Art

New Miniature Wooden Street Art Figures Installed by Joe Iurato

March 9, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Here’s a number of recent pieces by street and commercial artist Joe Iurato (previously) who leaves site-specific wooden cutouts in locations around New Jersey. The pieces are often based on photography (his own and the work of others) as well as references to characters found in famous paintings. Iurato currently has work on view at Pop International in New York and you can see more on Facebook. (via Cross Connect)

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Art Dance Design

Asphyxia: A Striking Fusion of Dance and Motion Capture Technology

March 9, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Asphyxia is an experimental film project by Maria Takeuchi and Frederico Phillips that explores human movement through motion capture technology. The team used two inexpensive Xbox One Kinect sensors to capture the movements of dancer Shiho Tanaka and then rendered the data inside a near photo-realistic environment. From their description of the project:

The project is an effort to explore new ways to use and/or combine technologies and different fields in an experiment without many of the common commercial limitations. The performance is centered in an eloquent choreography that stresses the desire to be expressive without bounds.

Motion data was captured using inexpensive sensors and that data paved the way through an extensive number of steps. Once all the scanned point cloud data was combined, that was then used as the base for the creative development on the piece. A series of iterative studies on styles followed and several techniques and dynamic simulations were then applied using a number 3D tools for various results.

You can see a making of video here. If you liked this you might also enjoy Walking City, Choros, or these 2013 idents for CCTV. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

 

 



Art

Bolt Poetry: A Blacksmith Evokes Surprisingly Human Forms from Single Steel Bolts

March 7, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Oslo-based blacksmith and photographer Tobbe Malm manages to create unusually emotional sculptures using old bolts. The series began when Malm stumbled onto the rusting bolts at a barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. He immediately recognized the wide caps and slender stems as having humanistic qualities so he gathered them up and proceeded to heat, forge, twist and bend them into shape in his studio. The resulting collection of sculptures titled Bolt Poetry, evokes humanistic moments of affection, sadness, and pain. You can see more of his work on Behance. (via Lustik)

 

 



Illustration

3D Illustrations Incorporating Everyday Objects by Victor Nunez

March 6, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Illustrator Victor Nunes is seemingly obsessed with creating illustrations from common objects like pencil caps, pieces of popcorn, hair brushes, and rubberbands. He has, literally, thousands of these posted in no particular order on his Facebook page. (via I Need a Guide, Laughing Squid, Boing Boing)

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Design

Quirky Animal Tissue Holders

March 6, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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I’m really enjoying this line of tissue holders from Sparkly Pony based out of Auburn, California. Dinosaur plates and whale spouts become dispensers for plumes of tissues. (via Quipsologies)

 

 



Amazing Design

Weapons of Mass Instruction: A 1979 Ford Falcon Converted into a Tank Armored with 900 Free Books

March 5, 2015

Christopher Jobson

In celebration of World Book Day (today!) 7UP commissioned Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff to construct one of his famous book tanks. In this case he began with a stripped down 1979 Ford Falcon which he used to build a new roving library on wheels with an exterior framework capable of carrying 900 free books. Lemesoff refers to his militaristic bibliothecas as Weapons of Mass Instruction, and he drives them around the streets of Argentina giving free books to anyone who wants one, as long as they promise to read it. Watch the video above to see it all come together. (via Designboom)

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Design Science

This Bubbling Ferrofluid Light Works like a Magnetized Lava Lamp

March 4, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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We’ve seen a number of interesting ways to play with magnetized ferrofluid over the last few years, but here’s a new one worth a mention. Designer Kyle Haines just launched a Kickstarter featuring his design for a “motion lamp” filled with heated ferrofluid that can be manipulated with a pair of magnets called the Inspiration. The idea works somewhat similar to the iconic 60s-era lava lamp but with a magnetized twist. For those who just want to play with ferrofluid without the lamp, he’s also create a smaller self-contained bottle called the Thinker. See a video of them in action here.