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30 Oct 15:00

Fascinating Portraits Of Criminals Covered In Russian Prison Tattoos

by Sara Barnes

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Tattoos, historically, have been on the bodies of sailors and prisoners. It’s only in relatively recent years that they’ve entered mainstream society and lost some of their negative social stigma. Arkady Bronnikov collected photographs of tattooed Russian prisoners between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s. The amount he obtained was massive – 918 images worth –  thanks to his position in the government. As a senior expert in criminalistics at the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs for over 30 years, part of Bronnikov’s duties involved visiting correctional institutions of the Ural and Siberia regions. He interviewed, gathered information, and photographed convicts and their tattoos, which gradually helped him build this comprehensive archive.

The images were later acquired by FUEL, a London-based design group, in 2013. Some of the photographs and official police papers authored by Bronnikov from the Soviet period will be published by FUEL in two volumes, the first of which was just released. Now, they are part of a current exhibition titled FUEL present: Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files at Grimaldi Gavin in London until November 22 of this year.

When these photos were taken, Bronnikov wasn’t concerned with composition or style. They were meant to act as a record and served a purely practical purpose. The gallery explains, “Their bodies display an unofficial history, told not just through tattoos, but also in scars and missing digits. Closer inspection only confirms our inability to comprehend the unimaginable lives of this previously unacknowledged caste.

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21 Oct 11:08

#39423

Brianrhart

Sinks are crotch-level for me. This is all too real.

19 Oct 04:22

I've fallen, and I can't get up!

Brianrhart

i could watch this all day.

"Crowd dynamics test using Miarmy for Maya.Shows the new servo force feature which allows..(Read...)

19 Oct 08:33

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06 Oct 06:46

Fuck You, You Fucking Fuck by Shel Silverstein



Fuck You, You Fucking Fuck by Shel Silverstein

16 Oct 01:16

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four ‘Hidden’ Anamorphic Paintings

by Christopher Jobson
Brianrhart

hmmmgggggghhhhh

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A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four Hidden Anamorphic Paintings sculpture glass anamorphism

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four Hidden Anamorphic Paintings sculpture glass anamorphism

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four Hidden Anamorphic Paintings sculpture glass anamorphism

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four Hidden Anamorphic Paintings sculpture glass anamorphism

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four Hidden Anamorphic Paintings sculpture glass anamorphism

A Rotating Glass Sculpture Containing Four Hidden Anamorphic Paintings sculpture glass anamorphism

Emulsifier is a curious glass sculpture designed by artist Thomas Medicus. The piece is built from 160 glass strips that are hand-painted on four sides with complimentary images. Only when the object is rotated and viewed from the right angle do the images appear. Watch the video above to see how it works.

11 Oct 10:56

How Dali and Halsman made "In Voluptas Mors"

by Cory Doctorow


One of the most iconic images of Salvador Dali's career was the photo of a skull composed from the artfully arranged bodies of nude models. Read the rest

06 Oct 11:27

Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera

by Christopher Jobson

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Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera macro chemistry

Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera macro chemistry

Beautiful Chemistry is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that seeks to make chemistry more accessible and interesting to the general public. Their first project was the creation of several short films that utilize a 4K UltraHD camera to capture a variety of striking chemical reactions without the usual clutter of test tubes, beakers or lab equipment. I definitely would have paid a bit more attention in chemistry class if we’d had the opportunity to watch some of these. Filmed and edited by Yan Liang.

04 Oct 19:38

Futuresight



Futuresight

02 Oct 23:45

Baby cat/sloth hybrids

by Mark Frauenfelder

The pet dat I bought from London pet shop owner Roy Tutt in 1970 recently passed away. I will replace it with a slitten, a sloth/cat crossbreed. There are so many to choose from!

22 Sep 13:14

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04 Sep 20:00

“One Minute Puberty” Animation Accurately Sums Up The Awkward Process

by Sara Barnes

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Remember that awkward period of your life called puberty? The one that you might like to forget? Well, Berlin-based artist Alexander Gellner reminds us in a short animation that sums it all up in a little over a minute. It’s called One Minute Puberty and it captures the essence of what its like to go through this stage.

We see the main character experience a lot of changes, from pimples, to growth spurts, and discovering their own identity. The video’s energy is non-stop beginning to end thanks to the track and sound design by Niklas A Kröger. It’s reflective about how it feels to grow up and the wish of getting older so you don’t have to deal with puberty anymore.

