Monday, April 30, 2012

Link Round-Up: April 30, 2012

A statue featuring superheroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman was displayed during a media preview for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The exhibit examined how Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and others have influenced big-name fashion designers.
After a 4 year hiatus, the popular web comedy series “You Suck at Photoshop” has returned to My Damn Channel for a 3rd season (episode 1 and episode 2).
Blind-Pixel777 has posted a gallery of Minimalist Game Posters for Assassin's Creed, BioShock, Portal 2, and more.

Brooklyn-based graphic designer and custom chalk letterer Dana Tanamachi creates beautiful typographic chalk art for store displays, magazines, and even wedding invitations

I've featured Rod Gillies's microscale Star Wars Lego creations several times. You can now vote and try to get them published as genuine sets.

Just the First Frame displays the first panel of dozens of recently updated webcomics, so that you can discover new comics based on how well they hook you in with their art and just a few words.

Fresh Take: Dead Star Wars

Prints available at Etsy for $10 each

Zombies and Star Wars?  Don't mind if I do!

Installation: Street Invaders

Street Invaders by Filthy Luker
Using road barriers and traffic cones, street artist Filthy Luker brought his the alien invasion down to the streets with this interactive installation. This kind of large scale practice is essential for when the real invasion inevitably begins, so don't worry people of Earth, gamers got your back.

Event: Hey Geek Girl!

The Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington will be holding the Hey Geek Girl! art show comemorating the women of pop culture Saturday, May 5, 2012 through June 10, 2012.

Mash-Up: Harry Potter / Banksy

The Snatcher by Hillary White / wytrab8

Artist: deviantart / tumblr / society6

Available for purchase at Society 6

Installation: Manta Rhei

"Manta Rhei" OLED-­based fixture from Selux and ART+COM

The luminaire consists of ten 1.2-meter long, flexible metal lamellas each of which carries ten paper thin OLED-modules. Thin steel wires attach the blades to small motors hidden in the ceiling. Being individually controllable these motors move the lamellas ends up and down like wings, and permit the 2.4-meter wide fixtures body to perform different movement patterns, e.g. it can float like a manta ray.

Crafts: Iron Man Helmet Lamp

Sculpture: Hot Spot

"Hot Spot" by Mona Hatoum, 2006.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Installation: Koto-no-ha

"Koto-no-ha" ("Language") by Noriko Shiozawa

This beautiful work is composed of more than 2,500 letters and characters from different languages from around the world. The colorful writing is illuminated from behind, and walking into this room is a bit like walking into an abstracted conversation in which you’re hearing bits and pieces of the entire planetary population talking at once.  This piece, by Noriko Shiozawa (塩澤徳子), is called “Koto-no-ha” (こと‐の‐は), which is an older Japanese word for “language.”  Shiozawa-san was kind enough to give her permission to allow the photograph above to be used as the cover for the UNESCO Jakarta Annual Report 2008.

Video: Lightpainting in Bullet Time

Richard Kendall and his team experimented with 93 cameras and a "bullet time" rig to create this astonishing little video.

Photography: Light Paintings

Photographer Dennis Calvert does not use digital manipulation for any of his pictures. With the right exposure on his camera, he swings around glow sticks in a dark room or outdoors at night to create his desired visual effect.

Link Round-Up: April 26, 2012

This global study by Adobe shows 75% of people don’t think they are.

@irkafirka illustrates tweets. Illustrator Nick Hilditch (@Pockless) makes cute little cartoons out of selected twitter posts. Also available on twitter, of course.

Jordan Speer's 3D modeling work is colorful and strange. Examples: CHUNDERMUSCLE, Abduction of the Arcade Fiend, Sob Museum, Kontrascope, Deep Hell Discovery Probe, and The Bullshit Dragon of Fake-ass Mountain.

"The Secret Pet Society"  is an fantastical series of paintings with descriptions by artist Travis Louie which features Victorian-era styled people posing alongside their mythical creatures. Arrested Motion has an interview with the artist.

Start Ups: This is how Design works. A guide for non-designers by Wells Riley

Why can't Start Ups find designers?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Installation: Mushroom Cloud of Steel

Made as a protest against the tomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Gupta created this massive mushroom cloud out of pots, pans, and kitchen utensils.  It weighs 26 tons, it measures 36x36 feet, and it took three cranes to lift it and seven days to install it.

