Wynwood Walls in Miami

While in Miami during December 2015, I visited the city’s business improvement district Wynwood. It is an old industrial and warehouse district that was transformed over the past years into a colorful and vibrant neighborhood just north of downtown Miami. The walls in the area have been designed with huge graffiti paintings by artists from all over the world, making it a truly unique place to visit with lots of hipster bars and coffee shops, serving cold drip and the like.

“The Wynwood Walls was conceived by the renowned community revitalizer and placemaker, the late Tony Goldman in 2009. He was looking for something big to transform the warehouse district of Wynwood, and he arrived at a simple idea: “Wynwood’s large stock of warehouse buildings, all with no windows, would be my giant canvases to bring to them the greatest street art ever seen in one place.” Starting with the 25th–26th Street complex of six separate buildings, his goal was to create a center where people could gravitate to and explore, and to develop the area’s pedestrian potential.”

Source: The Wynwood Walls

Prelude to Spectra at Art Silicon Valley

Recently I went to Art Silicon Valley San Francisco (9-11 October 2015) at the San Mateo Event Center, an international contemporary and modern art fair. Art SV/SF is Art Miami’s fair on the West Coast between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

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The art sv/sf 2015 prospectus provides with a glimpse of what was on display.

“The second edition will run October 8-11, 2015 at the San Mateo Event Center and will showcase important artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries in collaboration with some of the world’s most respected galleries and art institutions.

In keeping with Art Miami’s high standards of quality, the Fair will offer a sophisticated, curated setting that showcases blue-chip Post-War and Modern works as well art by top Contemporary, Emerging and New Media artists.”

I especially enjoyed “Prelude to Spectra”, a large-scale practice performance piece, inviting visitors to engage with the facade of the San Mateo Event center by shooting paintball bullets onto the entrance of the fair. It is a project by Walter & Zoniel, who plan to perform something similar in the UK in 2016 on a face of a historical building with biodegradable paint. So I gave it a “shot” and did my part to make it a memorable piece.

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers

Inside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers

Internet, Why So Blue?

Internet, Why So Blue?

My unique and limited edition “Rock of Ages” pillow

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My unique and limited edition “Rock of Ages” pillow (1/1), handmade of course…

Susan Kare, Iconographer – About designing icons and symbols

Susan Kare is undoubtedly a pioneer of user interface graphics and pixel art. She worked on the original Macintosh Team at Apple and joined Steve Jobs at NeXT as a Creative Director. Among her portfolio many famous clients can be found, e.g. Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Paypal, Glam and many others. If you are interested in any of her artwork, limited edition prints both signed and numbered can be bought at kareprints.com

This is a talk regarding the design of icons and symbols and is actually quite interesting. So, check it out.

Flying Toasters – For those of you who remember…

The Return of the Flying Toasters, a tribute to After Dark by N. Landsteiner, www.masswerk.at …

 

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The color of the internet

For many month now, I am thinking about one question: What color is the internet? My guess: the internet is blue. We in Germany know from advertising that electricity is yellow (there is a supplier called Yellowstrom). So everything has to have a color.

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It might be a stupid question or a quite deep one, whatever you prefer. Although it is impossible to actually answer the question, one of my ideas is this: take the top 100,000,000 web sites, reduce it’s home screen to one pixel with the color code of the arithmetic average of the entire site. Putting together an image with those pixels should show a dominant color if there is one. Also one could sort the pixels by color code to make the differentiation more visible or divide the pixels in to rough color categories and count he pixels for its share.

A somewhat similar attempt has been tried by www.antreposhop.com. They took the top websites from the categories design, game and blogs and created some color rainbow of the internet. The guys from A2591 documented this in their blog.

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Source: “What is the color of the internet?” www.a2591.com

Although I still want to try my approach for comparison, it seems that I am correct: the internet is mostly blue. In particular, blogs are red, games are green and design website are grey. I must admit they are calling it dominant colors for the categories, the average color seems pretty grey.

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Source: “What is the color of the internet?” www.a2591.com

What do you think, is the color of the internet?

Gunned down – destroyed Apple products

While visiting the recommendable Stylectrical exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, I learned nothing new as a well versed Apple maniac, but I stumbled upon some amazing pictures of destroyed Apple products. The collaboration between Michael Tompert and the photographer Paul Fairchild is called 12LVE and provides some amazing looking images.

 12LVE by digital artist, Michael Tompert, provides society a mirror, forcing us to question our infatuation with mere objects. By annihilating the adored, pulverizing the precious, and obliterating the beloved, 12LVE reminds us that although these objects have become quasi-religious icons, we will soon discard and replace them with the new crop—sleeker, faster, shinier.

Source: “12LVE”, Michael Tompert

Take a look at the photos I took with my Panasonic GF1 with a 20mm/F1.7 objective and no flash in a largely dimmed environment.

 

The entire exhibition can be recommended to Apple maniacs as well as anyone interested in electrical or industrial design. Although it holds no new information for me, it was well worth the money. A nicely designed book of the featured Apple designs is available at Amazon. Another interesting insight is provided by Jan Almeroth.