Friday, March 17, 2006

Winter continues

Design
Sorry about the unplanned blog break -- I went to Ottawa, then I was sick with a nasty cold. Better now. There was a walk last night through Leslieville, starting at Queen and Pape. It was dark, and so cold I lost all feeling in my fingers, but as always we saw some curious things: what were all those junked cars doing behind that residential complex, anyway? We watched GO trains roar by on their way to Scarborough, and found broken beer bottles littering a drained skating rink. A white van with music pumping out of it moved slowly down one street, stopping frequently as the driver jumped out, pulled objects out of the trash that had been set out at the curb for the next morning's pickup, and threw them in the back. "We're witnessing a tertiary economy at work here," noted one psychogeographer. We wound up at the Only, which I hadn't been to in years. Above is a photo of what Shawn constructed out of his beer mat & some change.

Also: Remember Walter Willems' amazing drum kit made of cheese? I was contacted by an inventor in the UK who wanted to use my photo of the cheese drums on his website. He has created something called Midisticks -- digital drumsticks that can be used to play random objects as if they were drums. You could use them to play a drumkit made of cheese, even if you were not Han Bennink. Check it out!

2 Comments:

Blogger dave h said...

Hey Nadia... I like this photo. Is this actually a description of anything (like your walk), or is it just a bit of fun?

7:30 AM, March 19, 2006  
Blogger Nadia said...

Oh, the route of our walk was MUCH longer and more convoluted than that! :) Shawn teaches Principles of Design at OCAD, so my theory is he just can't stop compulsively designing things.

1:05 PM, March 19, 2006  

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