Wednesday, February 17, 2010

a month later

this post is the product of lots of separate thoughts coming together. it's from being so disconnected from the rest of the world when i first got to paris that it was days before i knew that the earthquake in haiti had even happened. it's from reading about the history of phaidon last night (i realized that they would be a kick ass company to work for...) and wondering what walter benjamin would think of all the art on the internet today if he was so appalled with photogravure. it's from feeling slightly embarrassed that i've been here for a month but still haven't gone to the louvre (it's in my plans for this weekend...) it's from telling myself that i should be designing and making stuff but wondering why it doesn't exactly feel like the right fit for while i'm here. it's from soaking in the surprisingly contemplative process behind eric baudelaire's work at a lecture on lundi. and it's from being reminded at that lecture of the never resolved tension between having responsibility/wanting to do something and feeling like it's just (as the french would say) "pissing in a violin."

how do you process something that you can only see through photographs on the internet you have to be sitting in a mcdonalds to use? how do you find relevance in paintings made for kings hundreds of years ago? it most certainly comes from making connections and creating a context for yourself. as eric explained, his practice is in images. but images are not meant to be autonomous.

"in 1977 i argued that while an event known through photographs certainly becomes more real that it would have been if i one had never seen the photographs, after repeated exposure it also becomes less real. as much as they create sympathy, i wrote, photographs shrivel sympathy. is this true? i thought it was when i wrote it. i'm not so sure now. what is the evidence that photographs have a diminishing impact, that our culture of the spectacle neutralizes the moral force of photographs of atrocities?"

-from eric baudelaire's "que peut une image?"

photos from the websites of the louvre and the new york times.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

bling bling

a love letter that even lonely hearts won't find nauseating.
because it's to an entire city (philadelphia) and the lettering is sick (stephen powers.)

happy valentines day.

Friday, February 12, 2010

design jerk off

imagine the rain on my parade when my teacher proceeded to slam this infographic from my beloved good magazine. to be totally honest, he had every right to call me out. i'm pretty sure i just liked it because it was rainbow. oh well. made for a good exercise in erasable ink. lesson learned.

"everyone spoke of an information overload, but what there was in fact was a non-information overload."

-richard saul wurman
(from tufte's "the visual display of quantitative information.")

Friday, February 5, 2010

art noveau revival

please don't tell musee d'orsay that i took these pictures when no one was looking. the exhibit was just too cool to not document. and i bought postcards to make up for it.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

le 17 février

aside from watching "qui peut bettre philippe lucas?" and "jackass" avec sous-titres at the apartment, i've been going to the movies a lot pour aider avec mon français. they showed a preview for one of my new favorites before "où sont passés les morgan?" the other day... fantastic mr. fox. en français. i'm pretty excited. c'est tellement adorable.