Category: Video

Art

Behind the scenes: Stop-motion artist creates important advocacy film in collaboration with Lena Dunham and JJ Abrams

The world is going through a lot of issues right now, and we need - now, more than ever - to have artists and celebrities fighting the good fight. Fortunately, we are in a surplus of these good people. An Emmy-winning stop-motion animator and director, Kirsten Lepore is collaborating with dozens of actors, artists, musicians, producers, directors, and visual artists to create a short film as an advocacy for Planned Parenthood. The film raises awareness about the pro-choice movement for women, which highlights their right to be free to know, own, and control their own body. The film is a collaborative effort between Natalie Berkus, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore, and Alex Ronan. They had a lot of help from certain famous people, including America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Cecile Richards, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, and Sasheer Zamata. The film's...
Creativity

Photographer creates alien plants made of light hidden inside forests and abandoned buildings

Light might have become the new medium of choice for installation artists. Finland-based artist Hannu Huhtamo uses a variety of light tools to create what appear to be unusual alien plants within dense forests and abandoned buildings. Imagine stumbling upon one of these while trekking through the woods! Each photo is created in-camera without the use of Photoshop. The folks over at Great Big Story were intrigued by Huhtamo's works and caught up with him to learn more about his process. The artist was profiled in a video that you can watch below! ...
Creativity

Furniture built out of cardboard and folded like origami

In the words of the founder and CEO of Chairigami, Zach Rotholz, is ready to "save the world, one cardboard chair at the time".  Yes, everyone's first reaction may include some very valid suspicions and mistrust. Cardboard furniture? Believe it or not, these cardboard designs are designed to endure everyday use, taking care of your pocket, and your carbon footprint. They are built with a corrugated triple ply that makes them sturdy enough that they won't fold under your weight.  ...
Creativity

This artist is drawing top female characters as Disney princesses

Mei Yu is a skillful artist who draws cartoons, illustration art and creates step-by-step tutorials. She accepts suggestions and challenges and constantly tries to fulfill them all. She may never be able to get around to doing all of them, but at the very least, she makes sure to feature the more popular requests - drawing people, food, pets, celebs, chibis, kawaii stuff, gender-bending characters, drawing upon and mixing different styles and fandoms. Mei Yu does it all to please her many followers. You can see more of her work on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or watch the magic happen on her YouTube channel and maybe learn a thing or two.  ...
Art

Freaky, strobe-animated sculptures by John Edmark

John Edmark has created a series of animated sculptures that you won't believe are real, physical objects! Each complex sculpture is 3D-printed and is part of Blooms 2, a collection of strobe-animated sculptures. After being programmed in Python, the pieces are printed and then set in motion upon a table. Edmark describes the project, "Blooms are based on the same geometry nature uses in many plant forms, including artichokes, sunflowers, and pinecones, all of which share the same underlying mathematical pattern." The film, created by Charlie Nordstrom, uses freeze framing techniques and a short shutter speed to provide the fantastic motion seen below. Check it out! ...
Creativity

“Elegy for the Arctic” – the most touching piano performance ever

This video shows Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi playing his “Elegy for the Arctic” at the cost of Norway. While his playing, the artistic icebergs melt in front of his eyes. This pianist in his sixties gave one of the most touching performances ever. Is it touching enough for the big companies and leaders that should finally give their voice to global ecology movement? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHpHxA-9CVM...
Design

“25m2 of Syria” project from IKEA and Red Cross

There is another half of our population in this world that is not free to live happily and safely in their warm homes. The most urgent calls come from Syrian refugees that are forced to live in the improvised shelters. Currently, these are the homes for many thousands with no place to call home. What can we do about it? IKEA has recently partnered with Red Cross and decided to call its customers to take an active part in the story. They did this by featuring the room of a Syrian family as one of their showrooms. The project is called 25m2 of Syria and represents the recreation of a real Syrian house just outside of Damascus. The installation was created by advertising agency POL. IKEA customers are allowed to enter the room and taste the reality of this Syrian family life. Big companies such as IKEA are able to spend powerful messages to the society. The first step to every change is empathy. ...
Inspiration

