Posts Tagged ‘ Visual ’

Whats The Last Synaesthetic Art Installation You’ve Seen?


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Now I know “synaesthetic” may sound like a made up word, but its definition goes as such – Surreal visuals and an engaging soundscape create an immersive space capturing the essence of motion, color and sound to visualize a synaesthetic experience of letting go and losing oneself in the creative process.  This is exactly what “Collide” has managed to do. “Collide” is a site-specific installation commissioned by Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco.  It is an interesting exploration of the senses by transforming recorded motion data into abstract visuals and sound. By mixing, reversing and eliminating restrictions of time and space, a new vision of the human body and mind is discovered. The work is a multisensory experience exploring the subjects from an emotional perspective, examining the feeling of being immersed in the creative process and attentive to the present moment as the senses combine and become one.

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“Collide” was inspired by the phenomenon of synaesthesia, the union of senses. The digital art installation combines original chamber music and painterly visuals to reinterpret recorded motion data and act as a conductor for the musical score composed for the installation.  The 62-foot long digital ribbon screen situated in the lobby of Dolby Laboratories, acts as a window into a dream-like and abstract creative world. Ephemeral figures emerge out of a colourful void and fade into a surreal environment where movements appear in an abstract landscape of shape and colour. Using the onsite 54-channel speaker system, sound travels through the space, immersing visitors as they become part of the experience.

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Following the inspiration of a collision of senses, visuals of the piece have a core influence of the composition and performance of the music. Stemming from a curiosity of an experience in virtual reality that affects the physical world, a soundscape was created using virtual reality as a compositional tool and source of inspiration.  To record the composition for the soundscape, a trio of cellists wore virtual reality goggles to immerse themselves in the abstract visual world of “Collide”. The musicians played the compositions written for the piece while the animations took the role of conductor. The animations provided visual inspiration for the musical score by dictating dynamism, intensity, rhythm as well as melodic figures. By separating the visual and acoustic reality, the players were isolated in different visual worlds while playing in the same physical room. Visually they were separated by the format of the animations but were connected by the collective sound audible in the room in that moment to create a new format for compositional performance.
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Creative Direction: Cedric Kiefer
Design: Bernd Marbach
Production: Imprint Projects, onformative
Research: Christian Loclair
Audio Composition: “kling klang klong”
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Jidenna- Classic Man (Remix) ft. Kendrick Lamar


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Jidenna heads to the West Coast in the remix video for his summer hit “Classic Man.”  Once he touched down among the palm trees, he links up with Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar.

 

The remixed visual features appearances from Janelle Monáe, Ty Dolla $ign, and Hit-Boy make cameos. If you’re feeling the groove, both “Classic Man” and the remix will appear on the six-track EP Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, which drops Aug. 14th. The disc will also feature Janelle Monáe and Jidenna’s hit “Yoga.”

Transparent Trucks Of The Future?


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Art Lebedev might not be a household name in the U.S., but it’s one of the leading design studios in Russia, and it has been known to turn out some pretty interesting ideas. The latest is a system of cameras and screens that lets the traffic behind a semi-truck see what’s on the other side.  By putting a camera on the front and a set of projection screens on the rear doors, the traffic behind can see what’s coming–even around bends. That could be a huge help when attempting to pass a semi on a narrow two-lane road, where even following at proper distances it’s hard to see what’s ahead.  The design is, for now at least, prohibitively expensive as it requires the car approaching from behind to have a wireless projector capable of displaying the transmission from the truck’s front-mounted camera in order to project the image onto the rear of the truck.

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The design negates the need for large, bright screens on the rear of every cargo trailer in existence, but at a cost.  Such a projector would have to be incredibly bright to be seen in daylight and also robust to withstand the conditions experienced by the average automobile, but it does show where the future of road safety could be headed. After all, who would have thought ten or twenty years ago that we’d have heads-up tunr-by-turn GPS displays and pedestrian-recognition night-vision cameras in production cars by 2010?  Art Lebedev Studio director and designer Artemy Lebedev calls this rolling display concept “Transparentius” and offers it purely as a conceptual take on future road safety.

