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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 23, 2013


Collage Now, Part 1: Sergei Sviatchenko

FEATURED THIS WEEK : RICK POYNOR

Collage Now, Part 1: Sergei Sviatchenko

Sergei Sviatchenko’s photo-collages look like his own and no one else’s. A Sviatchenko piece may consist of only two or three interlinked elements floating on a vividly colored background of blue, yellow, green or pink. One of his periodic series is titled Less and reduction is his unfailing aim. The fewer the images, the more the pressure on each component increases, and the more crucial the acts of selection, excision and montage become.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN THACKARA

Between Sorrel And Supertanker

In what ways can design help people interact with living systems in ways that help both of them thrive? And, what small practical steps might one take to test the effect of small actions on the system as a whole?
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OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR

Collage Now, Part 2: Cut and Paste Culture

Toward the end of Collage: The Making of Modern Art, published in 2004, art historian Brandon Taylor posed a critical question. “Has the Internet,” he wondered, “made collage more or less important as an instrument of contemporary aesthetic work?” Within only a few years of this cautious line of inquiry, cut-and-paste culture was booming and collage-making of every kind was rampant: paper-based, digital, and all points between.
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Places Journal Receives Graham Foundation Grant

Places Journal is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Graham Foundation. The funding will support a series of articles, "History of the Present," focusing on cities undergoing profound transitions as a result of extraordinary political, social, economic and environmental challenges.
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OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Rural Vacation/Urban Questions

I just spent two weeks in Vermont. I go there every summer, but this year I was more mobile: my son was at camp, and for the first time I had to perform the suburban parenting ritual of automotive pick-up and drop-off. Driving around on my own made me more aware of the commercial patterns of those towns, and what distinguishes Thetford from Bradford from Fairlee. And I wondered: why does this town get a brand-new energy-efficient supermarket, and that one a minimart-slash-bank?
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OBSERVATORY : ANDREW HOWARD

A Manifesto for Higher Learning

Andrew Howard, MA course director in Communication Design at ESAD — Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Matosinhos, Portugal — shares this with his incoming graduate students each year.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Folk Funeraria of the South

As a Southerner, I was happy to find this blog about grave markers in the South. I have often photographed gravestones in my home state of North Carolina, and pay special attention to the typography, style of carving, and variety of stone. Skill level and style of carving obviously varies from region to region, and this individuality is very evident in the photographs here.
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Keld Helmer-Petersen: Pioneer of Color

Keld Helmer-Petersen’s 122 Colour Photographs, published in 1948, is a collection of great singularity, but as with many classic photobooks, only collectors could afford one. It’s now possible to experience this landmark color publication by the father of Danish modernist photography in its entirety, in Errata Editions’ Books on Books series devoted to making important but hard to see photobooks widely available for study.
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DesigNYC, Round 2

Report on second round of pro bono design initiatives fostered by DesigNYC.
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Campus Design as Critical Practice

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