Gellner tells the site Cartoon Brew that One Minute Puberty was part of his graduation project from HTW Berlin.  The school didn’t have an animation department but they allowed him to make his film anyways. It was completed over the course of seven weeks.

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28 Aug 18:04

Documentary series explores history of Japanese video game music, feat. Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze and more

by Chris Kelly

Diggin’ In The Carts premieres September 4.

Leave it to the Red Bull Music Academy to take everyone to school. RBMA has announced a six-episode documentary series called Diggin’ In The Carts that tells the stories of the men and women behind Japan’s greatest musical export: video game music, from the 8-bit era to today.

“We want to show that these Japanese men and women had an incredible influence on the global culture and on some of the biggest names in modern music,” says series creator Nick Dwyer. The series comes in advance of this year’s RBMA takeover of Tokyo.

The series features Japanese composers Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (Tetris, Metroid), Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage), and Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy) alongside some of the underground heroes influenced by them: Flying Lotus, Dizzee Rascal, Just Blaze, Joker, Fatima Al Qadiri, Kode9, Havoc, J-Rocc and Ikonika.

Watch a trailer below; the first episode will debut on September 4. Earlier this year, FACT had video game obsessive Ryan Hemsworth interview Donkey Kong composer David Wise.

20 Aug 16:28

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys

by Christopher Jobson

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Decoy Study (Duck), 2014. 15 x 5 x 6 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Souvenir Skeleton, 2014. (re-)carved African drummer figure. 10 x 5 x 26 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust. 5 x 5 x 20 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust. 5 x 5 x 20 inches.

Artist Maskull Lasserre Carves Imagined Skeletons into Souvenir Sculptures and Decoys wood sculpture anatomy
Shaman Anatomy, 2014. (re-)carved South American shaman bust. 5 x 5 x 20 inches.

For his latest body of work, artist Maskull Lasserre acquired a number of souvenir sculptures, the kind found in antique stores or craft fairs that have been mass-produced by anonymous artists, which he then used as a foundation for his own artwork. In a process he refers to as “re-carving,” Lasserre removed details from the artist’s original work to reveal intricate skeletal structures, a process we’ve marveled at numerous times over the last few years here on Colossal. If you happen to be in New York, the pieces are on view for two more days at Junior Projects as part of the Regular JOhn show curated by Jim Lee. You can see many more photos of each piece over in Lasserre’s portfolio. (via Design Milk)

18 Aug 16:00

Cedric Laquieze Uses Parts Of Insects To Construct Exquisite Fairies

by Sara Barnes

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Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze has recently completed an exquisite series of taxidermy Fairies. These probably aren’t the type of fairies you’re imagining – no Tinkerbell-looking creatures here. Instead, the small, delicate sculptures are constructed using a myriad of different insect species, bones, seeds, and even scorpion parts, giving them a quasi-bug look.

Laquieze uses the brilliant blues, greens, oranges, and more to form the fairies’ wings, headdresses, and bodies. The insects are meticulously crafted and seamlessly integrate all of the otherwise disparate parts into a whole. While they might not look like the typical storybook cartoons, they are definitely more detailed and visually intriguing. The artist’s interpretation lends itself to darker, less cheery tales where fairies don’t have to be good. (Via Archie McPhee)

 

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15 Aug 04:51

#37992

15 Aug 10:32

Now you can roam Britain’s Tate museum after-dark using a self-controlled robot

by Rachel Oakley

Now you can roam Britain’s Tate museum after-dark using a self-controlled robot

Starting this month, the Tate museum in London is allowing the public to go through the museum’s collection after-dark, all while using self-controlled robots. Four robots have been designed for these museum adventures and can be controlled by people all over the world through a web portal.

Every few minutes the robots choose new operators to drive them through the galleries and exhibition spaces via on-screen buttons or keyboard arrows. The robots can even look up and down, simulating a real-life art museum visit.

The project is named ‘After Dark’ and was the winning project for the IK Prize 2014, an annual prize presented by Tate which ‘celebrates digital creativity and seeks to widen access to art through the application of digital technology’. Looks like they’ve definitely widened the access to art!

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15 Aug 11:00

Cyriak Has Posted Another One of His Weird Videos

"I've no idea what this video is. It crawled out from some dark corner of my computer after..(Read...)

14 Aug 05:34

#37966

Brianrhart

anyone know what this is from???

