Aug 28, 2009
"HELL NO" you might add.
Infinite venting, in need of constant feed for my memory, was one of the few reasons I started this blog.
TOday is SUPA KiD!!! day, 'cause Its been a year sense SK was made up. I really needed to keep myself
busy at that moment and it seemed that starting a blog was the best way to do it.
Left alone, the mind can be a real bitch.I don't really want to get all nostalgic and start reverting on things and how everything's changed but not
and blablablabla... shut up (bitch slap) ....thank you... well.. one things for sure, the blog has become an
extension of myself and kind of the imaginary friend I never had.
I encourage you to:
Now let's go celebrate and jump and scream and put in on
re-play on re-play on re-play re-play re-play re-play re-play re-play
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 26, 2009
Pink Laser Beam is the 6th Compendium of the experimental online periodical www.thisisamagazine.com and/or www.thisisnotamagazine.com containing over 180 pages of paper (and plastic) featuring new works from in and around the internet which unfold in time and space.
The title Pink Laser Beam is a reference to the moment of exegesis in Philip K. Dick's final novel "Valis" where a beam of pink light, after travelling to earth across the cosmos, suddenly and without warning enters the narrator's brain. The compendium attempts to present activities and artworks which have the potential to circumnavigate our traditional modes of perception.
Artist multiples/extras included with each compendium:
DIY "OMG" obelisk by aids-3d / Custom 3d-vision glasses for Evolution of 3-space by Donnachie, Simionato & Son / a cardboard picture-disc for My Cat is an Alien soundtrack / DIY hex-sticker by the Center for Tactical Magic / three playing cards / star-map by Grant Willing / a complete (yet invisible) book by J.G. Ballard as served by the Amazon Noir project
Aug 22, 2009
Aug 21, 2009
Yesterday I went to the Data party/rave/whateveryouwantocallit, although I never got to listen to them, the lights got me all in extasis. Sadly after I left, there was a big situation on the streets were police and students got in a really sad event.
One of the many videos of the unfortunate events that took place.
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 19, 2009
Remember my infatuation with Irregular Choice? well... A pair of friends that graduated with me from art college actually made this real. I didn't really think they would buy them, BUT THEY DID..... :D
HOW WILL I EVER REPAY THEM?!?!?! ( of course I gave em my piggy bank)
We Have Band - You Came Out (Official Music Video). Directed by David Wilson in very special collaboration with Fabian Berglund and Ida Gronblom from Wieden + Kennedy. Produced by Blinkink. Shot over 2 days and stop frame animated from 4,816 still images without a single moment of video footage! Take a look at our Flickr page to see every single frame uploaded in high res - http://www.flickr.com/photos/39167181@N06/. For more info about us come and visit as http://www.myspace.com/wehaveband
Aug 18, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
everyone has thought this at some time...
I undressed you with my eyes i have
Maybe even raped you
In a dark and eerie corner of my mind
I tucked you there
And touched you in a dream last night
Pushed you aside when you entere...d
My thoughts at the wrong time
I have sat up upon your lap and
Saddled my thighs around your hips like ropes
I rode you on a chair and in the shower
And all the while i clung heavy to your back
My desire deeply harnessed in your spine
I'm riding recklessly though a thick and humid
Jungle growing anxious with the deep and primal
Yearning that stirs
Deeply pulsing up toward the surface
Like sap rising or honey or tar
Aug 13, 2009
Aug 11, 2009
one more thing...
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD???
Plato: For the greater good.
Aristotle: To fulfill its nature on the other side.
Karl Marx: It was a historical inevitability.
Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a
chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road,
but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend
with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely
chicken's dominion maintained.
Hippocrates: Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its
Jacques Derrida: Any number of contending discourses may be discovered
within the act of the chicken crossing the road, and each
interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be
discerned, because structuralism is DEAD, DAMMIT, DEAD
Thomas de Torquemada: Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I'll
Timothy Leary: Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment
would let it take.
Douglas Adams: Forty-two.
Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road
gazes also across you.
Oliver North: National Security was at stake.
B.F. Skinner: Because the external influences which had pervaded its
sensorium from birth had caused it to develop in such a fashion that
it would tend to cross roads, even while believing these actions to be
of its own free will.
