Saturday, 28 February 2009

The Making of Edgar Müller's huge 3D Street Painting "The Crevasse "

At the Festival of World Culture in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, Edgar Müller painted one his iconic optical illusions over a 250 square meter patch of asphalt. Using acrylic wall paint to create the scene, it took the artist five days, working 12 hours a day to paint the massive crevasse; which, from the right perspective, looks remarkably realistic, as this time lapse video attests.

Be sure to also check out Mueller’s flash flood in Canada

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Friday, 27 February 2009

Pynocchyo's Pyrrhusmite

This video is from part of the album "Rain Are In Clouds" by Depart an audio visual collaboration between Leonhard Lass (images) and sound: Zanshin (Gregor Ladenhauf)

"pyromight & magic and the long nose of the lawn sneezing a song"

Their work is a

"realtime reactive audio/video made with processing and abundantly wired audio-tools employing HDP™"

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

QCQ (qui contrôle quoi ) or Who Controls What

The creator Luarfr. of this animation seeks to question the ever increasing complexity of

"... information systems, communication systems, effective systems of information and / or communication / silence theory in information theory / against information and opinions in the silent majority"

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Art and Artifical Life, Vida 11.0 Exhibition

is an international showcase of the conversation between art, science, technology and society. The image to the right is of Hylozoic Soil by Philip Beesley & Rob Gorbet

"Hylozoic Soil takes its cue from Hylozoism, the philosophical view that all or some material things possess life. It takes the shape of an artificial environment that seems to be made of the same substance as jellyfish, breathing like one, wrapping itself around you and exhibiting complex behaviour as you walk through it."

Here is a short video of most of the pieces in the exhibition. The videographer Ruairi Glynn from Interactive Architecture, was exhibiting his piece Performative Ecologies. Among the other participants in the exhibition were, Chico MacMurtie, Jed Berk, Chris Sugrue, Damian Stewart.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Balloon Flight Paradome Theme Park

An open consortium of companies, that includes designers, architects, engineers, etc., builds leisure entertainment domes, snowdomes, indoor skidomes, etc, proposes building an entertainment attraction consisting of helium balloons for para bouncing with indoor ski slopes, inside an inflatable dome.

Rarely, if indeed ever, do I post stories in the "could be" or "might be" genre, but this relaxing animation may get you hooked, as it does me; since the scale of the "inflatable structure" would probably have to be something of a Christo proportion !

Read and watch more video's here.

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Sunday, 22 February 2009

o : : part 10 - "oolal"

This animation is by Matthew Bentley and is Part 10 of 31, the song is 'Pressure Valve'.

"o' or 'oolal' is the mayan word for consciousness and a zen symbol of formlessness and is also the sound you make when you see something pretty"

Saturday, 21 February 2009

HAL 5 or Hybrid Assistive Limb 5

is a robot suit (or artificial powered exoskeleton) developed by Yoshiyuki Sankai who is the professor of Tsukuba, University of Japan.

HAL 5 is currently capable of allowing the operator to lift and carry nearly twice as much weight as they could lift and carry unaided. HAL is worn over the wearers arms and legs, and uses eight motors attached to shoulders, elbows, knees and waist to control movements.

"When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles via motoneuron, moving the musculoskeletal system as a consequence. At this moment, very weak biosignals can be detected on the surface of the skin. HAL catches these signals through a sensor attached on the skin of the wearer. Based on the signals obtained, the power unit is controlled to move the joint unitedly with the wearer's muscle movement, enabling to support the wearer's daily activities. This is what we call a 'voluntary control system' that provides movement interpreting the wearer's intention from the biosignals in advance of the actual movement. Not only a 'voluntary control system' HAL has, but also a 'robotic autonomous control system' that provides human-like movement based on a robotic system which integrally work together with the 'autonomous control system."

The US military have been working on an exoskeleton for soldiers in the field to help them carry more equipment as seen here and here. But the Japanese developers are looking to use these suits in the assistance of the disabled and elderly. There is also a need for them in heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites.


