The Infinite Warehouse of Images
The grouchy existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre famously declared, “Hell is other people.” If JPS had been around today, he might have felt obliged to revise that axiom. In the age of the upload, when no personal snap is too inconsequential to post, we confront the stark possibility that hell just might be other people’s photographs. As the photo collector Erik Kessels puts it, we are “drowning in pictures of the experiences of others.”
Literary Horror from the Chapman Brothers
The new issue of Granta
has a rather fine cover by the British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. The literary magazine’s theme is horror and the Chapmans’ delicate pencil drawing on fragile 18th-century parchment shows something nameless, formless and unspeakable. Commissioned by artistic director Michael Salu, the brothers were an inspired choice. Few artists have embraced the ambivalence of horror with more relish.
This Post has Been Declared a Link-free Zone
One of the simple satisfactions of writing online is putting in links, though I didn’t always see it that way. When I started blogging on Design Observer I viewed the links as a bit of a chore. But that was a long time ago and I soon came round. Today, when working on a post, I look forward to planting links that will shoot their tendrils outwards from the text.