Tuesday, December 31, 2002

NOTICE: I accidentaly deleted all the mail in the mike@burnlab.net account from the past week, much of which I haven't had a chance to reply to. If you sent anything to this address recently, please re-send it. Jeff B, Andy S, and a few others i forget....
My bad. Thanks.

...and a last minute reminder for those in Michigan still looking for something to do tonight: we strongly suggest John Acquaviva, Matt Dear and Paxahau at The Necto in Ann Arbor tonight. Ghoslty, Blackbx, Plus8, Burnlab... can't go wrong.
:)

Happy 2003 to all our beloved readers. For those in the NYC vicinity, a friendly reminder that Olex's Dancing Makes Happy 02 will be the party to beat for the designer/techtrominal crowd, featuring Magda vs. Dinky, Troy Pierce and a special appearance by DJ Traxx. We strongly suggest swinging by Olivia Barry's party in Red Hook beforehand for some neighborhood cheer and more Burnlab programmed audio selections. Drop me an e-mail for directions to the latter and follow the link above for the former.



The Fix is dead, long live The Fix.

Jon Ozias and our friends at Ghostly International kicked off Untitled last week at the Shelter. The free vodka ran out in less than an hour and the door had to be cut off at midnight as hundreds of Detroiters and expats filled the legendary basement club to hear Detroit's next wave craft the future sound of the city. Untitled is poised to make 2003 all about the present and future of electronic music culture, providing Detroit with a weekly dose of fresh talent and good reckless fun not seen since the days of the Bankle parties.

Here are mug shots of six brilliant DJs and one guy badly pretending to know what he's doing. Also be sure to read Robert Gorell's article in the Metro Times with some great quotes from Jon.

On a tangent: there would be more photos, but some wanker lifted my camera at the after-party. How ghetto is that? If anyone tries to sell you a hot Fuji FinePix 6800, give 'em a nice punch in the belly from the Burnlab and a lecture on how to be a decent freakin' human being. I love Detroit, but that crap doesn't happen at parties in Brooklyn.

Monday, December 23, 2002

Sad news for fans of The Clash. Joe Strummer has died of an apparent heart attack.

Sunday, December 22, 2002

I'm off to Detroit today. See all you kids at the UNTITLED preview party on the 26th. Be sure to get there early for free drinks and some Wax Trax! classics.

Friday, December 20, 2002

Rem is online - OMA/AMO has a new web presence that is. It's a really strange site, that it is. First the web browser expands to full screen [I hate that] then you get a pop-up window [I hate that too], then on the Mac here a Flash file downloads to the desktop which then has to be dragged and dropped onto Explorer. The super-tiny text is vector, so you can increase the size of the browser window and the text will enlarge in proportion. [That's kind of neat.] There is a ton of information, but something is missing... no images! It's an architecture site, isn't it? Maybe they're still working on it.
Hmm. I like their buildings.

Where's that Prada site by the way?

In other Koolhaas news, OMA was awarded the contract for the CCTV headquarters in China a few weeks ago. [CCTV is the state-run television network.] Images can be found here and here. Apparently the irregular grid represents stress points on the structure. The engineering studies thus provided an equally functional and graphic theme for the building fa�ade. Nice.

Thursday, December 19, 2002



The Contemporarary Art Institute of Detroit is driving me crazy. I'm having a Motor City Breakdown.

Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Re: Don's post on WTC proposals, I concur that Foster and Partners is the best of the lot. Nothing really groundbreaking [for Lord Norman that is], but the most balanced design and most likely to be a wonderful urban space for the long term. And I love the renderings! Though I appreciate much of their work individually, the team responsible the Hollywood Squares plan managed to make a perversely cold formal study out of an extremely emotional site. "Dreadful" is certainly not too strong a word for it. At least we didn't see yet another version of the tremendously insensitive melting towers from Mr. Eisenman. THINK and United Architects also had some strong ideas. Daniel Libeskind's proposal is both emotionally and intellectually stimulating, though I am leery of a deconstructivist vocabulary for the site. Yeah, for me Foster nailed it with dramatic, sustainable structures, great street level presence and a stunning and appropriate memorial. For the most part, a very good day for architecture in New York. Other thoughts?

Just in case anybody doesn't know...The 7 WTC proposals are out today. You can view them at Lower Manhattan.info. I listened to some of the presentation on the radio this morning, but couldn't make head or tails of it until I saw the pictures.

The opinion of the commentator on the radio was that Foster & Partners would be an automatic front-runner due to their expertise level and based on the merit of the design. And it is a good design, in my opinion. Think Design's World Culture Center plans follow a very similar tack as Doyle's initial design response, with open latticework towers and museum spaces on high floors. Richard Meier et. al's "# sign" buildings are dreadful. My favorite design is from United Architects -- and I thought I would automatically dislike it because of the huge size of the team -- I feared design by committee. But I really like their interlinked towers. They make a number of analogies in the presentation, but I like the buildings because they seem to reference a group of interlinked people standing together over the site of the original World Trade Center -- active people, who have something to do. United Architects' and Foster's plans both seem to me to be very modern, 3rd-Millenium buildings that fit the context of lower manhattan better than the others.

So, what do all you designers think?

If the Beck iPod isn't enough, more examples of how confused the world is right now:

Alec Baldwin proposes putting a new Yankee Stadium on the WTC site.
Art student arrested for making people uncomfortable.
Recreational cannibalism in Germany. (As one Computerlove.net reader countered reactions of shock and disgust, "Welcome to Germany, dudes!" Hmm.)

Ah, but there are a few who can save us...

Reverend Yohan brings us holiday cheer with some Chomsky quotes at EvilPupil.com. Before you get down on my man for being all dark and cynical, be sure to read the FAQ section. Enjoy. :)
Just in time to reflect on the state of the world with sharp tongue and sharp suit, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have a new album set for February release and a brand new web site.

Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Hurry, you only have until January 8th to get your limited edition
Beck iPod -whatever�

The City of Detroit is close to making a decision on the future of the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. The two parties bidding for the management contract are incumbents Pop Culture Media and a group lead by techno pioneers Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Carl Craig. Due to a financial loss for the city in 2002 [despite attendance over one million], the government is considering skipping a year. Full article in the Freep.

Burnlab is officially in full support of Derrick, Kevin and Carl's team and we encourage city officials to give control of the festival to those responsible for the music which inspired it, and to allow it to take place in 2003. Those who feel the need to write to the city can find contact info here.
Some other relevant links:
DEMF dot com
Metro Times article on 2001 DEMF drama

Monday, December 16, 2002

If you're the lucky high-bidder, you can roll to your next electro event in style on your very own Fischerspooner designed skateboard. The one of a kind deck is available through eBay, and all the proceeds go to the Amnesty International Music for Human Rights fund.

Saturday, December 14, 2002

We apologize for any technical difficulties and hope to correct them soon.

Friday, December 13, 2002

From the latest TIME magazine:

DIED. ACHILLE CASTIGLIONI, 84, whimsical patriarch of modern Italian design whose playful, highly stylized lamps, vacuum cleaners, ashtrays and other domestic objects helped establish Italy's postwar reputation as a design innovator; in Milan. Castiglioni created some 200 items, including the Arco lamp, an arching alternative to a ceiling light, and the Mezzadro, a tractor seat stool.

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Just in time for the holiday travel season....Ian Schrager has launched a new website featuring his collection of hotels. You can check out all the hotels(each has great photo's) and make reservations online. It also appears an online shop is in the works likely to be full of products by this guy.

If you're searching for great [free!] pixel fonts visit our friends at Orgdot. Norway is cold and dark this time of year, so send them some love.

The perfect stocking stuffer this season [there is a lewd joke in there somewhere], order your iRobotnik thong today. "Machine Friendly" professionally silkscreened by BitBoy's army of love robots.

Hot on the heels of their smashing party in November, our good friends at OLEX present Dancing Makes Happy 02 on New Years Eve in Brooklyn. Featured on the turntables are Magda, Dinky, Troy Pierce, Ambassador and Plexus - who can be seen holding a PBR at DMH 01 on the Untitled flyer.

