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The Wire 300: Alan Cummings on the origins of the Tokyo underground sound

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Previously unpublished essay commissioned to celebrate The Wire's 300th issue.
In an 1889 essay entitled “The Decay Of Lying”, Oscar Wilde commented astutely that “the whole of Japan is a pure invention.

 
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Great to see another phone with an alternative energy source.

Kyocera Concept Phon

The Kyocera mark has just presented this concept of telephone with foldable screen OLED in three parts a such wallet. Equipped with a keyboard, backlighted buttons and entirely propelled by the kinetic energy. More images of the project in the continuation.

 
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Giant robot spider in Yokohama (pics/ video)

19 Apr 2009

La Princesse mechanized spider in Yokohama --
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A pair of giant robotic spiders designed and built by French performance art group La Machine have come to Yokohama to take part in the upcoming Expo Y150, a 5-month festival commemorating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the city’s port.

 
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Sibylle Bergemann, from the series Das Denkmal (A Monument), 1975-1986,

After Postopolis, a talk at ENSAD in Paris, a few days at the STRP festival in Eindhoven, a couple of days washing dirty clothes, queuing all over the city and catching up with work at home, i'm back on the road again and will probably disappear for half a week unless i manage to extract myself from the 'evening entertainment' that -rumour has it- will be forced upon me these coming days.

 
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The Pirate Bay: Museum piece - April 16, 2009

Democratic cultures, particularly capitalist ones, have a way of eventually taming their own counter-culture impulses. Often it's accomplished by commodifying those impulses and absorbing them into the broader, rationalized market culture. Witness the marketing and exploitation of 60's iconography in the U.S., from selling CBGB T-shirts at Wal-Mart to Dennis Hopper shilling for investment services in TV commercials. Other times, those impulses are turned into objects of respectable scientific or academic inquiry and embedded into official cultural institutions supported by the government or corporate largesse.

 
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Tate Modern Makes Its Talks (Including Ours) Available On ITunes

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This past Summer, Sara and i were honored to be invited to the Tate Modern to give a talk on street art from a "world view" perspective. The room was packed and all-in-all we thought it went quite well.

This week the Tate Modern finally made available on iTunes not only our talk, but over 150 recordings (going back to 2006). There's some incredible recordings (more than 200 hours so far) including talks by such people as David Shringly, Gilbert and Geoerge, Wolfgang Tilman's and many others.

Unfortunately our talk is audio only, as the slides were not videotaped. But if you've never heard us give our slideshow, you might want to give it a listen. Ours is in the 2008 tab, entitled:

 
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Richard Jackson

Discovered series photo “The Laundry Room” by the American contemporary artist Richard Jackson. Currently in Los Angeles, it rebuilt 2 parts and off subjects the model of the american way life the proof the grotesque one. Exposure between sculpture and installation.