Carl Jung: The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt
necessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical
juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences
Follow the rest of the philosophers answers here
Aug 10, 2009
A Design Manifesto
Published jointly by 33 signatories in:
Adbusters, the AIGA journal,
Blueprint, Emigre, Eye, Form, Items
fall 1999 / spring 2000
First Things First 1964
We, the undersigned, are graphic designers, photographers and students who have been brought up in a world in which the techniques and apparatus of advertising have persistently been presented to us as the most lucrative, effective and desirable means of using our talents. We have been bombarded with publications devoted to this belief, applauding the work of those who have flogged their skill and imagination to sell such things as: cat food, stomach powders, detergent, hair restorer, striped toothpaste, aftershave lotion, beforeshave lotion, slimming diets, fattening diets, deodorants, fizzy water, cigarettes, roll-ons, pull-ons and slip-ons.
By far the greatest effort of those working in the advertising industry are wasted on these trivial purposes, which contribute little or nothing to our national prosperity.
In common with an increasing number of the general public, we have reached a saturation point at which the high pitched scream of consumer selling is no more than sheer noise. We think that there are other things more worth using our skill and experience on. There are signs for streets and buildings, books and periodicals, catalogues, instructional manuals, industrial photography, educational aids, films, television features, scientific and industrial publications and all the other media through which we promote our trade, our education, our culture and our greater awareness of the world.
We do not advocate the abolition of high pressure consumer advertising: this is not feasible. Nor do we want to take any of the fun out of life. But we are proposing a reversal of priorities in favour of the more useful and more lasting forms of communication. We hope that our society will tire of gimmick merchants, status salesmen and hidden persuaders, and that the prior call on our skills will be for worthwhile purposes. With this in mind we propose to share our experience and opinions, and to make them available to colleagues, students and others who may be interested.
First Things First Manifesto 2000
We, the undersigned, are graphic designers, art directors and visual communicators who have been raised in a world in which the techniques and apparatus of advertising have persistently been presented to us as the most lucrative, effective and desirable use of our talents. Many design teachers and mentors promote this belief; the market rewards it; a tide of books and publications reinforces it.
Encouraged in this direction, designers then apply their skill and imagination to sell dog biscuits, designer coffee, diamonds, detergents, hair gel, cigarettes, credit cards, sneakers, butt toners, light beer and heavy-duty recreational vehicles. Commercial work has always paid the bills, but many graphic designers have now let it become, in large measure, what graphic designers do. This, in turn, is how the world perceives design. The profession’s time and energy is used up manufacturing demand for things that are inessential at best.
Many of us have grown increasingly uncomfortable with this view of design. Designers who devote their efforts primarily to advertising, marketing and brand development are supporting, and implicitly endorsing, a mental environment so saturated with commercial messages that it is changing the very way citizen-consumers speak, think, feel, respond and interact. To some extent we are all helping draft a reductive and immeasurably harmful code of public discourse.
There are pursuits more worthy of our problem-solving skills. Unprecedented environmental, social and cultural crises demand our attention. Many cultural interventions, social marketing campaigns, books, magazines, exhibitions, educational tools, television programmes, films, charitable causes and other information design projects urgently require our expertise and help.
We propose a reversal of priorities in favour of more useful, lasting and democratic forms of communication – a mindshift away from product marketingand toward the exploration and production of a new kind of meaning. The scope of debate is shrinking; it must expand. Consumerism is running uncontested; it must be challenged by other perspectives expressed, in part, through the visual languages and resources of design.
In 1964, 22 visual communicators signed the original call for our skills to be put to worthwhile use. With the explosive growth of global commercial culture, their message has only grown more urgent. Today, we renew their manifesto in expectation that no more decades will pass before it is taken to heart.
Jonathan Barnbrook Nick Bell Andrew Blauvelt Hans Bockting Irma Boom Sheila Levrant de Bretteville
Max Bruinsma Siân Cook Linda van Deursen Chris Dixon William Drenttel Gert Dumbar Simon Esterson
Vince Frost Ken Garland Milton Glaser Jessica Helfand Steven Heller Andrew Howard Tibor Kalman
Jeffery Keedy Zuzana Licko Ellen Lupton Katherine McCoy Armand Mevis J. Abbott Miller Rick Poynor
Lucienne Roberts Erik Spiekermann Jan van Toorn Teal Triggs Rudy VanderLans Bob Wilkinson
Last year the Canadian magazine Adbusters took the unusual step of reprinting a manifesto, 'First Things First', written 35 years ago in London by Ken Garland and signed by 21 other visual communicators. As it turned out, Garland knew nothing about this renewed interest in his call for a 'reversal of priorities in favour of the more useful and more lasting forms of communication.' Adbusters had come across the manifesto in a back issue of Eye (see 'There is such a thing as society' by Andrew Howard, no. 13 vol. 4) and felt that its sentiments had become 'more, rather than less relevant' today.
