Contemporary Informational Appendixes

Skeuomorphs are material metaphors, informational appendixes with no real function. Fragments of nostalgia, floating around, dishing out little whispers of comfortability.

From leather wrapping and stitches in cutting-edge apps for the iphone to a handle to small to be grabbed, skeuomorphs are the thalidomide babies of industrial and interface design. They provide reassurance that not all has changed, or, if all has indeed changed, one can still cling to memories and try to negate change.

In the end, some objects go full circle. Floppy disks were first a storage method represented on interfaces and now, even with the functional object gone, they linger on nearly every software interface.

This post was made possible by Jonathan Puckey. Guest post by Gui Machiavelli.

This entry was written by gui, posted on February 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm, filed under Digitalization, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Las Botas Picudas Tribales

Botas picudas, botas vaqueras exóticas or, simply, pointy boots are the dancing apparatus of mexican electronic tribal music dancers. A trend and an ornament originated in small villages, it has crept up its way towards the US – to name a few states, Texas, North Caroline Florida and Mississippi.

Ridiculed by many, the boots are seen as things worn only by chuntaros, the name for northern mexican natives and a derogative term for uncultured lower class citizens. And yet, they are objects of folk craftsmanship, symbols of pride not only for their bearers, but for their creators, always in search of creative solutions on how to make longer and pointier boots.

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This entry was written by gui, posted on February 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm, filed under Fashion, Folk, Subculture. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.


Hipster filters; Olga and Diana and Toy Cameras wannabes super imposed on war pictures. The faux-ravaged effects on top of vrai-ravaged people, places and things.

Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi embedded themselves in one of the marine battalions sent to Afghanistan on early 2011. Using Hipstamatic, they recorded their time in the war that started 10 years ago. We see the clash between the cool filters for rich kids with trendy phones and people who deal with death and violence every day.

Instead of parties in Brooklyn, gathering refugees around food aid trucks.

Instead of an indie chick doing an empty and misplaced peace sign, a ten-year-old who has lived as a refugee for 4 years.

The war presented in the language of the self-absorbed generation.

The whole expedition can be seen at Basetrack. TL;DR version on Flickr.

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This entry was written by gui, posted on January 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm, filed under Digitalization, Information Wars, Political glam. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.