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stories shed from the world wide web - august 2011 author : the old man and the sea.

table of content
chap 1 3 chap 2 6 chap 3 7 chap 4 10 chap 5 15 chap 6 17 chap 7 19 chap 8 21 chap 10 26 chap 9 23 photo credits 27


chap 1 sysiph the robot

Lonely in a rocky peruvian landscape, a robot is drawing a city blueprint. Days after days, it slowly writes roads and blocks, imagining the life that may one day occur inbetween these lines, in the new Nazca. Read more about Rodriguo Derteanos project here.


sysiph the robot

Slowly, somewhere inbetween Lyon and London, an other robot is making pencils dribble on A2 papers in order to reveal 20 hours later the face of a revolutionary poet. Revolution takes time. Check more of Paul Ferraguts projects here.


sysiph the robot

Humanly, bumping into each other somewhere in the sybway of internet, two talk bots happen to have their rst chat together. Gathering all their knowledge and charm, they dare to tease the listener and argue about God. Listen to their talk here.


chap 2 bolivia is calling

La Blogothque continues to bring us some amazing sounds ; here is one of the latestes sonic bombs Ive recently heard : Bomba Estereo.

Together with the lyrics, the rythm and the melody, Lilis heavy voice y in the air like a rocket, embrassing everything around, including your heart. In 2010, La Blogothque recorded two concert emporter featuring Bomba Estero in the streets of Bogota ; listen here.


chap 3

( breathe )

Lisa Waasmann Born and raised 1981, WestBerlin Lives and works in Berlin and all over the globe.



( breathe )
When pictures become sensitive, the sight is no longer lonely. Staring at Lisa Waasmann photographs makes all your sense fully awake, your hearth beat slows down for a second, and you breathe with your eyes.


chap 4

we all live in a zoo

Lately, I spent quite a few of my summer evening laying of my balconny, smoking quietly, staring at the city in front of me. Going round and round in my at, I had the feeling that even if this cityscape is one of the most livable place on earth, there was few escapes. Almost none. As if what looks like reality only was an artefact of a spectacle. As if this miliue for our specy to grow was only a fake stage for us to live. Inbetween four walls. As if we were all living in a zoo.


Entertainment is the air we breathe. But when it bankrupts, it leaves the lanscape wounded and the neighborhood a feeling of a ghost city.

In China is one of the last example, a place was aimed to be the biggest entertainment resort in the Beijing suburb. See more of the intriguing work of Catherine Hyland here. Desolation is our new entertainment. There are no escape, we live in a zoo.


we all live in a zoo

City walls are your notebook. Change block as you would turn a page, choose the right support, walls, metro, trucks, sidewalk or mailboxes.

Now you can train your grati from home, using the Walls Notebook as your playground rst. Of course, dont forget to go and sign IRL too. Urban space has never been as much an interior space as it is now. There are no escape, we live in a zoo.


we all live in a zoo

In NYC, Twitter tweets every seconds. But all shouts remain digital. Which is to say remain silent for all our

analog ears. Hopefully ImprovEverywhere has prepared a great shouting experience ; look at the video to get the point and youll see how joyfull our zoo might become if we were shouting IRL. Is there any link with the les indigns movement ? That might be ...


we all live in a zoo

Prepare to get out of the zoo, ... in the wild with Brian Donnellys bestiary.


chap 5 smoke of revolution


smoke of revolution


chap 6

life of medias

Lexplosion du journalisme Des mdias de masse la masse des mdias, Ignacio Ramonet The last book from Ignacio Ramonet, sharing his thoughts about the work of journalists and the future of media groups.

