Thursday, 30 April 2009

The Perverts Guide to Cinema

Motion Graphics for the Movie The Pervert's Guide to Cinema by Sophie Fiennes

"A unique journey through film history. By now world-famous psychoanalyst and culture theoretician Slavoj Zizek takes us using famous film fragments to the deepest crypts of the human psyche."

"The clips from Hitchcock and Lynch films are so numerous and Mr. Zizek’s comments so incisive that after watching “The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema,” you may never see these directors’ movies the same way again. It is almost as if those filmmakers received instructions from Freud himself on how to visualize his ideas."

Quoted from a NYTimes review of The Perverts Guide to Cinema

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Rocket cars

Rocket Car Racing is a new adventure emerging from within suburban streets across the globe.

Builders construct their rocket cars with existing toys, DIY and or hobby components like Lego bricks which have been fitted out with rockets scaled-to-size.

First up is the Lego Rocket cars by Claudio Di Leo and Alois Di Leo, which has an interesting soundbed of world music tracks.

Next is the Rocket Powered Matchbox Cars explained video.

Finally there is a well organised group in Sydney: RocketCarDay meeting of DIY nerds. Watch their mpg video here.

Among the rules for participation are: Two race categories, one for tested cars and one for first run cars. While you can make any kind of car, sticking wheels onto a rocket will incur some sort of shame demerit. Similarly, sticking a rocket onto a car is equally subject to frowning. Remote Control is not allowed Whereas Gyroscopic control is.

Also, there are the; Materials allowed, Weight specifications, Types of motor, Body shapes and Wheels. Go here too unpack the finer detail of the rules.

Perhaps it all began here, or perhaps its merely another offshoot of this.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Roger Hiorn's crystal room entitled Seizure

"In late 2008 British artist Roger Hiorn created an artwork out of an entire apartment in South London by filling it to the ceiling with a strong copper sulphate solution, waiting for crystals to form, then pumping the solution out again. The result, called ‘Seizure’, was stunning and alien. Sadly, it is no longer accessible to the public and the buildings will eventually be demolished, but it has been photographed by special arrangement. This is one of the resulting panoramas..."

Seizure, the work, a result of a chemical process involving 75,000 litres of copper being pumped into a flat to create crystalline growth on the walls. The £1 million work was commissioned by Jerwood/Artangel Open, in partnership with Arts Council England and Channel 4. According to Artangel, the artist 'makes exceptional use of unlikely materials: detergent, disinfectant, perfume, fire and copper sulphate crystals'.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Robotic Penguins: confluent Solutions for efficient automation

German engineering firm Festo exquisitely demonstrates their firm understanding of the kinetic motions of penguin flipper action:

"Penguins use lift-based propulsion from pectoral oscillation, or literally flapping their wings, just like the birds that they are. They generate thrust from the forward component of the lift produced by their wings depending on the angle of attack. This is much more efficient, as there is no recovery phase and so thrust can be produced almost constantly. This is how penguins and sea lions swim. Seals, whales, and dolphins use the same type of propulsion, but use their flukes or rear flippers instead of their pectoral flippers."

Festo has confluently engaged this action into the robotic penguins which can paddle through water just like real ones, while larger helium-filled designs can "swim" through the air. Thus mastering the rules of autonomous flight.

Each penguin carries 3D sonar which is used to monitor its surroundings and avoid collisions with walls or other penguins. The bionic penguins can twist and turn almost as gracefully as their living counterparts because of the flexible glass fibre rods that control their heads.

This video is from the show at the Hannover Messe Trade Exhibition in Germany, and also shows us further extrapolations of this technology like the bionic tripod, the interactive wall, iFab a possible home based 3D printer and Molecubes a science toy culminating in the Festo Bionic Learning Network.

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Sunday, 26 April 2009

The Knowing by David Helpling and Jon Jenkins

The music of ambient/electronic recording artists David Helpling and Jon Jenkins were joined by long time friend and collaborator Matthew Stewart for a rare live performance at the University Of California San Diego.

This video combines Joe Abreu's live footage with some of the spectacular images that Jon and David project on screen when they perform in concert.

Hear more.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Sand and Reef Marine Life of Point Vicente California

Some of the sand and reef dwelling marine life located around Pt. Vicente California. (Los Angeles area) Taken with a Sony HC7 and LED lighting. Shot February 2009.

This video is by Mike Meagher, who just loves underwater photography and has been an active diver since he was a kid beginning in 1976.

