Tom Friedman — Untitled (Pizza), 2013
by Adrian Searle
Wednesday 2 May 2012 12.35 EDT
[A review of Bauhaus: Art as Life Barbican Art Gallery, London EC2, 3 May - 12 August, 2012]
Tracing the trajectory of the radical German art and design school from its founding in Dessau by Walter Gropius in 1919 to its closure in Berlin in 1933, the exhibition Bauhaus: Art as Life is superb. It is filled with fascinating and often beautiful things, from table lamps to ceramic pots, glove puppets to advertising posters for Nivea, school party invitations, dresses, photographic portraiture, gorgeous weaving and much besides.
The Bauhaus tried to encompass both old and emerging technologies and bring a new approach to everything – from stained glass to advertising, theatre design to packaging, furniture to painting and sculpture. It was the last thoroughgoing attempt to apply a consistent idea to modern living, and we still live with and among its ideas and artefacts. At the time, everyone involved was feeling the way forward. There is a sense here of the genuinely exploratory.
The Bauhaus: costume for the Neue Sachlichkeit [New Objectivity] Party, 1925
“The Bauhaus was held together as much by social gatherings and festivities as by [Walter] Gropius’s vision for a new art school. These celebrations promoted contact between school and public, giving free rein to masters and students to demonstrate creativity and design invention, conceiving invitations, posters, costumes and decorations.
“The Bauhaus parties moved from improvisations and seasonal Festivals to spectacular and monumental stage productions in Dessau. The highpoint was in 1929 with the resplendent Metal Party. They entered the building by sliding down a large chute that deposited them in the first of several rooms decorated with silver spherical balls”
— Barbican Art Gallery, 2012. Bauhaus: Art as Life; Koenig Books
Computerworld - Microsoft late Friday confirmed that a “zero-day,” or unpatched, vulnerability exists in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8), the company’s most popular browser.
According to multiple security firms, the vulnerability has been used in active exploits, including “watering hole”-style attacks against the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Energy, targeting workers at the latter agency involved in nuclear weapons research.
On Friday, Microsoft published a security advisory that acknowledged the bug. In the advisory, the company also said that other versions of Internet Explorer, including the newer IE9 and IE10, are not affected, and that the firm is working on an update to patch the problem.
No timetable for a fix was provided. The next scheduled security update from Microsoft will ship Tuesday, May 14.
White Men, Everyone Else: Gender and Ethnic Diversity on Cable News
Media Matters spent the month of April reviewing evening guests on cable news. The results, unfortunately, don’t surprise: CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC “overwhelmingly host male and white guests.”
Read through for the details as the watchdog group breaks down the numbers for each network. We learn, for instance, that “Out of 1,677 total guests, CNN had the largest proportion of men — 76 percent — during the month of April;” and “Fox News had the largest proportion of white guests — 83 percent.”
Hat tip to Chris Hayes, whose show is the most diverse in cable evening news. And getting there isn’t very difficult. “We just would look at the board and say, ‘We already have too many white men. We can’t have more,’” Hayes told Ann Friedman at the Columbia Journalism Review back in March. “Really, that was it.”
Images: Diversity On Evening Cable News, via Media Matters. Select to embiggen.
San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive — F-117 Tests
Catalog #: 10_0016120
Title: F-117 Tests
Additional Information: Wind Tunnel Model Lockheed Martin
Tags: F-117 Tests, Wind Tunnel Model Lockheed Martin, 1985-1989
Repository: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive
Lockheed Have Blue was the code name for Lockheed’s demonstrator (i.e., “proof of concept”) that preceded the F-117 Nighthawk production stealth aircraft. Have Blue was designed by Lockheed’s Skunk Works division, and tested at Groom Lake, Nevada. The Have Blue was the first fixed-wing aircraft designed from anelectrical engineering (rather than an aerospace engineering) perspective. The aircraft’s plate-like, faceted shape was designed to deflect electromagnetic waves, greatly reducing its radar signature. Two flyable vehicles were constructed, but both crashed during the flight-test program.
To design the aircraft, the Skunk Works’ design team devised acomputer program to calculate the radar cross-sections (RCS) of various designs. The eventual design characteristically featured faceted surfaces to deflect radar waves elsewhere. It had highly-swept wings and inward-canted vertical stabilizers, which led to its being nicknamed “Hopeless Diamond”. The first operational aircraft made itsmaiden flight on 1 December 1977. The flight test program validated the feasibility of a flyable stealth aircraft. However, both prototypes were lost due to mechanical problems. Nevertheless, Have Blue was deemed a success, paving the way for the first operational stealth aircraft, Senior Trend, or F-117 Nighthawk.
Westpol architects created this wonderfully picturesque spot in Vöcklabruck, Austria.