Air-conditioning units are like the acne of apartment buildings. But not only are they ugly; they also demand quite a bit of electricity, which too often results in the burning of fossil fuels. In order to highlight the issue, one artist decided to make AC units unavoidable—by placing 45 of them in the bustling Serbian capital of Belgrade, where people couldn’t help but look.
"Some people got angry, because I put all this trash in the middle of the pedestrian area," she wrote. "Some people liked it, because you could chill out inside like in a little shelter and smoke or drink. Some others started a discussion about climate change on a Serbian blog. That’s why I love to work in public space, because you get an immediate response from passersby."
Finnish artist Jani Leinonen has set up a Hunger King installation in Budapest that draws attention to Hungary’s conflicting policies toward the rich and the poor. Visitors choose between getting in “rich” or “poor” lines, with signage on either side revealing stats about inequality in taxes and education opportunities, fines for vagrancy, and other points. The first 50 people in the “poor” line each day are greeted with a clamshell burger box holding the equivalent of about $15, the daily minimum wage in Budapest. Visitors to the “rich” line get a fake burger and fake fries, and an appeal toward activism.
"I felt like digitally I was already being exposed, and physically, I just felt like that was a apart of the statement," Chen says. "While wearing it, just the amount of activity that happened made me realize how much it was showing off."
In her series “Sound Form Wave,” Ukrainian designer Anna Marinenko draws a fresh comparison between visualized sound waves and jaggedly oscillating patterns in our natural environments. Mountain ranges, cityscapes, far-off tree lines, jet streams, and speedboat wakes are juxtaposed with graphics that reconsider their shapes as sound frequencies. The effect is at first beautiful—because the images blend so well. And then, as your eye adjusts, the effect is slightly jarring.
In “Above L.A.,” a new time-lapse short by filmmaker Chris Pritchard, we’re offered a rare bird’s-eye view of the City of Angels. Pritchard, a high-res time-lapse specialist, calls it a “love letter to Los Angeles.”
Just in time for the World Cup, the UK-based artist has transformed this waste into an eye-catching photo series, called Penalty, which aims to raise awareness about marine plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Arranged against black, the colorful, sea-gnarled balls resemble galaxies of waste. Viewed abstractly, the images are simply beautiful. But they take on a more sinister aspect when you realize they represent just a tiny fraction of the pollution clogging our oceans.
On Tuesday morning, at Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Professor and CEO of Vapor Communications, David Edwards, will hit the ‘send’ button on his iPhone, and an email photograph tagged with the quintessential smell of New York — Pizza? The halal food trucks on 6th Avenue? The stench of horse piss on Central Park South? — will be delivered to a colleague in Paris, completing the first ever TransAtlantic transmission of a scent message.
The message, called an oNote, will be composed via an iPhone application called oSnap, soon to be available for free download in the Apple App store.
Graphic designer Jennifer Beatty, a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, decided to use the shrapnel from once-loved but now broken bikes to create something else people can love: art. The idea emerged when Beatty and her fellow students were tasked with creating a 100 Days project, in which the artist performs one basic operation every day for 100 days—to eventually add up to a larger piece of art. Beatty’s is called 100 Hoopties, “hooptie” being a slang term for a beat-up old bike.
An interactive public artwork involving shadows captured from passersby which interact with people who follow, winner of the 2014 Playable City Award announced June 9, will be installed in the city of Bristol by September.
"Shadowing"—created by design partnership Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier, based in New York and Treviso, Italy, respectively—will use infrared technology to capture people’s outlines then project movement back as shadows once the people who have formed the shadows have moved on.
The project is designed to explore the disconnectedness that technology can create between strangers, the role light can play in creating a city’s character, and the unseen data alters and surveillance culture that pervades contemporary urban spaces, its creators claim.
The 10-foot-high wire fence that once surrounded the infamous prison on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, has a second life as jewelry. The prison is where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before Apartheid collapsed. Though the prison gates were opened in 1994, it wasn’t until 2009 that the eyesore of a fence itself was torn down. It was destined for the scrap metal heap—until a visiting artist, Chris Swift, intervened, and took pieces of the fence to display in art installations.