This great stop-motion animation was written, directed, animated and scored by Hayley Morris for the Advertising Council’s 57th Annual Service Award Dinner to introduce a series of health commercials that were produced this year. Really fun stuff, I especially enjoy the constant fluid/flowing motion of the clay even as the figures are still. Also check out her short film Undone that won Best Animated Short at Slamdance 2009. Time to go for a run.
I think I just had a cutegasm. In the words of the great Mitch Hedberg in his koala infestation bit, “Hey, hold on fellas, let me hold one a you … and feed you a leaf.” Get prints of these fuzzy critters and many more over at The Animal Print Shop featuring the fine art photography of Sharon Montrose. (via changethought)
For the past four years Harvey Moon, a photographer and artist currently studying at the Art Institute of Chicago has been working on a suspended robot that draws by taking instructions from a computer. His Kickstarter project (which is already 300% funded) is an opportunity for you to buy prints made from the device and to potentially fund drawing robot kits for the masses. Anything at the intersection of robots and art gets a huge thumbs up from me. (via make)
Whether you can afford it or not, the world of molecular gastronomy, the convergence of art, science, and food appears to be with us for a while as restaurants like Alinea and elBulli take honors as some of the best restaurants in the world. This new book, Cooking Science: Condensed Matter by Vicenc Altaio, Ferran Adria, and Josep Perello, is the physical catalog of a show presented in part by Harvard by the same name that sought to view gastronomy and nutrition through the eyes of scientists.
Cooking science invites us to look at cooking, gastronomy and nutrition through the scientist’s eyes and see them as a truly cultural activity which brings a wealth of knowledge into play. Challenging the predominance of visual culture, our eating habits and the pleasure of food privilege the senses of taste, touch, smell and even hearing. Perception and landscape define our cooking, but cooking also has a component of reflection and innovation based on scientific and technological research. [...] This volume constitutes a unique document of this task. The book’s QR codes link the paper media with the digital media, augmenting the reality and giving further information.
You can see quite a few more pages from the book here. The question at the heart of this all, I suppose, is can food be regarded as true art? Or can science be art? Gah my eyes just crossed. (via we make money not art)
Totally wild pen and ink illustrations on used paper coffee cups by Paul Westcombe. More info over at Saatchi Gallery. Related: this great collection of illustrations on Starbucks sleeves by Loris Grillet.
Intriguing work from Barcelona-based designer Marc Graells. (via mocoloco).
The folks over at Broken City Lab have created this great installation that will be temporarily installed in locations around Ontario to generate conversations and awareness around areas of urban blight. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve visited local neighborhood blogs here in Chicago to read through the litany of armchair urban planners complaining about what politician or neighborhood group is responsible for fixing which square foot of what block. It’s so uplifting to see art and a little creativity being used as a tool to solve city problems. (via wooster)
If I was in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and needed a super minimalist calendar and planner to tack up inside my spacecraft en route to Jupiter, I would probably bring along the Wandkalender & Wandplaner 2011 by Populäre Produkte (for sale here). The calendar and planner come with 100 sticky notes to mark the day when your buddies are supposed to be woken from cryogenic hibernation, or when it’s time to pay the heating bill. One side in German, the other in English. (via design milk).