18. Dezember 2018

Hardcore Architecture: More Homes of 80s Punk-Innovators

Speaking of Marc Fischer: Für eine Ausstellung in Toronto im Sommer 2017 hat der Mann 22 neue/alte Bands gestalked, ihre Adresse in der Mutter aller Punk-Zines Maximum Rock'n'Roll rausgesucht und ihre alten Buden auf Google Street View abfotografiert, hier auf Hardcore Architecture. (Vorher auf NC: Hardcore Architecture: Houses of 80s Punk-Innovators, Hardcore Architecture is a Zine)Im Bild oben, die alte Bude von Sonic Youth:The address given for their 'Sonic Death' cassette in… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!


French Artist Nanan has some new Robot-Toy-Lamps up for sale at Art Jingle. They are everything but cheap with 1000€ per Lamp, but I just need one of those AT-AT-Lamps made from old… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

AI breaks Captchas

Zwei Jahre, nachdem OpenAI einen ersten „Captcha-Spielplatz“ für AI gebaut hatte, entwickelten Wissenschaftler jetzt ein Generative Adversarial Network (GAN), das Captchas mit einer Erfolgsquote… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Glitterbombing Mail-Thieves 😈

[update] Because its 2018 and we can't have nice things: Viral Video of Glitter Bomb for Package Thieves Exposed as Partial Fake. Its about half a minute at the end of the video, which I personally… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!


Marc Fischer and his Hardcore Architecture-Project has a new Zine out about „paper advertising ephemera from undergound zines and bands of the 1980s to the early 1990s“. This thing consists not only of a zine, but handmade recreations of 80s-Punk-Flyers. If you wanna know where todays tape-labels on Bandcamp got their shit from: This is it. 20 bucks here, absolutely not arriving for Christmas.

Little slips of printed paper, crammed with details about new demo tapes, records, zines, distribution and mail order services or other offerings, found their way into countless letters throughout the 1980s and 1990s. It was common for an envelope to explode with these bits of this and that—all modest attempts to spread the word, drum up some orders or correspondence, and reach new audiences. Zines used them to solicit demo tapes for review and new writing to publish. Bands used them to sell their tapes and records. Given the vast number of people that were engaged in pen pal relationships and tape and zine trading, many thousands of these slips of paper moved back and forth all over the world.

In addition to a short booklet that includes quotes from some zine-makers, band members and record labels about this practice, the main feature here is the recreation of 66 facsimiles of these little ads: scanned from my own archives or the collections of others and all reprinted and cut by hand in the loving but extremely labor-intensive mode of bedroom publishers of yore. Essentially, this edition is a portable exhibit of designed and printed paper bits that many people made and used, but far fewer people thought to save.

Gib mir den Rest, Baby…


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