Wednesday, 31 December 2008

The Piano

Animation of a man who plays the piano.

He sees things from his past while he is playing.

Tuesday, 30 December 2008

$9.99: a stop motion animation:

Here is a trailer for a new upcoming Australian movie release. The movie is based on the short stories of Etgar Keret. Tatia Rosenthal is director and co-writer. The movie is a stop-motion animated story about people living in a Sydney apartment complex looking for meaning in their lives. Featuring voice work from some of Australia's most famous actors including Geoffery Rush, Anthony LaPaglia and Ben Mendelsohn.

Monday, 29 December 2008

Rural Robots by Wu Yulu

The 2008 Microwave International New Media Arts Festival had a focused theme of “Transient Creatures” which explored the boundaries of “life” and “non-life” in our digitalized world and included robotics, cybernetics, bio-art/bio-tech etc.

The Festival organizers invited a robot maker from Beijing, Wu Yulu to exhibit his metallic children in their Project Room exhibition. This documentary video is of Wo Yula's studio village and document his life and work there.


Friday, 26 December 2008

Beneath the Surface; microscopic marine organisms

" This video presents a question of the potential effects of global warming on the microscopic marine organisms which are invisible to the human eye, but provide up to 50% of the total oceanic primary production. Produced in 2007 and included in a touring art exhibition entitled "Envisioning Change" presented by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environment Programme. First exhibited at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, coinciding with United Nations World Environment Day, June 2007. Originally presented without sound, displayed here with music from the award winning music ensemble Oregon."

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Goa Psytrance; video feedback by VJ Fader

VJ Fader is an audio visualist, expressing music through moving images, stimulating the mind with dancing pixels. He is also the creator of the Neuromixer line of audio video performance software.

This video is created with real time video feedback,and the visuals were created using AVmixer Pro 1.5,

GOA Psytrance music was sampled from Mistress Jade's Parallel Universe.

Superficie Attiva: Water Effect

is a deep introspection between motion tracking techniques.

"The basic idea of the installation is to be able to generate, a correlation between presence, posture, movement and a reactive speed with the video,and audio systems. The user is immersed in an interactive domain that reacts on the basis of the user's movements, producing abnormal visual and surrounding tissue for a total experience from large potential."

(roughly translated from the artists website)

I am rather baffled as to the meaning of the end of the video ?

Machines that nearly fall over

An artist has made a system of sculptures that is constantly on the brink of collapse.

Michael Kontopoulos says about his creation:

“My intention was to capture and sustain the exact moment of impending catastrophe and endlessly repeat it.”

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Panorama of an exploded Show Room

An exhibition of architectural environments designed by artists entitled Psycho Buildings was held recently at the Hayward Gallery in London. Two artists, Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez, who form a Havana based art collective Los Carpinteros (The Carpenters), exhibited their work entitled Show Room. The work creates a full-scale apartment caught mid-explosion complete with collapsing walls and furniture and furnishings flying through the air as a frozen moment in time and space,

See the panorama by Jonathan Greet after which you may want to view the other works in the exhibition.


Monday, 22 December 2008

View of the sky from the Moon

Imagine being on the surface of the moon and looking up in the sky, what would be in your astronomical view ?

Alexandru Csete managed to create or simulate views of the sky from 3 points on the moon from the Apollo 11, 15 and Surveyor 7 landing sites and he achieved this by using the free open source Stellarium software for linux.

"Stellarium is a complete planetarium software for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It even allows you to look at the sky from surface of other planets and moons."

His video documents the cartographic simulations of the star charts and earths relative rotation into a rewarding experience, enhanced by the music of Carlos Saura.

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Alchimia: transdisciplinary explorations fusing media art and science

Alchimia is a live interactive cinema work that draws equally from the visual and sonic arts. This networked duet explores the use of infrared sensors, microphones and midi control instruments to animate an evolving matrix of virtual 3-D forms ....... The project is a collaborative effort created by artist-performer-programmers David Stout and Cory Metcalf. In Alchimia the 3-D forms are capable of emitting their own sounds resulting in a surprising array of sonic expressions induced by the shape, size, luminance and movement of the visual object itself. The kinetic behavior of these “synthetic organisms” includes morphogenic expansion and contraction controlled by the hand gesture of the performers or automated by a bank of 16 low frequency oscillators. Alchimia is unique, in that, the sound is not an illustration of visual properties but rather the direct and simultaneous result of manipulating the visual field.

The video is best to be viewed full screen and although its exciting, the whole work is longer than 10 mins. which in my opinion suffers from overwhelming sameness.


Saturday, 20 December 2008

ICYS TK 5000 Robot

Torsten Posselt, Tim Horntrich & Benjamin Maus collaboratively built this robot since they began questioning the ever-growing surveillance in urban space. Everywhere you go, you are being tracked and data is stored.

"ICYS is equipped with a high-resolution camera, enabling it to perceive its surroundings. A custom designed face-tracking software allows the robot to recognize people and produce mug shots. For every spotted person, the robot automatically logs the time and the geo-coordinates via GPS.The gathered information is printed on little stickers. Those stickers are adhered directly to the ground, thus leaving a distinctive trace of people moving through the space."

