Corner piece

Dan Flavin - Corner Piece

Dan FlavinUntitled (Corner Piece), 1987 4 neon tubes ed.3/5



by the image
not there,
we resign
to inequity
in fear

alone in our existence
we cannot be justified

and onward we walk
from ashes to dust,
time casts her shadow
as life slowly unravels.


Trick Mirror

So we met one night
right here as we do
immersed in the darkness
of the search-and-conquer,
And you sat on a bench
with eyes unfocused
as your blankness gazed
expressionless and small

You turned to me then
as you turn to me now
with head held in hands
sizing-up whilst smiling,
Beneath shadows cast
by a deception drawn
you affirm the void within
your meaningless defense.

– Sarah Badr

© 2009.  S.H.Badr, All Rights Reserved.

To wake up…

It began with a single idea: ‘Go to a place. Ask fifty people the same question. Film their responses.’ And what a tremendous response it has been so far. This intimate series from the Crush + Lovely creative studio based between New York and San Francisco provides unique insight into the personal desires of strangers when spontaneously asked various questions — the most recent being where they would like be when they next wake up. Revealing an interesting juxtaposition between those who would like to stay where they are and others who yearn to be elsewhere, the impromptu approach of filming the individuals featured at random was inspired by the project’s first undertaking in New Orleans by the Deltree start-up led by creative entrepreneur and director Benjamin Reece. Narrowing in on the question of what one wished would happen by the end of the day, the original take of the Fifty People, One Question concept has since led the team of soon-to-be former Boom Design Group creatives to the streets of New York, Brooklyn, and most recently London. All beautifully shot with suitable chosen soundtracks to match (Four Tet, Louis Armstrong, Au Revoir Simone, Do Make Say Think), the Deltree slogan of ‘To Move You’ couldn’t have been more fitting.

Having just been informed that the Crush + Lovely team have struck a deal with Deltree to continue production and distribution of this dynamic film series, it looks like the third question in line is set to be ‘What one thing would complete you?’ — though the upcoming city destinations have yet to be disclosed. Featured above is the Brooklyn edition, and the remainder of the videos can be viewed at Crush + Lovely’s page on Vimeo. Great snapshots of people encountered on both the London and Brooklyn shoots are also available on Flickr via photographer and executive producer Nathan Heleine. Directed by Kenneth Chu, filmed by Benjamin Reece, produced by Nathan Heleine, with sound by Tung Bach Ly.

Sarah Badr © MMIX

See also: Deltree Blog

Boom Design Group

Always has, always will

It’s true, she is — and she wants you to print her out, hang her up and take a photo of her, too. Enter the new generation of poster campaigning, My Mother is Watching You by (according to the Whois lookup) Romain Vigier. Apart from the little information available, i.e. Vigier & Co. are possibly based in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, the mystery of it all is just as ominous as the poster itself, poking fun at our burdensome ‘nanny state’, CCTV society and our embedded sense of right-or-wrong with a pair of specs and some Geoffrey Lee-inspired realist sans-serif typeface. With much potential of being the next viral hit, it rivals several internet memes now long gone, including the rather outdated Sleeveface, PostSecret, and the increasingly ubiquitous I Can Has Cheezburger spin-offs unavoidably stumbled upon today. And it’s quite easy to see how quickly this might catch on whilst browsing through the gallery, especially as Mother’s free counselling services are just a mouse-click away… Or else you can just send in your own feedback and snapshots of the poster provided via easy download. A message so simple, yet so effective.

Sarah Badr © MMVIII

See also: Internet Memes (dipity)