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I think this would be a much cooler thing to build into a tech office space than log cabins:
Artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have constructed a giant wood hamster wheel with a 25-foot-diameter where the duo are currently living and working for 10 days until March 9 at the Boiler in Williamsburg, Brookyln. Why? Because …art! Titled In Orbit, the piece is a continuation of numerous installations where the artists live together in public spaces including Counterweight Roommmate and Stability which they refer to as “architectural performance pieces.”
Alessandro Scali [has] made a public Google Map based on @giphy artists list that gives visitors an easy way to see the glitchy, DIY animations from creatives all over the world. Explore the animation: here.
Each structure in Broken Houses is made from printed photographs of a real building. The prints are attached to cardboard and held together with wood and other materials.
If you’ve driven a rural road anywhere in the United States, you’ve probably seen the slumping remains of a farmhouse or warehouse. And while you may not have given it a second thought, Ofra Lapid sure did. Broken Houses is a focused meditation on these gutted structures, which she recreates in miniature from found photographs.
Her models are made from printed photos of real buildings she discovered online, held together with cardboard, wood, and other materials. Lapid discovered the work of an amateur photographer in North Dakota–kept anonymous at Lapid’s request–who had taken numerous detailed photos of the condemned structures.
As part of last year’s exhibit titled “Saddle Up!” at Hot Art Wet City gallery in Vancouver, Canadian artist Clem Chen created a series of cruelty free, faux taxidermy creatures using recycled bicycle seats. Aptly named “Bite It” and “Pink Eye”, the sculptures were made by attaching plastic-cast taxidermy molds onto the bicycle seats with construction adhesive and 2-part epoxy glue. Additional sculpting was done using epoxy putty.
Laura Plageman [manipulates] prints and rephotographs them. … To fully appreciate the images, you have to get your head around the two realities you’re seeing, that of the landscape, and that of the photographed piece of paper. It’s, like, very metaphysical and stuff.
Inspired by the technique of double-exposure photography, Trillo took it the extra mile in the music video for “Be Around”, a song off of The Peach Kings’ upcoming EP Mojo Thunder. Shooting very textured, story-telling video while traveling, he then overlaid video of band members Paige and Steven to create an almost ethereal, three-dimensional journey.
But it also reminded me of this absolutely sublime video above (wish I could remember how I first encountered it): “Prisecolinensinenciousol, a parody by Adriano Celentano for the Italian TV programme Mileluci is sung entirely in gibberish designed to sound like American English.”
It’s totally, fantastically ridiculous.
Meanwhile, here’s the more recent multi-“lingual” video if you haven’t seen it. (Impressively, she does both UK and American versions of phony English.)
And as long as we’re on the subject, here’s the great (and recently deceased) Sid Caeser, explaining his own amazing mastery of “double talk.”
A map put together by TeleGeography displays where all the undersea fibre-optic telecommunication cables are and who they connect to … in other words, a map of the physical internet:
The map depicts routes of 263 in-service and 22 planned undersea cables. Each country is colored according to how many international submarine cable system links are connected there. Capital cities and the location and direction of 44 cable vessels (as of December 6, 2013) are also provided.
The map provides detailed information about cable landing stations in key regions including Hawaii, Southern Florida, New York, New Jersey, Cornwall, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney.
The map is available for purchase at TeleGeography. You can find out more about the map here
An interactive version of the map to view and zoom in your browser can be found here
An interview with TeleGeography’s research director about the subject can be found at CNN here