Thus they ask ; How does it feel to be tracked ?

Read further

Friday, 19 December 2008

Prospect 1: New Orleans Biennial 2008

Prospect.1 is New Orleans' inaugural biennial and the largest-ever international contemporary art show in the United States. Similar in style and scope to Venice, the exhibit consists of site-specific art installations, as well as several galleries in museums and elsewhere in the city devoted to it. As the front page of the event's website proclaims, it's designed to bring media attention and tourist dollars to New Orleans, the exhibition closes January 18 2009.

Eighty one artists from all over the globe, including 12 New Orleans artists will be participating, and the works will appear in 22 venues around the city.

Watch a video and read a comprehensive review of the exhibition, here.


Thursday, 18 December 2008

Future Architectural Envelopes @ the Epithelium Studio

" The Epithelium Studio offers a specialized design laboratory examining responsive architectural envelopes. Epithelium, a cellular boundary layer in organic physiology, will be used as an analogy defining qualities of hybrid interactive building systems. A design method based on cycles of accretion and synthesis will be used to organize the work of the term, moving from individual design explorations to collective gallery installation.

Rocketboom visits the opening of the Epithelium Studio Exhibition at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture where architects are seeking new methods to define surface.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

The Art of Herakut

Herakut, is the German graffiti duo of a blended collaboration between two artist's Jasmin(Hera) and Falk (Akut).

"Hera and Akut combine photorealism and monochrome figurative elements in a bewitching medley of images. Their unlikely merger of styles now increasingly blend seamlessly, a testimony they say to the growing way they trust each other to develop a piece."

This video shows their painted walls exhibition from the end of last year at the Leonard Street Gallery in London's East End.

See more photos of the works from Herakut, here, and their website.


“Por las ramas” (For the branches)

is a study which shows how human beings imitating nature are also capable of creating personal sanctuary.

Nacho Carbonell who created this environmental installation says that

".....its a project that shows the analysis of how things are made.In this case inspired in the technique of wrapping I create a space in nature, where one can feel protected as in a foetus, The perception of home is strongly linked to the material. Making our own cocoon we transfer our emotions and needs, into our shelter. ....... I want to expose concepts as: public and private or natural and artificial, .........For the construction of these cocoons I used bioplastics (used in agriculture, that disintegrate after one season)."

The songstress and her song coddles your emotion in the right direction as you watch the engaging time lapse video !


Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Fire breathing dog robot roams the streets of London !

Lyle from the Mutoid Waste Company introduces us to Larry, his fire breathing robot dog. Lyle shows just what’s capable with all the junk we throw away. Cannibalized motorcycle parts, a Citroen 2CV engine to run it and another for a head, coffee filters for eyes and lots of bits from old Fiat cars all went into creating this Robo Dog in just 4 weeks.

Photo stream of Mutant Waste Company, here and here.

Also here is a documentary site of the Mutoid Waste Company, some time in the 1980s.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Melocipede bicycle instrument

“is a bicycle-based roto-zither. It has 14 strings (strung hub to rim) and 8 (1.5v ) motors and 4 magnetic pickups. The pickups run through a mixer as the melocipede is pedaled in both directions and bouncing plucking etc.happens. It sounds alternately like a cello, calliope, operatic whimpering/laughing puppy. It also knocks down to fit in a suitcase.”

Here is a short solo by instrument inventor, composer and improviser Neil Feather on his Melocipede instrument.


Harry Vogelezang, windsurfing Scheveningen, the Netherlands

a big day at Scheveningen beach. In this short video, Harry Vogelezang shows some big pushloops and eagle wings.

You may also briefly spot some kite surfers !

Sunday, 14 December 2008

"Magic Wave" Kinetic Wave Sculpture at Technorama

"Californian Artist Reuben Margolin together with Technorama staff have created one of the biggest and most complex kinetic artworks in the world. Measuring 25 square meters the "magic carpet" contains more than 50'000 pieces and shows three characteristics of waves: Wavelength, Amplitude and Frequency."

See the sculpture in its place of residence, also the artist details the making if it here.

Daniel Rozin's Interactive wooden mirror

is made out of 835 independently motorized wooden tiles, control electronics, video cameras, computer, and a wood frame to make one unique video display that emulates a "reflection".

This sculptural display looks to be the world's first live animated woodcut !

View more of Daniel Rozin's works, here.



Saturday, 13 December 2008

Rocketboom visits BugLabs

Joanne Colan from Rocketboom visits BugLabs a manufacturer of open-source DIY electronics kits for hacking and physical computing.

heavy/symphonic metal rock band plays The Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Here is the Third Movement of Winter played with 3 guitars and 2 basses.


Friday, 12 December 2008

O:.O:.O:. by newfuturenow

Video from Jaygo Bloom and the New Future Now Collective, UK

Music track by Hammerschmidt.

Hot-air balloons @ Festival del Globo de Leon, Mexico

take flight over the Palote dam, during the "Hot Air Balloons Festival" in the city of Leon, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico.

Here is a video of the third day of the Festival. The music is from a group called the Guadalajara Selectra-on, the song is Relax.