Go see a slide show of his extensive portfolio of still images from California, Puget Sound, and the Caribbean, here.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Aaron Meyers presents YouCube

Aaron Meyers has created a neat way for viewers of you tube videos to interact and or play with up to 6 video selections or favorites. Go here to experience the TranceQube YouCube sample by Jaroslav Svobode. Alternatively go here to browse for something more to your taste.

After the page loads you simply swivel the cube around with your mouse to create overlapping audio visual effects, where each viewer discovers coincidence and accidents of transposition and imposition of their own making.

It maybe worth noting that unless you have superfast broadband you may be best to wait for each video to download into its respective window, that is, flip the cube around to load each facet. Here is my first attempt.

"YouCube is a little project I’ve put together over the last two days. It allows you to map YouTube videos onto an interactive 3D cube and then save it to a database so you can show your friends. As you spin around a YouCube, the sounds of the different videos fade in and out. Its fun! I apologize that the functionality for browsing the YouCube database is currently just an incredibly crude html page. I hope to build something a bit nicer real soon. Special thanks to everyone who made cubes and helped me test yesterday. This was all put together rather hastily so if you find bugs that need my attention, please drop me a note about it. Visit the YouCube page and get cracking!"

Here is the YouCube Video Demo and or start a new cube here.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

creepy automata: The Musician by Pierre Jaquet-Droz

"The Musician is a female organ player who can play a real organ and perform other tasks that a human can do (such as breathing and following her hands with her eyes). Pierre Jaquet-Droz was a Swiss watchmaker who made over ten thousand automated machines, the most famous of which were a trio of humanoids called the Jaquet-Droz automata. These consisted of the Musician, the Drawer, and the Writer. All three performed amazing complex tasks for their time (they were built between 1768 and 1774). All three of these machines were able to be programmed to change what they were doing, making them very early precursors to modern computers."

The video of the Organ Player Automata also astoundingly opportunes us the advent or the origin of Kinetic Art. This self-operating machine and many other works of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, such as; provide me with deep reflective references of contemporary industrial hierarchies like mechatronics, robotics, science, and software or programing, simultaneously documenting a moving toy !

The full video (in French or English, NTSC or PAL) is available here. Alternatively you may prefer to have a go at building a mechanical toy yourself.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Shai Agassi: An audacious plan to produce a mass market electric vehicle

From software exec to electric car revolutionary Shai Agassi in this video outlines a bold plan for mass adoption of electric cars. He asks

"How do you run a country without oil ?" and "How do you scale this for the mass market ?"

Shai Agassi realiized that if you separate the car manufacturer from the battery manufacturer you create two manufacturers; a car industry and a battery industry.

Electric cars in today's market, means being bound to 120 miles per battery. To go further you go to a battery swaping station. In todays market the price of an electric mile is 8 cents whereas you pay up to $1:50 for a gasoline vehicle. The new model represents zero carbon car using zero carbon fuel.

"hybrids are like mermaids when who want a woman you get a fish and when you want a a fish you get a woman"

Some countries have already adopted this strategy: Israel said it will lose oil by adopting this strategy by 2018 in Denmark all the cars battery power will run off Windmill energy.

The Nokia music viral ad at the end of the video seems to be a vague homage to earth day, something similar to this or this.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009


This media art work is visual music in homage to the spanish painter Fernando Zóbel, and is by Jose Lopez-Montes composer, pianist and visual artist.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Feedback Piano 1

The instrument in this video was built by a Ph.D. student (Alloy Electric) in computer music at UCSD who builds real and imaginary instruments and programs audio effects.

"This is an instrument I originally built to make the sound design for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. It is a computer-controlled feedback loop which engages the strings as a sort of resonant memory. Any sound made in its vicinity will hang sustained in the air as it is slowly transformed. Its sound is at once familiar and alien, a fitting backdrop for the surreal world inhabited by these characters."

You can hear more of this stringed instrument among others on the album Diverse Recourse by Joe Beats.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Bugs : : Multimedia Installation

A media art work by Gonzalo Geraldo and Mario Mora, image detection, and audio feedback process data held on January 2009, faculty of arts University of Chile.

According to Gonzalo Geraldo; in September 1947 a group of scientists working at Harvard University, on one of the first computers, the Mark II, one mole of five meters long and two wide-where at any moment is a failure and canceled all processes. The cause of the problem was a moth that got inside the computer and caused a short circuit. A bug occurs whenever an error happens in computational systems.

"From the perspective of an engineer, an error in the system is a catastrophe, but from the perspective of art is an error that can be used productively both in formal and discursive ways."


