Everyday Objects – Karolingische Klosterstadt http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 23:05:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/karolingische-klosterstadt-icon-150x150.png Everyday Objects – Karolingische Klosterstadt http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/ 32 32 Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 lens review: Tiny, powerful and cheap http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/nikon-z-28mm-f-2-8-lens-review-tiny-powerful-and-cheap/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:29:58 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/nikon-z-28mm-f-2-8-lens-review-tiny-powerful-and-cheap/

There was a lot of talk and excitement surrounding the Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 lens when it was announced as a special pairing (accompanied by a special version) with the Z fc camera. As one of the smallest and lightest lenses launched for the Z mirrorless system that is paired with one of the shortest focusing distances, the $297 “pocket” lens offers lots of punch in a tiny, affordable package.

The tiny full-frame wide-angle lens (translates to around 42mm on a crop sensor) is mostly plastic and a little lighter than Nikon’s top-end glass. It weighs just 155 grams (5.5 ounces), making it easy enough to carry around as an everyday lens. The close focus distance (7.5 inches) and claimed waterproofing only add to that.

The lens is technically positioned between the 24mm f/1.8 S and 35mm f/1.8 S lenses, but lacks the “S” designation of its siblings. Given the interesting focal length, it might shine better on a crop sensor body. On a full-frame system, this lens gives users a 75-degree field of view, but on a DX system like the Z fc or Z50, it gets a bit closer to the ‘human eye’ perspective. For the purpose of this review I tested it on several full frame systems, however I think the 28mm lens was supposed to do bigger things if attached to a DX system like the Z fc or Z50 (which none of them had access to, unfortunately).

Build quality and design

Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 lens mounted on the body of the z9.

The compact lens is quite similar in design to Nikon’s 40mm f/2 lens with very similar dimensions and exterior appearance. The single control ring on the lens controls the focus ring by default, but it can be customized to adjust aperture or other features depending on the camera. Additionally, like the 40mm f/2 lens, the 28mm also excluded the familiar auto/manual (AF/M) focus switch and lens hoods typically accompanying most Nikon lenses.

Inside, the lens is quite similar to its 40mm sibling as it also lacks internal image stabilization. Given that all Nikon Z mirrorless systems have IBIS, it’s by no means a dealbreaker, but having a few extra steps of stabilization for those low-light moments would have been nice.

Compared to the S line of lenses, the frame and 28mm f/2.8 lens mount are mostly plastic, which makes it a little more fragile. I guess the advantage of the plastic body means it’s much lighter and of course keeps the price much lower. And despite being plastic, the lens is still surprisingly sturdy and well-balanced.

Another downside of not being an S lens is that it lacks the extra “fancy” coatings, and while it’s generally unnoticeable if you research it and make heavy comparisons to images taken in backlit situations difficult (like shooting in direct sunlight) the differences between high-end and low-end Nikon glass will begin to be felt.

Top view of Nikon Z 28mm F/2.8 lens mounted on Z6

Image quality and performance

While I found the lens to be a bit of an “in-between” focal length on my full-frame bodies (I tested it with the Nikon Z6, Z6 II, and Z9), images were fairly clean, crisp, and the the autofocus was incredibly fast (and quiet) when tracking moving objects, achieving precise focus in under a second in just about any scenario I could throw at it.

The control ring on the lens, being fully customizable, is of a “no-click” design (beneficial for video shooters) and there is no haptic feedback available for focus ranges / minimum or maximum opening. However, when focusing manually, there is a bit of focus breathing as you go from its maximum to minimum focusing distances. Magnification, at least in my testing, was barely noticeable if I hadn’t been shooting with a tripod on static targets, and even then it’s so minimal that it shouldn’t be a problem for occasional photos or video work.

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When reduced to f/2.8 at f/4, there is very minor aberration and vignetting in images that would be mostly unnoticeable if you weren’t specifically looking for it. Once the aperture is set above f/4, there are virtually no issues with clarity, sharpness or aberration for the rest of its range. Like most lenses of this nature, I found the sharpest focal point to be around f/5.6 to f/8 for most scenarios. With such a wide field of view, when shooting close-up objects, it is able to create strong separation between subject and background, even at higher f-stops, which means that creatives don’t need to feel stuck in the f/2.8 zone for their images.

As for the bokeh, while the separation was smooth and easy to manage, the actual bokeh pattern seemed to be the dullest Nikon Z lens I’ve used so far. It’s by no means bad, it just didn’t stand out.

It should also be noted that when shooting on the Z mirrorless system there is an option available for “Vignette Control”. If this is enabled, even just on “normal”, the minimal amount of vignetting present becomes almost invisible, except when shooting wide aperture at f/2.8. At this open, the extreme corners will still have visible vignetting in the raw files. (All this is easily adjusted in post and/or by applying the lens profile to the images)

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Wide-angle LA – 28mm f/2.8
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Wide angle LA – 28mm f/16

Below is a set of sample images taken with the Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 lens:

Tiny, powerful and cheap

While Nikon’s 28mm f/2.8 Z-mount lens may not offer the same top-notch quality as the S line of lenses, it does offer a lot at a significantly lower price than these same S-series lenses. It performs consistently with minimal aberration and has a high-end, quiet autofocus motor, making it advantageous for videographers as well. Also, did I mention it’s cheap?