Friday, 20 February 2009

Air Traffic Worldmap

Students training to be Air Traffic Controllers have made this animation:

It is the display of all air traffic in the world at 24.00 on a projected map and reduced to 1 minute. Each yellow dot represents an aircraft.

Whilst we maybe amused by the arterial strands of air traffic networks, but perhaps we ought to take a moment to consider the amount of pollution being released into the atmosphere from all those aircraft !


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Thursday, 19 February 2009

Apple Man : : Red Ball

Amusing little animation

by Adam Walker Studio

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Nozzle spurt Jet Pack, provides Levitated Flight across open Waters

Lars Ramke a German businessman recently unveiled, JetLev-Flyer, an aqua jet pack which provides levitated flight ten meters above the water's surface and travel horizontally @ 65 kmh for up to two hours. Since this puppy can fly for a distance of 300 kms. we can probably soon expect some one flying the English Channel !

A floating pump powered by a 155 horsepower four-stroke engine sends water through a 43m hose to a pair of nozzles mounted on the jet pack.

The JetLev-Flyer has a gas-powered pump that provides up lifting propulsion leaving the nozzles to push a rider off the water.

The news of this invention nor the sellers website informs any specific details of the type of fuel required for the pressure jet engine, and how and where the exhaust is expelled. In other words, its carbon footprint.

128K smackeroos will get you one, but hey if this puppy takes off and it most likely will for those of us that live around lakes or harbours, getting to work could encapsulate enlivening panoramic joy.

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Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Extreme Acrobatics

Peter Soar reckons his aerial maneuvers are

"pretty freakin bad."

I must say that I'm baffled by the name he gave his video:

"a wee mini pete_man_man vid"

Monday, 16 February 2009

R/C Flying Wing does Dynamic soaring Acrobatics @ The Narrows

Remote Control model aircraft enthusiast James Mueller, practicies with his DS Acro "Show Stunts routine", on

" a new slope covered with granite spires and walls. The LEG Prairie Dog and the Blast make some circuits all over this fun and interesting slope in East San Diego."

I feel the song on the video is choice !

More info and video's.

Saturday, 14 February 2009


photographer Shaun Irving transformed a delivery truck into possibly the world's largest mobile pinhole camera.

Irving sourced the truck and military surplus lenses from eBay, and built a cardboard box shutter. Each shot is captured as Irving stands inside the camera, spending about half an hour to set it up and take some test shots. The video details the process and the resulting prints that reveal rich anomalies which emerges from the technique. He says the best images are the ones

"where you can't tell where the image ends and the squirreliness begins"

Go to the Cameratruck website to view the photographs.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Television News Readers During Commercial Breaks

Watch Chicago's WGN-TV News readers Robert Jordan and Jackie Bange, during a commercial break.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Vibrosaurus; An Acappelic Zen of Open Source music making

whooah! see Constantin Lusers' Vibrosaurus here or here

At this point in time, everything about the instrument and its maker looks to be written in Austrian, nevertheless from this video the instrument looks to being played by up to 40 Brass Horn players. The Vibrosaurus is sculpturally drawn out from 10 Trombones, 10 French Horns, 10 Tenor Horns and 10 Trumpets.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2009


An amusing little video made by Panasonic.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Peter Murphy Creates his new " stereo3d and timelapse " Blog

Peter Murphy intrepid inner Sydney city panoramic photographer, today, created an anaglyph stereo gif of an Aboriginal busker down on the Circular Quay promenade.

Using "a bunch of Canon TX1 Digital still cameras" Peter utilized a remarkable piece of software Stereodata Maker which assisted him in being able to trigger his "bunch of cameras" simultaneously creating an animated wiggle seen here in his opening post, (viewable with red/blue glasses).

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Monday, 9 February 2009

Eclectic Method creates a micro sampling beat box mash up

Eclectic Method is a trio of video remix artists who rearrange the sights and sounds of music videos, motion pictures, and video games to the thrill of live audiences around the globe.

Here is one their recent mash ups.

