Monthly Archives: April 2011

‘Oritsunagumono’ (which translates as ‘things folded and connected’) is an origami collection by artist, Takayuki Hori, designed to highlight the environmental threat of pollution to species native to Japan’s coastal waterways.

Each translucent sheet is first printed with either the images of fragments of an animal’s skeleton, or, on some pages, human-made discarded objects that are often ingested by the animals in the wild. Using the ancient tradition of folded paper, hori assembles the pages into a three-dimensional model. Once the paper is folded, the printed components are united as a whole, telling the visual story of the animal’s plight to survive in an increasingly polluted and hazardous ecosystem.

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm8vDlj7jaU

The original US incarnation, which began in 2009, quickly became a cultural phenomenon and returned for its third series with 8.4 million viewers earlier this month.

But it was not to everyone’s tastes – one Guardian writer described it as making “Big Brother look like Dostoyevsky” – and it caused controversy after it was accused of stereotyping Italian-Americans.

The UK version of the show will be made by Liverpool-based Lime Pictures, producer of another teen reality show, The Only Way Is Essex, which was a hit for digital channel ITV2 last year, and Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks.

Jesus. Wept.

It’s now only a matter of time before there’s an Irish version. Any guesses as to the location?

MTV buffs up Jersey Shore for UK as Geordie Shore (Guardian)