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

More bad music news. Mary Hansen of Stereolab was killed when she was struck by a car while riding her bike. Guess I'll spend this week switching back on to my old stereolab CDs.

just picked up some noteworthy new hip hop______the much anticipated new one from the roots, phrenology, lives up to their reputation of innovation, mixing straight up hip hop and r&b with rock, heavy metal, and even electro (check out the hidden track)_____also, the new one from detroit�s slum village,trinity.although missing cofounder/super producer jay dee (except as producer on a few tracks) and lacking in consistency, the album is still excellent in places (noteably the herbert-sampling "what is this")

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Just in time for the holidays, Karim is unloading some rare prototypes and samples at the NYC HQ this Saturday.

Director and former member of Monty Python, Terry Gilliam spoke at the LAMOCA two weeks ago. Previewed at the event was Lost in La Mancha, a documentary about Gilliam's adaptation of Don Quixote which never happened - despite some ten years preparation, three attempted starts and over $32M in the bank. The film, starring Jean Rochefort, Johnny Depp and a troop of life-size marionettes was literally halted by floods and disease. The documentary about the "un-making" of Don Quixote hits theaters on January 31st.

Among the half dozen projects currently on Gilliam's desk are Brothers Grimm (scheduled to start shooting in the spring for MGM) and a film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Good Omens.

Saturday, December 07, 2002



Form:uLA | Dimension Laboratories
Wow. The essence of "Cyberpunk" has never been defined by architecture quite so explicitly. This brings me back to the days of rummaging through scrap yards for parts to build scratch models of parasitic structures for John Bell's design theory class after watching Brazil like three times in a row. Only Form:uLA does it better than I ever imagined. Plus they can draw like Jay Shuster. [Okay, almost... but better than most for sure.]

Friday, December 06, 2002

Detroit artist Glenn Barr is currently exhibiting at the La Luz de Jesus gallery here in LA. You might remember Glenn from Ren and Stimpy as well as Bjork's "I Miss You" video. 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA. 90027



Car Couture
The Petersen Automotive Museum�s current exhibition of Million Dollar Cars is really incredible. Steve McQueen�s custom Jaguar and my new favorite, the Delahaye T165 with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi made me stand and drool.
The origins of custom coachbuilding can be traced back to about 1450 in Hungary, where the first reported carriage coach was built. Constructing horse-drawn coaches for the aristocracy and landed gentry, the "carriage trade" became an honored and profitable business, one often handed down from generation to generation. While beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, there is no doubt that the firm of Figoni et Falaschi created some of the most beautiful coachwork ever seen, although there are some dissenters: Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons categorized their work as "positively indecent;" another stiff upper lip referred to Figoni et Falaschi as "Phony and Flashy." Born in Piacenza, Italy, in 1894, Giuseppe Figoni moved with his family to Paris when he was three. While still a boy he was apprenticed to a wagon builder named Vachet. By the time Figoni founded Carrosserie Automobile in Boulogne-sur-Seine near the Longchamp racecourse. Although his early commissions included Bugattis, Ballots and even the odd Duesenberg, it was his rendering of designs utilizing the French Delage chassis for which he became famous. Figoni's aerodynamic design of the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 won the Le Mans 24-Hour Races in 1932 and '33. His next sporting body was on the new Delahaye 18CV. Introduced at the Salon de Paris in 1933, it was an immediate hit, making him the coachbuilder of choice for most Delahaye customers. Figoni was, according to fellow designer Philippe Charbonneaux, "very much an artist...a master of curves and elegant lines." In 1935, Figoni went into partnership with fellow Italian Ovidio Falaschi, who had the capital Figoni needed to expand. Falaschi was also well versed in the automotive business and had his own strong ideas about styling. "We really were veritable couturiers of automotive coachwork," Falaschi recalled, "dressing and undressing a chassis one, two, three times and even more before arriving at the definitive line that we wanted to give to a specific chassis-coachwork ensemble." One of the first designs to carry the Figoni et Falaschi name, a Delahaye Type 135, featured all enveloping fenders, or "enveloppantes" as Falaschi called them. These fenders, typical of many Figoni et Falaschi creations, were formed from as many as 48 hand-hammered pieces of steel that were butt-welded together, section by section, until they gave the appearance of having been sculpted. This design concept is said to have been inspired by famed automotive artist Geo Ham's modernist paintings in the French publication L'illustration.

Also at the Geffen Contemporary -Retrofuturism: The Car Design of J Mays is the first comprehensive museum exhibition devoted to the work of an American automobile designer. The exhibit features the new Beetle and Thunderbird as well as a model of the Marc Newson Ford with its matching Mui Mui luggage.

as you can see from mike's last post, something really exciting is set to hit detroit soon. but, before we can celebrate the arrival of detroit's next legendary event, we must first bid farewell to its prototype, the fix. tonight, fri. dec. 6, is the final dosage of the fix. as a special thank you for all who have come out to support the night over the last 5 months, there will be no cover charge tonight. brendan m. gillen (aka ectomorph) and carlos souffront will be digging deep into their crates to make this one memorable send off. as an added bonus (for me, at least), tonight will also serve as a party for my 29th birthday. more music. more drinks. more bad behavior. one final fix.



We are teaming up with Blackbx and Ghostly the night after Christmas at The Shelter. This is a free preview of an as yet untitled event series. The talent consists entirely of fast rising young stars including Tadd Mullinix, Derek Plaslaiko, Matthew Dear, Mike Servito and Magda. Come early for free drinkies and listen to Jon O and I pretend to deejay in the backroom. Info here. [+ don't forget the Victoria Dark event tomorrow night!]

What good are designers anyway? Pair Affinnova with n_Gen Design Engine and you have the best thing since PageMaker 1.0 turned every wanker with a Mac Classic into a graphic designer overnight. n_Gen is actually a very innovative piece of software... a bit too much effort went into this for it to simply be the elaborate joke it looks like. n-Gen works like this: users select a style ["California Noir�" = David Carson, "Urbivore�" = Peter Saville, etc.], then plug in their own title and text, then the software apparently churns through some algorithms and pumps out a unique graphic layout. The end product is blatantly a stylistic rip-off, but a unique design nonetheless. The best part is that its free! I just downloaded a copy for the Lab, and will be futzing around with it tonight. Could lop hours or days off the design process for club flyers... or even annual reports! ;)
Ughh. So, is design dead?

Really, go download yourself a copy and we'll do a little reader/conspirator n_Gen gallery right here. The good folks at Move Design who created this thing have quite a sense of humor about it. Here is a description of the Urbivore� design module: "Feel the angst and decay of the city in the comfort of your own studio, with Urbivore�. Sophisticated, cosmopolitan and spare, four out of five professional designers agree, it's the most faithful reproduction of minimalist - post - apocalyptic - grit - chic available."

Thursday, December 05, 2002

this is the antethisis of design vision, not to mention just plain EVIL. (unless you yearn to be replaced by a focus-group based form generator)

I was watching �Requiem for a Dream� for the 100th time over the holiday and I must say Clint Mansell is quickly taking Howard Shore�s place on my list of favorite composers.
Mansell left behind a career in a groundbreaking British pop group, Pop Will Eat Itself, to compose musical scores for motion pictures. PWEI, whose deliriously rude blend of punk, pop, hip-hop, electronic, and dance music made them one of the most influential British groups of their day. The "Poppies" released seven albums between 1987 and 1996, but as the various members of the group became involved in side projects, PWEI began to splinter, and they decided to call it quits after the release of their final album, �Wise up Suckers�. After the breakup, Mansell moved to the United States, and began devoting himself to purer electronic sounds as he investigated the possibilities of film composition. In 1998, Mansell completed his first film score, for the acclaimed independent feature�Pi�; directed by Darren Aronofsky. Mansell's score received wide acclaim, and Aronofsky, used Mansell to score �Requiem for a Dream�. The success of Mansell's scores for Aronofsky quickly made him an in-demand film composer, and he scored six films in 2001 and 2002, including �Knockaround Guys�, �The Hole�, and �Murder By Numbers�.

