May 15, 2010
dear google, don’t make promises that you cannot possibly keep.
In September, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents its most ambitious group show since its grand opening six years ago. For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there starts with the premise that art is not a code that needs cracking. Celebrating the experience of not-knowing and unlearning, the artists in this exhibition understand the world in speculative terms, eager to keep art separate from explanation. Embracing a spirit of curiosity, this show is dedicated to the playfulness of being in the dark.
Artists: Anonymous, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Marcel Broodthaers, Sarah Crowner, Mariana Castillo Deball, Eric Duyckaerts, Ayse Erkmen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Rachel Harrison, Giorgio Morandi, Matt Mullican, Bruno Munari, Nashashibi/Skaer, Falke Pisano, Jimmy Raskin, Frances Stark, Rosemarie Trockel, Patrick van Caeckenbergh, David William. Catalog designed by Will Holder.
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there is curated by Anthony Huberman.
For the blind man in the dark room looking for the black cat that isn’t there will travel to an additional American venue, and a slightly modified version of the exhibition will simultaneously travel to three European venues:
September 11, 2009 – January 3, 2010:
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
December 3, 2009 – January 31, 2010:
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
February 5 – April 4, 2010:
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
February – April 2010:
de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam
May – August 2010:
December 30, 2009
Why do we love recognising faces everywhere?
In part, it’s due to a phenomenon called “Pareidolia”
“psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon, and hearing hidden messages on records played in reverse.”
Researchers have discovered that a part of our brains – the Fusiform Face Area – makes sure anything that resembles a face hits us before anything else.
Visit the Flickr group Faces in Places.
December 29, 2009
“The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, a 20+ person performance troupe based mostly in Boston, MA, USA, proposes to not release at least 38,575 kilograms of CO2 into the air by not traveling to the UN Climate Conference. The amount of energy we are saving in fuel could feed 150 people for a year or power 325 60w lightbulbs turned on continuously for a year. Not to mention that the Institute for Infinitely Small Things really likes to stay home and drink tea or beer (depending on which members you talk to). By current estimates, the majority of the world’s population is participating in this project at the moment. Please help us document this massive effort of local pleasure by contributing your photos to our Flickr stream.
What would you prefer to do in your locale?
Upload your photos to Flickr with the tag “notgoingtocopenhagen” and they’ll show up in thE slideshow.”
So, who’d like to not go to Copenhagen with me?
Check the website!
December 15, 2009
Pantone Unveils Color of the Year for 2010: PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise
Turquoise Transports Us to an Exciting, Tropical Paradise While Offering a Sense of Protection and Healing in Stressful Times
CARLSTADT, N.J., Dec. 8, 2009 –Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company (NASDAQ: XRIT), and the global authority on color and provider of professional color standards for the design industries, today announced PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise, an inviting, luminous hue, as the color of the year for 2010. Combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, Turquoise evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing.
“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”
Whether envisioned as a tranquil ocean surrounding a tropical island or a protective stone warding off evil spirits, Turquoise is a color that most people respond to positively. It is universally flattering, has appeal for men and women, and translates easily to fashion and interiors. With both warm and cool undertones, Turquoise pairs nicely with any other color in the spectrum. Turquoise adds a splash of excitement to neutrals and browns, complements reds and pinks, creates a classic maritime look with deep blues, livens up all other greens, and is especially trend-setting with yellow-greens.
In fashion, Turquoise makes a statement that can look elegant and dressy in fine silk and gemstones, or casual and fun in cotton and athletic apparel. Because of its versatility, Turquoise is a great accent color in jewelry, purses, shoes, hair accessories and even nail polish for women, and ties, shirts and sportswear for men.
For brides wanting a flattering choice for attendant apparel and accessories on their big day, Turquoise is now one of the nearly 200 PANTONE WEDDING Colors available from Dessy, a leading manufacturer of bridesmaid, social occasion and flower girl dresses, as well as destination wedding gowns under the labels Dessy Collection, After Six, Alfred Sung, Lela Rose Bridesmaid and Sandals Destination Wedding Dresses. PANTONE WEDDING exclusively from Dessy provides a collection of color tools to make it easy for brides to achieve perfectly color-coordinated weddings – from inspiration to “I do.”
Additionally, Turquoise is one of 3,000 colors available in Pantone’s line of superior-quality, eco-friendly paint. PANTONE Paints combine the accuracy of PANTONE Colors with the beauty of high-performance Dutch paints. Perfect for a powder room or bedroom, Turquoise is an evocative, spa-like hue that adds an undertone of warmth and excitement to any cool space. In the kitchen, Turquoise adds a unique flare to tabletop and appliances.
December 10, 2009
December 10, 2009
haha, i love the idea.
i could have an exhibition myself with the same idea.
“just what i never wanted”
i would get rid of the candles, photo frames and kitsch knick-knacks i was gifted all these years.
“The festive season is very much upon us, and the age-old question of what to get that special someone rears its head again. To give you some ideas of what not to get, KK Outlet are hosting a Christmas exhibition, Just What I Never Wanted in association with charity Shelter. Loads of great names have donated and signed gifts they would have rather not received, with all the lots being auctioned tonight at 8pm and the proceeds going to Shelter.”
Have a look inside, you’ll love it.
December 7, 2009
Are you the kind of person who enjoys a good music festival every now and then? If you’re answering “Yes! Yes! Yes!” a book/annual designed for Independents United might just be your thing. The Annuals’ content is largely user-generated in the form of tweets, photographs and submissions to their Myspace and Facebook profiles.
Available in all good music stores and on Amazon.
Design + Art direction: Steve Price
Design: Nicolo Dante
December 3, 2009
I came across this logo idea for London. You know, London is looking for a new logo and is willing to pay 600,000 pounds for it. So I’ve heard. I actually kind of liked this one apart from it’s color scale which gives it a childish look. I mean, it could be the logo of a kindergarden in London. Also the blackletter font character reminds me of Death Note anime, can’t help it.
“…one more idea for the logo for London debate, based on a classic heraldic blackletter font, to hint at history and heritage, by making each flourish a different colour, the letter L takes on a vibrant, lively quality, to represent our diverse and multicultural capital.”
design submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org