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October 28, 2005

Womb House


The master brain behind the multidisciplinary company called 'Atelier van Lieshout' is the artist Joep van Lieshout. His art factory produces installations, sculptures, furniture, architecture and everything in between, van Lieshout is especially famous for his 'Mobile Homes'. Strange organic environments, sometimes added to existing architecture, but also presented as architectural installations on their own. In has recent work he is focusing on the human figure, or it's internal organs, in his art. He uses organs like the liver, heart and womb but also more sexual explicit ones like the penis and the vagina.

His work is best described as conceptual, but it's far from difficult to understand. He plays with known imaginary, known cultural icons and basic human feelings and embraces them in his installation. His work is all about exploration and experiences, the exploration of the artist, but maybe even more the exploration of the visitors engaging the work of van Lieshout.

I can imagine entering the large rectum installation called "Bar Rectum" with a huge smile on my face getting something to drink or do some lounging, or going back to my origin in the "Womb House" and feel finally safe again.

related articles:
A Gnome with a Sex Toy
Spencer Tunick in England
Feminism & Art : Louise Bourgeois

The website of Atelier van Lieshout

Via The Art Of Love :: Erotic art & nude photography

Hey! A womb with a view! This reminds me of a previous project interactive was proposing recently... hehehehehehe

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Glamrus frilly knickers

Buttress&Snatch was born in 1998 as the costume and styling part of the Burlesque live public art group "Glamrus".


The lingerie label soon followed. This all girl operation produce everything in their workshops in North London, using real vintage and retro fabrics and trims sourced from all sorts of interesting places (some are more than 100 years old!)

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TV competition seeks site for a masterpiece

After having asked viewers to identify Britain's worst building for a reality series (to culminate in a live broadcast of the building's destruction), Channel 4 is to launch The Big Art Project.


The TV series is seeking nominations from communities, identifying sites where a piece of significant public art could be placed. Six sites will be shortlisted in January, and the series will follow the progress of the communities working with artists to commission and create the pieces. The completed works are expected to be unveiled in October 2007.

Chosen communities will work with experienced curators to draw up a brief for the chosen artist. Artists who have expressed interest in the project include Gavin Turk and Turner-prizewinner Jeremy Deller. Anish Kapoor said: "This is a fantastic project, it is an opportunity for some world class, risky art." Yinka Shonibare added: "It is a fantastic idea."

"We want to empower people to create and want art in their own towns," said Channel 4 head of arts Jan Younghusband. "I feel it's an important subject to address; we don't necessarily appreciate the value of public art and why it costs what it does."

Via The Guardian. Picture: The Angel of the North, by Anthony Gormley.

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Keep A Breast Auction Now On Ebay

Ebay is currently auctioning off over 80 pieces of artwork with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation which raises money for breast cancer.

The organization, and the artork is terrific, you if you haven't yet checked out the auction and perhaps placed a bit, click here now.

Here's a couple of our favorites:

Andrew Pommier

Caia Koopman

Brendan Monroe

i wish i have $$$ for this, but great stuff to check out and browse through

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Hurricane Wilma: snapshots of damage in Cuba

Xeni Jardin:

Via Ned Sublette, snapshots of Hurricane Wilma's impact on Havana, Cuba. Sorry I don't have better metadata, but some of the filenames describe location coordinates. Most appear to be from the city's malecón area.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

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Bush speechalist mockumentary

David Pescovitz: This mockumentary about GW Bush's "Presidential Speechalist" is a real hoot. From the video:
Mccraney "You have to understand one thing about the American people. They are not interested in a politician that speaks smoothly or insists on using 'real words.'"
Link (Thanks, Bob Pescovitz!)

UPDATE: Russell Bates, who directed "Harlan McCraney, Presidential Speechalist" for Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2004, points us to the proper homepage where you can watch a QuickTime of the film. Link

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October 27, 2005

Make a Calendar from Flickr photos

6208920 6512F1E908 SThis site allows you to enter any image or Flickr photo location and it will generate a calendar. You need to select each month and create the months manually, but with just 12 photos and little bit of time you could make a nice present for someone during the holidays. [via] Link. Oh, here's mine - it's November, and that's "cyborg your dog" month here.

yay! great budget xmas presents!!!

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HOW TO - Backup Your DVD Movies

Dvd-1Mark Pilgram of Greasemonkey hacks fame has a great how-to on backing up your DVDs on Mac OS X "Following up on the wildly popular guides on converting DVDs and other video files for your video iPod, I've put together a short video tutorial on how to use MacTheRipper and DVD2OneX to backup your DVDs on Mac OS X." [via] Link.

this should be useful

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Destructed.info Art & Design Magazine

Issue#07 of destructed.info art & designmag is out now and available for download. Topic for this issue is "perfectly balanced," and features work by 23 international artists. Above is from Josh Cochran.

