Archive for August, 2010

Two exhibits that should prove to be absolutely amazing are running concurrently at the Osaka National Museum of Art through September 12th. The poster art of Tadanori Yokoo has become legendary and even though I’ve been to three exhibits of his work since I’ve been in Japan, I just can’t seem to get enough.  Yokoo’s […]


The ゴキブリホイホイ (“Gokiburi Hoi-Hoi”) is the mousetrap of cockroach removal devices; it’s a model of simplicity in conception and execution, and yet so absolutely effective that it’s hard to think of any way in which it could be improved.  The Gokiburi Hoi-Hoi has been around since 1973, from what I can gather, and uses the […]


This animated map showing all 2,053 of the nuclear detonations that occurred during the 20th century, recently featured on Boing Boing, is a stark reminder of the political insanity at the core of the nuclear arms race.  Because most of these detonations were secret, or at least kept out of sight, it’s startling to realize […]


BLU, the Bologna-based street artist and wall-art animator who is responsible for the amazing COMBO and MUTO videos has recently released BIG BANG BIG BOOM, another masterpiece.  As with his other work, BLU investigates the relationships between animation, artwork, and bringing urban space to life — this time using the twin tropes of evolution and […]