After that, things started to move. Kalle Lasn, editor of Adbusters, showed the issue with 'First Things First' to the late Tibor Kalman, who said: 'We should do this now.' They met Ken Garland himself at their Vancouver HQ. Little by little the idea of a new version of 'First Things First', updated and rewritten for the twenty-first century, began to take shape. Garland gave the project his blessing, but left the writing and organisation of new signatories to Adbusters. Earlier this year the magazine’s art director, Chris Dixon, read out a preliminary draft during a packed lecture at the Royal College of Art.
As the new version and list came together, other magazines were approached to see whether they would act as co-sponsors of the initiative.
'First Things First Manifesto 2000' is being published in its entirety, with 33 signatories’ names, in Adbusters, Emigre and the AIGA Journal in North America, in Eye and Blueprint in Britain, in Items in the Netherlands, and Form in Germany. A poster version will be designed by Adbusters and dispatched to design schools around the world.
The aim is to stimulate discussion in all areas of visual communication – in education, in practice, in the organisations that represent design’s aspirations and aims – as well as outside design. The changing relationship of advertising, graphic design, commerce and culture poses some profound
questions and dilemmas that have recently been overlooked. If anything, these developments are accepted as an unproblematic fait accompli.
In consequence, many young designers have little conception of the values, ideals and sense of responsibility that once shaped the growth and practice of design. The profession’s senior figures, who do, are for the most part quiet. Adbusters’ welcome initiative reasserts these considerations as fundamental to any sensitive interpretation of graphic design’s role and potential.
Aug 8, 2009
This last few days I've been obsessing about Irregular Choice shoes and bags,
trying to find someone to ship this shoes from London. The best part about them
is that even with the conversion from pounds to $, they're prices are very reasonable
for the design, the mixture of textile and textures this shoes offer.
Anyone want to ship me this from UK?
Aug 6, 2009
Aug 5, 2009
Every blogger has a tendency to go offline for a few days, reasons can go on from internet problems to just needing some shut eye. This last few days I've been out in the sun and consequently having a bit of a rough finger when posting... yes 3-4 days without posting... shame on me... ARE WE DEAD YET?
Still I'm writing as a follow note to Susie's own words words words that have been also a response to other bloggers talking about this matter. As I first said when I started this blog, it's my memory materialized in posts, so I won't ever forget if amnesia strikes me someday, and it HAS come in pretty handy. Still... fuck rules, let's have FUN FUN FUN , no matter if a post has 1000 words or 3...
Ill leave you with Susie's conserns for those who are in the same train of though:
"Damned if you do, damned if you don't" has been running through my head for a while now ever since I received an email pointing out quite rightly so that I seem to be writing less on the blog. More specifically, volume of words is at an all time low. Then today, on KOS's blog, a commentor makes a, dare I say, slightly cynical comment about how a certain jacket from Luxirare is able to prompt lengthly paragraphs. So, now it's not just a question of length but where the length is being applied that is being scrutinised.
Firstly, to address length. I considered shutting the blog a few times in the past year because my full time job at Dazed has been taking up the bulk of my time and I'd like to devote as much time to it as possible because it's something that I'm driven by and want to succeed. I've developed email-checking-frenzies that haven't induced the best personal life. I haven't taken a wi-fi free, phone-free proper holiday since I've started. The ludicrous notion of taking on an intern for the blog actually ridiculously crossed my mind because I've been so tired (of course that thought left me... what the fuck would a blog intern do???). So, in terms of posts, it has become more instinctive for me to post in a stream of consciousness...mind babble...short and fast. Not strictly ideal, but enough to keep the blog going, a goal that I keep my teeth gnawing into whenever I close my eyes and the remote thought of the blog shutting down flashes in my head.
Then to address length and where it's applied. Even though I am pretty good at spouting out text that waffles on and on. Sometimes, I just don't have a huge amount to say on something but feel it's worth putting out there as imagery, information, a link etc. Sometimes, I go completely hyperbolic when I've touched/worn/experienced something that I can describe at length even if nobody else will get what I'm saying because I physically can't stop my fingers from typing. Writing about what I experience in person is as important as extolling over the things I can only get web images of and pragmatically speaking, length of text does correspond to the seeing/feeling factor.
This might all be babble to those that have the sane attitude of "It's your blog, I don't really give a toss how you run it... I'll read it if I like it, I'll won't if I don't..." But given that I have OCD tendencies, things like this eat away at my brain and I can be more at ease if I just explain myself.
See? There you go... a waffle-filled post on something that has been consuming me that where my hands just went into auto-type mode.