The “Drawing Apparatus” is probably one of the more simplistic drawing machines I’ve ever posted here, but that doesn’t mean that it’s outcome is less interesting. A great project by Robert Howsare.
10 days ago I attended Resonate, a new media festival in Belgrade (Serbia). It were 2 intense days of talks, workshops, discussions, performances … I finally had the chance to meet and see a lot of people who have been featured here on today and tomorrow, but also discovered some new interesting minds. I don’t want to pick out anything in particular, you had to be there. But I’ll definitely show some work by the speakers in the next couple of weeks.
This quote from an article on the Guardian sums it up perfectly: “Great festivals don’t have ‘themes’ – the best assemble interested folk and hopefully allow them to exchange ideas.”
See you next year in Belgrade!
Evan Roth has been living and making new work in Detroit for the last month, gearing up for a solo exhibition that opens this Wednesday at Eastern Michigan University: Welcome to Detroit. His new series of artworks is called: Propulsion Paintings. Loving it!
As part of his residency at Eastern Michigan University, he’s teaching a course called Art and Hacking where he had the students create their own Propulsion Paintings as their first project. Below are the results:
Punishment is a new series of works by Julius von Bismarck. He traveled to Switzerland, South America and the United States to whip mother nature or certain landmarks, like the Atlantic ocean, a glacier or the Jesus statue in Rio de Janeiro. He made beautiful video documentations of each whipping, unfortunately I could only find the video of the whipping of the Jesus statue in Brazil. Tonight I had the chance to see a few other ones and the one where’s whipping the waves of the Atlantic was definitely my favorite one.
“Prismatica” is a new piece by Kit Webster. He attached pyramid-shaped crystals to an LCD screen and made a programmed geometric animation precisely mapped to the vertices of the crystals, illuminating them individually and in formation. The animations are further refracted through the geometry of the crystals in accordance with the shifting perspective of the observer, which in turn alters the way the illuminations appear and interact with reflections of surrounding lights within the space.
This is probably the sickest project I’ve ever posted on today and tomorrow: the “Euthanasia Coaster” by Julijonas Urbonas.
“Euthanasia Coaster” is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely – with elegance and euphoria – take the life of a human being. Riding the coaster’s track, the rider is subjected to a series of intensive motion elements that induce various unique experiences: from euphoria to thrill, and from tunnel vision to loss of consciousness, and, eventually, death. Thanks to the marriage of the advanced cross-disciplinary research in space medicine, mechanical engineering, material technologies and, of course, gravity, the fatal journey is made pleasing, elegant and meaningful. Celebrating the limits of the human body but also the liberation from the horizontal life, this ‘kinetic sculpture’ is in fact the ultimate roller coaster: John Allen, former president of the famed Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once sad that “the ultimate roller coaster is built when you send out twenty-four people and they all come back dead. This could be done, you know.”
found at kottke