 

Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin | Google Weave


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Artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin –creative director at Google’s creative lab — have collaborated to create ‘unnumbered sparks‘, a monumental interactive sculpture in the sky, billowing silently overhead visitors to downtown Vancouver, Canada. The ethereal net spanning 745 feet between buildings shimmers with a vibrantly colored glow, punctuating the urban landscape as it floats above ground. Dynamic digital characteristics embedded within the aerial mesh define an engaging relationship with the viewer. Visitors with smartphones and tablets are able to paint vivid beams of light across the sculpture at a massive scale: small movements made on phones become nearly hundred foot long trails on its surface. When you look at the sculpture, you’re looking at a web browser. The team explains ‘the lighting on the sculpture is actually a single fullscreen google chrome window over 10 million pixels in size.’ Choreographed by the public in real time through their mobile devices, the soaring form becomes a crowd-controlled visual on a massive canvas. ‘Unnumbered sparks’, which premiered at the TED conference’s 30th anniversary.

300: Rise of an Empire


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Warner Bros. Pictures has brought online a new featurette that takes you behind the scenes of their upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire, opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on March 7, 2014.  Directed by Noam Murro, the film stars Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Igal Naor, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell and Andrew Tiernan. Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel “Xerxes” and told in the breathtaking visual style of the blockbuster 300, this new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield—on the sea—as Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war. 300: Rise of an Empire pits Themistokles against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemesia (Eva Green), vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Veronica Ft. 2 Chainz – What Happened To Us


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In a quest to continue its genre expansion, Cash Money CEO Birdman unveils the visual of Chicagoan songbird Veronica – one of the latest signees to Miami-based record label. Now, with Cash Money backing her yet-titled official debut effort, the songstress shares ‘What Happened To Us’ – the Polow Da Don produced cut which features rapper 2 Chainz.

Helsinki Design Week


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The visual identity of Helsinki Design Week changes every year. In 2012 the theme was co-creation. Their is an old game invented by the Surrealists called the ‘cadavre exquis’. A folded piece of paper is passed around a table, each person draws their own part without seeing what else has been drawn. The end result is somethings more interesting than the sum of its parts. The identity is based on this idea of co-creation.

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El Montero, Saltillo Coahuila – Mexico


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El Montero is a restaurant located in the city of Saltillo in the Mexican state of Coahuila, not far from the Texan border. The surrounding area is desert and the visual and culinary style of the restaurant reflect this restaurant. The town itself is nicknamed both the Athens of Mexico for its history and concentration of intellectuals. This restaurant uses the combination of sophistication and aged materials, contemporary and historical, dark and light. One cannot miss the fantastic, custom-created chandelier consisting of more than 4 kilometers of chain. While the restaurant was designed well, we can also see the great branding that they created for this place. The branding and interior design of El Montero were developed by Anagrama, a multi-disciplinary creative agency located in San Pedro Garza García in the state of Nuevo León.

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DJ Shortkut’s Video Mixtape.


“DJ Shortkut, renowned turntable wizard of the Invisible Skratch Piklz, recently wrote this very simple message on his Vimeo page in reference to the “90s Hip-Hop Video Mixtape”: “i kept this on the under for too long…but sharing is caring….ENJOY!” You will. It’s 48 minutes of classic tracks and music videos from the era of Carhartt and Timbs expertly orchestrated into one big audio-visual bonanza. We’ll even forgive the fact that it’s billed as all-’90s but starts with a song from the ’80s (Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World”) as it features the likes of East Flatbush Project’s “Tried By 6,” Group Home’s “Supa Star,” and Smif-N-Wessun’s “Sound Bwoy Burriel.” Such a simple concept, but executed so well.”

The Science Of Hallucinations.


The Anotomy Of A Mashup.


Mashups are all over the place, they come and go, and are part of the music entertainment world. But few people outside of the select few know what it takes to compile a solid mashup. Fortunately I was told that one of the incredible Daft Punk mashups I’ve acquired recently from Cameron Adams, came with a chart of all the songs it was blended with, and a real time map of the mixing. Click the pic below (or above) to see this intricate and interesting look about the making of a mashup.

Click the pic to hear the mashup.

Mental Disorder Posters.


 

British designer Patrick Smith has created a great series of Mental Disorder Posters that demonstrates, very simplistically, the effects of the disorders the represent.  Check the method above.