One Hundred and Eight is an interactive installation by Nils Volker which features a grid of garbage bags continuously inflated and deflated by small cooling fans. The interactive bit of One Hundred and Eight is achieved through a camera, a computer and a microcontroller… all working to animate garbage bags. Volker: ”Although each plastic bag is mounted stationary the sequences of inflation and deflation create the impression of lively and moving creatures which waft slowly around like a shoal. But as soon a viewer comes close it instantly reacts by drawing back and tentatively following the movements of the observer.”
Thanksgiving is usually a time of gluttonous eating, but this may take the cake. The video features what’s called a TurBacon, which is a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a bird in a pig. To be specific, this is a turkey, duck, chicken, cornish hen, quail, 10 lbs of bacon and a 20lb pig, all wrapped up together into on intense meal. This is entirely disgusting but fascinating at the same time. I’ve shown this to a few people so far and they thought it was absolutely disgusting. I, on the other hand, think this would be delicious and I would try it in a heratbeat… though my heart my stop after a couple of bites.
Over the weekend I had been listening to this live performance from the Gorillaz, though it seems to me that it’s just Damon with a backup and, playing their version of the xx song Crystalised. I’m personally of the mindset that the xx are kinda’ boring but I’m a fan of this version because I think Damon Albarn has one of the best voices out there. I’ve posted the video and an MP3 version just in case the video gets yoinked. A pretty good way to start Monday, am I right?
The guys over at Arkitip have done it again with their eighth Curated series, this time with collage/graffiti artist José Parlá. I love José’s work, it’s so filled with texture and ideas and life and his writing looks like some kind of alien language. It’s great to be able to see him work like this, how he layers all these random bits of papers and found objects, how he ages and distresses his tags. I have to give props to my buddy Felipe Lima for directing this gem, he really capture the energy of his work.
Yesterday, we saw how errant robots could make houses look fat, and today we’re looking at work from digital artistHugo Arcier and his series of digitally degenerating forms. As Arcier describes his work: “All my 3D objects are afflicted with a degenerative disease. Gripped by terror, they understand what fate awaits them. Gradually they disintegrate, face after face they lose their appearance, with a fatal outcome.” For whatever reason, watching the shape of the body become more and more abstracted seems less fatal than it seems fascinating.
The body forms remind me of these body forms, which were created for Air’s album Pocket Symphony by artist Xavier Veilhan who has a larger body of faceted sculptures. Among much amazing work is this, a monumental yellow portrait of his friend Sophie.