31 December 2009

". . .with bells on!"

EROS - From Hesiod's Theogony to Late Antiquity This major archeological exhibition will focus on Eros, the archaic deity of reproduction, and on the historical progression of the concept ―from the first references made in Hesiod’s texts dating from the 6th century B.C. up until the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D. The exhibition includes 270 artifacts from 45 archaeological museums and institutions from Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the Louvre in France. It is important to note that over 100 of the items on display will be available for public view for the first time. The exhibition provides insight into the archeology and history of more than 10 centuries in the ancient world, making it an exhibition of true historic, scientific, cultural and artistic value. Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens GR  December 10th 2009 to April 6th, 2010.

The Codex Sinaiticus Project

Online since July 2009. The Codex Sinaiticus Project is an international collaboration to reunite the entire manuscript in digital form and make it accessible to a global audience for the first time. Drawing on the expertise of leading scholars, conservators and curators, the Project gives everyone the opportunity to connect directly with this famous manuscript. [Find out more about the Codex Sinaiticus Project.]

I was asked by Océ UK to submit lighting designs for this project (alas, designs not accepted). Good to see the project reach fruition (but the lighting?!).

27 December 2009

Enter Year X, Millennium 3

In the beginning God created heaven and earth.
That was where the trouble started.
Before, there was chaos,
Which is what the wise man still seeks.
He divided light from darkness, dry land from sea,
But we got sea and darkness anyway.
Silly blundering old bugger,
Why couldn’t he have left well enough alone. 

  - Northrop Frye  
Excerpts from Frye's annotated library.


23 December 2009

Menstrual Envy 101

I have argued earlier regarding the ankh-like cravat as "power symbol".  And while we have not yet taken up this subject directly, recent news provided a splendid visual lecture on male menstrual envy - with the notable exception of Germany's Guido, what's up with yellow?

From NYTimes.com: "US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (C) speaks with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) and Britain's foreign secretary David Miliband (R), German Foreign Affairs minister Guido Westerwelle (Back-C) during a family photo during a NATO Foreign ministers meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels. (photo: AFP/John Thys)"

01 December 2009


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