Saturday, 18 April 2009

Wacky Russian Firemen

Watch how a car on fire became a car in flight !

Perhaps they read one my recent posts !

Friday, 17 April 2009


Darby Foreman has revealed these three studies by observing nature as in the case of the second Precedent; Chromatophores which form the basis of a sculptural kinetic form ( ie Precedent 1; Ear cells) and by manipulating scripts and codes of certain softwares, as per Precendent 3,; Plants and clouds shading.

These studies are ever more enticing and delectable in his video with the use of the three individual sound tracks or sound beds !

Thursday, 16 April 2009

The AlloSphere Macro scoping the Microscopic

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin has invented the AlloSphere, and in this video talk she details probably the most ambitious attempt yet at creating powerful 3d visualizations of raw scientific data, such as the structure of a crystal, or how quantum effects take place. Researchers watch from a bridge inside the 30 foot sphere, looking at data projected 360 degrees around them and listening to 3D sound.

This remarkable invention opens the envelope into the microscopic and beyond, building blocks of life and matter, so that we may at first hand experience the atomic and quantum worlds of our existence, something to date only visible via electron microscopes.

UC Santa Barbara Research website

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

As You Leave Me by Don Jonathan Webb

"A man obsessed with Josephine Baker tries to engage himself in her world."

According to the Metroedit Website; Josephine Baker was an expatriate American artist and actress who became a French citizen in 1937. Most noted as a singer, she was also a famous dancer in her early career. She received the nickname of the “Bronze Venus” or the “Black Pearl” and “Creole Goddess". She was the first African American female star in film. Josephine Bakeris is also known for her contributions to the civil rights movement in the United States (which provided the direction of movement of Coretta Scott King in 1968 after Martin Luther King, Jr. ’s murder, but rejected), to help French Resistance during World War II and be the first American woman to receive the highest French military honor, the Croix de Guerre, and be an inspiration for generations of African American women leaders and others.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Iron Filings Sketch

The fluidity and optical flow in this inspiring little video sketch by Tom Wexler occurs with the interacting moire patterns as the spiraling rotation of illuminate lines creates waves of coincidental luminescence.

"Modeling a changing magnetic field and displaying it using simulated 'iron filings'. The calculation of the magnetic field is done on the GPU to keep things running quickly: this sketch runs at 30fps on my Mac. Depth-of-field effect added later in Final Cut."

Monday, 13 April 2009

The AstroTable by Onomy Labs and SCISS by Scott L. Minneman

"Demonstration by Scott Minneman of Onomy Labs showing the SCISS Uniview Space Exploration application using the Onomy Tilty/Spinny Table -- a combination we've dubbed the AstroTable. You navigate around the universe with the AstroTable by physically tilting the tabletop to move in ascension and declination (or longitude and latitude if you think that way), and spin the tabletop to zoom closer and further from a target location (typically set to the Earth, but check out the Moon, the International Space Station, and Mars over the course of the clip). It's a very intuitive way to work with this application and navigate around the universe. Uniview is all about full-on universe fly-throughs, with all of the entities correctly positioned and moving in a time-correct fashion. The table's quickly-learned interface lets users traverse the known universe and explore myriad features of what scientists currently know about the vast expanse of space. Turning layers on and off at appropriate points in users' journeys highlight different observable phenomena, like the paths of planets and spacecraft, lines and sketches of constellations, and much more. Current surface datasets of the planets and moons are available, and are really stunning. Pop-up labels and descriptions will help people understand what they're seeing."

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Nature's Reset Button by DilworthDesigns

San Diego based graphic designer Dilworth has an addiction to photography and a burgeoning love for video and time lapse.

In this video he seeks to highlight the measured and calm pace with which the natural world around us continues to move.

"With timelapse, I find it captures the frenetic energy and pace of our little ant colony of a society in such a unique way, that it was the perfect way to illustrate this point. It truly is a metaphor for how we operate on autopilot in such a hurried way, all the while overlooking the beauty of nature all around us. No matter how crazy things get, take the time to look up and gaze at the clouds or the stars and remember that life goes on no matter how upside down things in our ant colony seem to be."

The music track Endorphin from the album Untrue by Burial helps to coalesce the motion or pace of the video.

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Frenetic Mural : : Wall Animation

This time lapse animation was painted on public walls by Blu.

Produced by Mercurio Film assisted by: Sibe with music by Andrea Martignoni.

Related Posts : One and Two


Friday, 10 April 2009

Tea-spoon made of Gallium

melts in hot tea.