Wednesday, December 04, 2002

Nice post Olivia! There's so much cool damn stuff going on in Detroit this month. Follow the link in the previous post to see Jeff performing a digitally hot-rodded table saw at the 2000 Detroit Electronic Music Festival, and read the rest of the article this statement was taken from: "I spent a great deal of time attached to a portable cassette recorder used for diary purposes attempting to capture conversations, experiences, numerous moments of my life. My early obsession with recording grew out of a fear of losing that time that was passing. Reflecting on my recorded life ultimately was very beneficial. Reinterpreting the fragmented perception of my everyday revealed things, things that are a foundation for my recent sound-based work."

Speaking of the DEMF, Pop Culture Media's three year contract is expired and the festival rights are currently in the hands of city council to bestow on the best team for 2003. There is the potential for Detroit's biggest annual event to simultaneously return to its grass-roots energy and be transformed into a world class cultural festival on par with SONAR in Barcelona... or even bigger and better. Right now we wait and see.

I hear Detroit has 5" of snow... Appropriately, experimental sound artist Jeff Karolski will be outside the Detroit Institute of Arts /DFT tomorrow at 6:30 performing his season/site specific "Air Conditioning".
This event will span the east side street of John R (interacting with its one way traffic), the beautiful exterior architecture of the DIA's Detroit Film Theatre and into its warm and cozy interior where concert-goers will be attending the night's music performances. (Steven Rush & Quartet in concert performing original and John Cage compositions)

Simultaneously, Jeff's outside performance will be fed to concert-goers inside, while the Theatre's inside is being projected outside.

Who is this Jeff Karolski anyway?

Tuesday, December 03, 2002



Ghostly International's next event, Victoria Dark happens this Saturday at the legendary Shelter, under St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit. Performing are Ghostly artists Matthew Dear, Kill Memory Crash [live] and Tad Mullinix, plus the talented and charming Mike Servito and a handful of special guests including Bpitch Control's Kero. All for a mere ten bucks.

UPDATE: Sam Valenti IV graced the cover of the Metro Times this past week. Read the rather detailed article about the history and future of the music industry phenomenon known as Ghostly International here.

Still no word on exactly why Control IV was prematurely shut down last Wednesday night, but you can read Rich's statement on m-nus.com. There is also a four and a half hour video stream of the evening available. Not quite like being there... Skip ahead to about 4:00 to see Sven Vaeth working up to an epic frenzy just before the cops bust in.

Dublin, by the way, was a much needed change of pace and scenery. The Irish know how to live. Imagination's Guinness museum is an outstanding example of good experience design, complete with smell-o-vision and a very swanky circular glass lounge on top of the old brewery. Thanks to Jon O and Caitlin Doyle for all the good tips. No Bono sightings, but U2 is pretty inescapable in Temple Bar pubs. We did see Sinead hanging out in a gallery.

Sunday, December 01, 2002

Having recently become a satisfied member of the Apple iPod family of owners, I�m now on the quest for the perfect accessories for my 20gb baby. Some items of note fellow iPodders may be interested in: Colette of Paris sells the limited edition Dior Homme case designed by Hedi Slimane (Hedi's iPod playlist includes: '80s hits from The Smiths, Blondie and The Clash.) While DVForge has created their stunning DVBase for desktop exhibitionists.

Saturday, November 30, 2002

Another event tonight presented by the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit: LINK: The Frequency. It's part 3 of 4 events in a re-introduction series by the organization. Held within the confines of LINK: The Exhibition, eyes meet ears with live performances by Matthew Dear (Ghostly's Spectral Sound/Plus 8) and Tamion 12 Inch (Ersatz Audio); and DJ sets by the masterful Carlos Souffront as well as by Neptune Sound System and Paris '68. Doors 9pm, all ages. [Due to illness, Theorem will not play for tonight's event. We hope he feels better soon!]

Thursday, November 28, 2002

Control IV busted. Time to move to a real city so we can have some fun.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Great big thanks to Fontmonster.com and Binah.org [viva Chicas Latinas] for linking up Burnlab. Fontmonster is a great resource in tasty bitmap crispness, and Biah is a Costa Rican based site with some great content, run by - from what I gather - a group of very talented Latin chica designers. It was more than flattering to see Burnlab listed between John Maeda and GMUNK. Wish I could read Spanish...

Israel posted this piece of Flash anime over on ARCHINECT, and I still can't figure out if it's for real or not... superbly twisted: Show You, Show Me.

There is a simple web page for The Necto's New Years Eve party up here and the final print graphics are here. Perhaps proof that sick minds think alike, or maybe bubbles<>records are the hot thing in the collective unconscious, Tom M�ller just did a drop-dead gorgeous job for Addiction, with some nicely animated bubbles. He and Ash Wood have also just launched Popbot World. Mr. M�ller is just too good for his own good ;)

Shannon and I are off to Dublin for the holiday, so I will be off-line until next week. [I trust the conspirators to hold down the fort.] Happy Turkey Day to all!

Monday, November 25, 2002

horror and wind
takashi miike (fudoh, audition, dead or alive, ichi the killer, city of lost souls, visitor q, etc.) is one of the most prolific and disturbing film makers working today. landmark theatres in chicago will host a free screening of his "happiness of the katakuris" november 30. register here.

to be hosted by capone of aint it cool news.

The top 20 Computer.Love poster contest finalists are up here. Apparently the other editors didn't disagree with all of my selections ;) Here were my top five picks:
one two three four five

In the 'thought you had seen it all' category: Eminem's family home is for sale on eBay. Bidding is at over $11 million so far. What would someone with that kind of money do with a dump in Warren? Please don't say museum... The official site is too funny. Here is an excerpt: "Two lower bedrooms, with energy-efficient fluorescent lighting and period suspended ceilings." Sweet.

Minus Records just received a really nice, tight re-design by the talented Craig Kroeger - best known as Milwaukee's god of pixel fonts. The all new Minus site features a wealth of media and information, including some super-rare videos. Check Craig's other work at miniml.com, and see Rich tonight at Filter 14 in NYC, and Wednesday at City Club in Detroit for Control IV.

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Rumor has it that both Magda and I are playing records at the Shelter in Detroit on December 26th. You saw '8 Mile', right? You know all about the Shelter then. (Oh, and that's right, I don't know how to DJ.)

Friday, November 22, 2002

John Balousek reports on some great stuff going on around his current home town of Tokyo:



The Electraglide festival at Makuhari Messe [where the Tokyo Motor Show is held] happens Friday, Dec. 13th and features Kraftwerk and Squarepusher. Kraftwerk and Squarepusher! Egh, Sasha is there too... You know what we think of trance around here.

I've been asking for years why Kraftwerk has never played the D.E.M.F., and apparently the reason is $100,000. Fair enough.

Also in the neighborhood, the RESFEST hits Harajuku this weekend, and there is an M.C. Escher exhibit wrapping up at the Bunkamura Museum in Shibuya.

Back in Brooklyn, our good friends at OLEX are throwing a loft party this Saturday with a very impressive DJ line-up. Info here.

[Swiped from NewsToday.com] This is way below our normal standards... well... here: Laptops dangerous to pee-pee.

Arthur C Clarke's 3001 contained a detailed description of what the Earth would look like in the next millennium. His vision included four continental pylons that would act as elevators to an outer living ring in lower orbit. You could essentially walk up to one of the pylons, get in an elevator car and head into space. HighLift Systems has taken a page from Clarke and have feverishly been working on developing a space elevator. They are working right now towards a near goal of testing a prototype. Read more about it here.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

myself and delia will be in new york this fri. through tues.
hope to see many of you out and around, throughout the weekend.

