Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

Turn Any iPhone Photo into a Polaroid with the Impossible Instant Lab polaroid iPhone device cameras

After a wildly successful Kickstarter last year, the Impossible Project have finally made their handy iPhone polaroid printer, The Impossible Instant Lab, available to the general public. The portable lab allows you to turn any photograph on your iPhone or iPod Touch into a bonafide polaroid print in just moments, harkening back to ye olden days when photos were regarded more as physical artifacts that could be shared in real life. Learn more about it over on Co.Design.

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A Supercut of Centered Shots in Wes Anderson Films

A Supercut of Centered Shots in Wes Anderson Films movies

Watching any film by Wes Anderson it’s impossible to ignore the director’s obsessive visual aesthetic. From his harmonizing use of color to impeccably constructed sets, every minute detail is considered and designed. Korean filmmaker Kogonada just released this supercut of one particular Anderson hallmark: the use of perfectly centered shots. Kogonada has become well-known for his videos that isolate the visual tools of directors including pieces on Kubrick, Malick, and Tarantino. (via Coudal)

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Flora and Fauna Escape the Confines of Over 1,000 Repurposed Books paper installation collage books

Assembled from hundreds of cutout plants and animals from repurposed textbooks, artist Andrea Mastrovito created a striking installation where a colony of bats clings to the ceiling, a flight butterflies swarm the gallery walls, and all matter of insects, mamammals and plants intermingle across the floor. The sprawling artwork spans the realms of collage, diorama and trompe-l’œil and was inspired in part by H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Island of Doctor Moreau. Titled The Island of Dr. Mastrovito and The Island of Dr. Mastrovito II the piece was first installed at Governors Island in New York back in 2010 and again last year in a different configuration at Mudac in Lausanne, Switzerland. Via the artist:

His starting points for this site-specific work are the two most common forms of home recreation—books and television. The title of his installation refers to H. G. Wells’ famous novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, in which the archetypal “mad” scientist experiments upon animals in order to give them human traits. In this “Island,” the artist substitutes himself for the doctor, trying to instill a new life into that which was once alive in a different way (books from paper, paper from wood, and wood from trees). Mastrovito imagines that the outside fauna take control of the abandoned house and become its proper inhabitants. Approximately 700 books were brought under the artist’s knife to cut out real-size images of animals. This trompe-l’oeil, or paper diorama, also suggests the strength of images, the infinite possibilities that knowledge—through books—can give us in order to create and re-create the world that we can only imagine.

You can see much more of Mastrovito’s work over on his website.

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

New Cut Paper Illustrations from Zim & Zou paper illustration

It’s been over two years since we last featured the work of French duo Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim&Zou (previously here and here). The pair of graphic designers create paper sculpture, installations, and illustrations for leading luxury brands, books, magazines as well as their own edification. Collected here are a number of works from the last few years and you can explore much more over on their website and on Behance.

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum: Large Format Photos of Chalkboards from Quantum Mechanics Institutions by Alejandro Guijarro science quantum mechanics math chalk

Momentum is a project by artist Alejandro Guijarro who spent three years traveling to the quantum mechanics departments of Cambridge, Stanford, Berkeley, Oxford and elsewhere to shoot large format photographs of blackboards just after lectures. Completely removed from the context of a classroom or laboratory and displayed in a gallery, the cryptic equations from one of the most formidable branches of physics become abstract patterns of line and color. Via the artist’s statement:

Before he walks into a lecture hall Guijarro has no idea what he will find. He begins by recording the blackboard with the minimum of interference. No detail of the lecture hall is included, the blackboard frame is removed and we are left with a surface charged with abstract equations. At this stage they are documents. However, once removed from their institutional beginnings the meaning evolves. The viewer begins to appreciate the equations for their line and form. Colour comes into play and the waves created by the blackboard eraser suggest a vast landscape or galactic setting. The formulas appear to illustrate the worlds of Quantum Mechanics. What began as a precise lecture, a description of the physicist’s thought process, is transformed into a canvas open to any number of possibilities.

Guijarro graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 with a MA in fine art and now lives
and works in both London and Madrid. He’ll have work later this year at PhotoEspaña. (via Not Shaking the Grass)

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Since 2008 Hungarian/German graphic designer David Szakaly has been churning out some of the most dizzying, hypnotic and wholly original gifs on the web under the name Davidope. His blend of twisting organic forms, flashes of black and white, and forays into pulsing technicolor shapes have inspired legions of others to experiment with the medium, many of whom have been featured here on Colossal. It’s hard to determine the scale of Szakaly’s influence online, but a simple Google image search for “animated gif” brings up dozens of his images that have been shared around Tumblr hundreds of thousands of times.

Szakaly began experimenting with the vector animation program Macromedia Flash back in 1999 where he used the software to create presentations, banners, and other creatives for clients. It was nearly a decade later when he decided to dedicate more time to experimenting with motion graphics and found that Tumblr was a great platform to share his quirky gifs. While he still works in the corporate world on other digital projects, he has also found commercial success making animations for clients around the world. Though it’s his personal work that really stands out. If or when gifs end up on gallery walls, it will be hard to deny Szakaly’s role in getting them there.

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect water science mazes

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect water science mazes

Water Droplets Flow Uphill through a Superheated Maze Thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect water science mazes

The folks over at Science Friday made this fascinating video about the Leidenfrost Effect, where water dropped on an extremely hot surface is capable of floating instead of immediately evaporating. While studying the bizarre effect, physicists at the University of Bath realized that not only does the water float, but under the right conditions and temperatures it can actually climb upward. The playful experiments lead to the creation of an incredible superheated maze. (via The Awesomer)

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