The world’s first fixed wireless station was set up by Guglielmo Marconi at the Royal Needles Hotel on the Isle of Wight. He enlisted coast-guards to help erect a mast 120 feet high, fitted aerials and receivers to a pair of local ferry boats, and began tests of wireless reception at sea. Signal rates of about four words a minute were achieved, sometimes beyond the horizon and in atrocious weather, at ranges up to 18 miles. This sketch illustrates the experimental transmissions, showing the Needles Hotel, Alum Bay, and the boat positions.

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Man Ray : Terrain vague (1929)

The poor image embodies the afterlife of many former masterpieces of cinema and video art. It has been expelled from the sheltered paradise that cinema seems to have once been….

The poor image is no longer about the real thing—the originary original. Instead, it is about its own real conditions of existence: about swarm circulation, digital dispersion, fractured and flexible temporalities. It is about defiance and appropriation just as it is about conformism and exploitation.

In short: it is about reality.


Herbert Bayer, Diagram of the Field of Vision

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"Original Pirate Material by the Streets. Mike Skinner’s 2002 debut features the inglorious Kestrel House in Islington, London, taken from a picture by Rut Blees Luxemburg called Towering Inferno

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I recently set some of my 2nd year BFA students the task of reading Walter Benjamin’s essay ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’. This short film was made (for them) to help contextualise Benjamin’s life, his work and friendships and what it meant to be a cultural producer in Germany in the 1930s.


Juan les Pins (Var), résidence les 3 Iles.

A great collection over at Retro Geographie!

Carpark Modernism #auckland #modernism #carpark #signage #lookdown #painting

John Stanmeyer, World Press Photo 1st Prize Contemporary Issues, singles winner.

African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.