It's a far cry from early-nineties Olympia, Washington, where Kathleen Hanna, as the lead singer of the critically acclaimed feminist punk band Bikini Kill screamed songs about incest and rape and "Revolution Girl Style Now", Bikini Kill and Kathleen provided the soundtrack to the thrilling, self-aware, radical-feminist phenomenon known as the Riot Grrrl movement. In 1998 the band broke up and Kathleen moved to NYC where she formed Le Tigre (one of my favorites) with artists Johanna Fateman and Sadie Benning (later replaced by J. D. Samson). Recently Kathleen has opened a gallery in SoHo at at 186 1/2 Spring Street. The first exhibit was "The Lesbian Calendar Show," a series of haunting, eye-poppingly colorful prints by L.A. photographer Cass Bird that depict androgynous bandmate Samson as a variety of male archetypes -- the lifeguard, the pool guy, the caddy.
The gallery's next show opens November 21 (Hanna has the Spring Street location only until January and is now looking for another space) and features Tammy Rae Carland's "Beds and Letters," photographs of lesbians' beds and collages of ransom notes. (Carland, who lives in Durham, South Carolina, is the co-owner of Le Tigre's label, Mr. Lady Records.)

Speaking of facades - The Gap
Martin Rendel and Ren� Spitz have been using The Gap as an office for their advertising agency since early 1999. The Cologne-based architects B&K+ suspended a couple of concrete floors between neighbours� walls, provided a staircase, a certain amount of infrastructure,and glass facades fitted at the front and rear 2,56 metres wide, 33 metres long and 6 storeys high. Once a year the advertising agency invites three international designers to use the ground floor of their office for a joint project. The only limitations are the architecture and the chosen theme.



(Greg Lynn�s contribution to �expanding the gap� is now part of the design exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich)

Cheers to Mike Doyle & Brian Kritzman for a great evening of design discussion at Galapagos on Tuesday. Judging by the audience reaction, some continuing public symposium for conceptual design ideas/projects would be well-received. (Especially one where the Bombay Sapphire flows like water). Mike & Brian showed a great combination of consumer-driven & conceptual work -- a strong body of thoughtful design. nice job.

Liz is moderating a panel discussion on Detroit music this Saturday as part of the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit's LINK series. [Info below and more on Audio Interference.]

Re:sounding Detroit: a comparative presentation and discussion of music created in the Motor City
Participants: Lars Bjorn, Ben Edmonds & Dan Sicko; Moderated by Liz Copeland
Saturday, November 23rd, 3-5 pm
Bernath Auditorium inside the David Adamany Undergraduate Library on the campus of Wayne State University
Free and open to the public

For those who may not be familiar, CAID is a big deal and a great thing for Detroit and the greater art community. The recently reborn non-profit is dedicated to promoting and providing a support network for artists working in various media - from sculpture to music to film. Watch for exciting things from this group, led by Detroit Contemporary founder and Detroit Artists Market director Aaron Timlin and a visionary board of directors which includes Ersatz founder Adam Lee Miller, Pilot Pictures' Riva Sayegh and of course, our own Andy and Liz among other community leaders.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Great big thanks to everyone who made it out for the Engram/Core77 OffSite last night. Over 300 people attended, which is about twice comfortable capacity at Galapagos! Everyone seemed to have great time though. Photos to come.

I was digging around on Core77 and found the great website of Portland based industrial design consultants Fuse. (Not to be confused with SF based design powerhouse Fuse Project.)

More on MoSex: SHoP didn't actually design the Museum of Sex, though they do have an interesting proposal at their site. A firm called Cleanroom is credited. Cleanroom did design a really interesting facade treatment, which should be a cool landmark on 5th Ave, when completed. The interior unfortunately just smacks of being thrown together and the exhibits are an injustice to the content. There are discussions on the design here and here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

Museum? of Sex
SHoP - But we have expensive computers, we must be good architects. See the building has blobby skin, people have skin, people have sex, see it all makes perfect sense.....

Brian Kritzman and I went to The Changing of the Avant-Garde exhibit at the MoMAQns on Saturday - which is to die for. I fell in love with drawing all over again. The on-line exhibit is stunning as well: the handiwork of For Office Use Only. The Drawing Now exhibit is also brilliant, and the 'greatest hits' from the MoMA's permanent collection just floored me. I'd seen all the pieces before, but never have been in a room of such an intense concentration of pivotal work. Wow. Great new building as well. This was a real treat after being swindled out of $17 each for admission to the recently opened and much hyped Museum of Sex. This is hands down the WORST museum I've ever been to. Junk exhibit design, junk floorplan, junk craftsmanship, junk lighting, junk, junk, junk. I think I actually heard that it cost about two dollars per square foot to build, and I think they were ripped off. The staff was nice enough I suppose, and the content was what it was. I guess its impressive to build a space with nothing but a stack of drywall, a Sawzall, chewing gum, and some left over latex paint. It seems like they're trying to make some money fast and close up in a few months. Maybe its business as elaborate performance art? Even so... junk. MoMA... rocks.

See all you NYC kids at Galapagos tonight!

Its time for me to start pitching ideas for Urb Magazine's Next 100 issue. Anyone have some ideas? Electronic artist who are just on the cusp of breaking though? Don't worry too much about if they're too old or too obscure. Throw me an e-mail with names (and maybe a url if its convenient) and i'll figure if its do-able. send 'em joshua_glazer@hotmail.com

Thanks for the input.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

Another (way south of) 8-Mile report:
For nearly three weeks, I had to weave through barricades, lighting rigs, and trailers while they were filming Marshall Mathers' pic, 8-mile. It was worth it though. I have to admit that my neighborhood has never looked better!

If you Detroit ex-pats out there want to see a really good movie about your hometown (besides Blue Collar or Collision Course) see Standing in the Shadows of Motown. It almost made me cry. Okay I cried. Cut me some slack, I live in the ghetto.

I don't know if this information has made it here yet, but Burnlab's own creator/designer Michael Doyle is participating in a design discussion/fun event this Tuesday evening at Galapagos in Brooklyn. Also participating are fellow Burnlabers Brian Kritzman (on the design end) and Dave Pinter (on the music end). Magda is there too! This looks like a good event. Full details on the Core77 site.

Saturday, November 16, 2002



Motor is gone. Sardine Bar is gone. What to do in Detroit on New Years Eve? Above is a sneak peek at the flyer for the NYE party at The Necto in Ann Arbor Michigan: featuring John Acquaviva, Matthew Dear and Paxahau. Stay tuned right here for more info in the coming week.

Friday, November 15, 2002

Thinkblank is sponsoring their Secret Santa gift giving program again this holiday season. All you need to participate is an Amazon wishlist. You tell Santa a little about yourself and then on December the 10th you find out who you're buying a present for. Check it out here.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

opening in nyc:
audc exhibit
Cardboard Orthogonal Blob and four other projects
emergent 03 (soho)

i caught the lecture by neil denari a few nights ago at SCI-Arc and left happy. as a former student of neil's i had to support the man! very interesting recent work, including a new home in mt. washington (between eagle rock and pasadena, los angeles). his final statement was "i do not care about drawing, and never have. i only care about design."

also, for fans of true horror - check out hideo nakata's latest atmospheric nightmare-maker "dark water". nakata is best known as the director of "the ring", an amazing and truly horrifying film recently remade as a whack (as the rappers would say) PG-13 disaster stateside. both "dark water" and "the ring" are available on dvd from better stockists.

30th anniversary of Archigram



Ever since the Archigram Magazine was founded and produced its first exhibition, "Living City" at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, in 1963, the Archigram group (Peter Cook and his associates Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb) set itself the task not of revolutionizing architecture, but rather, of the way of thinking about it. The limits of its investigation were the relationship between cities and the new technologies of information, movement and perception. Subjects of inquiry were pop culture and new and advanced technology which lead to such inventions as:
Walking City - a self-contained mobile pod of urban elements.
The Suitaloon - a garment which converts into a dwelling.
Living Pod - an add-on domicile with all modern conveniences.
Blow-Out Village - an entire temporary city which inflates from a hovercraft.
Cushicle - a vehicle which becomes a private cubicle/chaise longue.
Bathamatic - automatic bathing and relaxation device.

Spacelab (which is Peter Cook with Colin Fournier) recently won the international competition of the New Museum of Modern Art in the city of Graz, Austria. This year, the Archigram Group received the important architectural award, the Royal Institute of British Architectures Royal Gold Medal.