The most important feature of this lens is its small size and weight, especially compared to its cost. While the performance isn’t mind-blowing on an FX system, I feel that when connected to a DX camera, any issues I’ve had with aberration or vignetting in the corners would be negligible.

Whichever way you look at this lens, it’s discreet and rugged enough to travel with photographers as part of their “everyday” kit.

Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8 mounted on z9 body, side profile

Are there alternatives?

Nikon already offers several S-line alternatives for this lens that fall on either side of its focal range, but they are priced significantly higher. This includes the $997 24mm f/1.8S and the $847 35mm f/1.8S. While both are “close” in focal range and are larger and heavier. It should also be noted that they are much less discreet than the 28mm f/2.8 for something like street photography.

Beyond Nikon, the $429Viltrox AF 24mm f/1.8 is quite similar, faster and a bit closer in price to the Nikon Z 28mm f/2.8. I can’t speak to the quality of the photos it produces, however.

Should you buy it?

Yes, if you are looking for a lens to fill in the gaps between other focal lengths or just want a very affordable strolling lens for travel and street photography. the $297 28mm f/2.8 lens worth the low cost of entry.

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Top shows like Search Party http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/top-shows-like-search-party/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:00:00 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/top-shows-like-search-party/

HBO Research group concluded this year with its fifth and final season answering questions behind Dory’s kidnapping and her eventual transformation into a cult leader. Now that the series is over, fans will have to resort to other frenzy-worthy options in the dark comedy genre.

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As for the central narrative removal case, SSearch for Party also recalls other shows like Easttown mare or the first season of Strange things. Such dramas tend to focus on the disappearance of a character and the mass hysteria it causes.

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Bringing together a cult fan over the years, Development stopped deals with the daily misadventures of the Bluths. After the wealthy family lost their fortune to financial fraud, it was up to the good-humored son Michael Bluth to keep some balance at home.

One of the main characters of Development stopped is Maeby Fünke, a sarcastic family member who has hilarious encounters with her father Tobias and her romantic interest George Michael. While the sitcom is thematically different from Research group, fans should always watch it to get a glimpse of Alia Shawkat’s first big role. Before becoming Dory for Research group, she started out as an equally sassy and curious Maeby in Development stopped.


Sharp Objects (2018) – Available on HBO Max


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Based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn, this HBO miniseries finds criminal journalist Camille Parker revisiting her small town as dark secrets are revealed. Even though she is investigating the murder of two teenage girls, the protagonist ends up opening up some past wounds on her own.

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Sharp objects succeeds in showing the destructive impact that such cases of crime can have on those who pursue them. Camille’s personal involvement in the affair is reminiscent of the efforts of Dory Sief’s friends in Research group.


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Netflix is ​​dead Tome is a dark, comedic TV show about grief and death as two women become unlikely friends while facing their own losses. But as one of them investigates the car crash in which her husband died, the duo descend into a dark rabbit hole of shocking revelations in the third act.

In terms of tone and themes, Dead to me is a perfect fit for those who have enjoyed Research group. It shows how people deal with loss in a fun way while still providing enough sentimentality to balance humor.

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When it comes to HBO comedies, Only the murders in the building is one of the hottest titles. Beginning last year with its first season, the series is about three ordinary people obsessed with real crime. The trio come together to use their skills and observations when a murder occurs in their own apartment building.


Only the murders in the building is a delightful homage to common tropes in murder mystery movies and shows. In addition, the activities of amateur investigators are sure to remind viewers of the early seasons of Research group which involved Dory’s friends looking for her.

American Horror Story Cult (2017) – Available on Hulu


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Cult of American Horror History and his brave characters show how social media influencers can create their own cults. Set in the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, it deals with a cult that creates terror in their neighborhood and ultimately the rest of America.

The cult of Dory of Research group is, of course, not as intense as Kai’s gang of disbelievers in American Horror Story, but both serve as interesting case studies of modern sects. Unlike in the past, today’s cult leaders have the power of social media to manipulate emotions, and characters like Dory and Kai bear witness to this more.


Veronica Mars (2004 – 2019) – Available on Hulu


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Véronique MarsThe eponymous official is a freelance private investigator, a task she takes on after the murder of her high school best friend. Dealing with both mysterious arcs throughout the season and episodic, the series is a treat for fans of teenage detective fiction.

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While the titular Search Party isn’t as smart or efficient as Veronica Mars, it finds itself in similar circumstances. In reality, Research group can be seen as a satirical parody of such investigative detective broadcasts.

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An anthology series that doubles as a parody of the true crime genre, each season of American Vandal unfolds like the tone of a heartbreaking detective documentary. Meanwhile, the cases he deals with are the most random and bizarre antics in high school. While the first season describes a phallic graffiti attack on the school premises, the second season investigates a mysterious character known as “The Turd Burglar”.

This premise itself captures the absurd humor of the show. So if the audience liked the way Research group satirizes real crime, cults and social media, they will be entertained with a parody like American Vandal. Even though it’s canceled now, it’s still considered one of the funniest shows on Netflix.

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Camp Firewood is the notorious summer camp of the premier Hot humid american summer film, a parody of teen sex comedies. Since the film gained cult status, it spawned the prequel series that offers more context behind Firewood and his savage group of counselors and campers.

