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16 Jul 09:28

A Huge Abandoned Bowling Alley in Santa Fe Has Been Turned into an Immersive Art Environment Now Open to the Public

by Kate Sierzputowski

WHOOOOOOOOO! this shit is the coolest shit ever. Every art blog I subscripe to have covered it. I may only be responsible for about 0.5% of it but I don't care. GO CHECK IT OUT!

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In the gutted shell of an abandoned bowling alley in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a 150 member strong artist collective called Meow Wolf has just thrown open the doors to a new immersive art environment. The group was started nearly ten years ago by both artists and fabricators in order to plan events that were situated in-between large scale art exhibitions and massive parties. The home of the group’s latest environment, a role-playing installation titled The House of Eternal Return, was purchased by Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin with the express purpose of turning the space into Meow Wolf’s large-scale vision.

The transformed and sprawling 20,000 square foot world serves as an unique combination of art exhibition, fantasy world, jungle gym, and children’s museum. Unlike a sterile museum however, you’re allowed to touch everything, go anywhere, push unlimited buttons, and crawl inside of anything that strikes your interest in the boundless environment. Clearly a spiritual sister to St. Louis’ famous City Museum.

“The group has long been inspired by monumental works of art,” Vince Kadlubek, one of Meow Wolf’s organizers, told Colossal. “But I think we are equally inspired by arcades, theme parks, Burning Man, grocery stores, nature—immersive spaces. At the heart of it we are probably most inspired by the forts we built growing up and certainly Nickelodeon, MTV, Jim Henson, Tumblr, and Twin Peaks.”

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Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

At the center of the installation is a full-size two-story home which you enter through the front door. This front door however is not how you exit the giant structure, as refrigerators, fireplaces, and toilets serve as portals to more expansive worlds. While peeking into each room of the Victorian house you learn about the Seligs, the inhabitants of the home who include an artist, her inventor husband, and their young son. Your mission for this fabricated world is to discover what interdimensional incident happened in the house, gathering clues with each room you explore, each cabinet you open. No matter where you go in the fictional world, you are interacting with some detailed aspect of the larger narrative. Some tangents get you closer to the mystery, while others fill in details about the family’s long and complicated ancestry.

The creative process for creating such an involved experience took 18 months, in part because the installation and storyline were being built in tandem. “We had a team of six writers who had a specific story arc with specific plot points and characters, but much of the story elements were written from backgrounds of the objects and spaces that were being created,” said Kadlubek. “Our creative process is not top-down. It is lateral.”

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

The artspace is a video game come to life, allowing you to physically explore areas of the universe without bumping your avatar into a digital wall. You can instead enter into dissected vehicles, explore a dome covered in glistening animal eyes, or play music by hitting the ribs of a fossilized mastodon. All of these objects were created by the collective in their extensive wood shop, from dinosaur remains to the house’s ornate window frames.

General mission for the House of Eternal Return is $15 for New Mexico residents and $18 for those out of state. Over the next couple of months musicians will begin to perform in the installation’s venue Fancy Town with a line-up that includes Explosions in the Sky, Of Montreal, CocoRosie, and Mykki Blanco. To see upcoming events and peek inside the massive world of Meow Wolf, take a look at their Instagram and Facebook. (via ars technica and i09) 

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return

Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return


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13 Jul 11:15

A Giant Illuminated ‘Castle in the Sky’ Ship Built for the Studio Ghibli Exhibition in Tokyo

by Christopher Jobson


Perched in the sky fifty-two stories above Tokyo, a new exhibition celebrates a 30-year retrospective of Studio Ghibli, the Japanese animation studio famous for anime films like Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, and Princess Mononoke. The centerpiece of the Studio Ghibli Expo is a room filled with various airships from several Ghibli films, specifically a sizeable illuminated replica of a ship from Hayao Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky that rises and falls as if airborne, complete with dozens of whirring propellers. The retrospective also includes original artwork, interactive exhibits, and a small cafe serving 11 dishes inspired by different films. You can additional photos and read more about it on The Creator’s Project and RocketNews24.


