MIRADAS, una expo de fotos instagram de FAKINEI en Madrid, hasta el 4 de enero. Galería Alda|con|Limón
Centre Pompidou - initial concept drawing.
GOLDFIELD (5,689 alt., 513 pop.), (tourist-camp, gasoline, restaurant), sits high on one side of a broad saddle between bare brown peaks. Seen from the highway, this fabulous town is drearier than a graveyard—for no one expects anything of the dead and Goldfield is not a ghost.
—Nevada, A Guide To the Silver State (WPA, 1940)
Eric Reeve files this dispatch for American Guide Week from the town that’s been among the walking dead since our WPA forebears visited in the 1940s:
Bronica ETRS & Kodak Tri-X 400
Like many western gold towns, Goldfield boomed then bust in a very short period of time, the difference here being that some people never left and a few interesting and eccentric folks continued to be drawn to the isolated city for years after the gold was exhausted. You’ll find beautifully kept cottages next to crumbling shacks, the famous Goldfield Hotel (reportedly haunted, of course) as well as a few businesses that are still operating, mostly thanks to the fact that Goldfield is a living ghost town.
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Raised on the streets of Montréal, in the forests of Québec and on the fields of Ontario, Eric Reeve loves things altogether cultural, natural and rural. He’s a photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. Follow him on Tumblr at manandhisworld.tumblr.com.
This map shows levels of self-reported happiness across Germany.
"The main thing that I want people to take away from them is a new way of looking at their surroundings, specifically the ones so banal we risk ignoring them. Being humans, it’s easy to forget how uniquely human we have made our environments." -Jenny Odell
John Metcalfe chats with the Bay Area artist who has been assembling various kinds of infrastructure (stadiums, parking lots, wastewater treatment plants) as seen on Google maps and turning them into mesmerizing collages.
[Images: Jenny Odell]
OST NO by Jon Naar
Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark
Here’s something very special. In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them. The 915 items are mostly letters, notes and receipts, all written between the 11th and 15th century. Among the more notable scraps is a marriage proposal from a man called Mikita to his beloved Anna: “marry me - I want you and you want me, and the witness to that is Ignat Moiseev” (item 377).
The most special items, however, are the ones shown above, which are from a medieval classroom. In the 13th century, young schoolboys learning to write filled these scraps with alphabets and short texts. Bark was ideal material for writing down things with such a short half-life. Then the pupils got bored and started to doodle, as kids do: crude drawings of individuals with big hands, as well as a figure with a raised sword standing next to a defeated beast (lower image). The last one was drawn by Onfim, who put his name next to the victorious warrior. The snippets provide a delightful and most unusual peek into a 13th-century classroom, with kids learning to read - and getting bored in the process.
More information - On the scraps in general, see here. Here is a full inventory, in Russian. On the excavation, see here and here. More kids’ doodles here and here. Some letters in this Flickr stream. The Leiden scholar Jos Schaeken published a book in Dutch on this material, which can be downloaded for free here (English translation to follow next year).
[Henri Matisse] The door to the confessional at Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence, designed by Matisse, a three dimensional embodiment of his paper cut outs.
19th century patents.