Bruce Sterling

The Mind’s Eye: The Art of Omni

BOOKS

September 2014

THIS BOOK WAS ASSEMBLED by two determined amateurs, who rescued the dusty archives of Omni magazine from abandoned storage facilities. Brian Aldiss used to say that the core moral tale of science fiction is “Hubris clobbered by Nemesis.… READ ON

IN PRINT September 2014 [TOC]

CLOSE-UP: DATA MINE

Bruce Sterling on Petra Cortright’s HELL_TREE

September 2012

EARLY NET ART was like building ships in a bottle: arcane, difficult, and little appreciated. It was generally best pursued when cooped up in a state-sponsored computer lab in newly liberated Estonia.  Petra Cortright is a contemporary … READ ON

IN PRINT September 2012 [TOC]

Shrouded Skies

Bruce Sterling on Hartmut Bitomsky’s Dust

May 2011

THE RATHER WRITERLY GERMAN director Hartmut Bitomsky likes to quote Oulipian writer Raymond Queneau. A work of art, according to Queneau, needs a rules-based structure. If those rules remain invisible, then the unseen and paranoia-inducing … READ ON

FILM

F. T. Marinetti

FUTURISM

October 2009

FUTURISM, ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD this year, arose from a decadent Italian playboy’s near-death experience. The innovative young gentleman in question, F. T. Marinetti, was frittering away his father’s large fortune by publishing Symbolist… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2009 [TOC]

“Futurismo 100: Illuminations”

January 2009

On the centenary of F. T. Marinetti’s racketing, moon-killing Futurist Manifesto, Italy’s loudest and boldest avant-garde movement will be celebrated this year in three exhibitions, the first of which is in Rovereto.… READ ON

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Hartmut Bitomsky’s Dust

FILM

November 2008

THE RATHER WRITERLY GERMAN director Hartmut Bitomsky likes to quote Oulipian writer Raymond Queneau. A work of art, according to Queneau, needs a rules-based structure. If those rules remain invisible, then the unseen and paranoia-inducing … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2008 [TOC]

“Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling”

May 2008

The world is littered, according to “Home Delivery's” time line, with nearly two centuries' worth of failed prefab. But will the need for “sustainability” finally blast prefab out of the trailer park and into mass acceptance?… READ ON

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“Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe”

May 2008

The atomic age is fading on its grainy analog newsreels, so it’s high time for the twenty-first century to place Buckminster Fuller in a romantically tinted retrospective. He’s quite an appealing figure, the space-age Thoreau, puffing … READ ON

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Green Fashion

MEDIA

June 2006

CLIMATE CHANGE isn’t a vogue, because vogues go away when they get boring.  Vanity Fair, along with Vogue and Elle, discovered climate change this season. These are three very trendy magazines, but climate change is no mere trend. Global… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2006 [TOC]

“Safe: Design Takes on Risk”

September 2005

Curated by Paola Antonelli and Patricia Juncosa Vecchierini Imagine the grim security theater performed by weary airline passengers, stripped of dignity, dropping their shoes into gray dishwashing tubs. Now picture the colorful, sleek, … READ ON

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