Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The Kyoto Costume Institute

The Kyoto Costume Institute has created a database of the items in its Collection called the KCI Digital Archives and this link  presents a taste of the content with image and text for approx. 200 objects from their collection, arranged in chronological order. The design of the timeline of costume from the 18th century to the present and the quality of the images are both superb. I've seen a lot of websites and a lot of image databases-this one is small but perfectly formed.
And if you can get to Kyoto and the Costume Institute there you would be able to view the complete digital archives  in the KCI Study Room under a fee-paying, reservation-only basis. Providing support for the work of designers and researchers, text and visuals are available for all 12,000 items (costume, underwear, accessories, etc.) in the collection.
The website also provides access to interesting full text journal articles written by curators at the Kyoto Costume Institute

Friday, 20 January 2012

Calling all Photographers

As part of their research for future issues, Source Photographic Review are organising a series of meetings across the UK to look at new photographic projects for consideration of publication. To tie in with the weekend of their Book Arts Fayre 6, Ffotogallery are hosting a day of meetings at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on Sunday 26th February 2012 where you can have your work seen by Source editor John Duncan. 

Source will select photographers from initial emailed submissions - if you are interested apply directly to John Duncan at Source. Email up to 6 screen resolution jpegs (300k max per image), along with a 2 paragraph description of your work, or a link to a specific project on your website, to john@source.ie quoting 'Ffotogallery' in your email subject heading. Deadline for submissions Friday 10 February 2012.

You can read more about what happens on the day on the Source website

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Road safety advert

I'm going through all the emails I received whilst I was away in the summer. I subscribe to the marvellous Kindling-the Do lectures newsletter which provides as they put it 'the best stuff from last week. The most inspiring articles, ideas, videos, talks etc. We edit them down. So you don’t have to'.

One of the items from the  newsletter in early July was this Youtube video . All material © 2010 Sarah Alexander/Daniel Cox/Sussex Safer Roads.
An exceptionally effective advertisement ,  it makes me want to put a seat belt on right now even though I'm stationary in a computer chair. It has been viewed over 14 million times-now that is a successful design product!

I've mentioned The Do lectures before. They provide a variety of inspirational talks, their strapline is Ideas + Energy = Change 
Attending the Do Lectures is very costly, but they are available for free online.
This one is about doing things the long hard stupid way

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Robots and machines that make music

'Humorous and fun, Granjon’s practice triggers serious reflection upon our relationship with technology. In Oriel Factory he capitalises on the abundance of technological waste and creates an open space for playing, making, learning, thinking and sharing in a way that firmly belongs to the 21st century.'

 Paul has spoken of his  apprehension when regarding the gradual infiltration of machines into human experience. The machines  made for this show are not unnerving rather they are funny and endearing. In the show and workshops that made up ‘Oriel Factory’ Paul and his assistants transformed old machine parts into various musical and locomotive machines.

A documentary by Chris Keenan about the process of Paul Granjon's 'Oriel Factory' from start to finish can be viewed  here. The video takes you from an initial studio visit, to installation at Oriel Davies Gallery and performance by Paul Granjon at the opening event with commentary from Paul Granjon and the 'Factory Workers'.
On a related note here are two musical scanners made by a Youtube contributor posted here to welcome in the New Year with a smile.