Sweet animation in ‘Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art’

Let's Make some Great Fingerprint Art

This is a very short and sweet video made by the London-based animation studio Animade to promote a new book by Marion Deuchars called Let’s Make some Great Fingerprint Art. It is a constantly inventive and entertaining piece and I think the sound effects are just terrific!

What I like most about it is how effortlessly the piece is animated. They really make the morphing look so simple and easy but in truth it’s a pretty challenging thing to do. It also does a wonderful job of capturing the fun and playfulness of Deuchars’ new book. Go check it out on her website here.

Philip Kennedy

September 28, 2012 / By

A house for humans, a house for eels: What’s the difference?

Urban Reef sculpture by Jason DeCaires Taylor

Urban Reef sculpture by Jason DeCaires Taylor

Miles away from the repetitive and monochromatic houses that line suburban streets are the colorful clusters of coral that folks who live in the suburbs might visit when they’re on vacation away from their repetitive and monochromatic houses. Surprisingly, in the shallow, warm waters off the coast of Cancun you can find familiar outline of a suburban house.

The house is the work of sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor, who has worked with the Cancun Underwater Museum to install these houses which act as a sanctuary and a substrate. To act as a sanctuary, the houses are located in open areas of the gulf, providing protection to marine wildlive from roving predators. And to act like a substrate, the concrete house provides an attachment point for new coral. The sculptor worked with marine biologists to develop the houses with various openings designed for specific marine species. As it turns out, both humans and our aquatic friends are going through a housing crisis. So many folks are “underwater” in their mortgages while so many species of fish and coral just need a home under water.

Alex Dent

September 28, 2012 / By

The Lost Tapes of Can: A fresh dose of psychedelic music

Can: The Lost Tapes

1968-1969: 4 Germans and a New Yorker meet in Cologne, put down their avant-garde classical influences, and start an “avant-garde” improvisational band based off Zappa, Hendrix, and James Brown. The New Yorker, smug and disappointed at the rock influences, leaves the band. An American vocalist joins the 4 Germans and Can is formed. They start recording. Said American vocalist leaves and is replaced by a nomadic Japanese dude with some serious pipes.

1969 – 1974: Can records their most well known work, including classic records Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi, and Future Days. “Krautrock” as a genre is born, a blend of psychadelic rock, jazz, fusion, and insanity. Everyone from the Sex Pistols to Sonic Youth to Spoon claim them as an influence.

2012: When the German Rock Museum wants to enshrine Can’s studio, they take everything from the studio and put in the museum. Master tapes are found. Mute records finds them. Record collectors everywhere have nervous break downs, more than just my omission/dismissal of every Can record after 1974. That rare B-Side they paid 40 bucks for 10 years ago becomes worthless. But new tracks, like Millionenspiel and Dead Pigeon Suite (above), emerge, and everyone is stoked – it’s a new Can record, funky, fresh, and worthy of your next psychedelic freak out.

Alec Rojas

September 27, 2012 / By

Awkwardly Erotic – A Film Review of ‘Turn Me On, Dammit!’

Turn Me On Dammit Poster

Turn Me On, Dammit! is an exploration of female, teenage, sexual expression – a perspective that is rarely awarded equal billing on the big screen. There are plenty of coming of age stories that deal with first loves and the romantic feelings associated with this right of passage, yet Jannicke Systad Jacobsen’s film is clearly a breed apart, due to its definitive main character.

Alma (Helene Bergsholm) is a gangly, yet attractive 15 year-old who refuses to suppress, ignore or plain control any sexual feelings she has towards anyone, no matter how uncomfortable things may get. Whether it is witnessing a kiss, watching her friend sensually apply lip gloss or catching a glimpse of her classmate crush Arthur, Alma is so sexually wound that she pounces on every possibility which allows her to descend into deep erotic fantasy, without actually having to touch anyone.

Embracing a sexual sensitivity that pushes her slightly past her teenage years, Alma becomes caught between Arthur’s sophomoric sexual advances and her excitement over the potential of being touched one night at a party. When word of Arthur’s unconventional “move” starts to circle amongst her classmates, Alma is given an embarrassing new moniker which she must endure as the rumour mill churns out her new name across the community of her small Norwegian town.

Based on the novel Få Meg På, For Faen by Olaug Nilssen, which originally tells the story of three women of varying ages who all experience a period of sexual exploration, the film is fiercely honest in its approach to narrate female desire. Jacobsen’s choice to focus on the teenage years of sexual angst are a refreshing reminder that there is an innocent side to lust, and as carnal as can get, there is always room for quirky in the bedroom.

Christina Stimpson

September 27, 2012 / By

Architectural experiments at MIT

MIT School of Architecture

MIT School of Architecture

It’s embarrassing, but I spent years of college in “design lab” before realizing that these classes were supposed to be set up like laboratories. Were we quasi-scientists? Did we experiment? Maybe. We certainly built mountains of bizarre models and amassed stacks of sketches outlining our architectural conjecture.  But I think what we didn’t do very vigorously was test the ideas we came up with in lab. And how do you even go about testing an architecture model? When I came across this video about the MIT school of architecture (and the folks teaching there) it occurred to me how intensively the school is testing novel architectural ideas. From concrete foam to interactive robotic facades– the school has a plethora of fascinating projects, faculty and students. This short video introduces you to a few of the architectural experiments occurring there.

The video, itself, is also great. It was put together by Stebs at Paper Fortress. He has several other videos, and if architecture school has driven you to drink, you might enjoy a video he put together about the making of a whiskey barrel.

Alex Dent

September 27, 2012 / By

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