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Tower of Babel @ Burning Man 2009

September 19, 2009 2 comments

Tower of Babel at Burning Man

Babel is not a group, an organization, nor a social order that simply build; but a manifestation of the single belief that we as humans should strive for the very best, achieve the yet to be imagined. This young collaborative of designers, which includes Sergio Ramirez, Brandin Roat, and Timothy Leung, are the pioneers that are not afraid to push and test the limit by transcending boundaries created by men. Their obsession with questions like, “Why not…” and “What if….” led them to be deliberate and conscious designers, craftsmen and visionaries who treasure and appreciate how things come together and continuously invent new ways to do so.

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Where the Wild Things Are

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Where the Wild Things Are

From director Spike Jonze (read: Directors Label and Girl Skateboards video “Yeah Right!”) is the highly anticipated film version of the children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. As I’m sure anyone born during the early 80’s knows how amazing and inspiring this book was to us as young kids, it remains just the same with the release of this beautiful trailer. Perfectly set to Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” Spike Jonze builds a sense of curiosity as the boy and his Wild Things are running through surreal forests and lands while juxtaposing back to the kid’s parents house in a city.  The words Hope and Fear are inserted throughout the trailer making viewers question their own lives and evoking creative imagination to get lost beyond everyday lives. The film is set to be released in October and will be accompanied by a musical score from Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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‘The Idea of a Tree’

January 31, 2009 Leave a comment

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Amid the slew of designers that try to propose how nature can fit into THEIR design, few allow Tierra Madre to do what she does best – visually manifest her OWN design.  Thomas Traxler‘s thesis project for the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands) is one of those few, as he has built an apparatus that acts as a canvas for the earth’s right side of the brain.  Powered by solar cells, it spins multiple cotton threads through a mixture of dye, glue and epoxy resin, ultimately winding these threads around a pre-constructed cast of choice.  The variation of designs are based upon the intensity of the sun.  When our infamous star shines brighter, the threads spin faster and spend less time in the dye – producing a paler hue.  The opposite occurs on a cloudy day, which produces a stronger, deeper hue for the color of choice.  The effect mirrors the rings in a cross-section of a tree trunk, where biologists can confirm a rainy or dry season.  Depending on the cast, smaller projects can elapse in a day, whereas larger ones may take up to a few weeks.

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CMYK Art Show

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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Chicago’s N.A.I.L.S. is about to present its first art exhibition featuring 25 unique member-artists and mediums ranging from print and ink, to acrylic, encaustic, oil, and gouache (rhymes with squash).  Inspired by cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, these visual melodies will be sure to brighten up the winter season.  So if you find yourself in the Logan Square area, be sure to visit New Wave Coffee and support the local talent.  Details follow.

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Champagne Valentine and Oculart

January 21, 2009 Leave a comment
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Oculart Images: nake brunch, absinthe, trembling cup, and funeral garden

A perverted mix between Dr. Suess, Tim Burton and that recurring circus nightmare, Oculart is a beastfully guilty piece of Media Art that cuts your senses through the means of electronic artwork, sound and poetry. A series of animations and visualizations the website serves strictly as an art piece, or number of art pieces to think about, or look at but not think about and just trip out to. Oculart is created and kept alive by Amsterdam based artist Geoff Lillemon.

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Advanced Beauty

December 24, 2008 Leave a comment

Advanced Beauty

This collection of “video sound sculptures” explores the physical manifestation of sound and is inspired by synasthesia. Be prepared to see sound and taste colors. Perfect to play during parties as something interesting to look at. Caution: may cause seizures and frothing at the mouth. Enjoy!

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Draw Something Now! Prophet Snowboards.

December 22, 2008 1 comment

Prophet Snowboards

A relatively young and seemingly inspired company form Portugal has come up with, or at least attempted to realize and prophet from creating a more “rider/customer” involved board company.  Prophet Snowboards is based on the idea that everyone should be able to control what is on their snowboard.  The process is simple; create a digital copy of something you drew, painted, dripped ink on, or whatever, upload it to their site, specify your board dimensions, and then wait for you custom shred stick to come in the mail.

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