Plate from the first edition of William George Aston’s Grammar of the Japanese Written Language (London: Printed for the author at the Office of the ‘Phoenix,’ 1872). Aston, an Irish born scholar and diplomat, first visited Japan in 1864.
Jeff Gordinier’s NYT piece, The Dark Room Collective: Where Black Poetry Took Wing, discusses an artistic group founded by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Sharan Strange that’s being increasingly recognized for being, as Gordinier explains, “a flash of literary lightning.” Rita Dove, herself an inspiration for this group, took into account the significance of Dark Room when putting together the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry, which includes the work of Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, and Carl Phillips, among others. A fascinating moment in literary history with an impressive legacy of influence and work, very much worth not falling victim to the tides of forgetting.
In this school project (supervised by Thomas Buxo) I was asked to make a book about one aspect of the internet as part of a book-series inspired by Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalogue from the late 60s. My book consists of 61 monetary proposals received in my junk-folder over the course of 3 years. Proposals that most likely are spam. The content is divided into four sections (Inheritances, business proposals, lottery winnings and misc.) in a total of 108 pages.
The book is a reflection and investigation on these e-mails, exposing strange or funny sentences. At the same time, it is a comment to contemporary cynicism of internet-users (myself included) that would immediately dismiss these proposals as scams. In theory they could be true? The book takes on this theme by naively stressing the amount of money I could have potentially earned, given that these proposals were real.
The guys at Razor Jam came to us when they had outgrown their old name and image. A simple take on the angle bracket linked Razor Jam to what they do best — clever online applications with beautiful code.
The museum will be dedicated to the civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean sea, from international and research-originated collections oriented towards a transdisciplinary approach to societies as a whole, and in the thickness of the time.
Creating a new whole identity that reinforce mucem as a unique part of the mediterranean sea and of marseille.