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The Weekender

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Nobody likes rules. For too long we’ve lived our lives governed by their tyranny, and have gone about doing what we were told, minding the gap and not hitting people in the face with hammers. Actually that hammer one’s a good rule. But most of them are rubbish and now there’s protest in the air with people occupying stuff. Take that Rules-y McGee the Rule Man! In that spirit of defiance, this is a bumper edition of The Weekender. Yep you heard right, can’t hold us down anymore….

Best of the blog

This week has been joyous, no doubt about it. We almost wept with joy at Modern Art Oxford’s poster collection, we were bowled over by Sarah Leavitt’s way of taking on the tale of her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s and had my prejudices about night photography courtesy of William Eckersley.

Best of the rest

Lots of interesting stuff around this week but major tips-of-the-hat to Design Boom’s piece on Kobi Levi’s extraordinary footwear art, to this sneeze-inducing dandelion installation found on Collage and to The New York Times for their awesome Lego “T” for their magazine cover.

Tweet of the week

“Guy in the street just said hello to me but don’t know him. This ain’t the north you know.”
@sbearne made us guffaw with this guide to london etiquette.

Animated pig-based social commentary of the week

“We were all thinking it” moment of the week

You know the feeling, you’re standing in a gallery contemplating a major piece of Renaissance art, grappling with its complexities, with the artist’s talents, with its socio-cultural impact and all you can really think is – how ugly is that baby on the left? Thankfully there’s a Tumblr collecting ugly painted babies now.

Tower of the week

Yeah, yeah pipe down Eiffel, you weren’t built for monster watching like this bad boy in Norway.

Taking time-wasting to a whole new level of the week

Want to paint with Nicholas Cage’s head? Course you do…

Meme of the week

You may have seen this genuinely unsettling story about a policeman in California casulaly pepper-spraying a group of peaceful student protesters. Within days this blog had sprung up with said policeman meting out his horrific form of justice in various famous faces. Amusing and powerful – it’s the internet doing what it does best.

Gesture of the week

Ai Weiwei’s supporters were so incensed that the artist is facing a porn investigation, they did this. Which is great, but the masks they have chosen to preserve their modesty kind of remind of us of this.

Mixtape of the week

So it turns out Cameron Crowe persuaded Matt Damon to take the role in uber-literally-named film We Bought a Zoo by making him a tape of songs. And you thought Hollywood negotations were all table-banging and cocaine. Bet you can’t guess any of the ones he chose though – clue they’re not in any way zoo-related.

Vertigo-inducing video of the week

A series of god’s eye view shots from film and TV shows set to The Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Kudos Brian Carroll, kudos indeed!

(Found via FormFiftyFive)

Have we smashed the system yet? I’m cold. Enjoy the weekend you scamps!

Ra

Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.