The Work of Art in the Age of Googled Reproduction
Searching for iconic art imagery, I found the actual Google Image results page kind of fantastic: Some algorithm picking the elements; some other string of code arranging the results in tidy rows, each image somehow commenting on what's next to it, above it, below it. Can we think of these as digital readymades?
Implausible Futures for Unpopular Places
In 2010 Rob Walker co-founded the Hypothetical Development Organization, which works with artists to create fanciful drawings of imaginary developments for vacant city sites — and in the process prompts questions about all those optimistic renderings that purport to show actual real-world urban developments but which are in fact, says Walker, a form of fiction. Here Walker describes the H.D.O., and locates it in a tradition of visual story-telling, of "architecture fiction," starting with Archigram in the 1960s.
There’s something in the air – and it’s the air! Can it (like water) be commodified, or at least physically and/or intellectually packaged in some manner that gives it measurable monetary value? A surprising array of examples suggest the answer must be yes.
On Slate: Branding with badges
A logo isn't the only way that a company can establish a graphic identity that's recognizable at a glance. That may be particularly true in the digital era—and Foursquare's system of "badges" is one example.