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17 NOVEMBER, 2011

Artist Terry Border Imagines Everyday Objects in Romantic and Risqué Scenarios


Spooning spoons, boogieing sushi, and what bent wire has to do with the mechanism of love.

Remember artist Terry Border of Bent Objects fame, who explores the secret life of everyday objects in playful vignettes using simple bent wire? Border is back with Bent Object of My Affection: The Twists and Turns of Love — a charming collection of new 60 bent-wire vignettes, photographed by in which household objects explore the romantic and the risqué. Sweet and kooky, Border’s images are also a light-hearted metaphor for love itself, wherein the ordinary becomes extraordinary. And though Border’s overly punny captions fall flat for me, the images themselves exude enough delight to make it all a treat.

Love is Free - You make my world go round

I Like it When We Spoon - We fit so well together

Love is Sticky - French kissing

Undercover - I love your appeal

Falling - I'll hold on, no matter what

Marilyn Merinque - You're the wind beneath my wings, and the breeze beneath my skirt

King Leer - I only have dies for you

A Toast To Us!

Film Strip - I think this could develop into something

We Make a Perfect Pair - Straight from the garden of Eden

Magnetic Personality - I can't help this attraction

Misfortune Cookie - I'd never get over you

Shrunken and Wrinkled - Let's grow old together

HT @matthiasrascher; images courtesy of Terry Border / Rex Features via The Telegraph

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16 NOVEMBER, 2011

Superwoman Was Already Here: Montessori’s Philosophy, Animated


A visual manifesto for keeping the fire in kids’ eyes burning.

Superwoman Was Already Here! is an animated adaptation of the Montessori philosophy of education by Maria Montessori superfan Daniel C. Petter-Lipstein (who lists Harvard College and Columbia Law School as his alma maters). Though I wish he hadn’t used a company called 321 Fast Draw, who use all-caps, exclamation points, and the word “ZING” in their sales pitch and who effectively ripped off Andrew Park’s brilliant and memorable style of RSA animation — and poorly, at that — I’m still intrigued by a sketchnote-animated synthesis of the Montessori philosophy. (Though it certainly doesn’t help that the most famous RSA animation is actually the adaptation of Sir Ken Robinson’s now-legendary TED talk on changing educational paradigms, adding to the similarity of style a similarity of message.) Be your own judge:

Kids don’t stop asking questions because they lose interest. It’s the other way around — they lose interest because they stop asking questions.”

This, in turn, inspired another animation, alas also from 321 Fast Draw, by Petter-Lipstein’s “fellow Montessori caped crusader” Trevor Eissler, based on Eissler’s popular book Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education:

For more on the Montessori school of thought, see Maria Montessori’s own recently digitized handbook and her seminal 1949 book The Absorbent Mind. For a broader look at the past and future of learning, don’t miss these 7 must-read books on education.

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16 NOVEMBER, 2011

Blok: Playful, Voyeuristic Vintage Polish Experimental Animation


A whimsical cinematic children’s book for grown-ups.

In 1982, young Polish screenwriter, director and music teacher Hieronim Neumann created a captivating experimental animation titled Blok, after the term “block” used in much of Eastern Europe to describe the common apartment buildings erected mostly during Communism. In what appears to be a single continuous shot, you get a voyeuristic glimpse of a series of vignettes that take place inside various apartments. It’s kind of like HBO’s Voyeur Project stuffed inside a praxinoscope and transformed into a Rube Goldberg machine — or, as MetaFilter puts it, “like a children’s book for adults.” Enjoy:

Blok can be found on the altogether excellent 3-disc collection The Anthology of Polish Experimental Animation, alongside nearly 40 other gems.

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