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Friday, April 23, 2010

The Weekly Roundup: 4.23.2010

Beehive Design Collective
In high school I helped lead a social justice conference for teens from around North America at a hostel in Massachusetts on behalf of YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). That was the first time I saw the politically charged artwork of the Beehive Design Collective, a decentralized group of volunteer educators, organizers, and artists. I sat for an hour staring at this six-foot high poster of incredibly detailed and intricate drawings that symbolized the many issues affecting Columbia entitled Plan Columbia. I was initially captivated by its artistic talent, but that led to a deeper interest in its message. I believe effective change has to come from all facets of society, including culture. Art can be such an engaging, entertaining way to convey a message, and that is how Beehive Design Collective uses it. That was eight years ago, and now my younger brother likes their work too. This week he offered to get me a few of their patches as a birthday gift. Here’s are my picks. You can get patches and posters in exchange for donating to the collective.


New Music From Real Estate
Once again, thanks to Styrofoam Drone we have awesome live footage. This week they posted videos from a show Real Estate played last week. Included is a performance of a song so new it hasn't been named yet. I like it lots.

Totally Mathematical
Apartment Therapy featured two intriguing design projects this week both inspired by math. Nikki Graziano makes prints of nature photographs with graphed functions imposed over them to explain their shapes mathematically. Charles Jencks created a 30-acre garden in Scotland called The Garden of Cosmic Speculation that is a testament to math and science concepts. Check these articles for more info and some truly impressive photos.
Found Functions by Annie Werbler
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation by Annie Werbler

Hipster
Hipster. Scenester. People use these words derogatorily, and it kind of bothers me. I like to take ownership of these words. I usually go to multiple shows a week. I buy multiple albums a month. I try to exclusively buy my clothes at thrift stores and American Apparel. I read Pitchfork almost daily. I am a hipster/scenester, and I’m proud. I am an active participant in a culture that produces amazing works of art and music. It’s vibrant, grassroots, localized, and based in community. Yes, in part I participate to be part of something, but it also speaks to me on a personal level. It’s helped me a lot, and I simply find it fascinating as a sociocultural phenomenon. Here’s some commentary from NPR, Wikipedia, and a hilarious viral tumblr on the whole hipster issue.
Hunting The Elusive Hipster by Linda Holmes
Hipster Puppies
Hipster (contemporary subculture) from Wikipedia

Metal In Morocco
Not that you should stop being discontent with the lack of certain liberties in this state, but it could always be worse. In 2003, people in Morocco were sentenced to as much as a year in prison for organizing, promoting, and participating in a metal music festival. Now only seven years later, they are receiving cultural endowments from King Mohammed VI for build recording studies to preserve and promote Moroccan metal culture. Now you can get jealous (I knew there was a good reason I was so stoked on King Mohammed in Model UN). The LA Times covered this great story this week. See the article for more details.
MOROCCO: Rock, rap and heavy metal music fans rejoice in newfound freedom by Gert Van Langendonck

Sculpted Light
No matter what medium you sculpt with, it is impossible for light and shadow to not effect the presentation of your work. Fred Eerdekens is an artist, who makes the most of this element. Light and shadow are mediums for him as much as metal, styrofoam, and plastic. I especially like this piece, because it embodies simplicity.

Minimum (2004)


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