AIDS' Patient Zero Is Vindicated By Science
The gay man once blamed for launching AIDS in 1980s America has finally been exonerated by modern science.
history  memory  documentary  science  books 
december 2016
H.I.V. Arrived in the U.S. Long Before ‘Patient Zero’ - The New York Times
The strain of H.I.V. responsible for almost all AIDS cases in the United States, which was carried from Zaire to Haiti around 1967, spread from there to New York City around 1971, researchers concluded in the journal Nature. From New York, it spread to San Francisco around 1976.
history  science  memory 
december 2016
What About the Bombing of Nagasaki? - The New Yorker
The day after Nagasaki, Truman issued his first affirmative command regarding the bomb: no more strikes without his express authorization. He never issued the order to drop the bombs, but he did issue the order to stop dropping them. Even if Hiroshima remains preëminent in our historical memory—the first nuclear weapon used in anger—Nagasaki may be of greater consequence in the long run, something more than the second attack. Perhaps it will be the last.
september 2015
F21 Thread Screen — BREAKFAST
The F21 Thread Screen, built for Forever 21, is a 2,000 pound machine that can dynamically display images and basic animations with 6,400 mechanical spools of thread. By driving a custom belt made of fabric, each spool can display one of 36 colors, thus making up a larger image at an 80x80 resolution. At launch, the Thread Screen is showing Instagrams that have been tagged with #f21threadscreen.
installation  design  advertising 
september 2015
You Just Got Out of Prison. Now What? - The New York Times
Carlos and Roby are two ex-convicts with a simple mission: picking up inmates on the day they’re released from prison and guiding them through a changed world.
prison  response 
july 2015
Resonating Bodies | a series of integrated media installations and community outreach projects which focuses on biodiversity of pollinators indigenous to the natural and urban ecosystems of the Greater Toronto Area.
a series of integrated media installations and community outreach projects which focuses on biodiversity of pollinators indigenous to the natural and urban ecosystems of the Greater Toronto Area.
community  collaboration  environment  science  media 
april 2015
Inside Indonesia’s Islamic Boarding School for Transgender People | TIME
Fulvio Bugani, an Italian photographer, spent nearly three weeks living with a transgender community in Indonesia
documentary  culture  gender  photography 
april 2015
BBC - Future - The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust
Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
technology  environment  china 
april 2015
Unknown Fields Division - Mission
The Unknown Fields Division is a nomadic design research studio that ventures out on expeditions to the ends of the earth to bear witness to alternative worlds, alien landscapes, industrial ecologies and precarious wilderness. These distant landscapes - the iconic and the ignored, the excavated, irradiated and the pristine, are embedded in global systems that connect them in surprising and complicated ways to our everyday lives. In such a landscape of interwoven narratives, the studio uses film and animation to chronicle this network of hidden stories and re-imagine the complex and contradictory realities of the present as a site of strange and extraordinary futures.
design  architecture  future  documentary  travel 
april 2015
Jem Cohen: the former ice-cream seller chronicling an overlooked America | Film | The Guardian
He’s had his camera confiscated. He’s been forced to work as an ice-cream seller on the streets of New York. Yet Jem Cohen has still managed to capture the struggles, protests and beauty of everyday America. The film-maker talks punk and profit margins with Sukhdev Sandhu
april 2015
Emergent Shorelands of the Great Lakes
As climate change accelerates, national attention has focused on the threat of rising seas and severe flooding in cities like Miami, New York, Boston, New Orleans, and San Diego. But climatic volatility also affects the Great Lake Coasts, where the ice cover last winter was lower than it has been since reliable records began, and the shores are battered by more frequent and more intense storms. In Lake Michigan-Huron, residents watched water levels drop more than six feet over the last two decades — from a record high to a record low — only to see them rebound in 2013 and 2014. 1 Here the effects of climate change are less predictable than on the oceanic shores. As the National Climate Assessment reported, Great Lake water level projections “are still subject to considerable uncertainty.” 2
environment  design 
march 2015
The Dark Mountain Project | The Dark Mountain Project
The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who have stopped believing the stories our civilisation tells itself. We see that the world is entering an age of ecological collapse, material contraction and social and political unravelling, and we want our cultural responses to reflect this reality rather than denying it.