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Much like the film, the series is created by Michael Showalter, who also stars as Ronald Reagan and camper Gerald “Coop” Cooperberg. Showalter then created and directed Research group, also appearing as the recurring character, Max. From where, First day of camp is a good viewing option to get a taste of ShowalterResearch group career and comedic versatility.

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The Netflix Sci-Fi Series Strange things has become a pop culture phenomenon with its coming-of-age story and alien tropes. But it all started as a mystery tied to Will’s disappearance and his mother Joyce Byer’s desperate attempts to get him back.

Even though Will is found at the end of the first season, there are still a lot of unanswered mysteries that haunt him and the other. Strange things characters. Oddly enough, this model is comparable to Research group, which, again, began as a rapture mystery. However, when Dory is finally found, many other unexpected events come into play. So while the genres are completely different, the two shows share a common sense of tension over a character’s demise.

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As the disappearance and murder of a teenager rock the sleepy Easttown neighborhood, a detective struggles to balance her personal life and her involvement in the case. Easttown mare is the perfect show to understand the psyche of an investigator in the face of danger.

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Eye-catching ‘Gaki Hip’ Art Exhibition Reverses Stereotypes of Taiwan | Taiwan News http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/eye-catching-gaki-hip-art-exhibition-reverses-stereotypes-of-taiwan-taiwan-news/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:13:00 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/eye-catching-gaki-hip-art-exhibition-reverses-stereotypes-of-taiwan-taiwan-news/

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The “Gaki Hip” exhibition will kick off on January 15, with interactive installations aimed at shattering stereotypes in Taiwanese culture.

Organizers, 4b Studios founder Chen An-zhe (陳安哲) and interdisciplinary artist Jeffrey Yu (尤勝宏), expect a range of everyday items such as bubble tea, machines claw claws and the neon lights on the betel nut stands catch people’s eyes but also cause them to rethink their definition of Taiwanese culture.

According to Yu, when people describe something as “very Taiwanese” it is a bit negative as it normally implies that it looks cheap and messy. He tried to turn national images into chic and modern centerpieces.

The display case features a giant claw machine that people can sit on to pretend they’re prizes. Visitors can also hear sounds exclusive to Taiwan, such as the singing moan of a garbage truck and popcorn popping on a food stall while eating ice cream with soy sauce.

Yu noted that some visitors said that they had never seen Taiwan this way before and that the experience was more like an amusement park than an exhibition.

The Taiwanese pronunciation of “Gaki Hip” is similar to “taking pictures by yourself”.

The exhibition will be held in Zhongshan District, Taipei, from January 18 to March 31. For more information, visit the official exhibition website Instagram or his website at by banknotes.

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Eye-catching 'Gaki Hip' art exhibition overturns stereotypes of Taiwan
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The designer is inspired by everyday household objects for the January outfit challenge http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/the-designer-is-inspired-by-everyday-household-objects-for-the-january-outfit-challenge/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 08:54:18 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/the-designer-is-inspired-by-everyday-household-objects-for-the-january-outfit-challenge/

From tubes of toothpaste to bottles of bleach, one woman brightened up the month of January by wearing outfits inspired by everyday objects.

Taryn de Vere, writer and designer from County Donegal, Ireland, took on a style challenge: dressing up as a different household product every day to make January more “merry”.

Describing herself as “perhaps the most colorful woman in Ireland”, the mother of five is no stranger to eccentric outfits.

“Being colorful is an integral part of how I see myself,” she told the PA News Agency.

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“Color makes me alive and happy, dull colors make me sad and depressed, it’s that simple. “

(Taryn de Vere / PA)

Faced with the prospect of being housebound in an effort to stay safe during the Covid pandemic, Ms de Vere decided to take on a New Year’s challenge using only items and clothes she already owned. .

She said: “At the time, I got the idea that I was sitting on my bed and my eye was on a bottle of sink unblocker in the bathroom, and that’s became the inspiration for the first outfit.

“My only rule for this project is that I have to use things I already own – I like the sustainability aspect of this challenge.

“It completely transformed the way I look at my clothes and unleashed a creative style freedom in me, making me put together colors and shapes that I never would have had before. “

(Taryn de Vere / PA)

Ms de Vere posts daily photos of her outfits on her Instagram and Twitter profiles, as well as a photo of the product that inspired her.

She said she was “completely overwhelmed” by the positive reaction on social media and even gained fans as far as Australia.

“I’ve had messages and comments from people telling me they wake up in the morning and first check my Instagram to see what new outfit I have that day,” she said.

“People from all over the world are contacting us to say how happy they are with this project.

“It’s really heartwarming to think that my creative project brings a little bit of fun and light joy into people’s lives.”

(Taryn de Vere / PA)

However, Ms de Vere admitted that the level of attention had taken her by surprise.

“If I had known how big it would get and how many people would see my photos, I probably would have ironed my clothes before photographing them,” she said.

Closer to home, Ms. de Vere’s neighbors were less surprised by her colorful designs, due to her “well-established eccentric sartorial credentials,” but she said she always received compliments on her travels in France. city.

“I remain open to the possibility that there is someone more colorful than me out there, and if so, I want to meet them and be their new best friend,” she said. .

You can follow De Vere’s progress in his outfits Twitter feed.

AP reporting by Lottie Kilraine.

