I have been checking Amazon.fr for weeks now, waiting to be able to snag this film that appears to be tailor made for me. Today, it is finally available for pre-order! Release date is April 3rd. I opted for the slow shipping so as not to double the price of the dvd. I couldn’t tell from Amazon if the movie would have English subtitles available as an option, but I have left a note on their facebook page and will update if I hear back!
If you have not yet heard about the movie, here is Retro Tech Geneva’s excellent post.
EDIT: This IS a region 2 dvd. Make sure you have a dvd player that can read this format!
Below are some pictures from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Below that are pictures from the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman ride in the Marvel section of the park. As you walk through the line, you pass through The Daily Bugle, the newspaper from the comics. There are some great posters on the walls, and I also spotted several typewriters on desks! They appear to be Royal desktops that have been completely covered in an unfortunate grey paint. Click here for a full gallery of pictures from my trip to Florida, including pictures of me with Wolverine, Cyclops, and the Green Goblin!
Artist Makes ASCII Art Physical With Typewriter
- By Katie Scott
Many wordsmiths have created their magna opera on typewriters, tapping away into the early hours of the morning, but artist Keira Rathbone uses these now largely obsolete machines to type pictures.
Rathbone started creating these typographic works of art in 2003. She told Wired UK: “The idea came to me in a blinding flash, one day sitting in my bedroom with my typewriter, nothing to write, but a desire to press the keys.“As soon as I attempted my first visual piece on the typewriter, I was hooked and knew this would be my main art form. I could then see that the possibilities were endless (and still are, eight years later).”
The artist was inspired by images that are made up from smaller constituent parts — whether the pixels of a TV screen or dots of color in a painting. She emulated this with her work and says it offers the viewer different perspectives dependent on how they are looking at the works.
“I like that my work carries different meanings from different distances.” A piece of work could take a few seconds, or potentially many hours. Rathbone adds, “It depends what I’m typing and when I decide that it’s finished.”
She says that the art receives very positive responses from adults — and intrigue from children: “I have people contacting me from all over the world congratulating me on my art and creativity. When I’m typing live I get the word ‘amazing’ directed my way a lot. This is motivating for me, but also encourages me to keep on thinking about pushing the boundaries of it. Children’s responses are interesting as there is a certain age of child that has never seen a typewriter.”
Rathbone is joining a long list of typewriter artists, with The Typewriter Museum claiming that the earliest example of this art form dates back to 1898 — it was a picture of a butterfly typed on a Bar-lock typewriter.
Among the more recent masters was Paul Smith, an American suffering from severe cerebral palsy, who created hundreds of pictures. Rathbone adds an element of theatricality to her art, turning her typing into what she terms “a sort of live installation.”
She recently performed at Glastonbury and is off to Bestival with her “sonic typewriter” — a machine that has been adapted to give out “twisted sounds” as she types. She also has an exhibition on at the Upsy Daisy Bakery in Hammersmith, London, which will run until Sept. 2. (And if the lure of artistic merit is not enough for you, they make charming cupcakes!).
See more of Rathbone’s work in Wired UK’s gallery.
So there I was, eating breakfast and catching up on one of my summer guilty pleasures, America’s Got Talent (judged by 2 Brits and a Canuk), and who should appear but a group calling themselves the Boston Typewriter Orchestra! Sadly the judges were not impressed, and they only got about a minute of screentime, but of course I enjoyed the crazy random happenstance of seeing a group of typing enthusiasts show up on my TV. I found a clip of the performance on youtube, and thought you guys might enjoy it as well. Their screentime starts at 0:38.
If you’re interested in seeing more, I noticed a few other videos of longer performances on youtube. Enjoy!
Munk steals all the good posts, but I wanted to commemorate the event on my own blog, so if you haven’t already seen it you can view our hot typewriter day adventure here at his blog.
Artist Jeremy Mayer created this typewriter component assemblage entitled Bust V (Grandfather) as a portrait of himself in old age. First and foremost, it’s a statement about transitions, especially of the technological variety, and the role of “the personal mechanical machine” in modern society. With all of the news about the closing of the world’s last manual typewriter assembly line, Godrej in India, and all of the buzz about typewriters in popular culture, I feel like this is a great statement about this moment. I sense a great deal of nervousness in general about the advance of technology and what that means for people who are unwilling or unable to move on to the next step. I feel like this piece speaks of that worry in many ways.Hopefully, he won’t think any less of the sculpture when he discovers that typewriters are still in production. Bust V will be displayed for the first time at Maker Faire, May 21-22, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I stumbled across this article earlier and thought it was an interesting piece that some of you Typerati might be interested in. I’ve been away for a while, but I’m still here! Finally got my Hermes Rocket back from the shop, and I’ve also acquired a near pristine condition Smith Corona Super Sterling. Posts to come on both typewriters soon, I promise!