1954 (2004) - Bojan Sarcevic

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Images from Bojan Sarcevic, 1954 (2004)

The collages’ vague sense of time and place is located somewhat more precisely by their title, 1954 (all works 2004), which refers to the 1954 edition of the German architectural journal Baumeister, from which the pictures are taken. Germany in 1954, after two lost decades and the horrors of war, was tentatively starting to rebuild its traumatized national morale (helped in no small measure by the country’s unexpected World Cup victory that same year.) And, despite the absence of the country’s greatest modern architects, Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architecture flourished in the steady rebuilding of cities reduced to rubble by Allied bombing, and was characterized by a cautiously optimistic Modernism. This was the year that Mies began his monumental Seagram building in New York, but the pictures Sarcevic collects here are more modest examples of a socially oriented Modernism, felt at the time to be not only an expression of, but also a form of active participation in, the creation of Germany’s new democracy. - Kristy Bell, Frieze magazine

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Fragmentr: a Collaborative Image Remixing Site

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Fragmentr is a "collaborative image remixing site" designed by Ryan Weafer. It's also a "living archive. When you generate a permalink it displays a range of images that shuffle randomly."




Via Sarah Hromack, pointing out the site has a lot of potential: "I love a big, gorgeous, authoritative slideshow. What I love even more though, are projects that expose the precarious state of the digital image."

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Selling Spam to Saatchi: ArtInfo Interviews James Howard

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James Howard's "Lonely," 2011

"It all begins in my junk email folder, in the place where everything that has a bit of a question mark over its authenticity — pensions, Russian brides — lands. I take images and texts from that junk email folder and from pop-up adverts and I collage them together into artworks... I gravitate towards reoccurring images: adverts for Chinese wives and images of beautiful sunsets over serene oceans seem to crop up rather a lot, as well as pictures of people with distorted bodies looking up into fisheye lenses. These are the ones I really enjoy, and when I find them, I immediately start getting into Photoshop and cutting around as quickly as I can." - James Howard in an interview with ArtInfo.

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Debris, Qwerty (2009) - Sarah Frost

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Parallelograms

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Found image for Jibade-Khalil Huffman's project

Curated by Leah Beeferman and Matthew Harvey, Parallelograms is a new online publication. For the project, Beeferman and Harvey invite an artist or collective to creatively respond to an image found online. The featured artist changes from week to week, and so far, they've worked with seven separate artists, including Everything Studio, Stephen Vitiello, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Mary Manning, Will Shapiro, Potential Estate and Duncan Malashock.

Image from Mary Matting's project for Parallelograms

Image from Duncan Malashock's project for Parallelograms

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The Satellite Collection (2010) - Jenny Odell

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The Satellite Collection is a series of six digital prints that I made by collaging cut-out imagery from Google Satellite.

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Approximately 1,326 Grain Silos, Water Towers, and Other Cylindrical-Industrial Buildings

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125 American Swimming Pools

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195 Cargo Ships, Barges, Motorboats, Yachts, Tankers, Cruise Ships, Riverboats, Sailboats and Hospital Ships

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Double Hunt (2006-2007) - Seth Price

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Versions (2010) - Oliver Laric

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Ready to Rumble

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Rumblr is a new web application that allows users to pit Tumblr blogs against one another by placing randomly selected images from two or more blogs in juxtaposition with one another. Users then select the preferred image and after a certain number have been judged a winner is declared. The site launched in alpha about a month ago alongside TUMBLR_WRS, a party held at Home Sweet Home in New York City.

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The site capitalizes on the decontextualization and random juxtaposition of images that Tumblr is known for and attempts to objectively judge the taste of users and the quality of sites through a competition or brawl. This random selection often produces unexpected, odd, and beautiful combinations which are frequently screencapped and placed back on Tumblr. These same screencapped images might then appear as standalone images in yet another Rumblr battle, producing a kind of Russian Doll effect.

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Rumblr in still in beta and the site's producer, Benjamin Lotan is hoping to add additional features that quantify and visualize user's decisions in new ways, such as producing average color gradients based on the images selected. Check out the site to pit your favorite Tumblrs against each other.

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