These fun little flip books made in Japan feature a number of unexpected designs that make use of negative space and secret “compartments” that are gradually revealed as you flip through the books. There are several books in the series published by Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo and you can pick them up on Amazon. Here’s the bug one. (via Travelry)
If my heart trembles
it’s for the slow step of summer noons,
siestas in my father’s house which,
heavy with mid-day sleep,
still weighs on my ribs…
It’s for the hawker’s cry
of the vegetable seller doing his rounds,
lost in my neighbours’ troubled dreams,
that my heart’s trembling.
– Shakila Azizzda
Yet even at their most turbulent, the Afghans have tended to impress
travellers with their dignity and hospitality as much as their fierce independence.
- William Dalrymple, author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan 1839–42
In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual.
You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody,
an uncle to somebody.
You are part of something bigger than yourself.
- Khaled Hosseini
Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.
Translation by Josephine Davis
God must have loved Afghans because he made them so beautiful.
Steve McCurry Retrospective
Villa Reale di Monza
October 30, 2014 – April 6, 2015
Finding the Sublime
112, rue Saint-François
December 16, 2014 – February 8, 2015
Eyes are more accurate witnesses than ears.
- Heraclitus of Ephesus, 535 – c. 475 BCE
The countenance is the portrait of the soul,
and the eyes mark its intentions.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BCE
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The face is the mirror of the mind,
and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.
- St. Jerome
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,
but in having new eyes.
- Marcel Proust
There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.
- G. K. Chesterton
From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They sparkle still the right Promethean fire;
They are the books, the arts, the academes,
That show, contain and nourish all the world.
- William Shakespeare, Love’s Labour’s Lost
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others.
- Audrey Hepburn
May 16 - August 31, 2014
La Gacilly, France
May 31 - September 30, 2014
June 27 - September 28, 2014
La empresa Quintronics ha desarrollado un aparato capaz de transformar el clima en música. Ahora ya se puede escuchar la melodía de un amanecer soleado o un fuerte aguacero.
Weather Warlock, hace posible escuchar la sintonía de las condiciones climáticas. Este novedoso aparato existe desde 2011 y se utiliza un sintetizador de bajo voltaje controlado por drones capaces de traducir la temperatura, el sol, el viento y la lluvia en ritmos de percusión y sonidos estéreos, los cuales suenan como música ambiental, según informó la revista Muy Interesante de México.
El dispositivo está localizado en el Spellcaster Lodge en Nueva Orleans, Estados Unidos, pero en ocasiones es llevado de gira junto con bandas musicales que brindan todo un espectáculo con este curioso aparato. La particular estación meteorológica musical transmitirá sonidos cada día y noche como un servicio público y gratuito.
Así mismo, sus creadores han anunciado la creación de estaciones similares en todo el mundo con el fin que más personas puedan experimentar los sonidos musicales del clima.
Only four months after their music video for the “The Writing’s on the Wall” filled with optical illusions, OK Go are back with yet another meticulously choreographed dance video for “I Won’t Let You Down.” Filmed in Japan, this new clip features more than a few umbrellas, Honda UNI-CUB personal vehicles (a kind of tiny robo scooter), and a cast of hundreds. Make sure to stick around for the final shot, hard to believe it’s even real, but knowing OK Go, it certainly is.
siemens, studio rygalik and concordia taste designed the open kitchen as a system of interrelated movable modules that resemble wooden cargo boxes and casters.
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The Calientamigos is quite a clever showering system that uses minimum input and delivers maximum output. Allow me to explain, not all can afford the luxury of a warm bath. In essence they don’t have hot running water to heat and pressurize water for bathing, cooking and cleaning. To solve this problem we have here the three modular components: Bomba, a safe, portable electric water heater that heats 5 gallons of water to 110 degrees F in 15 minutes. Corazon, a simple to use foot pump that pressurizes the warm water; and Gota, a multi-purpose faucet head.
The whole system is capable of easily providing a good shower for 2 adults or 3 children.
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a nearby booth invites passers-by to pick a song and groove to the tunes, while their silhouette is projected onto the virtual street light display.
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In this video from the Washington Post, several members of the Washington Ballet demonstrate their most challenging moves. The points of peak action were shot with a high speed camera resulting in some impressive slow motion footage as each dancer seems to completely defy physics. (via Laughing Squid, The Kid Should See This)
What happens when you apply of love of small things to an art form that’s already all about small things? In recent years Bonsai—Japan’s art form of growing miniature trees in miniature planters—has undergone a miniaturization trend. Industry experts consider bonsai plants less than 3 cm (about 1 inch) to be particularly difficult, but artists have taken on the challenge, creating tiny plants and tiny planters that, literally, are at your fingertips. It’s given rise to a new category, known as cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai.
It’s no secret that the Japanese excel at making things smaller, whether it’s automobiles, electronics or food. In fact, Japan’s love of small things can be found in literature dating back over a 1,000 years. When it comes to the land of the rising sun, it’s clear that beauty comes in small packages. (via Archie McPhee, RocketNews24)
Jana & JS are a street art duo currently based in Austria who specialize in detailed stencil work, frequently depicting people with cameras or couples sharing intimate moments. Shown here are a few pieces from recent stops in the German countryside and Brookyln, see much more on their website and on Facebook. (via Hi-Fructose, StreetArtNews)
La Llareta (up to 3,000 years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)
Spruce Gran Picea #0909 – 11A07 (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)
Welwitschia Mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old; Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)
Antarctic Moss #0212-7B33 (5,500 years old; Elephant Island, Antarctica)
Jōmon Sugi, Japanese Cedar #0704-002 (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan
Underground Forest #0707-10333 (
13,000 years old; Pretoria South Africa) DECEASED
Since 2004, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists, and braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth. This includes plants like Pando, the “Trembling Giant,” a colony of aspens in Utah with a massive underground root system estimated to be around 80,000 years old. Or the dense Llareta plants in South America that grow 1.5 centimeters anually and live over 3,000 years. This is the realm of life where time is measured in millennia, and where despite such astonishing longevity, ecosystems are now threatened due to climate change and human encroachment.
Sussman’s photographs have now been gathered together for the first time in The Oldest Living Things in the World, a new book published by the University of Chicago Press. Sitting at the intersection of art, science, and travelogue, the book details her adventures in tracking down each subject and relays the valuable scientific work done by scientists to understand them. It includes 124 photographs, 30 essays, infographics and forewords by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer.
Update: Rachel Sussman was just named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.
And these are some of the reason why I love bananas!
Estoy empezando a pensar que esa es una colección que yo debería hacer... :)