Archive for April, 2010

Takashi’s Seasons

“Takashi’s Seasons” is a sequential live shadow puppet / video performance in which various scenes interpreting the four seasons are performed by a modern Utsushi-e artist.

In the spring children are seen walking back to school with their school bags (the academic year begins in April in Japan). The proud performance of cicadas can be heard on a hot summer evening. Dragonflies smoothly glide in the cool air of a fall afternoon. On New Year’s Eve the chimes of temple bells are heard in the freezing winter night.

Takashi Kawashima Portfolio Site

Project Overview

Vimeo Video

Nollywood By Pieter Hugo

In Africa, Nollywood movies are a rare instance of self-representation in the mass media.

The continent has a rich tradition of story-telling that has been expressed abundantly through oral and written fiction, but has never been conveyed through the mass media before.

Movies tell stories that appeal to and reflect the lives of its public: stars are local actors; plots confront the viewer with familiar situations of romance, comedy, witchcraft, bribery, prostitution. The narrative is overdramatic, deprived of happy endings, tragic. The aesthetic is loud, violent, excessive; nothing is said, everything is shouted.

In his travels through West Africa, Pieter Hugo was intrigued by this distinct style in constructing a fictional world where everyday and unreal elements intertwine.

By asking a team of actors and assistants to recreate Nollywood myths and symbols as if they were on movie sets, Hugo initiated the creation of a verisimilar reality.

His vision of the film industry’s interpretation of the world results in a gallery of hallucinatory and unsettling images.

The tableaux of the series depict situations clearly surreal but that could be real on a set; furthermore, they are rooted in the local symbolic imaginary. The boundaries between documentary and fiction become very fluid, and we are left wondering whether our perceptions of the real world are indeed real.

Pieter Hugo Official Site

Pieter Hugo Nollywood Portfolio

VectroAve Article

Patricia Piccinini

Patricia Piccinini is one of the most well known Australian contemporary artists. She graduated from the college of Fine Arts in painting Economic History, having a wide range of interests, from sociology to technology and computer graphics. She works in a variety of media, such as: painting, sculpture, video, sound and digital prints.

Pxleyes.com have put together a collection of her most controversial works which is well worth checking out. I’ve provided the link below as well as a link to her own website.

Pxleyes Gallery

Patricia Piccinini Official Site

Sketch Furniture

Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space? The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined. Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture. The Swedish design group FRONT has been working in Japan since September. During this time they have developed and explored the technique they used in the making of Sketch Furniture which they showed in Art Basel Miami / Design with Barry Friedman Gallery Ltd.

FRONT Design Site

Design Bot Article

Video Demo

Speed Of Light

United Visual Artists (UVA) were commissioned by Virgin Media to create an immersive light installation on London’s South Bank to mark the tenth anniversary of broadband in the UK. ‘Speed of Light’ is a series of installations that explore the themes of communication and modernity. Stripped back to its materials, fibre optic is a thin strand of glass, with nothing more than a flickering beam of light. UVA have used this beam as the starting point for their work. The installations dramatize the experience of using fibre-optic communication, re-imagining it as an immersive environment.

The story begins with an input from the audience, which is transferred into a pathway of light, leading through the atmospheric environment of the Bargehouse. The continuous line of light evolves through each installation in turn shifting in intensity and form. Speed of Light uses over 148 lasers across four floors and six rooms of the Bargehouse, a raw and industrial warehouse. The installation is open to the public from 9 – 19 April.

Speed Of Light Official Site

Photos (CreativeReview.co.uk)

Vimeo Video

Grazing Jellies

“Grazing Jellies creates a view into a forest where cosmic slugs munch on space men’s helmets and melon slices. These hungry hallucinations are inquisitive as well as starving, if there’s movement in the trees or some chatter on the ground they’ll pay it a visit.”

Grazing Jellies is an augmented reality project by Hudson Powell, commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival. A screen located in a forest provides a real time portal into a virtual world of hidden jelly/slug like creatures. They react to movement, from the trees or from people, going off to sniff out whats happening. When passers by make a noise in front of the screen, the creatures come up close to investigate.

I like most Augmented Reality projects and I thought this one was particularly cool because its quite different to the other kind of ‘typical’ projects you see.

Wired Magazine Article

Video On Their Development Blog

***BEAUTY SLEEP PROGRESS REPORT***

Since the presentation on Tuesday I’ve sat down and kind of re-thought my project and what I hope to achieve from it. I think the brainwave sensor isnt the most suitable sensor for me as it’s too intrusive when somebody is trying to get a night’s sleep. It’s not just a case of picking a new sensor unfortunately because I’m still a little unsure as to what kind of content I want the sensor to generate. The motion tracking already creates the lines and various sized circles so thats the movement (and lackof) aspects of the project looked after. I’m hoping to try and decide whether I’ll just create visual content or other media as well by the end of this week.

YikeBike

YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. This team sat down to try and answer:

– What is the simplest way to get from A to B with the aid of a machine?
– What is the smallest wheel you can have to get a stable, safe, comfortable ride?
– Can you make something small enough to be able to go with you anywhere in a city?
– Is it possible to make a unicycle dramatically easier to ride and fold?

The goal was to create something that could dramatically change urban transport, enabling city dwellers a fast, safe and easy way to navigate their environment. The result was the mini-farthing concept and its first expression, the YikeBike. It employs state-of-the-art technology, engineering and industrial design to create a new class of personal transport.

YikeBike Video

YikeBike Spec Sheet

YikeBike Gallery

Stephen Wiltshire Memory Drawings

British artist Stephen Wiltshire has drawn the Manhattan skyline from memory. On Monday October 26th 2006 Wiltshire began filling in an 18 foot canvas at the Pratt institute, Brooklyn and completed it some days later.

Wiltshire, diagnosed with autism at the age of three displays an unusually powerful photographic memory that he has applied to rendering cityscapes. He can look at the subject of his drawing once and reproduce it accurately with photographic detail, down to the exact number of columns or windows on a building. He memorizes their shapes, locations and the architecture.

Having completed cityscapes of some of the world’s most iconic cities – London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Rome, Madrid, Frankfurt, Dubai, and Jerusalem, the New York panorama marks Wiltshire’s last cityscape as he is now pursuing drawing individual buildings.

Stephen Wiltshire’s Official Site

New York Panorama

Tim Walker

Currently on show at the galleria Carla Sozzani are pictures and exhibition of photographic works by Tim Walker. The show brings together Walker’s most renowned images as well as new and more recent pieces which have never been exhibited before.

Walker’s images evoke a sublime moment in time, evoking a sense of epic drama and beauty. The sets in which his pictures are captured are lavish locations which are juxtaposed against the everyday, mixed with the slightly absurd and outrageous. His photographs tell a narrative which is derived from an imagination which most of us have left behind in our childhood. He presents to his viewer a glimpse into his own imagination, his work reminding us of our capacity to dream the unthinkable. though his images are whimsical, they are real, as they have been meticulously executed and have not been modified by computer.

Tim Walker’s Official Site

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