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Meta Says Its AI Improves The Quality Of Speech Recognition By Lip Reading http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/meta-says-its-ai-improves-the-quality-of-speech-recognition-by-lip-reading/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 17:00:09 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/meta-says-its-ai-improves-the-quality-of-speech-recognition-by-lip-reading/

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People perceive speech both by listening to it and by observing the movements of the speaker’s lips. In fact, studies show that visual cues play a key role in language learning. In contrast, AI speech recognition systems are built primarily – or entirely – on audio. And they require a substantial amount of data to train, typically ranging from tens of thousands of hours of recording.

To determine whether visuals – especially images of mouth movement – can improve the performance of speech recognition systems, researchers at Meta (formerly Facebook) developed Hidden audiovisual unit BERT (AV-HuBERT), an executive who learns to understand speech by watching and hearing people speak. Meta complaints that AV-HuBERT is 75% more accurate than the best audiovisual speech recognition systems using the same number of transcriptions. Additionally, according to the company, AV-HuBERT outperforms the older best audiovisual speech recognition system by using one-tenth of the tagged data, making it potentially useful for languages ​​with little audio data.

“In the future, AI frameworks like AV-HuBERT could be used to improve the performance of speech recognition technology in noisy everyday conditions – for example, interactions at a party or in a street market. lively, ”Meta AI researcher Abdelrahman Mohamed told VentureBeat. in an interview. “And assistants in smartphones, augmented reality glasses, and smart speakers equipped with a camera – for example, the Alexa Echo Show – could also benefit from this technology.”

AV-HuBERT

Meta is not the first to apply AI to the lip reading problem. In 2016, researchers at the University of Oxford created a system which was almost twice as accurate as experienced lip readers in some tests and could process video in near real time. And in 2017, DeepMind, owned by Alphabet, formed a system over thousands of hours of TV broadcasts to correctly translate about 50% of the words without errors on a test set, much better than a human expert’s 12.4%.

But the Oxford University and DeepMind models, like many later lip-reading models, were limited in the range of vocabulary they could recognize. The models also required datasets associated with transcripts to practice, and they could not process the audio from the speakers in the videos.

Quite uniquely, AV-HuBERT takes advantage of unsupervised or self-supervised learning. With supervised learning, algorithms like DeepMind’s are trained on labeled example data until they can detect the underlying relationships between the examples and particular outputs. For example, a system can be trained to write the word “dog” (the exit) when shown a picture of a Corgi (the example). However, AV-HuBERT learns to classify unlabeled data – by processing the data to learn about its inherent structure.

AV-HuBERT is also multimodal in the sense that he learns to perceive language through a series of sound cues and lip movements. By combining cues such as lip and tooth movement during speech, as well as auditory information, Meta says AV-HuBERT can capture “nuanced associations” between the two types of data.

The initial AV-HuBERT model was trained on 30 hours of English-language TED Talk videos, significantly less than the 31,000 hours on which the previous top model was trained. But despite training on less data, AV-HuBERT’s Word Error Rate (WER), a measure of speech recognition performance, was slightly better at 32.5% compared to the 33.6% of the ‘old model in cases where a speaker could be seen but not heard. (The WER is calculated by dividing the number of misrecognized words by the total number of words; 32.5% translates to about one error every 30 words.) TED Talks’ 433 hour training further reduced the WER d ‘AV-HuBERT at 28.6%.

Once AV-HuBERT learned the structure and correlation between the data well, the researchers were able to train it more on unlabeled data: 2,442 hours of English-language celebrity videos uploaded to YouTube. Not only did this bring the WER down to 26.9%, but Meta claims that it demonstrates that only a small amount of labeled data is needed to train the framework for a particular application (for example, when multiple people speak simultaneously) or a language. different .

Indeed, Meta claims that AV-HuBERT is around 50% better than audio models only at recognizing a person’s speech while loud music or noise is playing in the background. And when speech and background noise are also loud, AV-HuBERT manages a WER of 3.2% against 25.5% of the previous best multimodal model.

Potential gaps

In many ways, AV-HuBERT is emblematic of Meta’s growing investment in unsupervised multimodal technology for complex tasks. The company recently detailed a new multimodal system designed to tackle harmful content on its platforms, called Learning a few strokes, and published models that can learn to recognize speech, segment images, copy text style, and recognize objects from unlabeled data. Unlike supervised systems, unsupervised systems can be considerably more flexible and less expensive to deploy; the tags in the tagged datasets come from human annotators who must painstakingly add each one.

Because it requires less labeled data for training, Meta claims that AV-HuBERT could open up possibilities for developing conversation models for “low-resource” languages, such as Susu in the Niger Congo family. AV-HuBERT could also be useful for creating voice recognition systems for people with speech impairments, the company suggests, as well as for detecting deepfakes and generating realistic lip movements for virtual reality avatars.

But Os Keyes, an AI ethicist at the University of Washington, expressed concern that AV-HuBERT has class and disability limitations. Does it work for people with distorted facial speech patterns due to a disability? They told VentureBeat via email. “It seems pretty ironic to successfully create speech recognition software that relies on lip reading and is prone to inaccuracies when pointed at… deaf people. “

In a Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon paper offering a research roadmap towards equity in AI, the co-authors point out that aspects of facial analysis systems similar to AV-HuBERT may not work well for people with Down syndrome, achondroplasia (which alters bone growth) and “other conditions that cause facial features to differ. Such systems could also fail for people who have had a stroke, the researchers note, or who suffer from Parkinson’s disease, Bell’s palsy, autism, or Williams syndrome – who may not use (or be able to use) the same facial expressions as neurotypical people.

