Previously in the City: DANCING TRASH BAG, Mathieu Tremblin, 2012, Rome (IT)


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Posted on March 6, 2014


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How do I know which bathroom stall is super gross???????? Does this water fountain taste like pennies?? Will I get splashed if I stand at this bus stop? Which park bench has the best view? Which tree is the best for naps???

These are the questions that haunt F.A.T. Visiting Artist and punk-ass freshmore MLV, a.k.a. 1055. Borrowing the visual language of rating sites like Yelp, UrbanSpoon, or Charmin’s charming SitOrSquat (and hosted here by her professor, F.A.T. Virtual Research Fellow Golan Levin), MLV has created a set of downloadable stencil patterns for indicating ratings on a five-star scale.


5-Star Graffiti joins F.A.T.’s suite of homebrew “infoviz graffiti” technologies for urban markup and locative information visualization, such as our Adjustable Pie Chart Stencil and the QR Stenciler and Hobo Codes. Taken together, these tools enable the high-speed annotation of urban surfaces with universally understood patterns for displaying quantitative information. 5-Star Graffiti is particularly well-suited for situated visualization — when the content of the markup is tightly coupled to the specific location at which it has been deployed. In this way, 5-Star Graffiti becomes a simple, portable tool for warning fellow citizens about danger and cluing them into good situations.

A four-star parkbench

A four-star parkbench.

Inform the masses of your important opinions on toilets, crosswalks, maps, access ramps, staircases, railings, monuments, billboards, and everything else that needs rated! 5-Star Graffiti is available in laser-cutter ready PDF, EPS, and AI formats. (The ZIP also contains a single-cut modification with removable/replaceable stars!)



5-Star Graffiti is made possible with support from the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. thx!!!!!!


Posted on March 4, 2014


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Welcome to the 10th annual X-MIX, an end of the year mixtape celebration (admittedly a bit late). As always, these aren’t necessarily songs that were released last year, but just a collection of favorite things I listened to in 2013. Merry (late) X-MIX Internet!

(download here)

Track listing:
– Len Smith, Copyright Basics: How to Protect Your Work from Piracy
– Paul Simon, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
– Jay Z (Ft Rick Ross), Fuck With Me You Know I Got It
– 2 Chainz, Where U Been?
– Velvet Underground, Sunday Morning
– A$AP Ferg, Let It Go
– James Blake, Life Round Here
– Killer Mike and El-P, Run The Jewels
– David Bowie, Rock n Roll Suicide
– 2 Chainz, Fork
– The Beatles, A Taste of Honey
– Rockabye Baby, Sweet Child O’ Mine
– Jay Z, Tom Ford
– Boldy James, BOLD
– Wu-Tang Clan, For Heaven’s Sake
– FeDEX, Hold music
– Len Smith, Copyright Basics: How to Protect Your Work from Piracy

Or, skip the mix and head straight for the hit single Sweet Child O’ Mine (lullaby version) –Vs— Tom Ford (Jay-Z):

Ghosts of X-MIX past: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Posted on March 3, 2014


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Valentines day is tomorrow, if you didn’t already make a dinner reservation 10 months ago you’re screwed. Inspired by Ai Weiwei, I made a 12 step program as a holiday gift guide just in time for Valentines day.

.. for overpriced roses

.. overpriced roses

FAT does ai weiwei for valentines day

.. FTD

..crappy white bears and bad chocolate

..bears and bad chocolate



.. growing up with fairy tales

.. over priced flowers

..and more overpriced flowers


.. and lipstick

.. and the lipstick aisles


.. for push up bras

.. for push up bras and underwear that rides up your butt


.. for uncomfortable positions in uncomfortable underwear

.. and reality made by Photoshop



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