Rare disc of ice forms and spins in small river outside of Seattle

Naturally-occurring ice formations? 'Tis the season. Right outside of Seattle, word began to spread on Facebook about a massive circular sheet of ice in a small river. Photographer Kaylyn Messer was on scene to capture it. The disc of ice looks majestic spinning at the mercy of the current in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Messer comments, "You can hear the sound of the river flowing continuously. Sounds from the ice periodically interjected with very small sharp cracks and groans. Overall, it was a quiet experience to stand along the river watching the ice circle rotate." Check it out below and find more photos and videos on her blog. ...
Creativity

This young artist draws 3D optical illusions on his own hand

Jordan Molina is a gifted young artist. And his talent is almost magical, his paintbrush might as well be a magic wand. With just a few effortless paintbrush strokes he turns his hand into impossible illusion from his fluid imagination. But of course, this is only a glimpse of what he can do. To see more of his impressive work, visit his website, follow him on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, or G+. ...
Inspiration

Documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures” examines the life of Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most provoking and controversial photographers of the 20th century. He was an incredibly blunt, thought-provoking, and intelligent artist. Some would say he wasn't an artist at all, but he definitely brought something revolutionary into the world of modern photography. When you look at his photography, you are sure that you haven't seen anything similar. Before declaring himself as a homosexual, Mapplethorpe was in a relationship with punk singer and writer Patti Smith. In 2010 Smith wrote a book “Just Kids” about their love and life when they were only 20 years old. The documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Picture gives us an opportunity to appreciate this dynamic artist that is so often forgotten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrVYqB0geMo...
Creativity

When you have faith there is no pain – Marina Abramovic in Brazil

 "The Artist is present"  is a film that has drawn a lot of attention on Marina Abramovic career and personal life. In this movie, we were introduced with Marina’s passion for creation, her power, patience, and emotionality. A body is her essential artistic attribute. That's why she is in a constant search for the ways people making the boundaries and communicate with and trough the body. Thus, It is not surprising that her new film about the exploration of body, pain, and spirituality in Brazil is already waiting for us. Marina visited The space in between and she has something to tell us about it. Taka a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qor1zzj-WtA...
Art

Biological simulations add chaos artist’s electrifying music video

Digital art is slowly making its way into mainstream music and this artsy music video might be why. London-based artist Max Cooper‘s newest track, "Order from Chaos," from his album Emergence, combines his interests in science, music, and visual arts. Combining the talent of French visual effects artist Maxime Causeret, the video features biological simulations depicting molecular forms colliding, merging, and morphing into colored, brain-like structures. Cooper writes, "Maxime Causeret selected this track to work with, under the brief to map the emergent rhythm to an exploration of emergence in living form. His video shows the raindrops initially, then going into simple cellular forms and then showing the important idea of cooperation between simple cells to form more robust colonies of life." Check out the music video below and listen to the full album here.    ...
Design

Extinguish any kind of fire by simply throwing a ball

Fire hazards are always a possibility that everyone should be prepared for. Traditional extinguishers are heavy and require certain dexterity and locate yourself near the fire in order to be used effectively and properly.  ELIDE FIRE is a very friendly option, designed as a regular ball, it can be thrown from a distance, reducing the hazard for the thrower. It can even be placed in strategical places, with increased risk of fire, so in case it occurs, no intervention will be necessary. The company that produces this revolutionary ball has found a creative way to combat fires, while doing away with unsightly traditional fire extinguishers. To see more info about it, you can visit their website, or  YouTube channel to see some more of the tests.     ...
Art

