Take something and put it into a different context. Stunning.
Inflatable mobile concert hall. So fun and beautifully executed!
These shots are incredible. One amazing band. One drone. One take. Done!
This is as good as it gets for me.
Created by Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan. The piece plays with how peripheral vision can be used to create an immersive experience by filling the room with projected light in a way that can’t be achieved with projectors alone. I love the use of disco balls all together. So impressed with how accurate they got while playing with so many little mirrors. I’ve been day dreaming of playing with disco balls for a while now. What if a disco ball was made of glass that used refraction to the disperse light around the room?
Ok! Who is coming up with a cocktail glass made out of this stuff? It would be so pretty, moving your drink around while playing you tunes….
Great artists. Love Kishi Bashi and then to have all this super interesting work playing with light, refraction and reflection… Totally inspired. Light refraction is one of my favorite things in the world.
Pretty amazing engineering.
Seems somewhat limited as an approach so far but the potential of using folding as a means to hack space constraints is super interesting and underexploited in general.
New sounds. It’s great to hear such a fresh way of using reversed audio. Feels very precise.
Science visualization is so mind boggling. All this activity in us at all time. MKL is super talented…
“Not only is everything changing, but all is flux. That is to say, what is is the process of becoming itself, while all objects, events, entities, conditions, structures, etc., are forms that can be abstracted from this process.” David Bohm
I want to see this film. Living in NYC, I forget how open and connected with synchronicity I am when traveling. Keep going Mark Waters. Keep going.
Getting good cinematography, editing, sound effects and music working together to tell a story really is an art form. I love when art brings out humanity and a feeling like there’s so much more to life. We may be in a moment in history where the tools are more accessible than ever but craftsmanship is still worth a lot in my book.
PS. I think we all need to be going on more adventures like this… Who’s with me!
Nature… you never go out of fashion.
I need one of these for my backyard some day….
Nervous Systems builds computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry and housewares. It’s really great how code focused on mimicking nature can then be re-purposed in so many ways.
Simply put. Mind blown. The implications are endless. I love the way the liquids move on the surfaces, the example with the colored water staying in a defined area, how things go into water and then don’t drip when they come out. Not sure how I will use this, but one day, I will use this!
Show. Don’t tell. These guys aren’t holding back. Refreshing to watch something that’s so uncompromising.
Really interesting experiments using open frameworks in collaboration with dancers wearing Motioner. They call it the RAMDanceToolkit and it was created by YCAM InterLab, including Yoshito Onishi, Satoru Higa, Motoi Shimizu and Kyle McDonald (who does super interesting work).
Check out this second video if you really want to get under the hood.
The new device is simple in nature. “The architecture consists of two components, an aperture assembly and a sensor. No lens is used.”
The disadvantage, at least for the moment, is that it takes time to acquire the data for each image. So the camera only creates images of still scenes.
But even that is useful for surveillance since it is possible to compare consecutive images of the same scene to determine things that have changed or to work out the speed of moving objects.
Pictures never out of focus… Sounds like the future of photography to me.
Source: MIT Technology Review
Been following Sarah’s work for a super long time. Always found a ton of inspiration in it. Check out her latest record, Hero Brother. Also worth checking out is another one of her bands, Bell Orchestre. All time top 5 bands.
What kind of dishes could one make in the kitchen with one of these?! Peanut butter and jam will never be the same again!
I love seeing Google maps being hacked in new ways. It’s kinda mind blowing how much data is actually inside Google maps. What a huge undertaking.
I love building out spaces. How cool would it be to have this stunning bus as your home. No real estate tax with this sucker… Thinking of you Peter Kitchell. This is the next step up from your van!
When I come across things like this, I feel like I stepping right into Pandora’s box. What happens when people can buy 3D printers that can print tissue? Then on top of that there are a ton of other technologies that could be integrated into those living tissues (nano tech, robotics, eventually artificial intelligence…). At some point, we end up becoming god in our basements. No government will be able to regulate everything… There’s no stopping it. I think we’re going to have to be pretty mature as a society to get through the growing pains ahead.
Drones are getting smaller and smaller. I had this vision once of going to a show and then seeing a ton of little drones fly out from the stage and hover above the crowd. If you had a little multicolored LED light on each one, you could create a moving screen that could split apart and then come back together, chase each other around the room…. I think it would be pretty magical. Just need to make sure the drones don’t run out of power and aren’t super loud.
I looked into building out a Microsoft Surface (the touch table) type project a couple years back for a client. Seemed like a fun idea but the table resolutions were too low and it looked a bit laggy. Looks like the technology is progressing along. This doesn’t look horrible.
I love this. So much goes on within the limitations of a one person live performance. Looping in music can be pretty predictable and ultimately kinda sucks sometimes, but when it’s done right… genius. Another person who’s great at this is Garth Stevenson. Genius.
Wait till the 3rd tune in Kishi’s performance. I’ve listened to it so many times…
We take pictures, record audio and video… but what about smell? This is so ingenious. The more our senses are incorporated into an experience, the more memorable it becomes because there’s more information for the brain to hold on to. Smell is something that’s going to blow up in years to come. Can’t remember where I saw it, but there were a bunch of people in Japan who were trying to transmit smell on the internet. That would be so cool. Maybe not all the time (obviously), but at the right times, like the right spices in an awesome meal, that could take things to a whole other level.
