Marching Band


Segway was meant to change the face of transportation forever. Unfortunately, that promise didn’t seem to pan out. One unexpected application, however, is found in this video – the mode of movement for an eerily creepy “marching” band. The smooth glide of Segway gives off a ghost-like aura, as if these were wandering spirits making music.

It’s a segment from the street performance “Glissendo” at a French art festival: “Lightning” by Philip Glass. Concept and technical design by Ulik (the mechanical clown).

50×70 Posters for Social Communication

Good 50×70 is a design contest/collection of social-conscious posters addressing seven of the critical issues affecting today’s world. Posters were chosen as the media for the contest as they’re the most direct way to convey a message and can be easily translated to other media. The creativity unleashed through the competition is then supplied freely to charities. Some that caught my eye:

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Many more here!

“I have a Dream” Tuned


I could perhaps label this video as  a weird and yet delightful blend of music, rap and Auto-tune – Martin Luther King’s iconic speech expressed and remixed into something totally different, and yet amidst all that bastardization the inspiration and evocation lingers.

Wonderfully weird web.

Youtube Symphony

Mash-up; collaborative web; globalization…these are just some of the typical terms you hear nowadays regarding the development of web technology – and this orchestra is yet another example, where the London Symphony Orchestra plays the Internet Symphony No. 1 “Eroica” – for YouTube, conducted by Tan Dun:

Personally for this specific application, while it’s interesting to see this (can we still say novel?) form of expression enabled by the web, the lingering question remains as “why?”. What exactly is it about this collaboration that makes it special, something that you can’t achieve with the typical orchestra?

Has the music become something different or special due to the ability to compose from multiple cuts of home-recorded videos? Not really. For me this became simply a ‘because-I-can’ demonstration – it has not truly leveraged the power of the collaborative masses. Not yet anyway.

Glass Flowers

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Typically in the plant/botany section of a nature museum, you’d find specimens of various plant species pressed flat and preserved in formaldehyde. These flat-pressed clippings lose much of their vibrancy in color, as well as the 3-dimensionality that one would naturally find in real, live plants.

In comes glass artists Leopold Blaschka and his son Rudolf. Using glass, they are able to sculpt and replicate the plant’s 3-dimensional properties and color, giving an almost indistinguishable form from the real plants, including every intricate detail:

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Just how good they are? Apart from the samples in the photos above –

The astonishing accuracy of Harvard’s glass flowers has surprised many of the museum’s visitors, who, on seeing the display, ask to see the glass flowers.

Amazing!

[via Curious Expeditions]

Tiny Art Director

Kids have the most imagination. Kids are honest. Kids aren’t afraid to say the darndest things. And that, seems to make a kid to be just about the perfect candidate as an art director.

Artist/illustrator Bill Zeman started a blog chronicling his attempts at fulfilling his daughter’s brief and art direction. For instance:

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I’d say his illustrations are definitely up to the mark – but alas, it seems his daughter has a much more stringent/eccentric/random set of criteria. Perhaps not too far apart from real, grown-up art directors too. Check out more examples over at Tiny Art Director.

He’s collected enough of it to make it into a book –

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If you’re interested, get it here.

“Seeder” Statue Sprinkles

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I thought this statue “Seeder” in  Kaunas, Lithuania quite nice – how as nightfall the shadow gives the statue a new life and new angle – much more interesting than the daytime version I’d say!

Here are some other ideas (that didn’t make it) – many are as interesting too: