Aram Bartholl’s commentary: “Graphic Arrays” is about screen resolutions and aspect ratios and how these evolved over the laste decades. The left board is dedicated to more recent mobile vertical resolution ending at iPad retina. The right board represents the long history of desktop screen pixel sizes starting with the classic VGA (640x480) IBM standard from 1987 till todays common 2560×1600 desktop monsters.
Cristina Vanko found the perfect calligraphy pen and decided that for seven days she would handwrite all of her text messages, take pictures of her lettering, and send them in conversations as opposed to using her phone’s keyboard. Her “Modern Day Snail Mail" adventure is tempting me to give it a go. Particularly striking to me is the old-school / new-school combination (imagine having to consider all your texts that much more carefully!) and the images of Vanko’s collection of beautiful ephemera of her side of texting conversations.
Junk Science and Scott Thorough release their new album Phoenix Down on a mini usb drive designed to look like a pixelated feather. I won’t go so far as to claim that this is the way of all new music—to be released on thumb drives as opposed to on CDs, but it seems like a smart move in our gadget-entranced world.
I must confess that prior to seeing this posted on Cool Hunting I had never heard of either Junk Science or Scott Thorough. In which case their custom rubber molded thumb drive also serves as great advertising for themselves. The unique packaging grabs attention and in the same way great album art will convince me to give a new CD a try, it convinced me to sample some of the Pheonix Down tracks.