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July 31, 2006

E-flux Video Rental (EVR) with some artists from Beirut

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27 July 2006 - 01 October 2006
Budapest

Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest - is pleased to present e-flux video rental (EVR), a project by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda, comprised of a free video rental, a public screening room, and a film and video archive. Its collection, selected in collaboration with over sixty international curators, artists and institutions consists of over 590 art films and video works, and is available to the public for home viewing free of charge.


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Marketing Terrorism on the Web

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Like radar in the last century, the Internet is a radical new tool that is helping to redefine the dimensions of warfare. For al-Qaeda, the shadowy terrorist organization behind 9/11, the Net is helping it to be everywhere … and nowhere.

Continue reading the article The Man Who Put Al-Qaeda on the Web
from Newsfactor

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Lost stations of the London Underground

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Have a look at this fascinating site with many pictures detailing disused and 'lost' stations on the London Underground Network...

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The Galactic Experience

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Which are the new frontiers of space turism?
Read an interesting article from Usa Today

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July 28, 2006

This farmer grows robots

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Photo from Repubblica.it photogallery

Wu Yulu is a a farmer in rural China who builds robots from scrap found at rubbish dumps. He has built 26 robots ranging from small biomemetic bots to big multi-legged walkers. Like many robot inventors, he has been burned by exploding batteries, fallen into debt, and had a short-circuiting robot burn down his house. Now he works for a local Chinese TV.

Read his story from People's Daily online

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Pigeons Write A Smog Blog

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When Beatriz da Costa releases 20 pigeons into the smoggy skies of San Jose, California in August, the flock will be writing what might be the world’s first avian blog—one offering a bird’s-eye perspective on air pollution. Each pigeon will be equipped with a tiny backpack loaded with devices that will measure pollution data and transmit the information to the web, creating a real-time air pollution index. Da Costa, an assistant professor in the graduate arts, computation and engineering program at University of California-Irvine (UCI), plans to release the pigeons twice a day during the 9-day conference of the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, which begins August 5th. But the “Pigeonblog” is more than a cutting-edge art project—it also points to a more egalitarian future for environmental monitoring, when the ubiquity of communications networks and increasingly small and powerful personal electronic gear will let anyone assess the quality of the air they breathe.

Read the article from Plenty Magazine

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Al-Qaida deputy calls for worldwide war on Israel

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Image and text from The Guardian (UK)

Osama bin Laden's deputy issued a worldwide call today for Muslims to rise up in holy war against Israel and join the fighting in Lebanon and Gaza, until Islam reigns from "Spain to Iraq".
Ayman al-Zawahiri warned that al-Qaida would not stand "idly by, humiliated", as Israeli "shells burn our brothers".
In a video tape broadcast by al-Jazeera, the Egyptian terror leader said: "How can we remain silent while watching bombs raining on our people? Oh Muslims everywhere, I call on you to fight and become martyrs in the war against the Zionists and the Crusaders. "

Read the full story

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Google Vision

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"What If You Could Google Objects, Not Just Words?"
Designed by Callum Peden, “Google Vision” is basically a “gadget about the size of a cell phone with built-in GPS that scrolls out to reveal a flexible screen — purpose would be to use image recognition and GPS data to tell you what you’re looking at.”
The image would be compared against a database of objects known to be near the physical location identified by the GPS electronics

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July 27, 2006

Bizarre new look at life from a bug's eye view

Originally from Asahi Shimbun (Japan)

There are many haiku poems about split-second movements made by insects. A haiku by Suju Takano, printed in the "Oriori no Uta" (A Poet's Notebook) section of the July 20 issue of The Asahi Shimbun, depicted the moment when a ladybird opens its wings and takes off.
Satoshi Kuribayashi, a 67-year-old nature photographer, captures such scenes on film. Kuribayashi's latest book, titled "Kuribayashi Satoshi no Konchu Wonderland" (Satoshi Kuribayashi's insect wonderland) and published by The Asahi Shimbun, contains photos that invariably wow children and adults alike. There is nothing special about close-up pictures of insects, but what sets Kuribayashi's work apart is that the backgrounds against which the insects are portrayed are also in sharp, crisp focus.

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Dark Source: Public Trust and the Secret at the Heart of the New Voting Machines by Ben Rubin

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From Neural.it
One of the most senseless use of technology is electronic voting. With no advantages except from the speed (real time) county of votes, this 'innovation' is simply an enormous swindle. In fact the votes are stored as files, so infinitely more falsifiable than the one written on the traditional paper, and the worst is that the whole process is managed by proprietary software, so with unstable and unintelligible methods. Part of the Weibel-Latour ZKM's 'Making Things Public' exhibition, Dark Source by Ben Rubin makes this paradox even more evident.

Continue reading "Dark Source: Public Trust and the Secret at the Heart of the New Voting Machines by Ben Rubin"

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War and Video Games

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From Neural.it

In the controversial debate about the videogame role in social acceptance of violence, the military power avid interest in the field is not anymore a secret. Furthermore the mediatic videogame-like aesthetic debuted during the Gulf War in early nineties has become the norm, and pushes in every new conflict the bloodless screen-based interface of a real human mass murdering. Ed Halter wrote this documented book letting the reader navigate through the slim territories of the elegant game attack strategies' genesis and the invasive subtle marketing of the senseless murders and destructions' institutions.

Continue reading "War and Video Games"

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Middle East: Rice resists immediate ceasefire at summit

Rome talks fail to bring truce...

Crisis talks on Lebanon yesterday ended with public divisions over the need for an immediate ceasefire and without agreement on who could lead an international military force for the region, or what its mandate should be.
Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, resisted pressure to demand an instant end to Israel's military offensive, insisting that any ceasefire must be "sustainable" and that there could be no return to the previous status quo.

Read the full article from The Independent

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ANDY WARHOL's Timeboxes

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Image and quotation from http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/timecapsules/


Modern and Contemporary Art Exhibition Center Former Central Fish Market, Trieste

Saturday July 22nd - Sunday October 22nd 2006

"What you should do is get a box for a month, and drop everything in it and at the end of the month lock it up. Then date it and send it over to Jersey".
A. Warhol, The philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and back again, London, 1975.

The act of collecting throughout time has been driven by variety of desires, from fascination, to comprehension, to obsession: collecting for the sake of it. Andy Warhol spent years documenting and cataloguing his daily existence, his collections at once becoming art as well as archive.
Beginning with the desire to simplify a move in 1974 from his Manhattan studio at 33 Union Square West to a new location at 860 Broadway, Warhol packaged anything he felt worth keeping into uniform cardboard boxes.

Continue reading "ANDY WARHOL's Timeboxes"

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Israel and the Middle East: the lethal mistakes of George Bush

Originally from Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

It was meant to be over by now. This time last week Israeli military planners were demanding another 72 hours to finish the job: that's all they needed, they promised, to clear southern Lebanon of Hezbollah. Yet the enemy has proved stubborn. Despite two weeks of bombardment, Hezbollah's formidable arsenal remains in place....

Read the full story

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Uncle B!

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Flickr finds of the week, again from Adam.

in case you're wondering -- that's a shot of Fabricante Reed taking a portrait photo of Luciano Benetton himself!

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European press review

Papers in Germany appear distinctly uneasy at the possibility of German troops being sent to keep the peace in the Middle East.

(read the whole article from the title link)

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liquid clock

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a 8m (26.5 feet) high clock that displays time as colored & filled up water vessels, using 260l (70 gallons) of a solution of water, methyl alcohol & food coloring. the alcohol prevents algae & fungus from growing inside the pipes while the food coloring allows visitors to see the clock’s function more clearly.
see also moniac machine.
[childrensmuseum.org & europa-center-berlin.de & marcdatabase.com|via luckypix.com]

wow!

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Spring/Summer naked collection

By Paris-based photographer Nicole Tran Ba Vang

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(via)

kind of reminds me of old fabrica stuff, though, raunchier!

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Sistine Chapel de Paco

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Talk about an ambitious project!.

Paco, a graffiti artist originally from Sarajevo, is using spray paint to recreate Michelangelo's entire Sistine Chapel ceiling in, of all places, Waterloo, Iowa.

You can check out the photos of the work in progress here.

(Thanks, Mr. Shrew)

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July 26, 2006

Tate Modern 2 - designs revealed

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Text and image from World Architecture News

Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron have today revealed plans for their £215 million iconic extension to the former power station on the south bank of the River Thames. The new 7,000 m² extension will be built on land to the south of the Tate Modern reclaimed from EDF energy networks. A new entrance and piazza to the 4 million visitor/year venue will allow north-south pedestrian passage through the complex. Ten new galleries will be provided in the 10 stories above ground and a performing space will be created within the former oil tanks, once used to feed the power station located below ground. The Mayor of London today pledged £7 million pounds towards the project through the London Development Agency. Completion is scheduled for 2012.

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Mixing digital art and traditional culture

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From 3 until 5 August , San Martino Valle Caudina (Avellino), Italy

Interferenze is an international festival of sounds, new visual arts and media which breaks down the borders between the technological, urban, inorganic world and the rural, archaic, organic world. It does not, however, pursue gratuitous provocation. On the contrary, the marriage of pixel and chlorophyll, silicon and cell represents a source of fascination and a stimulus for the visitor, who will find themselves freed from the necessity of having to choose between remaining in the city - not losing contact with the future, which models itself every day in new digital vanguards - or walking along mountain paths, declining to follow the more innovative forms of human progress.Therefore Interferenze represents a new way of exploring nature and art. It offers the visitor the opportunity to explore two territories as one: the physical sphere of the forests and the virtual sphere of the digital arts in one single and total experience.

