Stratfor Global Intelligence has, as it usually does on many topics of geostrategic import, a strong point of view on the European banking crisis. Their recent article is well worth a read, but what caught my eye was this graphic:
History repeating itself in some ways, or perhaps just the result of cultural affinity and the advantages of local market knowledge. (Stratfor also points out that Spain's "banking empire" isn't in Europe, for obvious reasons.) In any case, the continuing European experiment is a fascinating one to watch.
- Assessing the Damage of the European Banking Crisis (www.Stratfor.com)
If you haven't seen this video yet, do check it out on HD full screen with sound. The creator, Phoenix-based Dustin Farrell, used a Canon 5D2 DSLR (along with some specialized dollies) and processed the images with Adobe software. In his own words:
I would now have to say that my timelapse skill set is very complete.
Perhaps an understatement?
The Infinity Room: French concept artist blends East and West in a stunning installation in Shanghai
French concept artist and theorist Serge Salat has created "Beyond Infinity", a multi-sensory installation that uses mirrors, light, music, and fractal art in a blend of Eastern references (the I Ching and the Suzhou gardens) and Western perspective.
Here's a description in Designboom.com:
Internally, the space is designed around the trigram of the yi king, utilizing spatial techniques traditional of Suzhou gardens as a means of framing the visitor experience as a 'mystical journey' through abstracted Chinese courtyards. Painted wooden grids and steps lend additional structure, while the fractal objects are composed of wooden frames covered with punched aluminum anodized panels.
Inside the installation, as music plays, the lighting pulses and shifts as visitors move through a series of room-like spaces whose dimensions are almost indiscernible as a result of the infinite reflections cast by the mirrors. On a 9-channel system, the lighting varies from ultraviolet blue to white, traversing each minute a complete cycle that recreates the effects of dawn through sunset and night. Visitors pass first through a blue lattice grid with a darkened section monikered the 'vertical infinite fault' that seems to eliminate the space where they walk.
This was exhibited in Shanghai in a few weeks ago. According to Salat, "entering the work is also entering the world of the Dream of the Red Mansion transposed to the 21st century", referencing the classical Chinese novel. That's definitely one reference I would never have picked up on.
Source article with more photos:
- serge salat: beyond infinity immersive installation (Designboom.com)