I am not sure what took Geoff Manaugh almost two years to write up his and Nicola Twilley's visit to Fort Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado, or GPS HQ.
Whatever it was, it is well worth the wait.
This is the first year I caught Radio Roundabout. The music is ironically crap and everything is achingly "just so" as only London-types do it.
It was worth it though, for great interview with Vanessa Hodgkinson and reminder of Mark Leckey's work The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things.
Turner Prize winner is hardly news, I know. I still thought of Leckey mainly as the Felix the Cat guy. It slipped my radar completely that his next work addresses IoT pretty much head on.
'The status of objects', Leckey argues, 'is changing, and we are once again in thrall to an enchanted world full of transformations and correspondences, a wonderful instability between things animate and inanimate, animal and human, mental and material'.
Hodgkinson's work, like For the Motherboard: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám is well worth checking out as well.
It is looking like cryptocurrencies might come and go, but that blockchain may remain. I've not read too many of growing number of explainers, but this one by Mougayar and an endorsement of sorts by Assaf Arkin.
Erik Spiekermann does everything with style. Including driving. His ride? A Wankel-driven NSU RO80.
It's looking damn smooth and it is spotless even beneath the bonnet. Berlin's not looking too shabby in the clip too.
--FOLGE #14 Erik Spiekermann from folge on [Vimeo]https://vimeo.com).--
The piece did not make it in to Folge Magazin. I am not sure why, but the line-up is pretty strong up there without it too.
Cover photo by Phillip Stewart - CC BY-SA 2.0.