Photo via @Tokyo_Cityview / © Studio Ghibli


Photo via @Tokyo_Cityview / © Studio Ghibli


Photo via @Tokyo_Cityview / © Studio Ghibli


Photo © RocketNews24


Photo © RocketNews24

30 Jun 20:30


16 Jun 17:09

Demystifying Heironymous Bosch with this visual marvel of a book

by Wink

This book gets the B<3 100% GREAT seal of approval.


Hieronymous Bosch: Complete Works
by Stefan Fischer (author) and Hieronymus Bosch (artist)
2016, 300 pages, 9.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches
$27 Buy a copy on Amazon

It is, perhaps, fitting that we know the date of Heironymous Bosch’s death while his date of birth remains unclear. We know that Bosch died 500 years ago and so much of what he left us is directly concerned with the afterlife or at least the spiritual journeys that humanity takes to the endpoint of life. The artwork of Bosch is wholly concerned with Christian allegory of the most human, inhuman, and superhuman variety. When one comes to behold a Bosch masterpiece, the lives of saints and the woes of sinners are the subject matter, and sometimes they are one and the same. There is a complexity that is easily identified in any one Bosch piece, but unravelling the intertwined religious and cultural allegories is beyond most. In Heironymous Bosch, The Complete Works, we are offered a unique opportunity, not only to demystify singular works of Bosch, but to take in the entire life and progression of this artist’s journey.


08 Jun 00:51

Impermanent Anatomical Drawings on Chalkboards by Chuan-Bin Chung

by Christopher Jobson


Chinese illustrator and anatomy instructor Chuan-Bin Chung encourages his students to understand the intricacies of the human body by drawing them. For many of his lessons he creates impermanent drawings on chalkboards as a helpful guide, but instead of quick sketches as one might be accustomed to, the pieces are exacting and colorful depictions of bones, muscles, and tendons—practically works of art in their own right. Chung shares many videos and sketches of his lessons on Facebook. (via Bored Panda)










11 May 15:22


05 May 16:03

BEAUTY & YOUTH Completely Reworks Reebok’s Insta Pump Fury For Summer

by Brock Cardiner


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Japanese retailer BEAUTY & YOUTH gets its hands on Reebok’s Insta Pump Fury and is given the freedom to completely rework it for the summer months.

Cleaning up the silhouette for added circulation and customizing the design specficially for the Japanese market, which clearly loves its sandals, BEAUTY & YOUTH eliminated a number of panels from the upper, resulting in a unique slip-on sandal/sneaker hybrid.

Because the collaborative design is so radical, the two decided to keep the color palette simple, offering the unique silhouette in black and white marble.

If you’re partial to the collaboration, you can pick it up now at BEAUTY & YOUTH shops in Japan, as well as at select doors around the world.

26 Apr 16:00

Listen to Prince's personal party playlist

by David Pescovitz


In a 2013 episode of New Girl, the characters were invited to a party hosted by Prince. When Prince was made aware of the intended plot, he sent the producers a list of jams he played at his real parties. Damn it's a smoking mix. Spotify playlist below.

“City in the Sky,” The Staple Singers
“Country John,” Allen Toussaint
“Fire,” Ohio Players
“Happy House,” Shuggie Otis
“Higher Ground,” Stevie Wonder
“I Was Made to Love Him,” Chaka Khan
“Listen to the Music,” The Isley Brothers
“The Lord is Back,” Eugene McDaniels
“Lost in Music,” Sister Sledge
“The Pinocchio Theory,” Bootsy Collins
“Rubber Duckie,” Bootsy Collins
“Rumpofsteelskin,” Parliament
“Skin Tight,” Ohio Players
“We’re Gettin’ Too Close,” The Soul Children
“Wild and Free,” Curtis Mayfield
“After The Love Has Gone,” Earth, Wind & Fire
“Back in Baby’s Arms,” Allen Toussaint
“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” The Isley Brothers
“Don’t Take My Sunshine,” The Soul Children
“How Could I Let You Get Away,” The Spinners
“I’ll Be Around,” The Spinners
“Push Me Away,” The Jacksons
“Stay With Me,” Shirley Brown
“The Thrill Is Gone,” Aretha Franklin

