{ feuilleton }

Avatar

• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.

Archive for the ‘Prague’ tag

 

Liska’s Golem

golem.jpg

The Last Golem from The Nights of Prague (1969). Since watching The Cremator I’ve been listening to Zdenek Liska’s music from the early Svankmajer films, and following leads to the composer’s other work. One film with a Liska score that I’d not previously come across is Prazské noci (The Nights of Prague, 1968), one of […]

Posted in {fantasy}, {film}, {music} | 1 comment »

 


The Cremator by Juraj Herz

cremator1.jpg

The Cremator, a film directed by Juraj Herz, missed out on the attention given to other Czech films in the late 1960s, something the Brothers Quay note in their enthusiastic introduction to the Second Run DVD. Unlike other films made during the Czech New Wave, Herz’s film premiered in 1969 then was promptly banned, and […]

Posted in {fantasy}, {film}, {horror}, {music} | Comments Off

 


Tokyo details

tokyo01.jpg

Another enormous gigapixel panorama appeared this week, this one being a view from the Tokyo Tower by Jeffrey Martin. Some cities suit this detailed bird’s-eye view more than others. A similar panorama of Prague wasn’t as interesting for me as the view over London which appeared at the beginning of this year. Tokyo from this […]

Posted in {architecture}, {photography} | Comments Off

 


More Golems

barta.jpg

Golem by Jiri Barta. There are always more golems. Among recent reading I’ve been catching up with the works of Michael Chabon, and have just finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000), a novel concerned with several things that obsessed me when I was 13, namely Harry Houdini, conjuring tricks and the Empire […]

Posted in {animation}, {books}, {comics}, {fantasy}, {film} | 2 comments »

 


Weekend links 95

skidoo.jpg

Seven Songs (1982) by 23 Skidoo. Sleeve by Neville Brody. The first volume of The Graphic Canon will be published in May by Seven Stories Press, a collection of comic strip adaptations and illustrations edited by Russ Kick. The anthology has already picked up some attention at the Guardian—Western canon to be rewritten as three-volume […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {comics}, {film}, {illustrators}, {music}, {painting}, {photography}, {politics}, {science fiction}, {science}, {sculpture}, {surrealism}, {typography}, {work} | Comments Off

 


The art of Jindrich Styrsky, 1899–1942

styrsky1.jpg

From a late Surrealist to an early one. Jindrich Styrsky is a Czech artist best remembered today for his collages but he was also a painter, a photographer and a publisher of erotic material. He illustrated and published a Czech edition of Lautréamont’s Maldoror, and helped found the Surrealismus review in Prague. The Bathe (1934). […]

Posted in {art}, {books}, {collage}, {photography}, {surrealism} | Comments Off

 


Screening Kafka

kafka1.jpg

Kafka (1991). This week I completed the interior design for a new anthology from Tachyon, Kafkaesque, edited by John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly. It’s a collection of short stories either inspired by Franz Kafka, or with a Kafka-like atmosphere, and features a high calibre of contributions from writers including JG Ballard, Jorge Luis Borges, […]

Posted in {books}, {comics}, {design}, {fantasy}, {film}, {horror}, {science fiction}, {television}, {theatre}, {work} | 13 comments »

 


Angkor panoramas

angkor3.jpg

Ta Phrom by Rob van Gils. A Cambodian architecture post by Will from 50 Watts sent me to 360 Cities for some panoramic views of the temples of Angkor and environs. I always prefer the sight of these places in their weed-infested state even though all those weeds and tree roots were slowly destroying the […]

Posted in {architecture}, {photography} | 5 comments »

 


Sedlec Ossuary panoramas

sedlec1.jpg

A couple of panoramic views from the celebrated Sedlec Ossuary in the Cemetery Church of All Saints at Sedlec, Kutná Hora in the Czech Republic. The quality of these isn’t as good as some of the panoramas I’ve linked to in the past but they help give an idea of the crypt which is now […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {film}, {photography}, {religion}, {sculpture} | Comments Off

 


Weekend links 53

egyptian.jpg

Ancient Egyptian capitals from The Grammar of Ornament (1856) by Owen Jones at Egyptian Revival. • Golden Age Comic Book Stories has been pulling out all the stops recently with entries for Will Bradley, Alphonse Mucha’s Documents Decoratifs (a companion volume to Combinaisons Ornementales), and pages from My Name is Paris (1987) illustrated by Michael […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art nouveau}, {art}, {books}, {comics}, {design}, {drugs}, {electronica}, {film}, {gay}, {illustrators}, {magazines}, {music}, {photography} | 5 comments »

 


