14 July 2013

Books received

Books received

Eye editors

The Roundel, quotes and quips, Various Small Books, interaction design and Unearthing
In the first of a new series of ‘Books received’ blog posts, here is a brief look at some titles that recently arrived at Eye’s Shoreditch office.

12 July 2013

Babylon aan ’t IJ

Babylon aan ’t IJ

John L. Walters

Brooklyn Babylon, a multimedia spectacular by Darcy James Argue and Danijel Žeželj, raises the roof at the Holland Festival
In the critic’s lexicon, there are few terms more problematic than ‘multimedia’, writes John L. Walters.

10 July 2013

Picturing the Average Asmarino

Picturing the Average Asmarino

Steven McCarthy

A childhood photo creates a visual conversation between two cultures for Steven McCarthy’s artists’ book-in-progress about Eritrea
When I visited Asmara, Eritrea recently after many years away, I carried a small black and white photograph of myself taken at the age of ten, writes Steven McCarthy in his third report from Eritrea.

8 July 2013

Destination design

Destination design

Linda Kwon

Several quite different summer schools take design education to Portugal, Lithuania and Sicily
Summer presents a chance to explore new destinations and starting this month, a number of summer schools are using location as the starting point for design exploration writes Linda Kwon.

4 July 2013

Portrait of a revolution

Portrait of a revolution

Gülizar Çepoğlu

How social media gave voice to the Turkish people. Gülizar Çepoğlu reports from Istanbul
Technology has helped forge rebel into artist … and artist into insurgent, writes Gülizar Çepoğlu. Creativity becomes activism through posters, photographs, videos and slogans.

28 June 2013

Two sides of propaganda

Two sides of propaganda

Katy Canada

A new exhibition recounts the history of political persuasion, from coins to tweets.
The British Library’s exhibition, ‘Propaganda: Power and Persuasion’, shows a 1982 political cartoon that was drawn shortly after martial law was imposed in Poland. The drawing is of General Jaruzelski, a Polish political leader, attempting to bridge the gap between two sides of a widening chasm. The left side represents propaganda; the right represents reality, writes Katy Canada.

26 June 2013

Sinhala’s voluptuous letters

Sinhala’s voluptuous letters

Timothy Donaldson

A collaboration – between Columbo, in Sri Lanka, and Falmouth, in the UK – explores the typographic possibilities of the Sinhalese abugida
The orthography of the Sinhalese, one of the peoples of the beautiful island of Sri Lanka‚ is one of three writing systems that populate the visible culture of the south Asian island nation, writes Timothy Donaldson.

24 June 2013

Sharing the stage … sharing ideas

Sharing the stage … sharing ideas

Liz Farrelly

Five D-Crit students team up with experts to make presentations at their graduate symposium
It’s that time of year again, when a host of graduating art and design students prepare to launch themselves upon the world. The degree shows have gone up and this year’s crew are buzzing with anticipation, writes Liz Farrelly. That’s fine if your work looks good on a wall or in a gallery. But what about the new breed of design critics on Masters courses on both sides of the Atlantic? Just how do writers make their mark?

20 June 2013

Memory cells

Memory cells

Eye editors

Twenty graphic artists respond to Hari Kunzru’s post-apocalyptic tale with infographics, reliquaries, type, animation and a playhouse made of rubbish
‘London has been destroyed in fiction … innumerable times,’ said Hari Kunzru at press view for ‘Memory Palace’, just opened at the V&A in London. Kunzru’s specially commissioned text imagines a world in which all information has been erased by a digital holocaust.

19 June 2013

Chair man

Chair man

John L. Walters

London’s Estorick Collection shows the work of Giorgio Casali, the photographer who framed Domus’s modernist dream
The Estorick Collection is one of London’s smaller galleries, just a short walk from Highbury and Islington (a node of the shiny new London Overground) but not on many tourists’ art tours, writes John L. Walters.
 
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