RW Quarterly Report: Organist podcast; text-construction on Gauss PDF, etc.
|Rob Walker||Feb 17, 2015|
[Interesting note: The below RW Quarterly Report delayed by a day because it was "flagged" for "content, keywords, or activity that can indicate the possibility of harmful information being sent through our service." I had to go through a rigamarole to clear my rep. I hope you are not harmed by any information that follows.]
Hello! Here is the latest RW Quarterly Report — the first of 2015. And actually, since the last note I sent out was a quick one, this is the first real update since last October. Yikes.
Still, most of the news is pretty new.
1. For The Organist, the arts-and-culture audio collaboration between KCRW and McSweeney’s, I interviewed Rick Prelinger: An archivist, educator and filmmaker, he’s lately been making some amazing films built entirely out of old home movies. I talked to him about his most recent and most wide-ranging experiment with this form, titled No More Road Trips? Listen to that here.
2. The supercool Gauss PDF has published “Businessman Hands,” a text I made from captions on Shutterstock. Plus there’s an audio component! I had a lot of fun putting this together as a purely recreational activity over the holidays, and couldn’t be more pleased to see it finding its way into the world through this particular venue.
3. This one is a little belated, but I was and remain pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic response to How To Pay Attention: 20 Ways To Win The War Against Seeing, which I wrote for the mighty re:form.
4. For Design Observer: The Music Video, Rebooted, is about the ways technology is shaping music-video aesthetics. Related: my Tech + Arts Music Videos 2014 YouTube playlist; my Art + Tech Music Videos 2015 playlist (in progress, obviously); and my Music Videos Vimeo channel.
5. And on the Yahoo Tech front, of the many things published there since last October, I’d point you to this one if you missed it: Meet the people who create fake Apple product designs.
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Primer Stories: Fantastic project co-created by the wonderful Joe Alterio. It’s a very cool experiment in text/visual storytelling. Really worth checking out. Do so here: primerstories.com. (And don’t miss this example: The Chair As An Engine of Thinking.)
Object Lessons: This series of essays has now also become (as planned) a series of books. The first batch, including subjects such as Remote Control and Drone, looks great! Disclosure: I am on the “board of advisers” for this project. Additioanal disclosure: I haven’t really done anything substantial in that role. But still.
Rebekah Modrak on "Bougie Crap: Art, Design, and Gentrification," a smart and provocative essay.
Friend of the RW Quarterly Report Ted Wright’s book Fizz: Harness The Power of Word of Mouth Marketing to Drive Brand Growth is out. Congrats, Ted!
AND YOU? What's up, what's coming up, what might you want plugged? Don't be shy.
That's it! More in two or three (or four?) months. Till then…
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