Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Inside Barbie

I have no good reason for this post (other than i have spent 11 hours in front of my keyboard trying to be profound and write about the construction of cohesive self-narratives...blah...yes, i know!). So, if you're ever wondered what is inside that Barbie you have hidden in that box under your bed labelled 'research projects', look no further. Under biohazard laboratory conditions, the Visible Barbie Project has come to your rescue!

My faith in the great modernist narrative of science is hereby restored.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Another brilliant set of photos from Ezprezzo.com -- street art. But not just plain, ordinary street art (if such a thing exists) -- 3D street art!

As I said in a previous post, I have been collecting pictures of street art, graffiti and other text for a long time but I have never come across 3D work. The set displayed on Ezprezzo.com are amazing and demonstrate how vibrant, unexpected and transient urban streetscapes can be.

Viva Barbie

I have posted in relation to the iconic Barbie on and off. Anyone who thinks about popular culture and consumer culture will no doubt share my interest. She is both awe inspiring and horrifying and while her sales figures are starting to slip, she is about as famous as you can get. Her fame is hard-won and well-deserved. She is no pop starlet, here today and gone tomorrow. She has ridden the wave of rapidly changing times and reflected ourselves back (with all our prejudices, vanities and frailties) in ways that made us take note.

This picture from the brilliant Ezprezzo.com is one of many gorgeous Barbie pix. At least we now know how she has kept her complexion so milky and soft for all these years...

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Visual Dictionary

I have a vast collection of signs, text and street art from all around the world, including these from San Francisco

However, my collection pales in comparison to this brilliant collection by The Visual Dictionary:

The Visual Dictionary is a collection of words in the real world. Photographs of signage, graffiti, advertising, tattoos, you name it, we're trying to catalogue it

Go, look and contribute.