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Clive Thompson
8 min readMay 6, 2022

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“Analogue” by Anne Butler

Thursday!

Week’s almost done.

Celebrate with this fantastic collection of links I made — just for you.

Let’s begin …

1) 🎨 Anne Butler recreates analogue tech in porcelain art

I seem to be on a trend of highlighting porcelain art in my Linkfests, since my one for last week also started with some cool porcelain work.

This week, behold the awesome art of Anne Butler, who recreates analogue technologies using porcelain!

As Colossal notes …

From her studio in Carryduff, Butler recreates 20th Century technologies like rotary telephones and typewriters through an array of techniques from casting and carving to assembly — watch her process in the video below. Brimming with texture and striking in dimension, the analog works explore cultural memory, associations to history and personal use, and the impressions these items have left on the world long after they’ve fallen from widespread use.

Butler shares with Colossal that each of the objects was an important part of her childhood and that the building process reflects its mechanics. The intricately slotted “Analogue,” which replicates her family’s phone, relied on low-tech templates to create the thin Parian porcelain sheets that, once dried, the artist interlocked into their final shape.

Go check out that post, with some amazing photos of her other porcelain retro-tech.

2) 🚗 Photos of “Daredevil Jimmy Lynch and His Death Dodgers”

Here’s an amazing gallery of photos from 1940s shows by Jimmy Lynch and His Death Dodgers, a group daredevil stunt drivers.

As Vintage Everyday writes …

Lynch’s shows for Dodge served to advertise the many advanced design features that made the 1939…

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Clive Thompson

I write 2X a week on tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer at NYT mag/Wired; author, “Coders”. @clive@saturation.social clive@clivethompson.net