In an email, Mohamed pointed out that AV-HuBERT only focuses on the lip area to capture lip movement, not the entire face. As with most AI models, AV-HuBERT’s performance will be “proportional to the number of representative samples from different populations in the training data,” he added.

“To evaluate our approach, we used the publicly available LRS3 dataset, which consists of TED Talk videos made publicly available in 2018 by researchers at the University of Oxford. Since this dataset does not represent disabled speakers, we do not have a specific percentage for the expected performance degradation, ”Mohamed said. “[But this] the newly proposed technology is not limited by the current distribution of speakers in the training dataset. We predict that different training data sets covering larger and diverse populations would provide significant performance gains. “

Meta says it “will continue to compare and develop approaches that improve audiovisual speech recognition models in everyday scenarios where background noise and speaker overlap are common.” Beyond that, he plans to extend AV-HuBERT – which Meta does not intend to put into production – to multilingual references beyond English.

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The ad for the campaign to attack the Capitol asks, “What if they were black?” “ http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/the-ad-for-the-campaign-to-attack-the-capitol-asks-what-if-they-were-black/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 15:15:01 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/the-ad-for-the-campaign-to-attack-the-capitol-asks-what-if-they-were-black/

Over the past six months, the House committee investigating the January 6 insurgency in Washington, DC, has interviewed hundreds of witnesses and reviewed tens of thousands of documents, and are now preparing to make their findings public.

But as more details come to light, and some distributed consequences, there remains a simple question. After the racial calculation of 2020, especially after the murder of George Floyd, witnessing the attack on the Capitol was immediately questioning, what if the attackers were black?

Today the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation is launching a new PSA campaign to make sure this issue is not lost in all the other rumors. Created by advertising agency Goodby Silverstein & Partners, “What if they were black?”Uses the imagery of airbrushed commemorative t-shirts to imagine the answers.

On the front of the limited collection of shirts, designed and produced in partnership with artists Timothy Bluitt Jr. and Casandra Burrell, insurgents like the shaman of Qanon are represented as black. On the reverse side is a reminder of the reality of racial discrimination, with statistics that highlight prejudices within the justice system. Like how black men are three times more likely to be killed by police, or how one-third of unarmed people killed by police are black, or how black people are five times more likely to be jailed.

Goodby’s creative director Rony Castor said that over the past year the conversation around the Jan.6 attack has taken on soap opera-like twists and turns. “We wanted to bring it back to how black people were feeling that day, because at the end of the day, we don’t see it as an isolated incident,” says Castor. “You saw it during the insurgency, but we also saw it in the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. The bias is systemic. As for the shirts, he hit the one closest to us. It’s closely tied to the black community, and it’s the easiest way to tell the world what we think about what might have happened if a group of blacks stormed the Capitol.

The campaign also includes a TikTok series titled #If TheyWereBlackChallenge, where the creators of TikTok talk about what would have happened if black people had stormed the Capitol, hijacking the popularized green screen backdrop feature in order to continue the campaign. conversation with a younger audience. There will also be a live conversation on Twitter Spaces and an Instagram AMA aimed at sparking a conversation around the question “What if they were black” and the bias the world has witnessed. Overall, the goal is to educate and encourage people to call on their local senators to pass the First Step Implementation Act to help end prejudice against black Americans in the criminal justice system.

Castor and fellow Goodby Creative Director Anthony O’Neill were also behind the Courageous Conversation ‘Not A Gun’ campaign in early 2020, which illustrated how the difference between the daily lives of black and white people Americans are all too often manifested in the fact that harmless objects become a business. life and death, whether it is a cell phone (Stephon Clark), cigarettes (Eric Garner), a wallet (Amadou Diallo), Skittles (Trayvon Martin) or a banknote. $ 20 (George Floyd).

Today, almost two years later, we still need a reminder of those differences. Remember these names and think about January 6th. “It’s something we’ve talked about a lot,” says Castor. “In the end, we all agreed that whatever happened to black people would have been much harsher than the 99.99% of those who stormed the Capitol.”

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Drexel Unveils ‘Museum of Where We Are’ Exhibition of Student Design History | Now http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/drexel-unveils-museum-of-where-we-are-exhibition-of-student-design-history-now/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:49:28 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/drexel-unveils-museum-of-where-we-are-exhibition-of-student-design-history-now/

Many of us believe that the objects or works of art found in a museum go far beyond what we could contribute to the history of our world. But a class at Drexel University aimed to teach students that there is beauty, story, and meaning in everyday objects all around us – and not just that, it was time to learn. that same sense to other students around the world and then put it all on display.

Joseph Larnerd, PhD, Assistant Professor of Design History at Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, began his “The museum from where we are” online project as a way to continue facets of hands-on learning in its course “ARTH 300: The History of Modern Design” after all university courses were postponed in spring 2020 due to the pandemic.

