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June 30, 2006

Coke’s Happiness Factory

Awesome commercial for Coca Cola , that takes an imaginative journey inside a Coke machine. The spot is part of their latest campaign: The Coke Side of Life. Psyop designed and animated the spot.

Originally from http://www.adverblog.com/

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Unnoticed advertising


Banner Blog started in June 2005 to showcase* online advertising, much of which goes unnoticed.BannerBlog was created by Ashley Ringrose who works at Soap Creative Soap Creative, a small & friendly interactive agency and Ashadi Hopper who works at RMG Connect, a multinational agency.

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Bristol City Council Reaches Out To The Public


Banksy returned to his home town of Bristol this week and hit up a local sexual health clinic with a terrific new work depicting a naked lover hanging from a window.

The most interesting thing for us is that, according to the BBC, the Bristol City Council, whose offices overlook the piece, are now reaching out to the public to decide whether or not to buff the piece or keep it. A city official is quoted as saying "We are encouraging debate amongst residents and would like to hear people's views and comments... We have to decide if it is public art or graffiti. If enough locals like it then it will stay."

For us, this is the first time we've heard of a city actually using a piece of uncommissioned art to spark debate. Very interesting, and smart, of them to tap into the power and popularity of Banksy's work at a time where most people's opinions of "what is art" and what isn't is being redefined by artists like Banksy and others.

You can participate in the debate on the Bristol City Council's website here.

Metro.co.uk is also encouraging people to post their opinions their website on whether or not the city should keep the piece. You can comment on the debate here.

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Cool way to explore the planet through a Flash application by Paul Neave .
Have a look!

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A Stop-Light Pendant Lamp


Across the United States, giant truckloads of red, yellow, and green lenses are tossed into land-fills as cities upgrade to more efficient lighting technology. The folks at Greenlight Concepts are reclaiming these glass artifacts to create "Stoplights" — a new line of lighting fixtures. As you might expect, the lamps come in Red, Yellow, Green versions but they also have clear ones too. They're priced from $240 to $299 — ouch! :: Greenlight Concepts via Great Green Goods

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Progress Bar

Reporting on the Royal College of Art Show 2006. Read more on Pixelsumo.

Progress Bar

Progress Bar from Eyal Burstein (Interaction Design) are objects that visualise periods between one week and one hundred years, and are used to review the progress of goals, aims, ambitions or any other long-term interest, which might get left behind because of every day life distractions.

Time is inputted with a simple turning mechanism and is visualized through calming radiating lights. The Progress Bar is a minimal and elegant object, which asks for very little attention or upkeep, it lies in the background serving as a gentle reminder.

Photos on Flickr.

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Supreme court blocks Guantanamo tribunals

Xeni Jardin: In a 5-to-3 ruling, the US Supreme Court ruled today that the military tribunals at Guantanamo violated both US military law and the Geneva Conventions. Link to NYT story, and here is the decision via Findlaw.

In related news, Salon.com ran a report on a document found in the ACLU's FOIA archives that says instructors from the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape school at Fort Bragg, NC (where elite troops learn how to survive extreme enemy interrogation measures) were shipped to Guantanamo to teach interrogators there. Link.

An anonymous BB reader says,

So basically, instructors who taught American military troops to deal with torture (by, effectively, torturing them) were sent to Guantanamo to teach interrogators there how torture -- excuse me, *interrogate* -- detainees.

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June 29, 2006

Pimp My Doll, the video

Here's a video clip about the Pimp My Doll show that happened in Venice , featuring many Fabricanti's work, namely Grisha Morgenstern, Paolo Princi, and Andy Rementer of Techno Tuesday!

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And we're back

Our server switch coincided with the crazy storm that just happened outside our Fabrica window. While yesterday it was all humid and hot, today came the icy storm that temporarily knocked out half of our electrical power line.

We're still working on some kinks, but hopefully posting will resume very soon. And that's a cheer!

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June 23, 2006

Moving again

On Monday and Tuesday 26-27 June, blog.Fabrica will be on hiatus as we're doing a server move, again. We should be back shortly after. Buon Weekend!

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Jobs and Gates having dinner

"So you know, all I had to do was let my Mac run your Windows"
"Yeah, you got me there, why didn't I ever think of that one?"

photo gallery from WSJ executive conference

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Flickr Friday

We are proud to have recruited the first Fabricante from the photography department into Flickr, Adam Huggins. Keep an eye out for his photos as he just got a brand spanking new Ricoh GR digital.

Some shots from last night when Fabricanti's got football fever:



see the whole set

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Treviso Basket Goes NBA

(That's Italian for Basketball)

reported by Toronto Star:

"GM Bryan Colangelo continues to put his stamp on the Toronto Raptors — and it has a distinctly international flavour.

Colangelo hired Maurizio Gherardini as the club's vice-president and assistant GM Thursday, making the former Benetton Treviso GM the first European to hold a senior management position with an NBA franchise.

Andrea Bargnani led Gherardini's former team Benetton Treviso to the Italian Lega A championship earlier this week. The six-foot-11 star forward is expected to be among the first few names picked in next Wednesday's NBA draft, and was rumoured to be among the Raptors' favourites for their No. 1 pick.
"We have enjoyed an unbelievable season, we just won the championship two nights ago and Andrea Bargnani of course was a key element for such a success," said Gherardini. "I know pretty much the kind of player and the kind of person he is."

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The homeless tech scene

Wired News has an interesting article about the homeless and their usage of technologies:

Many of those now living without a permanent roof over their heads have cell phones in their pockets or laptop computers at their hips. While people living in shelters and alleys have found it difficult to cross social divides, the digital divide seems to disappear on the streets. Nearly all homeless people have e-mail addresses, according to Michael Stoops, director of the National Coalition for the Homeless. "More have e-mail than have post office boxes," Stoops said. "The internet has been a big boon to the homeless."

Helping the homeless get e-mail addresses has been a priority for years at shelters across the country. And in an age when most every public library in the nation offers internet access, the net has proven a perfect communication tool for those without a firm real-world address.

"Because of technology, people are able to keep in contact with their families," Stoops said. And perhaps most importantly, they are able to get some footing in society regardless of how removed from it they may feel.

Homeless with technologies also earn income online, create MySpace accounts, blog, etc. The blogging scene among the homeless is actually quite a hot topic.


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The Influencers 2006 , festival of media action and radical entertainment.
The third edition of the Influencers (after the 2004 and 2005 ones), will open on July 6th at the Centre de Cultura Contempor nia of Barcelona (CCCB). Previously entitled Digital is not Analog, the festival is one of the few able to express perspectives on the edge on the (mis)use of media and how this can turn out to be extremely fun. His formula is simple: every artist presents his/her most important works and then he's confronted with the public, often establishing a discourse that intertwines with the others one in a very fruitful debate. This is possible mainly because of the physical presence of the different guests that rarely (or never) were all together in the same place. This year's lineup is rich as always, perhaps even more 'pop' oriented that in the past, including artists that have heavily played with mass media (IRWIN / Neue Slowenische Kunst, Vincenzo Sparagna, Oscar Brahim and Chicks On Speed), software manipulators / producers (Vuk Cosic and Molleindustria) and the music sample theorist Paul D. Miller / Dj Spooky. A crash course in how to get rid of the unavoidable everyday media oppression.

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June 22, 2006

Magnum In Motion

Magnum In Motion

Magnum photo essays with commentaries from the photographers, etc. Very cool.

(thanks Dan!)

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Co. & Co.

Company and Company is a group of like-minded artists and designers from Halifax and Brooklyn (an interesting matching of cities if ever I’ve seen one). While their online portfolio is more geared towards graphic design than illustration and traditional drawing, the sketchbook section of the site is just the opposite, and is a joy to browse. Included in the group is the previously-blogged Ray Fenwick.

Halifax and Brooklyn are two of my favorite cities, I'm way into this pairing. --L.N.R.

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Via Eyebeam reBlog

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Yoda backpack

Mark Frauenfelder:
 Images Yodabackpack
This Yoda backpack is a surefire chick (or dude, take your pick) magnet. Link

just the thing we have been waiting for...

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Design Competition

Electrolux design Lab is an annual design competition that is open for students from around the world to use their creativityto develop solutions that meet the needs of tomorrow's consumers. It's also an opportunity for students to exchange ideas and discover new possibilities with Electrolux designers.
Deadline is August 18th

More information

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Oh those Dutch...

from BBC News:

"Dutch fans are being handed orange shorts to watch the Argentina World Cup match if they wear trousers promoting a beer which is not the official sponsor.

Up to 1,000 fans had to watch Friday's game against Ivory Coast in underpants after being denied entry because they were wearing the orange lederhosen."


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iBuzz the iPod

Ok, forget all the gag gadgets I ever blog about, this is what I call infusion of design and technology:


The iBuzz is the sexiest iPod accessory available. Hook the controller to your jeans, connect your iPod (or any other variety of mp3 player), and place the bullet wherever you like. The bullet will vibrate in rhythm with your music. The intensity increases with the volume of your music, or can be increased via the controller.

...comes with two silicone-rubber attachments: one for clitoral or penetrative stimulation, the other for use as a vibrating cock ring.

Available online at Babeland, only $55 USD!

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The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments

What happens when you combine 200 liters of Diet Coke and over 500 Mentos mints? It's amazing and completely insane.
The first part of this video demonstrates a simple geyser, and the second part shows just how extreme it can get. Over one hundred jets of soda fly into the air in less than three minutes.
It's a hysterical and spectacular mint-powered version of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, brought to you by the mad scientists at EepyBird.com.
See the video fromhttp://eepybird.com/!

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June 21, 2006

Desperate inventions of post-Soviet Russia

Cory Doctorow: Home-Made: Contemporary Russian Folk Artifacts is a brilliant book about the ingenious creations of Soviet and post-Soviet inventors in Russia who improvised the industrial rubbish around them into a startling variety of useful and gorgeous items. Part Make Magazine, part Prisoners' Inventions, Home-Made showcases a brand of uniquely Russian invention. Where other developing nations are thin on industrial equipment and expertise, Soviet Russia brimmed with factories and tools and trained labor, but was crippled by political ideology and corruption. The resulting tools are the creation of people who seem to be refugees from a lost civilization -- people who know much, have much, but are in steady decline. Each artifact is photographed, with notes from its creator on the process of its creation:

We prepared this aerial according to the dimensions published in Radio magazine. But, you know, resonators are everything. THey were made form forks so that the reception would be better. In my opinion it all worked out very well. The effect was noticeable from the very start. Everyone particularly wanted to watch the programmes from Petersburg. My mother had the forks in her cupboard. She bought them when everything was collpasing around us. There wasn't anything else but forks to buy in the shops then. They werent' even very good forks, in the practical sense. But they went well with that aerial.

Via Boing Boing

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Decapitated bear USB flash drive


Oh yes...another superfluous flash drive modification. But hey - awesome choice for baby showers, kids' birthdays, or any occasion that calls for a cuddly 256MB beheaded bear.

via ohgizmo


HAHAHAHAHAHA... oh, man, why didn\'t i think of this...

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100% from Rotterdam


Bright's got photocoverage of the 100% design fair in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Check out the page here.


