So this image may not resonate as deeply with those who haven’t spent several years closely following Noelle Stevenson’s wonderful blog, but I find this little doodle to be incredibly eloquent and affecting and uplifting and just perfect.
Picasso claimed it to be a product of Cubist influence. Others attributed it as a play on the abstract chaos of Italian Futurist art. Vorticists from Britain, on the other hand, actually participated in the concept’s development, with movement artists such as Edward Wadsworth contributing some 2,000-odd designs for ship patterns.
Regardless of its roots, dazzle camouflage is arguably one of the most strikingly aesthetic tools of war ever employed. Shapes and stripes decorated along the outer surfaces of merchant and war vessels were intended to confuse enemy submarines of a “dazzle ship’s” exact nautical position. Beautiful, stunning, and, in practice, terrifying, it was a rare occurrence where art was the technology and war became a medium.
Dazzle camouflage is one of my favorite things. I first heard about it through 99% Invisible and I’ve been fascinated ever since. So much drama! So much beauty! Fleets of easter eggs sailing off to war…
Every once in a while — often when we least expect it — we encounter someone more courageous, someone who choose to strive for that which (to us) seemed unrealistically unattainable, even elusive. And we marvel. We swoon. We gape. Often , we are in awe. I think we look at these people as lucky, when in fact, luck has nothing to do with it. It is really about the strength of their imagination; it is about how they constructed the possibilities for their Life. In short, unlike me, they didn’t determine what was impossible before it was even possible.
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— A fine addition to history’s finest definitions of art from Greil Marcus’s fantastic 2013 SVA commencement address on how the division of high vs. low robs art of its essence. (via explore-blog)
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A custom bracelet of a sound-wave rendered in 3D “designed” by the waveform of the message it encodesI would die from immense happiness it somebody got me one of theseThat’s flipping cool.
Paola Antonelli on her new role as MoMA’s first director of R&D. Also see Antonelli on design as the interface between progress and humanity and the communication between people and objects.
This is kind of the central thesis of my life right now.
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[watch the video]
Audible color is an audio-visual instrument. Sound is generated based on color detected by a web cam connected to a computer. Red, green and blue correspond with certain music notes. When the colors are mixed, the resulting secondary colors produce different notes.
The size of the colors influences the volume and frequency of the notes played. Color detection and sound generation were created and are controlled using Processing code. The system of audible color is based on a marriage between basic color and music theories. The colors of red, blue, and green are the visual foundation for color-mixing and the music notes A, D, and F are the base triad that corresponds to the colors. The secondary colors (colors made when the foundational three are mixed) of purple, teal and brown are tuned to the musical triad C, E and G. The visual of the mixing of red, blue and/or green mirrors the aural output of combined notes.
The ‘painting’ aspect is not restricted to water droplets from a pipette. Numerous experiments were performed using substances such as acrylic paint, food dye in milk with soap, and ordinary household objects. Each investigation created a new type of fun and easy gestural music-making.
[found at Design Boom]
This is one of those wonderful ideas that immediately makes me think, “Damn, I wish I had thought of that!” A beautiful experiment in synesthesia.
The man-made mechanical forest, five years in the making, consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the trees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that provide lighting and assist with water flow in the conservatories below.
A wonderful marriage of science and art, functionality and beauty. Absolutely gorgeous.
Chris Milk’s latest interactive project transforms viewers’ silhouettes in surreal ways. The Creators Project goes behind the scenes to find out how it works.
This video encapsulates all the things I love most about interactive art:
- The ideas that can be expressed in new and exciting ways.
- The look on the faces of visitors as they lose themselves in the work. “It makes you feel like you’re not really at an art gallery but you’re taking on the shape of something else and you kind of lose yourself for a second.”
- The way the work changes and evolves in front of an audience (and the dialogue that creates). “The most interesting part for me is that with this new two-way canvas, there can be an actual conversation between the work and the viewer. And my hope is that the art becomes the way in which you speak to the piece, as much as it is in the way in which it speaks to you.”
- And most of all, the essential fact that we have barely scratched the surface of the potential of this medium. “So we’re at the beginning of this new art form, this interactive medium where we don’t know what it will be in a hundred years, in the same way that at the beginning of cinema, they didn’t look at it as this could be color and crane shots and close-ups and dialogue and music and it could be The Godfather. We’re at the same stage with this interactive medium.”
I find everything about this invigorating and exciting.
Jewelry in motion: Kinetic architecture for your hands
by Dukno Yoon
More simple, pretty, useless machines. I love how light and airy these look, the Da Vinci-esque style, and how immediate the interaction is. Beautiful design.
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