1 November 2011

Those of you who are artists, or who consider themselves as creative, is your self-confidence burdened by the feeling that you’re a fraud, only copying works that have been invented before?

Don’t worry, no one has ever had a truly novel idea. Even Thomas Edison.

Everything is a Remix, a short series by filmmaker Kirby Ferguson, presents influence and appropiation as an integral part of human creativity. Spanning from Led Zeppelin to George Lucas and from Johannes Gutenberg to Xerox, the series explains in exhausting detail how progress is based on mutations and combinations of pre-existing works.

Another important video in the theme is Nate Harrison’s story about a drum beat called Amen Break, certainly the most remixed sample in music history, which tells several essential details of musical development after the 70’s and insights about the vague border between appropiation and creation.

In the words of Alex Kozinski, “Nothing today, likely nothing since we tamed fire, is genuinely new”.

6 October 2011

Steve Jobs dies at age 56

The illustration shows Jobs at home in 1982. The empty room of Apple’s then already wealthy master productizer might tell us something about his way. The former white house photographer Diana Walker attributes the following quote by Jobs to the picture in her book The Bigger Picture:

“This was a very typical time. I was single. All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo, you know, and that’s what I had.”

The question now is whether Apple will run out of Apple within a couple of years and become some kind of Sony.

[via:Mika Isomaa]

23 August 2011

SAQ with Florian Licht: bbass

bbass is a minimalist and enchanting installation in the aula of the university of Gent which combines projected light with graphic animation, architecture and sound. This installation takes shape through light and sound. It tries to turn the main auditorium into an abstract space: the artwork plays with the audience and questions the visitors’ relationship with the space.

27 July 2011

Dark Energy Camera imager of the Dark Energy Survey completed

This month, Fermilab technicians and Dark Energy Survey collaborators installed the last of 62 science-quality charged coupling devices, or CCD’s, into the imager for the Dark Energy Camera [called DECam] currently housed at SiDet. CCDs work like film, and each one contains 8 million pixels. The camera also has another 12 CCDs of 4 million pixels each for guiding and focusing. The imager will head to Chile in mid-August for installation on the Blanco telescope. DES collaborators in Chile just finished installing the off-telescope components of the DECam imager liquid-nitrogen cooling system in preparation for the camera’s arrival. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Dark Energy Survey, DES, is trying to determine what is expanding the universe and how dark energy is connected to it by imaging distancing galaxies.

[via: DES at Facebook]

26 July 2011



Zach Galifianakis searching for his fortune in the New World.

13 June 2011


Bone China by Phoebe Richardson

Phoebe Richardson is a London-based designer who specialises in silk screen printed, fine bone china. The range ‘Bone China’, which features skeleton crockery is all made using traditional techniques in Stoke-On-Trent. The products add a Gothic edge to everyday dining, complete with humorous touches such as the displaceable print on the stackable coffee cups.

The products are available at her shop and Wolf & Badger.

[via: Lotta Rytkönen]

28 May 2011

Photopic Sky Survey

The Photopic Sky Survey is a 5,000 megapixel photograph of the entire night sky stitched together from 37,440 exposures. Large in size and scope, it portrays a world far beyond the one beneath our feet and reveals our familiar Milky Way with unfamiliar clarity.

Nick Risinger has made a brilliant job of unprecedented scale, capturing the depths of our home galaxy from our perspective on Earth. We usually see images of stars and nebulas only from their “portraits”, but now it is possible to locate them in a vast landscape which is encircling us, and which defines the location of our existence.

PS. Photopic means daylight vision.

Stanley Kubrick’s Chicago, 1949

“Before he started making movies, Stanley Kubrick was a star photojournalist. In the summer of 1949, Look magazine sent him to Chicago to shoot pictures for a story called “Chicago City of Contrasts.”

– Chicago Tribune

[via: Library of Congress]

Tapeworks

Mark Khaisman creates detailed images using only packaging tape.

12:31

In 1993, a convicted murderer was executed. His body was given to science, segmented, and photographed for medical research. In 2011, we used photography to put it back together.
Concept by Croix Gagnon. Photography by Frank Schott.

[via: NOTCOT.org]

Computational Micro Panoramic Photography

These high-magnification composite photographs are created by combining hundreds of individual images using computer-aided focus stacking and panorama stitching. The result is a dramatic increase in depth of field and resolution, removing the scale cues normally apparent in micro photography.

[via: NOTCOT.org]

14 May 2011

A screenshot from the documentary 'American: The Bill Hicks Story' (27 min). 'Only Bill would try Hallucinogenics before he tried alcohol'

American: The Bill Hicks Story (imdb) is a fine, must see documentary for all comedy fans and People of Counterculture. The movie shows us a man who during his own lifetime lived and breathed relentless dedication to speaking hurtful truths to barely receptive small-town comedy club audiences, but was privileged enough to witness the early days of his persona’s journey towards cult-like status.

You can buy your own copy or rent a stream (HD quality available) on the film’s site. A 720p copy can be downloaded illegally over bittorrent.

The documentary is definitely worth its weight in HD bandwidth thanks to a ton of gorgeous animations made from photo cutouts. Lazy, white-trash Finnish fans might however enjoy the free, subtitled low-res copy of the movie on The Finnish Broadcasting Company’s Areena streaming site (25 days of geographically restricted availability left at the time of posting).

[via:Linda Rajalin]

30 April 2011

Light Drive
Light painting, animated by stop-motion, together with music from TRON: Legacy.
This supports well an idea of mine, that music is colours we can hear.
Done by Kim Pimmel.
[via: Monomoda: Sound & Music Visualized]

29 April 2011



Valve amplifier BLOCK

When form meets function.

1 April 2011

Luminant Point Arrays

Photographs of tube televisions the moment they are switched off by Stephan Tillmans

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