Photographs from this years Magazine Library exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

Now In Lemon was featured in this years Magazine Library exhibition, Tokyo, Japan. The organisers very kindly sent me some pictures of the exhibition as we could not get over there ourselves this year.

All photography: (c) Nishio Shinsuke / a Zillion ideas.

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Now in Lemon featuring at the ‘Magazine Library’ exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

Our self published art zine, Now in Lemon has been invited to be featured in the 2012 Magazine Library exhibition, Tokyo. From the exhibition organisers: “Since its launch in March of 2009 the travelling ‘Magazine Library’ exhibitions have featured more than 1000 magazines, art books and independent publications. The past 9 exhibitions welcomed more than 50,000 visitors and more than 30 publications have found new distribution routes in Japan via the Magazine Library”.

We are very pleased to have been invited, only wish we could make it over. Here is a video of the 2010 exhibition:

You can take a look at the 2012 Magazine Library exhibition website here.

We still have some copies of Now in Lemon for sale, check it out here.

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Tankboys: Manifesto project 2010

Tankboys are an independent design studio based in Venice. I recently got hold of their book: Manifesto. Information about this project from their site:

To say that the end result is what counts is just not true. Especially in design. Rather, a good designer is more concerned with the process; that winding, potholed road he embarks upon every time he gets a new job.

“Manifesto.” is an ongoing project that leaves the final result to one side so as to focus on the creative process. It brings together under one roof the personal manifestos of some of today’s smartest and most renowned international designers.

Whilst some of these statements are very well known, others have been prepared exclusively for the project: some are programmatic pieces of writing, some are detailed work manuals, all are passionate tributes to graphic design, creativity and the design culture.

Reading these manifestos without the authors work shown alongside is an interesting set up as the reality of the finished product does not interfere with the readers interpretation of the words and ideas. Although I am aware of many of the designers work, it was still novel to read the manifesto’s and not see the work itself – the ideas on process and ‘design philosophy’ can then be taken at their face value, and I can imagine more easily applying those ideas to my own work and design processes.

Going back about seven years, when 20three was a working studio, I toyed with the idea of writing a manifesto, or a statement of intent. It never materialized and looking back I think I was lacking the clarity of purpose that is needed to put such concise thoughts to paper. Reading these collected manifestos is inspiring and has given me the motivation to look again at seeing if I can sum up my own design philosophy in a short manifesto.

I wanted to re-produce a couple of the manifestos so readers of this blog get a taste of the book – there are a few I could have chosen but The cult of Done by Bre Pettis and Kio Stark is definitely one of my favorites, possibly as it made me smile the most.

The cult of Done Manifesto

01 There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.

02 Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get done.

03 There is no editing stage.

04 Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.

05 Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.

06 The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.

07 Once you’re done you can throw it away.

08 Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.

09 People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.

10 Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.

11 Destruction is a variant of done.

12 If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.

13 Done is the engine of more.

Although the book is now sold out, you can read the manifesto’s here: http://www.manifestoproject.it

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Dark Chamber: Pinhole photography exhibition

My photographer friend Nhung Dang has pinhole photography featured in the exhibition: Dark Chamber. (Dimbola Lodge opening on the 1st April 2011) Outsider extraordinaire Billy Childish also has work featured.

Dark Chamber

From the site:

Dark Chamber is a new exhibition of pinhole photography which opens at Dimbola Lodge on 1st April 2011. The exhibition brings together a selection of photographs by Billy Childish, Nhung Dang, Wolf Howard and Dave Wise.

Selecting pinholes made over the past decade Dark Chamber aims to reveal something of the daily lives, travels and interests of the respective photographers.

Find out more here.

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Ars Electronica 2010

I recently attended the opening weekend of this years Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria.

The festival changes locations in Linz every year and this time around was set in a former tobacco factory (Tabakfabrik) near the Danube, a massive space spread over about 6 large buildings ranging from cavernous warehouse space to low, murky basements. The programme for the festival is enormous and I think I probably managed to see about 75% in a full 4 days.

It did take me about 2 of those days to get my head around the space; it’s surprisingly easy to get lost in there.

Tabakfabrik

The show is a mixture of disciplines and to my mind some of it erred on the interactive for the sake of it side, sort of pretty and funny but not much to it and then there was work that was truly impressive. The winner of the Prix Ars Electronica in the music and sound art category, Ryoichi Kurokawa was one of the most satisfying digital works I have ever seen.

Rheo

A beautiful installation of 5 vertical screens, described as a time-based sculpture Rheo: 5 Horizons from the Greek meaning river, it showed landscapes which were broken into digital analyses with corresponding audio tracks.

It was so beautifully realised in every way that I would of happily spent 4 days looking at it.

Rheo detail

One of the big surprises for me came on the last morning, I’d been recommended to seek out an installation in one of the basements called ‘Song for Earth’, generic sample viagra a truly woeful title but by all accounts a lovely piece. I finally found the right corner of the complex and found a low basement space with a single electric guitar on a stand plugged into a small practice amp, there was an electric screwdriver attached to a mic stand which rotated a piece of cord against the frets of the guitar creating a nice sustained drone, as you moved through the space other guitars were placed throughout creating a shifting phased drone that followed you. A really simple piece that was really effective. It was made more impressive by the fact that it turned out to be the work of an 8 year old boy. Sort of demystifying both modern sound art as well as the avant music scene. Nice work.

It’s impossible to adequately describe the scope of the work due to the sheer amount going on but some highlights for me were Merrick by Daan van den Berg, 216 prepared dc-motors / filler wire 1.0mm, 2009 by Zimoun, Chapter I: The Discovery by Félix Luque Sánchez and Earth by Finnbogi Pétursson. There were also some great performances going on over the weekend, notably the Braun Tube Jazz Band by Japanese artist Ei Wada, I don’t know how he did it but he managed to make a collection of old CRT televisions behave like bastardised Theremins and he gave a really joyous demo of what he was capable of, a weird mix of Taiko drumming and Gabba.

On the other hand Telenoid was massively disturbing and it made me feel a bit funny. Why the flipper arms?

Ars Electronica has been running in Linz for 31 years and is testament to the forward looking nature of the city, I will hopefully return next year for another showcase of great work.

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FlashBrighton lecture: Typography and the modern

I was asked if I would like to talk to the Flash Brighton developer group, Flash Brighton about typography. The talk will be on the 19th January, the first Flash Brighton talk of 2010.

To keep my talk manageable I have decided to talk about the development of typographic design in relation to the birth and growth of Modernism, starting from the early 1900’s and up to the present day.

Details about were and when my talk is happening can be found here.

Find out about Flash Brighton here

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