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Project A15 Video Mapping

Projection Mapping RotterdamThis image might look like it’s a CGI mockup or a scene from Bladerunner, but it’s actually a video still of projection mapping in Rotterdam. Below is a photograph of the OMA-designed skyscraper that the visuals were projected onto.De Rotterdam OMA Building by Raban HaaijkDe Rotterdam building, as seen from Erasmus Bridge. Photograph by Raban Haaijk.

Project A15 – the idea that this event was promoting – is an initiative that seeks to make the busy highway running from Rotterdam to Nijmegen into the most sustainable highway in the world. The projection itself can be seen in the video below, and bear in mind that the height of the De Rotterdam building is 150 metres. That’s taller than London’s Centrepoint, which stands at 117 metres!

John Lewis: The Bear & The Hare

Angry BearThis grizzly bear is doing a pretty good job of aping my reaction to Christmas.

Everyone is going mental for the ‘touching’ John Lewis advert again, which is a blatant Animals of Farthing Hood rip off soundtracked by something no one needed to hear: Lily Allen covering Keane. It’s good, but obviously it doesn’t even come close to melting my ice cold heart or eliciting any kind of Christmas cheer from me. However, this touching tale of cartoon animals does carry an important lesson: if your BFF happens to be an apex predator, you might want to round up a few unwitting friends morsels in the hope that your carnivorous frienemy eats them first. Look how happy the bear is when he sees the meat feast he has woken up to…John Lewis Hare and BearAnyway, enough of my cynicism, here’s the actual advert, which was made by Adam & Eve/DDB and produced by Blinkink and Hornet. The animation really is lovely – and is the result of a lot of hard work – but I’d recommend muting it and playing something more appealing over the top.

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

Do I Wanna Know videoArctic Monkeys BlinkInkDo I Wanna Know David WilsonAnimated Arctic Monkeys videoBlinkInk Arctic MonkeysDavd Wilson Do I Wanna KnowCool video for Arctic Monkeys’ newest single. The style and colours remind me of the scene from Dumbo, when he’s drunk and hallucinating! This synaesthetic animation is by David Wilson, who was behind Tame Impala’s brain-melting ‘Mind Mischief‘ video. He also directed the gloriously technicolour IKEA advert, which I posted a while back.

I like the song, too. Looking forward to hearing the rest of the new album – ‘AM’ – which is out on September 9th.

Kinetica GIF!

Kinetica AnimationThese are some photographs I took at Kinetica Art Fair back in March. I wanted an excuse to play around with the GIF Maker on 15 Folds using my own photographs; these images were perfect because I could easily align the spheres to be the same size on Photoshop.

Google Doodle: Saul Bass

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Brand Addiction

This wry GIF, by New York-based illustrator Beomyoung Sohn, is part of a project called ‘Dummymen‘. The repetitive animation shows our mindless addiction to brands and consumerism as well as, presumably, our loss of individuality as a result. The project, which is still a work in progress, has got a really dark, nihilistic humour to it that reminds me of work by Banksy and Jake and Dinos Chapman. It’s amazing how many brand logos have been squeezed onto all the faces of each block; every time I think I’ve spotted all of them, I’ll see one that I haven’t noticed yet – like the ones for CNN and FedEx, which are partly hidden.

If you like this, then you’ll probably like the hilariously horrible cartoon by Steve Cutts that I posted previously.

MGMT – All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

Ned Wenlock VideoFactory TownMGMT AnimationWow. This song appears to be over a year old, but I’ve only just heard it and it’s brilliant. I was looking for the original Bauhaus version when I discovered this one and – without wanting to sound disdainful towards MGMT – I was pretty surprised at what a good job they’d done of covering it. Don’t get me wrong, I really like MGMT, but they’re not exactly the kind of band that you listen to and then think: “Yeah, I can tell they’re big fans of Bauhaus.”

Better still, this exquisite video by Ned Wenlock really complements the track and conveys the song’s melancholy lyrics.

The Circular Economy

ImageWhile this idea is likely to be far more complex in practise, this animated video by Mr. Binns explains the concept in a brilliantly simple and engaging way. Sometimes, I feel pretty bad that I’m part of a huge problem and implicit in killing the earth, but the idea of going to live in a yurt, composting my own shit, and becoming one of those earthy white girls with dreadlocks totally repulses me. I like the thought of a ‘circular economy’, because it shifts the responsibility back to the manufacturer, while trying to cut a better deal for the consumer. It seems like this is an effective approach, because most of us are incapable of actually processing waste into something that’s truly useful. I mean, be honest – you’re never actually going to get round to making that Fairy liquid bottle into the crafty thing you saw on Pinterest. Well, you might…I definitely won’t.
In the UK, it seems that the idea of a more collaborative way of consuming is quite appealing – especially when trends and technology change so rapidly. It also seems that, for a lot of us, it’s unlikely that we will ever own a house. We’re already renting our homes – why not rent the things that are in them, too? 


Of course, this new system must have its flaws too, but its core values seem to be hitting the right notes for a more sustainable future.

Trip The Light Fantastic

Jessica Eaton Rainbow CubeJessica Eaton PhotographyJessica Eaton Colour WheelThese vibrant compositions aren’t abstract paintings or prints – they are photographs! The pictures were taken by Montreal-based photographer Jessica Eaton, who uses a method called ‘additive colour separation’ to create these effects. By photographing blocks using motion blur or stepped multiple exposures, Eaton causes the blocks to blend together. There is no digital trickery involved, either. Although Eaton says that digital photography and Photoshop helped her to conceive her work, she uses an analogue 4×5 large format camera.

Kim Pimmel Light StudiesKim Pimmel ExperimentalKim Pimmel Long ExposureWhile the solidity of Jessica Eaton’s pieces make them really intriguing, these light studies by Kim Pimmel possess a fluid movement that works well with the translucency of the neon lights. The San Franciscan UI designer and photographer creates mesmerising long exposure light photographs. To achieve these images, Pimmel uses common objects and simple technology; such as LEDs, phone screens and ping pong balls. More of his light studies are on Flickr, but you should definitely watch his ‘Light Drive‘ video – a stop motion sequence of his light study photographs.

Format: A Brief History of Data Storage

A Brief History of Data Storage‘Format: A Brief History of Data Storage’ is a slickly animated infographic by Alan Warburton, which shows just how sophisticated our modern data storage options are. It’s bizarre to think that, when I was a kid, I used to put my school projects onto a floppy disk – something that you’d struggle to fit a high resolution image onto these days, let alone an MP3 or a AVI file. I like that Warburton has compared digital media with print media. It’s amazing to think that you could fit the contents of ‘a small library’ on one 16GB USB stick, although one has to assume that the library is a very traditional one, and doesn’t loan out books or DVDs.