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CUT THE RIBBON: TōRU IWATANI

Posted on December 10, 2012 by admin

Toru Iwatani can be considered God among men in the gaming industry. Do you know that we also have to thank a pizza pie for it? In 1977, a young Toru Iwatani was the first to program for Namco, a computer software company. During 1978-79 he had designed arcade releases like Gee Bee, Bomb Bee, and Cutie-Q. After working on these three titles, Iwatani wished to create a game that would target women and couples. His eureka moment came when he removed a slice of pizza from a pie, creating the visual inspiration for his next big thing. It was in this moment that, according to Iwatani, Pac-Man was officially born. Iwatani determined that food and eating would be the way to get the fairer sex interested. Iwatani was born in Tokyo, Japan. He joined the computer software company Namco in 1977, where he started his career in pinball machines. There, he came up with the idea for a game called “Puck-Man” and in 1980, and assembled a team to release the game within the same year. Continue Reading →

CUT THE RIBBON, THE WOELFEL BROTHERS

Posted on November 26, 2012 by admin

Boom box, ghetto blaster, jam box, portable radio cassette player.  In 1975 the first boom box was invented by the Woelfel Brothers. It was a wooden box with speakers and an eight track car stereo system that could also play the local radio station. Thought out the years, the  idea caught on, and boom boxes started to be commercially available. In the 1980s, it became a staple among hip-hop culture. It was a craze for teenagers and thereafter it was modified several times to make it more powerful, attractive and handy. The original rectangular shape, the sharp edges and chrome appearance, the powerful speakers, amplifiers, radio tuner and cassette player were among its features. The boom box invention has added a lot to the music world. In the 1990s it even started evolving to play CDs as well. Nowadays, boom boxes are replaced by the smaller MP3 players but the reminiscence of LL cool J images with the rectangular-shaped-box are an evergreen. Continue Reading →

JEFFREY HENSON SCALES

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi

Should Jeffrey Henson Scales be introduced? Oh well, just few hints might give you an idea of who he is. First thing he was born in San Francisco in 1954. At age eleven, he was given by his father the first Leica 35mm camera. At age thirteen, he began making photographs of the Oakland Black Panthers appearing regularly on The Black Panther Paper. At age fourteen his work was published in a national news publication: Time magazine. He later became a successful editorial photographer, a music lover, a record cover maker, film posters, and publicity campaigns. In 1979, he was photo editor of The LA Weekly newspaper. In all, Scales has spent more than forty years as a documentary photographer of the African American community and his body of work has been exhibited at museums throughout the US and Europe. His images have traveled the whole world becoming recognizable black and white icons. He has appeared in numerous photo mags, books and has been featured in permanent collections of museums, such as MOMA, The George Eastman House, The Baltimore Museum of Art and The City Museum of New York. His photography is so striking that all you can do is love him at first sight and getting to know his eye. Nowadays, Scales and his wife own the Harlem-based photo archive, and the multimedia company, The Henson Scales Productions. Dive into a sea of cement, where the past gets in vogue and le freak gets sooo chic!

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