|21.01.08 - Two new commissions by Troika unveiled for the new British Airways’ Heathrow Terminal 5 Luxury Lounges.|
Troika has been commissioned by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece at the entrance of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5. We created for them ‘Cloud’, a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually addressed by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture. Flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports. We were fascinated by their materiality, by the way they physically flip from one side to the other. The sound they generate is also instantly reminiscent of travel, and we therefore decided to explore their aesthetic potential in ‘Cloud’.
HOW DELIGHTFUL THE CHAIRMAN OF BLASE!
The paper documenting the session in which Heath sat for the painter is dated December 29, 2007, less than a month before his untimely death. The painting itself is almost prophetic depicting three Heath characters, the central that looks absolutely exhausted and run down, and two side characters that are almost chaotic whispering into his ears.
It was made public after his death the actor had suffered from severe insomnia due to his racing mind before his death.
The image was taken in Milan by the sartorialist. This Italian woman is one of the sweeter style characters. Not even a total sugar coated Zac Posen model can get close. She is one habitual character in the milan shows, every time manages to leave a sweet taste of girly fun urban style a la italiana.
Cohesive branding and complete website for MAINTENANCE (cosmetic) men products. Whatever you "manly man" beauty needs are, they will solve it with a very masculine black or dark packaging and testorene inspired logotypes! I do like "homage products" branding, very TomFordsque.
Where are we girls? How far are we in becoming what we are?
"To Castellucci, performances don't need a unified message or a political program, and in his opinion, recent European theater has been overly programmatic. "In Europe, there is almost a pedagogical expectation in theater. American audiences are more open to experiment, to letting a piece just make them feel," he says.
Much is made of Castellucci's latest effort as a meditation on femininity. It is that, but much more. A musing on the seductive peril of symbols, a rich visual tapestry -- but more than anything, he says, this is meant to be the portrait of a real person.
And the artist is in there, too. Castellucci quotes Flaubert: "'Madame Bovary, c'est moi.' -- and Hey Girl, it's me.""
Self Service little movie on the upcoming mag. issue.
Forced by the threat of terrorism to cancel this year's race, organizers hope to give the Dakar Rally a new beginning by swapping continents and going to South America in 2009.
Race director Etienne Lavigne detailed the route in a telephone interview Monday. He was already in Buenos Aires, scouting out the Argentine capital that will host the start and finish of next year's race.
"It's a very, very big adventure,'' Lavigne said.
This year marked the first time that the 30-year-old rally, one of the biggest competitions in automobile racing, was called off. Next year will mark the first time that it will not race in Africa.
The race will start in Buenos Aires on Jan. 3 and finish in the Argentine capital Jan. 18, organizers said
"Dakar competitors are going to discover new territory, new scenery, but with the same sprit of competition and adventure, with very hard stages,'' Lavigne said.
About 500 competitors signed up for the 2008 edition, which was canceled in January after French government warnings about safety.
Lavigne said the race will return to Africa when it can. The threat of a terrorist attack pushed the element of risk to levels organizers deemed unacceptable this year. Eight of the 15 stages were to have been in Mauritania, where al-Qaida-linked militants killed a family of French tourists on Dec. 24.
"It's just a pause with Africa, because unfortunately the security conditions aren't there,'' Lavigne said.
He said the welcome in South America has been "fabulous.''
The 2009 edition will traverse 5,600 miles in Argentina and Chile, with racing over nearly 3,700 miles in 15 days, with one rest day.
The race will start in Buenos Aires, go to Patagonia, the Andes mountains and venture into the Atacama desert, the world's driest, Lavigne said. The exact route is still being worked out.
"During the Dutch Golden Age, the Dutch East India Company had a lively trade with the East and imported millions of pieces of Chinese porcelain in the early 1600s. The Chinese workmanship and attention to detail impressed many. Only the richest could afford the early imports. Although Dutch potters did not immediately imitate Chinese porcelain, they began to do after the death of the Emperor Wan-Li in 1619, when the supply to Europe was interrupted. Delftware inspired by Chinese originals persisted from about 1630 to the mid-eighteenth century alongside European patterns.
By about 1700 several factories were using enamel colours and gilding over tin-glaze, requiring a third kiln firing at a lower temperature.
Delftware ranged from simple household items - plain white earthenware with little or no decoration - to fancy artwork. Most of the Delft factories made sets of jars, the kast-stel set. Pictorial plates were made in abundance, illustrated with religious motifs, native Dutch scenes with windmills and fishing boats, hunting scenes, landscapes and seascapes. Sets of plates were made with the words and music of songs; dessert was served on them and when the plates were clear the company started singing. The Delft potters also made tiles in vast numbers (estimated at eight hundred million)over a period of two hundred years; many Dutch houses still have tiles that were fixed in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries."
Japan has added a new animal to its planned harvest of more than 1,400 whales from seven species — the humpback, Megaptera novaeangliae.
Japan hopes to kill 50 of these endangered whales, which have long held a place in the public’s imagination with their other-worldly songs, habit of rocketing their 30-plus tons out of the sea and migrations of up to 10,000 miles a year. Melville once described the humpback as “the most gamesome and lighthearted of all the whales.
There is some thought among foes of whaling that Japan picked this marquee species intentionally to test the resolve of anti-whaling nations and groups.
“If there’s no reaction to this, my suspicion is they’ll expand the hunt quickly,” said Roger Payne, one of the biologists who first documented the low, resonant, ocean-spanning song of the species, and who is president of a whale conservation group, Ocean Alliance." Source
When it comes to be totally brutal and greedy with nature there is only one adjective that fits the discussion: FUCKERS! International waters and the beings in those ecosystems are patrimony of all nations! I will only keep this rant center on economic factors (the way this fuckers think). How cheap (besides all other ethical issues) is to kill animals you haven't put a penny into growing-!! Reaping off natural resources this way is just greedy.
Non-sustainable whaling is not acceptable AT ALL. It is not a cultural trade off, specially when they are going to devastate international waters and they don't respect any whales sanctuaries. If the FUCKERS (those in favor of whaling) want respect for their culture they should respect other peoples desire to BAN WHALING plus respect to the international waters and sanctuaries! Why they don't have industrial production of whale meat in their sea? too expensive!? Greedy Fuckers!
paper softwall expands to form a beautiful, freestanding wall that can be arranged into almost any shape, or easily compressed into a compact sheaf and stored away. paper softwall is made entirely of a lightweight tissue paper, granting it an airy, delicate beauty, yet it has surprising resilience. It is the honeycomb geometry of the softwall structure that gives it strength and allows an impressive use of a very modest amount of material. Like the textile version, paper softwall is bounded by thick wool felt ends, which fold to create handles when the wall is open, and form a protective cover when the wall is compressed.
In 2003 Forsythe + MacAllen were selected for the Architecture League of New York's, Young Architects Forum, and they were further awarded The Ron J. Thom Award from the Canada Council for the Arts. They also won the Golden prize in the Design Beyond East and West housing competition held by Hanssem of Korea, and First Prize in the LighTouch competition for an interactive lighting design, held by Design Singapore and sponsored by FLOS of Italy. Most recently, they were selected with four other winning entries for the First Step Housing Competition in New York.
"This site is a little project that lets me make fun of some things and sense of others. I use it to think a little more relationally without resorting to doing actual math."
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