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200 masterpieces from Guggenheim Foundation in Bonn

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From The ArtNewspaper

The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn is the only venue in the world to exhibit around 200 masterpieces of the Guggenheim Foundation from New York, Venice, Berlin and Bilbao.
For the first time the fascinating collection history of the Guggenheim is now on display in one outstanding exhibition. Works of 80 artists such as Cezanne, Degas, Brancusi, Delaunay, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Picasso, de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, Wahrhol will be on show in Bonn from the 21 of July 2006 to the 7 of January 2007.

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July 25, 2006

War runs on the blogosphere

Reading the Italian newspaper Il Manifesto I 've found some interesting links to webblogs dealing with the current conflict in the Middle East. So why not share them?
The first to note is a lebanese blog kept by volunteers. This blog not only analyses the conflict but also broadcasts news covered by different sources from around the world. Worth mentioning is also Angry Arab "a source on poltics, war, Middle East, Arabic poetry and art" by As'ad AbuKhalil. It is a blog with a biting tone and many photos and features a very immediate style.
On the other side of the border there is a live blog from an Israeli bunker via laptop and wifi. It provides a unique insight into the rapidly escalating situation in the middle east and gives an idea of how everyday life is there.
There is also a blogger who was forced to leave his country because of the current genocide happening in Lebanon and as a refugee tries to keep contacts with relatives and friends also through a blog called Perpetual Refugee .It's a well written blog with a very incisive style.
There are also cases of foreign bloggers such as the Swedish student Hardig, who reported about the conflict from Beirut until 21st July when he was forced to leave Lebanon.
The most original idea is represented by the experimental blog http://www.notes.co.il/ which is a kind of universal blog originally created in Hebrew but written in 3 languages and open both to Arab and Israeli people. When the war broke out Corinna, one of the authors, filled her blog with black flags, placing adjacent to one another the national anthems of Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. In conclusion, she added: "Jewish soul, Iranian, Lebanese, Syrian or Palestinian soul - until when will you be shrouded in darkness, a tool for realizing the supreme value: land."

The quotation is taken from an article from Haaretz about the reaction of Israeli webblogs on the war


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Syria 'must be blocked from supplying weapons to Hizbullah'

Originally from The Guardian via Internazionale.it

Israel is demanding that any peace deal with Lebanon includes agreement on international control or monitoring of the country's border crossings with Syria to block the delivery of weapons to Hizbullah fighters.

Read the full story

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Playboy magazine or mullahs? Indonesia decides

From Dailystar (Lebanon) via Internazionale.it

Indonesia recently witnessed a pair of dramatic releases: one a radical Muslim cleric from prison, the other a saucy men's magazine from its editors. Both Abu Bakar Baasyir and Playboy are now out on the streets and in the public eye, but neither is as significant as its opponents claim. Their releases and the public debate to which they have contributed, however, cut straight to the heart of the ongoing struggle for Indonesia's self-identity - a struggle which has taken a dramatic turn of late.

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'¡Almodóvar: Exhibition!'

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Until the end of July there is an exhibition on filmmaker Pedro Almodovar in Paris at the new Bercy home of the Cinémathèque Française. Included are photos and personal objects such as cameras, childhood items, notebooks, and a recreation of Almodovar's own bedroom. Bedrooms are often featuredin Almodovar's movies thus the reference. An Almodóvar red bathes the whole exhibition, which recreates the inner world of this famous filmmaker in an engaged and playful way. You can watch clips of films and catch segments of a new filmed interview with the director; you can listen to songs from his films; you can even take away a signed page from a reproduction of the script from 'All About My Mother'.

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Exhibition place and Bed & Breakfast: is it possible?

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There is an innovative and ecclectic place in Gallipoli, Lecce, Italy. It is an old small villa devoted to be both a gallery and a bed & breakfast. The Artists' House is indeed an exhibition space but it is also a B & B equipped to receive artists from all over the world who want to exhibit here their works and, at the same time, spend a delightful holiday. Each room or suite is named after famous artists of the past such as Mondrian, Van Gogh, Leonardo, D'Annunzio, Canova, Bach.
So if you go to Lecce don't forget to see this unusual but very original B&B!

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Techno Tuesday

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July 24, 2006

Self-service comics

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via Exibart
Napa books is a group of finnish artists making comics, flip books, art books and exhibitions. If you walk through the streets of Helsinki you can get their books from Comics dispenser!!!!

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The Ethiopian invasion

Ethiopian troops moved further into Somalia yesterday, opening a new front in the American-led "war on terror". An estimated 5,000 Ethiopian soldiers are believed to be inside Somalia, protecting the weak transitional government from an Islamist force that controls half the country.
The US does not want Somalia to fall into the hands of the Islamists; so far, regional observers point out, neither the US nor any other UN Security Council member has condemned the Ethiopian invasion.

Read the whole article Ethiopian forces take second town in Somalia with 5,000 soldiers from The Indipendent

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Toshio Iwai at Futuresonic

Two years ago, I was lucky to have been an audience at the NIME 04 conference in Japan, where the keynote speakers were Robert Moog and Toshio Iwai. It was my first time hearing Toshio Iwai talk about his work, and I was completely floored. Since then, I've hailed him as the uber rockstar of interactive art. His works are phenomenal.

Apparently he was also keynote speaker at Futuresonic 06 in Manchester. Chris from pixelsumo recorded this video of the keynote, with Iwai talking about his early inspiration and explaining how his piano piece works, which was a collaboration project between him and pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Here's the video

Regine also has a report on Iwai's keynote presentation.

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The Science of Sleep

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Have a look at the preview of the new film of Michel Gondry.

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The organic petrolhead

Is it possible to be both an environmentalist and a super-rich petrolhead?

Read the curious article from Mail & Guardian (South Africa)

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Who calls for cease fire in Lebanon

Independent graphic for those who calls for cease fire

The Independent ran this graphic on their cover last week depicting which countries supported the immediate ceasefire in the Middle East demanded by the UN and which opposed.

*Sigh*

So why hasn't there been a cease fire???

via Eyeteeth and Kottke

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Hotel Doodles from Jon Burgerman


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(Click above to enlarge and see the whole room)

"I recently did this in Italy. I just started drawing on one side of the room and ended up on the other side a day or so later (you can't get a simpler working process; what I draw is what you get!) It was commissioned by Miss Sixty, for their hotel, 60 Hotel, in Riccione, east Italy."... Jon

now if we can just someone to commission Andy Rementer...

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Two killed as artwork 'lifts off.'

Maurice Agis' "Dreamscape," a huge air-inflated installation, came unmoored and was thrown into the air, killing two and injuring several more.

"A 38-year-old woman from the town and a 68-year-old woman from Seaham died. A three-year-old girl was seriously injured and was flown to hospital."

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Interesting blog about design

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Via Designiskinky

CANADIAN DESIGN RESOURCE is a wonderful blog of all Canadian-relevant design (graphic, product, textile, etc.)!!


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July 21, 2006

Man and his clone droid

Can you say, the future is here!?!?


Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro clones himself, android-style. His incredibly lifelike mechanical double, "Geminoid HI-1," sometimes takes his place in meetings and classes.

Geminoid can be operated remotely so the robot reproduces the voice, posture and lip movements of Ishiguro, who wears a motion-capture system. A mouseclick raises a hand or finger.

Ishiguro, whose job is teaching at Osaka University, an hour's drive away, designed Geminoid so he could "robot in" to his classes and skip the commute. As he steps out from behind a curtain like the Wizard of Oz, standing beside his robot self, the shift is disconcerting.

Read the whole story from Wired: Meet the Remote-Control Self

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Ode to the Lebanese Cedar

The old (actually dead) tree at Fabrica was tranformed into a sculpture after it's been standing dead for a few years. The tree, a Lebanese Cedar, was an essential part of Tadao Ando's architectural plan for Fabrica and therefore cannot be uprooted. It is said that the tree has been standing there for 350 years.

The transformation of the tree into a sculpture inspired us to create a timelapse video. For a week, we set up an iSight camera to take a picture every 15 seconds. The camera had to be hung outside the window and suffered from intense, constant exposure to the sun in the mid-summer heat. Choosing the best part of the footage, this is the first in our abuse-camera-for-timelapse-movie series that will now happen at various locations around Fabrica.

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Download Video

By Oriol Ferrer Mesi & Ann Poochareon.

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Global Curse of Comic Sans

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Illustration from "Ban Comic Sans"

Design Observer has an article on the Global Curse of Comic Sans, that one font we always hate but find them every where.

The article also pointed out a Comic Sans Flickr pool, where people (and especially that font designer, Vincent Connare) document the usage of the font in signage all across Europe and United States.


"Why do you think it's all over the place?" he asks. "No 'decent' corporation cares what a minority of specialists thinks."

And he's right. Who cares if a small minority of deeply principled letterform diehards care about the wanton proliferation of a font that single-handedly throws typographic evolution back, say, a few thousand years or so?

Clearly, there's no accounting for taste.

http://www.designobserver.com/archives/016321.html

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STRANGE POWERS: an unusual art exhibition

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Until 17 September 2006
New York

While a number of exhibitions have recently looked at aspects of the occult and the spiritual, STRANGE POWERS highlights artworks that are made to actually have a paranormal effect on the world, including spells, talismanic objects, and apparitions conjured and transcribed.
Strange Powers is the Creative Time is summer group exhibition which assembles works by more than twenty internationally acclaimed artists -Pawel Althamer & Artur Żmijewski, James Lee Byars, Sophie Calle & Fabio Balducci, The Center for Tactical Magic, Peter Coffin, Jennifer Cohen, Anne Collier, Christian Cummings, Trisha Donnelly, Douglas Gordon, Brion Gysin, Friedrich Jurgenson (presented by Carl Michael von Hausswolff), Joachim Koester, Jim Lambie, Miranda Lichtenstein, Euan Macdonald, Jonathan Monk, Senga Nengudi, Paul Pfeiffer, Eva Rothschild, and Mungo Thomson- whose works explore the transformative power of art through a variety of magically charged manifestations.

