Wednesday, February 24, 2010


neptune by sx70manipulator
neptune, originally uploaded by sx70manipulator



Untitled Harsh Noise Graphic Novel
Surrealist book-object; harsh noise album in paperback form. 300 pages of pixel-noisescapes, created soley using the antique mac paint app LightningPaint.


Avaliable now: £7.77 + p&p from from


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Slices of Venice (226)

Slices of Venice (226) by Panoramatic
Slices of Venice (226), originally uploaded by Panoramatic

It Is What It Is

"... A graphic design project starts out as a relationship, transforms into a process of loose analysis and more-or-less insightful speculation, then enters into a practically autistic phase of visual generation, followed by a synthesis of speculation and experimentation that morphs into a purely computational and mechanical production – accomplished with or without the involvement of any number of outside trades – and finally emerges in the world through a complex of socialization and acculturation that includes publicity, public relations, distribution, retailing, advertising, focus testing, and criticism... "

From the introduction to the new 2x4 catalog.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Typo/Graphic Posters

Typo/Graphic Posters

Large collection of cool posters.

The Long Night

When a blackout hit parts of the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in early February, a 2HeadedHorse filmmaker took to the roof of his building and did some slow shutter timelapse experiments. The results are this little video for "The Long Night," a song by Patrick Park.

The Long Night from 2HeadedHorse

Geology of the Moon

Geology of the Moon

Via Moon River

The Harmonic Center of the Universe

The Harmonic Center of the Universe from Jesse Stiles

The Harmonic Center of the Universe is a sonified light-emitting sculpture that generates endless iterations of non-repeating cascading musical lightforms. The Harmonic Center of the Universe was created by Chris Harvey, Olivia Robinson, and Jesse Stiles in early 2009. That spring, the sculpture was nearly destroyed in a freakish thunderstorm that struck during a public exhibition of the work in Lowell, MA. Harvey, Robinson, and Stiles have since restored the work., website of musician/artist Jesse Stiles

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Demonstration Reel

Demonstration Reel from Sculpture



Via Soviet

The Cube: Theme and Variations

The Cube: Theme and Variations by Edward Zajec
Edward Zajec was among the pioneers of Digital Art in the 1960s. TVC establishes a fundamental shift in conception, the main subject of invention is no longer the design of visual modules, but of procedural ones. The focus is no longer on the geometry of projection, but on the grammatical rules that delimit the possible combinations of the constituent elements.
The Cube: Theme and Variations by Edward Zajec
I turned to the use of computers in 1968. At that time I was experimenting with redundancy in my paintings (repetition of the same module over large areas with only slight shifts in size). The monotony of the manual task and the limited number of variations which I was able to produce in a given time made me realize the inadequacy of traditional methods in dealing with our present reality.

At first I designed programs in which, given a basic repertoire of signs and a set of combinatory rules, the qualitative value of each possible combination depended on a predetermined balance between probability and chance. Later, I tried to extend the autonomy of the programs by developing systems which could produce a number of different combinatory strategies. This was achieved by introducing a determinant tendency which kept referring to a few basic criteria for guidance and qualitative feedback.

Edward Zajec

Friday, February 19, 2010

Dog Day Disco

Growing up as a healthy young Dutch boy, Stefan Glerum (Amsterdam, 1983) developed an interest in old paper, second hand records and extremely large trousers.

Dog Day Disco by Stefan Glerum


Thursday, February 18, 2010


Morphabet by David Jien
Morphabet by David Jien
Morphabet by David Jien
Morphabet by David Jien

Quirky work from the world of David Jien. David recently graduated from the art center college of design and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Crystals & Lasers

Crystals & Lasers by Matt W. Moore

An ambitious creative spirit, MWM (Matt W. Moore) has traveled to Paris for one month to prepare, from scratch, for his first Paris Solo-Exhibition. He arrived with no art, no supplies, and no firm plan for this new series of canvas paintings. The ideas for the artworks have actualized while processing time spent absorbing French Culture, exploring the City Of Lights, the vibrant colors, the exaggerated geometry, and the diverse architecture and fashion of Paris.

Crystals & Lasers by Matt W. Moore
Crystals & Lasers by Matt W. Moore

CRYSTALS & LASERS - Upian Gallery (ROJO) : Paris, France
FEB 5 - MAR 12, 2010

Lightning Fields

Lightning Fields Composed 002 - Hiroshi Sugimoto
Lightning Fields Composed 004 - Hiroshi Sugimoto

The word electricity is thought to derive from the ancient Greek elektron, meaning “amber.” When subject to friction, materials such as amber and fur produce an effect that we now know as static electricity. Related phenomena were studied in the eighteenth century, most notably by Benjamin Franklin. To test his theory that lightning is electricity, in 1752 Franklin flew a kite in a thunderstorm. He conducted the experiment at great danger to himself; in fact, other researchers were electrocuted while conducting similar experiments. He not only proved his hypothesis, but also that electricity has positive and negative charges.

In 1831, Michael Faraday’s formulation of the law of electromagnetic induction led to the invention of electric generators and transformers, which dramatically changed the quality of human life. Far less well-known is that Faraday’s colleague, William Fox Talbot, was the father of calotype photography. Fox Talbot’s momentous discovery of the photosensitive properties of silver alloys led to the development of positive-negative photographic imaging. The idea of observing the effects of electrical discharges on photographic dry plates reflects my desire to re-create the major discoveries of these scientific pioneers in the darkroom and verify them with my own eyes.

