The Secret of an Abandoned Mall in Old Town Bangkok

Jesse Rockwell,professional cook, photographer and writer, takes a trip down down a nondescript soi in old town Bangkok only to discover a relatively unknown gem. “Without a good knowledge of Bangkok geography” he says, “one would be hard pressed to believe anything interesting lies behind this gate”:

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What lies behind the gate stating “strictly no entrance beyond this point”? Only an abandoned mall turned urban aquarium! Blimey Charlie:

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Read the fascinating story behind the creation of this Urban Intervention on Rockwell’s blog A Taste Of The Road.

The Egg and Michigan Central Train Station 2007-2013 by SCOTT HOCKING


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THE EGG AND MICHIGAN CENTRAL TRAIN STATION is a site-specific sculptural installation and photography project created within Detroit’s 100 year old former train depot, vacant for over 20 years. The installation is made from thousands of sheet marble fragments that litter most of the 17 story structure’s upper floors – remnants of the once marble-lined corridor walls.

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As stumbled upon by halfway through by u/DrGonzo927 on the r/urbanexploration subreddit:

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Exploring City Caves And Catacombs

Steve Duncan lives dangerously. The urban explorer goes underground, examining the hidden infrastructure of major cities all over the world — their tunnels, subways, sewers.

In New York City, his favorite underground adventure, he could drown when the tide comes in or succumb to toxic gases in the sewers. He could be hit by a train or step on the third rail. And if he gets caught, he would be so under arrest.

New York Underground: Exploring City Caves And Catacombs : NPR.

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Irwan Ahmett (irwanahmett.com) and Tita Salina (titasalina.com) refer to themselves as urban interventionists who uses the art of approaching issues and social problems, in general and personal scale, with humorous and interactive methods. ” Play ” is probably the most appropriate word to describe their works. For Ahmett and Salina, play is a mode to engage people, build social relationships, discussing an issue and creating possibility for change. Play also offers a fresh perspective in discussing complex issues in a provocative way. Ahmett and Salina using the concept of ‘commonness’ as an open platform that enables collaboration that offers equality in the production of knowledge as well as provide an opportunity to share and exchange ideas.

A whistlestop tour of the accents of the British Isles


A dialect coach, Andrew Jack, gives a fascinating tour of the accents of the British Isles. Andrew is a leading dialect coach in Britain and the USA. He helped turn Robert Downey Jr into Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s Chaplin; in GoldenEye he taught Irishman Pierce Brosnan to perfect his British accent for James Bond, and taught the rest of the cast to speak with Russian accents; for The Lord of the Rings Andrew created the Middle-earth accents and taught them, along with Elvish and Black Speech, to the entire cast of the trilogy. He designed and taught the accents for the Greeks and Trojans in Troy.

Life Framer International Photography Exhibition and Book

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Should you find yourself in London between April 1st – 22nd 2014 be sure to check out the Life Framer International Photography Award’s exhibition theprintspace Gallery, Kingsland Road. Register here for the event.

The exhibition features winning work from all 24 winning artists from across the year as well as several hand-selected honorary mentions including yours truly.

If you can’t make the exhibition you can buy the book online for 32GBP: LF Volume 1 is a collection of stunning contemporary photography from 24 winning photographers, each selected by globally acclaimed judges across twelve months of varied themes encompassing ‘Life’ at its most diverse.

Life Framer Exhibition: 2 – 22 April 2014, Mon- Fri 9am – 7pm, theprintspace gallery, 74 Kingsland Road, E2 8DL, admission free.

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Life Framer is an organization aiming to push artists to boundaries with an international award and exhibition open to all. The award is by photographers, for photographers.

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Disrupted Christmas – A live Installation by Holler



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Awards
Best Ads – Best Interactive

Advertising prides itself on disruption. But what if you could disrupt advertising?

On Friday 13th December 2013 we raised $5,500 for The Factory, a local community centre, via a live, interactive installation, which gave the public the chance to disrupt the agency as it worked throughout the day.

We hacked Electric Muscle Stimulation units and hooked them up to the Internet via IP cameras. Key members of the agency were then connected to the EMS units, and the Internet via a live stream.

The public could watch our day and disrupt it at will with the click of a button. Users chose a stream, clicked the ‘Disrupt’ button, and watched as the EMS instantaneously zapped our staff, interrupting their ability to continue the task at hand.

For each ‘disruption’ we donated $1 to The Factory, a local community centre with a long history of supporting socially and economically disadvantaged local residents.

The interactive webcast lasted more than 4 hours, raising a grand total of over $5500. We achieved precious little work, but succeeded in spreading Christmas cheer in spades.

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How it worked

The EMS hardware was custom built to be controlled via MIDI protocol. We designed it to put out pulses of 60v maximum, but we are mostly working with a third of that, sending 20 pulses a millisecond. The engineer opted for a battery operated system, running off 8 AA’s, mitigating risk of mains surge.

To control the device we built a patch in MAX/MSP, designed to receive the “trigger messages” sent from the Internet.

Our ‘disruption’ web interface was built with Backbone.js for view rendering and UI interactions and switching video streams. It connected to the server via Socket.io to listen to broadcast events (zap), and to trigger a zap.

We used a Single node.js server hosted on Heroku to manage queues and handle Socket.io connections. This server would receive and validate a ‘zap’ from a user, and then trigger a broadcast event which all users/clients were subscribed to.

Once a message was received, the socket server converted it to OSC format in order to communicate with MAX/MSP, and transmit that message over UDP protocol to MAX, subsequently triggering the EMS device to deliver the shock to the desired user. This happened all within milliseconds.

By Holler Sydney in collaboration with Michaela Davies.

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Credits

Advertising Agency: Holler, Sydney, Australia
Agency website: http://www.holler.com.au

Creative Director: James Theophane
UX: Vlad Ivanovic
Art Director: Ben Heath
Copywriter: John Gault
Photographer: Anton Sugianto
Developers: Michael Hazell, Scott Swabey, Can Ertel.
Designers: Catalina Gouverneur, Jessica Tong
Producers: Nathan Johnson, Brooke Tebbenhoff, Coby Walter
Streaming Technology by BlueCentral
PR Max/Spectrum

Generation Connected – A Facebook Cover Shoot

5 ethernet leads, a key to an electric bike, 2 scaples, an iPhone 5s cable, 1 old MiniDisc player (plus disks), 64g of sugarfree gum, a pink pinpong ball, 2 scalpels (plus blades), 2x pencil sharpeners, a mouse, a lomo camera, 1 St Judes disposable coffee cup, iPhone 4 earphones, a DVDR disk, 3 blocks of lego, 1 dvi connector, a dinosaur, 1 macbook plug adapter, a paperclip, ye olde iPod, aKlang USB, a LEAP motion and an HB pencil later…

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Maria Garcia, Antonny Sugianto, Catalina Gouverneur, Jessica Tong and James Théophane.

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One Million Photographers Shot of the Month Winner

As well as my flickr upload hitting the frontpage of Reddit, the shot has also won the prestigious One Million Photographers photography award.

[Skin to Skin] resonated with and caught the eye of the team because of the connection it made: the captured instant unravelling a momentous event, situation and story in one frame.  All the hallmarks of a good reportage shot.

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via thinkTANK Photo Shot of the Month: October – One Million Photographers.