Witnesses rushed to the aid of Nell Theobald, a model held in the toothy grip of a 223-pound lion until the lion’s jaws were pried open, at a BMW auto show press preview. Ms. Theobald’s woes continued after the mauling — although doctors saved her leg intact, the $3 million lawsuit she filed was settled, to her disappointment, for $250,000. Later, she became a predator of sorts herself, stalking a Swedish opera singer for nearly 10 years. Ms. Theobald committed suicide in 1977, asking that her ashes be scattered on the singer’s garden in Sweden.
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Bologna’s Kinki discothèque. Design by Fabrizio Passarella, with the collaboration of Giovanni Marcotto. From the pages of Domus 638 / April 1983
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"The promise of the Internet was that it would liberate people and bolster democracy, but it has become a tool for suppression and control. In fact, it is one of the most powerful instruments of control ever invented. The most essential challenge we face today is related to the real effect of the Internet. Will it impart power to people and liberate them, or will it impart more strength to the centers of power and help them oversee, control and suppress the population? That is the struggle of our generation, and it has yet to be decided."
"Film noir has a mood that everyone can feel. It’s people in trouble, at night, with a little bit of wind and the right kind of music. It’s a beautiful thing."
ART: Folded - Eli Craven
Most post processing is done on your computer, but Eli Craven takes a more hands-on approach. In his Folding series, Eli physically bends his photographs to create entirely different images.
Hey kids, I’m turtling at Scout Living today.
"When I have clarified and exhausted a subject, then I turn away from it, in order to go into darkness again."
Happy birthday, Robert. We like you just the way you are.
Trevor Paglen’s Nonfunctional Satellite
Opening September 12th in Istanbul, Turkey, Protocinema features an installation by artist/astronomer/author Trevor Paglen (previously featured on A&SJ HERE). Perhaps best known for his photographic investigation of the covert operations conducted by government agencies such as the CIA and their covert satellites and offensive military drone program; this new work sees Paglen taking aerospace technologies typically associated with militarism and challenges their ability to exist in a manner at odds with their conventional function, with an emphasis on aesthetics and design.
Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 4; Build 3) 2013, is a sculpture designed to be placed into low-earth orbit and reflect sunlight down to the earth’s surface. Once launched, it would appear as a bright point of light slowly moving across the sky over the course of several months, before burning up in the atmosphere. This spacecraft-cum-art object combines maximum reflectivity with minimum weight, taking the shape of a giant mirror-like sphere.
Paglen ponders what the aerospace engineering industry would look like if its methods were decoupled from the corporate and military interests that currently fund all space endeavors. His nonfunctional satellite recasts the age old question of “art for art’s sake” within a different field and with a different spin, asking whether we can imagine a place for “aerospace engineering for aerospace engineering’s sake.” In doing so, the spacecraft functions as both a critique of the militarization and commercialization of the night sky, and a way to imagine how things could be different.
Founded in 2011, Protocinema is a nonprofit art organization that makes transnational, nomadic exhibitions in Istanbul and New York. Protocinema creates opportunities for emerging and established artists from all regions to realize new work and exhibit existing work in a variety of contexts that are open to the public, and accessible to a wide range of individuals.
- Rob Echlin