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Archive: October 2012


True Stories: A Film about People Like Us

When David Byrne’s True Stories appeared in 1986, critics quickly identified it as a postmodern film. Byrne’s three-year project, his only full-length feature to date, was unique, though, in making the postmodern culture of the mid-1980s — including the visual environment its subject. The entire film, set in the fictitious town of Virgil, Texas, is a kind of 3D illustrated lecture, delivered by Byrne in the role of quizzical, roving narrator.

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The Art of Punk and the Punk Aesthetic

In the past three decades, the 1970s punk movement has received many respectful assessments. There can’t be much left to say about the music, clothing, media outrage and legendary gigs, but the graphic expression of punk has received less critical attention. Now we have two thick, illustrated volumes: Punk: An Aesthetic and The Art of Punk. What conclusions do the authors draw about punk’s graphic history?

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The Museum of Communicating Objects

A while back, I wrote here about The Museum of Innocence created in Istanbul by the Turkish novelist and Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk. This beautifully realized display is a parallel project planned for many years by the writer as a development of his 2008 novel, also titled The Museum of Innocence. The Innocence of Objects, a richly illustrated book about the museum, has just come out, with an illuminating text by Pamuk.

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Rick Poynor is a writer, critic, lecturer and curator, specialising in design, media, photography and visual culture. He founded Eye, co-founded Design Observer, and contributes columns to Eye and Print. His latest book is Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design.


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