The First Annual International Bamboo Architectural Biennale Explores Material’s Use in Contemporary Design 

Youth Hostel / Design Hotel by Anna Heringer. All images via Julien Lanoo.

Last fall the very first International Bamboo Architecture Biennale premiered in the small village of Baoxi, China, placing eighteen permanent works by twelve international architects within the traditionally agriculture-centered town. The biennale, curated by artist Ge Qiantao and architect George Kunihiro, reveals how the traditional material can be incorporated into contemporary design. The plant serves as the base to new buildings in the village including a youth hostel and a ceramics museum, which Baoxi hopes to draw tourism to through supplementary infrastructures such as a visitors building, hotel, and learning center. (via My Modern Met)

Youth Hostel / Design Hotel by Anna Heringer.

Youth Hostel / Design Hotel by Anna Heringer.

Bridge by Ge Quantao.

Bridge by Ge Quantao.

Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong.

Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong.

Contemporary celadon ceramic museum by Kengo Kuma.

Contemporary celadon ceramic museum by Kengo Kuma.

Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong.

Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong.

Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong.

Bamboo product research and design center (interior) by Li Xiaodong.

Bridge by Ge Quantao.

Bridge by Ge Quantao.

Invited ceramist workshop by Keisuke Maeda.

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Makin’ Moves: A Wild Animated Dance Short by Kouhei Nakama 

How fun is this? TOO FUN. Behold the latest video from art director Kouhei Nakama who uses a variety of generative and particle-based animation techniques to bring 3D figures to life in this motion graphics short aptly titled MAKIN’ MOVES. We marveled last year at another video by Nakama, Cycles. Music by Broke For Free. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

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Light Barrier: A Dizzying Array of Projectors and Mirrors Creates Volumetric Drawings in Midair 

No, we’re not staring down the eyes of our new insect overlords, but you could certainly be forgiven for thinking so. Instead this is the latest artwork from South Korea-based artist duo Kimchi and Chips (Mimi Son and Elliot Woods) — a piece so thoroughly layered with technology it almost defies description despite being undeniably intriguing to witness. Titled Light Barrier Third Edition, the installation is the third in an ongoing series of works that utilize a vast array of projectors, mirrors, and speakers to present volumetric light forms which materialize in a foggy haze just above the work. From their artist statement:

In this third edition, 8 architectural video projectors are split into 630 sub-projectors using an apparatus of concave mirrors designed by artificial nature. Each mirror and its backing structure are computationally generated to create a group that collaborates to form the single image in the air. By measuring the path of each of the 16,000,000 pixel beams individually, light beams can be calibrated to merge in the haze to draw in the air. 40 channels of audio are then used to build a field of sound which solidifies the projected phenomena in the audience’s senses.

The artists share that over a period of six minutes the piece plays a sequences of images that “employs the motif of the circle to travel through themes of birth, death, and rebirth, helping shift the audience into the new mode of existence.”

A more compact version of Light Barrier was first exhibited in 2014 at the New Media Night Festival, Nikola-Lenivets in Russia. The much larger version of the piece seen here was shown last year in collaboration with the Asia Culture Centre. You can explore many more of Kimchi and Chip’s experiments with light on their website.

Update: Creative Applications just published a great article on Light Barrier.

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Masterclass: Learning Tools for Artists (Sponsored) 

For the last 184 years, Winsor & Newton has sought to provide generations of artists with some of the finest paints, brushes, graphic markers, and other supplies designed to meet the rigorous needs of creative individuals. It’s a proud heritage founded on innovation, dedication, and the tireless pursuit of perfection.

In its latest venture, Winsor & Newton is reaching out to artists across the globe to offer guidance and crucial artistic insight. Masterclass is a new series of informative video tutorials for those seeking to improve their techniques and stretch their artistic achievements.

Each new video will include explorations of color, technical advice on surfaces and professional input on mediums. Masterclass promises to reveal the science behind artist’s materials and demonstrate how best to use them. Each topic is carefully deconstructed to allow artists to understand the ‘why and how’ of the materials they use.

This exclusive new series is available free by subscription through Winsor & Newton’s website. With numerous topics in the pipeline, Masterclass is set to become a vital knowledge-base for professional artists and those seeking to perfect their creative practice. Subscribe now and start learning.

Colorful Studies of an Artist’s Hands Layered With Flowers and Bees 

Artist Noel Badges Pugh (previously) creates studies of his own hands mixed with drawings of flowers and bees, adding color to the works with both watercolor and India ink. Pugh often photographs these works with the flowers he has drawn layered on top, allowing the viewer to examine how each is drawn to scale. Bees are also a fairly common subject matter in his pieces, and an interest he calls attention to on his site. You can see the field guide of California bees he illustrated on Amazon, and view more of his watercolor and ink drawings on his Tumblr and Instagram.

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