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Wallace & Gromit Head to the Arctic


We like human-powered journeys, so this quirky and whimsical one sure appealed. Blind Brit, Stephen Beresford and his guide dog, Forest, will be doing a Wallace and Gromit impersonation as they ride 1,200 miles (1900 km) through Norway to the Arctic Circle and back. Forest, having assisted Stephen for the past 10 years, is due to put his paws up in retirement after the adventure. Thus Stephen, who only has 10% vision in one eye, hopes the trip can act as a fundraiser for the ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’ charity, as a way of giving back. The custom built side car would make Wallace the made DIY inventor proud. A sighted friend will accompany the pair to keep them on the straight and narrow. All the best to the team. Via ::This Is Bradford.


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Beijing’s "hutong" destruction

Beijing's historic layout, which dates back six hundred years to the time of the Ming Dynasty, consists of hutongs, narrow alleyways that run in a maze-like fashion around the centre of the city. The hutongs, while revered as a direct link to China's venerated past, are also regarded as a source of shame – representing a backward way of living that Beijing does not want the world to see in 2008 for the summer Olympics.

The character Chai that means "destruction" or "destroy" earmarks the building to be demolished

The destruction of hutongs has been taking place for a number of years, but since Beijing was awarded the Olympics, the rate at which they are now being cleared has increased exponentially.

According to UNESCO, in the past three years a third of the 62km squared area that makes up the central part of the old city has now been destroyed. This has displaced close to 580,000 people.

The overwhelming feeling amongst many locals is one of reluctance that they cannot do anything about what is happening to them. Frustration by some residents escalated in 2003 with a spate of suicide attempts, aimed at highlighting the hutong clearance plight.


The true impact of these events may only be fully seen after 2008, when the construction dust has settled slightly over a post-Olympics Beijing. What is clear now is that a fundamental way of life that has existed for hundreds of years is being destroyed. It is a bittersweet irony that the very 'Chinese flavour' the Communist Party want to project to the outside world in 2008 and beyond, is swiftly disappearing.

The article made me think of Baron Haussmann. Wikipedia writes: "There are two views of Baron Haussmann: One depicts him as the man who destroyed Old Paris, and the other as the man who created New Paris."

Via the excellent Subtopia < Open Democracy. Photo show by Sean Gallagher.

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Juan Ospina interviewed by Japan Media Arts Festival


An interview of celebrity fabricante Juan Ospina, who received a grand prize award from the Japan Media Arts Festival earlier this year, is published on their website.

Check it out

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Who gains from the energy crisis? Arms manufacturers of course. The new yearbookStockholm International Peace Research Institute is out.
The numbers speak clearly: the increase on the world market in the prices of minerals and fossil fuels has helped the growth in military spending in the world.
You can see this straight away in Algeria, Azerbaijan, Russia and Saudi Arabia, where the increase in receipts from mining has caused an increase in the military expenditure.
This is spending on a world scale that has reached 1,118,000,000,000 dollars (the previous year it was 975,000,000,000). It’s as though every human in the world is spending 173 dollars on arms. And everything finishes up in the pockets of a few people who are getting fewer.
How much has your salary gone up in the last year? The sales of the 100 biggest arms producers went up by 15% reaching 268,000,000,000 dollars. This goes to about 80 companies that are American or from Western Europe.
All this power is concentrated in the hands of the few. In 1990 the top five in the charts had 22% of the receipts, now that is at 44%.
Do you want to know where this money lands up? Go and look at the list of those financing politicians in the whole world.
Do you want to know where all these armaments finish up? Impossible. Data on the life cycle of armaments is scarce and above all it’s of poor quality. The value of information depends on its availability and its trustworthiness. And rarely do the data match up to these requirements at each phase from production to destruction.
A perfect mechanism: petrol finances arms, arms producers finance the politicians who buy the arms to defend the interests of the petrol companies with beautiful wars of liberation.

Originally from Beppe Grillo's Blog

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June 20, 2006

The Art of Comics



Fumetto International is the first exhibition in Italy devoted to the different cultures of international comic strip art. The exhibition explores the trasformations which have affected the languages and editorial choices of this medium presented through different media and artistic ways.
The artshow is divided into 2 main parts: Graphic Novel Art and Asian Wave. If the first one deals with artistic research and editorial innovations which paved the way to the contemporary graphic novel, Asian Wave focuses on cultural crossbreeding which brought the manga's circulation and its metabolization in the West part of the world.

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Neverending Cinema


Opening the 23rd of June, h 18.00
Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea

From June 23rd to October 1st, 2006, the exhibition spaces of the Galleria Civica will be transformed into a cinematographic set, and among the lights, videocamera and microphones, the spectators will find a place of action and production rather than of contemplation. The project, conceived by ZimmerFreiand “staged” together with Marinella Senatore, will convert the Galleria into a studio where screenplays, casting calls and story-boards will be developed; scenes will be shot and edited; post-recordings and mixes will be created… not necessarily to obtain celluloid films, but true artist videos.
Therefore, the entire initiative will have a sort of duality: on one side, various artists will publicly create films, while on the other, the Galleria will become a meeting place and experimentation space for a broader public. For a various months, the exhibition rooms will be an environment animated with common encounters, as well as spaces appointed to artistic creation, to places of exchange between citizens and the art world.

Read more

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Techno Tuesday


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June 19, 2006

transmediale 2007


Call for Competition, Festival, Club

transmediale.07: festival for art and digital culture berlin :: 31 January - 4 February 2007 :: club transmediale.07: international festival for electronic music and related visual arts :: 26 January - 3 February 2007. Call for Entries: :: Deadline: 8 September 2006 :: Award Ceremony: 3 February 2007.

transmediale.07 Award Competition: transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin, invites submissions for its Award Competition 2007. The competition highlights outstanding contemporary artistic positions in digital media art. The international jury will award one main prize of EUR 4.000, and two second prizes of EUR 2.000 each.

read more from the header link..