He asked the students to select an object in their current place of residence and, during the term, to conceptualize and research a tag for that object, such as one would find in a museum. The contribution of each student has been published on themuseumofwhereweare.com during the class’s four terms during the pandemic, but during the last fall term, a partnership with the Drexel Collection, the university’s premier art collection, made it possible to The museum where we are to also become a physical exhibit in the Rincliffe Gallery on the Drexel University Campus.

“I started this project in Spring 2020. It was just me and a few Squarespace tutorials. I am so glad to say that this [exhibition] was much more collaborative, ”Larnerd told the crowd at an exhibition opening event held in the gallery on Dec. 10. “… We talk about the history of design as a body of knowledge, but the history of design is also a way of seeing and being in the world – one that helps us become more attentive to the material world and how it shapes us. I am delighted to say that this is just one of the many lessons your work this quarter will teach anyone who visits our exhibit.

A sample of the 10 images and labels of Collarts students included in the Drexel exhibition “Museum from where we are”, which will be on display until March 18.

A sample of the 10 images and labels of Collarts students included in the Drexel exhibition “Museum from where we are”, which will be on display until March 18.

The deep collaboration found within the exhibit doesn’t just include what is rooted within the Drexel community. Students in the fall 2021 iteration of ARTH 300 also worked closely with interior design students from Collarts (Australian College of the Arts) who performed their own exercises and made their own contribution to The museum where we are. Larnerd said this global classroom was created by Drexel’s Office of Global Engagement after receiving training on teaching global engagement and community engagement courses through the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement.

He was then teamed up with Jenni Woods, interior design program coordinator at Collarts, and the two professors discovered how to organize synchronous sessions, collaborate on exhibits, and help students make meaningful connections, all while holding onto account of a half-day time difference.

“We took a slightly different approach because normally my students are working on a project where they study the theory of the sense of place, which is the connection of people to a place through the memory, the emotions and the meaning that we create in. through our connection to certain places, ”explained Woods. . “So my students actually interviewed someone else about a place that was important to them, then selected an object from that place to then write their label. They approach the matter from a slightly different angle than the Drexel students. “

Larnerd said his students had a real desire for this type of collaboration, as evidenced by their attendance at synchronous Sunday night class reunions to align with Woods’ Monday class, even on Halloween.

“One of the things that underpins my own practice as a historian of material culture and as an educator is the belief that objects shape the way we see ourselves, others and the communities to which we. let’s belong. And with that power, they shape the way we think, feel and act, ”Larnerd said. “And that’s something that affects us no matter where we’re from, whether it’s geographic location, class, or socio-economic background, etc. It is therefore the beating heart of any dialogue that will take place between Drexel and Collarts or between two communities.

Shara Saketkhou, a fifth-year product design student who obtained ARTH 300 last fall, poses with her contribution to the “Museum of Where We Are” exhibition - a siddur, or Jewish prayer book.

Shara Saketkhou, a fifth-year product design student who obtained ARTH 300 last fall, poses with her contribution to the “Museum of Where We Are” exhibition – a siddur, or Jewish prayer book.

Shara Saketkhou, a fifth-year product design major who took ARTH 300 last fall, said it was a very exciting course due to its divergence from her history classes in traditional art and the fact that it was a world class room.

“It gave us a good sense of universality and really anchored us in an interesting way,” she said. “These are our objects and this is our experience, and of course we have learned the experience of others through their objects and their stories. It really added such a cool universal aspect where we were able to get an experience from someone across the world.

There are 10 Collarts student images and labels incorporated into the Drexel Where We Are Museum exhibition, which will be on display until March 18. Ten labels of Drexel students and photos of their items were also the subject of an exhibition that has just been erected on the Collarts campus in Melbourne, Australia. Woods said she was happy that the side exhibitions provide a sense of connection with work on two continents – work that she and Larnerd may soon be continuing.

“It’s been a wonderful distraction during a very trying quarter,” Woods said of the World Classroom. “I can tell you that Joseph can testify to the amount of crazy things that have happened in our part of the world in the last three months or so, with earthquakes and riots and all kinds of things. With the lockdown continuing, this has been tricky, but I look forward to doing it in a more relaxed environment, hopefully in the future. “

Larnerd is already working on ways to continue hosting and using the exhibit through March, including a docent program where two students will write and offer tours of the exhibit, as well as potential collaboration with Drexel’s Writers’ Room. Members of the Drexel community can also stop by the gallery on their next stroll through the main building to admire this student work, and being on display means a lot to students like Douglas Ngo, a student from third year in game design and production following the course. this last term.

Curators are already working on ways to continue hosting and using the exhibit through March, including a docent program where two students will write and offer tours of the exhibit, as well as potential collaboration with the Drexel's writers' room.

Curators are already working on ways to continue hosting and using the exhibit through March, including a docent program where two students will write and offer tours of the exhibit, as well as potential collaboration with the Drexel’s writers’ room.

“A lot of times you do something like that with a class, especially with classes in my major, and nothing really comes from your work,” he said. “But having that in a professional show is really great. Everyone that’s here today looking at them, it really means a lot.

Lynn Clouser Waddell, director of The Drexel Collection, was equally delighted on December 10 to have the first grand opening for an exhibition at the Rincliffe Gallery in nearly two years. Although before that could materialize, she made the Collection available to ARTH 300 students to help them educate their labels.

