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The Best of Humanity Caught on Russian Dash Cams

May 3, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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To help thwart rampant insurance fraud in Russia many cars are now equipped with dash cams to capture what unfolds in front of vehicles in an attempt to aid innocent persons, law enforcement, and insurance firms. This has lead to almost unlimited hours of footage found online of unbelievable accidents, close calls, and some of the worst of human behavior. Luckily somebody took it upon themselves to edit together some of the most amazingly thoughtful actions and tender moments caught with these same dash cams and edited into this short clip. And can I just say what on Earth is up with that kid running around on the highway!? (via kottke)

 

 



Design

A 170-Foot Trampoline Installed in a Russian Forest

November 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

As part of the 2012 Archstoyanie festival in Nikola-Lenivets, Russia (from what I can tell it’s kind of like a small version of Burning Man but… with architecture and forests) design firm Salto created this gargantuan trampoline installation called Fast Track. Measuring nearly 170 ft. (51 meters) the bouncy road is nearly the length of a city block. According to the designers:

“Fast track” is a integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and percieving the environment.

Personally I sense the seeds of a new olympic sport, or a solid replacement for the slow people movers in airports. Here’s some more photos from Archstoyanie 2012. (via knstrct)

Update: Now with video. (thnx, paul)

 

 



Art Design

Embarrassing Pothole Caricatures of Politicians Spur Action to Fix the Streets in Russia

September 6, 2012

Christopher Jobson

I can’t speak from personal experience about the political climate in Yekaterinburg, Russia but if we take this video from the ad agency Voskhod at face value it appears the powers that be neglected the city’s infrastructure one day too long. After repeatedly commenting and complaining about the pockmarked streets of Yekaterinburg, local blog URA.RU turned to Voskhod to create a brilliant campaign: under the cover of night they would paint the faces of local politicians around the most unsightly potholes and potentially shame them into action. The response? It worked! Via Ads of the World:

Quality of roads is the eternal problem of Yekaterinburg – the fourth largest city of Russia. The local site URA.RU, which writes about life in the city, decided to remind politicians that it is their duty to repair the roads. The problem is – our politicians don’t care about potholes. Their only worry is their own public image. We associated road holes with the images of certain politicians. In the night, on three potholes in city center, we drew faces of the governor, the mayor and the vice-mayor. The news about caricatures became a sensation. With this intense PR the politicians were no longer able to sit idle. The holes were fixed. The news about the action was released in more than 300 media venues, the website traffic on URA.ru doubled. The officials at last started to do their jobs.

Gotta love it when art and politics come together to create something positive, hopefully they don’t have to paint a face next to every pothole in the city. See much more over on Red Hot Russia.

 

 



Art

Permian Gate

November 29, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Permian Gate is the latest work by Russian sculptor Nikolay Polissky, erected in Perm, Russia earlier this year to much fanfare. The entire object is built from hundreds of spruce logs measuring roughly 12 meters square and is shaped like the Russian letter for “P” (as in Perm) which is “П” (Пермь). (photos via finn, t-radya)

 

 



Photography

Incredible Time-lapse Capturing Exterior Painting of Sprawling Russian Industrial Plant

October 1, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Moscow-based filmmaker Sasha Aleksandrov captured this dramatic exterior paint job of what appears to be a cold-war era industrial plant. Aleksandrov shot everything by hand over a period of two months without the use of a steadicam or camera track slider&em;meaning he would move the camera and tripod every few feet, capture some footage, repeat 50 times, then used software to stabilize the final shots. The film takes what must have been a grueling physical process involving countless workers and makes it look almost fun.

 

 



Photography

Alexis Perevoschikov

September 23, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Some really fun, high contrast shots from Russian photographer Alexis Perevoschikov. (via 2headedsnake)

 

 



Amazing

So here’s something you can do in Russia

December 9, 2010

Christopher Jobson

If you’re done sightseeing in Moscow, why not leave the city and hook up some DIY bungee jumping from an abandoned building.

 

 

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