Monthly Archives: March 2010

Ginger Biscuits and Deodorant Guns

IMAGE: A unintentional theme from the Headspace: Scent As Design conference – at least three different speakers used this random archival photo in their presentations. In his book The Emperor of Scent, Chandler Burr describes the case of Janet Rippard, “a former nurse living in rather a remote part of Scotland.” Rippard was suffering from […]

Publishing Food #3

April 1st has seen its share of food hoaxes, including the BBC’s legendary 1957 spaghetti harvest documentary, which featured a family from Ticino in Switzerland gathering a bumper spaghetti crop, following a mild winter and the “virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil.” But April 1 also marks the birthday of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, grandfather of […]

The Taste of Quarantine

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of the Landscapes of Quarantine studio that Geoff Manaugh and I ran last autumn was its multidisciplinarity. On any given Tuesday evening, we’d see a game designer giving feedback to a set designer, a comic book illustrator comparing storylines with a fiction writer, and architects brainstorming with artists. Meanwhile, the resulting works – on display now at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City – were realised in materials as diverse as bentonite clay, Aerochrome film, medical-grade Tyvek, and tear-off pads.

The Scent of Climate Change

According to Dr. Abdul Latiff Mohamad, professor in the School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences of the National University of Malaysia, the combination of rising temperatures and increased air pollution in Kuala Lumpur is weakening the scent of flowers.

Tasty World Tour

It’s A Tasty World – Food Science Now! is a special exhibition currently on display at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition was designed by Assistant, an international & interdisciplinary design practice.

Landscapes of Quarantine

I’m delighted to announce that Landscapes of Quarantine, an exhibition I co-curated with Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG, will be opening at New York City’s Storefront for Art and Architecture at 7 p.m. on March 10. Unfortunately, that means that we’re spending this week painting, installing, and picking up beer for the opening – apologies for the lack of posts in the meantime.