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Prints Charming

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Image source: Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Website Graph

Here is a java applet that traverses the html of a webpage and turns it into a visual graphic.  Website graphs are the work of Marcel Salathe, a young conceptual artist living inZurichSwitzerland

Photographsdonotbend today i.e. Aug-2012

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Prints Charming




Mouche Mort Art

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Vinyl record grooves shot under an electron microscope taken by Chris Supranowitz who is a researcher based at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.

Here is a shot of a number of record grooves (the dark bits are the top of the grooves, i.e. the uncut vinyl):

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The grooves magnified 500x - the little bumps are dust on the record:

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And here's a single groove even closer still, magnified 1000 times:

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(via Pete Brook)

Happy Holidays


The Digital Story of the Nativity

Retrofuturs: Web Service Covers

Sunshine Tester!


"My feeling about technique in art is that it has about the same value as technique in lovemaking; that is to say: heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill, but what you want is passionate virtuosity."

John Barth 

Sixteen Studies from Vegetable Locomotion

The hilarious 'Sixteen Studies from Vegetable Locomotion'  by Hollis Frampton and Marion Faller, 1975

ejcarrot.gif Carrot ejaculating

savoy.gif Savoy Cabbage Flying

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Famous Photographers Tell How

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 by Weegee, 1958.

from Famous Photographers Tell How

"Henri Cartier-Bresson"

 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1958.

from Famous Photographers Tell How

Out of this world photographic project? Send your face into space



"In French, there is a phrase - petit mort, or 'little death' - that alludes to the orgasm. For me, photographing is like this.I am a pack of nerves while waiting for the moment, and this feeling grows and grows and grows and then it explodes, it is a physical joy, a dance, space and time reunited. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Like the end of Joyce's Ulysses. To see is everything."

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Abe's Penny Micro Magazine

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Marcus Trimble: Lost and Found

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"I've come to regard the production of aesthetic meaning and value as a collective enterprise ... as the product of a group of ... curators, art  historians, caption writers, preparators, docents, lecturers and even dealers and collectors ... acting together (and not necessarily consciously in concert) to produce what we think of as being the meaning of the work of art, and the value of the work of art" [1] - Craig Owens

[1] Owens, C.  'Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power and Culture'. 1992

Stop Motion Video Eyal Landseman

Photographer Eyal Landseman created a stop motion music video for Oren Lavie's song "Her Morning Elegance" and now it's up for a Grammy Award (here). 2,321 images make up the video.

Postcards from the Edge

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Postcard from Morrissey to Linder Sterling

Random Thought

Looking at artwork on-line tends to feel cheap, like cheating. Whatever aura a work might possess is usually dissipated by pixilation, miniaturization and the cold context of a screen .. a screen among millions, a webpage among billions ...

David Lynch

la maladie de la mort

a film from asa mader : la maladie de la mort/ the malady of death

Photography is dead - the debate

We all know how technologies have changed the way we work today, but what exactly is photography evolving into? Is it a propagandist tool used beside words in the media? Or merely a form of digital illustration? What are the hidden agendas? Is our consciousness deceived by the imagery we see before us in our everyday lives? Have technologies opened a world up to non-professionals, that now threaten the industry with sub standard images and information, or does it simply make photography more democratic? Does technology allow things to be meddled with too easily, or has technology given us more tools to open our minds to an all new types of art and so therefore create new realities? Is copyright now completely undermined? Has playfulness with imagery enhanced or destroyed truths, beliefs and practices? Is seeing, still believing? Has photography lost its soul?

the crying light

antony and the johnsons the crying light.jpgThe latest cd release by Antony & the Johnsons has been dedicated to the legendary butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno. An extraordinary portrait of the artist, chosen by Antony Hegarty, features on the cover of The Crying Light.  Kazuo Ohno was born in Hokkaido in 1906 & he danced until 2000.  He was the founder of butoh, a Japanese dance form concerned with surreal metamorphoses (whom Hegarty refers to as "kind of like my art parent"). After his 90th birthday, Kazuo Ohno was still active as a butoh dancer. His last overseas performance was Requiem for the 20th Century which was held in New York in December 1999. But in the same year he had eye trouble & his physical strength gradually deteriorated. Yet Kazuo Ohno continued dancing as if he was nourished by his age. When he could not walk by himself, he danced with the support of others. When he could not stand even with support, he danced seated. When his legs didn't move as he wanted them to, he danced with his hands. When he lost himself, he crawled on his knees & audiences were moved by watching his back. The butoh dance tradition is continued by Kazuo Ohno's son Yoshito Ohno. Antony Hegarty is not only an accomplished singer/songwriter but also visual artist, & this maybe explains his beautiful & unconventional choices for the aesthetics of all of his releases. Peter Hujar's photograph Candy Darling on his death bed, 1974 was used for the cover of Antony & the Johnsons' second album, I Am a Bird Now (2005).

The aim of the Impossible Project is to re-start production of analog instant film for vintage polaroid cameras in 2010.  Support them and follow their progress here

Websites as Graphs

A bit of fun!

Here is a java applet that traverses the html of a webpage and turns it into a stunning visual graphic.  A more detailed on-line explanation and examples found here.

Website graphs are the work of Marcel Salathe, a young conceptual artist living in Zurich, Switzerland 

java applet.jpgScreenshot of Photographs Do Not Bend (above).  Create your own.

What do the colors mean?

blue: for links (the A tag)
red: for tables (TABLE, TR and TD tags)
green: for the DIV tag
violet: for images (the IMG tag)
yellow: for forms (FORM, INPUT, TEXTAREA, SELECT and OPTION tags)
orange: for linebreaks and blockquotes (BR, P, and BLOCKQUOTE tags)
black: the HTML tag, the root node
gray: all other tags

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