Animation

An Experimental Animation of Blooming Flowers

September 6, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Though it’s practically over before it starts, this brief animation titled flow/er by Alexa Sirbu and Lukas Vojir takes us into a primordial world of blooming flowers, where organic particles and flower petals collide in beautifully random explosions. Their statement on the project:

In nature, it is often the simplest rules that lead to forming the most complex, beautiful forms.
flow/er is a visual poem that observes this through a design lens, combining our fascination with organic,
raw aesthetic with foreign geometric forms. We observe natural laws take shape in a strange dance of meticulous choreography clashing with violent forces of nature.

You can see an equally brief making-of clip here. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



Design Food

Bold New Mathematical Cake Designs by Dinara Kasko

September 5, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Tart #4. Streusel, almond sponge cake, cherry confit, yogurt mousse.

Since we last checked in with Dinara Kasko, the Ukrainian pastry chef has continued to innovate at a dizzying pace, further incorporating her use of mathematical algorithms and 3D printing into her baking process. Many of the cake designs begin as a collaboration with mathematicians or sculptors who help develop the patterns she then utilizes to print special molds. The final desserts are interpretations of cakes, tarts, and other fully edible desserts that might look more at home inside an art gallery than on a dinner table.

Kasko now sells a variety of silicone molds on her website so you can try your hand at many of the desserts seen here. You can follow more of her baking experiments on Instagram.

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Collaboration with parametric designer Andrej Pavlov.

Composition: streusel, almond cream, confit strawberry – red currant, mousse with white chocolate.

Composition: crunchy layer, sponge cake with dry apricot, cremeux dulcey-apricot, confit apricot-kumquat, mousse dulcey-apricot.

Composition: light sponge cake with candied grapefruit, mousse-meringue with grapefruit, grapefruit slices in syrup and mousse with white chocolate.

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“Ball, Cube, Triangle.” Inside: mousse with caramelized white chocolate, blueberry confit, blackcurrant confit, chocolate sponge cake with red currant, berry glaze. For decoration: isomalt and chocolate.

“Voronoi cells with berries.”

 

 



Art Design

Unendurable Line: A Fun Short Film Tracks the Movement of Everyday Objects as a Real-Time Graph

September 5, 2017

Christopher Jobson

There’s simply no compelling way to describe this unusual short film from director Daihei Shibata which attempts to plot the movement of everyday objects such as a light switch or a spring as a real-time graph. Sibata explains this as a film that expresses “the various thresholds hidden in everyday life.” OK, interesting enough, but when paired with a score by the EX NOVO Chamber Choir—turn up the volume—it suddenly becomes completely amazing. I’d love to see a whole series of these. If you like this, all check out The Beauty of Mathematics. (via The Awesomer)

 

 



Amazing Photography

The Hummingbird Whisperer: A UCLA Researcher Cultivates a Community of 200 Hummingbirds Outside Her Window

September 4, 2017

Christopher Jobson

Photographer Melanie Barboni is an assistant researcher at UCLA’s Earth, Planetary and Space Science Program where she installed a hummingbird feeder outside her office window in hopes of seeing the elusive birds and maybe snapping a photo. Two years and several feeders later, she estimates there are over 200 birds that now stop by her window every day, over 50 of which she’s bestowed with names because she can recognize them on sight. Barboni was raised in Switzerland where hummingbirds are practically non-existent and she only read about them in books. She likens the view from her office at UCLA as a dream come true, a place that she’s referred to as The Hummingbird Whisperer. (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Sponsor

Winsor & Newton’s True Colors (Sponsor)

September 4, 2017

Colossal

The colors are bright and vivid – and they’re the same every time. That’s thanks to the careful and deliberate machine precision that goes into testing every Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic paint. And with their newly released videos, you can go behind the scenes at their London laboratory to see just how they ensure these incredible displays of different shades, again and again.

The secret ingredient behind Winsor & Newton’s Professional Acrylic paint is a group of expert chemists, known as ‘Color Men’, along with a set of in-house artists. Together, they research, develop and discover new paints. This expert team effort provides a range of new products as well as quality assurance. When it comes to color, they have it covered – and tested.

First, the experts examine the light fastness of their Professional Acrylic line of paints. Shining UV light onto color swatches, Winsor & Newton replicate the long-term exposure of paint to light. Measured in real time, the team tracks any signs of fading over 100 hours,  so that you can be guaranteed  that your work will have up to 100 years of lasting color.

The next test measures each Professional Acrylic paint’s color stability. After being loaded into specially designed beakers, the paint is  incubated for extensive periods at extreme temperatures. This ensures the intensity of the colors will survive the inevitable ups and downs of storage, with color guaranteed to be preserved for up to five years.

At the final stage, the opacity of the Professional Acrylic paints is put to the test. The Color Men apply color to specially designed, high contrast chart cards, and then pull the paint at a specific thickness across the card, to ensure that whether you’re painting miniatures or in broad strokes, Winsor & Newton’s Professional Acrylic Paints always deliver perfect consistency.

The rigorous testing that each paint undergoes results in remarkably consistent, reliable materials. By the time Professional Acrylic paints reach your hands, they’ve been tried and tested (and tested, and tested) so you can have the confidence that every color is a color that will work for you.

Learn more about Winsor & Newton’s testing process and Professional Acrylic Paints at winsornewton.com/na/professional-acrylic-paint.
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Art

Accumulation: A Dramatic Concentric Tunnel of Light Patterns by Yang Minha

September 4, 2017

Christopher Jobson

New media artist Yang Minha recently completed work on this dizzying light tunnel installed outside the main gate of Le Méridien Seoul in South Korea. Titled Accumulation, the piece is comprised of rotating square panels that display an ongoing sequence of 6 geometric patterns based on six concepts: rise, flow, accumulation, dimension, light, and overlap. You can see more of Minha’s digital work on his website. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

 

 



Art

Crystalline Artworks Grow from Cracks in Urban Walls by Paige Smith

September 1, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Artist Paige Smith A.K.A. A Common Name (previously here and here) has been filling the gaps, cracks, and corners of LA with hand folded paper crystals since 2012. Her Urban Geodes are painted in bright purple, pink, and other jewel tones. They are most commonly inserted into areas that are crumbling or could use a bit more care, allowing Smith to patch holes with art instead of a monotone spackle.

“Geodes are formations made and found in nature and my process of using manmade materials and placing them in major cities concurrently signals the tension between nature and industry and celebrates the beauty of urban space,” says Smith in an artist statement about the project. “My work is infused with a magical realism that encourages us to pause, to discover, to be present and to find beauty in the mundane.”

Similar to the Atlanta-based project Tiny Doors ATL, each of Smith’s installations are mapped on her website for easy finding. In addition to LA, Smith has also installed works in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dubai, Madrid, Bali, and Istanbul. You can see more of her crystalline interventions on her Instagram.