Archive for the ‘Science & Technology’ Category

Trevor Paglen – The Last Pictures

September 7, 2012

“Since 1963, more than eight hundred spacecraft have been launched into geosynchronous orbit, forming a man-made ring of satellites around the Earth. These satellites are destined to become one of the longest-lasting artifacts of human civilization, quietly floating through space long after every trace of humanity has disappeared from the planet.

Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures is a project that marks one of these spacecraft with a visual record of our contemporary historical moment. Paglen spent five years interviewing scientists, artists, anthropologists, and philosophers to consider what such a cultural mark should be. Working with materials scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Paglen developed an artifact designed to last billions of years—an ultra-archival disc, micro-etched with one hundred photographs and encased in a gold-plated shell. In Fall 2012, the communications satellite EchoStar XVI will launch into geostationary orbit with the disc mounted to its anti-earth deck. While the satellite’s broadcast images are as fleeting as the light-speed radio waves they travel on, The Last Pictures will remain in outer space slowly circling the Earth until the Earth itself is no more.”

Trevor Paglen will present the project under the stars in Bryant Park and participate in a conversation on September 19, 2012.

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Side by Side

August 8, 2012

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 6, 2011

Parallelograms

March 31, 2011

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From the great minds (Leah Beeferman and Matthew Harvey) behind Tessellations, comes Parallelograms, another collaborative web project.

From the site:

“Parallelograms is an online publication and multi-artist project exploring the relationship between images and interpretation. Each week, we provide an artist, writer, designer, or collaborative team with an image found online. We then ask them to create a unique web project in response to this image. New projects are published at the beginning of the week and past projects are archived chronologically.”

Some past contributors include Pierre Le Hors and Lucas Blalock, among others.

This week brings a response from Yoonjai Choi and Ken Meier, the dynamic duo behind Common Name, who have also been instrumentally contributing to the design of my photographic book series.

Each week’s post of Parallelograms is dramatically different so make sure to look through the archives.

The Archigram Archival Project

April 25, 2010

Enviro-Pill Poster by Archigram

Speculative proposal for a pill for inducing architecture or virtual and imaginary environments in the mind.

Archigram were way ahead of their time back in the 1960’s but are still ahead of the curve judging by the incredible and overwhelming Archigram Archival Project, an in depth database of their collective works and proposals now online.

Give yourself a lot of time and get ready to get lost.

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Are you Color Blind?

May 27, 2009

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It turns out that I have perfect color vision but I think my regular vision is slowly starting to go.

Test your color vision.

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Technology

March 10, 2009

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This iPhone prototype for sale on ebay feels like it could have been found sitting around in one of Lewis Baltz’s Sites of Technology photographs. The user interface feels very outdated.

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Lewis Baltz, 89-91: Sites of Technology

The Million Dollar Kid

January 21, 2009

This is very old news, but I only just found out about this 21 year old English guy who sold one million pixels of advertising space on his website for $1 each. The site is called Million Dollar Homepage and it’s a ridiculously simple yet brilliant concept.

Someone should come up with a similar idea that relates to photography.

I was really struck by the image of what the actual page of ads really looks like. What an absolute overload of information.

Read the full story here.

Which Beatle Are You?

December 28, 2008

I’m definitely a John and I knew that before I took this test or even this one.

Even though the above video is for charity and a good cause, I’m still not sure what I think about it even if it did have Yoko Ono’s approval.

(via HE)

Scenes From An IBM Slide Presentation

July 28, 2008

Square America has posted an online exhibition titled It’s 1975 And This Man Is About To Show You The Future.

It’s a pretty strange relic from IBM of the 1970’s and definitely worth a look.

Somehow the images manage to conjure both Lewis Baltz and John Baldassari not to mention a little Ed Ruscha.

(via Big Contrarian)