London Art Fair 2011 round-up

-from Aesthetica.

Martin Creed: Mothers

(The Troc goes off)

… Sydney Town Hall is jumping on Friday night.

Genius of the day: Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Genius of the day: Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

- from his Stanford Commencement speech 2005

The robot favelas of Brixton

Kibwe X-Kalibre Tavares

It is part of what Tavares calls “a collection of images of what Brixton could be like if it were to develop as a disregarded area inhabited by London’s new robot workforce.” To accommodate the rapidly growing machine-population, “unplanned cheap quick additions have been made to the skyline.”

CC4 Nocagions by Helio Oiticica and Neville D’Almeida


- on show at MOCA. From NPR.

Ben Heine

- from Ben Heine on Flickr

(Wire at Becks Bar)

(Sydney supergroup playing "I touch myself" at FBi’s SMAC Awards)

- from Kate Crawford on Twitter

Genius of the day: Milton Rogovin

BUFFALO (AP).- Milton Rogovin, a social documentary photographer who built a life’s work by looking through a lens at people who were invisible to others, died Tuesday at age 101.

After being blacklisted in the communist scare of the 1950s, Rogovin dedicated his life to photography. His pictures documented the lives of the poor, the dispossessed, the working class — in particular those living in a six-square-block neighborhood in Buffalo near his optometry practice.

“He referred to these people as the ‘forgotten ones,’” his son said. “These were poor and working people who were not ever in the limelight.”

Rogovin found “forgotten ones” on New York Indian reservations and in far-flung corners of China, Zimbabwe, France, Scotland and Spain.

His first project was a documentary series on Buffalo’s black churches. Living on his wife’s schoolteacher salary, he traveled to Appalachia, Chile and Mexico to take portraits of working people — always using a vintage Rolleiflex, a bare bulb flash, occasionally a tripod, and black and white film.

- from artdaily

Moody Couch by Hanna Emelie Ernsting

The design consists of a sofa with a cover that’s much larger than the structure underneath, made from a textile that retains the shape it’s scrunched and pulled into.

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Genius of the day: Cindy Sherman

… not just because you’re a genius, but also because it’s your birthday today. Who could ever work out how old you are, anyway?

Danger. Look out!

Awesome live video of one of my favourite bands, Pylon, performing their song “Danger”, when they reformed in 2007… 30 years on and they sound as amazing as ever.

Jump For My Love in Wiesbaden

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ever, Buenos Aires

- from unurth

Doug Dubois

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Genius of the day: Kate Bush

We OD’ed on Kate Bush docos last night, including this one about her exhausting preparations for her one and only tour in 1979.

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Fields #22, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada

- from 3rdofMay

Wayne White

- by Wayne White from

CSIRO CEO: we need science hubs

AUSTRALIA needs to develop at least five national scientific hubs, each with more than 10,000 researchers, says the CEO of the CSIRO, Megan Clark.

”Major shifts in how we do science and how we invest nationally are required if we are to remain globally relevant and attract the best and brightest to Australia,” said Dr Clark, giving the 2010 Lowy lecture in Sydney in November.

Sydney had an opportunity to develop a national precinct in ICT, and Melbourne could have a precinct in human life sciences and material sciences.

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Pop-Up Park at OpenHouse Gallery

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(protesters outside Bigger Than Jesus)

… which really wasn’t controversial enough to warrant the outrage.

Miss Piggy is Editor of French Vogue in new Muppet Movie

Cari — er, Miss Piggy at the fall 2010 Michael Kors show.

.. and there is nothing I don’t like in that sentence.

- from The Cut.