TECHNOLOGY: Master Facets

April 12, 2012

Topologies by Quayola.  Enjoy…

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TECHNOLOGY: Making It Work

February 12, 2012

I have been reading a great book The Hand by Frank R. Wilson. The last chapter I read dealt with Puppetry, so the physiological and psychological elements involved in this art are very much on my mind at the moment. It was fortuitous to see this promotional video for Highly Strung given the information I have been ingesting regarding Puppetry. Apart from the incredible feat of controlling this enormous puppet I was also so happy to see a fresh, organic and inventive use of projection mapping. Fantastic! Thanks to Drawn for the post.

ANIMATION: Awake or Not

February 2, 2012

For the last I don’t know how long I wake up at some silly hour and my brain takes off on an uncontrollable journey of its own.  I don’t feel tired the next day and as easily as I wake up I return to sleep although sometimes, it seems, a whole hour later. Today when I Stumbled Upon this odd site I thought I was watching an animation of  my sleepy mind. It takes a while to load, but if you have the time let it: Ana Somnia. Photo by Kim Holtermand.

TECHNOLOGY: Reality

January 20, 2012

I am loathe to post an advert but I thought the images posted on DesignBoom for a Canon Printer project were possibly or most likely computer generated. As it turns out, they’re not. They are real moving paint. How refreshing to see the wonder of reality in such great and close-up detail. Great use of technology and ingenuity.

Canon Pixma: Bringing colour to life from Dentsu London on Vimeo.

As I trawled through their website wishing I could attend this year’s Mapping Festival,  I found the work of Camille Scherrer. The simple effective and most importantly playful design of her interactive work, makes great use of technology. Plus the characters are beautifully designed and animated.

TECHNOLOGY: One voice

January 9, 2012

Most of us have moved at least once in our lives and with each move comes an understanding of that place.  Favourite quotidian routes, potholes to avoid, safest roads at night, interesting hot spots etc. The landscape of your surroundings shows it age, cracks, renovations with each treaded day. And I personally find that when you talk to neighbours there are always issues that strike a communal chord. Because we live, see and use places everyday we know if they are functioning properly or not. Neighborland.com puts these conversations into statements and numbers those in agreement with said statements. The people of New Orleans are being asked for their opinion in order to implement new ideas in various neighbourhoods. It’s simple, post your idea and wait to see if others join you and agree with your proposal. The more support for your statement the more likely it is to be taken seriously. I think the concept is very exciting.

Along the lines of a previous post regarding Amon Tobin’s ISAM new visual show, Karsten Schmidt has made this beautiful piece for the V&A museum. The technology is fantastic but the appeal to me is that the end product is accessible and beautiful and masks the intricate work behind it without loosing a feeling of wonder. If you’re in London and you see it, let me know what you think.

V&A Ornamental installation (06/2011) from postspectacular on Vimeo.

DESIGN: Gold

June 25, 2011

I love it. And I like the nasty really yellow shiny gold. I can’t own the real stuff. I can’t afford it. But I equally like the pretendy stuff. In fact, I think I prefer it. It doesn’t matter if I dent it, smash it, drop it down the loo, fling it off my neck, wrist or finger whilst sweatily dancing with furious abandon.

Due to this gold fetish I have been coveting a gold-frame bike. I searched the interweb and found this glittering creation. It even has red handled bars! How much do I love Red? As much as I love Gold. You are gorgeous Superbe Raleigh, Japanese Raleigh.

 

I am not likely to own that vintage bike however I might be able to own this trinket if I save and save. I have been lucky enough to see it in real life! And it’s glorious, as most of it is in a muted brushed gold, bar one beautiful shiny facet. It’s feels like it could and should be worn everyday and yet it’s something very special. Props to my friend Diane Butler.


And finally, I’m a sucker for really heavy weight card, embossing and gold platting, so yes please to this work by Tadeu Magalhaes.

A group of diverse creatives came together for Amon Tobin to design and construct an impressively scaled set and projection system that looks spectacular on film. It is exciting and encouraging to see someone strive to create a visual show that represents, compliments and enhances an electronic music performance.

Amon Tobin ‘ISAM’ Live (Extended Trailer) from Ninja Tune on Vimeo.

I have to post Korb again as I find myself watching their videos several times. This one, for example, has a physical effect on me. I feel that I’m twisting, contorting and floating with the image. Associating it with something I might have seen some time and yet knowing that I have not seen anything like it with my own eyes. It’s human, it’s alien, it’s familiar and strange. The execution as always, is so professional and acutely precise. Every aspect is crafted with care and attention. I really appreciate that. Hurray for excellence.

The Balance from KORB on Vimeo.