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When diplomacy fails, DIY

In a world where I can receive news about the middle east conflict, the heatwave in the u.s., the stem cell research, indonesia tsunami, train bombings in india all at once whie sitting in a farm in Italy, it is hard to believe there exist places in the world where no outside media can penetrate its country's border. North Korea is one of those places.

The IHT reported on two North Korean defectors' effort to spread the news to the people locked inside Kim Jong Il territorry using DIY bottle-shaped balloons to drop leaflets containing messages from the South to their people in the North once a week. And everyday, their 30-minute radio program penetrates the North Korean radio signal into the homes of the people, broadcasting from their basement studio.

Once a week, Park Sang Hak and his colleagues travel to the border with North Korea and release bottle- shaped balloons. After soaring to an altitude of 2,500 meters, or 8,000 feet, above North Korea, the balloons release their payload: thousands of "freedom doves" - leaflets that describe leader Kim Jong Il as a greedy, womanizing despot with a protruding belly. The North Korean authorities bristle at the intrusion, condemning Kim's operation as psychological warfare sponsored by the United States. But Kim and Park say they are motivated solely by a desire to deliver messages of hope and freedom to starving people trapped in a garrison state. "My goal is to help North Koreans wake up and realize that they are living in a country built with lies," said Kim, head of Free North Korea Radio, or FNK.

Seoul does not back FNK for fear the these blunt criticism might disrupt its already fragile relation with Pyongyang, causing them to retreat further more. The FNK does not have a radio station license.


"If outside radio opens the ears of the North Koreans, our leaflets will open their eyes," Park said. "When their eyes and ears are open, they will open their mouth, speak out and revolt."

Read the full article: North Korean defectors' stealth protest

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Diplomacy on the net

From Jerusalem Post

Israelis and Lebanese are still talking - on the Net

Diplomatic talks between Israel and Lebanon may appear distant, but virtual talks gather steam daily.

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Welcome to the world of computer animation and graphics

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via Designaside

Motionographer seeks to be a source of inspiration for filmmakers, animators and designers by sharing:
* outstanding work from studios, freelancers and students
* feature stories that give readers a closer look at influential studios and individuals
* commentary that sparks discussion or introspection about the creative process
* miscellaneous items that Motionographer contributors find interesting
Motionographer isn’t just about motion graphics. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and the Motionographer contributors hope to provide you with interesting material regardless of the medium in which it was created.

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Magnum photo podcast series

Magnum Photo podcasts

We blogged about Magnum In Motion a while ago, but we didn't mention their podcast series, which looks very very promising.

Their weekly podcast features selected photo essay from the Magnum In Motion site, which are high quality photo essay narrated by the photographers themselves. Check it out:

http://inmotion.magnumphotos.com/podcasts.aspx


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July 20, 2006

Mid East Update


(yahoo news)

Israel hints at a full-scale invasion

Lebanon 'has been torn to shreds', PM calls for immediate ceasefire

Israeli warplanes dropped 23 tons of bombs on a bunker where Hezbollah leaders were holed up, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

via HuffPo

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Interview with Rose George

I found Rose George's website by googling for "Fabrica student". It's the number one search result right above those of ours (this is as of July 2006). Her article about our legendary Olivero Toscani drew me in and an hour later I was still reading the rest of her website. Intrigued by her writings in both the old COLORS issues and her own articles, I decided to interview her. Rose was never a Fabricante, but spent three years working for COLORS magazine as a senior editor and writer until 1999. Now she is a freelance journalist whose articles frequently appear on the London Review of Books. She has published a book about refugee lives titled "A Life Removed: Hunting for Refuge in the Modern World" and is working on another book about human waste. Luckily, I caught her over email before she jets off to the East for research.

Rose George
Rose George, freelance journalist & author www.rosegeorge.com

b.F: When one picks up an issue of COLORS magazine and read it from cover to cover, one can sort of get a sense that this magazine is run by a liberal-minded, progressive and worldly group of people. What was the atmosphere like for COLORS magazine office in the late 90s?

RG: it was an intense and brilliant experience which was periodically maddening. but it was the best first job anyone could dream of - we were a bunch of young people, all under 30 and most under 25, working in a series of stunning offices (from a crumbly old building with a fountain in Rome, to a gorgeous maison particulier in Paris, to the little house at Fabrica with a view of mountains). we got to spend our lives calling people whereever we wanted to, to ask them what they had for breakfast or how many babies Thai police delivered. we got to go on a day trip to Treviso morgue for the Death issue. And there was, compared to most magazines, incredible freedom. Toscani would impose his will when he wanted, of course, but for the first couple of years, we were left well alone. I know it's really annoying for people to wax lyrical about the good old days and how wonderful it was back then. there were days when it was so intense and infuriating, i'd have to march around the street/garden/wherever for a while to calm down. But in retrospect, it was an incredible introduction into journalism for which I'm very grateful.

b.F: Do you have a favorite COLORS issue?

RG: I have a few favourite issues. I like Touch, because I think it's philosophically interesting. I liked Time, for all sorts of reasons. I liked shopping for the body, because it shows the mad diversity of the world and I like Toys for the line "this is a controversial duck.". I liked the Death issue because it looked head-on at something people spend their lives not looking head-on at, and did it creatively. We had not much shame - me more than others, being a puritan Brit - and we got away with astonishing things, being unshackled by advertisers and Benetton.

b.F: Olivero Toscani is somewhat of a mythical legend around Fabrica now since he is no longer here but everyone knows he created this place. On one hand he sounds crazy, on the other hand he seems to be somewhat of an outlandish genius. What was it like working with him?

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Bulgarians Drink the Cheapest Beer Worldwide

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From Standartnews

"The Bulgarians drink the cheapest beer not only in Europe but worldwide, Vladimir Ivanov, Chairman of the Union of Brewers in Bulgaria," informed yesterday.

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Great Britain: Hunt for shade becomes the new national pastime

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A man cools down in the fountains in Derby city centre. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

From Guardian

Britain's favourite summer pastime, strange to recall, used to be complaining about the drizzle. Happily, we are nothing if not adaptable. As a week of blistering weather intensified further across most of Britain yesterday, pushing temperatures to record-breaking July levels, the country was demonstrating its mastery of a new hobby: trying to keep cool as roads melted and train tracks buckled

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July 19, 2006

World’s Priciest Mobile Phone

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From bornrich.org

Here is something that will bring you out of the illusion of owning the priciest of mobile phones. We are talking about the Diamond Crypto Smartphone, designed by luxury accessories maker Peter Aloisson. This unique object de art is priced at a crisp $1.3 million and is tagged as the costliest in the world.
This one features a cover adorned with 50 diamonds, 10 of which are the rare blue ones. Apart from this, it also features s few sections made in rose gold as well.

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Islamic fashion

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From La Repubblica

It might seem the hejab doesn't leave much room for creativity — but it does. The Teheran government has even organized a fashion show aiming at proving that Iranian women could wear elegant and smart dresses without being corrupted by the Western culture.

Have a look at La Repubblica's photos gallery

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Egg-vertising

From New York Times

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CBS’s copywriters are referring to the medium as “egg-vertising,” hinting at the wordplay they have in store. Some of their planned slogans: “CSI” (“Crack the Case on CBS”); “The Amazing Race” (“Scramble to Win on CBS”); and “Shark” (“Hard-Boiled Drama.”). Variations on the ad for its Monday night lineup of comedy shows include “Shelling Out Laughs,” “Funny Side Up” and “Leave the Yolks to Us.”


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World Leaders treating women well

Another one-and-only Bush moment at the G8:

(also see our earlier post about Bush at the G8 w/ Angela Merkel)

That just reminded me of this video of Berlusconi, and wow wee, aren't we glad this baffoon is not representing at the G8 too. Imagine what a frat house the G8 would have been.

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Eyebeam in NYC call for Fellows

Eyebeam NYC

Eyebeam is a non-profit arts and technology center based in New York City. Their building is situated in the art gallery district of Chelsea in Manhattan and the people there are very cool.

The fellowships they offer is sort of like a Fabrica borsisti: it is 11 months long, you are to collaborate on a creative project, and you are paid. It is unlike Fabrica in that: 1 you're in New York City (not Treviso!), 2 they do not provide transportation or accommodation, 3 you are expected to work 4 days a week, 4 you are paid $30,000 USD. And did I say New York City? All kinds of great things come with being in New York City.

From their website:


Eyebeam is currently calling for Fellowship applications in all three of our lab environments. The application deadline is Aug. 14 at 12pm EST. Please read all Fellowship opportunities thoroughly before selecting the Fellowship for which you would like to apply.

Fellowships will be offered in the R&D OpenLab, the Production Lab and for the first time, in the Education Lab.

Up to six Fellowships will be granted for 2006/07.

The focus of the Fellowships varies depending on the tools and skills available and the creative objectives and philosophy of each Lab.

For all of the Fellowships we are seeking applications from artists, hackers, designers, engineers and creative technologists to come to Eyebeam for a year to undertake new research and develop new work. The ideal Fellow has experience working with and making innovative technological art projects and/or creative technology projects and has a passion for collaborative development. Fellows will bring this experience and working approach to their own independent projects, projects initiated by other resident artists or Fellows and projects conceived collaboratively during the Fellowship period.

