So I saw this photo via Tamara Mann's Google+ of Jama ar-Rahman mosque in Baghdad (under construction):
And I commented that it looked like a spacecraft getting ready to lift off. She responded that it does have a certain Mos Eisley feel to it, which led me to create:
But then I thought, perhaps my original suggestion was more accurate:
Yay Photoshop! :)
At 53rd St and 6th Ave:
The giant brick building here now belongs to Google:
It began its life as a freight depot, then became home to the Port Authority. Now it houses a number of different tenants. It's SO HUGE. It's like a skyscraper turned on its side!
Parking is in short supply in New York:
And finally, I loved this cake at some shop called Lulu:
I went back to New York and toured MOMA again. I love that place. It made me so happy! Let's lead off with... The Menstruation Machine!
Here's a music video explanation of it:
Um, if that wasn't enough, here's what the placard had to say:
With her Menstruation Machine, Sputniko! explores the relationship between gender identity, biology, and choice. The device, equipped with a blood-dispensing system and electrodes that stimulate the lower abdomen, replicates the pain and bleeding of the average five-day menstrual period. It is designed to be worn by men, children, postmenopausal women, or whoever else wants to experience menstruation firsthand, transforming an internal, private process into a wearable display of identity. The video tells the story of Takashi, a biological male who builds the Menstruation Machine and wears it out on the town with a girlfriend, strutting around a shopping mall and occasionally doubling over in pain. Sputniko! notes that the Menstruation Machine may be particularly desirable now that hormone-based contraceptives such as the birth-control pill have rendered menstruation biologically unnecessary.
Btw, I love how this artist has an exclamation point in her name. :D Here's the music video for her other exhibit about a mechanical crow:
I love this idea of making music videos for your electronic art contraptions. :)
This is a Rubik's Cube for the blind, featuring braille on all the faces!
Even the out-of-order signs are awesome at MOMA:
And finally, for all the Point Break fans (I know you're out there :D), there was a Kathryn Bigelow exhibit, and here's a storyboard from the film!
I saw the image on the left floating around a few weeks ago, and then today I saw the one on the right:
Okay now can we just agree that (a) both corporations and governments provide value, and (b) they both still have flaws and could be improved? I guess I kind of disagree with the sentiments expressed by both of the original sets of protestors AND both of the image-creators who are mocking the protestors. Maybe I can unite everyone in common hatred of me? :)
This shot of putting on mascara…
…reminds me of this scene from A Clockwork Orange. :P
Putting on eyeshadow is much less frightening:
Every wedding needs one of those shots with the flowers in the foreground and subjects blurry in the background, right?
And finally, some hair curling action from before a wedding reception in another city: