Author: Jennifer Crakow
Jennifer Crakow has been a consistent innovator in the field of application design for web, mobile devices, and television for clients including BBC, LOCOG, Microsoft, and Samsung. Following sixteen years in San Francisco, Jennifer now divides her time between Berlin and Torino while focusing on digital cultural heritage projects, among other things. Jennifer received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. She recently received a joint MA degree in in World Heritage and Cultural Projects for Sustainable Development from L’ Università di Torino and the Politecnico of Torino.

In an ideal world, one would be justified in cutting Obama out of this picture. Silvio Berlusconi makes a fine “First Enemy” all on his own. Unfortunately, considering the President’s own failures, as shocking as this pairing seems, he had it coming. (More…)

One of the world’s greatest media museums sits just across the river from my apartment. Its name is the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema.) Located inside Torino’s Mole Antonelliana, a 19th century building originally designed to be a synagogue, the place still has something of a holy purpose. Especially for an LA native, like me. (More…)

When I was in kindergarten, I was a tomboy, dreaming of skateboarding with the surfers. I wanted a pair of Vans, but they were hard to come by then. For some reason, I also wanted a Barbie doll. Maybe because the other girls had them. (More…)

The martyr is a universal archetype. Someone who dies for a cause, someone who is victimized for their beliefs. Every society has one. Blame it on religion. Blame it on backward concepts of national identity, of personal sacrifice. It would be a relief if we could somehow rid ourselves of the notion that we might give our lives for a greater good, when that ‘good’ is usually questionable. (More…)

Kudos to the Twitter client, TweetDeck, who were acquired by Twitter itself last week.  The tiny British startup will get the support it needs to create an even better product. Of nearly equal interest was The Guardian article announcing its acquisition, Twitter buys UK’s TweetDeck for £25m. (More…)

He was the worst head of state in US history. The loser in the 2000 elections, he was installed in office only by court order. Unprepared for the 9/11 attacks, he led America into two major wars, one of which remains ongoing. During his last year in office, he presided over the collapse of the real estate and stock markets. George W. Bush, disguised as the bomb he was. Brick Lane, London. Feburary, 2011.

Forget cloud computing. What matters are the means of production. Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Shanghai. July, 2009.

Format is always age-specific. Baby Boomer equals vinyl, or so it goes. Whether it be crate digger or fan, today’s vinyl fetishist also equals youth. One such generational mashup, mixing childhood nostalgia (“gli anni passano” or the years pass) with gender. Neighborhood thrift store, central Milan, 2010.

The briefcase isn’t quite wide enough. However, it makes for a macabre pedestal. Marche aux Puces St-Ouen de Clignancourt, Paris. June, 2010.

Silvio Berlusconi can be faulted for many things. For using television to refashion Italian sensibilities. For buying votes. For making a mockery of an advanced, industrialized European country’s legal system. And, as many would insist, for reversing however far Italy may have traveled into the sexual revolution. (More…)

Diego Rivera was here. US Army battle mural, 1991 Gulf War. Twentynine Palms, California. June, 2008.

“It remains exciting.” Angela Merkel in (well, sorta) party mode. Berlin, 03/11.