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First cartoonist submits drawing of one the the 700 hoboes

Hobo26(Tree Surgeon) (Click on thumbnail for enlargement.) Mark Frauenfelder: A couple of days ago, I wrote about John Hodgman's terrific song with 700 hobo names. I mentioned that it would be great if 700 illustrators drew the hoboes, and Daniel Cardenas was the first to submit one. He drew hobo #26 -- Frederick Bannister "the tree surgeon." Thanks, Daniel! Let's keep them coming adding them to Flickr. Tag it with "700hoboes". Link

Reader comment: Levi says: "Frederick Bannister 'the tree surgeon' is number 19 (not 26) in the hobo names."

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Great thinkers on communications

Cory Doctorow: Forbes has an amazing collection of short interviews with great thinkers on the nature of communications -- perfect bite-sized nuggets of good, thought-provoking material.
Noam Chomsky On The Spontaneous Invention Of Language
Language abhors a vacuum. Also: On Why Kids Learn Languages Easily

Jane Goodall On Why Words Hurt
World's foremost expert on chimpanzees says language can make it harder to communicate. Also: On The Dangers Of E-Mail

Vint Cerf On How The Internet Changed Communication
Computer networking pioneer says the Internet is making our world a smaller place. Also: On Networking In Space

Kurt Vonnegut On Telling A Story
Legendary novelist warns that ink on paper is no way to communicate.

Desmond Morris On Symbolic Gestures
There's a lot of meaning in a raised finger. Also: On Close Encounters On Cross-Cultural Communication

Wil Wheaton On Blogging
An instant message conversation with one of the Internet's most popular bloggers.


Via Boing Boing

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October 26, 2005

For your head(phones)

It's tough being here sometimes, you know, in the office, where everyone is talking, meeting, and you have your own work you need to concentrate on. The iTunes share lib gets real boring after a while, and who has time to fiddle with the playlist when you're on a deadline? I mean, really!

For those on a mac OS X, here's a brilliant little app:

NOISE: Drawn Distraction

It's the hottest sensation to sweep the nation: Pink Noise! Also known as a signal with even power distribution on a logarithmic frequency scale, pink noise masks background noise to help you concentrate. Now with source code and white noise, for those less colorful. Drown out annoying roommates and co-workers today!

go get it!

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Dutch design events! : Product Design

Via Milano, Design Academy Graduation Show and Utrecht Manifest. Now at www.reluct.com

Via Archinect.com Feed

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Greenpeace tee-design contest: FUKC

Cory Doctorow: Gillo sez, "At Greenpeace we are running a t-shirt design competition for our Kleercut campaign, the winner will have his/her design printed on Greenpeace t-shirts. Kleercut is a campaign against Kimberly Clark, Kleenex tissues (and toilet paper) manufacturers. Have a look at the site for more details. The idea is to have a contest for the best t-shirt design with the acronym 'FUKC' that needs to be accompanied somewhere on the t-shirt by the saying explicitly 'Forget Using Kimberly-Clark'" Link (Thanks, Gillo!)

go graphics go! we know you designed t-shirts ;)

Via Boing Boing

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Pix of gigantic heaps of discarded objects

Cory Doctorow: Chris Jordan photographs unbelievably gigantic heaps of discarded, mass produced objects (see the adjascent photo of a mountain of mobile phone chargers). The effect is ghastly and gorgeous at once -- we make a lot of stuff and it goes obsolete goddamned fast, by golly. Link

Via Boing Boing

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Kader Attia's Flying Rats

David Pescovitz: French artist Kader Attia's Flying Rats installation at the Biennale de Lyon is an urbanite's Hitchockian nightmare. From a description of the work posted to AEIOU Excuse My French:
 Blog Img Kader-Attia Kader Attia presents, here, an installation whose title is taken from the English expression flying rats, which refers to pigeons : the visitors find themselves face to face with a birdcage containing 150 pigeons and 45 children made from moose mixed with compacted bird grain. In what seems to be a recreation courtyard, girls and boys play with marbles or squabble while the pigeons are slowly devouring them. Throughout the exhibition, it will be the pigeons that appropriate the space provoking the evolution of the piece. With all the utilisation precautions connected with a volatile security and vigorous hygiene rules, the birdcage will therefore become a natural habitat, a microcosm in which the pigeons will make there nest and will devour the children. Beyond the cruelty of the scene, Kader Attia wishes to remind us that childhood is probably the period in the life that we see further and further behind us but still think of very nostalgically.
Link (Thanks, Alex Boucherot!)