Mash-Up: Hello Kitty

Available on a wide range of merchandise from Redbubble.

Installation: Hope and Dream

"Hope and Dream" a light sculpture by Makoto Tojiki

Makoto Tojiki developed "Hope and Dream," an illuminated kinetic sculptural installation for luxury beauty brand Clé de Peau Beauté as part of their "L'art de La Radiance" exhibition to mark the brand's 30th anniversary celebration at Artistree in Hong Kong. The piece begins with a young girl releasing a bird from her outstretched hands.  As the moving light continues, each of the additional components captures the bird in a moment of flight.

Link Round-Up: April 25, 2012

9 Totally Awesome 404 Pages

Lego has released a free movie-making app.

Looking MARVELous is a tumblr that provides comic book-inspired fashion based on Marvel comic book characters. You'll find not only popular characters, like Spider-man or Iron Man. Some of the inspired outfits come from lesser-known characters such as Squirrel Girl (who?) and Molly Hayes (umm?). Here is the full page version. 

Make cinemagraphs with this free app from Microsoft.

Pipe Dream: Not the video game, but the CGI animation that likely played on a bajillion TVs set up in stores like Radio Shack back in the day. An attempt to build a real-life version of this was attempted recently, but it just wasn’t the same.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Illustration: Scientists

With the intention of depicting science as the true adventure and worthy pursuit it is, Tomas created this series as a promotion for the Charles University’s Faculty of Science in Prague. These Titans of ginormous stature are each a visual representation of an area of science: biology, geography, chemistry, and geology. 

Installation: Dancing Feathers

Installation: Architect’s Eye

This reflective eye sculpture in Milan’s Cortile d’Onore of the Ca’ Granda emulates an actual human eye, its gaze shifting to take in its surroundings. It’s so lifelike, the pupil even dilates and contracts to further convince you that you’re staring into the Eye of Sauron.

Concept Art: Star Wars Eggs

A tribute the the fallen warriors of the Phantom duel.

Posters: Giant Series


Monday, April 23, 2012

Lego Creation: Imperial Base on Endor

Installation: Bus Structure 2am-2pm

Copper, steel, thread, and wood

Bus structure 2am-2pm is a three-dimensional model of the Sunday Minneapolis / St. Paul public transit system, where the horizontal axes represent directional movement and the vertical represents time. The piece is constructed of 47 horizontal layers, each forming a map of the bus routes that run during a given interval of time. Looking down from the top, one sees the Sunday bus map of the Twin Cities, while looking from the side, the times appears as strata building upwards. Within each layer, every transit route that operates at that time is represented by wood balls placed at its scheduled stops.

Installation: data.anatomy

"Data Anatomy" by Ryoji Ikeda

Mash-Up: James Bond / Dracula

"Agent 00-" by Mike Bell

Shut up and sell me a ticket already! I wanna see it.

Sweets: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Cake

Photo by Robin Slicer
Source: GeekMom

Link Round-Up: April 23, 2012

"We EXTERMINATE because we can."

18 stunning sci-fi guitars that'll shred your geek world

25 Dieselpunk Themed Desktop Wallpapers

Cake Wrecks has a gallery of Sweet Robot Cakes, including Daleks, K-9, and more.

The Dalek Factor is a site devoted to variations on the classic Doctor Who Dalek

The Nerdist takes a look at The Art of Science Tattoos

Some hilarity is to be had in McSweeny’s Amateur Art History transcription, unless you are an art history major, in which case… sorry?

Short Film: Sooner or Later

Here's a short film that involves Nazis and a little bit of time travel...
"At the end of World War II the Nazis build a time machine. This technology would enable them to snatch victory. However, nobody knows what will really happen if they succeed."

Friday, April 20, 2012

Short Film: Chop Chop

Any plan that requires a horse to remember its right from its left is a bad plan.

Photography: 360 Degree Time-Lapse

360 degree image was captured by Greek photographer Chris Kotsiopoloulos

Photographed by Chris Kotsiopoloulos in Sounio, Greece

This stunning image shows what 24 hours worth of photos looks like when combined into one frame. Stretching from the sunrise to sunset, this 360 degree image was captured by Greek photographer Chris Kotsiopoloulos in Sounio, Greece. It took him a painstaking 30 hours and hundreds of images to create the amazing time-spanning panorama.

