Saturday, April 30, 2011

Architects of Air

Set up at locations around the world "each luminarium is a maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids, and Gothic cathedrals meld into an inspiring monument to the beauty of light and color."

Designed by Alan Parkinson, the luminaria are produced with plastics of three different colors combined to display an assortment of shades and hues. The chambers between the connecting tunnels rise to 10 feet and provide a sanctuary for visitors to lounge beyond the foot traffic.

Levity III - by Architects of Air - 2010 AWESOME Festival from AWESOME Arts on Vimeo.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Dancing to Yo Yo Ma

Los Angeles dancer Charles "Lil Buck" Riley accompanies Yo-Yo Ma with impressive choreography. Yo-Yo Ma might have been outdone.

Paint Sound Sculpture

Harnessing the motion of sound vibrations creative studio Dentsu and photograher Linden Gledhill created paint sculptures worthy of a longer than usual standing ovation. After dripping metallic and neon paint drops onto a flexible membrane covering a speaker the volume was turned up and the multicolored dancing spectacular began. High speed cameras rotating around the setup captured the paint sculptures as they took form.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2011

City Smells

Hungarian born artist Hilda Kozari in collaboration with French perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour has put a recipe to the city smells of Helsinki, Budapest, and Paris. The installation consists of three bubbles representing the olfactory environments of the three cities. Bertrand Duchaufour translated Kozari's smell descriptors and assembled her ingredient list using each smell's corresponding raw material whenever possible. Along with the raw ingredient of thyme oil, the smell of pollution was represented by juniper tar oil and nutmeg provided the city smell of gasoline.

What would your city smell like??

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ai Weiwei has been arrested

Ai Weiwei (see previous post) has been arrested. He is an artist and social activist. His bold and enduring struggle against the restrictive Chinese government has escalated and resulted in his arrest on April 3rd. He is being held for the charge of "economic crimes" which the Chinese government has recently and arbitrarily elaborated on to include "tax evasion, bigamy, and spreading indecent images on the internet." Ai Weiwei joins a crew of other artists, lawyers, and activists that have been detained in the last two months.

On April 17th, demonstrators protested outside the gates of Chinese embassies in Berlin, Hong Kong, and London demanding the immediate release of the artist. The United States, the European Union and museums including MoMA, the Guggenheim, and Tate have appealed for his release.

"What could they do to me? Nothing more than banish, kidnap, or imprison me--perhaps they could fabricate my disappearance into thin air--but they don't have any creativity or imagination, and they lack both the joy and the ability to fly" (one of Ai's last blog posts before his arrest)

Prior to his arrest...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sea Organ

The Sea organ, located in Croatia and designed by architect Nikola Basic, is an experimental instrument tucked under a set of marble stairs where the land meets the sea. Waves and wind are drawn under the stairs through a set of polyethylene tubes and echoed back out as harmonic sounds. Sigh...this makes me want to meditate...hummmm...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Consumable Art

Hannes Broecker debuted his exhibition of encased cocktails in Dresden, Germany, where viewers can drink away the art. "By the end of the event, the art itself, ran dry, and empty drinking glasses were returned." His choice of the unappealing drink colors is funny. I'm not sure if the mustard yellow or the blood red takes the cake for least appealing. I imagine people are lured into the gallery promised to be wowed and instead find themselves socially pressured into drinking a glass of inky colored cocktail.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

If Listening to Bach Were Like Eating a Cheeseburger

Elisabeth Sulser hears individual notes and even letter sounds as visualized technicolor ribbons floating in her field of vision. Her interconnectedness of senses extends beyond sound and sight, affecting her sense of taste. She perceives tonal differences separated by less than an octave as taste. "A minor second “tastes” sour; a minor third, salty; a major third, sweet; and a fifth like a glass of water. A minor sixth tastes like whipping cream, a major sixth like half-and-half; a minor seventh is bitter, similar to a major second; and a major seventh is sour, like a minor second."

Below are some of Elisabeth's drawings of her multi-sensory experiences with music. The first drawing is inspired by Bach and the second is from A Dream by John Dowland.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Confetti Death by TYPOE

I intend to make posting photos with no backstory a rare occasion, but one snuck through the cracks and I chose not to deny it.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Orchestra

In an invigorating display of the connective powers of the internet American composer Eric Whitacre assembled a virtual orchestra, over 2000 voices strong, to perform his eight-part composition. Singers from around the world (including Lebanon, Kazakhstan, and Madagascar) uploaded videos of themselves performing their respective portions of Whitacre’s composition. The audio from every participating vocalist was mixed onto a single track and the following masterpiece was created.

