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.
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.
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.
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!)
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)
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.
Loomi is a modular, paintable, recyclable light shade made from high quality paper that’s cut into interlinking quadrilaterals. The set of 33 pieces can be formed into at least a dozen shapes and can be dyed, glued or otherwise modified to suit your creative whims. The Kickstarter project is going gangbusters and if you order asap they’ll ship before Christmas.