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David Bowie commemorated in Japanese woodblock prints

From Spoon and Tamago: David Bowie, who passed away in 2016, had a very special connection – some may even call it a “love affair” – with Japan. He originally developed his affinity after taking an interest in Kabuki and was heavily influenced by the exaggerated gestures, costumes and make-up. He later went on to […]

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The Olivetti Valentine typewriter

An icon of 1960s pop-art design, the Olivetti Valentine typewriter was designed by Italian architect Ettore Sottsass and British designer Perry Ellis for the Italian company, Olivetti. Sottsass covered the typewriter in red “so as not to remind anyone of monotonous working hours.” Its iconic red color was a precursor to the iMac, a machine […]

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Life & Philosophy Tech

Craving light

Never bored, always on, perpetually entertained. That describes the 21st-century in a nutshell. We medicate all our boredom, stresses, and frustrations to external stimuli on a tiny screen. All an Instagram like does is produce a temporary shot of dopamine. All Facebook does is serve our voyeuristic inclinations and spike envy. Does this behavior sound […]

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“Musician, artist, thinker” Brian Eno talks Bitcoin, how ‘simplicity can produce complexity’, and more…

The Financial Times sat down with “musician, artist, thinker” Brian Eno in the studio of his Notting Hill home. Here are my favorite snippets from the interview: On the transactional value between art and bitcoin: It is not so different from bitcoin. Art is the ultimate cryptocurrency. What the art world is doing is engineering […]

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Creativity

Forging Aspiration

Fake art. A pretentious person. What does it matter if the attempt is authentic? Thanks to the Internet, the child gets to see Rembrandt images without traveling to the museum. Thanks to creative interests, we get the likes of David Bowie who inspires us to discover what else is unique. The real thing only serves […]

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Arts Photography Tech

The Stahl House Movie

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to see my brother Ryan Baum graduate from SCI-Arc, an architecture school in downtown Los Angeles. Each student was responsible for presenting their thesis in front of faculty and special guests. For his final project, my brother put some renderings together over the Stahl House to recreate the iconic […]

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