Glasgow is a great city. One of my favourite things is the incredible art and museums right across the city. I especially love the fact that this Zaha Hadid designed museum is right on my doorstep. By day it’s an incredible home to transport and at night it becomes a piece of art in its own right.
Also it has six Pokemon Go stops around it and the Glenlee tall ship docked beside it is a Pokemon Gym!
I recently came across the amazing star-seeker by Brisbane based furniture maker/photographer, Isaac Chatterton.
This stunning piece of art/furniture/home is a gorgeous contrast amongst the throwaway attitude we see all to often today. This isnt the sort of tent you take up a mountain or drag to a festival. These festival tents bought in haste and then left in pieces across fields is become an annual news article after Glastonbury etc, it’s a rather horrible insight into how we treat what to many around the world is a home.
While not being some form of social justice message to make us repent from our tent discarding sins, it certainly got me thinking. How amazing would it be to have one of these in the back of your car, hidden in a secret forest spot or overlooking a beach on an Island. You don’t set this up, you build it.
More importantly it got me wishing I could make something physical, even shooting film rather than digital has been a great break away from having hundreds of photos saved on Flickr but a physical hold in your hand polaroid. Something I want to achieve during this year of projects is to make a physical item. After making my bag I have been really interested in doing some more design and stitching, hopefully I am going to get round to designing and making my own clothes later this year, keep your eyes peeled.
In the mean time check out how awesome this Star-sleeper is.
How amazing are these Twin Peaks action figures by the very talented Max Dalton. You may recognise the style and the name from the spectacular The Wes Anderson Collection book by Matt Zoller Seitz. The illustration in it are a thing of real beauty.
Some how I suspect we wont be seeing Special Agent Dale Cooper lining up beside Boba Fett on small children’s and middle aged men’s shelves but its fun to imagine. What I would like to see is the expansion packs. A Red Room set where we can etaercer recreate our favourite scenes or perhaps just cut large sections of the plot out of series 2.
Google (Link) has created an amazing immersive experience of the 1916 Easter Rising in Dublin. They have used photographys from the stunning Lawrence Collection from the NLI along with voice over and paperwork from the rising. With the 100th Anniversary of the Rising occurring this year it is no surprise that there has been a big effort put in but this is an amazing bit of work. The voice over by the wonderful Colin Farrell (writing this in a last film he did was The Lobster era) mixed in with street noises really brings a spine tingling audio experience using headphones.
It reminds me a lot of the great work that History Pin has been doing for a number of years embedding archive images into google maps. It also reminds me of my use of the Lawrence Collection for my dissertation on it. You can see the interactive map I created that analysed tourist photography in Ireland and the influence of the Lawrence collection on it here.
It is well worth mentioning that a large portion of the Lawrence Collection is available online and can be viewed over on the National Library of Ireland website. You can also engage and add new meanings and markers to these images via their Flickr account where they upload images to The Commons on a regular basis attempting to bring light to unknown people and locations that have appeared.
Just take a few minute to yourself and think about what Google earth is. You can actually now go pretty much anywhere in the world and see it. You can even scan back a few years to see how it has changed. Its a rather spectacular world of technology we live in.
Take a gander at this list of fifty amazing finds on Google earth. Some are even more impressive than my montage above.