Alternative Rapid Transit
Looking for a funky way to get around town? Try Detroit's People Mover
(warning, embedded earworm). For 50 cents you can travel 2.9 miles through 13 stops in 15 minutes, and see some fantastic art
along the way. People movers
and modified Personal Rapid Transit
systems were built in various cities in the 1970s, such as Miami
, and at West Virginia University
. The dream
of true Personal Rapid Transit has not yet been achieved, and its viability
and economic benefits
are still up for debate, but the People Mover, at least, is still hanging on
posted by livii
on Apr 2, 2005 -
began his pioneering work in interactive art in 1969. He was one of the first to explore the aesthetics of interactivity with his "responsive environments." While preparing a talk that included a reminiscence of Krueger demoing Videoplace
in the 80s, I was surprised he'd not yet merited even a stub in the Wikipedia. While that may eventually motivate me to register and start the page, for now, I will just share some links. [more inside, including videos]
posted by KS
on Mar 31, 2005 -
An artist who's story is not unlike that of Henry Darger
- a recluse who's lifetime of work has only recently been discovered. But unlike Darger, Woodrow was British, and a trained artist who studied alongside Frank Auerbach
and Peter Blake
. And he's still alive
. Now this pensioner, who's lifetime of painting, drawing and sculpture was discovered by accident
while his family were halfway through incinerating it, is being called "one of the great British artists of the 20th Century" and the price of his paintings, which call to mind
Picasso, Soutine and Rouault, are skyrocketing
. Aged 77, and confined to a nursing home, he is unwilling to ever paint again or discuss his art
, and it is unclear if he is enjoying the benefits of his belated success.
posted by fire&wings
on Mar 28, 2005 -
"The entire graduating class of Hamline University, 1925, in drawings of varying quality made semi-nightly in about one hour each." (Appears to be by our very own interrobang.)
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Mar 28, 2005 -
Paintings Inspired by the Music of Frank Zappa. The cynical and humorous representations of show business appeared to be reflected in the music they were listening to at the time - the music of Frank Zappa - which led to the next series of paintings, inspired by and celebrating the music and lyrics of Zappa.
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Mar 25, 2005 -
"If you stare at a red shape for a long time, when you turn away, your retina will hold the image but you will see a green version of the same shape. In the same way, when I lived in China, I saw the positive image of Mao so many times that my mind now holds a negative image of Mao. In my art I am transferring this psychological feeling to a physical object." --Zhang Hongtu
posted by gimonca
on Mar 23, 2005 -
Meet Jakob Lodwick of Blumpy.org.
You may be familiar
with him because of sites like this
Blumpy.org i s a bit of a step up, however, featuring some pretty nifty skits and a great video-journal
He has also made a video
, Baltimore's soon-to-be legendary (any day now) basement rock god, whose site also has a huge stash
of excellent b-side material and another video
not the biggest sites, so go easy on'em and be patient.
posted by es_de_bah
on Mar 22, 2005 -
is an ongoing curatorial project that aims to create an online platform to exchange works between artists, curators and the public and give the audience free access to works of art. Artists have been invited to submit work to Copy-art in any medium that will then be available online, making it possible for visitors to use these works in any possible way and without restrictions.
Submitted works can be downloaded, changed, distributed, exhibited and used by all visitors for free. All submitted works will be present online in an archive, and available to the public to access. Commercial use of the works is excluded.
posted by onkelchrispy
on Mar 16, 2005 -
has a new show up in New York. (NYT link) The British artist
(previously discussed here
, and here
) has turned away from sheep in boxes
and towards photo-realist painting. His subject matter hasn't gotten any cheerier - "The Devastating Impact of Crack Cocaine" is downright frightening. Slightly more accessible is "Six Pills," which is reminiscent of his Pharmacy
posted by grapefruitmoon
on Mar 14, 2005 -
Freedom on the Fence: The Polish Poster.
While we're at it: The history and culture of the Polish poster
and an analysis of American Films in Polish Posters
. Or, if you'd prefer, The Classic Polish Film Poster
database (where the Disney/Children's film posters
are quite lovely). Also, The Wallace Library
at the Rochester Institute of Technology has a fantastic searchable and browse-able database, with many hi-res images. Finally, some other Polish Poster Galleries. (What's that? You want more? You want artist-specific galleries? Okay. Here's work by Mieczyslaw Gorowski, Piotr Kunce, Wieslaw Walkuski, and Jan Sawka. Oh, you wanted Communist-era Polish propaganda posters? Fine. Here ya go.) [previous MeFi discussion on Polish film posters; also, some of the images from these links may be NSFW, depending on how S your W environment is.]
posted by .kobayashi.
on Mar 13, 2005 -
) brings together young artists, designers, cooks, hotel industry professionals and managers to develop and implement their own ideas.
These will be presented to the public in 3 sites (hotel, factory, warehouse) in Copenhagen for three weeks in April.
"21 Artists. 61 Rooms. 13 Countries" via
posted by peacay
on Mar 12, 2005 -
Location location location
[mp3s] The Phonography Archives, field recordings from around the world. Also, DeadSCSI
, a global collaborative remix/collage/reremix project of tracks all generated from a single original sound file of a SCSI drive breaking down. These and other music/art projects are on Radiant Slab
posted by carter
on Mar 11, 2005 -