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July 19, 2010

Text as Camouflage

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Artist Liu Bolin explores issues involving identity and loss of the sense of self within Chinese society by camouflaging his subjects to blend into their surroundings. His series of photos, begun in 2005, are works of protest against the government, which shut down his studio.

Most intriguing are those subjects covered with text. The writing obscures the person, replacing  identity with a new, written message. To see more images of Bolin’s work, go to http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/10/view/3738/camoflague-by-liu-bolin.html

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April 21, 2009

Science, Sex, and Sculptural Paper

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Isabella Rossalini as a Fly

What could be more fascinating than Isabella Rossellini working with paper costuming and sculptures to explain reproductive processes of sea creatures and insects? In her “Green Porno” series of short video productions, Rossellini acts and directs in these funny, informative, and beautifully produced little science segments. Season One covers the reproduction of flies, bees, spiders, fireflies and earthworms. Season Two expands to examine how sea creatures mate, featuring whales, limpets, and starfish, among others. Working with production designer Andy Byers and a team of theater pros, Rossellini has succeeded in making science education a lot more fun with these little video gems!

March 20, 2009

Kinetic Animal Sculptures by Theo Jansen

Theo Jansen's walking sculptures

 

In keeping with the movable aspects of our artistic pursuits at Popular Kinetics, we love the intriguing large-scale sculptures of Dutch artist Theo Jansen. Jansen refers to his works as “animals” and bases their movements on those of insects, sea forms and other living creatures. His sculptures walk on their own along beaches in The Neatherlands, using a traditional Dutch source of energy: the wind.

Jansen’s work crosses borders between art, engineering, and bio-engineering. His artificial life forms “evolve” as he evaluates and improves the characteristics and movements which allow these “beach beasts” to survive outdoors in the elements.

Watch the video of the sculptures here: http://www.wimp.com/theojansen/

March 3, 2009

Paper-Based Visualization Competition

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Petals by Charlene Lam

 

For all of us who love working with paper, the entries in this year’s Paper-Based Visualization Competition are aethetically diverse and inspiring. To see photos, visit http://infosthetics.com/archives/2009/02/paper-based_visualization_competition_the_winner_and_more.html

January 10, 2009

It’s a Wonderful Internet Video

It's a Wonderful Internet video

Happy New Year! To begin the year, we’ve found this wonderful animation of a pop-up book based on the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. We think it’s a great example of pop-up iconography. Click here  to view it.

October 31, 2008

Scott Wade’s Dirty Car Art

Filed under: art classes, performace art — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 9:35 pm

They’re not a pop-up books, but they’re movable and can “pop-up” anywhere. They’re Scott Wade’s dirty car artworks. Drawn into the dust and grime on car windows, these classic art images evolve with the weather, the elements, and the passage of time. See more of Scott’s ephemeral creations at his web site, www.dirtycarart.com.

September 16, 2008

Paper Film Noire

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This intriguing film noire animation was done by Australian creator Andrew Buchanan while he was a student at Melbourne’s RMIT University. It has a book-like feel, combining digital backgrounds, cut-outs and objects, all in black-and-white. A deep, deadpan narration adds to the aura of a gumshoe mystery.

August 30, 2008

Pop Your Candidate Into the White House!

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It’s fun, it’s easy, and you don’t even have to register! Print this file on card stock and pop the candidate of your choice out of the page and into the White House.

Click here to download the pdf file, print all three pages onto card stock, then follow instructions to assemble your own Campaign ’08 pop-up card. And don’t forget to VOTE in November.

 

 

 

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August 2, 2008

Book Animation by Chris Northey


Chris Northey did this inventive 3-dimensional book animation, called “Start Running Pico,”  while living in Japan. It speaks to the dynamic balance between creation and distruction that is part of most mythologies. Watch it here on YouTube.

July 24, 2008

The Art and Science of Folding Paper

Filed under: art classes, crafts, paper crafts, teaching kids — Tags: , , , , — popularkinetics @ 10:42 pm
Robert Lang's Origami BiCurve Pot 13

Robert Lang's Origami BiCurve Pot 13

 

A new film by Vanessa Gould called “Between the Folds” highlights 10 artists who left behind careers and graduate degrees to become paper artists. Attracted by the relationship between paperfolding, geometry, and the natural world, they work on the cusp of science and art. To preview short clips from the film, visit the 2008 Rhode Island International Film Festival site and click on the “Video” tab above the synopsis.

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