Just to the east of Alice Springs is a large patch of Crown land that is littered with car-wrecks and tracks used by trail-bike riders and four-wheel drivers looking to test–or wreck–their suspension.
It’s a hilly patch of red dirt and scrub and I perched myself on a low hill earlier this evening with one of my big lenses and waited for the full moon to rise.
This is what I saw …
Japan thing of the day!
If you own anything from minimal lifestyle retailer MUJI you’ll know that their products are designed to precise calculations and specifications, often with architectural elements, allowing them to be stacked, layered and lined. Taking advantage of these characteristics, a creative agency has recreated many of Tokyo’s iconic landmarks and buildings using only MUJI products.
The installation–part of a joint-campaign to promote Tokyo as well as one of Japan’s most iconic retailers– will be traveling to Taipei and then New York.
Using everything at their disposal from pencils and erasers to desk organizers and notebooks, creative agency dot by dot, with the help of TASKO, recreated some of Tokyo’s most iconic locations such as Shibuya Crossing and Tokyo Tower, creating a vast and intricate installation from over 10,000 MUJI products. They even show a breakdown of which products were used.
The installation is going to be on display in the Taipei MUJI store from March 5 – March 15, 2016. It will then travel to New York where it will be on display at the new 5th Avenue MUJI store from March 19 – April 26, 2016.
The history of the top chess players over time.
these are all so cromulent !
Online dictionary of new words created by a bot, put together by Greg Borenstein
This is a really great way to communicate data!
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Macchina Poetica converts sounds into onomatopoeic words and images.
Artist duo 25th Century created a series of flowing GIFs capturing the movement of natural streams and breezes in landscape photographs titled ‘Formless’. According to Luke Ighile and Ayla El-Moussa, the people behind 25th Century, the moving images were originally created to quiet the mind in our everyday life. Speaking about the inspiration behind their project, the duo says: “To be formless is to be flexible. Able to crash through like waves yet also be as subtle as an afternoon breeze. To be formless is to be in tune with what and who you are: an infinite potential.”
All images © Luke Ighile, Ayla El-Moussa
What season is it right now? Winter? Wrong. Technically, it’s the 1st week of February, which means it’s “Spring Winds Thaw the Ice” (東風解凍). What about next month? You say Spring? Wrong again. March begins with “Grass Sprouts, Trees Bud” (草木萌動) and ends with “The First Cherry Blossoms” (櫻始開). I am, of course, going off of Japan’s ancient calendar, which is divided into 24 seasons and 72 microseasons.
An app called 72 Seasons has recently been translated into English, and is available for free in the app store. It syncs with the old 72 season calendar and updates about every 5 days, pinging you (if you allow it) with every new microseason as you enter it. It won’t, however, sync with climate change.
And not only does it give you the microseason but a whole bunch of poetic information like the seasonal word (this week is risshun, or ‘first spring’), seasonal fish (Spiny Lobster!), seasonal vegetable (Butterbur anyone?), seasonal star and even seasonal activity. And each is accompanied by a beautiful illustration or photograph. I was honestly surprised that a free app could come with such high-quality content. (We were not paid to say that. It’s just how we feel.)
So how did Japan even develop 72 microseasons? The app developer, Utsukushii Kurashikata Institute, explains:
The path of the sun as seen from Earth creates a zodiac, 360 degrees divided into 24 15-degree sections, each one given a name to depict the seasonal changes through the year… And beyond that, each season of the 24 season calendar was then divided again into three more, to create the 72 season calendar. Each of these 72 seasons lasts just five days or so, and the names of each season beautifully depict the tiny, delicate changes in nature that occur around us, year in year out.
Utsukushii Kurashikata Institute (Beautiful Living Research Lab) is a joint initiative between ad agency Dentsu and publishing company Heibonsha. The project aims to show a lifestyle that incorporates age-old Japanese wisdom into contemporary life.
A couple of years ago, Eric Odenheimer wondered: If you stand on the beach looking out to the ocean and traveled straight until you reach land, what country would you reach? He only used latitude though. However, in real life, coastline is jagged and points in all directions, so you don’t always face east and west. Cartographer Andy Woodruff took these directions into account and drew a more accurate picture.
For each continent, Woodruff drew a map that shows coastal points around the world that point directly to that continent. For example, the above shows everywhere that points directly at Australia and Oceania.
As per usual, data that more closely represents real life is more interesting.
See the maps for other continents, along with some geographic geometry.
Odysseus took 20 years to travel 600 miles. Would not want him as captain of my boat. BAD SAILOR pic.twitter.com/iZWpQhBwJQ
— Trump Reviews (@LitCritTrump) March 8, 2016
[h/t Lawrence Evelyn]
I feel like we haven’t spoken enough about how much bra shopping can piss off
Vincent Van Gogh is having a good pop culture week on the interwebs with multiple humorous GIF treatments and stunning animations of his works exposing classic art to new generations. In this series, artist Kajetan Obarski (known as Kiszkiloszki) mashes up masterpieces by the infamous Dutch painter and others with contemporary life, bringing them firmly into the computer age.
Leonardo da Vinci gleefully photoshopping a range of different animals into his ‘Lady with an Ermine,’ Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel God plays pool, a 17th-century lady rocks out with a skeleton and Van Gogh himself receives a very insensitive gift. There’s chocolate flinging, baby throwing and sexting gone awry, not to mention the inevitable conclusion to Magritte’s men falling from the sky.
