Rob Bevan

Olafur Eliasson: Thinking Glacially, Acting Artfully

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Mr. Eliasson, a former Scandinavian break-dancing champion, is no stranger to situations involving physical challenge or public spectacle. But the performances behind his photography trips are of a more intimate, meditative nature. Arranged in a grid, the photographs recall the repetitive images of the German photographers Berndt and Hilla Becher, or even Donald Judd’s stacked boxes. Mr. Eliasson said he was less interested in eliminating individuality than in suggesting a wall with windows.

Play Hnefatafl Online: The Viking Board Game

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Play hnefatafl online (ancient viking board game) Hnefatafl

Hot-Mapping the UK, or: Spy Planes Over Haringey

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Earlier this year it was reported that the London borough of Haringey had used a spy plane to record residents’ energy use patterns: Thermal images of homes have been taken by a light aircraft fitted with military spy technology to record the heat escaping from people’s houses. BLDGBLOG: Hot-Mapping the UK, or: Spy Planes Over Haringey

CrunchFood

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CrunchFood, a TechCrunch food parody

The Father of Molecular Gastronomy Whips Up a New Formula

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In 2001, [Hervé] This came up with a formal system of classification for what happens when foods are mixed, baked, whipped, fried, sautéed in lime juice, and so forth. It shows, for example, how the 451 classical French sauces break down into 23 distinct types. More important, the system allows the creation and pairing of billions of novel, potentially tasty dishes. The Father of Molecular Gastronomy Whips Up a New Formula

The Sheep Market

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Aaron Koblin: The Sheep Market is a collection of 10,000 sheep created by workers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Each worker was paid $.02 (US) to “draw a sheep facing left.” The Sheep Market

Utopia is a digital typeface

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Utopia is a “digital typeface that portrays the mixture between the modernist architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and informal occupation of the urban space that shapes major Brazilian cities. Utopia is a digital typeface

Running the Numbers

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Shipping Containers, 2007. Depicts 38,000 shipping containers, the number of containers processed through American ports every twelve hours. Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books.

Rhubarb Rhubarb

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The Hungarian composer Antal Borsos (1916-1979) was known for works of a traditional nature until the early 1960s, when he began to dabble with the avant garde. He was particularly interested in incorporating organic noises and envisioned a symphony developed from the ‘music’ produced by plants (creaking trees, snapping buds etc). His Fugue in C major (No.50) used a recording he made of rhubarb growing inside metal bins (forced rhubarb famously grows so quickly that it can be heard expanding).

"It was while I was taking care of the horses that I got in contact with the angels", she says

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Norway's Princess Martha Louise says she has psychic powers and can teach people to communicate with angels. “It was while I was taking care of the horses that I got in contact with the angels,” she says. Norway princess 'talks to angels'

Marimekko fabrics on Thinglink

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Marimekko fabrics on Thinglink