Archive for August, 2006

The Cuttings of Gordon Matta-Clark

Conical Intersect, 1975

I first read of Gordon Matta-Clark in the September issue of Dwell magazine, in an article written by Amber Bravo. An architecture student from Cornell turned artist, Matta-Clark studied in France for a time and was greatly influenced by the deconstuctionist philosophers there, and the concept of detournement-"the reuse of pre-existing artistic elements in a new ensemble" [from Wikipedia]. He is famous for his series of ‘cuttings’ in the 70’s in which he literally cut into/through buildings and photographed the new spatial qualities, even going so far as to cut an entire home in half [a gift from friends] in the work Splitting. Matta-Clark also had a series of excavation pieces, and performance art pieces as well.

"Crow tells an amusing anecdote about how Matta-Clark stuck the needle into the architectural establishment when he was invited to exhibit with the New York Five in 1976. He made Peter Eisenman furious when, as part of a piece called Window Blow-Out, he shot holes through all the windows in the gallery of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Resources. If only briefly, Matta-Clark had displaced the institute to the South Bronx." [from Icon magazine]

[click for larger image]

Splitting, 1974

Splitting, 1974

While Matta-Clark is no longer with us, his work is exhibited [the photos, anyways] in galleries across the country [images shown are from San Fran’s Museum of Modern Art]. Also, peep the book of his work, Object to be Destroyed, an inexpensive must-have, and some others too.


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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 9:05am by orangemenace

Categories: art,architecture,photo

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Flave Needs To Get One Of These

Ninjas From Hammacher-Schlemmer Done Done it Again.

Hammacher-Schlemmer, a company specializing in things you don’t need but really really want, has done it again with this oldschool analog projection clock. Real oldschool style!AANo L.E.D.s in sight, see the time projected on your wall.AA Kinda reminds ya of… the 80’s? Wait, no…AA

Original Story via: RedFerret

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 9:03am by black octagons

Categories: design

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Scarborough Gets Country on Bush

The best compilation of archival footage of GW being a complete goon.

Video from the

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 9:02am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,web,politricks

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In Other Ninja News…


"Spy Paper.AABehaves just like ordinary paper, but dissolves in secondsAAafter contact with a liquid. The mouth as a shredding machine?AAGives a whole new meaning toAAthe phrase,AAa€take a rain checka€™.AAA£6.95 for 32 sheets.

This spy paper looks like ordinary paper, but is unique in that it dissolves in just seconds when contacted with liquid, rsulting in a useless, non-reconstructible mulch which is far more secure than the output of any standard shredder. You can write on this paper normally but as soon as it comes into contact with any liquid, even saliva, it transforms into a secure mulch. It is ideal for those confidential notes that may have to a€disappeara€™ quickly with little advance notice."

The supreme court is down, apparently!

Original Article from RedFerret


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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 9:01am by black octagons

Categories: weaponry

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Beats Pop

An Atari music emulation program from Le Franceee.

Includes these sound technics:

Yamaha YM2149 SoundChip Processor emulation engine
Specific ATARI-ST Sound programming emulation (SID-Voice and DigiDrum emulation)
AMIGA "PAULA" SoundChip Processor emulation engine
Universal Digital Sound Tracker engine.

Information/how-to and article from atari-st-games.blogspot

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Posted: August 23rd, 2006
at 9:01am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: music,games

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Five Deadly Venoms


ghost, rae, kool g rap, kane, lord tariq… hard to argue with that.

Free track Courtesy of Spine Magazine

[Ed: Big ups to DJ White Label]

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Posted: August 22nd, 2006
at 4:11pm by black octagons

Categories: music

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New ICA for Boston

While originally set to open to the public on Sept. 17th, construction has hit some setbacks and will take [possibly] a few extra weeks. That being said, the building seems to be worth the wait. As the first new museum in Boston in almost 100 years, the new home of the Institute of Contemporary Art has been long awaited, and was designed by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. While this is one of their first projects in the U.S., the firm is known for their very original and progressive work, such as the Blur building that they designed for the Swiss Expo in 2002, and the competition winning Eyebeam Insitute in NYC [not built, yet].

The new ICA is located in South Boston on the Fan Pier, and upcoming exhibits include Super Vision and Momentum 6: Sergio Vega

"The design of the ICA negotiates between two competing objectives: to perform as a dynamic civic building filled with public and social activities, and as a contemplative space providing individual visitors with intimate experiences with contemporary art. The "public" building is built from the ground up; the "intimate" building, from the sky down."
[Elizabeth Diller, from ARCspace]

Go here and click on virtual tour at the left of the screen for more.

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Posted: August 22nd, 2006
at 3:19pm by orangemenace

Categories: art,architecture

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Shurikens or Capture the Flag?


Which do you like better?

This lil’ game o’ sorts puts up two pics, asks you which you like better, and then tries to determine things about your personality.AA Another work-assassinator.

Check it out here. Or read the Original Article.
Via: RedFerret

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Posted: August 22nd, 2006
at 2:54pm by black octagons

Categories: games

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Calling Rastafari…

Joseph Hill

Singer/songwriter Joseph Hill, of the acclaimed roots-reggae band Culture, passed away on Saturday while the band was in Berlin for their current European Tour. Hill/Culture was known for his impact on reggae in the roots movement, and for memorable performaces such as the ‘One Love Peace Concert‘ of 1978, and continued touring consistently to the present.

"Joseph suddenly took ill and passed away in Berlin Germany this morning while the group were in the middle of a European tour. Hill enjoyed a lengthy career in reggae music and will be greatly missed by both fans and peers. The group plans to finish its current European tour and honor all other commitments with Joseph’s son Kenyatta standing in on lead vocals as a tribute to his father." [Jim Dooley, Culture’s manager, from World Music Central 8/18/06].

May he rest in peace in his final escape from Babylon.

More info here at the Jamaican Observer

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Posted: August 22nd, 2006
at 1:29pm by orangemenace

Categories: music,real life news

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