Sculpture: Cardboard Art

Cardboard Art by Chris Gilmour

Using only cardboard, glue, and the tears of the homeless, Chris Gilmour creates these jaw-droppingly intricate cardboard sculptures.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sculpture: Avengers Assembled

A design for the gate fold insertion in Entertainment Weekly #1203 Summer movie edition, made out of everyday objects you can find at your local Target.

Video: Buchstabengewitter

Buchstabengewitter ("letter storm") is a generative typography project that transforms three-dimensional linear structures into all the letters of the alphabet.

Posters: Fringe Warnings

Fringe Warning Posters by Christian Petersen
Available for purchase on Etsy
Price: US$18

You should always be weary of extra-dimensional, non-Newtonian experiments when it comes to the world of Fringe. Now you have no excuse for falling into a parallel universe or accidentally ingesting nanotechnology.

Sculpture: Aeolus

Most of the sound sculptures we see involve some sort of electronic or digital reaction. It’s rare to find something fully analog that will really blow your mind. Aeolus is a sound sculpture that relies only on the wind, amplifying its movements and giving us a sense of its presence like never before.

The piece is an arch adorned with a crown of round steel pipes that point out in all directions. As the wind blows through Aeolus, it creates a range of ambient tones that shift with the direction and intensity of the wind.

Installation: End Piece

"End Piece" by David Hall

To coincide with the end of analogue TV in the UK on April 18, this exhibition by video art pioneer David Hall features the new commission ‘1001 TV Sets (End Piece)’, 1972-2012. The work features 1001 cathode ray tube TV sets, of various ages, all tuned to random analogue stations which, as the signals are turned off between April 4-14, will gradually change the sound in the space from a cacophony of overlapping audio to a hiss of white noise.  It is currently on exhibit at London’s Ambika P3.

Short Film: Mac ‘n’ Cheese

When you find yourself running scared and running out of energy, there's only a few options left to outrun your opponent through the southern desert. Stopping at nothing, watch these two guys wear each other out and rip through boundaries hitherto unbroken. Enjoy the ride!
Mac 'n' Cheese is an animated short directed and created by four students at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. This roughly two minute animation took about five months to make, and about a bajillion peanut butter sandwiches.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Installation: Mauritian Sunset

"Mauritian Sunset" by Sandy Smith, January 2006

"Mauritian Sunset" was made for the 'Great Artspectations' exhibition at The Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh. A relatively small gallery, and another 2 artists to share the space with, meant that the work had to be as self contained as possible. As the gallery also had large windows, letting in light which could ruin the soft lighting effects of the work, the wall had to be as 'perfect' and light-proof as possible.

The resulting wall stretched accross the centre of the main room of the gallery, wall to wall and floor to ceiling, the rear of the computers facing the windows onto the street. A small doorway was built into the wall, only five and a half foot tall, and two foot wide. The monitors facing forwards showed flat colour, working over the wall to create a rough gradient representation of a classic sunset.

Short Film: On The Water

"On The Water" by Yi Zhao

Fresh off the festival circuit this beautiful film, this metaphor for the cycle of life was the graduation film of Yi Zhao for the Academy of Art and Design/St. Joost in the Netherlands.

Installation: Dune

Dune by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde

"Dune" is an interactive landscape that interacts with human behavior. This hybrid of nature and technology exists out of large amounts of fibers which brighten according to the sounds and motion of passing visitors. DUNE 4.2 is a permanent interactive landscape residing alongside the Maas River in Rotterdam, NL. This public artwork of 60 meters utilizes less than 60 Watts while intuitively interacting with its visitors; rendering the installation sustainable as well as cutting edge in construction. It will exhibited in the 18th Art Biennale of Sydney, Australia on June 27, 2012.


Infographic: Star Wars by the Numbers

"Star Wars by the Numbers" by Oskoui-Oskoui




Crafts: 8-Bit Wooden Wall Art

8-Bit Wooden Wall Art by Sanchezz
Available for purchase on Etsy


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