Light Drive

March 4th, 2012

Kim Pimmel's video Light Drive is positively hypnotic, especially when viewed in full screen mode.1

Pimmel also made Compressed 02, which I linked to a few months ago.

[Via swiss miss]

  1. The soundtrack, drawn from Daft Punk's score for TRON: Legacy, helps a lot.

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L.E.D. Surfer

February 18th, 2012

Your daily dose of beauty: Jacob Sutton's L.E.D. Surfer.1


  1. I predict that we'll see at least one TV advert aping this film's visual style within 3 months.

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Le meilleur du street art en 2011

February 5th, 2012

The best street art of 2011.

I particularly liked this, this, this and this.

[Via The Null Device]

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Doctor Whoville

December 24th, 2011

Doctor Whoville. Too cute for words.

[Via pie ninja, commenting at MetaFilter]

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Human meets fish. Human wins.

December 1st, 2011

Ted Sabarese's photographs match fish to people. Every bit as odd as it sounds.


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November 17th, 2011

Photographer Irina Werning's Back to the Future 2.1

My favourites in this collection: Christoph 1990 & 2011, Puna 2003 & 2011, and Carli 1990 & 2011.


  1. Previously.


The Lightning Foundry

November 9th, 2011

Greg Leyh's The Lightning Foundry Kickstarter project proposal:

The Lightning Foundry is a project to re-create super-long discharge effects normally found only in lightning. Two 10-story Tesla Coil towers will fill an area the size of a football field with lightning-like discharges hundreds of feet in length. If we trigger super-long discharge effects the arcs could strike considerably further.

That's Two Ten Storey Tesla Coil Towers! How can I not throw US$10 his way?

[Via jwz]

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26.2 Miles, 1 Artist

November 8th, 2011

Christoph Niemann: My attempt at live-illustrating the New York City Marathon.

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September 10th, 2011

Probably the freakiest animated GIF you'll see this year.1

[Via MetaFilter]

  1. It may take a little while to load: don't judge it until you've given it time to load completely so you can see the animation running at full speed.

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Meet Melvin

June 27th, 2011

Meet Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine. He's magnificent!

[Via swissmiss]

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I can't help it: every time I look at that picture I think it's actually a TARDIS with a working chameleon circuit.

May 13th, 2011

2001: A Space Odyssey on VHS.

[Via LinkMachineGo!]

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'Why does it always happen at midnight?' … 'Because it does!'

May 2nd, 2011

Zadie Smith on the experience of watching The Clock, a film by Christian Marclay:1

It's two in the afternoon. No one is groaning; no one turns over in bed or hits an alarm clock – it's much too late for that. Love set you going like a fat gold watch…. But by two o'clock the morning song is just a memory. We are no longer speculating as to what set us going, we just know we are going. We are less sentimental in the afternoon. We watch the minute hand go round: 2:01 becoming 2:02 becoming 2:03. It's relentless, when you think about it. Mostly we don't think about it. We're very busy, what with everything that's going on. The foreign schoolchildren have already left for the day, a burly gentleman is having his tea in a glass, Billy Liar is being asked "What time d'yer call this?" (seventeen minutes past two), and Charlotte Rampling is all by herself eating chocolate éclairs and smoking, in a garden somewhere, in France, probably. […]

  1. The trick is that the film consists of a series of excerpts from films where the time of day is shown or alluded to, and that the film starts and ends so that the time of day referred to on-screen matches the actual time of day at the screening.

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April 9th, 2011

Trexels – Star Trek Pixel Art by John Martz and Koyama Press. So cute. I can't name every single character shown, but I recognise almost all of them.

One quibble: if they're going to give us separate images of characters whose appearance/uniform changed over the years,1 shouldn't they also have given us clean-shaven and bearded versions of Will Riker? Growing The Beard was a really big deal back in the day!

[Via Pop Loser]

  1. Multiple versions of Kirk/Spock/McCoy et al, obviously, but also versions Ben Sisko with and without hair, Worf and Miles O'Brien in both their TNG and DS9 incarnations. Tom Paris and Tom Paris as Captain Proton!

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Back to the Future

March 23rd, 2011

Photographer Irina Werning's Back to the Future:

I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else's house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it's imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

My favourites: Lucia in 1956 & 2010, Ato 1992 & 2010, and Pancho in 1983 & 2010.


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Wet folding

March 21st, 2011

Another day, another post on origami. Dinh Truong Giang uses a technique called wet folding to produce paper sculptures of animals and people.

My favourites are his animals: foxes, gorillas and owls – even more so when they're miniatures.

[Via MetaFilter]

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Genghis Khan got it on with so many chicks there's a .5% chance you're related to him.

March 21st, 2011

Jenny Burrows and Matt Kappler came up with a cracking idea for an advertising campaign for the Smithsonian Museums: Historically Hardcore.

Sadly, the Smithsonian Institution insisted that the designers remove the museum's logo from their work. Even with a generic logo, they're still pretty damn good.

[Via The Hickensian]

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The Origami Lab

March 20th, 2011

Susan Orlean on The Origami Lab:

One of the few Americans to see action during the Bug Wars of the nineteen-nineties was Robert J. Lang, a lanky Californian who was on the front lines throughout, from the battle of the Kabutomushi Beetle to the battle of the Menacing Mantis and the battle of the Long-Legged Wasp. […]

[Via The Essayist]

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Krazy for Kirby

March 1st, 2011

The last month has been good to anyone who ever enjoyed a bit of Kirby Krackle.

Four Colour Process has zoomed out a bit and spent the last month posting a series of images from Jack Kirby's 1970s work titled Cosmic Debris: Kirby in the '70s, whereas HiLobrow has invited 25 writers to pick a single Kirby frame and contribute an essay to Kirb Your Enthusiasm.

My favourite from the former series is from Mister Miracle #17: in the latter series, I'm torn between images from Kamandi and Fantastic Four.

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A consensus view

February 22nd, 2011

In her series Photo Opportunities, artist Corinne Vionnet takes hundreds of photographs taken from the internet of famous landmarks and overlays them to depict an eerily consistent consensus version of the building/monument/scene in question. I'm making it sound terribly dull, but in fact the results are beautiful.

The images at the artist's site are fairly small: My Modern Metropolis has larger versions of some of the pictures.

[Via My Modern Metropolis, via MetaFilter]

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242 Lexington Avenue

January 14th, 2011

Andy Warhol's letterhead, circa 1959.

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