Kaspa System
The first winner of the Saatchi & Saatchi Innovation in Communication award
was Leslie Kay, awarded for his Kaspa System. The Kaspa System uses sonar in the same way that bats use sonar to navigate. It acts as a vision substitute for use by the blind and visually impaired. Where in the past the blind were confined to a sightless existence, the Kaspa System now enables them to 'see with sound'.
2002 award :
Finalists announced: Friday 24 January 2003.
Winner announced: Friday 14 February, 2003
The panel is:
Lateral thinking pioneer Edward de Bono.
Maverick musician David Byrne.
Portrait artist Chuck Close.
Supercomputer inventor Danny Hillis.
Sony executive VP and former Astroboy scriptwriter Dr Kenji Kitatani.
Visionary architect and urban designer Rem Koolhaas.
Cyberguru John Maeda.
NASA veteran Dr. Story Musgrave.
Opera, film and theatre director extraordinaire Julie Taymor.

I started two discussion threads to generate data for the previously mentioned IDSA conference. Please feel free to add your opinions, as the more responses the more dynamic the final visualization will be. Also, this is not restricted to industrial designers or designers at all. Design by democracy!
IDSA survey thread at Archinect | IDSA survey thread at Core77
Thanks in advance

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Recent additions to the library...

I think it's apparent to most readers just how much I adore the work of Elizabeth Diller and Ric Scofidio. I'm also a huge freak about the aesthetics of science and documentation, and study of the creative process [hence an obsession with artists like Candy Jernigan, Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell.] For those who may not have picked it up yet, Diller+Scofidio's latest publication, Blur: The Making of Nothing just collapses my world. It is one of the most exhaustive documentations of design process ever put to print. Weighing in as a hefty little brick of a book [something Koolhaas surely approves of], Blur follows the story of their "non-building" created for the 2002 Swiss National Expo from the initial invitation through the physical realization. It collects faxes, e-mail correspondences, thumbnail sketches, meeting notes, newspaper clippings, hundreds of never before published drawings, photos and test results. This compendium of raw data is organized and presented chronologically with little editorial filtering. Every idea, ego clash, stumbling block and solution is presented as it happened - often with letterheads, e-mail addresses and the like intact. As extraordinary as Blur [the building] is, Blur [the book] is a remarkable work of art and science in its own right.

Another great book about documentation I recently picked up is Mapping: An Illustrated Guide to Graphic Navigational Systems, edited by Roger Fawcett-Tang for RotoVision Publishing. Mapping provides up-to-the-minute examples of information design and cartography for print, web and physical environments. Some featured designers include Imagination, Sagmeister, Attik and Lust. The editorial content is straight forward and insightful, and the selected projects are strictly content driven, yet show a broad range of highly creative communication techniques.

I'm honored to announce that Engram Design has recently been appointed Graphics Chair for the 2003 IDSA National Conference in New York City. This is a pro-bono project of a scale I have yet to fully comprehend, but am excited to be working with heavy hitters Smart Design, Ecco Design, and our good friends at Core77. To prepare for this project I'm currently re-reading Invisible Cities and Delirious New York. I'm also preparing a survey which will possibly determine some of the content of the print collateral, web site and on-site multimedia. More info soon.


COMPUTER.LOVE poster contest update

The deadline has ended and all 350+ submissions are available for viewing at COMPUTER.LOVE.net The editors now begin the process of selecting the top 20 finalists, which will be narrowed down to three designs. These will be produced and distributed to the media and leaders in the design world to celebrate COMPUTER.LOVE's anniversary and kick off version two this winter.

After spending yet another hour last night at the bookstore, surgically attached to the latest music I.V. device (which I think is wonderful for those who love music and don't have the luxury of a high speed internet connection at home and yearn to hear a 30 second blurb from nearly every CD recording still being issued or you have an even remote interest in) I stumbled over a CD by Koop, on Jazzanova Compost Recordings. A fantastic effort. Also picked up the new Sigur Ros release, which was just as I expected - great winter music. I was hooked on their first release in 1998, along with the soundtrack to "Angels of the Universe" two years ago. My wife categorizes the band in her "get people to leave your house after the party is winding down and you really want to get to bed music".

"Last call was 30 minutes ago, time to get going or do I have to pull out Sigur Ros?!"

Works well I have to admit. People can't find their way to the door fast enough.

Monday, November 11, 2002

Slow Economy Dept: It's never a good thing when an independant record store disappears, we here in NYC lost Temple early in the year. It appeared that Throb was next on the list after weeks of the roll up metal gate staying down. Happened to get this news the other day though.
Throb re-opens FRIDAY November 8TH at noon at 47 ORCHARD STREET between Grand St. & Hester St.
(south of Delancey St. and two blocks north of Canal St.) Nearby subways are the F, J, M and the Grand St. shuttle. There are also bus lines near and public parking in front. Hours will be noon to 9 Mon-Sat. & 1-9 Sun. same as before.

Because of the overwhelming support so many of you showed during our moving/closing sale last week we were able to afford to move at the last minute. The front half of the shop will be ready first with new releases and recent stock. The following week we will open the back half where we will continue price reductions at 50% OFF on thousands of records and cds since we realize how many of you love a good deal. The new space is a work in progress on a shoestring budget, Ideas and feedback considered, write tribe@throb.com
A Massive Thanks to all of you for your patronage, and for caring.
It's inspiring....and keeps us going.
xoxo Throb

I love an underdog.

Sometimes you fall for the hype. Sometimes you don't.
I'm totally feeling the new (first?) UK hip-hop sensations, The Streets. Despite the name, it's a one man project by Mike Skinner, whose debut album Original Pirate Material, is a fantastic mix of garage/two-step beats and ultra-laddish British rapping about smoking spliffs and taking mushrooms and raving til dawn. Its enough to make you jealous, thinking about how the cultural cross-over of dance/indie/hip-hop is so prevailant in the UK. Just to give you an idea how British this is, Skinner peppers every track with the word "Geezer", the same way US rappers gotta pack "N***er" into every verse. It's total -flavor of the month-, but if nothing else, "It's Too Late, is definately the pop song most likely to get stuck in your head for a week or two.

And speaking of hip-hop hype...
I gotta say how dissapointed I was with 8 Mile. And for all the reasons you wouldn't expect. In its effort to be a serious film, showing Eminem as a break-though talent, the movie honestly could have used some more Hollywoodization because it is BORING. Eminem doesn't sing one friggin' song. Imagine Purple Rain without any of the music scenes. Pretty lame huh? The Detroit aspect is nice, although the suspension of disbelief gets tested when you see the kids park their cars in the Michigan Theater, then walking on over to the Chin Tiki. As if those two places are right next to each other (As If both those places weren't chained shut). And it turns out the "Shelter" is actually a facade that they built amongst some taller buildings down around Griswold area. Its surreal. You know its not the Shelter, but there is a side-alley scene just like the one next to St. Andrews. So actually, the film might be worth it to natives just for the Bizarro Detroit effect. But overall, 8 Mile isn't anywhere near Oscar quality. And its far too flat for mindless pop-movie appeal.

Saturday, November 09, 2002

Apparently this week's theme is infrastructure, urban ruins and trains. Sorry for the late posting of this, but for those who can make it, well worth checking out:

Ars Subterranea: An Exhibit on Underground New York

Ars Subterranea celebrates its inaugural event - an art exhibit about subterranean New York - by taking its audience underground. Literally.
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Sunday, November 10, 2002, 12 to 4 PM in the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

Corner of Court St/Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
Meet at the clock of the Independence Bank
$10, $8 for senior citizens/students with ID

The exhibit features photos, videos, a sound installation and a site-specific performance piece relating to the history and topography of subterranean New York. This is the first art presentation about this city's underground that is held in an actual underground location.

Contributing artists include:

Photos by Margaret Morton, Julia Solis, Joseph Anastasio, Chris Beauchamp, Christos Pathiakis, and others

Sound installation by Hans-Christoph Steiner
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Videos by Bryan Papciak and Jeff Sias
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� and a special performance by Sxip Shirey at 3 PM

The setting for this exhibit is the historic Atlantic Avenue tunnel, the world's first train tunnel built below a city street. The event is organized in cooperation with the tunnel's proprietor, Bob Diamond, and the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association.