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June 16, 2006

Don't just graduate on time, graduate at the right time

Research shows that those who graduate during economic recession tend to have lower lifetime earnings than those who finish school at the riping hours of an economic boom. So if the two work their way up the hierachy of a company, the one who took the less paying job during the recession will never catch up to their luckier counterpart who got the higher paying job right from the start.

So here's our lesson: never start with a low paying job.

(being at Fabrica doesn't count as a real job, so don't worry)

NYTimes article: Hello, Young Workers: One Way to Reach the Top Is to Start There

via Kottke

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Mark Jenkins - genius in my book


It's about friggin' time someone stepped it up in the realm of public art. Mark Jenkins' Embeds tape and clothing sculptures continue to confuse the hell out of people in DC. View passerby reactions here.

via wooster collective


Via core77.com's design blog

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Old Plastic is New Again


iD-L inspired innovations, in collaboration with Conserve (a Delhi-based organization), has been recognized with the European Business Award for developing Ragbag - a new brand for fashionable products made from recycled plastic bags.

"Plastic rags are collected, washed, dried and separated by colour. The plastic bags then go into a machine, which presses them into thicker and more durable sheets. No dyes or inks are required. It takes about 60 plastic bags to make one sheet. The sheets are then cut, lined with cloth and stitched or moulded into the various products. The project is already creating jobs for 100 ragpickers, people at collection centers and fabricators (mainly woman) in New Delhi, providing them and their families 'means of livelihood' and gain access to more opportunities."


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"Union is strength"



From our friend Eltono in Spain: "Union is strength, a new crew has just born ;) “EL EQUIPO PLASTICO” The members are: Eltono – Nano4814 – Nuria – Sixe. Check our brand new web site: www.equipoplastico.com with new unpublished works!

great pattern!

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European Fields: The Landscape of Lower League Football

An interesting exhibition about non official football fields by Hans van der Meer

See the photogallery

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June 15, 2006

Interview with Jonathan Harris, Artist, ex-Fabricante

Introducing a new feature of blog.Fabrica: Interview section! On top of blogging/reblogging every day, now every two weeks (or so) we will be bringing you our exclusive interviews of people who are, or were once, part of Fabrica.

We premiere this exciting new feature with our friend Jon Harris, creator of the popular 10x10 project, two times winner of the Webby Award, and the designer/programmer of our current Fabrica.it website. Jonathan was at Fabrica from July 2004 and left February 2005, cutting his one-year contract three months short to join a start-up company in New York City. He visited us briefly in May and came back to mensa for a day. From the outside looking in, he considers Fabrica to be "a lot like Walden Pond -- a year in relative isolation to focus on big ideas." Most of us here feel that we're too isolated, but we will probably miss it once we exit. And this is how we were inspired to interview past Fabricanti, to see what happens to people once they leave this pond.

Jonathan's portfolio site is at www.number27.org


b.F: You were recently back to visit Fabrica for a day, how does it feel being back?

JH: Oh, it felt wonderful. Very nostalgic. For all its quirks, Treviso is charming. I spent a sunny evening watching the sky fade over Piazza Signori, sipping some Cabernet Franc. I found it amazingly easy to focus, to regain an objective view on life, even for the two brief days I was there. Some things had been bothering me about work and life back home in New York, and I was suddenly able to see them very clearly, and resolve them in my mind. The whole trip made me feel I was in this secret place that the rest of the world didn't know about, and that I could do my thinking there, beyond distraction. I thought, how wonderful it must have been to have had an entire year in this secret place. But I suppose places rarely retain their hold on us over time. They become flawed, and easily critiqued, so we move on, looking for something better. But that's a cycle that will continue, no matter where we move or what we do, until we learn to be satisfied.

Fabrica itself brought back memories. Walking into the courtyard, beneath the concrete monolith, I experienced the feeling I remembered having each morning when I was at Fabrica -- the feeling of walking into that perfectly austere structure, and somehow wanting to make work that could live up to the building, to that sense of timelessness.

b.F: Looking back, are there anything you wish you could have done more while you were at Fabrica?

Continue reading "Interview with Jonathan Harris, Artist, ex-Fabricante"

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TXTual Healing


Using cell phones and SMS messaging, TXTual healing allows people to use their mobile phones and SMS messaging to fill in the text of large speech bubbles that are projected onto walls and buildings. You can learn more about the project

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The atrocities of the war in Congo from the perspective of 6 photographers.

Visit the photoexhibition

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June 14, 2006

Powers of Ten

The classic famous short film by famous chair designers, Charles and Ray Eames "Powers of Ten" is now on YouTube:

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A curious website:http://www.nomasfutbol.es/
" "We, the Women for a Football-free Spain/Great Britain, rise against the World Cup tournament".
The Rules for their husbands
1. Stop the World Cup: abolish the tournament, now and forever.
2. We will not tolerate to be left in the offside position any longer.
3. Grass is for cows. They eat it and shit on it.
4. A ball in the house = A ball less elsewhere.
5. Each and every hour of televised football will have to be compensated with two hours of Sex and the City / Friends / Desperate Housewives. Prime Time.
6. The WFE will use any means necessary to publicise its views: demonstrations, public stunts, petitions... We don't exclude any measure.
7. Each goal scored by England will have to be compensated with one afternoon of shopping. At man's expense.
8. Each garment or collection of accessories that is meant to even closely resemble the cross of St George will be punished with a one-week strike. For example: white shirt with red cross + face paint in same colours = not getting any for two weeks.
9. Watching the games with your mates down local boozer will have to be followed by a breakfast served in bed the next morning. For which you will be clean, shaven and sober.
10. All remote controls in the house are subject to WFE's authority.
11. In case of breach of one or several of these rules, we will leave you!