- Hiroshi Sugimoto

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Oi Va Voi

Video made with a shredding machine. Every third frame of the footage was printed, shredded and shot three times blended with adjacent frames by different stripes configuration:

Official music video for “Everytime” by Oi Va Voi
Video made by Katarzyna Kijek & Przemysław Adamski.
Via Prosthetic Knowledge

Oi Va Voi on Amazon: Travelling the Face of the Globe

Ultra Uniform Cubic Cityscapes

Experimental processing works from Kim Asendorf

t2_00000002 by Kim Asendorf

b/w Cubes

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Pier Appears

Brightons iconic West Pier was restored to its former glory for one night only - 'A Pier Appears' took place on Wednesday Feb 10, 2010 and was the first of a series of events commissioned by Tiger Beer to celebrate Chinese New Year: The Year of the Tiger.

French lighting studio Creatmosphere used computer-controlled lasers for the project, which stopped traffic and drew a huge crowd on the beach, despite the brief arctic blizzard.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


Mesmerizing stop-motion paper animation in Rob Carter's Metropolis...

Metropolis is a quirky and very abridged narrative history of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. It uses stop motion video animation to physically manipulate aerial still images of the city (both real and fictional), creating a landscape in constant motion. Starting around 1755 on a Native American trading path, the viewer is presented with the building of the first house in Charlotte. From there we see the town develop through the historic dismissal of the English, to the prosperity made by the discovery of gold and the subsequent roots of the building of the multitude of churches that the city is famous for. Now the landscape turns white with cotton, and the modern city is ‘born’, with a more detailed re-creation of the economic boom and surprising architectural transformation that has occurred in the past 20 years.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Cannon Act

The Cannon Act, Weegee (Arthur Fellig)

Weegee (Arthur Fellig), 1899-1968.

On Amazon: Weegee's New York: Photographs, 1935-1960

Michael Bierut on Clients

This is a video all designers should watch...

It's a presentation by Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram Design in New York, on the topic of clients. Good clients, bad clients, keeping good ones, getting rid of bad ones, etc.

Via Signalnoise

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rock of Ages

I’ve been a fan of Edward Burtynsky’s work for some time now, and did a post about his work a little while back. Burtynsky was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet in 2009 and after coming across his work on there recently I think another post is in order.

Rock of Ages # 15, Active Section, E.L. Smith Quarry, Barre, Vermont by Edward Burtynsky

From Burtynsky's artist statement:

The concept of the landscape as architecture has become, for me, an act of imagination. I remember looking at buildings made of stone, and thinking, there has to be an interesting landscape somewhere out there, because these stones had to have been taken out of the quarry one block at a time. I had never seen a dimensional quarry, but I envisioned an inverted cubed architecture on the side of a hill. I went in search of it, and when I had it on my ground glass I knew that I had arrived. It's an organic architecture created by our pursuit of raw materials. Open-pit mines, funnelling down, were to me like inverted pyramids. Photographing quarries was a deliberate act of going out to try to find something in the world that would match the kinds of forms that were in my imagination but unseen in real life — the idea of inverted skyscrapers.

Rock of Ages # 26, Abandoned Section, E.L. Smith Quarry, Barre, Vermont by Edward Burtynsky
Iberia Quarries # 3, Cochicho Co., Pardais, Portugal by Edward Burtynsky

From the Prix Pictet vision:

The ecosystems we depend on appear to face resource demands already beyond their capacity. As governments try urgently to stimulate growth, a central question remains. Can the earth’s complex living systems sustain the future consumption patterns of another three billion people in the world’s population by 2050?

Or are we making the transition, as the Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen has suggested, to a point where the face of the earth – its soil, its waters, its groves, its hollows – is no longer natural, but bears the terminal scars of man’s intervention.

Zygote Has Landed

Zygote Has Landed by Tangible Interaction

Via Tangible Interaction

Friday, February 5, 2010



The most detailed view to date of the entire surface of the dwarf planet Pluto as constructed from multiple NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken from 2002 to 2003 and released on Thursday.
M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute) / NASA / ESA / Reuters

Splitting the Atom

Director : Edouard Salier
Commissioner : Svana Gisla
Production : Scream Park, Paris
Executive Producer : Anne Lifshitz
Post Production : Digital District
Post producer : David Danesi
CGI: Jean Lamoureux, Rémi Gamiette, Kevin Monthureux, Jimmy Cavé
Art & Compositing : Julien Michel, Xavier Reyé.
Flame: Christophe Richard

Thursday, February 4, 2010


I drift, half awake, half asleep. Moving through the city I recall but have never been to.

Drift is short movie made by Theo Tagholm using a digital stills camera to create the stop motion animation.

Via today and tomorrow

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Terminal Mirage

When the Whole is Indecipherable: David Maisel’s Terminal Mirage
By Anne Wilkes Tucker
(excerpted from David Maisel: Terminal Mirage catalogue; published 2005; ISBN 1-59005-120-3)

In his project Terminal Mirage, Maisel intentionally obscures the function, location, scale, and condition of his subject. No title names the Great Salt Lake or its environs as his subject. His images all share exquisite abstract colorations and design. A few pictures are obviously landscapes. Others are so lacking in items that identify scale they might be images of deteriorating walls or macro photographs of laboratory dishes. As he intends, we are first engaged by the beauty that dances across these large scale prints. Then myriad questions arise: Who or what created what we see in these views? The answers are neither easily explained nor universally confirmed, and the answers are less interesting to Maisel than the questions and discussions the pictures might evoke.

Terminal Mirage 22 by David Maisel
Terminal Mirage 31 by David Maisel
Terminal Mirage 32 by David Maisel

David Maisel’s Terminal Mirage
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