Please be aware that the tunnel can only be entered via a short ladder inside a manhole and that you may want to dress accordingly. We will assist anyone who may require help.
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For those who may not be familiar, the Atlantic Avenue tunnel was literally lost and forgotten for 140 years. [Somewhat like the old flushing tunnel for the nearby Gowanus Canal which was recently reopened, bringing marine life back to the industrial heart of Brooklyn.] Through personal research, Bob Diamond pinpointed the only existing egress to the 2000' tunnel in the 1980s and has become its caretaker. Mr. Diamond also operates the Brooklyn Historic Railway Association and continues to work toward restoring trolley service [right through my neighborhood] along New York harbor between Red Hook and Brooklyn Heights.

Friday, November 08, 2002

"...and it was like, bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep bleep..."
- Ellen Feiss, Student
The girl, the commericial, the website: It'sEllen Feiss. The iSwitch add featuring student Ellen Feiss has generated somewhat of a cult following. Be sure to check out the iswitch song under Ellen music.
Thanks Benn.

anyone living in new york and interested in jazz should check out the mingus big band at the time cafe in the east village. this 14-piece band is dedicated to playing the work of jazz giant charles mingus, the late bassist, pianist and composer of the 50�s 60�s and 70�s whose turbulent group-improvisational compositions differed greatly from those of his solo-oriented contemporaries. i had a chance to see them last night at la palau de la musica (a concert hall in the "modernista" style typified by antoni gaudi) as part of the barcelona jazz festival. if you�re not so interested in jazz but like music, check it out anyway. you�ll probably be surprised

Thursday, November 07, 2002

Announcing the reintroduction of The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit. This is a project that I've been dedicating much of my time towards. Fellow art enthusiasts (which includes music enthusiasts!) and Detroiters are sure to recognize some of the people within the organization and taking part in the exhibit. The exhibit is this Saturday night. Details and my own commentary are on my site as well. Coming up in the near future: Re:sounding Detroit, a symposium with 3 authors who've written books on music in Detroit. We're crazy and we're unpaid - check us out!

Next Thursday Kaiju Big Battle returns to Manhattan for a night of mayhem at the Roxy, with special guest DJs Nikki-Z and Justine D. "Kaiju Big Battle is a modern conflict of epic proportions." If grown men wrestling in foam rubber monster suits LIVE is your thing, don't miss this.

Israel's mother will be proud: here are photos of a garden installation he just completed at the Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills. I've also been encouraged to check out the Blue Diamond 68 exhibit at the Artisits Space in SoHo, featuring some work Mr. Kandarian did while with George Yu Architects. Organized by Michael Speaks and Neil Denari, the exhibition "explores the frameworks of time and scale in contemporary design practice [and] rethinks conventions." Any excuse to go to SoHo is a good excuse to go play at the Apple store and slide down 'the wave' at Prada on a potato sack.

I came across two great portfolio sites yesterday >>
From Core77: Brian Michael Gossett, a.k.a. Gray Matter Dsgn.
From Archinect: Josh Ashcroft, a.k.a. Surphasia/Psycho-Mullet.

Wednesday, November 06, 2002

Apple announces new PowerBooks today which are both less expensive and much better equipped than expected: 1GHz G4, 64MB video card and the first slot loading DVD-writer. (New iBooks too.)

i had basically given up on looking for decent dj mix cd's when one caught my eye by being culled from a night in nitsa in barcelona.. globalunderground's james lavelle:barcelona is a heavy, brooding but very danceable 2 cd set from the mo' wax founder and UNKLE co-founder. the first (and more interesting) cd is mostly breakbeat -dubby,electro,tribal- while the second is mostly house -deep,techy,electro...not an easy one to describe (which is good) and a surprise from a label known more in the past for its deep, trancey house compilations. highly recommended for anyone who likes their dancefloor to surprise a bit more than it does

Tuesday, November 05, 2002

Levi's RED has the latest Donald Graham photos online, which are also appearing in this month's PAPER magazine, including Ladytron, Princess Superstar and the girls from W.I.T.

Our friend Jared in London sends along two great links on modern ruins:

Aptly titled, Modern-Ruins.com showcases the photography of Phillip Buehler, who has been documenting 20th century ruins such as Cape Canaveral, Coney Island and ARMAC ("the airplane graveyard") for decades. The 360� QTVR images are stunning.

An old favorite, Lowell Boileau's The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit remains an essential living document of the city. I've spent hours here exploring the city I thought I knew - always finding new bits of information or hidden architectural gems.

Jared also encourages us to check out the work of science fiction author Steve Aylett. The comprehensive world of the Accomplice series is documented here. The artifacts section is rather interesting, with references to Max Ernst and automata masters the Brothers Quay.

And a big welcome to our newest conspirator Marcus, who represents the great state of Missouri and consistently provides some of the wittiest commentary on the ARCHINECT forums. Check out some of his work here. This is a guy who designed an architectural device for having conversations with aliens. Right on.

Monday, November 04, 2002

i finally get around to posting. a promise to be better. grazie michael.

Monday in Detroit...
If I was there, I'd go see original DMF performer Jeff Karolski's experimental set as DJ;Turntable w/Needle Frozen In Ice=hot\cold mix (yes- it's really frozen), Windy & Carl (Kranky Records) and Stars Of The Lid (Kranky Records) http://www.brainwashed.com/sotl/

Detroit Art Space///////////////101E.Baltimore (@JohnR) 10pm tonight...

Saturday, November 02, 2002

Speaking of NYC trains, Friends of the High Line is a community group dedicated to the preservation and transformation of the unused elevated freight track running though Chelsea. Check out their well designed and informative web site.



NYCsubway.org is an unbelievably comprehensive resource for all things related to the largest subway system in the world. There are thousands of photos, diagrams and maps covering everything from construction techniques to car rosters to maintenance facilities and scrap yards. The collection of construction documents for the 1939 World's Fair Railroad is a fine example of the beauty of the internet as an information resource.

Friday, November 01, 2002

Geek speak:
I've been hanging on to a trusty G3 500/20 PowerBook for exactly two years now, in anticipation of purchasing a new Titanium model this fall. This was hinging on wide speculation that Apple's pro laptops would sport a 1GHz G4, a faster system bus, a 64MB graphics card and possibly DVD-R/W. The latest reports in the rumor mill point to 867 and 933 MHz models with none of the other improvements [motherboard speed my biggest chagrin.] Hm. We might wait and see if Apple rolls out the almost mythical 64-bit G5 models at MacWorld Expo in January. Or not. In any case, if you're thinking about a new PowerBook, wait at least until November 6th!

There's also this thing, which appears to be magazine ad paste-up for a new device. No telling if it's just a fake or not, but certainly interesting - considering that Microsoft is supposed to release its Tablet PC on November 7th. [update]: The above 7.4" PowerBook 'thing' is a indeed a Japan-market only Sony Vaio U1 with an Apple logo PhotoShopped on and the keyboard lopped off. Someone's wishful thinking.

The beautiful new-to-the-US-market Sony Vaio W-series still looks really good as a digital home entertainment center. Check out the nice Flash piece for it: styled, designed and directed by our own BitBoy.

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Why wait for the government to implant you with a tracking device: "Get chipped!" Is this some sick Orwellian practical joke? Uh-uh. Verichip is FDA approved and the Chip-mobile is coming to your town. Hide the children. Surprisingly, John Ashcroft isn't even behind this one... though I'm sure it gives him a big ol' grin.

swayzak performing live in los angeles friday night at the king king on hollywood boulevard. tickets are (supposedly) available through the e l m. (although i cannot find my way through their site). i'll get mine at the door.

I'm just recovering from San Francisco's first electroclash event, and while I've been to more electronic music event's than I care (or am able) to remember, few enjoyed the fun atmosphere and great energy of this weekend. I've posted lots of snapshots at iRobotnik, just be warned there's about 1MB of photos, so be patient.

Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Opening today is the new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum entitled New Hotels for Global Nomads. I was in attendance for last nights members only preview party. The evening drew a full house and while being good for rubbing shoulders with the uptown crowd, seeing the whole exhibition was difficult. The show is the first of its kind to document contemporary hotel design in the context of lifestyle. There are a number of commissioned works including a wavy business suite designed by Joel Sanders called '24/7'. While the exhibition focuses on the throughly modern, I couldn't help look at it with a more nostalgic eye. With most airlines deep in the red and the fat business travel accounts of the late 90's gone, the exhibition represents a lifestyle few can find ways to fund on expense reports these days. The exhibition runs through March 2, 2003.

Monday, October 28, 2002

Julie Taymor, one of my favorite directors, has a new movie depicting the life of artist Frida Kahlo (played by Salma Hayek). Taymor's past productions range from original musicals and Shakespeare -- Juan Darien and Titus Andronicus -- to classical operas and original films -- The Magic Flute, Stravinksky's opera-oratorio Oedipus Rex, and Fool's Fire. She has collaborated with distinguished artists Jessye Norman, Seiji Ozawa, and Zubin Mehta, and with topnotch stage and film actors, including Avery Brooks '70. Taymor's awards include a Tony for Juan Darien, an Emmy for Oedipus Rex, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE awards and the Brandeis Creative Arts Award. Taymor's first movie "Titus" was a visually stunning depiction of the Shakespearean play. I can only imagine that "Frida" will be equally fantastic.

Julie Taymor and Salma Hayek discuss "Frida"
10/30/02 - Barnes & Noble - Union Square
Flatiron/Union Square
33 E. 17th St.
New York, NY
(212) 253-0810

A side note: The dream sequences in "Titus" were done by Kyle Cooper and Imaginary Forces whom you might remember from the opening score to the movie "Seven". Their work is really great.


Sometimes the truth is so funny it's not so funny: switch.com/pissed

Sunday, October 27, 2002

BURNLAB.RADIO update
We are getting close to developing an appropriate format for streaming audio. if anyone has been following recent news about copyright law, you are aware this is not a good time to start up a web radio station... or any radio station for that matter. Nonetheless, Burnlab is committed to promoting artists we admire - working in all media - and providing our users a resource to learn about and experience the best and most innovative work being created today. BURNLAB.RADIO will help establish this site as a finger on the pulse of the underground, and [thanks to our diverse and talented editorial staff] provide educated insights on the material we cover. The hope is that by exposing people to certain music, they will be inclined to purchase something they would not have known about otherwise. In that respect, we find it foolish that any record label would take issue with this broadcast. We do plan to honor the request of any copyright holders to remove specific material.

We have ruled out Live365 and other third party broadcast services. Streaming media will come directly from our server. It will most likely not be a SHOUTcast station. The reason for this is that radio content will be a feature of the "Burnlab package" as explained above, and is not intended as a stand-alone radio station. The station(s) will be programmed by a team of editors around the world, and feature new music, rare selections and historically significant favorites. I am still very interested to hear what specific features people would like see. Mail here.

On the subject, I'm using the alpha version of WINAMP Mac right now, and loving the sound quality and functionality. Highly recommended media player. Also, do check out Epitonic Radio. It allows you to create dynamic playlists from different genres and features a selection of new music I'm frankly envious of. Epitonic also offers quality editorial content and MP3 downloads.



Finally, a reminder to all that this Wednesday is Devil's Night. Our associates at Ghostly International and DJ Hell himself descend on Brooklyn to the delight of electropunks and art school freaks.

Saturday, October 26, 2002

Last night at Paxahau's Tinnitus event, I had my head completely twisted around by some fantastic techno. It was three live PAs of funky, compelling and really really original ssslllooowwww-techno. First was a live PA by Swiss producer Luciano. Heavily delayed dub style pianos over really slick mid-era Speedy J-esq beats. You can get the almost full effect by checking out his not-so-live CD 'Live @ Weetamix. That was followed by a less compelling set by current bleep-bleep golden boy Akufen. Although the set was average, it would be wrong of me to not mention his incredible remix of Cabaret Voltaire's classic "Nag Nag Nag coming out this month on Novamute. The night ended with a set by Perlon artist Dandy Jack who was joined by Luciano in what became a three hour tour-de-force of dueling laptops. I'll let everyone know when Paxahua post the archives from this amazing night.

just back from a whirlwind u.s. trip...cool to see fellow editors tony, olivia and mike in brooklyn and catch a beer (or 10) in buttermilk......as i told mike, a nice new engram tshirt is being proudly worn thru the streets of barcelona. biggest design-related surprise of my trip was the quality of some of the restaurants and bars in las vegas...unfortunately i wasn�t able to find any good links but the mandalay bay resort has a couple of spots sporting over-the-top design worthy of a batman movie.............................................next weekend is the annual artfutura festival in barcelona, which features the best of computer generated art from the past year, with highlights including the "kinetic light sculptures" of paul friedlander and radical software group�s carnivore project,based on software with the same name used by the fbi to monitor internet activity.sounds interesting (i had to say that or else i might be on some fbi blacklist)...........................................guilty pleasure alert (don�t read more if that leadup worries you)...if the coming of crisp fall nights makes you feel like reminiscing about unrequited highschool love while wandering the leaf strewn parks, buy the new coldplay... just don�t admit it to anyone

Friday, October 25, 2002

Sad but typical? Doc's move to China...
Why burn out when you can fade away? I say make less, not more.



Lifted from Core77: Superfuture city style guide. Also see the gorgeous new Sony Vaio W Series. Now available in the US. If it only came with a decent OS...

Lifted from Computerlove: We Come in Peace... nice! And check out the great work and clever interface of Emil Olsson's portfolio, Selected.Work.

Thursday, October 24, 2002

all the "news" someone deemed fit to print.

The Designers Republic have taken the wraps off their first retail venture in Tokyo. The store shares the name of their online shop, The Peoples Bureau For Consumer Information. Anyone with plans to be in the area, here's the address: 5-18-8 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo.
Also of note, there is an interview with Ian Anderson here in English and Japanese.

Smooth move Microsoft.

Our friends at Red Antenna are celebrating the release of their forthcoming compilation, "The New Electric Policy 2" this Friday [Oct. 25], 9pm at Subtonic: 107 Norfolk, Lower East Side NYC.
Festivities include live performances from Karl Zeiss and Variable-X, plus visual art from the Red Antenna agitprop department and Polar Bear Club resident guru, Giles Hendrix.

Also Friday night, the visionary and multitalented Carl Craig DJs at the legendary club Zouk in Singapore.

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Just in: Fischerspooner are to perform at Irving Plaza on November 19th with very special guest DJ Hell. There will be a 9pm and a Midnight show, and those on the mailing list can purchase tickets in advance. We of course encourage all of you to go to the Midnight show, so you can make our much hyped lecture-slash-party at Galapagos Art Space beforehand. We have not confirmed if this is instead of or in addition to the rumored FS performance on Halloween night. (Perhaps Karl can lend some insight?)

Rich and Sven's new mix CD is released next week. Pre-order directly from Mute.

Tuesday, October 22, 2002

entertaining interview with moving units.



One of the many projects in varying states of completion here at the Lab is a web site for The Fix [see events, left.] Here is a preview of a new feature: Fix Sketchbook documents many of my scribbles for the club flyers and identity of the ongoing electro party, presented as a 57 inch wide JPEG file. + We've archived all the flyers in one place for your viewing pleasure: Fix Flyer Gallery

Sunday, October 20, 2002

We're seriously investigating BURNLAB.RADIO [a.k.a. streaming music programmed by your favorite B-lab conspirators.] I'm leaning toward going with Live365, but would like any input from our readers on personal experience with different streaming media hosts. Of course we'd like to keep costs to a minimum, but only want to do it if will be a valuable feature for our users. Insight and comments much appreciated.

I got a little preview of Computerlove V2, and I have to say it will be the best and most dynamic resource on the internet for visual design. Can't say more or they'll kill me, but be prepared to be impressed... sometime before end of the year.

Got Berlin on your mind, Mr. Clark? ;) Marius should be moved there soon. Definitely looking forward to having a Burnlab representative based in the world capitol of underground culture.