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Piero Lissoni at Fabrica

Piero Lissoni, Milan-based product designer is giving a lecture/workshop at Fabrica right now. Yesterday he presented some of his work surrounding the theme of measurement. He mentioned the design process of making this espresso maker:

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The first one they made, he said, looked beautiful but to the horror of the designer, it made disgusting black water that you couldn't even call it coffee. Working with the engineer and manufacturers, they were finally able to get the right design for the right measurement to get a decent coffee out of the machine. Design, we learn, is not just making things pretty.

Questions were later raised then about form vs function. While the coffee machine must make great coffee, on the other hand a chair or a couch that Lissoni is well known for designing are not at all comfortable to sit on. From Lissoni's view, the sofa he designs is for visualization, in other words, to make a room look aesthetically pleasing, and therefore, need not be comfortable.

Here's one of Piero Lissoni design for Cappellini:
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(photo from Unica Home)

He expressed that if you design a comfy sofa, people would just sit in it, get comfortable, fall asleep. His sofa begs for interaction, because they make people move around, adjust themselves, make conversations, etc. If you want a comfortable sofa, then go buy those.

So now we know why there are so many uncomfortable sofa and chairs at furniture shows.

More on Piero Lissoni

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10 new sites on UNESCO' s World Heritage List

From UNESCO.org

Last Thursday The World Heritage Committee inscribed ten new sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

The new sites inscribed are:
Sewell Mining Town (Chile)
Yin Xu (China)
Old Town of Regensburg with Stadtamhof (Germany)
Bisotun (Islamic Republic of Iran)
Genoa: Le Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli (Italy)
The aflaj irrigation system (Oman)
Centennial Hall in Wroclaw (Poland)
Vizcaya Bridge (Spain)
Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din (Syrian Arab Republic)
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (United Kingdom)

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Why are the oil prices getting higher and higher?

From Dar Al Hayat

The Role of National Oil Companies in Today's World

Analysts point out that a cause of the record levels prices have reached in world oil markets and the increasing interest in energy security and other issues was the structural changes in both the demand and supply of oil.
They refer to the fact that the shift in demand from the industrialized countries to the rapidly growing countries, like China and India, and the focus of world oil demand on the transport sector on the one hand, and the decline in output growth outside the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), particularly the Middle East, on the other hand, gave prominence to the oil markets today more than it had in the past decades.
But there is a change that is important for the present, and which has its implications for the future. This change, often ignored, is the growing role of the national oil companies in the balance of global energy and in the management and stability of the market.

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July 18, 2006

More on the Middle East crisis

Aljazeera has an insightful interview with As'ad AbuKhalil, author, professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus, and visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, who just returned from Lebanon. He calls this crisis an international conspiracy to to implement UN Security Council resolution 1559, which calls for disarmament of Hezbollah.

Dozens of civilians have been killed on both sides but there has been little movement in the international community. Is there a feeling that mediation or efforts to bring about a ceasefire will be fruitless?

The silence of the so-called international community, which has been under the control and in the service of the US government since the end of the Cold War, has been most painful for those in Lebanon who have been told in the last two years that the international community cares about Lebanon and its people. Now people know better.

I do believe that the same racist impulse that considers Israeli lives worth more than Arab lives is at play here. I have no doubt that the lives of Arabs never meant much for the descendants of colonial powers in the region.

And it is important that we don't allow Israeli propaganda to present an image of symmetry between the two sides: There is no symmetry between the two sides in this conflict.

Not only in terms of Israeli military superiority, but also in terms of massive killings by Israel of largely innocent civilians.

As the main power-broker in the Middle East, what role can the US play to end the violence?

You have to be either ignorant or foolish or both to consider the US interested in ending the current conflict. The US has clearly endorsed an unconditional Israeli aggression on Lebanon and Palestine. The US will leave it to Israel to decide not only the manner of killing of Arabs, but even to determine the number of Arabs that Israel wishes to kill.

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Civil victims in Lebanon

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Originally from the article "Herod 2006" Beppe Grillo.com


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Middle East Conflict from an Iranian Point of view

"Resistance Not Restricted to Palestine, Lebanon -425 Palestinian Children In Israeli Jails" that's the title of an article from Iran Daily

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Comic book looks at 11 September

From The Independent
The 600-page official inquiry into the 9/11 attacks are to be compressed into a comic strip version aimed at younger readers and others who might have be put off by the small print of the densely written report.
Veteran comic book illustrators Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon have used skills more used to normally associated with drawing Superman and Wonder Woman to produce an illustrated version of the deadliest ever attack on the US. The 150 page comic book includes captions such as "Whooom!" and "R-rrumble."

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Java tsunami toll 306, hunt on for more

from ExpressIndia

Pangandaran, Indonesia, July 18: Tearful parents searched on Tuesday for missing children and soldiers dug through the debris of homes flattened by the second tsunami to hit Indonesia in as many years. At least 306 people were killed, officials and media reports said, with at least 160 others missing.
Bodies covered in white sheets piled up at makeshift morgues with the corpse of at least one woman lying on a beach long popular with local and foreign tourists.
“I don't mind losing any of my property, but please God return my son,'' said Basril, a villager, as he and his wife searched though mounds of debris piled up at Pangandaran resort on Java island's southern coast.
The area hit by Monday's disaster was spared by the devastating 2004 Asian tsunami, and many residents said they did not even feel the 7.7-magnitude undersea quake that unleashed the two-meter (two-yard) - high wall of water.

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Techno Tuesday

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Design Times Square

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NEW YORK.- In an unprecedented gathering of original works of art by the world’s most celebrated designers and visual artists, Times Square will be the cite of an extraordinary exhibition – “Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project” – a collection of banners designed by an international roster of over 175 artists and designers. Designers from around the world have created banners using the form, idea or a characteristic of a tree as their inspiration. The banners will be on display on street poles throughout Times Square from Thursday, August 17, through the end of October. The exhibit is being organized by the AIGA NY Chapter, the Times Square Alliance and Worldstudio Foundation.

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When antiquity meets contemporary art

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From Art.daily.com
The Grand Promenade in Athens
In the framework of the events that will take place prior to the inauguration of the new building of the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens, the reconstruction of which is expected to be completed in 2008, a large scale international exhibition under the title The Grand Promenade was organized.
The idea of the exhibition was born from the close proximity of EMST to the archaeological sites and monuments of Athens that offers a possibility of various transcultural communication networks between antiquity and contemporary international art.

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USA billing its citizen for evacuation from Beirut

from Boing Boing:

"They are finally getting everything together today, but they dropped a little surprise: they are going to be billing us for giving us emergency transport to Cyprus, and then basically dropping us off on our own to get commercial flights back to the US. Most other goverrnments evacuating people here are actually flying them back to their home country without cost. But not the USG."

"In statements e-mailed to Americans in Lebanon and posted on the embassy's Web site, the State Department has stressed "that the U.S. government does not provide no-cost transportation but does have the authority to provide repatriation loans to those in financial need. For the portion of your trip directly handled by the U.S. Government we will ask you to sign a promissory note and we will bill you at a later date."

some more details here: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13903377/

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July 17, 2006

Pain Ray and Death Ray - this is not a game.

Having started the week with news surrounding war in the middle east, I don't feel like blogging about design, art, funny or weird things today. It is quite hard to chew down all this press, but here's a new item that might be educational...

Pain Ray is a nickname for "Active Denial System", which is a new weapon developed out of "directed energy" research for the U.S. military. The Pain Ray 'fires out millimeter waves -- a sort of cousin of microwaves, in the 95 GHz range. The invisible beams penetrate just 1/64th of an inch beneath the skin, directly affecting the nerve endings, and a 2-second burst can heat the skin to 130 degrees. Charles Heal, a widely recognized authority on nonlethal weapons who has dubbed the ray the "Holy Grail of crowd control," likened it to having a hot iron pressed against the skin. ' (link)

Pain Ray is non lethal. It does not kill, but hurts. Hurts a lot.

The next we have on the agenda is the Death Ray, a weapon that fires out microwave, similar to ones we have in our kitchen. If you have seen what the microwaves can do to a marshmallow, you can probably imagine what a microwave ray gun can do to a living body.

There is an Italian-made documentary about the existence of these weapons: http://www.rainews24.it/ran24/inchieste/guerre_stellari_iraq.asp
(also available in English)

Brett Wanger president of the California Center for Strategic Studies have started an online petition calling for U.S. Congress to oppose the development and deployment of these crazy things. You can sign it too.

If Congress somehow pass these weapons for usage (allegedly they've planned to deploy it in Iraq), I hope they test it on the congressmen and women first.

Via BenettonTalk

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Our on going coverages of the Middle East


(from the New York Times)

It's surreal how time passes. Just last Monday, we were celebrating the end the of the World Cup as Italy won the championship and all kinds of headlines that came up regarding Zidane's headbutt. This Monday, we come back to work and can't read up on the Lebanon/Israel/Hezbollah all out war quick enough.

- New York Times report on the Middle East

- The BBC coverage

- Open thread on Agonist.org, updating on the crisis

- The Huffington Post has ongoing coverage of news constantly posted on its homepage.

Also interesting, the BBC reports on how other nations are preparing evacuation for their citizens from Lebanon. So.. hmm, are there no East Asians in Lebanon? The list of the nations covered there is definitely lacking on Japan, China, and others.

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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- From Toronto Star: Syria poised to strike back

DAMASCUS—The Syrian government has vowed to strike back if Israel expands the war with Hezbollah by hitting targets in Syria.

Syria's information minister, Mohsen Bilal, issued the warning yesterday, as U.S. and Israeli officials stepped up condemnations of Syria as Hezbollah's patron. "Any aggression against Syria will be met with a firm and direct response whose timing and methods are unlimited," Bilal was quoted as saying by Syria's official news agency, SANA.

