How to Advertise Tourism Effectively and Creatively

“Take a look at Brussels” by TBWA for client SNCF (French Railway System) in Paris is a fantastic way to increase tourism.  The cutout for your head really draws in curious passersby, and the charming Belgians on the other end are sure to woo you into buying a train ticket.  I’d like to see this as an entire campaign.

Interactive Website of the Week: Ana Somnia

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This interactive website is the coolest, freshest thing I’ve seen in a long time.  It uses a webcam to detect levels of light in your room, and once you turn off the lights (assumedly to go to sleep) your character’s head explodes with dreams.  Don’t cheat though–or you might wake up in the middle of your REM cycle.

Here’s a visual walkthrough, but if you’d prefer to be surprised click here to experience it firsthand.

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And if you turn on a light (or in my case, moved your hand from blocking the webcam):

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And you’re back to square one.  I believe the dream sequence enters some kind of varying loop after a while.  Try it out the next time you’re feeling like an insomniac.  This was made by Rostlaub, a company that “combine[s] art, design, music, and state-of-the-art programming in a way you have never seen before.” That’s true. I’ll definitely be checking out their site again.

Source: Ana Somnia

Landscapes, Danger, and Disaster: The Lost Worlds of Lori Nix

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Man, I’m on a photography kick today.  These photos of Lori Nix’s, taken from “The City” and “Lost” projects depict a blend of landscapes, danger, and disaster–three of Nix’s inspirations:

“I was born in a small town in western Kansas, and each passing season brought it’s own drama, from winter snow storms, spring floods and tornados to summer insect infestations and drought. Whereas most adults viewed these seasonal disruptions with angst, for a child it was considered euphoric. Downed trees, mud, even grass fires brought excitement to daily, mundane life. As a photographer, I have recreated some of these experiences in the series ‘Accidentally Kansas.'” (Lori Nix)

There is something so sexy about these photos.  When I look at them, I’m reminded of I Am Legend and I want to turn on NIN’s Year Zero and contemplate how a totalitarian government would go about dealing with a zombie outbreak.  Basically, they send me off into another world.  Makes sense, as Nix “used a shallow depth of field to give [it] a dreamy quality, like the fuzziness of memories” for some of works, such as Accidentally Kansas (see “Flood” (2010) below). Dreamy quality-pwnd.

Library, 2007

Aquarium, 2007

Great Hall, 2006

Treehouse, 2004

Control Room, 2010

Flood, 1998

Map Room, 2010

Durbin Pass, 2003

Mall, 2010

Botanic Garden, 2008

 Source: Lori Nix

Painting with Sounds: Dentsu and Linden Gledhill

As part of a campaign for Canon’s Pixma Ink Printer, creative studio Dentsu collaborated with biochemist-turned-photographer Linden Gledhill to create paint sculptures using sound vibrations.  The process starts by wrapping a membrane around a small speaker, placing ink drops on the membrane, and turning the speaker on.  Once the sound vibrations begin the ink jumps up and down, and high-speed video cameras and still cameras captured the sculptures from a variety of angles.  The artists experimented with different sounds and frequencies to produce variation in the sculptures.  I think this is beautiful work.