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Festival Arte Bastardo in Bologna


On June 17 and 18, artists from across Europe will be convening in Bologna for the festival of urban art-bastardo. Organized by piu from Barcelona, the show will feature murals, concerts, performance, instalation, proieccions, and fanzines from such artists as CHANOIR, KUZZ, BLOND, TOFU , BLU, LOLO , SAM3, FUCHS.......

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The Grammar of Photography


The Grammar of Photography is the title of the exhibition which the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation dedicates to the great German photographer Thomas Ruff. The retrospective is a selection of 120 works that testify his artistic research from the middle eighties up to now. The title itself is highly significant: an authentic “grammar” of photography through which, chapter by chapter, Ruff exercises himself in linguistic experimentations trying to re-interpret the photographic code.

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June 13, 2006

Grown your own treehouse


There are houses built in trees and then there aretreehouses.
The Fab Tree Hab -- a home literally made from trees, using an ancient technique called pleaching (the art of weaving (and sometimes grafting) trees together to form structures) -- was one of the design entries for the Index: awards, emerging from the genius of a crew including MIT architect Mitchell Joachim Javier Arbona of Archinect. The project description emphasized consideration of whole systems (and ecosystems) in creating a truly sustainable built environment, rather than a piecemeal approach that could yield uncertain longterm outcomes.
Although many individual and collective efforts towards “sustainable” or “green design” of buildings are apparent internationally, derivative design cannot address the underlying systemic nature of sustainability. Fixing pieces of a puzzle fails to address the interplaying complexities of the whole, and innovation is stifled by the need to work within given contexts.

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A Global Goalllllll


American artist Jon Winet often uses new media to comment on contemporary media culture. He's previously immersed himself in the realms of soap operas and political campaigns, in collaboration with Margaret Crane, and in his newest endeavor he takes on the mega media spectacle that is the World Cup. 'Goal 2006' leverages the international attention directed at this sporting event to raise awareness of deeper issues related to globalization. The project takes many forms, including a multilingual website, an SMS/MMS project, and an exhibition to be held June 26-July 5, at Stuttgart, Germany's Rocker 33|Dialekt. The website revolves around 'a virtual football card in 64 versions, featuring updates and RSS media feeds for the participating FIFA countries, original video, audio and photography, and field reports worldwide.' The site successfully mimics the rich, celebratory design style of any other sports page, but each player's card is accompanied by reports of environment! al and social challenges specific to that locale, as a result of globalization. The SMS/MMS project allows for phone-based daily downloads and rich text messages with similar information. The sign-up page for this service refers to it as 'media research,' thus implicating Winet's audience in his broader study of the products and processes of media consumption. - by Marisa Olson from Rhizome.org

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All my pictures of you. From books to street art.


Zagreb, Until 23rd July 2006
At a time when images overload the different “scapes” that surround us, illustration discovers new fields of interventions. The exhibition brings together a group of young artists who all use illustration as one of the primary languages within their otherwise multidisciplinary practices, defining new trajectories in a continuous resampling of reality.

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June 12, 2006

Fabrica T-Shirts Now in Stores

We posted earlier about these T-Shirts being available, when we found out about it from Papermag... but who else on earth would be better to give you all the info about these shirts but us?!? Hell, we made them! So I went hunting for the images of the shirts and here I give them to you. (Thanks Marian!)

Fabrica Limited Edition T-Shirts

The Fabrica Limited Edition T-shirts: T-shirts You Want to Wear are now on shelves in the Benetton stores around the world. These shirts were designed by the Fabricanti in the Visual Communications department, and they're now available for you to buy! buy! buy! They come in both men and women's sizes, though some designs are limited to one gender or another. We do hope they don't cost a fortune, so we can actually afford to get them ourselves. Did I mention it's limited edition? Go now!
Benetton store locator

More detailed images of the designs in the full post, so you can make your selection before running to the stores.

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Danish hackers launch Free Beer 3.0, with guarana

Cory Doctorow: The Danish free culture activists who created a free beer with an open-source recipe have released a new version of their free beer: Free Beer 3.0 with guarana.

Free Beer 3.0 has a new recipe, a new label, and a new Flickr Pool

Master brewer Birthe Skands describes 3.0 as a "traditional, top fermented beer with a very high drinkability factor - defined as the desire to drink another glass or bottle. With heavier beer from Belgium, for example, you'll drink only one glass which you'll indulge in. With FREE BEER you'll want to drink another one - so it's actually thirst quenching. We also wanted a nice color, and ended up with a beautiful, light amber"
Link (Thanks, Henrik!)

still can't beat our fabrica free wine/beer deal, but it's close...

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This image makes my day

from Benettontalk: Reclaim the true sense of fandom

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June 09, 2006

Sound Communication Grid

A timeline made by a series of grids of 3x3 points. This is the first sight of 9Dots , an experimental project presented at the web flash festival 2006. It's an audio/visual device implemented by Pierre Delmas Bouly that allows to edit a sequence of eight pictures made by acoustically reactive points. Interacting with the website one can improvise as d/vj, creating his own audio/visual string. Every assigned position on the grid matches different sounds and frequencies. Once the work has been composed, it can be archived online. Thanks to new technologies in music composition there are more possibility for communication, creativity and enjoyment. They establish a collaborative manipulation of sound material and new creative opportunities. It's a double shift. On one hand there's a radical distraction from the music content and on the other hand an important focus on the epochal implications that the coding of digital sound software have together with its analytical perspective. Also in this case the concepts of 'author' and 'user' infect each other. Then the role of the work's creator mutate in the one of the artist that interfaces the user with sounds, and interweaves code to build natural environments for the personal sound manipulation and communication

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Scientology Takes Message on Road


Scientology backs driver at Irwindale, joining retailers and others seeking an audience.
The Church of Scientology is spreading its gospel to NASCAR, starting in Irwindale.
The religion that counts actor Tom Cruise and other Hollywood luminaries among its followers now backs a La Verne stock car driver, Kenton Gray.

