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“Gravity’s Migraine” At The Standard | Hollywood

Posted in architecture, art by aldorf on January 12, 2012

Tim Biskup and his most recent installation titled Gravity’s Migraine. The see through cube which sits behind the hotel’s reception desk featured a woman inside the space which brings to the forefront issues of voyeurism and  the lack of privacy.  The core idea behind these installations is how objects can take on an entirely new shape by simply changing their visual perspective. When looking simply at the cube, it’s interesting to note how the lines on the cube’s glass create this fractal look which merge with the layers of blue and white patterns painted within the transparent box; thus, creating new shapes that duplicate Biskup’s style in a three dimensional landscape.

 

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About Wear and Patina [Picture]

Posted in inspiration, quality by aldorf on November 1, 2011

I was looking through my links for other articles about wear and patina, and I found this Reuters photograph from last year. It’s of the floor of a Tibetan monastery, where, over twenty years of daily prayer, Hua Chi has worn his own footprints into the floor.

He has knelt in prayer so many times that his footprints remain deeply, perfectly ingrained on the temple’s wooden floor.

Every day before sunrise, he arrives at the temple steps, places his feet in his footprints and bends down to pray a few thousand times before walking around the temple.

The footprints are three centimeters (1.2 inches) deep where the balls of his feet have pressed into the wood.

1.2 inches of prayer. There’s something beautiful about the smooth imprints of a human foot worn into wood. But the wear itself also comes to symbolise the action that led to it: in this case, Hua Chi’s prayers.

(via Tom Armitage at BERG London)

Floating Orchestra by Poietic Studio

Posted in Animation, art, Media, music by aldorf on October 15, 2011

The Idea: 19 spheres come to life, as you become a supernatural conductor. Each ball becomes an orchestral instrument that increases in volume as it physically rises. You can create your own soundscape whilst the balls levitate and dance to the music.

This is currently controlled via the touch screen of an iPhone, however, it may soon be naturally controlled with your movement.

Cool Sh*t: New Directions In Advertising

Posted in blog, ideas, inspiration, Media by aldorf on August 19, 2011

(via CR Blog) Stunts, installations, neat tech ideas and UGC – advertising has been experimenting with all manner of new methods of engagement. Discovery Networks Europe’s Federico Gaggio and Patrick Burgoyne CR editor brought together some of the most significant of these ideas in a presentation for the Promax Conference. Here’s their overview of adland’s new directions

“Cool Shit” started as a presentation at the Promax Conference in LA in 2010 by Federico Gaggio, Executive Creative Director at Discovery Networks Europe, and CR editor Patrick Burgoyne (the title was the organisers’ by the way). It was designed to be an inspirational session, rounding up content showing new and interesting ways brands and advertisers had been using the power of digital and social media to establish deeper and more meaningful relationships with their audiences. Since then, updated versions have been presented in London, Berlin and New York. There have also been many requests from audience members for an online version of the presentation. As a general overview of some of the key developing themes in advertising, we thought it would be worth sharing here on the CR Blog. What follows is a transcript of the talk as written up by Gaggio. Read more

 

 

Fantastic Animatronics Reel by John Nolan

Posted in Animation, art, film by aldorf on May 31, 2011

Kudos John Nolan for an impressive reel here! This is incredible craftsmanship.

Imagination underpins every uniquely human achievement. Imagination led us from caves to cities, from bone clubs to golf clubs, from carrion to cuisine, and from superstition to science.The relationship between imagination and “reality” is both complicated and profound. (The Element).

Watch Reel Here.

The art of “Karakuri”. Japan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.
Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive. (video here)

The Three Muscles of Creativity – Inspiring Short by Intel

Posted in design, film, ideas, inspiration, quality by aldorf on April 26, 2011

In this Intel Visual Life short documentary, Michael Wolff, co-founder of Wolff Olins Agency and considered one of the preeminent visionaries and perhaps the father of 20th century brand expression and identity, talks about his approach to looking at the world, including the muscles of curiosity, appreciation, and imagination. I admire the innovative branding work of Wolff Olins. This short documentary is another reminder of what it’s all about.

“I have three muscles, without which I couldn’t do my work. The first is curiosity. (You can call it inquisitiveness, you can call it questioning.) The second muscle [is] the muscle of appreciation. It’s not questioning so much as it is noticing… how joyful things can be, how colorful things can be, what already exists as an inspiration. The muscle of curiosity and the muscle of appreciation enable the muscle of imagination. Everybody knows that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. What few people realize it is only through the parts that the whole gets delivered. I see seeing as a muscular exercise, like I see curiosity. It’s a kind of being open, really: If you walk around with a head full of preoccupation, you’re not going to notice anything in your visual life.” ~ Michael Wolff”

Fantastic Deck: Innovation & Co-Creation by Saaneel Radia of BBHLabs

Posted in design, ideas, innovation by aldorf on March 1, 2011

Beautiful! AVEC Project by Praline Design Studio

Posted in architecture, design by aldorf on December 17, 2010

 

A collaboration between Praline Design Studio and the RSHP Model Shop. The project has evolved over time from architectural floor plates to font, from font to model, from model to 3D letters, to photographs, to text and a neon sign. An actual font called AVEC was created and exists in three weights: Floorplay, Mezzanine and Facade. The whole process has been recorded, which brings the 4th dimension of time. All these elements were installed as an exhibition at the A Foundation in London in January 2010. All models and photographs: Mike Fairbrass. More on this project here.

 

 

Making Future Magic – Excellent Future Forecast by Dentsu + Berg

Posted in film, ideas, pioneers by aldorf on November 24, 2010

This is the first of two video sketches illustrating some of the ideas and principles behind Dentsu London’s communications strategy Making Future Magic.

This is part of a collaboration between Dentsu London and BERG. You can read more about both films at Dentsu London’s blog bit.ly/​mediasurfaces and on BERG’s blog here bit.ly/​incidentalmedia and here bit.ly/​thejourney_ms

Astonishing – Speed Creating by Dominic Wilcox

Posted in art, blog, design, ideas, inspiration by aldorf on October 29, 2010

Each day for 30 consecutive days Dominic attempted to make something creative. In hope to force himself into making quick decisions, creating things instinctively. You can find an index of all 30 Days in the Speed Creating project linked to all the day’s pages here. For more information about the project visit this page. Well done, Dominic Wilcox!

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