12 Aug 02:18

First-Person Video of a Paraglider Sailing Between Two Tall Buildings

Brianrhart

this is really stressful to watch.

First-person video sailing through a gap between two buildings...(Read...)

11 Aug 10:40

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05 Aug 14:03

#37756

04 Aug 12:33

The Barisieur Alarm Clock doubles as a coffee brewer.

Brianrhart

want. except i would try to hit snooze and spill boiling water all over myself...

Designed by London-based industrial designer Josh Renouf, the Barisieur is an alarm clock that..(Read...)

28 Jul 16:23

tenaflyviper: I would just like to draw attention to the fact...





tenaflyviper:

I would just like to draw attention to the fact that the poster for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) totally apes the poster for The Breakfast Club (1985).

I think that deserves some recognition.

19 Jul 23:07

Detention® Bourbon Children’s Whiskey ad



Detention® Bourbon Children’s Whiskey ad

21 Jul 17:18

An Amazing Collection of Mechanical Singing Bird Automata Filmed by Douglas Fisher

by Christopher Jobson

Back in 2012 we featured a brief video about a small automaton that could almost perfectly mimic the song of a bird. Using mechanics similar to a clock, the fully automated wind-up device sucks air into a small bellows and forces it through a tiny whistle that sounds exactly like a singing bird. What my non-automata-knowledge-having-self didn’t realize at the time was that the century-old gadget was just one part of a much more intricate miniature automaton called a singing bird box.

The invention of singing bird boxes is attributed to Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz who also played a significant role in the creation of The Writer, a programmable automaton of a writing boy that recently inspired the movie Hugo. The basic device includes the bellows mechanism mentioned above along with a fully articulated bird with a moving beak, rotating head, and flapping wings. Several 18th and 19th century watchmakers including Jacob Frisard, Frères Rochat, and Charles Bruguier, were inspired by Jaquet-Droz’s to create their own opulent variations of singing bird boxes which are highly prized by collectors today. Variations include cigar holders, singing bird guns, and jewelry/makeup boxes.

One fantastic source of many antique bird boxes is London-based Douglas Fisher Antique Automata who carefully films almost all of their devices and makes them available on their YouTube channel. Included here are a few of my favorites, and you can also watch a number of fantastic technical videos about singing bird boxes filmed by Troy Duncan. (via The Presurfer)

16 Jul 18:00

Children’s drawings are scary when they’re painted with a touch of realism

by Inigo del Castillo

Children’s drawings are scary when they’re painted with a touch of realism

We always knew there was something innately terrifying about children’s artworks. Those charcoal eyes, those jagged strokes of color, those messy portraits of imaginary friends. They’re all so innocent, yet they feel like nightmares waiting to happen.

Artist Dave DeVries brings out the sinister side of these innocent illustrations by adding a dose of realism. Using a combination of acrylic paint, colored pencils, and airbrush, he takes simple sketches and turns harmless kiddie monsters into petrifying creatures. He even interviews the children to get a feel of what their imaginary monsters really look like.

The Monster Engine’ series started when DeVries wanted to re-paint the sketches of his 7-year-old daughter. Now he has expanded his collection of realistic monsters into a book. Amazing what you can achieve with coloring materials and a desire to genuinely scare the bejeebers out of children!

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13 Jul 14:06

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08 Jul 02:37

Cats To Get Hip-Hop Makeover Featuring Rapping Cats

by Rebecca Rose
Brianrhart

lolz

Cats To Get Hip-Hop Makeover Featuring Rapping Cats

No, that headline is not a joke, I promise. A new revival of the beloved musical Cats will feature rap music and rapping cats. I kid you not.

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07 Jul 19:25

DOOM and Bishop Nehru share first video from collaborative album, ‘Darkness’

by Chris Kelly

DOOM and Bishop Nehru share first video from collaborative album

The Mask and the phenom team up for ‘Darkness’.

The collaborative project between DOOM and upstart MC Bishop Nehru was previously revealed to be a full-length album entitled NehruvianDOOM. Produced by DOOM, it will serve as Nehru’s debut album.

Lead cut ‘Darkness’ combines DOOM’s shifty, patchwork boom-bap with Nehru’s throwback lyricism. Watch the song’s monochrome video below; it was directed by Nehru (under his birth name, Markel Scott) and director of photography Elliot Simpson.

Back in March, FACT TV caught up with Bishop Nehru at SXSW and talked to him about his collaborations with DOOM, Disclosure and more.