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Documentary History

The Accidental Sea: A post-apocalyptic hell-hole

May 17, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This is a surprisingly lovely short film by Ransom Riggs that documents the rise and fall of a small community around an accidentally formed lake called the Salton Sea in the California Imperial Valley. Sit down, give it five minutes of your time, I promise it won’t disappoint. (via coudal)

 

 



Design Food History

Take a sip from the original coke bottle

May 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Let’s turn back the clock a bit. It’s a hot day in 1886 and you’re sitting on the back porch of your great-great-great grandfather’s homestead as he talks about how some fellas up in New York are erecting a huge statue of a lady called the Statue of Liberty and then trails off into a long-winded diatribe about Grover Cleveland’s economic policies. Suddenly the screen door slams and your great-great-great grandmother emerges from the kitchen holding two sweaty glass bottles of dark brown liquid fresh from the ice box labeled as John Pemberton’s Coca-Cola. Refreshing. Now you can re-live these nostalgic days of over a century ago with a 125th anniversary bottle of Coca-Cola available at Selfridges for a limited time. (via svpply)

 

 



History Photography

Barack Obama as a toddler. Dressed as a pirate.

April 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

From an article in NY Times Magazine about his mother, “Obama’s Young Mother Abroad”. (via laughing squid)

 

 



Art History

Jen Bervin embroiders Emily Dickinson’s handwritten punctuation and editorial notes

April 19, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Textile artist Jen Bervin has created something wholly peculiar and wonderful in her project The Dickinson Fascilies. During her lifetime Emily Dickinson tried to avoid publication, referring to it as “the auction of the mind,” and yet she continued to write, completing some 1,700 poems.

Between approximately 1858 and 1864, Dickinson grouped her poems into small handbound packets, later called fascicles. They are very humble bindings: stab-bound with twisted red and white thread and tied off teeteringly near the folded edge. The stitch held the stacked folded sheets together but made them a harder to open. […] Her fascicles and fragments were dismembered, regrouped, scissored, and marked by her various editors as they changed hands and often her poems have been restructured and changed considerably for print.

Interested in the editorial patterns Bervin abstracted the editor’s notes, punctuation and other details from Dickinson’s poems and used cotton and silk thread to embroider the marks on enormous cotton sheets nearly 6′ tall by 8′ wide. I’m seriously geeking out over these. A fascinating idea. (via quipsologies)

 

 



History Music Photography

Dark Side of the Loom

April 4, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A photo by Aldo Cavini Benedetti modified by Redditor wormslayer to look like the iconic Pink Floyd album cover. (via @junkculture)

 

 



Art History

Ramón Espantaleón: First Apple

March 9, 2011

Christopher Jobson

It’s hard to believe that almost ten years now separate us from September 11, 2001, a tragic, world-changing day forever seared in our memories as we watched the attacks unfold on CNN or encountered it firsthand on the streets of New York and elsewhere. As the anniversary approaches and the discussion begins on how best to remember and retell the events of that day artist Ramón Espantaleón has begun work his personal response. A native of Madrid, Espantaleón not only endured 9/11 while living in the United States, but returned home to experience the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

First Apple is an ambitious work that seeks to recreate various scale models of New York City and in some cases to map these three dimensional renderings to the Twin Towers themselves. To create the base Espantaleón painstakingly constructed Manhattan in clay by forming 31,920 volumetric units each representing actual buildings, at a scale of 1/65. These volumes were then used to create pixelated city blocks from which he cast silicon molds that could in turn be used to reproduce each block with epoxy resin and polyurethane. This reproducible method allowed for a potentially unlimited exploration of space, color, material (and in some cases typography) resulting in the varied forms of architectural model pointillism you see above.

In total there are 11 individual artworks soon to be displayed in Madrid and an additional 11 Espantaleón seeks to display in New York. Learn about the project via his web site Landspot. A huge thanks to Ramon for sharing his incredible work with Colossal, and thanks to our mutual friend Jeff for making the introduction!

 

 



History Music

Holly Throsby’s worldwide collaborative music video shot on Super 8 film spanning 37 years in 11 countries

February 24, 2011

Christopher Jobson

A few weeks ago we established what my wife thinks of Holly Throsby and then today I discovered this new video for Throsby’s latest single What I Thought of You which may have just made Megan’s mind explode completely. Directed by Yanni Kronenberg, the video is a worldwide collaboration filmed on Super 8 by 20 people between 1974 and 2011 in Australia, America, Canada, The United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Greece, Iceland, Ukraine, Sweden and Brazil. (via theo)