“The goal of the Drexel collection is to be a resource for students and to give them the opportunity to discover what the museum profession is,” she said. “We must not hide it. We are a bit of everything. We are trying to partner with different departments and different colleges. I think this shows the extent of what we can do. … It’s a very different show, but it’s very exciting, and I think having the students with their personal items here allows them to connect to the Collection in a way they wouldn’t. never had before. “

Larnerd said he hoped that the exhibition and the ‘Museum where we are’ as a whole could help students see their own place in design history and that their work would also help make design history. more inclusive.

“[This shows] students that you don’t have to go to a fancy museum with a lot of very expensive items – those belonging to very wealthy people – to encounter meaningful design, ”he said. “You can look around your apartment, you can go to a thrift store, you can go to Target, and these items also have deep stories, meaningful stories. That’s something that means a lot to me, because I know that not everyone is represented in these spaces.

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The Vibal Foundation celebrates Filipino art with The Art of Window, Display, and Design http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/the-vibal-foundation-celebrates-filipino-art-with-the-art-of-window-display-and-design/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:10:12 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/the-vibal-foundation-celebrates-filipino-art-with-the-art-of-window-display-and-design/

Vibal Foundation (VFI) has released the latest addition to its growing Fifty Shades of Philippine Art series: Window Art, Display and Design, written by Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo.

The book was launched during VFI’s virtual event, which honors its matriarch, Esther Vibal.

Richly complemented by more than 500 beautiful images of shop windows, works of art, sights and artistic monuments from around the world, The Art of Window, Display and Design presents the creative display of merchandise that can also quickly transform. in their own art form transcending the banality of everyday objects to achieve an artistic visual narrative that is more transcendent and enduring for all time.

This latest addition to VFI’s Fifty Shades of Filipino Art catalogs not only lists the famous designer lifestyle and home furnishings storefronts, but also their interiors and fashion productions. The book contains 10 essays showcasing a myriad of artistic styles and design elements from around the world and provides tips and principles for visual merchandising, interior design, and fashion.

One of the highlights of the book is a trip to Kenya inspired by the Hollywood film “Out of Africa” ​​and the legendary tale of Isaac Dinesen, leading to a detailed study of the Anglo-African safari style; an in-depth look at the concept of mono without consciousness or transience of life and the Japanese art and style filtered through Kyoto geisha culture; a peek into the world of fantasy and imaginative recreation seen through the mad King Louis of Bavaria; the distillation of classical aesthetics through the prism of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca and an intimate tour of the Eternal City; a behind-the-scenes look at the authors’ private residence which is a true showcase of intercultural influences; and a summary of the cultural kaleidoscope of multicultural elements behind the duo’s highly successful fashion shows for the Philippine Red Cross.

Another special feature is the emphasis on shop windows as an art form.

Some of the iconic streets of the world in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Milan are not only known for their street paintings, but also for their specialty shops which capture the attention and appreciation of the public with a window full of wit, quirky and even relevant. statements.

It was in the 1950s that Robert Leudenfrost announced that in the United States, “window display is quickly recognized as a new art form”. From museum exhibits, great art has taken over the Main Street with young artists stretching their canvas to the huge amounts of glass windows installed in shopping malls. Some of the world-famous artists of the 20th century exhibited their unique artistic styles and visions in retail store displays, including surrealist Salvador Dali and pop artist Andy Warhol.

Much like fine artists, storefront designers need to engage potential customers with visual messages and designs that speak to their world and beyond. Each display case requires the perfect mix and expressive use of color, lighting, space, accessories, fabrics, mannequins, technology, cultural references and ingenuity.

The book’s creative duo, Vijandre and Toledo, share a mutual love for the visual and performing arts.

Vijandre launched his career as a fashion designer, dressing the young and glamorous women of the city. He has also mounted some of the most stylish fashion shows in the country. He then focused on interior design, creating distinctive residences for Manila’s A list while designing upscale shops and restaurants.

Meanwhile, Toledo made his debut as a production manager at an Italian publishing and design house. He later established his own creative consulting studio, creating award-winning TV commercials and promotional shows in several world capitals.

Readers can purchase The Art of Window, Display, and Design and other PFD books from the Vibal, Lazada, and Shopee online store.

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Cameron Rowley: Wallpaper * Next Generation 2022 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/cameron-rowley-wallpaper-next-generation-2022/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 05:05:53 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/cameron-rowley-wallpaper-next-generation-2022/

Cameron Rowley’s minimal stepladder takes inspiration from traditional tools

Our Next Generation 2022 showcase highlights 22 exceptional graduates from around the world, in seven creative fields. Here we feature furniture design graduate Cameron Rowley from Kingston University, UK

The first steps in the world of design for the London designer born in South Africa, Cameron Rowley, already include the 2021 edition of The Conran Shop and the designer of the future award from the Marandi Foundation for his “One Step Ladder”, which he created as part of his degree in product and furniture design at the Kingston School of Art.

“While my African heritage has an impact on some of my reflections, I am heavily influenced by the construction of traditional English furniture, as well as objects of use such as tools and tools,” says Rowley, who cites them. designers Max Lamb, Sebastian Cox and Jasper Morrison as influences. on his attitude and philosophy towards design.