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Reality Tv Reaches Art World


On June 1, started the reality TV showArtstar on Gallery HD, a high-definition channel devoted to art programming available on the Dish Network.
Created by the artist Christopher Sperandio and the dealer James Fuentes in collaboration with the gallerist Jeffrey Deitch, "Artstar" will follow eight artists interacting with critics, collectors, curators and artists, while making new works to partecipate in the group show "Art Parade" at Deitch Projects. At the end, one of them will emerge, winning a solo show at the gallery.
In February 2005, four-hundred hopefuls asked to participate in an open call, lined up in front of Deitch's space in Soho, for a chance to have their work inspected by the gallerist and the jury composed by art historian and Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, Harper's Bazaar photo editor Cary Leitzes, Paper magazine's Carlo McCormick, art critic David Rimanelli, executive director and chief curator of The Kitchen, Debra Singer and Alan Vega from the band Suicide.
They finally selected the finalists: Gigi Chen, Sy Colen, Abigail Dawn DeVille, Christian Dietkus, Zackary Drucker, Anney McKilligan, Bec Stupak and Virgil Wong.
"'Artstar' reveals a lot about the inscrutable process of making it as an artist", commented Jeffrey Deitch at the New York¹s Museum of Moving Image, where the episode has been premiered May 12.

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June 08, 2006

US branch of "Pirate Party" launches

Cory Doctorow: Brent Allison, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Georgia, has founded an American branch of Sweden's "Pirate Party," a political party dedicated to copyright reform:
All non-commercial copying and use should be completely free. File sharing and p2p networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized. Culture and knowledge are good things, that increase in value the more they are shared. The Internet could become the greatest public library ever created.

The monopoly for the copyright holder to exploit an aesthetic work commercially should be limited to five years after publication. Today's copyright terms are simply absurd. Nobody needs to make money seventy years after he is dead. No film studio or record company bases its investment decisions on the off-chance that the product would be of interest to anyone a hundred years in the future. The commercial life of cultural works is staggeringly short in today's world. If you haven't made your money back in the first one or two years, you never will. A five years copyright term for commercial use is more than enough. Non-commercial use should be free from day one.

We also want a complete ban on DRM technologies, and on contract clauses that aim to restrict the consumers' legal rights in this area. There is no point in restoring balance and reason to the legislation, if at the same time we continue to allow the big media companies to both write and enforce their own arbitrary laws.


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Photographer retakes portraits of small town citizens 20 years later

Picture 4-6 Mark Frauenfelder: Incredible and beautiful photos from an online Smithsonian magazine article: "In 1984, Peter Feldstein set out to photograph every last person in Oxford, Iowa. Two decades later, he's doing it again, creating a unique portrait of heartland America." Link

Check out Feldstein's gallery of more photos, too!

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Let's enjoy Wanroom life!


Wanroom and San-X, the Japanese makers of these niftaaay plushie toys are insane. Insanely cute, that is. Each stuffed toy takes on the persona of an everyday household object, with special character names, and a sly little hidden compartment for storage or a mobile phone holder. Whether it's the cute little sofa, the bed (with slippers) or the bath/shower complete with bubbles you will have a hard time picking just one. In fact, you may "enjoy Wanroom life" so much that you'll have to get them all.

wow, i want them!!

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Copenhagen: Smoking it Up

queen smoking.jpgby sabine behrmann

The general Danish attitude towards laws, rules, and regulations is that you obey them, if you find them reasonable. This frustrates many Americans who live here and amuses quite a few Europeans who find this slightly anarchistic attitude refreshing. There have been quite a few occasions when laws were amended by the Danish parliament because nobody was obeying them anyway.

However things are changing, and nowhere is this more obvious than where smoking is concerned. Where ten years ago about 65 % of the adult Danish population smoked, there now are just about 25 %. It's not good enough, we are told - and every now and then people are demanding a tougher stand on smoking bans from the government.

They had a law passed last year that demands from restaurants, cafés and other public places that they have their smoking policies written down and place in clear sight of anyone who would want to know.

This has not been enforced. Nobody gets charged for not doing so. The police have no resources for checking up on this anyway, and nothing has happened. The minister of health is a firm believer in the forces of a free market and sees no reason for further action.

But all isn't lost. Margrethe II, Queen of Denmark, aged 66, and one of the prominent smokers of the world, has just received a new knee. In hospitals smoking is banned - and there were discussions going on whether the management of Århus hospital would dare to defy her Majesty's need for nicotine. After all, she is an elderly lady and cannot be expected to be able to give up this habit.

The management did have the guts not to make an exception, though. Well, if the politicians don't want to act the doctors will have to.



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Amnesty International's "See Through Signs"


On their website, Amnesty International has a series of images that look remarkably similar to the work of Tono in Chicago.

You may remember Tono. He does the amazing "see through signs" that we've featured on the Wooster site for quite some time.

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Whiskey ads by Akira Kurosawa

While shooting Kagemusha, Akira Kurosawa directed a number of ads for Suntory whiskey. With Francis Ford Coppola, executive producer of the film, as a guest star. The ads might not be as fun as Orson Welles drunken attempts to sell Champagne but anything by Kurosawa grabs my devoted attention.

