Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Santa Cruz massacre.
NewPage Corporation is one of the largest pulp mill and paper distributing companies in the world and, at first glance, it seems to be a company that is taking its corporate responsibility seriously. Much of their website is devoted to the policies and systems put in place by NewPage to offset the carbon ‘footprint’ of the organisation. Their stated intentions are certainly commendable. Often times it is a lack of transparency and oversight that allow large companies to continue practices with high short-term returns at the expense of the natural environment in the long term.
In lieu of that, NewPage appears to be doing just what their name suggests; stepping up and educating the public and retailers on best practices when it comes to sustainability.
Living Light is an interactive architectural installation in South Korea’s capital Seuol designed by American and Korean architects David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang. It’s part of an ambitious project aimed at creating structures that respond to both the physical and cultural environment. In their words the Living Architecture Lab aims to “to make visible the invisible forces that shape our world”.
Italian street artist Blu has recently uploaded an epic collaborative animation project with American artist David Ellis. His creatures are brought to life using stop-motion animation where key frames are painted on walls and streets, sometimes at scales of ten or twenty meters, and then painstakingly whitewashed and re-painted.
After 16 years Melbourne band The Lucksmiths have parted company. Their last few shows were at the corner hotel where they went back over 11 albums and picked out the crowd favourites. The Lucksmiths never get a lot of airplay but they had a great great number of nostalgic little songs about Melbourne celebrating domesticity and relationships.
More shots from the VCA rally through Melbourne yesterday.
I don’t think the stills really do justice the theatrics of the students so I’ll upload some video over the next couple of days as well. Geoffrey Rush gave a wonderfully impassioned speech about the importance of arts education and practical acting training before the rally started and you can see the first half of it here.
I thought I’d post something up about my favourite photographic ad campaign this year. US photographer Dustin Humphrey has shot a series of surreal composites of surf action shots and underwater still-lifes for surf brand Insight. the campaign involved building elaborate beatnik set pieces off the coast of Bali above and below sea level. The campaign took out the Sony World Photography Award for commercial advertising.
The City of Melbourne has unveiled its new corporate identity this week. Designed by Landor, one of the largest marketing and design agencies in the world, the new identity is designed to be “synonymous with the modern, vibrant, cool city Melbourne is today and will continue to be in the future” according to our current Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle. The new logo definitely ticks the ‘cool’ and ‘modern’ boxes but it doesn’t reflect the history of the city and says very little about the lifestyle of its residents.
In 2008 I went to East Timor with some volunteers from my high school to install an electrical system for a school in a village called Zumalai on the south coast. We brought over some tools and electrical equipment and I brought back a few words in Tetum and a cute little tropical parasite.