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Just in: Mic picks up Bush: 'get Hezbollah to stop this s***'


Unaware that a microphone at the summit was switched on, Mr Bush, chomping a piece of bread, used the opportunity to suggest a way out of the latest criss in the Middle East.

"See, the irony is what they really need to do is to get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this s***," he said.

Mr Bush also hinted that Condoleezza Rice, the US Secretary of State, would take a bigger role, and appeared to express frustration about UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

"I think Condi’s going to go pretty soon," Mr Bush said. Ms Rice is widely expected to travel to the region after a UN fact-finding team returns.

Mr Blair, whose remarks were not as clearly heard, appeared to be pressing Mr Bush about the importance of getting international peacekeepers into the region.

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In the blogs: List of bloggers in the affected area

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Bush at the G8

as recalled from what Adriana Huffington saw on the news:

There he was at his press conference in Russia, where he unwittingly gave Vladamir Putin one of the great set-up lines in recent history. Responding to a question about his concerns over the state of Russia’s democracy, Bush said he had talked to Putin “about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there's a free press and free religion, and I told him that a lot of people in our country would hope that Russia would do the same thing.”

To which Putin replied: “We certainly would not want to have the same kind of democracy as they have in Iraq, I will tell you quite honestly.”

Then later, at his press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he started off by thanking her for the hospitality, ending the intro paragraph with "I'm looking forward to the feast you're going to have tonight. I understand I may have the honor of slicing the pig."

And even during the Q&A session, faced by hard questions on the bombings in Beirut and Iran's position, he starts it by talking about that same pig:


Q Just to follow up --

Bush: Follow up on?

Q On both of these. Does it concern you that the Beirut airport has been bombed? And do you see a risk of triggering a wider war? And on Iran, they've, so far, refused to respond. Is it now past the deadline, or do they still have more time to respond?

Bush: I thought you were going to ask me about the pig.

Q I'm curious about that, too.

Bush: The pig? I'll tell you tomorrow after I eat it.

What a classic American guy, this Bush.

via The Huffington Post

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"Switch up": the Pink Panther comes back for a new spot

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The Animation Company Hornet has brought the Pink Panther back as the face of Sweet'N Low's "Think Pink" campaign.
Have a look at this cool spot!
Originally from Dexigner.com

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Finding rare artsy video gems online

Xeni Jardin:

Hidden behind the WSJ's stupid paywall is this wonderful piece by Ian Mount about rare, "lost" art-films resurfacing at online video sites like Google and YouTube -- and some ensuing copyright squabbles:

Increasingly, rare and avant-garde films are showing up on sites like these, best known for hosting homemade video spoofs. On YouTube, there are 1969 art videos by Nam June Paik, a 1967 student movie by George Lucas and an iconic 1930 film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, as well as a clip of Dalí in a chocolate commercial.

It's the latest reflection of an online culture where fans can function as curators of digital entertainment, bypassing libraries and museums with their own collections of music or movies. In many cases, these rare film clips are posted by amateur film buffs who've scooped up film reels or rare VHS tapes from eBay or local sales, and then digitized them for online viewing. A handful of Web sites and blogs, such as the Greylodge Podcasting Company (www.greylodge.org/gpc), link to the clips, many of which aren't available on DVD.

Greylodge regularly posts links to cool arty stuff on YouTube and elsewhere. Use this link to pull posts from their blog tagged with the post category "link dump," and here's the latest with an insanely long list of wonderful, rare stuff: - Jean Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, rare Orson Welles and David Lynch shorts, Charles Manson on the Today Show, Psychic TV, a Sid and Nancy TV interview, the Avengers live at the Mabuhay... wow. Subscribe to their video linkdump RSS feed here.

off to youtube i go..

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Developing nations join G8 talks

Leaders from Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa will take part in the final day of the G8 summit in the Russian city of St Petersburg to discuss stalled talks on liberalising world trade.

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July 15, 2006

Graphic designers snubbed White House gala

In a symbolic gesture of protest to the Bush administration, five American graphic designers (see names in the letter below), honorees of the National Design Award, turn down Laura Bush's invitation to breakfast at the White House citing that it would be inconsistent to their values and beliefs as designers to accept an award celebration from the representative of the administration who abuses language and mass media.

Drumming for attention or displaying meaningful act of dissent? -- you decide.

full story: http://www.designobserver.com/archives/015742.html

Dear Mrs. Bush:

As American designers, we strongly believe our government should support
the design profession and applaud the White House sponsorship of the
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. And as finalists and recipients of
the National Design Award in Communication Design we are deeply honored to
be selected for this recognition. However, we find ourselves compelled to
respectfully decline your invitation to visit the White House on July
10th.

Graphic designers are intimately engaged in the construction of language,
both visual and verbal. And while our work often dissects, rearranges,
rethinks, questions and plays with language, it is our fundamental belief,
and a central tenet of "good" design, that words and images must be used
responsibly, especially when the matters articulated are of vital
importance to the life of our nation.

We understand that politics often involves high rhetoric and the shading
of language for political ends. However it is our belief that the current
administration of George W. Bush has used the mass communication of words
and images in ways that have seriously harmed the political discourse in
America. We therefore feel it would be inconsistent with those values
previously stated to accept an award celebrating language and
communication, from a representative of an administration that has engaged
in a prolonged assault on meaning.

While we have diverse political beliefs, we are united in our rejection of
these policies. Through the wide-scale distortion of words (from "Healthy
Forests" to "Mission Accomplished") and both the manipulation of media
(the photo op) and its suppression (the hidden war casualties), the Bush
administration has demonstrated disdain for the responsible use of mass
media, language and the intelligence of the American people.

While it may be an insignificant gesture, we stand against these
distortions and for the restoration of a civil political dialogue.

The letter was signed by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, Georgie Stout, Paula
Scher and Stefan Sagmeister.

2006 finalist Chip Kidd was also asked to sign. But Kidd questioned the
appropriateness of the gesture, said so in an email to the group. "The
real issue here is that we were not invited to a rally in support of the
war in Iraq. We were invited to recognize the National Design Awards, in
our nation's capitol, in an extraordinary building that is a cornerstone
of our history." He added that, like them, he was opposed to the Bush
administration's policies, and pointed out that, also like them, he had
created and published work that had expressed those views in no uncertain
terms. But, he added, "it is that ability (hey, the freedom!) to make and
send meaningful messages that we are supposed to be celebrating."

Kidd concluded, "Of course I respect your decisions, as I hope you all
know how much I respect you and your extraordinary talents. But as graphic
designers, we rightly complain that those talents are too often uncredited
and taken for granted. Personally, in this case, I think it accomplishes
more to stand up and be counted than to stay away."

http://www.designobserver.com/archives/015742.html

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July 14, 2006

TOPOLO': a borderland between reality and imagination

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Marco Mucig, It moves through, Stazione di Topolò 2006.


Until 16th July- Topolò, Udine.

Topolò/ Topolove is not a fairy tale village but a real place between Italy and Slovenia with 33 inhabitants. Since 1994 in July it turns into "Topolò Station- Postaja Topolove" a place of sensitive encounters and cultural exchange. Topolò s not an episodic event or a festival but a place where art meets life, where you are completely immersed in an artistic atmosphere. For this year's edition of Stazione/ Postaia also the Fabricante Marco Mucig has been involved to develop a project. It moves through is the title of his video created by capturing istants and images of Topolo' s village. The peculiarity of this artistic project is that the emergence of a little detail brings life to an apparently immobile situation.These are the artist words to present his project:
There are places where nothing happens: ideas stale and people migrate. Those places, led by different circumstances to stall, seem not destined to change. If you take a closer look through, even there something moves: insignificant vibrations, meaningless details which carry the prophecy of a rebirth, the hopefor a revolution. With my camera i will explore the village's path to choose views and situations that i will photograph over time. The editing of these images will create a video. In every situation, apparently condemned to stale, a little detail will bring a new life, since the interest for little things is the only engine able to rescue arid, bored, immobile worlds.

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Venice’s real problem is organisation and management

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From Art Newspaper Editorial & Commentary
Venice is threatened by crumbling infrastructure and rising sea levels, and also by the inexorable growth in the number of visitors. But with effective management, one problem could solve the other. The gates that let the tourists in could pay for the gates that keep the waters out.

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July 13, 2006

Bread & Butter Berlin

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BREAD & BUTTER – TRADESHOWS FOR SELECTED BRANDS
From 14th until 16 th July 2006
From their website: Pioneers who revolutionised the traditional tradeshow landscape thanks to a new concept: No generalists, but specialists with a clear definition of their segments, who are resolved to present progressive, contemporary clothing culture right through to the top. Visionaries, who recognise market needs and put them into action. Courageous to come up with unorthodox solutions. Professing sensitivity and passion for the culture in which they are at home.

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LEBANON UNDER ATTACK


Israel continue assault on Lebanon: Civilian Death Tool Rises as World Oil Prices Rise

Israel continues its military strikes on Lebanon today with an estimated thirty-nine Lebanese civilians, including 10 children killed across the country today after Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers yesterday. Israel’s armed assault on the country marks the worst military violence in the past 10 years. Full Story<

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..I wonder why UN is not intervening both in Lebanon and in Palestine....

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Farmers to get their own biennale

LONDON. Just when you thought farming in the UK was in terminal decline, help may be at hand from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Read the whole article from The Art Newspaper

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FAIR PLAY 2006

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Berlin, Play Gallery
FAIR PLAY 2006
From 13/7/2006 until 31/7/2006

Video Festival. Aim of the festival is presenting works of young and emerging artists who express their artistic concepts through the film language, giving an account of the current film and video production.

