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ELEKTROKATZE: bicycle design by ChowPourianLab

Yes, it’s true – now we’ve also designed a bicycle named ELEKTROKATZE: a new street style bike, handmade steel frame, fixed-gear, shortened handlebars, 20” wheels. >> ChowPourianLab for photos, a peek behind the scenes at the Colossi workshop where it… Continue reading

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Pick-me-up | Splitscreen: A Love Story

Splitscreen: A Love Story. “Shot entirely on the Nokia N8 mobile phone. Winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011.” Sweet and beautifully edited. Just 2:25, take a breather and watch it. >> via DesignObserver >> James W Griffiths

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3Doodler: pen that lets you draw in 3D

3D printers bring computer renderings to life. Now there’s a 3D pen called “3Doodler” that can do the same for your sketches. No computer needed! >> 3Doodler Kickstarter campaign It reminds me of Sketch Furniture by the Swedish design studio… Continue reading

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Barefoot College, India

Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College has one main purpose: to bring rural villages out of poverty by training women (preferably illiterate grandmothers) new skills for economic and environmental sustainability. The women arrive with no formal education and return home six months… Continue reading

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The quick list: playing catch-up

Long stretch since the last post… For expediency’s sake, a quick list of articles worth reading (most recent on the top). SCIENCE >> National Geographic: The Bite that Heals. Scientists are unlocking the medical potential of venom / Jennifer S.… Continue reading

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The public service announcement: Dumb Ways to Die

A 3-minute public service announcement video for Metro Trains Melbourne. The endearingly silly cute graphics and sticky indie folk sound made me watch it immediately a second time. An effective and unexpected take on the standard warnings which makes the… Continue reading

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I want: chairs by Takeshi Sawada

Oak and deerskin. This is the cute fluffy one. This one is a bit more grown-up but fairytale-like, with intricate detailing on the face and ears and a special authentication crest on the back. The legs are also very fawn-like.… Continue reading

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The pushpin pointillist: Eric Daigh

A modern-day Chuck Close, Eric Daigh paints portraits with pushpins and pixels. >> via Co.Design >> Eric Daigh website

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The photo book: Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat

Japanese photographer Miyoko Ihara’s book follows 8 years of her grandmother’s daily life with the stray kitten she found in a shed. A beautiful document, quiet and sweet. >> Story via Buzzfeed: This Grandma and her cat are the cutest… Continue reading

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I want: Megaphone by en & is

I seem to have a thing for ceramic speakers. Megaphone is by Italian designers Isabella Lovero and Enrico Bosa, another variation on iPhone speakers which use physics instead of electricity to amplify sound. Elegant, sculptural, hand-finished and… I want the… Continue reading

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The ruling: AP vs Shepard Fairey and the 2008 Obama HOPE poster

Two years of probation and $25,000 USD fine for covering up the trail of the original image. I feel sorry for him for not coming clean as soon as he realized his mistake. There was no intent to deceive on… Continue reading

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The Internet Cat Video Festival

As I write this post, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is getting ready to screen a curated 65-minute programme of internet cat videos to an audience of 5,000. Post-screening, the official selection and winning entries will be posted online.… Continue reading

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The megalopolis called Twitter: Ai Weiwei’s city

New interview with Ai WeiWei by Jonathan Landreth in Foreign Policy, via The Atlantic. Beijing’s greatest problem is that it never belongs to its people. Though it’s a city of more than 10 million, people living here are like people… Continue reading

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The death of an icon: art critic Robert Hughes

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. – Robert Hughes Robert Hughes, art critic / writer / historian, R.I.P. >> NYT obit for Robert Hughes Shock of… Continue reading

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The Tsang Kin-Wah show @ Pearl Lam HK

Stopped by the Pearl Lam Gallery yesterday to see Tsang Kin-Wah’s new solo site-specific project, Ecce Homo Trilogy I. Definitely worth visiting – ends August 27. >> Tsang Kin-Wah >> Pearl Lam Galleries

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The story behind ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

Interesting but too short Q&A with Alison Klayman, director of the documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry” >> TIME Magazine / Documenting the Dissident Film trailer

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The Spectacle: Rashaad Newsome @ FEAST Projects

This was back in May but I’ve just come across the video and had to share it. A special performance by Rashaad Newsome at FEAST Projects during ArtHK – it was a true spectacle, the energy was uncontainable. The show… Continue reading

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The Sachiko Kodama show @ Hester Chan in London

I wish I was in London… This Thursday, the HCFA is holding a private screening of Japanese media artist Sachiko Kodama’s 8-minute film “Breathing Chaos” – definitely worth checking out if you are in the neighbourhood (closest tube: Bethnal Green).… Continue reading

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The early pioneer of electronic sound: Delia Derbyshire

Delia Derbyshire. A serious talent who was stylish, confident and understated all at once. Done with everyday objects, not hi-tech electronic sound equipment. Read the tribute on ModCloth… >> ModCloth / Geek Icon: Delia Derbyshire, Electronic Music Extraordinaire >> Delia… Continue reading

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The casting call: JR Inside Out in HK

As 2011 TED Prize Winner, French artist JR was challenged to change the world. His response? Inside Out: a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art. Well worth 24 minutes of your attention, his presentation… Continue reading

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The Barbie Party: Ellen von Unwerth for Vs. Mag

>> Vs Mag: Barbie Party directed by Ellen von Unwerth

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The Canadian national anthem reworked by William Shatner

July 1st is Canada Day. William Shatner’s modern take of O Canada, captured in this 2011 NFB short by Jacob Medjuck. It makes me laugh and strangely homesick at the same time. Not a bad thing in my books… think… Continue reading

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The dreamscape

Phillip Schuster’s Skate Villa, Salzburg: hunting lodge turned indoor skate park

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