Classic art has gotten a big cultural boost lately thanks to projects that appeal to our sense of humor, like the excellent Classical Art Memes. While more conservative art historians may lament that the works aren’t being appreciated in their original context, as the artists meant for them to be, these projects have centuries-old paintings flying around the internet like cat videos, so it’s hard to complain.
Cheese Map by Jennifer Davick US Dairy Export Council to support the Think USA Dairy campaign
“Always take the initiative. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in a jail cell if it means getting the shot you need. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey. Beware of the cliché. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief. Learn to live with your mistakes. Study the law and scrutinize contracts. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern. Keep your eyes open. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your hand might be the last in existence, so do something impressive with it. There is never an excuse not to finish a film. Carry bolt cutters everywhere. Thwart institutional cowardice. Ask for forgiveness, not permission. Take your fate into your own hands. Don’t preach on deaf ears. Learn to read the inner essence of a landscape. Ignite the fire within and explore unknown territory. Walk straight ahead, never detour. Learn on the job. Maneuver and mislead, but always deliver. Don’t be fearful of rejection. Develop your own voice. Day one is the point of no return. Know how to act alone and in a group. Guard your time carefully. A badge of honor is to fail a film-theory class. Chance is the lifeblood of cinema. Guerrilla tactics are best. Take revenge if need be. Get used to the bear behind you.”
Original illustrations by Kerby Rosanes
For the series ‘Flatland‘, Turkish artist Aydin Buyuktas creates surreal cityscapes of Istanbul. Inspired by Edwin Abbat’s book ‘Flatland: A Romance Of Many Dimensions’, the photoshopped images depict the metropolis from surprising perspectives. In a statement about the project, Buyuktas says: “We live in places that most of the times don’t draw our attention, places that transform our memories, places that the artist gives another dimension; where the perceptions that generally cross our minds will be demolished and new ones will arise.”
All images © AydÄ�n Büyüktaş
Well, this is lovely.
What if you relived life's activities in big clumps? Thirty years of sleeping in one go. Five months sitting on the toilet. Based on David Eagleman's Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, this short film by Temujin Doran imagines such a life. Watch to the end.
[via Brain Pickings]
Gorgeous, but mainly because of those clouds! My goodness!
The newest member of the applauded portfolio of Alberto Campo Baeza is a stunning geometry in white. Raumplan House was completed in 2015 in Madrid, Spain. The design took an allotted 12×12 meter site and divided it into four squares. These segments form the basis for the structure and each detail is formulated around them.
The layout of the living spaces is relatively simple: the communal areas are divided between the ground floor and the uppermost terrace level, with the bedrooms occupying the floors between. Several rooms incorporate outdoor spaces in the form of garden-terraces. Select openings in the façade frame the Madrid landscape, flooding the living areas with the most scenic of views. These terraces are my favourite piece of the design: they are incredibly simple, yet they provide elegant outdoor gathering spaces.
On the interior, multiple windows and skylights are positioned to follow the sun through the course of a day, thus ensuring the home is always filled with light. Shadows play a huge role in the design; they are cast playfully by the various structural geometries to create spaces reminiscent of a Surrealist painting. Overall, Raumplan House is a lovely structure that blurs the line between architecture and sculpture.
Date: January 26, 2016
Doodle for Google Australia Winner 2015
For the last 10 years we’ve been running the Doodle 4 Google program in Australia -- an opportunity for school-age artists to apply their own personal artistic vision to the Google logo and transform it into a work of art. The winners then have their artwork placed on the Google Australia homepage for all to see. It’s like a young artist’s work being pinned on the biggest fridge in the country.
Past winners included Olivia Kong from Hornsby Girls High School in 2013 with her vision for “If I was an explorer”, and in 2011 Timothy Winkels from Padua College in Victoria with his vision of “My Future Australia”.
|“If I was an explorer” by Olivia Hong||“My Future Australia” by Timothy Winkels|
Doodle 4 Google 2015 was won by Ineka Voigt from Canberra High School in ACT, for her entry “Stolen Dreamtime”. In response to the theme of “If I could travel back in time I would …” Ineka wrote that “... I would reunite mother and child. A weeping mother sits in an ochre desert, dreaming of her children and a life that never was ...all that remains is red sand, tears and the whispers of her stolen dreamtime”.
Ineka with her winning doodle
Judges this year included leading artist Bronwyn Bancroft and ARTEXPRESS curator Leeanne Carr, who along with Google’s other judges agreed that Ineka’s tremendous art work deserved pride of place on the Google homepage. It’s a powerful and beautiful image that is not only a brilliant artwork, but helps bring attention to the critical issue of reconciliation in Australia. We’re proud to have it on our homepage today.
Posted by Leticia Lentini, Brand and Events Marketing Manager, Google Australia
High Definition video by Charles Loyd captures images from a Japanese weather satellite that presents a night and day cycle of the earth on one day:
This is one day’s observations from Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, animated in a loop. It shows the western Pacific, Australia, and parts of Asia, Antarctica, and Alaska as they looked on one day in mid-2015. It covers 24 hours in 12 seconds – a time lapse factor of 7,200×.
You can view the larger video and find out more here