Bits: 02.01.11

002, Gerco de Ruijter, from Baumschule (2008-2010)

• "How abstract can a landscape become while remaining a landscape?" Gerco de Ruijter asks. His reply is a series of "32 photographs of tree nurseries and grid forests in the Netherlands" called Baumschule. BLDG BLOG has more.

• An upside of the rotten economy: a resurgence of DIY, interventionist and reuse-oriented architectural projects.

Google Art Project: "Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces."

• A professor, sued by an author over an academic book review she thinks is defamatory, is now in court in Paris. Writes Joseph Weiler, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law: "As I entered the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris, the French Old Bailey, my lawyer whispered: ‘Emile Zola was tried here.’ Vive la difference: This was no Dreyfus Affair but the stakes for Academic Freedom and liberty of expression are huge."

Wilco is founding its own record label, dBpm, to release future Wilco records (including the band's next one, due out late this year). Distro will be by ANTI- Records, which put out Mavis Staples' Jeff Tweedy-produced release.

• "Bohemian Rhapsody," ukelele version.

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