Category Archives: Art

Parametric Expression

Behold a visual study of quantified emotion.

In Parametric Expression, by artist Mike Pelletier,  computer models simply repeat common facial expressions over and over again. Seems harmless enough, right? Or is it? 

This eerie short is showcased in collaboration with Subbacultcha! x Pllant / Marieke van Helden and is sure to make you pause and think for a second.

Music: “I Was Deep in a Dream and I Didn’t Know It”

Dark Disney by Herr Nilsson

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“There is a lot of creativity in the toy and entertainment industry for children, but I’ve found that most of the cartoon characters, females in particular, are very stereotypical and predictable.” ~Nilsson

Sweden-based Herr Nilsson adorns Stockholm streets with a sinister take on our Disney favorites.

The Dark Princesses are a comment on violence, as well as on how we look upon good and bad in the world. We’ve grown up seeing many of these characters as victims who need to be saved, but in Nilsson’s world they take matters into their own hand to create some mischief. Not promoting violence, but I am promoting mischief :)

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Creeping Beauty, anyone?

Sleeping Beauty packing some heat.

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Snow White with some help from her furry friends.

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My favorite, Cinderella, goes for the blade approach.

Watch Herr in action in this short project clip:

Check out more work from Nilsson on Street Art Utopia: http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=9631

Life Round Here

Screen Shot 2013-12-31 at 6.04.08 PM“I love juxtapositions, so I thought I’d bring an old school lowrider with California plates to the countryside in England, and bring the two together in a way that makes people question things.” ~Nabil

Heard this track in passing last weekend and haven’t been able to stop listening to it for the past 72 hours. This Blake and Chance team up resulted in absolute magic .

Check out the making of the video with Nabil.

Childlike Mind

::We are all born artists. We’re all born ecstasy seekers::

From my favorite techno-philosopher, Jason Silva.

“We enjoy godlike possibilities we see in ourselves in peak moments. And yet we simultaneously shiver with weakness, awe and fear before these very same possibilities.”
– Ernest Becker

Interactive Fashion Design By Ying Gao

Eat your heart out, New York Fashion Week.

The innovative design project was built around the idea of uncertainty. Both garments are activated by the spectator’s voice. Through the motion of the pins, the garments engage the spectator on a conversational level, which is filled with misunderstanding and uncertainty.

Check out the next installment of interactive dress design: gaze-activation:

This series comprises of two dresses, made of photoluminescent thread and eye tracking technology,  and is activated by spectators’ gaze. Here the concept of presence and of disappearance are questioned, as the experience of clarity is achieved through an unfixed gaze.

And finally, a runway showing of the interactive designs:

To learn more about this incredible designer, parooze through the online gallery here.

Like Knows Like – Kelsey Brookes

“As I get older, I become more and more comfortable with living in contradiction…”

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Like Knows Like introduces us to some extraordinary creative explorers in film, music, art, design, typography and photography. The entire series is wonderful, but I found this story particularly special. Kelsey’s take on life, love and work really hit home.

Meet Kelsey Brookes, artist from San Diego, California

Curious about the soundtrack used in Kelsey’s short? The wonderful music is from from the album “An Awesome Wave.”

To learn more about the LKL Project, check out likeknowslike.com or follow the project on Facebook for featured stories of creatives from all over California and beyond: facebook.com/project.likeknowslike

π – Darren Aronofsky

“When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six, I did. At first the brightness was overwhelming. I kept looking, forcing myself not to blink, and then the brightness began to dissolve. My pupils shrunk to pinholes and everything came into focus and for a moment I understood. The doctors didn’t know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see, but something had changed inside of me. Everything had started to change.” ~Pi

A kick ass example of how a film and its soundtrack can intertwine perfectly.

π is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky. Follow Maximillian Cohen, a mathematical genius, as he seeks to understand the universe via numbers. Max believes that everything around us can be understood numerically and by graphing the sums of any system, clear patterns will emerge. He is haunted by migraines and hallucinations and if the pressure of unlocking the secret to the universe is not enough, a group of Wall Street goons and a mystic Jewish sect are all after the 216-digit number that Max is able to uncover. For those who have not seen it, would highly recommend it.

Van Gogh Shadow

Italian designer Luca Agnani has brought the classic works of Vincent Van Gogh to life through a wonderful animated experiment. Van Gogh’s Shadow shows the artist’s most acclaimed work filled with life and movement, and gives an insight into how Van Gogh may have seen the world he lived and painted in.

A breakdown of art used in the project:
1. Fishing Boats on the Beach at Saintes-Maries
2. Langlois Bridge at Arles, The
3. Farmhouse in Provence
4. White House at Night, The
5. Still Life
6. Evening The Watch (after Millet)
7. View of Saintes-Maries
8. Bedroom
9. Factories at Asnieres Seen
10. White House at Night, The
11. Restaurant
12. First Steps (after Millet)
13. Self-Portrait

Check out more digital lighting, 3D and visual mapping work by Luca Agnani here.