Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short

Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short video art stop motion paper geometric animation

Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short video art stop motion paper geometric animation

Proteigon: A Geometric Stop Motion Short video art stop motion paper geometric animation

Animator Steven Briand made this wonderful stop motion animation over a period of two months while working as an intern at Partizan. I love the minimalist style that really focuses your attention on the smallest gestures and paper effects. Gorgeous work. (via vimeo)

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Jonathan Schipper’s Robotic Sculpture Simulates a Glass Bottle Hurled at a Wall

Jonathan Schippers Robotic Sculpture Simulates a Glass Bottle Hurled at a Wall sculpture robotics installation glass

Jonathan Schippers Robotic Sculpture Simulates a Glass Bottle Hurled at a Wall sculpture robotics installation glass

Jonathan Schippers Robotic Sculpture Simulates a Glass Bottle Hurled at a Wall sculpture robotics installation glass

Measuring Angst is a robotic sculptural installation by artist Jonathan Schipper that simulates the mundane act of throwing a glass bottle across a room into a brick wall. The event happens in slow motion, taking nearly 12 minutes to complete as the bottle rotates slowly through the gallery space and then gradually explodes into smaller fragments before rewinding and starting again. Schipper also famously (and somewhat infamously if you’re a car aficionado) crashed two muscle cars over a period of six days in his pieces entitled The Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle.

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Google launches Currents, features Colossal, and there was much rejoicing

Google launches Currents, features Colossal, and there was much rejoicing colossal

Last Friday Google launched a new application for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices called Google Currents that allows you to subscribe to your favorite websites and view the content in a lovely magazine-like format. I was fortunate to be asked to kick the tires of their content publisher tools, but due to time constraints was unable to provide any valuable feedback prior to launch (so if anything is even slightly imperfect it’s entirely my fault). As a welcome surprise Google featured Colossal in their launch video, showing explicitly how to add this humble art and design site to your Currents app. How cool is that? You can download it for free right here.

Smoke

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Giulia Muraglia

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Lauren Peralta

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
13thWitness

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
bree

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
clichey

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Rebecka Bjurmell

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Salomé Vorfas

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Alessandro Mitola

Smoke smoking people cigarettes
Florian Leroy

Though I have never smoked, I find the photography of smoking incredibly alluring. Here are nine of my favorite shots found over the past few days. For similarly themed photography posts also check out Waves and Books.

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Jenny Odell’s Google Map People

Jenny Odells Google Map People reduction people parks maps manipulation
Delores Park, San Francisco

Jenny Odells Google Map People reduction people parks maps manipulation
Delores Park, San Francisco (detail)

Jenny Odells Google Map People reduction people parks maps manipulation
Pier 39, San Francisco

For the past year artist Jenny Odell (previously) has worked in the medium of Google Maps imagery to create stunning prints of cut-out ships, sports stadiums, advertising billboards, swimming pools and other meticulously assembled collections of satellite imagery minutiae. Lately she’s focused on people, specifically locations around San Francisco where they congregate en masse, their ant-like figures filling beaches and public parks. Odell erases all other details of the photos leaving behind only the human footprint. Head on over to her blog to see the images in better detail. (thnx, megan!)

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The Water-Powered Dolphin Jetpack

The Water Powered Dolphin Jetpack water swimming stunts dolphins

The Water Powered Dolphin Jetpack water swimming stunts dolphins

This incredible water-powered jetpack lets you plow effortlessly through the water like a dolphin as Franky Zapata demonstrates. I only live a few blocks from Lake Michigan and would like to rent one of these by summer — somebody call somebody. (via kottke)

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Leif Podhajsky’s Psychedelic Art & Album Covers

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajskys Psychedelic Art & Album Covers psychedelic covers album art

Leif Podhajsky is an artist and creative director who makes astounding album covers for numerous labels including Warp Records, Sub Pop, Sony, Warner, Atlantic and others. An artist statement via his website says “His work explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience. By utilizing these subjects he attempts to coerce the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings.” These are some of my favorites of his work, both new and old, and here’s a great interview with Leif on Beautiful Decay from last year.

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