Here’s a good example of making a space really feel immersive and interactive: 5 projectors, a kinect and a solid sound system. Great work by Red Paper Heart. They’ve come up with some really creative projects.
This 35-year-old artist and activist has spent his career hacking everything from the internet to public space to popular culture. Getting Google to recognize him as the top search result for “bad ass mother fucker” is just one in a line of clever cultural coups.
F.A.T. Lab’s parody of the rumored Google self-driving car is a prime example of the fun, satirical nature of much of their work. The group garnered mainstream media attention by cruising around Manhattan in the tricked-out car (complete with fake decals and roof-piece), staging accidents, driving over cones and, at one point, doing donuts in front of Google’s New York offices.
“[I like] the idea that you can make entertaining content, but it can also have a bite, it can also have an edge, it can also say something,” Roth says.
Source: The Guardian
Such a powerful image with with Amnesty’s flame and the white paper people. Love how simple this is. Amazing what results you get when you take an established technique and then push it to new places.
Source: The Verge
Beautiful music video by Montreal / NYC based artist Rebecca Foon aka Saltland. I love organic visual effects, where the matter speaks for itself through it’s movement and reactions to it’s environment. There’s something so authentic about it.
Animated gifs can sometimes feel a bit gimmicky but when I came across Peter Marquez‘s work, it really hit me how the little shift in perspective unlocked all this hidden emotional potential stored inside the image.
Brilliant use of neon lights used in collaboration with slow exposure photography. The water is lit up by glow sticks, road flares, headlamps and moonlight. Makes me think a bit of artist Michael Flomen‘s work (below), where he uses large format photographic negatives in nature to create stunning images. I love how nature and specifically water can reshape and transform light. So cool.
Saw this and I was blown away. Such beautiful music. So emotive.
The site is also worth checking out. A ton of great content related to music.
Ask and you shall receive. A day after I saw the sequin piece, I then saw this. Kinect + Wood = why didn’t we think of this sooner?!
I love this. Sequins in the air. Like its recording something invisible. The movement of the wind. What if the sequin was a pixel? Then what would you do with a screen that moves like the wind?
So elegant and beautiful… It’s as though the piece is dancing. Good reminder to keep things as simple as possible and then to be as expressive as possible within those constraints. That’s usually my favorite stuff.
I forget sometimes how visual sound can be. This is a great exploration. Too bad it’s so sonically abrasive.
I saw this piece performed at C2MTL a couple years ago by Cirque du Soleil. It was pretty powerful. It is a little predictable and a little long once you figure out what’s going on but at the same time, it’s powerful in it’s simplicity.
Gorgeous new piece by my friends David Usui and Ben Wu from Lost & Found Films. Imagine living in this place by yourself? Unreal! Check these guys out. They’re the real deal.
Water reinvented. So important to think about how we can take the common and shine a new light on it. This looks like so much fun!
GOOGLE!! Thanks for finally connecting my phone to my computer. I’ve been waiting a couple of years now for someone to start doing this. The video game piece is pretty brilliant too. All around, hats off.
Beautiful interactive piece.
Did a project a couple years back with Intel around vibrant data (data we create in real time all the time). This project is tapping into Four Square’s data and unlocking a whole different story that was previously unavailable. Curious what seeing things from this higher level perspective brings about.
It’s amazing to see how projection mapping can bring things to life…
Man. Good writing is good writing. When done well, it feels totally cutting edge.
Can’t remember the last time my childhood was so well articulated.
This feels so Sci-fi! Something kinda eery about in. Like looking into a computer’s mind (even though it’s triggered by humans). Fiber optics were so cool when they first came out. Would be fun to play with them and see how they could be repurposed. How would this look underwater?
Wow. I had no idea. Origami feels like a such a spiritual practice. Like the deeper you go into it, the more you get out of it. “In science, this is the most creative you can be.”
Cool to see some of Microsoft’s concepts of where things are going although it left me wanting more. This felt very cute and “PG”.
I wonder if one day we will look back and see these kinds of videos the way we do nowadays looking at visions of the future from the 1950.
Alt-J is one my favorite bands that came out in 2012. This video is really great. Finds a really compelling way to talk about romantic love which to me is always impressive at this point.
Sougwen is a great NYC based artist. I got the chance to work with her on the Feast. She does a really good job of taking the abstract and then super charging it with the latest technologies. Her video mapping work is really inspiring.
Another interesting formula to achieve novelty in a project: using simple systems / objects and combining it with more sophisticated code. Love how simple and elegant this is.
As we move towards invisible interfaces, it’s great to see people trying other approaches other than camera based solutions. I recently tried leap motion and was a bit underwhelmed by accurate it was. I wonder if this system would offer more movement fidelity.
Projectors + Ping Pong balls = Fun. This is great for a couple reasons. By repurposing something that already exists, it becomes a really cheap way to create novelty. It’s also a solid reminder that anything white can be repurposed as a screen.