Charles Cork, Jean Pierre Léaud and Nicky Tesco in I hired a contract killer, a film by Aki Kaurismäki, 1990.
Alphonse Laurencic, Celdas psicotécnicas, Barcelona and elsewhere, 1937-9. Modernist torture cells designed by an anarchist for use against Franco’s nationalist army in the Spanish Civil War.Beds were placed at a 20 degree angle, making them near-impossible to sleep on, and the floors of the 6ft by 3ft cells was scattered with bricks and other geometric blocks to prevent prisoners from walking backwards and forwards, according to the account of Laurencic’s trial.
The only option left to prisoners was staring at the walls, which were curved and covered with mind-altering patterns of cubes, squares, straight lines and spirals which utilised tricks of colour, perspective and scale to cause mental confusion and distress.
Lighting effects gave the impression that the dizzying patterns on the wall were moving.
A stone bench was similarly designed to send a prisoner sliding to the floor when he or she sat down. Some cells were painted with tar so that they would warm up in the sun and produce asphyxiating heat.
The Soto Dolmen after Restoration
- An aerial picture of the Soto dolmen in Trigueros, Huelva. In the midst of the agricultural landscape of southwestern Spain, the Soto dolmen, a major megalithic monument of 60 meters in diameter and 3.5 meters high, has regained its splendor after a nine-year restoration. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images
- The architectural ensemble was originally a Neolithic stone circle similar to Stonehenge, before the stones were reused around 4,200 BC to build the interior gallery of the dolmen, above. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images
The AIA Building in Hong Kong, perhaps aided with its proximity to the cemetery, always gives me ‘skeleton tower’.
— Milos Raonic about Rafael Nadal (via rafaelnadalfans)
Portrait of a Young Woman of Frankfurt (c. 1480-1485)
A praxinoscope theatre and accompanying selection of picture strips from 1879. The praxinoscope was an optical toy invented by Charles-Émile Reynaud which succeeded the popular zoetrope. Like the zoetrope it used a strip of pictures fixed to the inner surface of a spinning cylinder to create the illusion of a moving image but replaced the zoetrope’s viewing slits with an inner circle of mirrors lit by a lamp. Reynaud continued to develop his invention and in 1892, in his Théâtre Optique, used a large scale praxinoscope to project a sequence of hand drawn images onto a screen. This was the first presentation of a projected moving image to an audience, pre-dating the first public performance by the Lumière brothers by three years.