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14 July 2013

Books received

Books received

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

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.

28 June 2013

Two sides of propaganda

Two sides of propaganda

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.

19 June 2013

Chair man

Chair man

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.

11 June 2013

Type in multiple directions

Type in multiple directions

The fifth International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication in Cyprus. Mark Barratt reports
Whatever the headlines say, the streets of Nicosia are still purring with BMWs and SUVs, the designer store windows are lit and the town is mostly clean and free from beggars, writes Mark Barratt.

7 June 2013

Road to nowhere

Road to nowhere

Subterranean photography exhibition ‘Hind Land’ by Nick Rochowski and Tim Bowditch goes on display at The Front Room gallery, London
‘Hind Land’ is a photographic collaboration by Nick Rochowski and Tim Bowditch and is the winner of the Troika Editions / FORMAT13 Award, writes Alex Cameron.

3 June 2013

Private fears of public speaking

Private fears of public speaking

A report from day two of the inaugural Point conference in London
Conference themes are often loosely interpreted by speakers and the themes themselves leave space for interpretation, writes Sarah Snaith in the second of two reports from the conference (see John O’Reilly’s ‘Talking about the A-word’ on the Eye blog).

1 June 2013

A Persian paradox

A Persian paradox

Peter Sís crafts a picturebook from Farid Ud-Din Attar’s twelfth-century poem
‘Love loves difficult things’ claims the hoopoe bird at the centre of this poem. And this picturebook could certainly be described as ‘difficult’, for it is mysterious and enigmatic, intriguing and spiritual, writes Clare Walters.

20 May 2013

Tear-off type walls in Berlin

Tear-off type walls in Berlin

The Bauhaus Archive presents a tour of German-language typographic history with ‘On-Type: Texts on Typography’.
They say that an exhibition should never be a book on a wall, but ‘On-Type’ is exactly that. The entire exhibition is made up of many books and texts all over the walls at Berlin’s Bauhaus Archive, writes Jessica Jenkins.

15 May 2013

Museum of lights

Museum of lights

Thomas E. Rinaldi’s New York Neon documents a cityscape sprawling with the remnants of illuminated signage. Rinaldi shies away from ‘spectaculars’ in familiar places such as Times Square in favour of the ‘open-air museum’ of on-premise storefronts across Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, writes Sarah Snaith.
 
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