(via Dangerous Minds)

21 Apr 19:07

Drake’s “Hotline Bling” Gets an Incredible Shakespearean Version

by Jonathan Sawyer

Could you imagine what it would be like if some of today’s more lyrically-talented rappers were brought up in the 1500s and 1600s? Just picture Drake waxing poetic about strippers and his ex-lovers in such time-appropriate dialect.

Accordingly, David F Brand has updated a number of classic rap songs, ranging from Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” and Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story,” translating them into Shakespearean-appropriate versions. David uses words that can be found in Shakespeare’s writings, all while setting them to the theme of the given rap song.

For his latest effort, David has provided an incredible Shakespeare version of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” With all of the “thou’s,” “thy’s” and other 16th century rhetoric, this is easily one of the most unique approaches to reinterpreting Drake’s catalog that we’ve seen.

Check it out below.

28 Mar 21:25




18 Mar 18:51

Okuda San Miguel Wraps a Moroccan Church in a Vibrant Geometric Mural

by Kate Sierzputowski

All images courtesy of Ink and Movement

After covering a church turned skatepark in Spain with his signature style of murals, Okuda San Miguel (previously) has now transformed an abandoned Moroccan church into a 360-degree mural titled “11 Mirages to Freedom.” The street artist covered the structure in geometric bears, birds, and human faces, produced as a part of the British Council‘s Street Art Caravane Initiative. Working with the architecture already in place, San Miguel painted each of the building’s eleven faces while incorporating the structure’s barred windows. These he formed into bird cages, hats, and masks that are seamlessly incorporated…as long as you don’t look into the barred openings.

The church is uniformly painted in a brilliant shade of yellow, with smaller architectural details painted in equally vibrant colors. You can see more of San Miguel’s murals in the video Infinite World included below, as well as on the artist’s Instagram. (via Web Urbanist)













17 Mar 15:15


by Boston Artists

"I am artist. Hear me BLABBER..."

"Art Is My Life" is an exclusive new docu-series directed by Boston Filmmaker Farad Roberson. The series features some of the most interesting and talented artists from the Boston Area. The most recent episodes introduce artists Brian Hart, Julia Csekö and Allan Dygon as they tell their stories of how they became an artist and what inspires their unique style. (See links below to watch an episode!)

Links to Docu-series: 

Episode 2 (pt1):
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04 Mar 20:35

Kendrick Lamar Just Dropped a Surprise Album, ‘untitled unmastered.’

by Brock Cardiner

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Earlier this week, Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith shared a photo on Instagram, hinting that a surprise TDE release would hit the web sometime this week.

It looks like he wasn’t fibbing, as just hours ago Kendrick Lamar’s surprise album untitled unmastered. hit streaming platforms and iTunes following a tweet from the Compton MC himself.

The rapper has called the album a project rather than an album and the tracks seem to be a set of unreleased tracks from the 2013 and 2014 sessions that birthed To Pimp a Butterfly. At eight tracks long, you can stream the project in full below.

03 Mar 17:02

As You Have Forsaken Jeb, So You Have Forsaken Me: My Curse...

As You Have Forsaken Jeb, So You Have Forsaken Me: My Curse Shall Lie Upon This Nation for Seven Times Seven Generations by Barbara Bush

16 Feb 20:36

Peek a Boo Teddy Rips Face Off

A Cute Teddy Bear Rips Its Face Off to Play a Horrifying Game of Peek-A-Boo..(Read...)