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Zidane apologizes, but his family was insulted

Zinédine Zidane apologized for his red card but said he had no choice but to react the way he did.

--snip from the article--

Since Sunday, lip-readers round the world have been busy trying to decode what Materazzi said, and they had come up with wildly different explanations.

On Wednesday, Zidane refused to specify. He did say, under pressure from the interviewer, that Materazzi used profanity and mentioned Zidane's mother and sister.

"I tried not to listen to him but he repeating them several times," he said in the first of his interviews, on Canal Plus. "Sometimes words are harder than blows. When he said it for the third time, I reacted.

"I am a man before anything else," he said.

Zidane argued that while he accepted that what he did was wrong, the blame lay with Materazzi.

"The reaction must be punished. But if there had been no provocation, there would have been no reaction," he said.

"Do you think that minutes from the end of a World Cup final, minutes from the end of my career, I wanted to do that?" he asked.

"This was not something to do. I want to make it clear because it was watched by two billion people and by millions of kids," Zidane said. "I want to apologize to them. But I can't regret what I did because it would mean that he was right to say what he said."

Materazzi had said that he had insulted Zidane, but denied that he had made remarks about his mother.

"For me, the mother is sacred, you know that," Materazzi said in an interview published Tuesday in Gazzetta dello Sport. Other Italian newspapers reported that Materazzi lost his own mother when he was 14.

Zidane did confirm that the argument had started when he told Materazzi that he if wanted his shirt so much "we could swap at the end of the game."

Zidane also said that Materazzi had not called him a terrorist, one of the early, popular lip-reading theories.

Zidane had said before the World Cup that he would retire after it ended. Asked if he now felt that he had some unfinished business and would reconsider, Zidane said his decision was "definitive." ... "Merci football," he said as he drew a line under his playing career.

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Knitted Tanks

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"... As a protest against the Danish (USA´s, UK´s) involvement in the war in Iraq the tank was covered from the canon to the caterpillar tracks with knitted and crocheted squares made with pink yarn....The process of covering the tank was documented with a video and this video is shown in ”Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center“ (Copenhagen, Denmark) as part of the exhibition “TIME” from April 27 - June 4 ...." (more here)

(Thanks, Nicolai)

from their site: Unsimilar to a war, knitting signals home, care, closeness and time for reflection. Ever since Denmark became involved in the war in Iraq I have made different variations of pink tanks, and I intend to keep doing that, until the war ends. For me, the tank is a symbol of stepping over other people’s borders. When it is covered in pink, it becomes completely unarmed and it loses it’s authority. Pink becomes a contrast in both material and color when combined with the tank

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Garbage for sale

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If you walk through the streets of New York City you can meet Justin Gignac, a guy who picks up trash, boxes it up and sells it as art.
Read more about this project!

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July 12, 2006

Stroke makes smokers forget their addiction

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Wiping out one part of the brain can break the thrall of smoking.
Read the result of this research from News@Nature.com

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Leaders of 50 countries reach agreements on immigration

Leaders from Africa and Europe took tentative steps toward a unified approach to controlling sub-Saharan migration to the European Union, agreeing to cooperate on border controls and deportation procedures, and accelerating the development of African economies.

... really?

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Homemade air conditioner

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Here's another homemade air conditioner using an old fan, copper tubing and cooler with ice water - Link.

Previous:
Other homemade air conditioners - Link.

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I'm filing this under "inspirations" too.

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Discovering the Indian subcontinent

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Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo- Torino
Until 8th October
SUB CONTINGENT
The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art

Subcontingent, The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art is a group show investigating the notion of the Indian Subcontinent (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Maldives) through the work of 26 artists. While the majority of them has studied and lives in India and Pakistan, others live abroad and are culturally and biographically linked to the Subcontinent. All the artists thoroughly explore the complexity of this geographical area, and many of them exhibit in Europe and in Italy for the first time. The show elaborates on many dissimilar points of view, and the works use different mediums (video, installations, painting and sculpture) resulting in the evocation of a diverse and multifaceted cultural landscape. The concept of the exhibition stems from the idea that, although it is "only" a sub-continent, the social, political, religious and economic disparity and diversity of this region make it an area of astonishing multiplicity, and a place of innovation and creativity.

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The intimate life of a genius

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The last remaining trouve of Albert Einstein's personal family letters is being opened to the public this week.

Read the whole article from TIME.com

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Boob scarf

Another fun design object for the day:

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I have no idea what these are called officially, who made them, or where they are sold... random found from this livejournal page.

File it under "inspirations".

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Keyboard Food Tray for Antisocial Meals

Do you eat lunch at your desk? Are you so busy that you have to eat at your desk, the alternative being starvation? Do you prefer to eat at your desk, surfing the Web or getting work done instead of going to a proper lunchroom or eatery and actually---good God --interacting with people?!? If so, the keyboard food tray is for you.



Designed by Duck Young Kong, the tray keeps your keyboard clean while providing extra surface space for your food. At least in theory: placing a drink directly above a keyboard seems awfully precarious. Plus, using the keyboard with the tray on top could get awkward.

In any case, it's a sign of the times...

Source: TechEBlog

luckily, we don't do it here in Fabrica as Mensa provide us more food than would fit on this little keyboard tray... this makes me giggle nonetheless...

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Last supper

I usually have zero interest in fashion shows. Except when it comes to the graduation show of the Fashion Department at the Antwerp Royal Academy.

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Big favourite is Koji Arai's "Last Supper" collection (images above). The young designer's graduation work is on show at the MOMU, the Mode Museum in Antwerp (Belgium) until August 13.

But i still had eyes for: "Save a horse, ride a cowboy" by Berivan Meyer, Mikio Sakabe's "20XX A/W", and Johanna Trudzinski's "With my own two hands."

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extreme fashion!

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STOP AU RACISME

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via Beppe Grillo's blog

Today there’s the start of the tenth antiracist world show in the Enza di Montecchio park in the province of Reggio Emilia. The teams taking part are made up of ultras from all over Europe. Finally they can get rid of some energy on the field. They are people from outside Europe and from European youth associations. The organisers haven’t overlooked any detail. They have decided to invite a French football team to the tournament. A team that is rigorously made of whites who are Catholics. It is well known that French racism has now gone beyond all limits.

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Impressionism in Wisconsin

from Flickr blog:

On July 1st, the community of Beloit, Wisconsin came together on the banks of the Rock River to recreate George Seurat's “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte"

neat!

(via BB)

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July 11, 2006

Art from code: Generator.X

Generator.x is a conference and exhibition examining the current role of software and generative strategies in art and design.
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New Words Added to Dictionary

As they do every year, the editors of the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary add a few new words to their venerable collection, establishing a bridge between pop culture and high culture, and illustrating how English is a dynamic, evolving language. Among the words and phrases making the cut this year are google (as a verb), himbo (male bimbo), drama queen, empty suit, bling, unibrow, bird flu and biodiesel.

Source: USA Today

wow, you'd think 'google' as a verb would have made it before 'podcast' (last year)

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The real iraq war costs

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Depending on which administration official you, um, believed, the Iraq War was going to cost anywhere from $200 million to zero. But it’s going to fly over $1 trillion.
That's what says the article by Matthew Yglesias from the American Prospect

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Sophia Loren Poses for Pirelli Calendar

Sofia Loren, who first featured on magazine covers half a century ago, will appear for next year's Pirelli calendar dressed up only in diamond earrings.

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The calendar portraits of Loren taken by Dutch photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Winoodh Matadin are "very beautiful and will add to the myth of La Loren," said Loren's friend Silvia Damiani.

The star was born Sofia Scicolone on September 20, 1934, so i let you figure out how old she is.

Images of Loren nude and young.

yowza!

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Make your balls a bigger part of your life

Hi guys! You're invited to notice your nuts by a "Bigger Balls" viral ad for the Everyman Campaign highlighting testicular cancer, the most common cancer to affect men aged 15 to 45.

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Via houtlust.

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A camera in a truck? No a Camera Truck!

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"American photographer Shaun Irving and English Art Director Richard Browse have created what they believe to be the world’s largest mobile camera. Designed in America and constructed in Spain, the cameratruck is a simple box camera built right inside a standard delivery truck. Measuring 5 metres long, 2 metres wide and 2 metres high, the gigantic camera is capable of taking pictures almost 3 metres across. "

Talk about Big Picture!

Check out their site and gallery here: http://www.cameratruck.net

(Thanks Yianni!)

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THIS IS...... BIOART

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What's bioart?
Read the interesting article The flourescent rabbit and the Cartesio's gene about bioart of Eduard Kac from the free webzine Overview mag (pp. 13-15)

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Techno Tuesday

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July 10, 2006

New Trial Kid

Berlusconi to stand trial on fraud charges

Former Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is to stand trial on charges of tax fraud, false accounting and misuse of company assets.

Mr Berlusconi and 13 others have been sent for trial by judge Fabio Paparella in connection with the purchase of film rights in the US by Mr Berlusconi's Mediaset broadcasting company.

The trial will begin in Milan on 21 November and the defendants could face prison terms of between four and 12 years.

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(thanks Chris)

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A new way of thinking tourism

I LOVE TOURISM - Venice
A souvenir is a precious thing, that reminds us of special and unforgettable moments. Often "souvenir" is synonymous with "kitsch", but it should be a refined object of memory, cherished by whoever left part of themselves in a place. I love tourism is a shop established by Studio Camuffo in the prestigious Gallery of Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in Piazza San Marco, where tourists who love Venice, who aren't satisfied with a superficial tour of the city and with mass-producted objects, can find exclusive and one off products, refined and sophisticated souvenirs, created by well-known designers.
I love tourism features reminding products, where the essence, the visionary and dream impact are of the utmost importance. Our shop is a place that hands back the souvenirs' identity, giving them back their mean of being a trace, a sign that witnesses and represents in another place the memory of a venetian moment, landscape or atmosphere.
I love tourism is a new way of thinking tourism, related with the cultural production of the city, in order to show that the city is not just its past, but a living, dynamic and exciting net.
(Among the artists there is also our Andy Rementer !!!!!!!!)

