This weekend marked the opening of the 54th annual Venice Biennale, featuring an immense international selection of art. Quickly shaping up to be a crowd favorite is this fully-functional Pipe-Organ ATM by the artist duo Allora & Calzadilla, that plays a unique melody with every dispensation of cash. Some theorize the melody increases in complexity and length depending on the size of the current patrons bank account, something denied by officials. With constant lines forming around the pavilion in which the ATM is housed its currently experiencing withdrawals at four times the rate of an average ATM in Italy. If I withdrew money from it I’m pretty sure it would play either a single note or a sad trombone sound. Photo courtesy thefuturistics. (via art ruby)
Forewarning: a few links below are slightly NSFW.
A few days ago I received an email from Andrew Harlow telling me about a new publication he’s been working on with Sabino Aguad called Recordis Magazine. I just took the time to sit down and go through it and was I floored. It’s an impeccably curated 78-page collection of photography and other visual art including the works of Joshua Scott, Kay Jan and Shannon Rankin (all shown above), as well as seventeen additional artists. It also includes several essays and interviews, all as a free download, or a perfect bound print. You really should check it out.
Holy awesome bookcase batman! Designers Eva Alessandrini and Roberto Saporiti of the Italian furniture design firm Saporiti have created this beautiful bookcase system that allows you to spell custom words and phrases using modular bookcase letters. If you liked this, see also the Alphabet Bookshelf by Lincoln Kayiwa. (via illusion, fasels Suppe)
This wonderful video arrived in my inbox from Benjamin Boré who created this perfectly executed liquid brick installation as part of a collaboration at Raum à La Box in France. Meant to “question the harshness of the city” the idea is really quite simple, to embed a water-filled pouch beneath the city streets, and the effect is pretty charming, especially for the kids clamoring all over the thing. Music by Mansfield Tya. Thanks Benjamin!
I just discovered the work of Belgium-based Kris Trappeniers who describes himself as a “paper sculptor”. His delicately cut stencils are among the most complex I’ve ever seen, the twisting, curving line work creating these amazing portraits that are unbelievably finished with spraypaint.
Armada is the latest exhibition by Jacob Hashimoto currently at Studio La Città in Verona. Hashimoto frequently uses acrylic, paper, bamboo, and nylon to create densely layered installations of translucent discs and other geometric shapes that are mounted on walls. Some of his much larger works fill entire gallery rooms or ceiling spaces. Unique to this exhibition he installed a large-scale kinetic sculpture of suspended sailboats affixed to three gently rolling lever mechanisms that cause the ships to roll gently along invisible waves. I hope dearly somebody shoots a video of this in action. (via wowgreat)