Monday Linkages

I doubt the ability of a government to achieve what the people actually need. But let’s hear it for dear Mayor Ken trying to change things with his “100 Spaces” program…

Might be effective, were it still around.

But meanwhile in London, squatting gets a more “respectable” spokesperson.

“When Katharine Hibbert lost her job and her flat she didn’t just downsize – she decided to dispense with money altogether, living on the stuff the rest of us throw away

Julie Mehretu mentions in her lecture that that the six scenes in Carvaggio’s Seven Works of Mercy have six different vanishing points. It is a creation of virtual space and is… a very beguiling painting.

This is beautiful origami by Satoshi Kamiya, and a great image composition and narrative.

In the meantime, to research the twin overlays of uprising and occult, I’m gone to Croatan.


Julie Mehretu

The work, the rigor, the engagement, the ecology. Incredible.


Edgeland from sallymc on Vimeo.

A simple and effective video of interviews about the people’s history of Hackney Wick and surrounding East London, and why their loss to the developers of the Olympics is so devastating.

“Don’t worry, you can come back when it’s all over.”


3D Bioprinter

This image is ridiculous.

Working The Printer

Cell by cell printing of organs. Cool.
(from Livescience via NextNature)
Is this really the machine? I’m dubious. I’m sure there are plenty of small organs, but I can’t think of one of the important ones that would fit on that printer bed.

It also seems like you’d need a very sterile environment to print organs. If you don’t, should we be scared that someday there will be an organ-copymat? Like, “Oof, John, I really think my liver’s starting to go…” “Well Joe, you should really go to the ORGAN COPYMAT and have that reprinted.” Sure, it sounds like a Neal Stevenson premise, but is it science?

Where do they get their scientists? This guy looks like Zoolander’s little brother.

And all the copy on this thing seems to have all the same quotes and be substantially similar. Has anyone looked deeper into this article to find out if it’s just from the press release? Is this just a biotech startup’s attempt to generate buzz and get more funding?

I mean, the idea of printing organs – especially ones we haven’t seen before – sounds great, but I smell vaporware.

Turning Wood Into Bones

read more at BBC

Rattan Wood into Bones

Scientists in Italy have developed a way of turning rattan wood into bone that is almost identical to the human tissue.

(at BBC)

This article has already inspired some interesting dreams, verging on nightmares for me. But I’ll tell about those later.

Shock Troops of a New Urban World

The work of legendary photographer Glen E. Friedman documents the twin spatial and cultural invasions of hardcore music and skateboarding in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

The hardcore scene was a gathering, a congregation that happened in the margins of commercial and industrial space. The skateboarders however acted directly on the features of the city and of suburbia, taking their assault with or without permission to the drained backyard pools and on leftover and forgotten pieces of urban infrastructure in Los Angeles.

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The one and only Tony Alva

They took tools for horizontal travel and made them, through force of will and “tricks” of physics, go vertical. They misused the tools at hand in direct action on pieces of the city that they wanted to make perform differently. An incredible account of how this phenomenon, this scene, this network sprung from the unique conditions of Venice, California can be found in the remarkable documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.

Friedman is a master of the decisive moment, of capturing one image that can tell the whole story. This image is not of a invading the disused domestic space of a backyard swimming pool, rather the play with a purpose-built halfpipe, but Friedman captures both the boarder and his shadow, the disconnected silhouette highlighting the drama of THIS moment.

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Golden Ratio at a Quantum Level? …But of Course.

“…They have measured the signatures of a symmetry showing the same attributes as the golden ratio famous from art and architecture.”

via ScienceDaily