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ADIEU, ZIZOU

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"Zidane, A Portrait of the 21st Century" by Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon was presented during the last Festival of Cannes out of competition.
This is a portrait on film, in action and in real time, of one of the greatest players in the history of soccer, Zinédine Zidane. It plunges the audience into a soccer match, sharing with them the sensations and psychology of an athlete. Seventeen synchronised cameras, combining HD with 35mm were used by directors Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno to meet this technical and artistic challenge, shot all at once on April 23, 2005 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium."The initial idea was to make a film which would follow just one character as he journeys through a story", explains Philippe Parreno. "And then the idea came to film just a single player during an entire match. A match lasts the same time as a film. We're both soccer fans. The first and only player we immediately thought of was Zidane."

Read more from Festival Cannes website
Have a look at the trailer

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DON'T MISS THIS EXHIBITION!

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Palazzo Grassi
Where are we going?

Outside the beautiful 18th century Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal of Venice sits an enormous bright purple inflatable dog. It’s a sculpture entitled “Balloon Dog – Magenta,” created by famed artist Jeff Koons. Inside the palazzo’s gallery is Koon’s “Hanging Heart” one of the centerpieces of an art collection belonging to François Pinault, the billionaire Frenchman who owns 80% of the Grassi. The wealthiest art collector in France, Pinault is a luxury goods magnate by day, as owner of Christie’s, the Gucci Group (Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga) and Fnac. He is currently showing a selection from his personal art collection in the renovated Palazzo, former home to car-maker Fiat.

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Zinedine Zidane

Despite getting handed a red card at the last 10 minutes of the very crucial game, Zinedine Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball for being the best player of the World Cup.

His unforgettable headbutt to Marco Materazzi which resulted in being dismissed from the final championship game had inspired a little online game which is being sent all over the offices. Quite funny, check it out here.

No one is saying what was said by Marco Meterazzi that caused the headbutt and timely dismissal of the French captain, but there has been some speculations by the press based on his past history.

From LA Times:

In 1998, when France was on its way to its only world championship, Zidane stomped on an opposing player from Saudi Arabia during a French victory in the first round. He claimed it was accidental but was red-carded and suspended for two matches.

At the time, there was no explanation for the foul, but it later emerged that the Saudi player, team captain Fuad Amin, had verbally provoked Zidane, who is of French and Algerian ancestry.


read the whole story

Zinedine Zidane had announced earlier that this World Cup would be his last time playing on the field. The 34-year-old superstar planned to retire. This bizarre red card ended his career, and he exited the field dramatically walking pass the trophie, and never looked back.


(picture from FIFA site)

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SIMPLY THE BEST

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Have a look at the diary of the best goalkeaper in the world!

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Italians in America

LA Times has a photo gallery of Italian Americans celebrating in New York City (Brooklyn & Little Italy) and other cities after the motherland won the Cup:

see it here

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More on the victory...

the BBC reports on Italian joy at World Cup victory

a great quote:

"This is the greatest moment - it is the first time I've seen Italy win anything"
- Giovanni, who was not born when Italy won the World Cup last time, in 1982

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Happy Monday! And hey, did something happen yesterday?

I mean, the town was so crowded with people honking horns, yelling, drinking and just celebrating up until 3 AM! And Treviso is never awake after midnight!

We may never see that happening again. Ever. Even if it's for the next World Cup, none of us would be here to celebrate with the Trevisians.

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Congratulations, Italy! Weeee!

And just for fun, we're dedicating all of today's posts to news surrounding the World Cup, because it only happens once in a looooong while.

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July 07, 2006

Flickr Friday


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Another one from Adam, this photo was captured in front of Treviso's Duomo after Italy advanced to the championship round of FIFA World Cup 2006.

And we await the final game on Sunday. It's going to be crazy. oh. yeah.

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Toshio Iwai on Pixelsurgeon

Toshio IwaiPixelsurgeon has an interview of Toshio Iwai about the making of his musical instrument and software.

Anyone can play with Electroplankton and make some kind of music. How important is it to you to make producing music accessible to anyone?

Previously, playing and composing music was only for people who had been specially educated or trained. But, everybody yearns to play or compose music comfortably. I myself am one of them. I thought this could be realised thanks to new technology like computers. By these means, I believe people can easily feel more close to music and more satisfied than times when they just listen to music that somebody else has composed.

Read the interview here: http://www.pixelsurgeon.com/interviews/interview.php?id=239

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Lightning burns dude via iPod. You saying something, God?

Xeni Jardin: Snip from Denver Post story:
The wounds follow the line of his iPod, from his ears down his right side to his hip, where he was carrying the device. The iPod has a hole in the back, and the earbuds dissolved into green threads.Bunch and his mother believe the iPod acted as an antenna, drawing the lightning to him. There were tall pine trees nearby that didn't get hit. But lightning and weather experts say that's probably not the case.

"There is no scientific evidence to show that lightning is 'attracted' to items like an iPod. However, if someone wearing earbuds is struck, current may travel along the wires into the ears," said Gregory Stewart of the Denver-based Lightning Reference Center. "There are documented cases of lightning traveling through wired telephones and killing the users. "

Link. Image: Denver Post / Helen H. Richardson (Thanks, Adam)

Update: Holy crap, the article says he was listening to Metallica when it happened... and dare we speculate,"Ride The Lightning?"

!!!!!

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TRAFFIC: Torino Free Festival

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11/16 July 2006
6 days of free events

The festival is a living creature and therefore grows and matures. From the last appointment of the Traffic Anticipation on the 11th July until Sunday 16th’s conclusive party, six days brought to life by dozens of events diverse among themselves: concerts, DJ sets, film show, literary readinfs, art exhibitions happenings and much more. The only rule is that everything is utterly free, making Traffic the only Italian free festival.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HAPPY LIFE

Even more attention is given to the study of happiness by researchers, psychologists and Nobel Prize laureates. Is happiness becoming part to rare and valuable goods?
BBC NEWS has recently presented a reportage about Happiness Formula and Happiness Manifesto
Here you can read also an interesting essay by Daniel Kahneman (Winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics) about Experienced Utility and Objective Happiness

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Sit down and share!

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What is Yellow Chair San Jose?

When a local household in San Jose decides its share its wireless network with neighbours and other strangers, the house members do not know what to expect. Few curious passersby stop by to see what would happen next. There is a rumour that somewhere else, at the other end of town, another household with a yellow chair is doing the same thing. What was going on? The rumour mill worked overtime, as people wondered why anyone would want to sit on a yellow chair to access a wireless network. But for those who sat on the chair, they knew it was a unique experience and a lot of fun. They had been ‘invited’ to enter personal networks, share music and movies and shout across town about war and politics if they so wished. They felt like cyber voyeurs, entering unknown territories, grabbing and dropping files across the neighbourhood, across the city, over a cup of coffee."

Yellow Chair San Jose, a project by Anab Jain and Tom Jenkins, will go live in San Jose, August 2006, for the ISEA Interactive City Conference

Originally from http://yellowchairsanjose.blogspot.com/

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July 06, 2006

How to concentrate on writing

10 tips to help you concentrate on writing. ... apparently 6 AM is the most productive time of day for writing... maybe this isn't something for me after all. :)

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Italy Leads Way With 'Green' Goods

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Italians have a lot to crow about today: a brilliant last minute victory over Germany in yesterday's World Cup match and recent news that the country leads the European Union in the number of companies making goods that qualify for the EU "Eco-label." The daisy symbol label is granted to products that pass Eco-label environmental impact tests and is placed on products ranging from cleansers to appliances. Ninety-two of the 309 European companies that passed the test are Italian, followed by Denmark with 53, France with 48 and Spain with 21. The country that gave birth to the "slow food" movement often associated with sustainable agriculture, also produces more organic crops than any other country in the 25-nation bloc, according to the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements. Via: Hugg

go Italy!

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SolarVenti: A Solar Powered Dehumidifier

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SolarVenti is a solar powered ventilator and dehumidifier from the U.K. The device works by warming cold night air, and moving it inside your home or vehicle. The designer explains the operation this way: "After a cold night all of the atmospheric moisture is lying on the ground as dew or frost leaving a very dry but cold atmosphere. SolarVenti takes in this cold dry air and warms it before pumping it into your house where it sucks out moisture from the fabric of your property and replaces the colder damper atmosphere." The device has no operating costs, and it can be fitted to any South, South West or South East facing wall where there is little or no shade. Prices start at £323. :: SolarVenti via Red Ferret

i wish i could afford one of these...

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Cambodia's homebrew bamboo trains

Cory Doctorow: Entrepreneurial railway hackers in Cambodia have built "bamboo trains" powered by electric motors that ply the abandoned rails of the nation's decrepit rail system. With only one scheduled train per week, these jerry-rigged trains are an easy way to move people and cargo around the Cambodian countryside.
A tiny electric generator engine provides the power, and the passenger accommodation is a bamboo platform that rests on top of two sets of wheels. A dried-grass mat to sit on counts as a luxury.

It would be a white-knuckle ride - if there were actually anything to hold on to.

The bamboo trains reach about 40km/h (25mph), with the track just a couple of inches below the passengers. Warped and broken rails make for a bone-shaking journey...