For a coherent history of hot air ballooning and some of the most bizarre and unusual designs go here.


Thursday, 11 December 2008

Olli & the bollywood orchestra: " Icheke Mantra"

"Olli and the Bollywood Orchestra is primarily a complete spectacle, music and image. The rhythms of India revisited by a Western say a deep love for the musical and its Indian folk songs. Olli and his accomplices, musicians sarod, tabla, or Irish bagpipes Armenian oboe, play and sing (in Hindi or Punjabi) compositions on a remixed image of Indian cinema, which has always meet and romance malice."

This video was produced by Jesse Lucas


Wednesday, 10 December 2008

The Color Of Snow : A Subzero Installation

Using their own software program, Pixile, the interactive designers at ENESS were able to calibrate video projections of eyeballs onto giant snowballs at Mount Buller, Australia


iOO : : The future of the dumb terminal !

Soon after I first saw the interactive iPhone I envisaged one day seeing larger display format platforms emerging from the IT industrial complex.

Have you ever dreamt of walking on water ?


Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Apple’s Munich opening is mobbed; in high-res panorama with sound

Willy Kaemena captured this mob scene when Apple (AAPL) opened its multi-level flagship shop in the heart of Munich.

Apple has built one of their classic glass enclosed retail spaces and its the first of five retail shops that it plans to open in Germany.

Here is a video of Apple’s Munich staff whipping up the usual frenzy with whooping, stomping, hollering and high-fives.



The Robots Are Coming by Cut Chemist

Directed by Kyle Ruddick, this video is the worlds first to be shot entirely with a 360 degree panoramic lens.

Monday, 8 December 2008

Interactive realtime Video Installation "Zeitspiegel"

This work by Jens Heinen merges haptic elements and media programming to the boundaries of electronic art.

"It mirrors yourself over time. A camera captures your image and my software processes it. The displayed image is a distortion over time and results in a deformed image. The distortion depends on the users movement. It was firstly developed with "Processing beta". To achieve a better performance I finally coded a c++ version."

For more information

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Robot mimics grasshopper mobility

Biomimetics researcher Rhodri Armour at the University of Bath, has invented the Joilbot. The robot is a spherical cage that can roll and or jump in any direction. To jump, the cage compresses and springs open a mechanism inspired by the joints of a grasshopper's legs.

"We've made a robot that jumps in a similar way to the grasshopper, the grasshopper, uses electrical motors to slowly store the energy needed to leap in its springy skeleton. Before jumping, the robot squashes its spherical shape. When it is ready, it releases the stored energy all at once to jump to heights of up to half a meter. Future prototypes could include a stretchy skin covered in solar cells so it could power itself, and robotic control sensors to enable it to sense its environment."

Between rolling and jumping, Armour hopes the two-pound Jollbot will be able to handle rough terrain on other planets and or land survey work in the future.


Saturday, 6 December 2008

Music section of the Maker Faire Austin Texas 2008

The musical inventions shed included live bands who were intermittently dispersed within this modest video documentary.

First up is the pipe organ that barks, next a bicycle driven electric guitar wind mill chimer then a very short experience of Cranky & Plucky.

John Folaron demonstrates his Airheads air drums invention an instrument that is played in "virtual air". Now available in purchasable kit form it uses sensors with drum samples and synthesizers. The sensors not only trigger sounds but also sense velocity.

Next up a room size tesla coil appears to be powering a robotic linear drum kit !

But the instrument that swoons my imagination is the Theremin guitar synth, as the inventor explains it uses Sonar senses where your hand hovers over the bridge area and pitch rises and falls whenever your hand is near or far from it. The sound this puts out is very reminiscent of some Frank Zappa tunes.


Friday, 5 December 2008

Installation of A Square Root of Budapest

This video shows two sides of the Rubik's cube installation in Budapest

Each side of the cube is a different place in the city, instead of being a colour. They all get jumbled up and then put back together again.

Thursday, 4 December 2008

First attempt of Human Being Riding a Killer Whale

What began as a publicity stunt..........

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Minilogue: Animals

Animator/director Kristofer Ström of Ljudbilden & Piloten, based in Sweden created this short animation for the Swedish electronica band Minilogue. The track is "Animals," and the video features colorful critter-blobs wreaking hyperfun havoc all over an urban real-life-scape.

Commendable Mention

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Time Lapse Video of Giant Graffiti Piece in Berlin

was painted on a big wall by Blu in Berlin.

see the final work here.

Previously on nevertheless

Monday, 1 December 2008

Robert Ballard: Explores the ocean's secrets

"Oceanographer and explorer Robert Ballard takes us on a mindbending trip to hidden worlds underwater, where he and other researchers are finding unexpected life, resources, even new mountains. He makes a case for serious exploration and mapping. Google Ocean, anyone ? "

The image of the map seen here is referred to as a Characterisation of our planet ie a 2D map of the globe without the ocean. This characterisation enables us to view the 72% of the earth we know ever so little about. Robert Ballard in this talk (18 min) frequently points out that we have better detailed maps of the Moon, Mars and Venus then we do of much of our own ocean floor !


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