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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 29, 2013


Dog Days of Summer

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN FOSTER

Dog Days of Summer

We have all heard about the “Dog Days“ of summer — hot and muggy days with no breeze for relief. But did you know that the term has origins that reach back to the Roman Empire? The Romans called this early August period dies caniculares, which meant “dog star days” after Sirius, the Dog Star. In honor of the Dog Days this summer, I share with you a selection of our canine friends in art.
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OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR

The Hotel that Dreamed It Was a Museum

It became instantly apparent on entering the Walpole Bay Hotel that the hotel’s “Living Museum,” as the proprietor advertises it, is the place itself. The lobby is awash with bric-a-brac flowing across every available surface. Shelves laden with tea cups, toys, drinking glasses, vases, figurines, old cameras, costume jewellery, and musty books give rise to an ambience more like a junk shop. Bane of hotel inspectors or Wunderkammer?
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CHANGE OBSERVER : SCOTT BOYLSTON

Putting a Systems Sensitive Design Tool Through its Paces

The present moment is a good time to ask questions about what a civic-oriented design curriculum should look like. From Moholy Nagy to Papenek, these questions have been posed before, and their penetrating nature has created fissures in inhospitable ground. These fissures, in turn, have created today’s fertile environment, where socially-minded design educators are sowing seeds of their own.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN THACKARA

Connecting With The Other

A hand, a map, a story. Thirty unknown people, of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, have left their native land: Algeria, Vietnam, Senegal, Russia, Argentina, Salvador, Armenia, Iraq. In each of the 30 photographs, made by Céline Boyer, a cartographic fragment of their country of origin is projected onto the subject’s own hand: Cities, seas, rivers, roads and borders are glimpsed.
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Conflict Kitchen

Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2007

The Lost Public Art of Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.
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