Low fares add to the appeal, but the service is not without its quirks. There is only one track - so if two trains meet, the one with the lightest load has to be taken off the rails so the other can pass.

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Cruel trick: concrete-filled soccer balls

Mark Frauenfelder: Two men were arrested in Berlin on suspicion of filling soccer balls with concrete and then placing them in public areas with signs encouraging people to kick the balls.
KickmePolice said they had identified a 26-year-old and a 29-year-old and had found a workshop in their apartment where they made the balls. The two are accused of causing serious physical injury, dangerous obstruction of traffic and causing injury through negligence, police said.
Link (Thanks for the graphic, Tim!)

maybe the "kick me" part is a bit over the top, but I the idea of random concrete footballs on the streets.

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July 05, 2006

Dolly's Decade

An unusual celebration .....

On 5 July 1996, Dolly the sheep was born. She was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell – something scientists had previously thought impossible – and the news of her birth made headlines all over the world. Dolly became the planet's most famous sheep and in death she remains a celebrity, her body on display in Edinburgh's Royal Museum.

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Announcing new RSS feeds!

Are you addicted to our blog as much as we are? Now you can have more of blog.Fabrica stuff delivered via these shiny new RSS feeds!

You will notice that the little orange RSS button links to a directory page of some feeds we have available. They are all RSS 2.0 and come in fresh five variety. We are also very proud to give our weekly comic, Techno Tuesday, its very own RSS feed!

If you use any news services like my Yahoo! or Newsgator, etc. we've also provided a quick "add feed" buttons for your service of choice.

Included in that page are also a few words about RSS, what they are and how you could use them -- these are not official information by any means, but just something to get you started if you haven't already.

Happy Wednesday!

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When radio becomes an exhibition space

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Radiogallery is a series of 12 commissioned radio programmes that use radio as exhibition space. Contributors are artists and curators invited to develop and expand their artistic or curatorial practice onto the radio format.

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All that training totally paid off!

Congrats Italia, now we wait for the final!!!

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Elephants Dream

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Elephants Dream is the world’s first open movie, made entirely with open source graphics software such as Blender, and with all production files freely available to use however you please, under a Creative Commons license. Available for download in 1920HD!

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A Gazan Rocket Reaches 6 Miles Into Israel

Defying Israel's advances into Gaza, militants lobbed a rocket deep into Israel, hitting an empty high school.

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6 Missiles Fired by North Korea; Tests Protested

The launchings came in defiance of warnings from President Bush and the governments of Japan, South Korea and China.

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Another Crate Piece from Melbourne

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Crate Tetris by Sam, Jerome, Ed and Gab,

awesome!

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July 04, 2006

Techno Tuesday

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July 03, 2006

Coming up: Regine Debatty at FABRICA!!

If you haven't already noticed, a lot (a LOT) of the reblog posts here come from the wonderful we-make-money-not-art. This basically means we're big fan of her site, like a lot of people are. But you know what's cool about us being big fans of her site? We get to invite her over to give a lecture and chit chat and things like that...

Regine Debatty at FABRICA

The lecture is open to the public, so if you can find your way to Villorba (roughly 12 km outside of Treviso, which is roughly .5 hour away from Venice...) you are welcome with open arms. Here's how to get to Fabrica.

Wednesday
5 July 2006
6:00 PM
Auditorium @ Fabrica

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My beating blog

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My Beating Blog is an attempt to take the journaling aspect of blogging into a surrealistic future in which the author literally and metaphorically bares his heart. For three weeks, a series of posts contextualizing heart-rate visualizations, GPS-maps, and personal journal entries will give online users a rare entrance into personal medical-grade statistics, stalker-level location tracking, and the private thoughts of the blogger. Inevitably, issues regarding privacy, exhibitionism, and voyeurism playfully emerge as the blogosphere is infused with biofeedback and location technology. Rather than play into a dystopian or Orwellian future, blogs and biofeedback are given poetic license, reframing our awareness of our own and each others' beating hearts.

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Happy Deathday

July 2, 2006 marked the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gregg v. Georgia, an historic ruling that upheld newly crafted death penalty statutes and signaled the beginning of the modern era of capital punishment.

I really hope we won't celebrate this unusual anniversary anymore..............

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MON DIEU, MONDIAL!

An interesting article from Outlookindia about the effect of football frenzy viewed by the Israelian giornalist Ury Avnery .

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EBOY & PIXEL ART

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Eboy is a group of 4 illustrators (Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital, Peter Stemmler and Kai). They are the masters of Pixel ArtTheirs is the style which many have tried to immitate but no-one has managed to match - a mix of retro sub-culture and classic videogames which appeals to a much wider audience than most people would have ever expected. Their client list includes Coca-Cola, Levi's, Adidas, Nike, MTV, Honda, Wired, Computer Arts, Creative Review and many more!!!!!!!

(also see our earlier post on Eboy's Future Venice)

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Emotion audio-prosthesis

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The Panasonic Emotions Testing Line, by "nomadic" development designer Jiří Černický, is a conceptual SD audio-prosthesis that aims to grasp the issue of the emotional deficits in society.
The memory of the SD Audio Player chip card contains a great amount of data containing recordings of authentic human emotions. For instance, if the user finds himself in a situation where he has to argue with someone, yet he does not want to get into confrontation and to waste his own emotions, he locates a password on his SD Audio Player representing an appropriate emotional response, which he then applies accordingly.
The SD Audio Player can also record and thus appropriate other people's emotions: sniveling, peevishness, sobbing, moaning, crying, gradual emotional collapse, breakdown, yelling by a beaten person, the state of mind between laughter and crying, the hysterical family argument from Fellini's film Amarcord, pubescent giggling, comforting and fondling of a baby, a feeling of well-being, enthusiastic effusions, wearing somebody out, cuddling, soothing, etc. Such recordings, including those from movies, can be further edited and modified on a computer. In this way, the user can appropriate the emotions that are conveyed by celebrities and other prominent individuals.
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Damien Hirst's Shark is Rotting...

Damien Hirst's Shark

The Art Newspaper is reporting that mega artist Damien Hirst is now in talks for replacing the shark submerged in formaldehyde, from his rather famous piece "The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living" (1991) the second most expensive priced art piece paid to a living artist:

The animal suspended in formaldehyde has deteriorated dramatically to the naked eye since it was first unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in 1992 because of the way it was preserved by the artist. The solution which surrounds it is murky, the skin of the animal is showing considerable signs of wear and tear, and the shark itself has changed shape.

In a statement to The Art Newspaper, Hirst’s company Science Ltd said: “Damien will happily help to refurbish [the shark] as he would with any of his works that are over 10 years old.”

The case raises important questions about the longevity of contemporary works of art made with unconventional materials.

The shark was commissioned by British collector Charles Saatchi directly from the artist in 1991 for £50,000. It was sold to Mr Cohen in late 2004 in a deal brokered by the Gagosian Gallery for a figure reported by the Saatchi Gallery as £6.5m. This price is the highest ever paid for a work by a living artist with the exception of early work by Jasper Johns.


http://www.theartnewspaper.com/article01.asp?id=355

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arnold newman | photographer

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The famous portrait photographer, Arnold Newman died earlier this month. Newman is credited with creating the photographic style called "environmental" portraits. This portrait of Stravinsky, is perhaps his best known work.

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World anthem

The Communication Art and Design department of the RCA had several good surprises such as Simon Elvins' FM Radio Map and Anthony Hart's International Anthem.

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A map of the globe is printed on the disk. Face A covers the Northern Hemisphere. Face B, the Southern one. As the needle of the record player travels through each country, it plays that country's national anthem. Through the process of playing all anthems are almalgamated to create an international anthem.

More images from Anthony Hart's work.

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Flower power

The Dutch advisory for the landscape asked designers to come up with a new generation wind mills. 100 MW mountains, a cooperation between One Architecture, Ton Matton and NL architect, suggested that grouping up to 10 turbines into a kind of flower bouquet would add a nice touch to the landscape.

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"Flower arrangement with windmills. Landscape pollution to monumental statement. From candleholder to tree, from Eifeltower to St Louis Arch; Energy production turns 'heroic". The Atomium, but productive: Flower Power!"

Via bright. Thanks David!

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Interview with Joel Gethin Lewis

Hails from Wales, UK, Joel Gethin Lewis was at Fabrica Interactive department for the entirety of 2004 and worked on various Fabrica/Benetton projects. He currently hops around the world and hang out with rockstars for a living, while finding time to do his own art. We caught him over email just as he was getting off a flight from Austria...

Joel Gethin Lewis
Joel Gethin Lewis, artist / interaction designer

b.F: What have you been doing since you left Fabrica?

JGL: Since leaving Fabrica, I started working for UnitedVisualArtists, a company in London. I have worked on a series of projects including U2, Massive Attack, a music video, and several installations. I am always interested in work that helps people get into the moment, to forget everything else. In my own personal work, I am currently working on my first exhibition, as part of a group show in Indianapolis.

b.F: You probably have one of the most envious jobs. Tell us how cool your work is and all the places you get to go to...

Continue reading "Interview with Joel Gethin Lewis"

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Marco made numbers

Do you notice the different number fonts on the World Cup team shirts? Do you realize that Germany, Argentina, France and Japan have the same number design?

Last year, Fabricante Marco Mucig did a freelance gig for a design company here in Treviso. He was asked to develop a typeface of numbers for a football team shirt, based on someone's sketchings. They didn't tell him who the client was.

Watching the opening game of the World Cup, Marco almost fell out of his chair as he noticed that the very same set of numbers he worked on was for all the Adidas shirts at World Cup Germany 2006.

Pretty neat, eh? Bravo Marco!

World Cup Shirts

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