1. new-aesthetic:

    Dizzee Rascal | I Don’t Need A Reason (by DIVISION)

    Dizzee is GIF-ready (h/t @WillWiles).

     
     

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  3. Much discussion has been had lately about bitcoins, the online currency first brought to mainstream attention by the discovery of a website called Silk Road, an online black market for narcotics set up to function like Amazon or eBay (article here.)

    Bitcoins have been called a “crypto-currency,” the online equivalent of a brown paper bag of cash. Bitcoins are a peer-to-peer currency, not issued by banks or governments, but created and regulated by a network of other bitcoin holders’ computers. (The name “Bitcoin” is derived from the pioneering file-sharing technology Bittorrent.) They are purportedly untraceable and have been championed by cyberpunks, libertarians and anarchists who dream of a distributed digital economy outside the law, one where money flows across borders as free as bits.

    One bitcoin is worth about $8.67, though the exchange rate fluctuates wildly every day. The value of the virtual currency has soared nearly 15% in the last two days, according to the most recent pricing data. The rapid change is said to be largely due to the financial crisis in Cyprus, with one particular libertarian entrepreneur announcing plans to install the world’s first bitcoin ATM there.

     
  4. Kate Steciw, Springtime Entropy, 2009, C-Print, 50x40”

    CLICK HERE for a great interview with Kate Steciw & Lucas Blalock in Lay Flat

     
  5. Image from Jon Rafman’s 9-eyes project which he discusses in his essay IMG MGMT: The Nine Eyes of Google Street View

    The project is ongoing. Follow it here.

     
  6. new-aesthetic:

    Good Vibrations Storage Unit by Ferruccio Laviani

    “Echoes of faraway places and Oriental elements are glimpsed in the “disorienting” design of this storage unit, which seems to have been “deformed” by a strong jolt or by swaying movements. Although it appears to depart from the aesthetics of the past, in fact it draws upon ancient knowledge in the use of carving and fine wood workmanship.”

    Hand-carved glitch, submitted by David A.

     

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  8. Dove Speaks Out Against Retouching by Releasing an Anti-Photoshop Action

    Skin care company Dove is speaking out on the issue of “fake beauty” being promoted in photographs through Photoshopping. Rather than address the issue directly at first, the company decided to speak out directly to those responsible for “fake” images by doing some clever guerrilla marketing. It essentially pranked retouchers through the Web by releasing a fake Photoshop beauty Action that undoes manipulation rather than creates it.

     
     
  9. Sherwin Rivera Tibayan, The Histograms, 2011, media and dimensions variable

    In this project, Tibayan cut out and scanned all 83 photographs from Robert Frank’s seminal “The Americans” - widely considered one of the most influential photography books in history for its hard-edged and realistic look at American life in the 1950s.

    Tibayan elimanates all content from the photographs, leaving us instead with a single descriptor from the raw data that makes up these iconic images - the histogram, instantly recognizable to any photographer working digitally today.

    With a nod to the changing ontology of photographs and an interest in understanding visual literacy and meaning today; Sherwin writes “in the same way that I’ve come to respond to Frank’s implementation of photography as a tool of measurement—as a way of taking the temperature of a nation in the decade following WWII—I’m interested in discovering a pictorial strategy that suggests how we tend to describe ourselves now.”

     

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    Everyone is out having a great time — no, not just great, an amazing time — and you’re on the couch, hovering on the border between pajamas and underwear. Suddenly, the quick, the beautiful and the fully dressed invade: chirps from phones and pop-ups on screens are announcing their social media check-ins, mapping out the lands of awesome times. None of those places, needless to say, are your living room. […]

    Now Mr. Fountain, Mr. Isaf and two other friends have come up with an app to ease this malady. Called CouchCachet, the app finds all the coolest places in your neighborhood, then automatically uses Foursquare to check you into them — with none of the irritation of actually leaving the couch. […]

    More than simply creating a geo-mirage, CouchCachet will also tweet lyrics by indie bands that people haven’t heard of. “It will wax poetic about local microbrews that you just discovered at some cool speakeasy,” said Mr. Fountain, 36, of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. “It will also upload low-fi pictures of 20-somethings in skinny jeans to your Instagram.”

    In short, he said: “It will live the lifestyle that you need to project to others. You can finally be who you want people to think you are. They don’t know you’re sitting at home, getting caught up on ‘Downton Abbey.’ ” […]

    Suppose, someone asked, a friend using CouchCachet was checked into the same places that CouchCachet has also checked you into? “This is fine!” Mr. Fountain said. “This is robots talking to robots. This is the future.”

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