The armies of the Takeda clan on the march in Kagemusha

Via Crazy Japan. Related: Akira Kurosawa Poster Cards.

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June 07, 2006

The endless study of Olafur Elliasson

I'm really impressed by Elliasson's way of investigating perception.
From today on until 3rd October the Kiesler Foundation Vienna shows Eliasson’s drafting machine “2D- Harmonograph" from the project “The endless study" - which allows to translate the rhythm of pendulums into images. The form-finding process, as visualized in this model, can be seen as an initial point which opens up hitherto undiscovered spaces of action and intervention in art and architecture.

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Home Entertainment at Colette in Paris

Another Fabrica installation is going up in the world, this time in the uberhip store Colette in Paris. Besides the interactive installation in the window, there will also be a very unique "Ice Cream Performance" by our ice-cream designer, Prima Chakrabandhu Na Ayudhya.

An interactive mixed media installation by Fabrica artists exhibited in the windows of colette.

Paris, 12 –17 June 2006
Sneak-preview, 9 June from 6pm – 9pm.

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Japan Likes Green Lifestyles – China Next?


From an Associated Press report we see evidence that Japanese consumers are adapting lifestyles like those TreeHugger embraces. “A U.S. lifestyle concept that combines consumerism with a bit of ecological conscience is proving a hit in shopping-crazy Japan, where workaholic "salarymen" are looking for quick fixes for stress and thinking green is becoming fashionable.” "...A Tokyo department store has a section for LOHAS goods . Magazines are singing the praises of the LOHAS lifestyle, including yoga, organic wine, aroma therapy and the option of bringing your own grocery bag”. Reportedly, “the idea is going mainstream in a much bigger way in Japan than in the U.S..”

Via: the Daily Camera .

WOW! organic wine, aroma therapy, and bringing your own grocery bag is now SO IN! I am so hip, you guys!

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June 06, 2006

Let's go down with Venice

The first time I went to Venice some newfound friends invited me to a party on the lagoon. And in all honesty, it was the greatest party I've ever been to. Food, drinks, dancing, drugs, unabashed sex in the hallways... it felt like the last night on earth.
But perhaps that's how most Venetians feel. Their city is litterally sinking. 10 cm a year is what they say.
During the first decade of the 20th century, St. Mark's Square flooded only 10 times a year. These days it's immersed at least 60 times a year.
Even the Campanile di San Marco isn't the original one. That tower fell in 1902 because of what Venetians say was "old age." These days a 20th century imitation stands.
All of this proposes a question.

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If the vineyards get the nuclear waste

France is the most nuclear dependent country on earth, relying heavily on it for nearly 80% of its electricity. The wastes are stored in storage sites that do not and cannot guarantee that the radioactive wastes are kept dormant. Greenpeace has announced that evidence of the wastes had contaminated vineyards. Despite the arguments against nuclear energy, France has not come to a better alternative.
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this sound like it would make for a great protest chant: \"no nuke waste in my wine! no nuke waste in my wine\"

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T-shirt design competition

The Jaxter Artist Awards has launched its international t-shirt design competition for 2006. The theme is 'sound' and the winner will receive US$2,000. Entries close on 31 July 2006.

It could be a good opportunity for our Graphic Department which has been already involved in a "t-shirt project"

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Is this date— 6-6-6 — merely a curious number or could it mean our number is up?

It only comes once a century and it's sure to be a devil of a day: June 6, 2006 is the sixth day of the sixth month of the sixth year. As in 666, the "number of the beast" or Anti-christ in the Bible's Book of Revelations...

Read a curious article from Usatoday

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The Olympics of the Art World

Art Basel – International art fair in Basel

The 37th international art fair will be held in Basel from 14 to 18 June 2006. For this event, the Art Basel Committee has chosen 290 leading art galleries from all continents to present 20th and 21st century art works from over 2000 artists.
On show will be paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs and editions as well as video and digital art by over 2000 artists. The full spectrum of modern and contemporary art will be represented: from the great masters of modern art to the latest generation of artists.

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June 05, 2006

The Happy Republic Day!

Last Friday was a holiday, so since we didn't have to come to work, we Fabricanti went picnicking by the river... We brought much food, too much alcohol, and waaaay too many cameras to document the whole thing.

dilluns 05 juny 2006 15:47:53

divendres 02 juny 2006 14:59:49

See more at the very large FABRICA Flickr Pool and also at Nalis' Picnic set

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Bicycam - A simple camera mount for bikes

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Jens writes - "Bicycam is a very simple camera mount for bikes made out of a bike bell." - Link.

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PirateBay tracker is back online

Cory Doctorow: Notorious torrent-tracker site ThePirateBay is making good on its vow to come back online following the Swedish police raid on its servers. The site is back online, and promises that searches will be working today. The raid reportedly came as a result of US government pressure on the Sweden. Link (Thanks, Joel!)


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September 12th : a controversial/educational game

This is not a game.
You can't win and you can't lose.
This is a simulation.
It has no ending.
It has already begun.
The rules are deadly simple.
You can shoot. Or not.
This is a simple model
you can use to explore
some aspects of the war on terror.

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Web users to patrol us borders

A few days ago i was appalled to read that Scott Silverman, from VeriChip, had proposed implanting RFID tags in immigrant and guest workers. During an interview on "Fox & Friends," he suggested using their RFID implants to register workers at the border, and then verify their identities in the workplace.

In a related story, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe allegedly said he would consider having Colombian seasonal workers have microchips implanted in their bodies before they are permitted to enter the US for seasonal work.