09 Feb 18:22

Extraordinary Interactive Hi-Res Exhibit of Bosch’s ‘Garden of Earthly Delights’

by Christopher Jobson


Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it’s difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet we were promised.

The site was created by filmmakers, photographers and art historians as part of an upcoming documentary by Pieter van Huijstee titled Hieronymus Bosch, Touched by the Devil. The ‘interactive documentary’ not only lets you explore the painting in incredible detail down to the most minute brush strokes, it also includes sound design as you move through various sections of the painting and a series of audio essays describing over 40 areas of the painting! This might be the crowning example of how to educate the public about a masterwork painting online, I wish there was something like this for more artworks.

The documentary and interactive exhibit coincide with the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, which is also being celebrated by the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands that is currently exhibiting 20 paintings and 19 drawings by the “Devil’s Painter”—the vast majority of his surviving works.

To see more paintings in vivid detail you can also explore the Google Art Project (they beat us for a Webby a few years ago, but we’re not bitter). Also related: A new Bosch painting was identified in Kansas City last week. (via Metafilter)







04 Feb 21:02

An incredible David Bowie mural has appeared in Sheffield



A well-meaning tribute to David Bowie has appeared on Division Street in Sheffield. 

Unfortunately, um… yeah.


The mural is the work of local graffiti artist Trik09, as tweeted by BBC Radio Sheffield.

In other Bowie tribute news, Gaga will be performing her own at this year’s Grammys, and he recently got his own constellation and a street in Austin, Texas named after him.

Bowie’s estate recently announced that the star planned a set of anthologies to be released after his death.

Read this next: David Bowie’s 15 best deep cuts

The post An incredible David Bowie mural has appeared in Sheffield appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

24 Jan 18:25

Three huskies help save dying kitten, now they’re one big happy family

by Inigo del Castillo


Three huskies help save dying kitten, now they’re one big happy family

Whoever said cats and dogs are the worst of enemies clearly has not seen these Huskies and their adopted family member: a stray kitten named Rosie.

Nine months ago, then-3-week-old Rosie was an abandoned kitten found slowly dying on the street. She was taken in by a family with three Huskies, one of which served as her surrogate mum on her first night.

‘By some miracle, she started suckling on Lilo and Lilo went full ‘mom mode’’, said Rosie and Lilo’s owner. ‘Since then, Rosie’s been getting much better and her eyes opened!’

Now, Rosie is all grown up and is part of a huge family consisting of a few huskies, some other kittens, and even bunnies. And because Rosie was raised around dogs, sometimes she even thinks she’s one, going on walks on a leash and snuggling up to her mum, Lilo.

You can see more of Lilo and Rosie over on Instagram.

The post Three huskies help save dying kitten, now they’re one big happy family appeared first on Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

24 Jan 00:46


15 Dec 16:16

Public domain illustrations from old books

by Rob Beschizza

ooooooooooooooooooooo! I love these image dumps. Time to download, catalog and shamelessly use all these in paintings.


Old Book Illustrations is a search engine and browseable library of—you've guessed it!—the engraved illustrations and litho prints found in old books.

Choose the type of illustrations you want to see: animals or people, landscapes, buildings, etc. Choose your favorite illustrators from a list: Gustave Doré, John Leech, Charles H. Bennett...[and] Find illustrations by the title of the book or periodical in which they were published: Æsop's fables, Punch, L'Illustration...

The scans are high-resolution (though it appears the scanned items are sometimes worse-for-wear) and most come with lots of details about their original creation and printing.

