter-sweet protagonist of the photo festival currently held in Madrid
Swedish physician Gustav Zander’s institute in Stockholm, founded in the late nineteenth century and stocked with his custom-built machines, was the first “gym” in the sense that we know the word today
Videos, models, original drawings, inflatables from a group of experimental architects and critical artists who had more stamina and attitude than the Rolling Stones themselves
Set of unofficial favorite photos of the staff of the Otis Historical Archives of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington DC.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Mary Flanagan’s Giant Joystick
How Gordon Pask’s 1953 Musicolour Machine and Cedric Price’s proposed Fun Palace and Generator seeked to strategically deploy boredom as impetus for interaction.
The SETUN computer, developed in 1958 at the Moscow State University, is based on ternary logic, which distinguishes it from the usually binary operating computers. Western computer scientists tried to create such a ternary computer in the following years but never succeeded.
Rescued from vintage ads.
When Ingeborg van Lieshout from Bright magazine told me that she had a list of talented young graduates […]
Domesticity at War (Amazon USA and UK), by Princeton professor and theorist Beatriz Colomina. Editor Actar‘s blurb: In […]
My favourite movie ever is L’Atalante by Jean Vigo with the wonderful Michel Simon. Bibi has rescued Zero […]
Yasutaro Mitsui with his own steel humanoid, early ’30s. Via Hugo Strikes Back (information about the picture found […]
The fun started this morning with the website of the Gas Mask community. Then i found something for […]
TV-Helmet (Portable living room), 1967 Prototypes, a series of sculptures made in the ’60s by Walter Pichler, explore […]
Daniel & Geo Fuchs have documented the architectural legacy left by the former GDR’s Ministry for State Security […]
Videos with Bibi has dug up Ed Wood‘s 1953 movie Glen or Glenda: Confessions of Ed Wood, The […]
Scanned from a 1933 issue of Popular Science and spotted last month on Popular Mechanix. I’m still laughing… […]
Jacqueline Humbert, Brainwave Etch a Sketch, 1974. Details in Tom Moody‘s blog, via rhizome. More brain-wave activated pieces: […]
Stitch for Senate, launched on the day of the 4th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, invites […]
Just discovered: Hellen Chadwick‘s 1977 performance/installation In the Kitchen typifies her initial involvement with the feminist art of […]
Yesterday was Monday, not my favourite day because all the art galleries are closed. Except! CO-Berlin. They are […]
I passed dozens of times in front of the German Historical Museum on Unter den Linden and never […]
Graham Pullin asked his 3rd year students in Interactive Media Design in Dundee to engage with a history […]
Images from psychiatric hospitals move me more than anything else. In 1954 Jean-Philippe Charbonnier documented French Psychiatric hospitals, […]
1924: a group portrait of members of Cañon City Klan on and around the ferris wheel in Cañon […]
I’m going to spend a couple of days in Weimar to give a talk at the Bauhaus University […]
Photographs from Mexican Circus by Mary Ellen Mark. Marina Campa (Batman’s Grandmother), Kimberly Crown Circus, Mexico, 1997 Which […]
Radio Beam Guides Girls in Blindfold Race (from the Sep, 1934 issue of Popular Science.) The ancestors of […]
There’s something about Russ Meyer. I just can’t help publishing posts about him. The documentary that Brit broadcaster […]
A stunning pair of cow pants brought back from a 1937 issue of Popular Science by Modern Mechanix. […]
A Visual Weapon. Soviet Photomontages 1917-1953 is a fascinating exhibition currently running at Passage de Retz in Paris. […]