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Sunday, 8 February 2009

Arabesque : : Kinetic Sculpture with actuated life size body parts

This kinetic sculpture by Peter William Holden

"presents itself as a mechanical flower: a simulacrum of nature. Life sized human body parts, impaled upon steel, move and sway and dance. The limbs, translucent and livid, bare their internal robotic mechanisms to the gaze of the viewer. The wiring itself is an aesthetic expression deliberately integrated into the installation to bring chaotic lines of abstract form to contrast with the organized symmetry of the body parts. The lifeblood of this organism is air and when activated this air flows invisibly, bestowing movement to these mechanisms and its presence is only betrayed when exhaled loudly from the valves attached to the serpentine air hose.This combined with the rattle of relays and the tandem clattering of pistons to produce a hyper-modern accompaniment to the music of Strauss."

Although the construction of Arabesque may be a verifiable mark of engineering a viewer could never entirely appreciate the work as a whole since one may never be physically able to encapsulate the view directly above which highlights its synchronous symmetry, without absorbing this video.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

Kimtortion Burlesque and Contortion Show Reel

This footage is excerpted from the Sugar Blue Burlesque series of shows at the Bakery Artrage Complex in 2008.

Kimtortion is a contortionist, aerialist, and burlesque performer based in Perth, Australia.

Related Posts : : One Two Three

Friday, 6 February 2009

NASA develops Axel : : a modular mountain climbing robot

No terrain is to difficult for this puppy; it can climb vertical walls, roll over steep and rocky terrain, and explore deep craters.

"Axel can operate upside down and right side up and uses only three motors: one to control each of its two wheels and a third to control a lever. The lever contains a scoop to gather lunar or planetary material for scientists to study, and it also adjusts the robot's two stereo cameras, which can tilt 360 degrees."

The robot has a computer with wifi scope and an inertial sensor to operate autonomously. But the best aspect to its design is its ability to connect to modular copies and potentially become part of a larger system.

Here are some more robust versions being tested by the developers.


Thursday, 5 February 2009

Endangered: Dusky Leaf Monkey

"Here are two male Dusky Leaf Monkeys, found primarily on the Malay Peninsula, including southern Burma and parts of Thailand. They also inhabit the islands of Langkawi, Penang, and Perhentian Besar. (According to Lekagul and McNeely in 1977 and Medway, 1969. We doubt strongly if they are still there.....)"

The dusky leaf-monkey is a folivorous species or leaf eater, that also consumes fruit and flowers. Young leaves constitute a high proportion of the diet. This species has a sacculated stomach to assist in the breakdown of cellulose found in plant cell walls and has enlarged salivary glands to assist it in breaking down food. (Source)

Wednesday, 4 February 2009


Simple but effective animation by Leolyxxx & Finsta, Music by Pluxus

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

The 1929 Fordson Snow Machine

was a concept machine that the motoring industry of Detroit was planning to produce, and although a number of cold climate countries (Norway, Finland, Canada) were interested, the historical records indicate a lack of interest in the project, perhaps the Great Depression interceded on the minds of decision makers ?

"The film clearly shows that the vehicle copes well in snow. Steering was effected by having each cylinder receive power from a separate clutch which, depending on the position of the steering gear, engages and disengages; this results a vehicle that is relatively maneuverable."

The video clearly illustrates the vehicle effortlessly pulling 20 tons of logs around, so you've got to wonder why the armed forces of the period didn't build troop carriers or tanks with this invention ?


Monday, 2 February 2009

Jim's WAMI Dome

The WAMI dome is the next generation of beat making instruments. The WAMI is similar to the Theremin but it uses photocells to detect hand gestures.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

contact-1 by yan da

"Contact is a performance using wifi network via the iPhone system. Two performers will contact each other wirelessly by their body and finger gestures on iphone to generate visual and surround soundscape. During the performance, they will both be creating and interfering each other’s iphone system, thus generating and exchanging their visual and aural landscape whether physically or virtually."

I remain baffled as to where or how the video of this footage is derived ?


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