Just a reminder that following a skip month, PauseTalk returns this coming Monday (February 2) at Cafe Pause. Start time is 20:00 as usual, and I’d urge everyone who plans on coming to try and arrive on time, because it’s a bit awkward to have people arrive throughout the session — I know it’s unavoidable for some, I’d just like to avoid it if possible.
Looking forward to finding out what everyone is up to, and what is being planned for 2009!
Paul sends me word that there’s one week left to apply for the “UK-Japan 2008 Collaborative Project Grant.” Find out more here.
Mekas posts a very long interview with magazine editor/photographer Yasumasa Yonehara.
My weekly Tokyo post for MoCo Loco is up, this time covering Shunsuke Terada’s Oblique vase (above), Jin Kuramoto’s Lilliput series, and Satoshi Nakagawa’s Handy Birdy Minny ballpoint pen.
James Patterson shares his time between the US and Japan — he’s a PauseTalker too — and the latest project he’s worked on is an iPhone version of WordPop — here’s a direct link to the iTunes App Store. The premise is that you make words out of blocks on the screen, racking up points. Simple and fun.
Interesting idea: Norihiko Terayama‘s “Claska 701 Someone’s Atelier” installation is actually set up in one of the hotel’s rooms (701, of course). Even better, you can stay in the room. Spoon & Tamaga posts more details and photos.
In case you missed last night’s airing on NHK of the show featuring Ryue Nishizawa and Bakusho Mondai, it will be rerun February 2 at 15:15, and February 3 at 8:30 (on BS2). The page for the show also now includes more commentary from everyone involved (Japanese-only).
I just put up a post about the PechaKucha Night event held in Denver last week over at PechaKucha Daily, and wanted to share the image above, of the audience spelling out PKN with their mobile phones — love the effect it created. Maybe we should try and make it happen at tomorrow’s Tokyo edition!
A special edition issue of OK Fred — produced in collaboration with last month’s “Death by Basel” exhibition at Art Basel 2008 in Miami and featuring an interview with the Boredoms’ EYE Yamataka — is now available for purchase online. The 76-page publication is $15 — here’s a look at a few pages inside.
Yet another casualty of the precarious economic climate: Kateigaho International Edition is now over. Quite a shame — it was an attractive magazine, and I had the pleasure of contributing a few pieces to it in the past.