I would love to see this exhibit in the middle of Piazza San Marco! They won\'t even need to bring the pigeons! (Nick Bourriaud, father of Relational Aesthetics curated this exhibition, I believe)

Via Boing Boing

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A day trip to Chernobyl

After Chernobyl reactor No 4 exploded on 26 April 1986, the surrounding 30 kilometres were declared too contaminated for human habitation.


Now this radioactive wasteland has become a tourist attraction. With radiation levels having decreased, limited guided tours were begun in 2002, they include a sight of the ruined reactor and a trip to Pripyat, once home to 47,000 nuclear workers and their families.

There are currently 360 people (+ deer, wolves and other animals) living in the exclusion zone, most of them elderly.

What are the risks? Dr Michael Clark, from the UK's Health Protection Agency, says you will receive no more radiation on a tour around Chernobyl than on a transatlantic flight. However, he warns against eating food grown there.

In the zone, your guide carries a Geiger counter and ask you to watch where you walk during your limited time out of the car, because the soil is still relatively highly contaminated.

Via the indispensable archinect < The Observer. Pictures.

this should make for great touristy postcards to send home -- ann

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October 25, 2005

In Memoriam: Rosa Parks, civil rights icon, at age 92

Xeni Jardin:


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BoB award noms for world "freedom of expression" blogs

Xeni Jardin: German radio station Deutsche Welle has just published the list of nominees for its weblog contest -- the BoBs -- including a "freedom of expression" category. Bloggers nominated for that honor by Reporters Without Borders include Mokhtar Yahyaoui of Tunisia, who is currently on a hunger strike to protest his government's repressive policies regarding free speech. Contest results will be announced on 21 November, (drum roll) and the nominees are:
- China Digital Times. A news blog about China that published by expats.

- Chronique déplaisante d'une dictature ordinaire: A French resident in Addis Ababa blogs about repression in Ethiopia, interviews Ethiopian dissidents.

- Manal and Alaa Bit Bucket. Egyptian blog with discussion forum and HOWTO resour, but also a resources for Arabic-speakers who wish set up blogs of their own.

- Wang Yi's microphone. Political and social critique from a China-based writer.

- Hanif Mazrooie. Tha Iranian journalist who writes this blog spent a month in prison because of it last year.

- Parastood. Long-running Iranian blog known for frank criticism.

- Colombian realities. Maintained by an independent Colombian journalist.

- Yahyaoui. Blog penned by former judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui, one of Tunisia's leading political dissidents and uncle of cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui. His domain was recently rendered unavailable through a hostile "pirate takeover", but is still reachable via wayback machine or google cache.

The >Mr. Yahyaoui is one of seven Tunisian civil society figures who are currently on hunger strike in protest against the lack of freedom in Tunisia, where his blog is censored, along with dozens of others. Nonetheless, Tunis is to host the World Summit on the Information Society on 16-18 November, which is being organised under the aegis of the United Nations.

Here\'s a blogosphere companion to COLORS 65 \"freedom of speech\" issue

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October 24, 2005

Homemade "fallen rapper" Pez heads

An artist sculpted a series of prototype fallen-rapper Pez heads and tried to get the Pez company to give him permission to manufacture them (they turned him down). He mounted a show of his Pez heads at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco instead. Link (via Neatorama)


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Everything You Need to Know: iPod Video

ipodvideolcd.jpgYeah, we have beat this iPod Video like a dead horse, but this will be the last post (most likely not) about it, I swear. Clint Ecker over at arstechnica has put together one of the best iPod Video reviews/analysis around. He covers pretty much everything, then when you think he is done, he tears the bitch apart and shows you everything from the inside. If you are lingering on the ropes whether to purchase an iPod Video, definitely give this a read, it will either seal or break the deal. He covers everything: the packaging, the physical size, the accessories, widescreen, a huge in-depth look at the video support, battery life, durability, etc. Now if only all tech writing was this good.

Video iPod [arstechnica]

This should be useful -- ann

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Bluetooth vibrator works with SMS


The Toy is a vibrating bullet that connects to a mobile phone with Bluetooth.

The Toy is worn internally, linked to a mobile phone and controlled by sms text messages sent to the phone. Once read, the message is transported automatically to The Toy, which turns it into vibrations - with a huge range of movements, depending on what you have written. Just say what you feel, The Toy will do the rest.