11 Dec 20:47

From Sheet to Seat, Updated: Video of Robert Van Embricqs' Slat-Based Flatpack Furniture


holy shit that chair

Designer Robert Van Embricqs first caught our eye a few years ago for his unique take on flatpack furniture. Back then it was all still photos; now, as he's gained acclaimed and traveled the world showing his pieces at one festival after another, he's added some much-needed video demonstrating his pieces in all of their kinetic glory. Imagine if Ikea stuff was as easy to "assemble" as his Rising Side Table:

His Rising Chair, which we now get to see in motion, requires no fasteners for final assembly at all:

His Rising Table is, amazingly, made from a single sheet of laminated bamboo plywood:

The hinge manufacturer's got to love this guy!

Van Embricqs, by the way, is not limiting his imagination to just furniture. He's also envisioned a nifty, if challenging to execute, concept for a pop-up marketplace that literally pops up:

Check out more of his work here.

11 Dec 16:31

Video Of Trippy Anamorphic Perspective Illusions


Anamorphic perspective is the coolest.

This is a video from Youtube BrussPup featuring a number of perspective illusions.   It's worth a watch all the way till the end!..(Read...)

05 Dec 13:03

This Translucent Cube Hides Six Handpainted Anamorphic Images

by Christopher Jobson



Artist Thomas Medicus (previously) just unveiled a new anamorphic sculpture titled Emergence Lab that contains six handpainted images inside a large translucent cube. The six fragmented paintings are spread across 216 laser-cut acrylic glass strips that are designed to perfectly align when viewed directly from each side. Each figure is cleverly contained within the same surface as its counterpart on the opposite side, and the object is filled with silicone oil giving it the look and feel of solid glass. Watch the video to see how it works, and Medicus shares some behind the scenes photos of his design process. You can also follow him on Instagram. (via Colossal Submissions)










04 Dec 19:33

Graphical Feature: Planned Parenthood: Myth Vs. Fact

27 Nov 17:13

This is the best restaurant spiciness scale

by Mark Frauenfelder


24 Nov 14:28

Microdoses of LSD and mushrooms as an alternative to Adderall (or coffee!)

by Cory Doctorow

Considering how I over-caffeinate every morning I can see this ending poorly for me.


Self-experimenters, inspired by a 2011 presentation by The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide author James Fadiman, are taking tiny "sub-perceptual" doses of LSD and psilocybin to encourage workplace creativity and give them pep and a positive outcome in life overall. (more…)

13 Nov 20:56

An accurate representation of what happens at my parents house during the holidays.

Comedian Chris Fleming does a hilarious over-the-top impression of a frantic mom getting the house ready for company to come over...(Read...)

28 Oct 14:21

Newly Digitized ‘Phenakistoscope’ Animations That Pre-Date GIFs by Over 150 Years

by Christopher Jobson

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Since first stumbling onto an early type of image projector called a magic lantern over 40 years ago, Richard Balzer became instantly obsessed with early optical devices, from camera obscuras and praxinoscopes to anamorphic mirrors and zoetropes. Based in New York, Balzer has collected thousands of obscure and unusual devices such as phenakistoscopes, one of the first tools for achieving live animation.

The phenakistoscope relies on a disc with sequential illustrations to create looping animations when viewed through small slits in a mirror, producing an effect not unlike the GIFs of today. These bizarre, psychedelic, and frequently morbid scenes (people eating other people seemed to a popular motif) were produced in great volumes across Europe in the early to mid 19th century. Balzer and his assistant Brian Duffy have been digitizing and animating these discs and sharing the results on Tubmlr since 2012 (previously). Seen here is just a sampling of their efforts over the last year or so, but you can see plenty more here.

An early Phenakistoscope design

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

27 Oct 20:40

Caracal Kittens Go Exploring at the Oregon Zoo



The two new six-week-old caracal kittens at the Oregon Zoo, in Portland, cautiously explore their outdoor habitat with their mom. You can read more about these little guys on the zoo's website.

Related: Meet Lincoln Park Zoo's New Baby Red Pandas

[Oregon Zoo]

27 Oct 12:47

stream J Dilla’s Dillatronic

by Chris

40+ rare instrumentals from the legend, out this week. Pre-order Dillatronic here.