“The choir is a beautiful, poetic expression of a seemingly fundamental human need to connect with each other and to commune." -Whitaker

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A Godly Contraption: Real Life Up House

Pixar’s film Up comes to life. With 300 helium filled weather balloons a team from National Geographic, including two balloon pilots lifted the small house 10,000 feet into the air, flying for over an hour.

What a dream it would be to be involved in this project! And how freeing to lean your arm out the window and feel the wind rush through your fingers…If this godly contraption came outfitted with a swing suspended below the house I'd know no greater heaven.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Benefits of Failure

This speech left me with goosebumps and that surging feeling in my stomach that catches your breath and makes you feel weightless but corporeal enough to move mountains. I hope I never lose my glassy eyes when I see something as sincere and inspired as this. It's an ode to the young, the old, and everyone in between with dreams of greatness and fear of failure.

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

"So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realiszed, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."

The future will be fantastic

Here's a collection of postcards illustrated in the very early 1900s by French artist Villemard meant to depict the future in year 2000.

Absorbing Knowledge

The Chemical Meal

Car Shoes

Flying Firemen

Listening to the Newspaper

Heating a Room with Radium

Automated Bathroom 

One for the Road

Barber Shop

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sliding the Night Away

One day maybe or maybe not far far away I'd love to open an art gallery full of installation and interactive art. These slides would be a permanent installation in my gallery. Next time I'm London bound you can find me here, pinning myself to the inside wall of the slide during closing to avoid the guards and sliding the night away.

Carsten Holler's work, entitled Test Site, displayed at the Tate Modern in London between '06 and '07. The installation consisted of 5 rideable slides on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of the gallery.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The invention that unlocked a locked-in artist

I always hesitate in posting, desperately trying to find content in time that'll outdo my previous post. Today my patience was rewarded.

“The nerve disease ALS left graffiti artist TEMPT paralyzed from head to toe, forced to communicate blink by blink. In a remarkable talk at TEDActive, entrepreneur Mick Ebeling shares how he and a team of collaborators built an open-source invention that gave the artist -- and gives others in his circumstance -- the means to make art again.”

"If not now, then when? If not me, then who?" -M.Ebeling

Monday, April 4, 2011

BIGGER THAN Life BETTER THAN Your Average Sculpture

Ron Mueck is a hyperrealist sculptor. While messing around with scale Mueck manages to achieve a disturbing level of realism with each work. For me, though I completely love his work, videos of his gallery showings make me feel like I’m witnessing a mass wake. Between the eerie clammy sheen of the skin surfaces and the unshakeable feeling that the figures are just in a shallow sleep ready to spring to life with one too loud creak of a floorboard, I’m on edge. Could you imagine those eyes, the size of your fist, snapping open upon your approach? It would surely scare the soul out of me.

Still, I want to live in his studio for a week. Ron Mueck, if you’re reading this…call me. I want to watch you move.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Boy With The Incredible Brain: Daniel Tammet

Syn= together, + Aisthesis= Perception

Beginning in childhood, numbers became linked to Tammet’s perception of texture and color. However, synesthesia can present itself in forms spanning any of the five senses. Others may see bursts of color at the sound of a heavy rain or taste the spoken words of poetry. Psychologists theorize that savantism has enabled Daniel to take this exceptional sensory connection a few steps further by evolving an even more impressive repertoire of mental powers, incorporating them into systems of computation and memorization. When performing multiplication, Tammet sees each number in the operation as a distinct shape defined by its unique color, texture, and size. He then orients these numbers spatially and reads the negative space between them as a new number—the solution to the operation. He also learned the Icelandic language well enough over the course of a week's study to be interviewed on Icelandic television.

Friday, April 1, 2011

A Vision for Sustainable Restaurants

The chairs, floor, and tables are recyclable, the restaurant is powered by wind energy, and the appliances are reconditioned.  Arthur Potts Dawson’s obsessive eye leaves no stone un-recycled. The restaurant’s waste gets processed in its own dehydrating desiccating macerator which in turn composts to the garden out back.  The restaurant also houses its own water filtration system which takes the water out of the restaurant, filters it through layered rock beds, and waters the garden.


"Nature Doesn't Create Waste"