Daniel Miller (of Mute Records, Depeche Mode fame) has a radio show, the "Miller Hour". Check it out in RealAudio at Radio Eins in Berlin.

MORVERN CALLAR:
The new film from Lynn Ramsay will be in UK cinemas from November 1st. The film recently caused a stir at the Edinburgh Film Festival and has now been nominated for seven awards at the British Independent Film Awards. The soundtrack is released on Warp at the start of November and features Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada and Broadcast alongside other tracks from Ween, Can, Stereolab, the Velvet Underground and more.

The new �Do You Know Squarepusher� album has been set free.The CD version comes with an hour long live recording of The Pusher in action.
Boards of Canada�s seminal �Twoism� will be released on November 25th

Designed by Deborah Berke Architects, Plane Space is a new gallery space in an old firehouse located in the historic district of the West Village. The gallery's programming will consist of a wide range of media by emerging to mid-career artists from the US and abroad.
The new space for the Lehmann-Maupin gallery designed by Rem Koolhaus might be worth a look- 540 West 26 Street

Ich habe eine Traum in Deutch
They say the recent Golden Age in Berlin is over. Potsdamer Platzwas a flop, bars have closed, new record labels are out of business and some people have moved elsewhere. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 the city has poured over $500 billion into a city wide overhaul. Daniel Libeskind�s Jewish Museum and Sir Norman Foster's Reichstag Dome have become the architectural symbols of the new era in Berlin.
The art, fashion, & music collective of the Berlin has found a new raison d'�tre and with it comes the offspring of innovation and creativity which hasn�t graced the city in a long while. So is the Golden Age kauputt? The following Berliners disagree.

Stadtkind Ellen Allien owner of Bpitch Control started her career with the fall of the wall and is one of the hottest DJs Berlin. Credit for her great web site goes to Pfadfinderei a Berlin-based graphic design firm of 12 responsible for the monthly multi-sensory entertainment at WMF
Electro fans love the smutty stylings of the hypersexual hedonist Peaches on Berlin record label Kitty-Yo Records. Peaches was one the co founders of the label in 1993 along with Patrick Wagner from Surrogat. Other artists include Rocco Rot, Laub, Mignon, and Gonzales who is also a contributor to Nylon magazine.
Chicks on Speed -Melissa Logan, Kiki Moorse,& Alex Murray-Leslie have made Berlin their home.
Some other really great German/ Berlin based music labels:
Morr Music , Lux Nigra , Kompakt , ~Scape , Hausmusik, International Dee Jay Gigolo ,
032c - a Berlin based magazine for design, art, and music

An amazing phenomenon in Berlin after the wall fell was the spontaneous appearance of underground clubs in what was called hijacked venues. Club 103 for example found itself in an abandoned post office. Others happened where ever and when ever they could. Temporary Spaces- by Valerie MacEwan describes Berlin�s infamous club scene.
Bungalow Records - has news and listings of underground clubs and venues.
Random miscellaneous Berlin stuff:
Space Hall
Hard Wax
Love Parade, Rave Fest
Deutsche Guggenheim
Von Rot Gallery
IC Berlin
Eboy Graphic Design
Klub Radio
Radio 1



London's Trash parties have a number of great DJ sets available online for your listening pleasure in Real Audio format. Unlike the club itself, dress code is not enforced.



I'm nearly finished with the design for Memory Systems' soon to be released full length CD. Above is a little sneak peek at the artwork.

See our friend Oliver's web design portfolio at OLEX. Clean, beautiful Austrian design straight from Brooklyn.



This past Friday marked the final installment of Magda's weekly DJ residency at Openair in NYC. She'll be playing a handful of one-off events [including *cough* the Core77 Offsite November 19th] before jetting off on tour with the Plastik one. Pictured here at Lit, Odell Nails tries to sell Magda on the virtues of a rather nasty beverage called Sparks, which is a caffeinated, orange flavored malt liquor. With the Openair residency over, expect the NYC kids to be spending a lot more time at Lit on Friday nights. (Sparks will definitely not be part of the regualr routine though.)

Some recent content updates at the comprehensive website of French techno genius and super nice guy Laurent Garnier. Laurent will make a rare stop in Detroit on November 30th at the Johanson Gallery in Eastern Market.

Friday, October 18, 2002

News from Paul at Archinect: The six finalists in the Pentagon memorial competition have been announced.

I swiped this gem from old Burnlab favorite Justin on the NTB board yesterday: art or business?

In case you were asleep at the wheel for the first issue, the second Intersection magazine is now on the racks. The magazine comes from the same characters responsible for Dazed & Confused. It's essentially a car magazine disguised as a fashion mag. Sounds strange but their content selection is worth a look and read. This issue's got a story on the Lagerfeld ' Disco Van', news and pics of the Zaha Hadid designed BMW Plant breaking ground in January, and a piece on Patrick le Quement chief designer at Renault and father of the Twingo.

Thursday, October 17, 2002

Since I'm now officially writing for three different design news sites [the one you're looking at + Core77 and Computerlove], it may take some adjustment to figure out what information to post where. Since Burnlab is home base, you can generally expect longer, more detailed rants here... for better or worse. Anyway, below are some highlights from the Things That Think consortium at the M.I.T. Media Lab earlier this week. Thanks to Jaron Rothkop I got to meet innumerable creative geniuses and got to play with some technology that will literally change the way we live. So where to start?

Perhaps not the most significant to mankind's progress, but very ingenious is the newest version of DJ I-Robot. This machine is basically the opposite of Final Scratch, playing real records on custom built computer controlled turntables. My favorite feature is the ability to program rhythms through scratching with the software interface... like an analog sampler of sorts. With the capability to 'fast forward' at up to 800 RPM, it must destroy records and needles at an impressive rate.

Of great interest to designers is a project by Aesthetics and Computation Group research assistant Simon Greenwold, first debuted about a year ago. Installation allows the user to draw objects in three dimensional space, and then pick up the screen and walk around the object as if it is physically in the room. The implications are staggering. As Simon says [no pun intended], "The fundamental idea is that once a work object is contextualized in space it has shared platform for simultaneous manipulation." Meaning that multiple users can access and manipulate information: be it an architectural design, large system engineering, a product or abstract information.

Speaking of manipulating information in physical space, Hiroshi Ishii's Tangible Media Group is dedicated to exploring language in its purest sense and developing better was to mediate information. Illuminating Clay is an interface that "allows users to explore and analyze free form spatial models. Three-dimensional geometry is captured in real time using a laser scanner. From this information simulations such as shadow casting, land erosion, visibility and travelling time are calculated. Finally, the results are projected back onto the clay model." Astoundingly elegant is the ongoing "Bottles" project. Custom glass bottles of different shape and size give out specific frequencies when uncorked, and can be assigned different types of audible information. This bottles can be assigned anything from musical instruments, to metaphorical information related to data interpreted from a web browser. The bottles can even be assigned voices and carry on a conversation.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Back from a quick visit to NYC, including stops at the excellent Buttermilk and Gel and Weave, to see good news for Detroit-area tourism: Instead of settling for the nice yet incomplete glimpse of auto production provided by displays at the Detroit Historical Museum and others, Ford Motor Co.'s Rouge plant plans to resume tours soon. Although they won't likely include time on a catwalk over steel that is being rolled, as described here, it likely will be well worth a detour. Now if only The Detroit Salt Co. would reopen the salt mines below the city for tours.


We are proud to announce two new official Associates:

Computerlove.net is probably the best daily resource for visual design on the internet. I'm honored an excited to be joining their very talented news crew.

More than just a record label, Ghostly International is dedicated to providing the very best quality in music, live events and visuals. Look for co-sponsored events very soon.

The thing I love most about both our new associates is they both maintain an outstanding level of quality, yet a very friendly feel and dedication to emerging talent. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Speaking of Ghostly... see you on Devil's Night.

One more note: remember to tune in to Liz's show on WDETfm online tonight from midnight to 5am E.S.T. for her Focus:Electronic program.

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Omigosh I couldn't have planned on this being more relevant - this Wednesday evening is the monthly focus:electronic radio show, featuring a survey edition this time around on - hold on - industrial music! Details on LizSite.