Vintage lightbulbs use flowers with phosphorous coating as filament

These vintage light bulbs are just as awesome creatively as the smart bulbs of today. Aerolux Light Corporation produced these fantastic novelty bulbs from the 1930s to the 1970s where they used flowers in place of traditional filaments. Contained inside a traditional glass light bulb were mixtures of neon or argon, some components have phosphors coatings to achieve the different colors. An interesting fact on Wikipedia states, "These phosphors fluoresced when excited by glow discharge. Because glow discharge occurs readily at 110-120 volts AC, one could use these bulbs in standard household lamps in the United States." Sold for a mere 20 cents back then, these bulbs are now on the market for hundreds. Check on Ebay or Etsy and watch the video below to learn more! ...
Art

Tarot cards interpreted in three dimensions

Autumn Casey's latest work invites viewers into an unusual way of seeing tarot cards: in three-dimensional form. The exhibit, which is now being shown at Primary Projects, is entitled Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground. This exhibit is a mix of collage work, sculpture, and poetry from the artist. Tarot reading and interpretation is basically about life stages. How do we move through life? How does life transform over time? It is also about its balance - and Casey shows this well through her art form. Her sculptures are large in scale but are positioned quite precariously. She also delves into memory and history in one of her video works. This exhibit contains 78 collages and a whole series of sculptures. Each piece can be seen as a standalone art form, but also in conjunction with each other as a full tarot deck. This exhibit was inspired by the Rider-Waite tarot deck.  ...
Creativity

A French artist and a dance party disco truck

Construction sites are secretly disco clubs in disguise. Well, at least that's what Benedetto Bufalino wants you to believe. The French artist turned a construction site into a nightclub complete with disco lights. This is all thanks to his Disco Ball Cement Mixer which was parked from in Lyon, France from December 8-10. With spotlights pointed at the truck, the streets and buildings were convincingly transformed into a dance party. The truck garnered a lot of attention from people passing by as heaps of them stopped to take photos. Bufalino is known for turning unexpected places into art pieces. Check out the video below to see the cement truck in action.  ...
Art

‘La La Land’ brings back music and life to Hollywood

The fact that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are starring in the movie isn't the only reason to see La La Land. Fans and critics alike are giving the film praise for bringing back the prestige of a good musical to Hollywood. Damien Chazelle's feel-good movie couldn't have come at a better time. With so many people feeling down because of political issues and generally negative news on TV 24/7, having something as fun and positive as La La Land definitely helps lift our spirits up. The cinematography is no joke, either. You definitely will get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia - decades back where proper fashion and grooming made sense. The popping color of the film adds to its appeal, too. And don't think this is just another art film with good choreography and an impressive soundtrack. The film is generating a LOT of Oscar buzz. In fact, many share the opinion that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could use a light-hearted musical break right about now. Many...
Art

White balloon formations take over homes and woods

Invasive blob-like creatures have gone down as horror icons in Hollywood, and this one should too! Photographer Charles Pétillon has captured a series of photographs that show enormous cloud-like formations made up of white balloons. The blobby forms are photographed invading homes and even the woods. Pétillon explains, "Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition that creates a floating cloud above the energy of the market below. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons that move and pulse appearing as alive and vibrant as the area itself." Check out some images below and find more on his website and Instagram.  ...
Fashion

Come together – Christmas spirit of Wes Anderson’s short commercial film

One of the most loveable American filmmakers made a commercial short film for H&M Christmas campaign. Even those who are against the culture of consumerism will absolutely love new short movie made by Wes Anderson. Christmas stands for time of year when we all have an extra opportunity to make someone smile for whatever reason. Wes visualized this idea in a brilliant way. So, jump into the H&M Winter Express and don’t delay whatever reason to make someone happy. <iframe width="950" height="565" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VDinoNRC49c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>...
Animation

