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A physical representation of the computer desktop metaphor, which in the first place, is a representation of the physical world.
The image is from a project called Empty Trashcan by Monique Gofers and Hans Gremmen.
Related: Physical Scrollbars
Platform21, BRIGHT and Superuse has a call for creative IKEA hacks.
Hack an IKEA flat pack – a product you buy in a package and have to assemble at home. Make small alterations, or forget the instructions – let your imagination run wild and make something totally different out of it.
Deadline = september 15.
The winning design will be exhibited at the 2009 Montreal Biennial and at the BRIGHT stand during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
Check out ikeahacker.blogspot.com for inspiration.
Here's a subtle alternative to the explicit nature of tattoos.
As the name suggests, Birthmark Tattoos, are fake - but permanent - birthmarks that you can add to your body. Aside from its decorative potential, birthmark tattoos makes it possible for your and your partner to 'exchange' birthmarks or to imprint your body with a secret message in braille.
Birthmarks Tattoo is a concept by Dutch designers Julia Müller, Arjan Groot and Menno Wittebrood who were commissioned by the magazine Identity Matters to come up with an idea for new ways of tattooing.
Posted by Sebastian on Jul 30, 2008
Langs De Lijn (From the Sidelines ) is a community project by the Dutch artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk dated back to 2003.
As a part of the cultural event 'Kleurrijke Wijken" in Gorinchem, Jeanne Van Heeswijk set up a workshop space at a sports ground and invited people from different neighborhoods to meet and share stories and memories about games.
Based on the workshops, a series of new and alternative games characteristic of Gorinchem were developed and included in a tournament. Examples of the games are: 3-sided football (3 goals/3 teams play against each other), Elastic Wrestling (2-player sandbag game) and Besides The Water (canoe contest in sand instead of water).
Posted by Sebastian on Apr 10, 2008
Between April 9-12, the Flemish cultural institute Brakke Grond in Amsterdam celebrates 'Don't-Do-It-Yourself Days' during which creative minds get together to help each other solve problems instead of trying to do everything themselves.
At the first evening, participants will be going through a series of speeddating sessions in order to match the perfect couples. All sorts of problems and questions are welcome - a huge problem for a designer might be an easy task for a project manager and vice versa.
DDIY is organized by Marcel Van Der Drift and held in conjunction with the Victorian Circus Festival.
Karriere is a newly opened and much hyped (rightfully so) bar in Copenhagen where everything from the name to the interior has been designed by a long list of artists, such as Olafur Eliasson, Ceal Floyer, Douglas Gordon, Jesper Just, Robert Stadler, Dan Graham etc.
Now, the price on selected drinks at Karriere Bar has been turned into a work of art by artist Kenneth A. Balfelt, who created a 'price policy' that experiments with the relation between price- and social structures.
The new prices are determined by your look and circumstances related to your person. It is the waiters and bartenders who decide if you qualify for the special prices
Some price examples: Yuppies pay extra for beer. Hippies and activists pay extra for organic soda. The homeless get a discount on cafe cortado. Gay couples who French kiss for 30 seconds get a discount on apfelschorle. Immigrants, asians who speak Danish as well as blacks in company of whites get various discounts. And so on.
Probably not politically correct, but it should generate some unexpected and interesting situations!
Posted by Sebastian on Mar 23, 2008
The Williamsburg gallery Cinders has put together an imaginative show currently on display at Space 1026 in Philadelphia.
Through sculptural installations, drawings and paintings the show explores the notion of 'spaces': from outerspace to physical space, cramped spaces etc.
There are some intriguing interpretations, such as the tactile flash light by Sto (image).
A review and more photos available here.
Posted by Sebastian on Mar 22, 2008
The New York based prankster collective Improv Everywhere has been busy again.
For their latest mission, three 'agents' entered a Starbucks one by one with their own giant desktop computer, monitor and keyboard. They bought coffee and worked at their computers as if they were laptops.
As usual, their mission is well documented!
Related: Operation Best Buy
Posted by Sebastian on Feb 19, 2008
Failure Support Group is an event that focus on failure in artistic projects.
The event involves a series of 5-minute presentations of failures and discussion of issues such as: Why do art projects fail? Is there a recipe for failure? Are certain methodologies more prone to failure than others? What is at stake in acknowledging failure?
Failure Support Group will take place Friday Feb 29th at Democracy Center, Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA (space is limited).
Hopefully, the presentations will be documented online. Should be interesting, inspirational - and potentially fun!
'Bubble Star at Home' is series of intimate punk-electronic mini-concerts that took place in private Parisian homes around 2002/03.
The concerts could be booked from a website and was performed by artist/singer Bubble Star (aka Isabelle le Doussal) who is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the French indie-rock band Prototypes that recently had a song featured in an iPod add.
Today, the home-service is inactive but there is still some evidence of its existence at the website of cultural production company DokiDoki. 'Bubble Star at Home' was performed, a few years before YouTube existed, which probably explains the mini-sized video documentation.
Related1: a few months ago, before giving a concert in Copenhagen, Marilyn Manson warmed up by playing a few songs in a small private apartment.
Related2: home-performances by SU-EN and Nuria Dina.