The exhibition brings together the different perspectives and approaches of artists, product and fashion designers, as well as professionals in the catering field, on the concepts of service and serving.
“He lacks imagination and has no good ideas”, “it is impossible to sell animal stories in the USA”, “he is better off driving trucks”, “your material is not suitable for us at present”, “hardly one copy would sell here”, “interesting but it does not fit our plans”:
In Greece it’s been synonymous with the local company ZAMA (if you are wandering in the area around Acropolis you will probably come across their home-store) and abroad with the Japanese company YKK which didn’t invent it but was (and still is) its biggest manufacturer.
It certainly lacks the sophistication of the similar offer by New York’s Metropolitan Museum but fans of American “classic pop” of the 50s will certainly appreciate it: The Digital Comics Museum offers over 15,000 copies of comics from that era for free download –the only thing you need to do is register (without a charge), find the titles you want and download them. (There is no limit either).
The discussion about when digital processing of a photograph goes beyond the limit over which the photograph stops being an actual “photograph” didn’t start recently and isn’t going to end anytime soon. There are cases though, such as the “Site Specific” project by Italian photographer Olivo Barbieri, where the photographer doesn’t attempt to hide the processing.
I was writing somewhere else about the most popular picture of all times on Twitter, that of actress and Academy Awards hostess Ellen DeGeneres together with some of Hollywood’s most popular actors (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt et. Al)....
The inspiration was William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), one of the fathers of photography and the first man to grasp the concepts of “positive” and “negative” in regards to delivering an image; although in the era of digital photography these concepts have lost their meaning, they remain etched in our collective unconscious and they carry with them a small part of Talbot’s genius.
I discovered it very recently; contrary to what its inhabitants believe or proclaim, Japan is a big country and furthermore, I haven’t travelled beyond Honshu, the central island and this is in the northern, Hokkaido. So to get there, you need to either take a 3-4 hour train ride from either one of the local airports or from Sapporo, the area’s biggest city. And eventually reach the Tomamu resort and the terrace called “Unkai” or “sea of clouds”.