This morning I went for a run without my iPhone and Runkeeper keeping track and it felt really good. Maybe it is because I am reading The Circle, the latest novel by Dave Eggers. It is a near-future novel about social media and its potential impact on our society.
The Alfresco Summit will be in Barcelona from 4 to 7 November and in Boston 12 to 15 November. Like other years there are many developer tracks, but starting form this year there are also business tracks including many customer cases. This is your chance to meet Alfresco partners, customers and employees and learn about new features, new ways of doing great work with Alfresco and exchanging ideas and experiences. Put your content to work!
This might be the first Taryn Simon book I am going to really like. I had a copy of Contraband, but got rid of it as I did not like it as much as I thought I would. For me most of her work is visually too clinical and lacks any artistic subjectivity. I have the same issue with the work of Jacqueline Hassink. Any way, this looks like a really interesting book. A catalog of Bond gadgetry and former Bond birds. Ian Fleming was a keen bird watcher and choose the name of his famous British spy character after the ornithologist James Bond who wrote a book about birds called Birds of West Indies.
Only recently I rediscovered some of the music by Psychic TV. For me it has always been a difficult band as they mix so many different music styles. From folk influenced music to melodic pop to unbearable experimental noise. The latter is not surprising as Genesis P-Orridge of Psychic TV was one of the founding members of Throbbing Gristle. This album is currently one of my favorites. It is a very unpolished 4 track recording, but a great record to listen to. It is difficult to get hold of it so I posted a link to the excellent blog about post-punk and industrial music The Thing On The Doorstep. I think I am only beginning to understand the importance of Genesis P-Orridge, now Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, as a musician and artist.
If you visit Foam, for example to see America by Car by the famous Lee Friedlander or The Afronauts by the acclaimed Cristina de Middel, do not forget to visit the exhibition space in the library as there is a great exhibition by Peter Puklus called Handbook to the Stars. Through his website you can still order a copy of the book with the same title. It is basically a cut-up version of the exhibition in book form. No need to hesitate, as you will have Jörg Colberg’s blessings. I really like this kind of playful, fresh and inventive studio photography. Highly recommended.
Doug Rickard recently published a new book called TOM. There is not much information available, but initial responses on social media are positive. It looks like an interesting book, but it is also a typical collectors book as it is limited to 300 copies and pretty expensive. At the same time to me his New American Picture as published by White Press is still one of the most significant photo books of recent times.
Friday August 30 a new bookshop called PhotoQ Bookshop dedicated to photo books will open its doors in Amsterdam. The bookshop is an initiative of Edie Peters of the Dutch site dedicated to photography PhotoQ and Nina Post owner of Post Editions, an independent publisher dedicated to contemporary art, architecture and photography.
The shop will focus on selling and promoting photo books with a strong narrative and they will also use the space to organize photo book related events.
The bookshop is located at the Ferdinand Bolstraat 1 in Amsterdam, behind the former Heineken brewery.
The acclaimed project The Afronauts by Cristina De Middel can be seen from 13 September - 11 December 2013 at Foam Amsterdam. The project is a playful fictional reconstruction of the Zambian Space Program, a little known episode in the history of this African country.
Ever since they released Furnace in 1995, I bought every release of this band. Furnace is still my favourite as it is unpolished and noisy and at the same time very well produced. I also like III very much although it is a very different album. I think it is their most well balanced and consistent work. Their later albums like Effector and Fixer are way more polished, but for me cEvin Key and Phil Western are among the more interesting musicians you can find in electronic music and on each album they show an awful lot of skills.
Some critics say that the more recent albums by Download lack experiment, but I never considered their music as being experimental like for example Throbbing Gristle in the late seventies and beginning of the eighties or the output of some of the former members of Throbbing Gristle like Chris and Cosey or Coil. The solo albums by Key Music for Cats, The Ghost of Each Room and The Dragon Experience can to some extend be considered experimental.
They have recently made their albums available through iTunes including the Wookie Wall EP that is added to the HElicopTEr album as the last three tracks.
Today I had the opportunity to visit this great exhibition investigating the documentary value of photography. I think this is the final week. The exhibition is organised in topics like complicity, distraction, ideas and illusion, censorship and rewriting history and includes both works from established names like Paul Graham, Jeff Wall, Cindy Sherman and lesser known photographers.
This looks like an interesting development. An ECM repository server that is using CMIS as its primary API and is build on top of CouchDB, a NoSQL database. According to the site it supports things like access control, custom properties, versioning, check-in and checkout and full text search based on Solr. According to the architecture page the system requires CentOS as operating system and uses Ruby on Rails for the web tier.
The system is developed by a Japanese company called Aegif. They have also developed a CMIS based synchronisation solution called CmisSync.
Recently I have been listening to Severed Heads. Most of their albums are available through Bandcamp where you can listen to songs and buy their albums in any format you like. Among my favourites is Op (chOPped). It is available as a free download.