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Current Reading: The Form Of The Book: Jan Tschichold: Essays on the Morality of Good Design

Jan Tschichold was one of the greatest typographers of the 20th century.Jan Tschichold was one of the greatest typographers of the 20th century.

"Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near in obstinacy"

Jan Tschichold

CURRENT READING : THE HISTORY OF SEXUALITY: VOLUME ONE: MICHEL FOUCAULT

The History of Sexuality: An Introduction was the first of a promised (but not completed) six-volume study.The History of Sexuality: An Introduction was the first of a promised (but not completed) six-volume study.

“We demand that sex speak the truth [...] and we demand that it tell us our truth, or rather, the deeply buried truth of that truth about ourselves which we think we possess in our immediate consciousness.”
― Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction

CURRENT READING: Fetishism And Fashion: Lidiwej Edelkoort : Frame

Justine Verplancke/Jill for "Fetishism In Fashion".Justine Verplancke/Jill for "Fetishism In Fashion".

“As a devotee of clothing and textiles in particular; I decided to analyze and dissect our obsession with fashion by dedicating a theme to the phenomenon of fetishism. An analysis of our desire to know and express ourselves; from covering and veiling to the most eccentric extremes which the desire for beauty can lead to. I wanted to look for the strong links which exist between an item of clothing and the wearer; the passion which can be caused by a pair of shoes or the emotional experience which the tactility of a textile can give us.”

Lidiwej Edelkoort

CURRENT READING: VANITY FAIR: WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERY

Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp is probably one of literature's greatest rogues, Reese Witherspoon's portrayal notwithstanding.Vanity Fair's Becky Sharp is probably one of literature's greatest rogues, Reese Witherspoon's portrayal notwithstanding.

There's great inspiration to be found in Thackery's brand of satire. It was panoramic, scything the heads off snobs and "peasants" alike.

Current Reading: On Beauty And Being Just: Elaine Scarry

When we behold the beautiful, we learn to be attentive to the world.When we behold the beautiful, we learn to be attentive to the world.

"[Beautiful things] lift us [up]...letting the ground rotate beneath us...so that when we land, we find ourselves in a different relationship to the world than where we were before."

Eliane Scarry in On Beauty And Being Just.

Current Reading: C : By Tom McCarthy (Knopf)

Constructivist, Bauhaus and other high-Modernist motifs mingled with almost a forensic diagram of the novel's coded structure.Constructivist, Bauhaus and other high-Modernist motifs mingled with almost a forensic diagram of the novel's coded structure.

“The air is rich tonight: still and cold, high pressure, the best time of year. . . . Above 650, the clicks dissipate into a thin, pervasive noise, like dust. Discharges break across this: distant lightning, aurora borealis, meteorites. Their crashes and eruptions sound like handfuls of buckshot thrown into a tin bucket, or a bucketful of grain-rich gravy dashed against a wash-boiler. Wireless ghosts come and go, moving in arpeggios that loop, repeat, mutate, then disappear.”

Tom McCarthy. "C"

CURRENT READING...dontstopdontstopdontstopdontstop:Hans Ulrich Obrist: Edited by April Elizabeth Lamm : Preface by Rem Koolhaas

M/M's polyphonic and anti-hierarchical design conceit is notable for the ease with which the texts can be read.M/M's polyphonic and anti-hierarchical design conceit is notable for the ease with which the texts can be read.

“If art takes place in a contemporary art museum (where we expect it), what does it mean? Art should not be about filling spaces, but about necessities and urgencies.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist

CURRENT READING: Florian Hecker:Chimerizations: DAP : Introduction by Catherine Wood. Text by Reza Negarestani, Stefan Helmreich

It's so au courant to explore the sonic revolution of electronic composer and sound artist Florian Hecker.It's so au courant to explore the sonic revolution of electronic composer and sound artist Florian Hecker.

This volume documents four sound pieces that dramatize auditory illusions, effectively composing within the relationship between our perception of pitch and the localization of sound, as we process the two in our auditory cortices. The pieces are partly transcribed using a form of notation called “typotranslation,” developed by Hecker at MIT.

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