‘Paradise’ turns classic painting into a satirical animated short

What's better than viewing one of Heironymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights up close? Why, seeing it animated in 4K, of course! Studio Smack is out with a delightfully contemporary take on Bosch's epic painting. Cleverly titled, "Paradise," the animation clears the middle panel of Bosch's painting and replaces it with a population of creatures of various shapes, sizes, and often quirky appearances. This playground is filled with scenes that portray selfishness, decadence, and consumerism. According to the studio,  "They are symbolic reflections of egos and an imagination of people as they see themselves - unlike Bosch's version, where all individuals more or less look the same." Check out the striking video below and follow the studio on Facebook for more! And if you'd like to see more of their awesome work, click here! ...
Art

Planetarium show becomes art exhibit as it shines light on ‘sun’light

In The Sun Placed in the Abyss, an art exhibit currently underway in the Columbus Museum of Art, the main star (pun intended) is the Sun. Through various films and photographs, the sun is depicted in both direct and indirect ways. But this is more than just an artsy move - the collection aims to go deeper into the social, historical, and even technological implications of the sun in terms of photography conditions and human interest. The museum also partnered with COSI to provide the programming of the exhibition. Over 50 artists participated in the project, all focusing on very powerful images of the sun. The collection explores the "science behind the sun" - how it influences all life on earth, as well as its influence in our art and culture. The exhibit is in the form of a planetarium show, now available to be seen at COSI. It will run until January 2, 2017. ...
Creativity

Humans and Barbies – The evolution of an icon

Since the iconic Barbie doll was first released in 1959, she underwent various transformations. The doll actively lived the imaginary life according to the dominant picture of female beauty. As feminism got stronger with its practice of deconstructing the objectified images of female beauty, Barbie finally got her new looks. The new idea of creators is to “copy reality”. However, herein lies the confusion - are humans copying the dolls or dolls copying the humans? <iframe width="950" height="633" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vPETP7-UfuI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>...
Art

Teenage artist expands horizons to create beautiful hand-drawn animals

River Spirit 456 is a teenager artist who does a lot of digital art that is decidedly warrior/cats related. However, she has been expanding her drawing horizons and today I want to show you her work with pens and fine point markers on bristol paper. These detailed drawings have an unreal beauty and each one took anywhere from days to months to complete. This girl is devoted to her art and has a promising future if she keeps nurturing her it. To see her evolution as an artist DeviantArt, YouTube, Livestream, or support her on Patreon. ...
Inspiration

Chem student captures electrocystallization process in stunning timelapses

Crystals. We take them for granted along with the rest of the world of chemistry. Emanuele Fornasier has been spending time with crystals up close, documenting them with amazingly detailed photography. The resulting video is a timelapse, Crystal Birth, which combines 18 instances of electro-crystallization. During the process, an electric current is processed through a chemical, causing metal deposits to form. Check the video out below and find  more of his chemistry and timelapse work on his website. ...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
Creativity

Mysterious double exposure photographs captured in mason jars

Everyone's using mason jars for storing exotic drinks and food these days. Why not use them for art? Photographer Christoffer Relander uses them as placeholders to create beautiful, black and white compositions featuring the woods, neighborhoods, and ridges. The project, called Jarred & Displaced, centers around Relander's childhood spent in Finland. Each shot uses double exposure on medium format film. The artist says, "With analog multiple exposures I’m able to manipulate my photographs in-camera. This project was not created or manipulated in an external software such as Photoshop." The photographer's works were captured in a short film directed by Anders Lönnfeldt. Watch it below! ...
Digital

This father turned his toddler into Wonder Woman

Josh Rossi is an Italian photographer and a father currently residing in the USA.  And, rather than taking picture of his lovely daughter Nelle as a sweet, gentle, kind princess, he empowered her as a fierce warrior - in this case, the Themyscira Amazonian princess Wonder Woman. Nelle Maribella Rossi has been posing for pictures for her father since she was born, it's a natural, carefree, uninhibited, child having fun with both costume and props, and enjoying all the attention. To see more of his portfolio, visit his website, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. ...
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