Does my fascination with space know no bounds? hahahaha It seems Benedict Redgrove also enjoys the wonders of space. His amazing looking project “NASA – Past and Present Dreams of the Future” is a long term photography project which culminates with an exhibition and book in 2018. I’ll be ordering a copy! His website is full of amazing projects – I also thoroughly enjoyed his “Tennis Balls” film, mesmerizing stuff.
I was blown away by these images. Stunning observations of flight by Xavi Bou of Barcelona brought about from a lifetime love of nature and birds. Like long exposures that reveal something unseen – beautiful stuff Xavi, well done indeed. More information and images can be found at his website.
Last month I was lucky enough to visit Carriageworks in Sydney to see the Bjork Digital exhibition. I have seen quite a few VR demos in my time, but this was by far the most impressive. The experience involved being part of a small group, which was then lead through the 5 unique spaces, 4 of which required the use of a VR headset. The fourth exhibit found me on the floor, such is my ability to “let myself go”. My partner laughed out loud. I do enjoy a great VR experience – they can be quite like dreaming.
The final piece was truly astounding. A full size glowing electrified digitally illustrated version of Bjork wanders about singing. With the VR headset cables tethered from above, you are able to move around, follow and even step inside Bjork. Mind blown. Still very personal as opposed to shared experiences, fascinated to see where VR is heading.
There is arguably a very special something about Bjork and her diverse output, she genuinely breathes creativity, must be all that Icelandic fresh air.
Stunning video from the Mediated Matter Group. As per their website, “our focus is on Nature-inspired Design and Design-inspired Nature”. At the cutting edge of where human meets computer, it appears that we may not even recognise our future interfaces as anything but “natural”. Sort of spooky and exciting all at the same time. Digital, computational petri dishes! Haunting.
Did you know that Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh designed and sold a series of eye popping art rugs back in 2009! He did. I did not know. They are very dynamic. I like them. Too nice to wipe your feet on – these are rugs for the wall. No idea if they are still available for purchase, but you can see the full collection here.
Project Soli at Google looks very interesting, especially given the dexterity of human hands. Project Soli utilises radar to detect the ultra small sub millimetre movements made by human hands and fingers. Once built into devices, (think everyday controls on anything from radio, TV, washing machine etc) the results will be startling. A whole new kind of accuracy.
Well I’m off to the Oscars! No not really, but sort of in a tiny obscure imaginary way. Pretty keen on the flicks, watched Room the other night, fully brilliant. Powerful tale that highlights the strength of a relationship between parent and child. Left me with that satisfying reminder of why you love cinema. Brilliant performances, especially from Jacob Tremblay, really admire child actors that can give such strong performances at such a young age, bout then I was still jumping in mud. Great direction from Lenny Abrahamson who manages to maintain the suspense all the way through. He also directed Frank (2014) which is also well worth a watch.
Well anyway, a few times throughout the film a piece of my artwork appears – a White Stripes poster I designed back in 2002. Blink and you’d miss it, but it’s the same one I have proudly hanging at home with Jack and Megs signatures. I remember giving permission to a request via email from an art department wanting to use the poster, but that was 18 months ago and I’d forgotten all about it. What a pleasant surprise it was. I even watched (read) the credits, what a dag, no cigar. Well it’s a great film and it was quite a thrill to be involved, even it was in such a minuscule way. Highly recommend the film too.
One of my favourite art finds of last year. During 2014 Scott Patt undertook a painting-a-day project entitled Bigger. Smaller. Funnier. which culminated in an exhibition at Winston Wächter Fine Art in NYC. The small, colourful almost childish looking paintings often have me laughing out loud. Often just a simple play on words, I can’t help but feel the artist enjoys signage, puns, cartoons, english and maybe even scrabble. Thanks for the commitment and great output Mr. Patt. A very small selection of my favourites below. You can see the entire collection here.
So the new Star Wars film came out and all the humans (well it seems most) ran out to view. I enjoyed the film a great deal. It managed to take me to a place where I could imagine a non earth life amongst the stars, which is all hoped to expect. It reminded me of this photo series by Toronto based photographer Thomas Dagg. How different it would be if a grainy, black and white arthouse approach was used. The images tend to suggest a more subtle storytelling, far from the all American in your face hyper polish blockbuster. Star Noirs perhaps.
Was honoured to be asked to help with the judging for the 2015 Atom Awards. After nominating myself for a couple of different genres, pixelshifter was allocated the Documentary – Science, Technology & the Environment (Industry) category. I was really impressed with the whole voting process. Personalised login enabled me to read instructions, view content, make notes and submit scores. Everything ran super smooth, well done Atom Awards, please feel free to ask me back next year. Congratulations to all entrants, really made me feel that the Australian media making breeding ground is healthy indeed.
You don’t usually associate reckless teenage abandon or punk ethos with the Japanese. So neat and polite, however all teenagers rebel. Great images from 1964 Tokyo by Time photographer Michael Rougier of a bitter post war minority rebelling against the mainstream.
Latest art crush! Kate Banzai’s work has been appearing here and there in Melbourne recently, maybe much further back but just popped up on my radar. Striking. Bold colour and and a real experimental feel. You get the feeling she really enjoys her work, and so she should. Makes me happy and curious for more. Find much more of her work here.