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A Kinetic Sculpture of 15 Moving LEDs Mimics a Walking Person 

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Study for Fifteen Points. Motors, custom driver electronics, custom software, aluminium, LEDs, computer. 712 x 552 x 606 mm.

With spindly legs that look like an upturned spider, this experimental kinetic artwork by Random International relies on the viewer to watch from just the right perspective to reveal a hidden secret. Each of the 15 ‘arms’ is tipped with white LEDs that collectively move to mimic the motions of a walking human figure. Titled Study for Fifteen Points, the piece was created to examine the “minimal amount of information that is actually necessary for the animated form to be recognised as human.”

Random International are an artist collective known for their ambitious interactive installations and sculptures that incorporate robotics and data, most notably the wildly popular Rain Room. Study for Fifteen Points is the first foray into a new body of work by the group and we’re excited to see what follows. (via The Creator’s Project)

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Absolute Sellout 

Absolute Sellout is a collaborative art and design project between Joshua Robin Kaplan and Benjamin Niznik that resulted in these beautifully packaged generic consumer goods that are now for sale online as limited editions.

Absolute Sellout displays a collection of consumer goods and mundane human artifacts in a minimalist gallery context. Each collection is composed of unique and often overlooked objects from the past, present, and future. Their graphic style is the intersection of ‘nostalgic futurism’ and ‘truckstop modernism’. It is the pasts idea of the future. It is both familiar and abstract. […] The re-branded items were designed as part of an exhibit entitled “Class Projects” at Partners & Spade in NYC in September of 2010. The appeal of generically branded items is that they are simultaneously modest and presumptuous. There is a charming impression of innocent idealism in the concept of a ‘Soap’ branded bar of soap.

I wish we lived in a world where all goods could be packaged as simply as this.

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