The Fake for Real memory game was sold in a stylish box with a pattern resembling the internationally known and faked Louis Vuitton pattern. The LV pattern was ironically mimicked using right-free the ‘webdings’ font from MS Word. Can you do this? No you cannot, according to the lawyers of Louis Vuitton.
After the announcement of the redesigned Fake for Real memory game packaging, people have been asking us what happened to leftovers from the earlier edition. So what happened? In one word: TOILETPAPER. We thank the good people of Van Brunchem destruction services for their kind and professional care of our leftover 2400 memory games.
And the good news? If you happen to have an original first edition box, you are now in the possession of a rare and con-tro-ver-sial art piece.
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Fakeness has long been associated with inferiority. Fake Rolexes that break in two weeks, plastic Christmas trees, leaky silicone breasts that cause cancer, imitation caviar. Even the ancient Greeks talked about the phenomenon of fakeness. In the Allegory of the Cave, Plato describes human beings as being chained in a cave and watching shadows on the wall, without realizing that they are ‘only’ representations.
Today, the walls of Plato’s cave are so full of beamers, disco balls, plasma screens and halogen spotlights that we don’t even see the shadows on the wall. A city child washes her hair with pine–scented shampoo. Walking in the forest with her father one day, she says, “Daddy, the woods smell like shampoo.” Do we still have genuine experiences at all, or do we live in a world of make–believe?
In 2000 on a Japanese auction site, 20 real live Pokemon Pikachus were offered for 925 million dollars.
We capture each one after your order, so we guarantee its health! These are Pikachus plucked straight from the natural Pikachu forest, so they’re of much higher quality than ones you’d get from a breeder or in other regions. Great for those who are lacking in good conversations with family, who want solace if living alone, who need a new hobby, who love cute and trendy things, or who are looking for a present for a girlfriend or a child. Limited edition! Limited to only 20! First come first serve! We’ll include a 60-minute video on how to raise a Pikachu if you buy 3 months worth of Pokemon food. Source: tokyomango.com
I hope the bastards had real special powers to free themselves.
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The Fake for Real Memory Game – consisting of 60 cards that playfully visualize the classical theme of fake and real in our society – has temporarily been taken offline due to legal issues with a luxury leather luggage brand Louis Vuitton.
These two teenagers, Kate Stoeckle and Louisa Strauss, just found out many New York sushi restaurants and seafood markets are playing a game of bait and switch with their sushi.
“They found that one-fourth of the fish samples with identifiable DNA were mislabeled. A piece of sushi sold as the luxury treat white tuna turned out to be Mozambique tilapia, a much cheaper fish that is often raised by farming. Roe supposedly from flying fish was actually from smelt. Seven of nine samples that were called red snapper were mislabeled, and they turned out to be anything from Atlantic cod to Acadian redfish, an endangered species.”
Perhaps the most exciting part of the story is that DNA investigative tools once restricted to academia and crime labs are now moving into the hands of curious diners and amateur scientists. Like GPS – once a high-tech wonder now turned into a everyday gadget – simple DNA sequencing may soon be available to almost everyone. Who was I to think my mobile already had all the features: On my next phone I need a DNA sequencer.
Some months ago Iran did a test to show off their missile power which turned out to be quite embarrassing because one out of three did not work. Fortunately, they had a good copy of Photoshop laying around in their evil headquarters to replace the failing missile with a working one.
Unfortunately.. someone found out and the whole thing fell apart, making Iran look like an amateur. But..of course it could just as easy be the other way around, taking the working missile out and replacing it with the missile before the launch. What is truth in post-psd era?
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Animation studios working in the field of architectural practice like Squint/Opera create glimpses of the future that are so beautifully convincing, you sometimes wonder if the future might not be a bit disappointing once you get there. Asking the question often means answering it, so it might be safe to state the future will be pretty boring.
Imagine the impossible… a secret transatlantic tunnel running between New York and London, that has lain undisturbed for a hundred years. And imagine an extraordinary optical device allowing people on one side of the world to see right through it to the other side! Welcome to the world of the Telectroscope – a project by British artist Paul St George, designed to provide a window between two cities, from Brooklyn Bridge in New York to Tower Bridge in London.
Made by the people who also made this giant elephant
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PETA –People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals– has posed a challenge to the world’s scientific community: The first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of fake meat at competitive prices will receive a check for $1 million. The figure was determined by calculating the number of chickens killed every hour in the U.S. (about 1 million).
My questions are: can vegetarians eat this fake meat? Could one prove that lab-grown burgers don’t have feelings? And which meat will be faked first?
Some weeks ago we pondered over the oddity of a space race in cyberspace. Rockets and jet-packs –so cool in the previous century– don’t make sense in a virtual environment. The advent of VR-technology introduces new perceptual spaces where the laws of physics aren’t given, but have to be programmed. Although the space race is over, researchers in well funded institutions all over the world are still trying to invent techniques to transport people at the speed of light: It’s called telepresence.
According to John Thackara we are currently caught up in a fake-space race. “Telecommunications companies have invested heavily for years in telepresence systems with the aim of reproducing as closely as possible the sensation of “being there.” Thackara claims that “it’s an insult that telecoms should expect us to meet in hideous sterile rooms in front of huge screens.” Yet “sustainability demands that we compromise”.
Thackara argues for a more artful telepresence: “There are more interesting tasks for design than the use of brute bandwidth to achieve ‘being there’ verisimilitude. The communication quality of cyberspace can be enhanced by artful and indirect means.”
More bionic experiments can be found here.
Visiting the American Natural History Museum in New York, I pictured myself in about, let’s say 150 years from now, trying to explain my younger family members what nature looked like in 2008. Pointing at the 2-d icons and – without glancing at the list of names corresponding with the numbers – recalling names of the birds that are extinct. I also would explain my memories as a child, making these boxes – a little less professional, but nonetheless beautiful – myself. Wandering around in the forest picking up pieces of flora and fauna that got carefully displayed in a shoe-box sized diorama..
Would this be the future of nature? Looking at diorama lightboxes and trying to compare the numbers of the 2d-icons with the ‘real thing’ in the box?
Processed lunch meats etched with a laser cutter. The images show the source of the meat, making you more aware of where that great taste comes from. Link
The Fake for Real Memory Game playfully visualizes the classical theme of Fake vs Real. Is everything that was once directly experienced, in our media society now replaced by simulations? Or are reproduction and imitation naturally part of life? Can you tell the fake from the real? See for yourself! Fake For Real!
We finish our Fake for Real series with this entertaining & educational present. The Memory Game comes in a beautiful box containing 60 cards, including a booklet with written explanations and an essay. Available at selected bookstores and museum shops worldwide.
A simpler version of the Memory Game (with 16 random cards) can also be played online. Oh, and in case you were wondering: Yes, you do support those good NextNature.net people by buying the box. Thanks Fans!
The Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world. Just about everyone knows the mysteriously smiling lady. But how many of us have actually been to the Louvre to see it with our own eyes? Nearly everyone knows it through one of its countless reproductions. Can you tell which of the above images is real and which is a reproduction? Think again! We are not in the Louvre; they are both reproductions. Rumour has it that the original Mona Lisa was accidentally destroyed in 1911, shortly after being stolen by former Louvre guard Vincenzo Peruggia, who wanted to return it to Italy. Is the painting now on display in the Louvre in fact a reproduction? It is hard to say – too many tourists blocked our view when we were in the Louvre for us to investigate the “original”.
From our Fake for Real series.