If you were wondering where you might be able to get some real Gallium or are simply interested in more videos and information about real Gallium, then click.

Alternatively, the disappearing spoons website offers Gallium molds and raw metal at competitive prices.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Optical theremin with audio input

Michael Una presents a prototype of an optical theremin with external audio modulation input. Interesting light-controlled and gestural effects can be achieved.

"My work investigates how vibrating waves of energy and human consciousness interact. I utilize traditional musical instruments, handbuilt analog electronics, video processes, digital synthesis, and repurposed objects to build harmonic wave patterns. These patterns are projected into physical space, creating a unique and temporary audiophysical experience."

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Cat solves printer-problem

it's the way, the cat solves printer-problems

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

The Ascent by SWARM

Theatrical performance percussion group, SWARM

" is a Vancouver based percussion group that is dedicated to giving voice to the objects in the world around us - particularly those that have been discarded or disused. Based on the invented instruments and industrial drum sculptures of Bill Wallace, SWARM is a creative collective combining movement, music and mass. The intense physical antics and driving primal rhythms of SWARM energizes any crowd. Founded in 1995 SWARM engineers unique musical events. ranging from children's theatre to sight specific performances and workshops to multimedia theatrical events. SWARM has played thousands of shows for tens of thousands of breathless audiences in North America."

This video was shot live at the Maurice Young Millennium Place Theater. The music was
Composed by Bill Wallace & SWARM and performed by Bill Wallace, Curtis Mathewson, Sasha Levin, Lauren Weisler & Marc Ruel.

Monday, 6 April 2009

P.W. Singer Military analyst Talks on War-porn and "Oops!" moments

He asks,

"Is it our machine or is it us, that's wired for war ?"

Everyday we wake up we hear about news of violence, clashes and deaths from wars. In all these, we also often hear of the use of sophisticated weapons as well as new machines.

In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction, that now may not be so fictitious.

In P.W. Singer's most recent book, "Wired for War," he studies robotic and drone warfighters, and explores how these new war machines are changing the very nature of human conflict.

Read more about unmanned bombers and autonomous, or self-governing, armed robots.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

World Builder

is an emotionally charged short film demonstrating futuristic computer interfaces used to create a holographic world for a woman apparently in a medical coma.

Shot and rendered in Kansas City by Bruce Branit who is an American filmmaker with a strong background in Computer graphics and visual effects.

He took two years to create this amazing 10 minute experience. Bruce Branit is the owner of Branit VFX and based in Kansas City

It's a love story, as well as a piece about the tools that regular users will use to composite photographs.

Branit is also know for his work on the short film 405, which is a 3 minute film, co produced by Jeremy Hunt, shows a DC-10 airliner makes a suspenseful emergency landing on a Los Angeles freeway.


Saturday, 4 April 2009

MxR Architecture by Daniel Belcher

This video demonstrates an intriguing smorgasbord of Mixed Reality (MxR), and virtual world models as Tangible Augmented Architecture composition.

"MxR Architecture mixes physical and virtual models together in a single interface. Using Mixed Reality, virtual models can be superimposed over real models in real-time, allowing the designer/user/client to make changes, simulate sun angles, run agents studies, add components as well as transition to a fully-immersive VR view at any time. Daniel Belcher. Design Machine Group. College of Architecture and Urban Planning. University of Washington. 2008."

Quite apart from the technical nature of this video, Tyler Potts sublime minimalist ambient sound bed subtly adds conveyancy to the motion.

The project thanks Camille Cladouhos from Hitlab NZ


Thursday, 2 April 2009

Data Visualization the Easy Way

Data, a video posted by Carine Bigot is from UUorld (pronounced "world"), a company with a mission to transform information into knowledge by providing a map-making and data-visualization tool, The Software provides an immersive mapping environment, high-quality data, and critical analysis tools.

"Great explanations are unfortunately scarce, but UUorld makes them easier to achieve through interactive four-dimensional maps. Our solution has three simple parts: 1. Draw on extensive, organized data. 2. Explore and grasp complex patterns through intuitive visual analytics. 3. Deliver new insight with compelling images and video."

UUorld takes data, overlays it on a map, and lets you rotate, zoom, and watch the data unfold over time.

The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.


Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Filmmaker/writer Terry Jones, discovers an evolute Penguin colony ?

Should we thank Climate Change for affecting the evolution of some penguins ?

Here flocks of penguins are launching themselves into the air looking for a colder habitat or have they met their fate, over here ?


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