[via wired]

this deserves attention from Fabrica Interactive (and others too, yes)... -- ann

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Kodak announces 39 megapixel CCD

kodak ccdKodak may have thrown in the towel in the DSLR market, but that doesn’t mean the company has completely abandoned the high-end photo market. In fact, according to the company, it’s gone to the absolute highest end, with two new CCDs that are among the largest available commercially. The KAF-31600 boasts 31.6 megapixels, and the KAF-39000 has 39 megapixels. The CCDs are targeted at pros, and will be incorporated into digital backs for medium-format cameras. One early customer is Phase One A/S, which plans to use the CCDs in its previously announced P30 and P45 backs. How much will 39 megapixels run you? No pricing is out yet, but Phase One’s current top model, the 22 megapixel P25, goes for about $30,000. That puts it at over $1,300 per megapixel, so don’t be surprised to see the P45 going for as much as $50K.

mm, this is quite techy of me to post... but seriously, 39 megapixel???? HOLY SHIT!!!!!

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This would definitely cheer me up on a cloudy, gray day like today. Crack open the little ceramic egg, add water, give it lots of sun and love...and watch the seedlings grow. Choose from basil, mint, parsley or thyme. I think it would make such a sweet, surprising gift, espcially for kids.

Buy it at Romp

this gives me an idea for my kitchen...

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Europe's ancient, gorgeous sewers

Cory Doctorow: These galleries of urban explorers' photos of Europe's gorgeous, ancient sewers are thrilling and eerie. Some of these are ancient, some are modern, all are the secret world under the streets that we can hear gurgling when there's no one else around. Link (via BLDG Blog)

Via Boing Boing

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Jello scale model of San Francisco

Cory Doctorow: Elizabeth Hickock has created a gigantic jello sculpture of the city of San Francisco, including the Bay Bridge. The photos are just amazing -- especially the video of the whole city shaking like a bowl full of jello. Link (Thanks, Patti and Trelana!)

Via Boing Boing

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Mathematical Photography

David Pescovitz: My friend Justin Mullins of New Scientist creates artwork consisting entirely of mathematical equations. He calls it "mathematical photography." Justin says, "In the same way that an ordinary photograph is a snapshot of an area of outstanding natural beauty, a mathematical photograph is a snapshot of mathematical beauty." (He's having his first UK gallery exhibition next February in London.) Seen here is "Entanglement, For Sandra," 80 x 50cm, 2000.

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Factory Series

Lime Works (Factory Series) (1991-94) by Naoya Hatakeyama.


Via bldgblog.

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October 21, 2005


danielhirschmann has added a photo to the pool:


So young and innocent... and now he's at fabrica. What happened?

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Tests in Europe of a "High Altitude Platform" broadband router have successfully demonstrated the ability to provide a high-speed wireless connection over a wide area from the air. The Europe-wide Capanina project, led by the University of York, operated a wireless-Internet-equipped balloon at an altitude of 24 kilometers over Sweden this week, according to the BBC. The goal of the project is to provide wireless coverage of a region 60 kilometers square at a speed of 120 Mbps; the project team say that they should be able to do this in less than five years.

Such a system would be of particular utility in areas where terrain makes pulling wires or even installing enough wireless towers too costly. Because the cost of a HAP wireless system would be significantly lower than a satellite link, this model should be of great use in the developing world. At the same time, the ability to launch a balloon-based router relatively quickly -- potentially even releasing it from an airplane -- would be valuable during post-disaster response operations.

(Thanks for the pointer, Lorenzo!)

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 02:49 PM)

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Liquid-nitro-dipped rose being shot, captured in high speed photos

Cory Doctorow:
Here is a Flickr set of high-speed photos of various objects being shot. The highlight is this picture of a rose dipped in liquid nitrogen and captured in the act of shattering. As Checkov wrote, "If there is a gun, a vat of liquid nitrogen, and a rose on the mantelpiece in the first act, it will be used in connection with high-speed photography by the third act." Link (Thanks, Amy!)

Via Boing Boing

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Best mag covers of the past 40 years

Cory Doctorow: The American Society of Magazine Editor's gallery of the 40 best magazine covers of the past 40 years is hilarious and inspiring. Link (Thanks, sirhc!)

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Bird flu, ahoy!

Xeni Jardin:

More evidence of H5N1's swift westward flight. Snip:

Greece has become the latest country to report a case of bird flu as the virus appears to spread across Europe. Twelve swans have also tested positive for bird flu in a second cluster in Romania. And the European Commission has ordered urgent tests on dead birds found in Croatia. Meanwhile in Asia, the deadly H5N1 strain has been detected in sparrows in Thailand.
Link to BBC News item (via Warren Ellis)

i hope the treviso swans and ducks gangs stay safe!

