Archive for the ‘fear’ Category


Edited and with Introduction by Paola Antonelli.~Essays by Phil Patton, Marie O’Mahony and Cameron Sinclair.
Safety is an instinctive need that has guided human choices throughout history. Now more than ever, it has become not only a focus, but almost an obsession. Designers are trained to mediate between disruptive change and normalcy and can soothe people’s anxiety. When scientific revolutions happen, they translate them into objects that people can understand and use. Good design provides protection and security without sacrificing the need to innovate and invent. ~This book and the exhibition that it accompanies document the unique objects that designers have created to answer people’s needs, both physical and psychological. Physical objects include shelters for victims of disasters and homeless people, hideaway furniture, and personal armor and protective gear, while psychological objects include those that thwart identity theft, offer self-defense, and provide comforting reassurance. The objects presented here reflect how good design goes hand-in-hand with personal needs. ~This book includes an introductory essay by Paola Antonelli, Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art in New York; an essay by Phil Patton on cars; another by Marie O’Mahony on materials and technologies; and a third by Cameron Sinclair on design for refugees and third-world facilities. The issues addressed by each of these authors will find resonance in people’s minds and souls.

and visit the online exhibition at MoMa

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okay, so in the UK apparently you are allowed to request a tape of public cctv systems (all written down in the Data Protection Act), if you can proof you are on there. you are even allowed to publish these images as long as you black everybody out except yourself. (help me here, what’s the band that made the video with everybody without a mouth, eyes etc. it’s not manic street preachers… but who is it then?!) a faceless future, basically, where everybody will be anonymous until you are a suspect. it is still innocent until proven guilty, but the line between random person and suspect is theoretically only a black circle away.

anyway, manu luksch discovered some poetry in this fact of instant anonymity and decided to turn it into a movie. in a faceless world, one day our protagonist wakes up with a face. startled with this fact, she goes out and tries to find out what this whole face thing is about.

cctv as a mean for producing art. who would have thought that? especially since, according to this article, there are certain neighbourhoods in london that do have a large number of cameras but little crime, making people propose to replace a lot of shitty cameras with a few that actually makes somebody recognizable instead of the stereotype suspect, an african-american male, 5 foot 10, grey sweater, baggy pants with a new york yankees cap that could also be a la dodgers one since they all look alike anyway nowadays.

trailer. i haven’t found a full version yet, but perhaps i can acquire one for xploretv.

enjoi. marten

for Marten: CCTV

The New York Times reporting on CCTV systems in London and New York
Where Little Is Left Outside the Camera’s Eye (July 8, 2007)
New York Plans Surveillance Veil for Downtown (July 9, 2007)

(registration is compulsory, but free)

ciao edwin

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

Shock Doctrine website
John Cusack interviews Naomi Klein on the Shock doctrine

ciao Edwin

RSVP Events

I just wanted to do some shameless advertising, for the upcoming Archis RSVP events, which i think could be really interesting for some of the subjects you guys are working on. The general idea of RSVP events is this:

Archis r.s.v.p. Events, Response-based Events: A Quest for Ideas and Action, Featuring You and Archis
Archis r.s.v.p. Events are tactical interventions done all over the world. The form of each event is determined by the character of the place and the size of the response.

The upcoming event are listed here, Kabul will be in the last week of October:

Event # 11 Kabul, October 2007 – Security
Event # 12 Chennai, Winter 2007/08 – Shelter
Event # 13 Tijuana, Spring 2008 – Fairness
Event # 14 Ulaanbaator, Summer 2008 – Sustainability
Event # 15 Taichung, Date TBD – Dialogue
Event # 16 Place and Date TBD – A Call for Ideas

Check the RSVP website
and previous RSVP events


ciao Edwin

some pics for Marten:

To Richard Ross, the DMV is more than an annoyance; it’s an example of authority at work in our daily lives. Ross’s new book, The Architecture of Authority, illustrates how the physical spaces of prison, the police station, confessional, and even school force us to negotiate with these institutions for our autonomy and, in some cases, our freedom.

read the interview and more pics at The Morning News

for marten:
In a preview of his next book, Steven Pinker takes on violence. We live in violent times, an era of heightened warfare, genocide and senseless crime. Or so we’ve come to believe. Pinker charts a history of violence from Biblical times through the present, and says modern society has a little less to feel guilty about.

Watch the lecture video here (20min) at TED

gr edwin

For Marten


Virtually all the deadly conflicts around the world today result from the failure of one culture to understand, and tolerate, another. This understanding and trust depend upon effective communication. Communication design is the purposeful use of words and images to transform information into understanding over time considering form, content, and context.

read more and follow the discussion on A Brief Message

Ciao edwin