Playing with Particles in Space: Moca by Eness

“Cross Sections in Space – Moca” by Eness is a collision of art, science, and interactivity. A series of translucent screens represent “a solid cross section of time and space. Virtual 3D bodies passing through the sections deflect and ricochet thousands of surrounding light particles. The viewer directly affects the gravity, direction and speed as they walk through the space. Beautiful and infinite formations are created.” (Eness)

Everyday we interact with unseen particles – why not try and see them?

Source: Eness


A Fresh Spin on Stop-Motion Art: MÖBIUS by Eness

You’d never know this structure was animated unless you worked at Eness, an award winning art and design practice in Melbourne, Australia. What makes this stop-motion project unique is the way it animates over an incredibly long period of time, and doesn’t come together as animation until it’s time lapsed.  Eness says, “MÖBIUS is a sculpture that can be configured into many cyclical patterns and behave as though it is eating itself, whilst sinking into the ground” which you are going to see in this awesome video below!

The animation took place over two weeks in Federation Square.  What’s so interesting about this is that most people probably didn’t know that they were interacting with the installation at all.  Here’s the “Behind the Scenes” footage:

Source: Eness

Steam-meets-Punk-meets-Victorian Gallantry: Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton has such an extensive collection of conceptual, extremely detailed drawings that I had trouble narrowing my showcase of her work down to just twelve prints.  While the drawings seem inspired by steampunk, skeletons, structures, technology, mass culture and folk culture, fine art, the Renaissance, and the Victorian Era, Lipton can get even more specific for you:

“I wanted to create something no one had ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back of my brain. I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling,Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work” (Lipton).

Masterpiece. For a full gallery of her works, visit Laurie Lipton’s website.

No Guts No Glory: Comics ZOMBIFIED

I’m going to be a little harsh here, which I don’t usually do.  But I take my zombie interest very seriously, and if you’re going to put the time and effort into drawing zombie portraits of famous comic book characters, you should at the very least make it Badass (with a capital B, of course).  How about some innards stuck in Archie’s teeth? Better yet, he ate Betty and Veronica and is flossing with their hair?  When zombie Waldo goes all Night-of-the-Living-Dead on crowd of unknowing humans, is it easier to find him?  And it looks like Popeye gets to ditch the Spinach supplement in favor of some sweet Olive Oyl.

Anyway, I digress. You know what they say…no guts, no glory.  Here are the zombie portraits here by Andre de Freitas…

Source: Andre de Freitas

10 Striking Light Exhibits to Satisfy Your Inner Moth

These projects use LED lights and projections to light up the night and send your invisible moth wings a-flutter.  All of these projects were featured at Lichtfestival in Ghent, Brussels.  The next festival, called i Light Marina Bay, runs from March 9 to April 1 in Singapore.

1. Luminarie De Cagna

Lichtfestival Gent 2012 from Lieven Vanoverbeke on Vimeo.

Started in the 1930s by hanging oil lamps in buildings around the city, this Italian family owned company swapped their ancient practices in favor of energy-efficient LED lights. The 55,000 LED lights only drain 20 Kwatt/hour…

2. “Human Tiles” by Nuno Maya and Carole Purnelle (OCUBO)

These Portugese tiles create a moving mosaic based on the movements of passersby and moving audience members.  The result is a piece that mimics the city’s constantly buzzing, ephemeral nature.

3.  “Smart Ysle.” by Tom Dekyvere

Smart Ysle . from Tom Dekyvere on Vimeo.

Ghent-based digital/analog/sculpture artist Tom Dekyvere “looks for strong, emotional forms that result in products and installations.” View more works and his portfolio here.

4. “Lightwish” by Guillaume Van Durme and Stef Bammens

Charity installation “Lightwish” asks passersby to weave a glow stick into a bench and make a wish if the glow stick breaks.  The result is a bench full of people’s wishes.  All proceeds from glow stick sales go to the “Make a Wish” foundation.

5. “Timelessness” by Stien de Vrieze

Timlessness – Lichtfestival Gent from Stien on Vimeo.

This piece celebrates the historic “Barge of Ghent” by projecting kinetic images onto a water fountain, creating an ethereal effect.  I would love to see more installations projected onto water- I think it’s a really interesting idea and it adds a new level of motion and three-dimensionality.

6. Ghent in 3D

Why is this seemingly normal projection installation cooler than you think it is?  Because the artists are Belgium’s  very own citizens.  Anyone in Ghent can submit their work to be projected onto Ghent’s 1,000+ year old building, the Gravensteen.  A committee selects the best designs to be projected on the castle.

7. “On dirait que…” in Post Plaza

Post Plaza turns into a fairy tale with this video projection, showing the dreamworld of a young giant boy.  Picking up from where it left off last year, the former-toddler is now in elementary school and takes you back into his dreamscape.

8. “Gossip” by Kris Verdonck

Ever get the feeling someone’s watching you?  How about sixteen people, definitely watching you, and also laughing and whispering to each other at the same time? Now we’re talking. Pun. Nice.  This exhibit by Kris Verdonck is sure to make you feel uncomfortable.

9. “Perspective Lyrique” by 1024 Architecture

PERSPECTIVE LYRIQUE from 1024 on Vimeo.

Using a microphone and an audio analysis algorythm, sounds of the audience distort the animations into a character who talks and sings.  Thus, audience members bring the animation to life through the sounds of their voices.

10. Guerilla Lighting by Light Collective

The coolest part about this is its mission: to pop up unexpectedly, surprise and impress, and then disappear.  The project is motivated by frustrations with poor lighting, light pollution, and wasted energy.

Inflatable Bag Monsters: Joshua Allen Harris’s Street Art

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Whoever thought trash bags could be interactive?  Apparently Joshua Allen was sick of seeing bags blowing in the wind and decided to tie ’em down and give them some purpose.  So he cut them up, tied them together, and now a monster rises up with every gust of sewer wind.  Impeccable!

P.S.-This video is almost four years old–but for those of us who haven’t seen it (read: me, and maybe you), there it is in all its glory.

Interactive Website of the Week: Little Alchemy

Frustrating, humorous, straight forward, and soothing–these are all the qualities of playing Little Alchemy.  It’s a simple game of combining objects to make new objects (à la MineCraft), and so on and so on until you have items like “Cow” and “Ice Cream” from only four elements: water, fire, earth, and air.  Sort of like Legos, except without the rectangular constraints.  There are 240 possible combinations in total, with the option of using cheats and hints. Yes, I’ve been cheating.  The best part? You can save your progress, so you don’t need to start from scratch every time you have a few minutes to kill.

Check out the game here: Little Alchemy

Hilarious and Terrifying: Dogs Underwater

The pictures say it all. Cute doggies turn into monstrous Resident Evil-ish beasts when diving for toys. Except for that Rottweiler; he just looks confused…Award winning photographer Seth Casteel is based in both L.A. and Chicago (great, another reason for me to get a dog!) and volunteers at animal shelters across the  country.

Sources: Second Chance Photos, Little Friends Photos

Shiny Objects for the Addict: Sean Avery

These sculptures are made out of recycled materials-mainly CD’s.  Avery says, “I blend many different man made materials together to make them appear strangely organic, with a distinct sense of movement. I only use recycled materials to create my sculptures, which classifies my work as ‘sustainable art.'”

You may now be wondering if Avery is secretly a raccoon.


Source: Sean E. Avery

PS-Sean E. Avery is not to be confused with Sean Avery