The Project grew out of a feeling that contemporary literature and art were failing to respond honestly or adequately to the scale of our entwined ecological, economic and social crises. We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves.
culture  magazine  writing  politics  response 
march 2015
Lawrence Abu Hamdan on Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself :: New Museum
Lawrence Abu Hamdan’s talk, titled “Contra Diction: Speech Against Itself,” will address the ways in which our right to silence can be preserved in what the artist calls “today’s All-Hearing and All-Speaking society.” In his reappraisal of silence and its politics, Abu Hamdan will look into the linguistics of Taqiyya, an old form of Islamic jurisprudence practiced only by esoteric minorities that allows a believing individual to deny his faith or commit otherwise illegal acts when at risk of persecution or in a condition of statelessness. By looking into stories of alleged mass conversions of the Druze minority in northern Syria, Abu Hamdan indicates how such minor speech acts can help us re-appraise the precision of speaking, the multiple ways of remaining silent, and the inherently unfaithful nature of one’s voice.
art  language  events  sound  culture 
march 2015
Dubai plans for major Museum of the Future - Khaleej Times
The Museum will host a group of innovation labs focusing on health, education, smart cities, energy and transport in addition to a permanent section on future innovations in all fields. It will provide a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions from world-leading tech giants and up-and-coming start-ups, as well as collaborations between companies and leading research institutes and universities.

The creation of the museum reflects Shaikh Mohammed’s vision that a new approach is required for fast-moving, dynamic, and uncertain times in order to create long-lasting innovations that benefit both organisations and society.
museum  future  design  middleeast 
march 2015
ARTBOOK | D.A.P. Congratulates Paul Chan, Winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize and More!
In a nice piece of timing, Chan's monumental, truly original artist's book, New New Testament, co-published last year by the Schaulager, Laurenz Foundation and Badlands Unlimited, has also been honored this week, receiving both Switzerland's "Most Beautiful Swiss Book" award for 2014 and the prestigious "Best International Book Design" award from Stiftung Buchkunst in Germany.
books  news 
march 2015
This Tumblr Pairs Medieval Art with Rappers, and It's Brilliant
If you've ever looked at a photo of a blinged-out Rick Ross and thought, Dude totally looks like Hans Holbein the Younger, there's a new Tumblr for you. The site, B4 XVI (a.k.a. beforesixteen), juxtaposes famous rappers with medieval and Renaissance artwork figures, and the effect is wholly uncanny. 
medieval  art  culture  blog  music 
march 2015
This much or that much?
Measuring is a necessary but paradoxical human activity. Just as language is needed to communicate, conventional units have been established to systemise the world around us. The paradox resides in how each individual experience these conventions. It has been only some 250 years since a convention for a “universal measure” was established in the Western World.
design  exhibit  measurement  history  japan 
march 2015
photo-eye Bookstore | Louie Palu: Mira Mexico | photo books
Once the newspaper comes apart it can be put back together in any order the reader wishes. The page spreads can also be hung as an exhibition. With violent images on one side and non-violent images on the other, the reader must become editor, curator or even censor, choosing how many violent photos are seen vs. how many non-violent photographs are seen. This forces the reader to face up to the fact that all delivery of news involves choices, of what to show and tell and what not to show and tell. It also forces the reader to face up to the system of institutions that serves as the gatekeepers in journalism and the visual arts. The questions are obvious. Is the editor censoring? Is the edit a true depiction of the news and the issue? Are violent images being used effectively to tell a story, or to sensationalize the story? The actual newspaper as an object forces the reader to engage in a multidimensional exercise in journalism, art, and the politics of representation and message manipulation.
photography  documentary  books  design  mexico 
march 2015
Tehran's answer to Banksy: Medhi Ghadyanloo hits Britain | Art and design | The Guardian
This is a mural by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an Iranian artist who is about to have his first exhibition in Britain. It is an unexpected addition to the walls of Shoreditch; the neighbourhood famous for its street art rarely sees anything as subtle as this. As if to make the point, a car park nearby is plastered with ugly, third-rate graffiti. Ghadyanloo, by contrast, makes use of trompe l’oeil, the technique invented in the Renaissance of using perspective to create eye-fooling illusions. It is eerily arresting and poetic.
publicart  publicspace  graffiti  painting 
february 2015
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