Link List #40 - Friends of Friends / Freunde von Freunden (FvF)

Link List #40


At FvF, we’re always connected. With our Link List, we wade into the frontlines of the digital zeitgeist to find the best articles and links and then collect them here for you to enjoy and share.

This edition of the link list will whiz you around the world in ten clicks, as you vogue through time to explore the glittering history of the dance subculture, peer into whimsical settings in North Korea and learn about an impressive youth surf label from Africa.

In the spirit of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes, see the modern world from the perspective from a man after 44 years in prison and look at creative solutions to the refugee crisis. Here’s what we’ve been reading this week:

  1. Internet stalking and swat-team hoaxes; this in-depth piece on the The New York Times looks at how to police a concerning online trend offline.
  2. Is it North Korea or is it a Wes Anderson still? Visual news shows us the uncanny likeness between North Korean design and the sets of everyone’s favourite whimsical filmmaker.
  3. New York’s F Train is curiously missing a countdown clock, and the location of the trains at any one time is a mystery even to the tower operators. Find out why at The Atlantic.
  4. “I thought everyone became CIAs or agents. That was the only thing I could think of. Everyone walking around with wires in their ears.” Huck Magazine captures the poignant observations of a man re-entering society after 44 years in prison.
  5. The refugee crisis in Europe has rendered existing structures unable to cope. iD look at creative responses here in Berlin, from Airbnb for refugees to education programmes and work schemes.
  6. Bantu Wax is a youth label made in Africa for Africans. The label’s creator meets The Guardian and talks representing the world’s youngest population, “killer surf” and staying carbon-neutral.
  7. It’s Nice That explores the history of the voguing scene with photographer Ewen Spencer in a dazzling portrait of the subculture.
  8. Our friend Olafur Eliasson transported thousand-year-old icebergs all the way from Greenland to Paris for his installation “Ice Watch” to correspond with the UN Climate Summit. Readabout the fascinating journey on the The New Yorker.
  9. Kat Herriman looks at the unsung hero of last week’s Art Basel booths, the furniture that each gallery brings along, and the stories they tell.
  10. Wired address the perennial awkwardness of the “too hot or too cold office”. The aptly named science laboratory the “Comfort Suite” determined to find the happy medium.

Thanks for reading! We hope our links inspire you and give you a small window into what the FvF office is enjoying this week.

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