Art: The way things go

image Art Logo smallOne of the best known pieces of contemporary Swiss art or better the objects used to make the Art Film “The way things go” (Der Lauf der Dinge) by Peter Fischli and David Weiss is up for sale at Christie’s Zurich.

It’s a good reminder to watch this master piece again that has been copied or ideas used from it quite a few times, most prominently within Honda’s outstanding Cog commercial.

There is a trailer online (link below) and a DVD with the film is available in the U.S. and Europe from various sources. If you search a bit on the net you might find a few further extracts online as well.

“…THE WAY THINGS GO – without narration or interviews – simply records the self-destructing performance of Fischli’s and Weiss’ most ambitious construction: 100 feet of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock…”


More information:
Official movie site
Wikipedia on The Way Things Go (link to trailer)
Google search

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Photography: Google LIFE photo archive

Google has made large parts of the LIFE photography archive available within its image search. There are many high resolution images included since the American Civil war and the first LIFE Magazine. You can also search this archive by adding “source:life” in the normal Google image search.


Click on the image below for the link

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“Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.”



We don’t know which “photographs” from 1750s will be included here in the LIFE archive – photography as we know it only exists since the 1820/30s and the LIFE Magazine since the 1830s

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Movie: New Star Trek Trailer

New feast for trekkies is coming with a new Star Trek movie to hit the theaters next May. And from the trailer(s) (see below) it looks like this one might become one of the best ever.


Click on the image below for the link (original image)

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More information:
The Official movie site

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The Time Machine: An Interactive YouTube Adventure

The first interactive video game created with YouTube’s new Annotation feature.

At the end of each episode viewers can take a decision and are branched to different follow up videos. The plot is three friends traveling with a time machine (yes we know). So far there are 9 videos online.


Click on the image below for the link (multimedia)

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More information:
The chad matt and rob web site

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Humor: Monty Python YouTube Channel

Finally some of the greatest Monty Python sketches have been made available in high quality from the source.

So far there are 24 videos including “Always look on the bright side …”, “Lumberjack Song”, “Job Interview”, “Four Yorkshiremen”, “Black Knight” and “Killer Rabbit” to name a few.

Guys, you can do better, where’s the “Spanish Inquisition”, “The Funniest Joke” and all the other great ones you’ve done!


Click on the image below for the link (multimedia)

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More information:
The Monty Python Channel on YouTube

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Data-Visualization: Ensuring the Future of Food

A Sims style data-visualization by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery explaining some of the complex networks around how food arrives on tables in Japan and the food industry.

Worth watching for the graphics alone.


Click on the image below for the link (multimedia)

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More information:
High resolution version of the video at the MAFF (Windows Media Player)