Archive for December, 2012

Please wait here until you are useful.

God damn I love Ian Stevenson. Looking back at 2012, I thought it was a good time to share some of my favorite works. Be sure to pick up a few prints in his shop. And remember, most people are idiots so “care less and do more.”

Holiday Matinee’s December Mixtape!

In case you didn’t hear it from us already, we hope your holidays are the shit. To send you off, we made you a mixtape filled with jams we dig and a Christmas classic (sorry The XX, we can’t place the new cover over the original). Here’s to a new Mayan long count calendar!

I love everything On Space Time Foam chooses to be

On Space Time Foam by Tomás Saraceno is a really neat installation in Argentina that allows visits to frolic on three layers of transparent material (suspended about eighty two feet above the ground). In an interview with Domus, Saraceno says this about the installation:

“Let us invent an instrument that all the humans in the planet can play at the same time, so that when you play one string it reverberates in all the other strings. That will tune us all.”

On Space Time Foam

Curbside sonata.

This is one of those short films that’ll warm you from the heart. It’s a simple social documentation piece, shot across 24 hours, that examines the fate of a lone piano on a curb in New York. The interactions of passerbys with this piano has rightfully been described as poetic, the beauty of the accompanying composition paired to the relatively banal stills dramatic. The rhythm of the shots slows down and picks up like the piano piece itself, mimicking the passing of time. A sort of film-like sonata to remind you that nothing lasts forever. And that’s beautiful.

Solo, Piano – N.Y.C. was directed by Anthony Sherin, a New York-based filmmaker and editor. It was featured recently in the New York Times.

Design as relief.

Another awe-inspiring socially good cause coming out of Brooklyn to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Check out Reclaim NYC, a local group that was founded post-storm to help raise money through design. These artists are creating furniture made from reclaimed debris, like salvaged electrical junction boxes, that they found at storm cleanup sites then auctioning them off. As the Facebook page explains, “We hope our fallen trees and storm-damaged building materials can be reborn as objects that represent the city’s recovery.”

Not only is the idea wonderful, but the furniture looks great too. Love the garbage can lamp.

Hat tip to Fastco for the share. Also, if you haven’t read it yet, check out our post on Stephen Wilkes’ photography for Sandy. Really amazing how there’re so many creatives working hard to assist the recovery effort.

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