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Vanessa Beecroft Interview

Following up the last post about her invitation to the grand opening of Louis Vitton Megastore, this is an article interview from The Observer with Vanessa Beecroft, Italian artist living in New York, that I found to be an excellent read:

"Shortly before taking the Long Island Rail Road out to spend the day with Italian conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft, I eat a huge American-style breakfast at the Empire Diner in Chelsea - two fried eggs, potato chips, English muffin, two slices of toast - and end up with stomach ache. This over-fuelling stems from the knowledge that Beecroft, now 35, has struggled to control an obsession with food since the age of 12. Bearing this in mind, it's unlikely she'll be offering me anything to eat..."


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October 20, 2005

Beecroft installation in shop window

Vanessa Beecroft has been invited to make an installation to celebrate the grand opening of the Louis Vuitton Megastore on the Champs Elysées in Paris.


The opening show featured works by three leading artists displayed as landmarks of the house promenade. James Turrell created a "Wide Glass" modular light sculpture, while Tim White-Sobieski contributed a video installation alongside the house's 20-meter long "traveling staircase." Olafur Eliasson transformed an elevator linking up directly with the top floor of the Champs-Elysees building, which will open in January 2006 as a permanent space of artistic and cultural expression, into a "chamber of sensual entropy" isolated from its surroundings. And of course i found a picture gallery of Beecroft's work but nothing else.

Via Stern (german) and Yahoo news.
Viele Danken Roman!

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October 19, 2005

b.F Featured Project: Their Circular Life

Their Circular Life: an exploration about human behavior

In the artists' own words: "Humans are all equal. They have the same needs. They feel, act and behave accordingly to an unknown law. Urban places know this well. By living the life of urban infrastructure, you become an external observer of what happens everyday in every place on earth."



Their Circular Life is a web-based photography project by Lorenzo Fonda and Davide Terenzi that narrates a day-in-life of an urban infrastructure. There are currently five stories online, and they are waiting for more.

Still photos and sound clips are collected from a single point of view over a 24 hour period, then combined together to make a time-lapsed video of that urban infrastructure's perspective. The Flash interface allows the viewer to control the circular timeline and explore the life of the environment.

Lorenzo and Davide started this project in 2001 and shot in two different locations. They've opened up the project for contribution: you can download the flash file, take photos from your bedroom window (or anywhere else), record some sounds, and add your own Circular Life scene to the project.

explore: http://www.theircircularlife.it

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Two new blogs on the block

Announcing new blogs from Fabricanti writers:

Nalis's non sa/non risponde

Guillermo's riiveeroo

To get your own blog, check out this page

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October 18, 2005

A very happy Fabricante


We can't tell you that this could be a Benetton ad (a very gay-in-the-south-park-sense ad... not that there's anything wrong with it... of course.)

Photo by Marion and Yianni. Thanks Juan!

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RFID Pocket Replacement

To avoid being tracked by readers, Mikey Sklar is showing how to build a faraday cage around your RFID tags. Just rip out a pocket from a pair of jeans and replace it with a cotton like fabric which contains enough conductive material to block most RFID tag frequencies.


Have a look at the PDF presentation of his project, it's amazing to see how much RFID is present in our lives.

Movie of the pocket replacement.
Via de-bug blog.

so Benetton ran into this whole (rather ridiculous) privacy issue a while back when they toyed with the idea of putting RFID into the clothes... perhaps this type of anti-RFID will be the new black for putting tech in clothes... I mean, it's much cooler, no? -- ann

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Desaparecen primero las palabras

How can a word appear or disappear? You can open and close a book; you can use a pencil and an eraser; you can use a keyboard or touch a screen. By moving your hand in front of the Desparecen Primero las Palabras display, a feast of red letters will glow to form a poem.


Desparecen Primero las Palabras ("First, The Words Disappear") combines 160 infrared sensors and 160 alphanumeric LED displays to generate an interactive poem:

Desaparecen primero las palabras-cantándose así mismas en su mejor aspecto dan locura-gri-llos frotando alas-vivo lucha descarnada y llegan-impertinentes cabras-probar mi mano.