ias life of med


(page 92-93) Rappelons comme laffirme Jeff Jarvis, que la protection de la vie prive est une sorte de parapluie quon utilise souvent pour cacher nos peurs devant les nouvelles technologies . Ces peurs en voquent dautres, celles notamment quprouvrent les Amricains lors de linvention et la prolifration des camras Kodak. Entre 1890 et 1910, ceux quon appelait alors les kodakers, photographes amateurs, taient expulss des parcs publics, accuss de vouloir capter limage des gens pour sen servir. Les tribunaux durent trancher la question de savoir si le photographe amateur ou professionnel, avait besoin dune autorisation pour prendre et dvelopper sa guise nimporte quelle photo. Ils rpondirent que non. Pour la premire fois la question de la protection de la vie prive menace par les nouveaux mdias se posait This topic about media, data, journalism, information is quite vast, Ill come back about it in further edition of this zine.


chap 7 post fossil

Li Edelkoort about the Post Fossil trend : Time has come for extreme change. Society is ready to break away from last century for good. To break with creative conventions, theoretic rules and stigmas that now are questioned, challenged and broken. To break with a materialistic mentality replacing it with the materialisation of modest earth-bound and recomposed matter. In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis in decades, a period of glamorous and streamlined design for designs sake comes to an end.


post fossil

A new generation of designers retrace their roots, refine their earth and research their history, sometimes going back to the beginning of time. In this process, they form and formulate design around exactly these natural and sustainable materials, favouring timber, hide, pulp, fibre, earth and fire; like contemporary cavemen, they reinvent shelter, redesign tools and manmade machines, and conceptualise archaic rituals for a more modest, contented and contained lifestyle. Like a Fred Flintstone of tomorrow.


chap 8 rubbish microcosm


rubbish microcosm
Whashed Up is a serie made by the mexican artist Alejandro Durn.

It reminds me of Chris Jordans work, his pictures of dead birds lled with plastic trashes, or Nyaba Leon Ouedraogos photographs of workers in Ghana dealing with a sea of computer rubbish.


chap 9 world apiary

All around the world, you hear some stories about taking care of bees. After the famous Opra de Paris, or the London agency of the sucessful Wolf Ollins creative network, LVMH headquarter in Paris lately started to shelter some golden insects in luxury boxes to produce heavenly dlicious honey. Even my father has in his backyard a wooden box with around 30 000 bees buzzing, for his great pleasure. And here are even more stories about urban apiaries.


world apiary

Two years ago already, Yann Moulier Boutang stated that we all are Google worker bees. You are working for Google! Every second, 15 million people are clicking and feeding data to Google a true paradigm of people working for the firm, Since 2009, the situation with Google didnt change. On the other hand, and maybe from our new insect point of


world apiary
view, we started to care about our fellow workers, the real golden buzzing insects, whose species was endangered. Saving bees now means saving ourselves. For further question, check the lexicon of sustainability aims to dene what sustainability is, in concrete terms and in real life actions. The Lexicon project is based on a simple premise: people cant be expected to live more sustainable lives if they dont even know the most basic terms and principles that define sustainability.


chap 10

child of rape

In 2006, photographer Jonathan Torgovnik began work on what became a three-year project photographing and interviewing Rwandan women who had children as the result of being raped during the genocide. Torgovnik won the 2007 National Portrait Gallerys Photographic Portrait Prize for an image from this work. The culmination of his project is an exhibition and book, Intended Consequences:RwandanChildren Born of Rape, published by the Aperture Foundation. Inspired by the people he met on this project, Torgovnik co-founded Foundation Rwanda, established to improve the lives of Rwandan children born of rape.


photo credits
cover! ! p.3! p.4! ! ! Pedro Luis Raota Rodriguo Derteano Paul Ferragut Lisa Wassmann Marc Chataigner Catherine Hyland Os Gmos & Blu, Alexander Silva Think of The Brian Donnelly unknown Truisms, Jenny Holzer unknown Marc Chataigner, Ignacio Ramonets book courtesy of carpenters workshop gallery Jakob Hohman Marteen Baas Pieke Bergman Alejandro Durn Jonathan Torgovnik

p.7/8/9! p.10! ! p.11! ! p.12! ! ! ! p.14! ! p.15! ! ! ! ! ! p.16! ! p.17! ! p.19! ! p.20! ! " " " "

p.21/22! p.26! !

p.23/24/25! the lexicon of sustainability


Marc Chataigner @marcchataigner