Drawing inspiration from everyday items and processes that aren’t necessarily related to household items, Rowley’s design approach focuses on functionality and workmanship. “I believe manufacturing is an essential part of the design process. I always manufacture, from start to finish, and it always improves and informs my process and my end product, ”he says.

Cameron Rowley’s “A Stepladder”

His “One Step Ladder” is the result of both his extra-domestic inspirations and his passion for manufacturing. The idea, he explains, arose from an observation that step ladders are usually only used for a while, and that people often only use one step. From there, his design developed to create a compact object that responds to this behavior.

Visual inspiration came from the wooden handle of a shovel, which Rowley turned to create the walk. The extended handle, he explains, “gives confidence when the user is on the step, [and] it also means that they don’t have to bend down to move it, like a traditional stepladder ”.

For his future in design, Rowley plans to connect with classmates from Kingston, whose views and approaches to making, he notes, are very similar to his own. “I hope to gain valuable experience over the next few years and apply that experience in the form of a studio,” he says. “My ambition is to create a collective focused on sustainability and function. “

Dream collaborators: Sébastien Cox, Vaarni. §

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Friends Two reflects a long-standing friendship, love of craftsmanship | News http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/friends-two-reflects-a-long-standing-friendship-love-of-craftsmanship-news/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:41:00 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/friends-two-reflects-a-long-standing-friendship-love-of-craftsmanship-news/






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Longtime friends Betty Rollinson, left, and Deborah Robertson operated Friends Two, a gift and craft store on Warrenton’s main street.


For Betty Rollinson and Deborah Robertson, the name Friends Two is perfect for the gift and craft store they operate on Warrenton’s Main Street. Not only are they longtime friends, but they also share a lot of craft work, especially projects that they can work on together.

The store, located in the former Hunter Drug Company building, opened in 2010 about a month after the retirement of longtime Hunter pharmacist Alpheus “Doc” Jones, Jr.

Rollinson and Robertson both worked at Hunter Drug Company. Today, they worked together at the Main Street building for 31 years, taking into account their time as the Hunter Drug Company and Friends Two.

Friends credit Doc Jones with the idea of ​​opening a gift shop. They also give it the name of the company. Rollinson and Robertson were trying to narrow down a list of potential names when Doc suggested “Friends Two”. The name “Two Friends” was on Robertson’s list.

Since 2010, Friends Two has built a reputation for bringing the place to go when you want an orangeade, want to start a knitting or crochet project, need a greeting card, or need a gift. special.






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Handcrafted “fairy rings” can add color to potted plants.


Customers love to stop by to see what Rollinson and Robertson have been up to as well. They sell a variety of their handcrafted or hand painted crafts at Friends Two. Popular items include baby aprons and blankets. If what a customer wants is out of stock, Rollinson and Robertson try to find the color and fabric they want.

The two friends often take orders for memory quilts, made from a loved one’s clothes, and T-shirt quilts.

Everyday objects such as jugs, bottles and saws become unique canvases for paintings.






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Betty Rollinson and Deborah Robertson made this Christmas wreath from 140 ornaments and a large wreath of artificial greenery given to them.


Even items that others are willing to throw away can turn into decorative items in the hands of Robertson and Rollinson. Recently someone gave them a collection of Christmas ornaments (balls) and someone else gave them a large wreath of artificial greenery. The two friends glued 140 balls of different sizes, along with other decorative items, to the wreath, transforming it into a colorful and sparkling piece of art, perfect for a door or a wall.

People who love to knit or crochet also love Friends Two, regardless of their skill level. The store offers yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks and more. Customers are welcome to bring their work to the store, sit at a table, and spend time with other artisans. Often times Rollinson and Robertson join us. They are ready to help when needed.

Friends Two also carries flags, jewelry, wind chimes, soaps, knives, greeting cards, and other gift items.

The original Hunter Drug Company soda fountain is still located near the front door. Customers can still get vanilla cokes, orangeades, lemonades, ice cream and milkshakes. Rollinson and Robertson use the same milkshake machine and juicer that they have used for years and are likely stock from the store.

Orangeades are the most popular treat, but there is one customer who stops by for a butter and pecan ice cream while on vacation in the Lake Gaston area.

Friends Two had to adapt to the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, closing for about a month before reopening with fewer hours of operation. Throughout the pandemic, even when the store was closed, Rollinson and Robertson sewed masks, making more than 3,000.

In an era where more and more people are shopping online, Friends Two specializes in offering items that can be hard to find online in a setting where customers feel like they are friends.

“Business has slowed down due to the internet and online ordering, but we still have loyal customers who come no matter what. It means a lot, ”said Rollinson.

While many customers come from Warren County, people from other parts of North Carolina and other states, including Maryland, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, stop by when in the region. A customer always comes around Christmas. Another comes to buy soap while on vacation in the region.

When asked what they value most about operating Friends Two, Rollinson and Robertson simultaneously responded, “people.”

“Someone walked in and said, ‘You know everyone, and they know you,'” said Robertson.

“When you make a quilt and you know how much it will mean to them, I like it,” Rollinson said.

New clients and longtime clients love Rollinson and Robertson, two friends who make them feel like family every time they walk through the doors of Friends Two.

Friends Two, located at 126 S. Main St., Warrenton, is open 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday. For more information, call 252-257-1604 or visit the store’s Facebook page.

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