The installation, by Thomas Charveriat and Miriam Llorens, is part of Art Futura, October 27th-30th, Barcelona, Spain.

mmm, that\'s nice... -- ann

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Photos From Banksy's Crude Oils Show

wooster collective posted some photos from Banksy's show in London:


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Wooster's Buenos Aires Report #2

wooster collective reports the scene and some street art from Buenos Aires:


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Recycling the City, Revisited

The New York Times takes a look at some of the questions we raised last month in "Recycling the City," about the enormous amounts of waste left over in New Orleans after the storms. The Times article gives a good sense of the scale of the problem, which amounts to 22 million tons of garbage:

It is more trash than any American city produces in a year. It is enough to fill the Empire State Building 40 times over. It will take at least 3.5 million truckloads to haul it away. [...] This is not even counting the cars that have been abandoned on sidewalks, or the boats stranded on the streets. It is not counting the more than 1 million refrigerators, stoves and washing machines on curbs all over the area. This is not counting any of the hundreds of homes that will inevitably be demolished.

Unfortunately, while raising many useful questions about just how this clean-up will be accomplished, the article focuses a bit too much on how awful the rotting food smells, and gives scant attention to the question of handling the tons of potentially dangerous materials that should not go into landfills. Worse, it leaves out any suggestion that potentially a large portion of the waste could be recycled. This will not be the last major urban clean-up effort we undertake this century, and possibly not even this decade; we need to get better at not making the situation worse in the long-term.

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Botanist: why so much colour variation in maple leaves

Cory Doctorow: Daniel, who runs the Botany Photo of the Day blog through the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden, sez: "thought you might enjoy this pic of autumn leaf colour in vine maples with explanation as to why there is such variability."
In other words, the formation of red pigments in the autumn provides protection, preventing the too-rapid breakdown of chlorophyll which could occur in exposed (read: excess light) areas. As you can clearly see in the leaf in the upper right, the bottom-right corner has the pattern of the leaf above. Where the leaf above shaded this leaf, no red pigments were produced. Where the leaf was exposed, bright red anthocyanins were formed. To take this to a broader perspective, vine maple trees in shaded forests and under low light conditions have little need to produce red pigments, as the breakdown of chlorophyll can occur at a modest pace. However, vine maples in exposed sites turn flame orange and red, so that the pigments produced will slow the rate of chlorophyll breakdown. The leaves in this photograph are from trees that are partially exposed, hence the attractive blend of colours.scp
Link (Thanks, Daniel!)

I thought this would be interesting info as we\'re now approaching autumn in Italy too... -- ann

Via Boing Boing

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October 17, 2005

Monkmobiles and safron bulletproof robes

To protect Buddhist monks in predominantly Muslim southern Thailand from increased violence, new products are being developed, from bulletproof vests in the traditional safron hue to motorcycle sidecars—dubbed "monkmobiles"— encased in protective glass and outfitted with a small window for receiving alms.

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Many of the products are devised by "Thailand's Q" (reference to James Bond's gadget guru), Major Songphon Eiamboonyarith who has also invented bulletproof tuk-tuks, net-shooter to entangle would-be agressors, "umbrellas that shoot rubber bullets, bullet-proof baseball caps and a hand-held device to fire a man-sized net 30 feet (10 m) to stop a villain in his tracks."

Via Eyeteeth.

it's almost like the Popemobile, but not as efficient (ahh asian knock-offs, just like the bags)... what i'm wondering is.. what happens to the dude who rides the motorcycle in case of a real attack??? -- ann

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Shanghai Living

Hu Yang began documented the lives of Shanghai residents, interviewing and photographing 500 families in their homes. From poor migrant workers to expats to billionaires, nearly all of Shanghai is represented.

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Some of the pictures are online and the Shanghai Living exhibition is at the ShanghART H-Space Gallery, through October 30.

Via Shangaiist.

great project, reminds me of stuff they would do for COLORS magazines (the back back back issues) -- ann

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October 14, 2005

Margot Quan Knight Lecture

"Sustaining Creativity"

When: 17 October, 2005
Where: Fabrica, Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
What: Lecture

That is: MONDAY at 6pm, everyone...


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Environmental Refugees

envirorefugee.jpgWould you know an environmental refugee if you saw one?

As a recent spate of natural disasters ably demonstrates, thousands of people can be driven from their homes with no place to go other than away from the devastation, and global climate disruption promises to make evacuation for environmental reasons a more frequent occurrence. The United Nations University's Institute for Environment and Human Security is now looking at the issue of environmental refugees, and how best to recognize and support them (PDF). One of the big questions is precisely how to define "environmental refugee."

The UNU says that, by 2010, the world will have as many as 50 million people driven from their homes by environmental crises...

(click the header link to read more)

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The Eames concept (above right) from the Austin design firm id-one crossed Gizmodo’s desk last week. And today comes the wooden computer kiosk for $3,482. Seems like wood-based technology is really taking off lately, what with all the furniture made out of wood. Perhaps we ought to begin paying more attention to wood, this fiber is totally new to us. Is it breathable? Does it keep the PC cool? How does one go about cutting this material? As with all new technologies, it raises as many questions as answers.

