Tag Archives: photography

A map of writing on walls

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Design collective REDImei are putting together a great online guide to Barcelona graffiti, with photos linked to Google map tags.

UNFORTUNATELY (yes, this is me shouting) I can’t post any of the great pictures here, because all the images on their flickr photostream have an ‘All rights reserved’ Creative Commons licence. Come on, guys. This is street art we’re talking about, our shared urban culture, that laughs at private property and writes on walls.

So the picture above comes not from their otherwise wonderful project, but from my own modest collection. And as all my other stuff on this blog, you are welcome to make good use of it should you so wish, under an ‘Attribution – Share Alike’ CC licence.

At least I can give you the link to their Google Maps page.

What does Barcelona look like? – Los Ojos del Mundo

One of the few annoying features of my iPhone is the question it asks every time I want to use its camera: “Camera would like to use your current location. ‘Don’t allow’ / ‘Ok'”. Being a bit of a surveillance paranoid I routinely ‘Don’t allow’, but thanks to the hundreds of thousands of people who do, and mostly, thanks to those who upload their pictures to Flickr and tag them, the researchers at MIT SENSEable City Lab have come up with a fantastic piece of data visualisation. In collaboration with Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona Disseny Hub, they have developed Los Ojos del Mundo, with two projects based on pictures taken by both tourists and locals in Barcelona: Spaces of Diversity maps Britons weaving their path in Barcelona; and Spaces of Activity tracks photos from Barcelona with tags related to ‘partying’.

So, what do tourists go for? No surprises there:

Britons who visited Barcelona in Fall 2007 stayed on the beaten paths delimited by the city’s main elements such as Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia,  with Passeig de Gracia and Rambla acting as artery. The photos also confirm their pleasure for football (Camp Nou) parties (Forum) and the mediteranean sea (Barceloneta).

And what about partying?

tags related to “partying” in Summer 2007 shows that Barcelona confines its fun to the old town (Ciutat Vella) known for its high density of tourists, the bohemian distric of Gracia and the Forum area and its music festivals.

Spaces of activity (where are the parties?) from senseable on Vimeo.

EXIT

EXIT, Quarterly Magazine on Image and Culture, published its latest issue with the monographic topic ‘Machines’.

#31 MACHINES
(August, September, October – 2008)
Bilingual edition: texts in English and Spanish

Rosa Olivares, director and editor of EXIT, reflects in her editorial Sensitive Machines, on the cinematographic iconography of the robot and on how the machine not only symbolises man’s fears, but also his desire for perfection. Francisco Javier San Martín, lecturer of History and Theory of Art at the Universidad del País Vasco, traces the history of the way in which the avant-garde appropriated the machine as a metaphor for modernity in his article The Machine and its Shadow. Miles Orvell, Professor of English Literature at Temple University and expert on the history of photography, examines the present day photographic representation of machines. This issue concludes with an essay by Elio Grazioli, Professor of History and Theory of Photography at the Università di Bergamo, which takes Andy Warhol’s famous statement “I want to be a machine” as a starting point from which to investigate the relationship contemporary photographers have with the photographic machine and the concept of automation which can be associated with it.

This issue also includes an extensive interview by Louise Neri, current director of Gagosian Gallery and previously editor of Parkett, with Hiroshi Sugimoto on his Conceptual Forms series, dedicated to teaching models of mathematical formulae and models which recreate complex mechanisms, a series which Thomas Kellein, director of the Bielefeld Kunsthalle, also writes about. Portfolio sections are dedicated to the work of Peter Fraser and Stéphane Couturier and include texts written by the artists themselves.