Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Athens Bookmark Timewarp

recently I stumbled upon this old book on Athens, and you know how old books are, everything looks sort of cool, like the Academy in 1900
the text was kind of complaining about Athens, like this image showing Omonia square (otherwise know as Junkie Central) "before it became a transportation hub". I guess that must be quite some time ago.
there was a map of Athens but it looked kind of boring and I couldnt tell how old it was, but the book definetly looked old.
as always, a nice plan of the acropolis as a palace proposal
then finally a date, Omonia Square in 1932,  before cars and junkies
 but then something weird. this picture looks really old too but the buildings not that old, and it says 1980, even if the photographic quality looks like from the 30s
but even more confusingly, this picture says 1986, when there was definetly color photography right? and why do the cars look like something from Grease? was it a major 1950s revival in the 80s?
ok obviouly the book not only is made to look like a much older book than it is, its also getting all the dates wrong, like these two cuties here (Syngrou Avenue otherwise known as Tranny Boulevard, in 1905? with 70s' modernist knockoffs?)

even the scans are kind of warped
a building thats probably not even in Athens

of course the cover explains everything: Athens Past and Future, (timewarped)

Sunday, July 03, 2011

I took a Random Tumbl on a Book Friday

I havent been blogging as much because even if I had resisted Tumblr for the longest time, the fall into the abyss of Social Blogging was innevitable. Tumblr is great for random images that do not seem to be part of a larger post, like this image of a desert settlement from some book I scanned during a library hideout.
Tumbler has a dashboard view, which means you can follow people, so their images enter into your stream and of course your conciousness. This creates a unique combination of specificity and randomness.
Somehow the desert image seemed to lead to a photograph of a photograph ofTahrir square,
logically some pyramids came next,
which I perhaps found on Tumblr itself,
endlessly reblogged through time
they reminded me of some Stanley Tigerman pyramid city
that was lurking in a book-scan folder somewhere
weirdly sequing into a drawing of the Acropolis as a Palace,
as envisioned by megalomanic King Otto

and a plan of the Palace that actually he got, which typologically was a military barracks

morphing into some fake Greek ruins from the fabulous Mexico 68 Olympics,
which was before we all realised that the Olympics are just a big construction scam
to drown dumbass countries into forever debt

and out of nowhere came this image of the Acropolis angrily exploding

then a hand sculpture peeked out from a bad scan
of an intentionally deserted post-modern plaza by Oswald Mathias Ungers
absurdly followed by an exhibition of typewriters on strange marble plinths
and gloriously concluding with some Archizoom Red Square urbanism
PS: A Fish Faucet