Stunning Wooden Computer Kiosk [Gadgetryblog]

not exactly good looking, but somewhat interesting...

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Bringing back the instant fun

Freshly launched polanoid.net is building the biggest Polaroid-picture-collection on the planet to celebrate the magic of instant photography. To get started you might wanna pick yourself up the classic SX-70.

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Oral Fixation Gallery


Jon Harris, ex-Fabricante, also known as PJ, presents a new online gallery by Oral Fixation Mints currently featuring great works of 3 current Fabricanti: Juan Ospina, Conrado Almada and Vladimir Dubko, among others.

check it out!

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October 13, 2005

Banksy Show Tonight in London

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Banksy's exhibition of modified oil paintings will open tonight despite the threat of legal action. Environmental health services yesterday cleared the project after being called by neighbouring businesses who reacted badly to the arrival of 200 live black rats. They will live in the glass fronted shop for the duration of the two week show.

Opens tonight from 6pm but Banksy warned 'we've only got 40 bottles of cheap red wine so don't come unless you have to'.

100 Westbourne Grove
London W2

open for 12 days only
11am - 8pm everyday and viewable at night

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Surprise in the bathroom

Five star hotel Sofitel in Queenstown (New Zealand) is gaining notoriety for its little boys room decorated with life-size models checking or measuring the "talent" of the guests.


It has brought the hotel a couple of complaints from church goers and a couple of hundred people wanting to take a look.

Hotel manager Mark Wilkinson says the toilets were just a way of putting a little levity into the posh hotel. "Certainly it wasn't our intention to offend anyone," he says.

Video report.

Via marketing alternatif.

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Masahiro Fukuyama suits

Masahiro Fukuyama sculpts suits, inspired by the ancient culture of the Samurai and contemporary game-culture.

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hey, he was at Fabrica!

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The Yamaha Gen-RYU hybrid motorcycle

Yamaha Gen-Ryu

Yamaha is dropping no less than 9 world premiere models on the 39th Tokyo Motor Show coming up later this month. Of special note to us is the Gen-Ryu hybrid motorcycle prototype (damn!) which combines the YZF-R6 600cc engine with a high output, high efficiency electric motor. Combine that with some fat wheels and that long wheelbase and you’ve got a machine said to perform and handle like a “1,000cc class machine.” Eco-power not workin’ it for ya? Ok, well consider it has a vehicle-to-vehicle distance warning system, a “cornering light system” for a little night time knee-scraping action, and a noise cancelation system which is said to allow for an intercom, voice navigation, hands-free cellphone calls, and music player — damn impressive if it really works! And just for kicks, how about an LCD so you can watch those cagers mouth “what the…” as you roll on by.

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goth dancing

to brighten your dull day...


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thanks Dan!

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October 12, 2005

Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto in Udine

Date: 31 Oct 05
Venue: Teatro Nuovo, "Giovanni da Udine," IT
Box Office: + 39 0432 24841819
Email: info@teatroudine.it
website: www.teatroudine.it

see this site for more info: http://www.sitesakamoto.com/whatsnew/arc_e.php?m=9&y=2005

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Desktop for the day

Brought to you by Juan, click the thumbnail to get the full 1024x768 image.


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October 11, 2005

Our very own...


I also found this photo in the Videobrasil archives. Rather scary in places and we all look so fresh-faced. Check out the nerdy bloke with glasses sitting at the front in the white shirt. That’s me that is. I reckon I look better these days… I hope so at least.

and check out the tall bloke in the back row. looks familiar?? ohhhhhh yeeeaaahhhhhh -- ap

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October 10, 2005

Video game quilts...

48475548 F2B68B24F6 MVideo game inspired quilting on Flickr, in the same set as some other sewing projects, including a nice jacket with a pirate-looking skull on it. I think the Tetris one in my favorite. [via] Link.

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War is Smurf

smurfwar.jpgWith images of real people killed, injured and/or left as refugees from war losing their emotional resonance, UNICEF has turned to killing Smurfs.

In an advertisement set to appear in Belgium starting next week, approved by the family of the Smurfs' creator "Peyo," very bad things happen to the blue cartoon creatures:

The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

rfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

In test showings, the sight of beloved cartoon characters killed by bombs proved far more effective than similar images from the real world at sending UNICEF's anti-war message.

(Via jwz)

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Skateable Furniture

Tom Hawes' project "came about by recognizing skateboarding as an unstoppable urban pathology."


Skateable Furniture is a range of benches that encourage skateboarding as a positive activity for youth to regenerate public spaces. The seven benches fit together in many different combinations, and the low back and fortified steel edges allow for many possibilities in terms of "skate-ability". The benches draw on the visual language of London and are designed to blend into both traditional and modern spaces.

"By virtue of its status as a misuse of public space, and because it is a symptom of defensive design, skateboarding is exceptionally good at drawing attention to the quietly exclusionary nature of modern public space," explains Hawes. "Older children and young adults are either not considered in urban planning or outright excluded from public spaces. Skateboarders add value to many unused public spaces and regulate possibly dangerous spaces with their presence."

"The design of public spaces needs to respond to the uses of it by the public. If young people are using these spaces for positive activities like skateboarding, then the design of these spaces needs to evolve alongside these new uses, not discourage and criminalize, alienating and socially excluding the youth."

Picture courtesy of the designer (tmhdesign AT hotmail DOT com).

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October 06, 2005

Live! Live! Live!

Good grief! This blog thing has taken me almost the entire 5 months of being here in order to get it up and running. First there was problem with the firewall, then there's problem with the domain, and in between there were too many other things that took priority.

Anyway, we're LIVE with blog.Fabrica. The main concept is that this site will serve as a content distributor for Fabricanti, part of it pulls content from the greater, cooler Internet space we know and love, but part of it will also be content from within Fabrica.

I will be overseeing this space for a month, during which I plan to give workshops in the auditorium from time to time, more features will be added for easier content integration and bugs will be fixed. Later, we will try to attempt a media-democracy (in this country? you don't say!) by rotating the blog keeper. But please be patient, it will take a little time for the system to be solidly in place.

If you have something to contribute for now, catch me on Bon Jour, at the mensa, or come up to Interactive department.

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Yo Arthur! It's You!!

The poster above, located in St Michel in Paris, is the work of the French photographer and street artist JR.

Who's the smiling baby?

It's Arthur, the son of a friend of JR's.

It would make me smile too. Joe, can we do this with Pascal's picture? -- ap.

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October 05, 2005

Playing the Building, by D. Byrne

With Playing the Building, David Byrne wanted to create an installation that would produce sound and would take advantage of the fact it is housed in a raw factory space- with exposed pipes, heating and structural elements.


Devices are attached to the building structure- to the metal beams, the plumbing, the electrical conduits, the heating pipes, the water pipes - and are used to make these things produce sound. No amplification is used, no computer synthesis of sound and there are no speakers. The machines will produce sound through wind, vibration and striking. The devices that are part of the piece do not produce sound on their own, but instead they cause the building elements themselves to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

At the the Färgfabriken artspace, Stockholm, Sweden. 2005-10-08 - 2005-11-13.
Opening and party Saturday October 8, 12pm-1am.

Thanks Matti.

Related: Sascha blogged the Electromechanical mandala workshop with Douglas Irving Repetto at the UDK in Berln.

Via we make money not art

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Camera phone competition launched

A Nokia photography competition has been launched to find the best images taken with a camera phone.

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The Best Subway Stops in the World

This fantastic series of photos of subway stations really makes me appreciate mass transit in a way that I haven't in ages. Look at Stockholm!

Any space where people spend a significant amount of time waiting every day should be beautiful. It seems like that's something people agree on, regardless of what culture they're from. Thanks to Byrne for the link.

New york's is also included, not for being the most clean one anyway...FM

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Giant pink bunny on Italian mountain, for 20 years!

I have no idea what to think about this.

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João Sabino, designer

So this is kind of cool. We linked to a blog awhile ago that documented the design-development process of a guitar case (since updated), but João Sabino's blog is a design blog-as-website. Maybe there are lots of these out there, but the work is interest

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October 04, 2005


This blog is for and about the people at Fabrica, a communication research center located in the middle of a farm, just outside of Treviso, Italy.

Here, we'll be blogging stories and interests, ranging from cool projects, educational news, to the party last friday and what we had for lunch, from inside and outside of Fabrica, from ex and current Fabricanti, from friends and strangers, everything in between the all and the nothings.

It'll mostly be about art, design, and all the stuff we like. Once in a while, it'll be about us.

Credit: this is a project by Fabrica Interactive, made possible by tools made by other people: movable type, reBlog by Eyebeam, del.icio.us, and other miscellaneous software from the Internet. We salute the people who make the web what it is today.


  1. It should be note that any opinions expressed here by the individuals or any blog posts do not necessarily reflect those of, nor are approved by, Fabrica, or its parent company, the Benetton Group.

  2. We don't know and can't find out what happened to the portfolio you sent here. We'd love to tell you, but this is just how it is.

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