Visual Culture

29 August 2015

Noted #69

Noted #69

Anorak’s little sister Dot, We Made This, Varoom 30, FE2O3 Glyphs, Nous Vous, Indiecon 2015
Here are a few things – magazines, postcards, projects and events – that caught our attention in recent weeks.

27 August 2015

Illustrated gumbo

Illustrated gumbo

A children’s picturebook about jazz musician Trombone Shorty brims with positive vibes
The story of children’s picturebook Trombone Shorty is a familiar one, writes John L. Walters.

19 August 2015

The freedom principle

The freedom principle

Thierry Noir channels the improvisatory spirit of Berlin in ‘Jazz’ at the Howard Griffin Gallery
Thierry Noir is the street artist’s street artist, painting outdoor surfaces (famously the Berlin Wall) all over the world for more than 30 years, adding colour, line and a quizzical cheerfulness to public spaces, writes John L. Walters.

12 August 2015

Type Tuesday: Web 1.0

Type Tuesday: Web 1.0

The first generation of Web designers laid the foundations of the way we now work, play, share, buy, sell and participate in society. Digital archeologist Jim Boulton introduces four of the pioneers on 1 September at St Bride Library
When Tim Berners-Lee launched the first website in August 1991, it ran on the NeXTSTEP operating system. Only those with access to a cutting edge NeXT computer could view it. The Web was far from worldwide, writes Jim Boulton.

9 August 2015

Books received #15

Books received #15

Data Design; Mucho’s Sonia Delaunay catalogue; Alvin Langdon Coburn; and Irma Boom explores the cosmos with Olafur Eliasson
Here are a few more books that caught our attention in recent weeks.

6 August 2015

The illusion of artivism

The illusion of artivism

This new book assembles a visually engaging patchwork of contemporary art and design collectives. Review by Alice Butler
A blonde woman in a cream coat sits next to a man in a navy jacket. They are on the subway, gazing at their mirror images, but there is no mirror, writes Alice Butler.

20 July 2015

Free art, free dance, free form

Free art, free dance, free form

Artist Doug Aitken’s ‘Station to Station’ fills the Barbican with art, dance and design
‘Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening’, at the Barbican until 26 July, is a project conceived by Californian artist Doug Aitken which enlists the talents of 100 artists and includes 50 performances and twenty residencies.

15 July 2015

City of signs

City of signs

Artist Alida Sayer witnesses a collision of ancient and hyper-modern in Andong, South Korea
The city of Andong, though widely considered the bastion of ‘traditional’ Korea, possesses a distinctively perpendicular aesthetic, writes Alida Sayer.

4 July 2015

Boxes of delight

Boxes of delight

Joseph Cornell was an avid collector who crafted a playful universe all his own. His fragile creations are on display at the Royal Academy, London
Collecting things in boxes has been a popular pastime for many people, from fossil hunters and natural history enthusiasts to A. A. Milne’s fictional Christopher Robin, who famously kept Alexander Beetle in a match-box, writes Clare Walters.

26 June 2015

Exhibition ephemera

Exhibition ephemera

Graphic designers collect all kinds of ephemera, from boxes crammed with flyers to pinboards covered in cards and clippings. The latest book from Occasional Papers – the imprint founded by designer Sara De Bondt and curator Antony Hudek in 2008 – is a testament to this impulse, writes Elizabeth Glickfeld.
 
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