Today came the news that Texas plans to enlist web users worldwide in its fight against illegal immigration by offering live surveillance footage of the Mexican border on the internet.

The cameras will be trained on sections of the 1,000-mile (1,600km) border known to be favoured by illegal immigrants. Web users who spot a suspicious crossing will be able to alert the authorities by telephoning a number free of charge.

Meanwhile, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent National Guard soldiers to his state's border with Mexico to bolster security along the Mexican border.

Besides, a group of US civilian volunteers that has been patrolling the Mexican border began last week building a fence along a section of the frontier. The Minutemen group started erecting the fence on privately-owned land in Arizona on Saturday, saying it is "doing the job the federal government will not do".

Via quien vigila al vigilante, see networked_performance and space and culture for an english version of the story.

Image from Border film project.

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Bucharest gay pride last saturday

Images of Bucharest's gay pride march and the protests against it which spilled into violence with riot police.

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sonambiente berlin 2006 is summer in berlin set to music for the eyes and ears. Installations, objects, performances, happenings ­ visual art, sound art, video, new media, radio art, film: from June 1st to July 16th, for the second time since 1996, over 40 internationally known artists and some 20 up-and-coming art school talents make the metropolis reverberate with sound.
At five central venues and many other exciting locales, sonambiente berlin 2006 generates an extensive network of events throughout the centre of Berlin


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What makes a house a home?

Home-Maker is an interactive, web-based documentary by artist Jeanie Finlay, presents seven evocative portraits of housebound older people from South Derbyshire and Tokyo. The piece, which previously toured the UK as an installation, was produced through a non-traditional type of residency in which the artist spent considerable amounts of time at the participants' homes learning about their histories and current preoccupations, and garnering reflections on the seemingly vast material worlds surrounding them.

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June 01, 2006

Real life Mario game


From the same wacky classroom at the ever-so-famous ITP, NYU that brought you Pacmanhattan, one of their final projects this year that got us wowing non-stop is the Nintendo Amusement Park -- where participants get dressed up as one of the Mario brothers, strap into a bungee thingie and play the game. Mario can jump 4 times his height, and so could you. The game is in real life. "There is nothing digital. There is nothing projected. There is nothing virtual"

Be sure to check out the video at the site and photos from the wired gallery.

Via BenettonTalk

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Sweet! The Chocolate-Powered Hydrogen Fuel Cell


It’s getting harder to stay on top of all this. Just as news of reality of climate crisis appear to be appearing daily, so too are stories of alternative energy breakthroughs. This one should put a smile on any face. Researchers at the UK’s University of Birmingham fed Escherichia coli bacteria a feast of waste caramel and nougat from chocolate giant Cadbury Schweppes. The bacteria subsequently burped out hydrogen gas, which was harnessed via a fuel cell to power an electric fan. Of course it was slightly more complicated than that, but you get the picture. Professor Lynne Macaskie, who led the research team said, “Although only at its initial stages, we’ve demonstrated a hydrogen-producing, waste-reducing technology that, for example, might be scaled-up in 5-10 years’ time for industrial electricity generation and waste treatment processes.” Can imagine we’ll soon hear of bacteria organising unions to negotiate working conditions, as the reports also indicate they were put to additional work recovering the metal palladium from spent catalytic converters from old cars. (A riveting, thrill-a-minute movie of the fuel cell in action can be seen here.) ::University of Birmingham, via ::ABC Online.

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Apple G4 converted to roadside mailbox

Cory Doctorow: A Flickr user caught a pic of this Apple G4 tower that's been converted to a roadside mailbox in Auckland, NZ -- great use for an old, iconic tower! Link (Thanks, Dustin!)

Update: Dave Prager has made this planter out of his G3 tower.

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Berlin's new station


Gearing up for the much anticipated World Cup, Berlin's new glass-topped Hauptbahnhof (that means central station for you anglos), opened last Saturday with speech from Chancellor Merkel, free concerts, and over-the-top laser light and firework shows. It is Europe's LARGEST (thus deserving the cap letters) train station, complete with large shopping mall and food court inside.

The opening was well attended by almost 200,000 people, so well attended in fact, that it drew attention of some psycho teenage kid to go and stab some unlucky opening attendees.

Just how cool this station is, we'll wait and see. We're sending some soccer-crazed fabricanti to Berlin during the World Cup and hopefully he'll show us some pics.

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Benetton t-shirts designed by Fabricante


Relating to the Papermag post earlier, the article mentioned the t-shirts illustrated by our recently departed Nicole Kenney. We've learned that the special edition t-shirts from Fabrica should be available in the United Colors of Benetton stores internationally any day now...

Here's what Nicole said about her t-shirts:

"The brief Luciano Benetton gave to the visual communication department of Fabrica was simply, "Create t-shirts that you'd want to wear yourselves." Out of about 250 proposals, he chose ten, two of which I designed. In a fun way, I entended my t-shirts to poke fun at our beauty-centered society because no matter what we do to groom ourselves, we are still basically primates underneath. "

Nicole's website
Benetton store locator

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Papermag article on Fabrica

We're late to report about this, but we had no idea this article existed since a month ago.

Founded in 1994, Benetton's "research center on communication," as they put it on their website (www.fabrica.it) is both a commercial workplace and an art-school sanctuary. It's an institution that stands as a testament to the radical thinking of such visionaries as its cofounders, Luciano Benetton and Oliviero Toscani, original director Godfrey Reggio, former Colors magazine editor Tibor Kalman and architect Tadao Ando, who designed the opaque hub of interconnectivities that is Fabrica's physical heart in Treviso, Italy.

where are those people now? not at Fabrica, that's for sure.


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