Xavier Antin is interested in the history of the production (and the reproduction) of objects, when it involves a glitch, or an accident. He always creates a production process in which accidents occur, like clues of a narrative underlying the work process. Sometimes he takes the chain of production backwards, like in one of his most recent projects entitled Five Conversations. In conversations with the production managers of highly specialised companies, he dismantled processes leading to the production of objects such as chairs or billiard tables. He supervised the production of ersatz pieces, cubes that synthesize all the intrinsic qualities of the objects, though devoid of any functionality, extended to abstraction: a conversational cube. As if he were attempting to operate a deflection of the industrial production tool.
Text and photo from manystuff.org.
The book is a collection of essays and different practical examples on the subject of Self-organisation and counter-economic strategies. The essays cover a wide cross-section of activity, from new approaches to intellectual property and the implications of the free/open source software movement, to political activism and the de facto self-organisation embodied in informal architecture and the so-called black economy […]
There’s a highly compelling essay in here arguing the importance of the ‘free’ in creativity and in the production of culture (The Architecture of Innovation by Lawrence Lessig, pp. 105 - 144).
Of course the book can be downloaded for free — the PDF link is on the webpage.
— Fernando Del Paso, Palinuro De Mexico (via mythologyofblue)
This entire summer literally whizzed by. So many things happened/are still happening, leaving me with no time to think/post/write anything. So just for the sake of posting something…I haphazardly compiled my recent favourite photos from The Sartorialist.
Oooh, ain’t this exciting.
Most are back photos (as in photos of humans’ backs), ‘cause you know, backs are sexy!
Promise, I’ll post something substantial (??) /useful (??) in the coming weeks.