Friday, October 30, 2009
Kevin Van Aelst photographs household objects to explain science. According to his artist’s statement, “The images aim to examine the distance between the ‘big picture’ and the ‘little things’ in life — the banalities of our daily lives, and the sublime notions of identity and existence… This work is about creating order where we expect to find randomness, and also hints that the minutiae all around us is capable of communicating much larger ideas.”
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
There’s no real reason anyone needs to wear a watch with a built-in calculator these days, unless you’re trying to look super-cool of course. In that case you’ll want to go with the Datamat from Vestal. With a classic segmented LCD display and 16 button keypad it’s as basic a calculator watch as you’re going to find, but the polyurethane band and neon green or yellow color palettes keep it straddling the fence between geeky and cool. Unless you go with the black model, then there’s no question you’re a nerd.
Artist Michael A. Salter is an associate professor of digital arts at the University of Oregon who, in his downtime, builds massive robots out of recycled “polystyrene”–a Styrofoam commonly used for shipping electronics.
Salter’s ‘Styrobots’ range from 2.5-feet (the little guy above) to 15-feet (the big guy above) to his largest creation, a 21-foot-fall behemoth who lives at San Jose University.
The ‘Styrobots’ are currently on display at an exhibit called, “Robots: A Cultural Icon in Contemporary Art” at Wichita State University’s ‘Ulrich Museum of Art.’ The exhibit runs through December 18, 2009.
Check out a video showing how these guys are built.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The Deli Garage and the design team of Korefe, have teamed up on a cool project combining fun graphic designs and DRINKING! This Hip flask for instance gives a new meaning to its name, as it is modern and youthful, and maybe even the perfect Christmas present?
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
I really love when I find an artist that is from Toronto who has music that I actually care about. I present you Digits. Alt Altman (Europe in Colour, The Ghost is Dancing) started Digits in March 2009. Similarities to Junior Boys are apparent. His album is available here at PWYC price.
"Chris O'Shea's Hand From Above encourages us to question our normal routine when we often find ourselves rushing from one destination to another. Inspired by Land of the Giants and Goliath, we are reminded of mythical stories by mischievously unleashing a giant hand from the BBC Big Screen. Passers by will be playfully transformed. What if humans weren’t on top of the food chain?
Unsuspecting pedestrians will be tickled, stretched, flicked or removed entirely in real-time by a giant deity.
Hand from Above is a joint co-commission between FACT: Foundation for Art & Creative Technology and Liverpool City Council for BBC Big Screen Liverpool and the Live Sites Network. It premiered during the inaugural Abandon Normal Devices Festival."
via Wooster Collective
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The Kitsune Noir Wallpaper Project, which has provided my background with many a beautiful wallpapers, now has Where The Wild Things Are wallpapers straight from the artist himself. Geoff McFetridge did all the lettering in the film and now you can get some original wallpaper art from him.
Check them out here.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wall to Wall by Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer is a parquet flooring installation.
They have investigated the connection between flooring and textiles with their design comparable to a tightly woven knitted garment .By developing the notion of a textile rug being an intrinsic partner with flooring materials ,the designers have combined two conventional surfaces , top create a visually dynamic finish reminiscent of traditional textile patterns used worldwide
Via Design Llama
Waaaaaay back in the day (even before before YouTube), TA2 writer/director Drew Frohmann was the bottom half of internet film mini-sensation hotdogboy. Since it's that time of year, we thought we'd exhume the Hotdogboy Hallowe'en Haha for you.
Monday, October 19, 2009
In an ad for a recycling campaign, it seems appropriate, clever even, to recycle elements of an old image. But when the ad is for Belgian beer, and the logo belongs to someone else, it doesn't make much sense—particularly when the designer fails to ask permission for its use.
Last month, InsidetheCBC.com posted an article about Stella Artois's new "Recyclage de Luxe" campaign running on the tube in London. Designer Cristiana Couceiro's graphic borrows Burton Kramer's 1974 classic exploding pizza pattern (or, as some people affectionately call it, the exploding asshole), cropped and pasted as an accent on the ad. A cool campaign, certainly, but perhaps not the greatest way to go about it—the ceeb never granted Couceiro permission to use their copyrighted emblem (and it appears this isn't the first time she's copped the image).
Although it was on their company's blog, when we called into the broadcaster's marketing department last month, they were unaware of the logo's use. By the time the CBC's Marco Dubé got back to us this week, they'd mailed two letters across the pond—one to Couceiro, and one to Stella. While the former has yet to reply, Stella apologized for the accidental thievery and has stopped running the campaign. Dubé told us that the CBC was satisfied with Stella's response, and doesn't plan to sue, whine, or point fingers. How polite.
General Elektriks is the brainchild of Hervé ‘RV’ Salters. A French national and a keen vintage keyboard player, Salters was playing keys for his bands and for various artists in Paris (Femi Kuti, M, DJ Mehdi etc…) before he moved to San Francisco in 1999.
He started working on funk collages as he was moving to the US, using his favorite keyboards, a computer and a mic. GE became a musical journal that followed RV through his move to Seattle, then back to the Bay Area, in Berkeley, where he currently resides. There, he hooked up with the Quannum crew (Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, DJ Shadow…) and started sessioning for them. He invited Quannum’s own Lateef The Truthspeaker and Chief Xcel on a few tracks, then completed the 1st GE album, ‘Cliquety Kliqk.’ Hailed by URB as ‘Ennio Morricone for the 21st century,’ the album is a far out mix of vintage funk, hip hop beats, noir riffs, cinematic arrangements, pop melodies and digital twinkle.