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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! ...
Animation

Animated short film with quirky characters opens design conference in New York

All design conferences should start with animated short films as good as this one created by Eran Hilleli. The Tel Aviv-based artist and animator was brought on board to create an animated opening for the Style Frames Design Conference last November in New York. The title sequence featured a number of quirky characters setting the tone for the event as well as introducing the lineup of speakers. The music, provided by Disasterpiece really accentuates the indie game art style used throughout the video. Watch the animated sequence below and find more from the artist on his website.  ...
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

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

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.  ...
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.  ...
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>...
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."...
Animation

Illuminated dancing sculptures combines 3D-printing and light

Light literally dancing about frame to frame is quite a sight to see. That's why Akinori Goto's latest video is so great. The media artist shows off his fantastic light sculpture in a stunning three-minute video. The kinetic sculpture combines a structure 3D-printed from data analyzed from an actual dancer. A cross-section of the sculpture is revealed when light is shone on it. Goto is essentially an inventor now, thanks to this piece and hopes to acquire a patent for the device. Watch it in action below! ...
Animation

Quirky stop-motion animation video by popular YouTube artist

Animation tutorials are abundant on YouTube but Alexander Unger's videos are a little different. Unger runs a popular YouTube channel where he shares sculpting and claymation tutorials. Every now and again he'll upload a quirky stop motion short film assembling various little animation experiments. Here's his most recent one and it's quirky, to say the least! For one, the sound matters just as much here as the animation itself. Check it out below and find more of his work here. ...
Creativity

This hair of mine – a celebration of African hair styles

Hair is a symbol of strength, resistance, of ethnicity and womanhood. Cyndia Harvey, a London-based artist, gathered together with African women from the African Diaspora and researched their connection with African heritage and meaning of beauty. Cyndia moved to London when she was 11 years old and African culture and hairstyle were always an important part of her identity. The short video she made is a beautiful representation of various cultural flows and meanings it produces. Hairstyle fans and students of culture are going love this.    ...
Creativity

Amazingly satisfying video of paint being mixed (more interesting than watching it dry)

This should go down as one of the most satisfying videos to watch ever! Exploring symmetry, Canadian artist Annette Labedzki, who specializes in abstract figurative painting, recently discovered the human attraction towards obscure but satisfying videos on Instagram. Following up with this discovery, she created a video of her own showing off paint as it's being mixed. Labedzki made symmetrical versions for some clips to achieve balance in both halves of the frame. Watch the magical video below and find more here.  ...
Digital

Tron-like bikes leave behind trails of neon lights in fantastic video

Imagine whizzing about on a bike leaving behind streaks of light straight out of Tron. Filmmaker Mike Gamble and VFX artist Tom Wood took that idea and brought it to life in an amazing two and a half video titled, "Light Cycles." They rigged up a few mountain bikes with LEDs and went to town with their filmmaking and visual effects skills. The final video is an amazing compilation of live action and post-production effects in which the bikes leave behind neon light streaks in 3D space. Check it out below! ...
Art

Light is the main character in surreal short film ‘LUCID’

Even the tiniest beam of light can make an otherwise bleak and lonely place feeling slightly more welcoming. German creatives Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor from 3hund produced a short film called LUCID with that same idea in mind. The tale is a surreal one of loneliness in almost alien-like environments with milky lagoons and thick forests. The electroluminescent shape beams out from thin air in stylized fashion to fit varying scenes and landscapes. From illuminated triangles over mountains to orbs submerged in water. Watch LUCID below and be sure to catch the 'making of' as well!  ...
Creativity

Artist Shinri Tezuka practices the art of rolling, sculpting, and painting candy

Teaching yourself how to sculpt is hard enough, but to sculpt candy is one step above that. You have to also worry about making it tasty! Shinri Tezuka taught himself how to sculpt candy at the age of 27 and is perhaps the youngest practitioner of amezaiku - the diminishing art of candy crafting. The craft's roots can be found hundreds of years back and it's amazing how there are only two candy-makers that use this technique in all of Tokyo, Japan. You have to paint that thing too! Great Big Story dropped in on Tezuka at work and put together a nice video profiling the candy artist.  ...
Art

Stunning film, NOVAE, depicts Supernova explosion with just ink and water

You're not looking at CGI here. This is no computer-generated imagery of exploding stars. The three-minute short film, "NOVAE," created by Thomas Vanz, takes you through the various stages of a star's life in the vacuum of space, climaxing in a massive explosion, the Supernova. All that in an absolutely stunning fashion without the need for CGI. Resorting only to an aquarium, ink, and water, Vanz pays tribute to Kubrick and Nolan's filmography in the form of "a cosmic poem that wants to introduce the viewer to the nebulae's infinite beauty." Watch the entire film below followed by behind-the-scenes footage. For more, check out Vanz's Behance page and support NOVAE on Facebook!  ...
Funny

PBS camera crews capture hummingbird with the face of an octopus

The internet audience lives for animals that look unexpectedly like other animals or do strange things. Camera crews caught one animal doing both. Hummingbirds are known for their erratic behavior, but this particular specimen most likely wins the award for being putting on one of the most bizarre shows in the animal kingdom. Documented as part of PBS Special's ’Super Hummingbirds,’ this hummingbird creates an iridescent pink facade that looks uncannily like a baby octopus. PBS cites, "He flexes the iridescent feathers of his mantle until they become a glowing mask of violet." Hilariously, the female bird being courted appears unimpressed and aloof. Check it out!    ...
Creativity

‘Borrowed Time’ is a phenomenal short full of tragic moments and gorgeously animated visuals

We recently  stumbled upon this gem of a short film a few days ago and just had to share. It'll get you all teary-eyed. The animated short, "Borrowed Time," is directed by Andrew Coats & Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and produced by Amanda Deering Jones with the (awesome) soundtrack supplied by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla. Gorgeously animated visuals coupled with a gut-wrenching storyline about a disheartened sheriff trying to forget a fateful tragedy of days past make the six-minute video worth a watch. Check it out!  ...
Design

Martin Molin is back with two new freaky musical contraptions

A few months ago, this incredible contraption that makes music using marbles became viral on he internet. Its creator, Martin Molin of Wintergatan, is back with something new. The designer has built two new instruments, each just mind-bendingly awesome as the first. The video below shows the machines in action and, under Molin's supervision, performing an original composition called, “All Was Well.” The first is a music-box like machine that utilizes punched paper-tape to control notes while the second, called “Modulin”, sounds like an electric theremin. Watch the video below and then check out Molin’s how-to video. ...
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