Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Tales of the Unexpected

Published June 2, 2010 by Molly

Carl Burgess makes the weirdest, prettiest dang movies we’ve seen in weeks. Go ahead, feast your eyeballs.

MANYMONO

Published April 29, 2010 by Molly

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MANYMONO is a London-based Risograph printing service that produces beautiful prints, books and zines (some of which are for sale at LANDFILL).

What exactly is Risograph printing technology? Well. Risograph Duplicators are machines that look like photocopiers but have a process more simillar to screen-printing. They allow only one color to print on each pass during the machine, and by overprinting various colors an artist can build up compositions as he would by screen printing. Hence the name: MANYMONO= single color runs. Risograph machines are speedy, reliable and heatless. And with the right hands, they produce gorgeous materials like the prints above.

Dan Murphy

Published March 15, 2010 by Molly

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The great thing about zines is that they encourage the dissemination of unusual enthusiasms. Or collections of unusual enthusiasms. Dan Murphy is an Illinois-based enthusiast of horticulture and music and biking who is currently in grad school studying green roof technology (COOL!) and produces a steady stream of zines, our favorite of which is his recent issue of The Juniper.

Issue #12 includes writings on happiness, a recipe, discourses on microbes and emergency preparedness and bike-riding. And more! If you ever wanted to get a closer read on the type of person who knows the difference between Mad-Dog Skullcap and Baikal Skullcap, here’s your chance.

What Max’s World Smells Like

Published September 23, 2009 by Molly

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Now that we’ve covered the question of what the wild things smell like, we turn our attention to another crucial point of odorific reference: Max.

We’ve already bemoaned the fact that theaters can’t provide accompanying “smell soundtracks” to films. There’s nothing that would make the movie-viewing experience more vivid than waves of powerful corresponding scents. Just imagine smelling the warm supper to which Max returns after his odyssey! It would be totally transformative.

Anyhow, if this were possible, Max would probably be best summoned by the scents of books (to signify the doldrums that he’s destined to escape), the smell of crayons (a whiff of creative boldness with the appealing potential for vandalism) and a slight trail of Golden Delicious apple perfume, as a reminder that good things await the adventurer at home.

Technology: make it happen!

Books You Might Not Have Read Yet: Bonsai

Published September 1, 2009 by Molly

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Oy. What’s with all the panic about books going extinct? Books will never die. The technology is too perfect: a simple, portable item that is inexpensive, user-friendly and rich with information. As far as vessels go, it’s hard to improve upon a book.

Once in a while you come across an example that reinforces your faith in the humble medium. Alejandro Zambra’s pocket-sized Bonsai is one such book. The slim Chilean novella tells the postmodern romance of Julio and Emilia in careful, ungarnished sentences. “Brief as a sigh and forceful as a blow,” said one critic. We couldn’t have said it better.

Leon Gimpel’s Awesome Autochorome Aerpolanes, Etc.

Published August 3, 2009 by Graham

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Early 20th Century photographer Leon Gimpel’s images present a past that seems almost unbelievable in its richness, closer to a Disneyland recreation of history than the flat black and white representation we’re familiar with from high school textbooks and History Channel specials. Constantly innovating, Gimpel adopted autochrome color photography earlier than most, snapped the first shots from aboard an airplane, and led the field in exciting new directions with his experiments with nighttime photography. His work covers a diverse array of subjects from adorably melancholy images of children playing amidst war to grandiose portraits of dirigibles and hot air balloons. Through his contributions to the magazine L’Illustration, Gimpel helped popularize science by vividly illustrating technological advancements of the day from the spread of neon to the birth of air travel.

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Sadly, Gimpel’s work is sorely underrepresented on the Internet (he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page– quelle horror!), but check out this post with some gorgeous Gempel photos form a random Russian LiveJournal.

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