When Cesar Kuriyama started selecting one second of video to represent each day, it changed his life. Now he’s building an app he hopes will change yours.
While the title itself disavows any deeper meanings, Russian Victoria Tsarkova’s new series, “No Politics. Just a Joke” clearly has something on its mind. After all, you don’t draw Pope Benedict XVI as a Heath Ledger’s Joker without intending to ruffle some feathers.
Rain Room, an installation by digital art collective Random International, is an indoor gallery where it—you guessed it—continuously rains.
Artist Eric Daigh used exactly 22,765 pushpins to create a portrait of Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann for a feature in Fast Company’s 2012 Design Issue. Co.Design interviewed Eric Daigh to learn more about his creative process.
Now, Daigh has his pushpin mosaics down to a science. He photographs his own portrait, runs it through a software conversion process that creates (red, yellow, blue, black, and white) dots and then he examines it at the pixel level for algorithmic abnormalities, which he’s gotten very, very good at spotting. Whereas the human eye will want a shadow to contain a smooth gradient of color—maybe blue to black—computers tend to render these blocks out into distracting patterns that need to be hand-smoothed.
“There are definitely fictional families that I’ve almost felt like a part of,” says Kirk Demarais, the artist responsible for a series of portraits of fictitious families plucked from pop culture. “The Brady Bunch is first to come to mind. Thanks to endless repeats of those 117 episodes, my brain was practically fooled into thinking I was growing up alongside Greg Brady and the gang.”
Then, earlier this year, she donned an electric-blue bubble dress and a rust-colored puffy wig, and took to a very different kind of stage than she’s used to: The New York Hall of Science, where she spent a month-long residency doing multimedia concerts for adults and tech-science-music workshops for public-middle-school students. “I was kind of thinking of me when I was, like, 8 and what would be the best thing that could happen to me in music school, and the whole thing is kind of designed around that format,” Björk says.
The kids learned rudimentary music theory, played with the apps, then started creating their own songs. Björk’s work paired perfectly with the Hall of Science’s installations—her track “Moon” corresponded to a “Search for Life Beyond Earth” exhibit, for example—so that children could follow their interests to discover bigger ideas. Her audience cheered in their own way, especially after tapping a screen to make a Tesla coil spark. “I am Thor!” shouted a gaggle of 13-year-olds.
Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention, an exhibition from Oakland, California-based Art Works for Change, tries to highlight how our activities contribute to species and biodiversity loss.
We first wrote about Van Balen when he performed a filmed demonstration of how to make antidepressant yogurt using a bacteria culture of lactobacillus (available at your local health food store), an $600 electroporator, and DNA coding instructions from the Parts Registry. Van Balen didn’t actually create the antidepressant yogurt, however. He just went through the steps, which he developed with help from scientists.
“In the yogurt hacking performance, that was to demonstrate and show how accessible these things are,” he says.”But I wasn’t DNA hacking on stage. That would be mostly illegal in Europe, because you can’t take genetically modified organisms out of the lab.”