Pascal Sébah

sebah1.jpg

Studio portrait of models wearing traditional clothing from the provinces of Hedjaz (Hejaz), Yemen and Tripoli, Ottoman Empire (1873). Photo prints by Turkish photographer Pascal Sébah (1823–1886) at the Library of Congress. I always like to see photos of ruins in the wild, so to speak, as they generally were in the 19th century before […]

Posted in {architecture}, {photography} | Comments Off

 


Designs on Kafka

kafka.jpg

Book covers of the week are a series of new Kafka designs by Peter Mendelsund for Schocken, a set comprising eight paperbacks which will be out this summer in the US. What’s notable about these designs aside from their minimal style is the way they dispense with the visual clichés which have accumulated around Kafka’s […]

Posted in {books}, {design}, {typography} | Comments Off

 


Arcades panoramas

arcade6.jpg

Norwich Royal Arcade. More arcades and more panoramas from that favourite haunt of mine, 360 Cities. The Norwich Royal Arcade is an Art Nouveau-styled affair by George Skipper which features the inevitable coffee shop among its offerings. The Milan Galleria, meanwhile, is probably the most ostentatious arcade in the world but its expensive fashion houses […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art nouveau}, {cities}, {design}, {photography} | 1 comment »

 


Alhambra cyanotypes

alhambra1.jpg

The cyanotype process is a very old photographic printing technique and also the source of the word “blueprint”, after the process became common among builders and engineers for the printing of plans. The technique also has its enthusiasts today, some examples of which can be seen here. These views of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, […]

Posted in {architecture}, {photography}, {technology} | 1 comment »

 


Weekend links 27

wang.jpg

Annie Duels The Sun (2010) by Angie Wang. I’m interviewed again, this time by James at Cardboard Cutout Sundown. Covering familiar subjects for {feuilleton} readers: art history, design, Lovecraft, the genre/mainstream seesaw, etc. Related: Jeff VanderMeer previewed my design for the forthcoming Steampunk Reloaded. • Battle over legacy of father of Art Nouveau. Prague authorities […]

Posted in {art nouveau}, {art}, {books}, {design}, {fantasy}, {film}, {kubrick}, {lovecraft}, {music}, {painting}, {religion}, {science fiction}, {technology}, {work} | Comments Off

 


Weekend links 26

library.jpg

The interior of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County “Old Main” Building, 1874. Reblogged over the past few days on numerous Tumblr postings, none of whom had bothered to find out any details about the picture. I’m with Silent Porn Star on the contextless reblogging issue. • Keith Richards et Mick Jagger à […]

Posted in {art}, {black and white}, {books}, {design}, {drugs}, {illustrators}, {music}, {occult}, {painting}, {photography}, {psychedelia}, {science}, {television} | 4 comments »

 


Edinburgh, 1929

edinburgh1.jpg

2A Arthur Street. Samples from a collection of photographs by Alfred Henry Rushbrook at the National Library of Scotland’s Flickr pages showing the St Leonards area of Edinburgh. These were taken in 1929 but the age of the buildings and the curiously fogged appearance of the prints makes them seem a lot older. The City […]

Posted in {architecture}, {cities}, {photography} | Comments Off

 


Stonehenge panorama

stonehenge.jpg

I would have posted this for the Solstice yesterday had it not been for the Chronophage. The panorama is at a BBC page since the corporation is one of the few organisations with the weight to gain permission to photograph the stones up close. Unless you’re an archaeologist or an English Heritage official your view […]

Posted in {architecture}, {photography}, {religion} | 3 comments »

 


Weekend links 18

fini.jpg

Rogomelec (1978) by Leonor Fini. Via. • Moving Through Old Daylight: A recording of Mark Fisher, Jim Jupp and Julian House of Ghost Box Recordings and Iain Sinclair in conversation at the Roundhouse, Camden, London, 5 June 2010. Topics under discussion included Nigel Kneale, TC Lethbridge, John Foxx, BBC Radiophonic Workshop, alchemies of sound, the […]

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {books}, {comics}, {design}, {electronica}, {film}, {gay}, {kubrick}, {music}, {painting}, {photography}, {sculpture}, {surrealism}, {technology} | Comments Off

 


Old Bunker Hill

bunker.jpg

One of a number of photos of the elegantly decayed houses of early Los Angeles by ex-vaudeville artist George Mann. On Bunker Hill is a site dedicated to this vanished area of the city. These never-before-published color images of old Bunker Hill were originally displayed in 3-D viewers of Mann’s own design, which were leased […]

Posted in {architecture}, {cities}, {photography} | 1 comment »

 


 



    August 2014
    M T W T F S S
    « Jul    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    25262728293031

 

tracker

 


 

“feed your head”