OK Go do a chrome experiment

July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Long gone are the days that musician could go by a simple, story-telling video clip to go along with their music. That simply won’t do anymore. And if you can’t make an iPad app for your music  you need at least to make it an interactive, online experience. OK Go, of course, are not new to making amazing music videos that go viral on the internet – heck, they invented the viral music video. But their newest endeavour for their song “All is not lost” is an amazing chrome experiment. Featuring moving & synchronized browser windows, amazing choreography by Pilobolus, body typography, kaleidoscopic effects and, *winks* a cameo by it’s a small web, you better not miss it. View it here.OK GO

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Bjork’s Biophilia

July 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

Bjork’s much anticipated new album Biophilia is out today.


Biophilia is going to be released as a regular music album, but also as an iPhone/iPad app. Biophilia, the free app, is a multimedia framework, created by Bjork in collaboration with other artists, scientists, programmers and designers, that will hold each song – sold separately. Each in-app song will explore the relationship between music and physical phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic.

biophilia 1  biophilia 3

In the meanwhile you can preview, for free, the first two singles:

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The form of a word

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Can you imagine the forms and colors that words can take? Digital design agency Corum + Guerrette created String DNA, an interactive data visualization image generator, which converts alphabet letters into shapes and colors. String DNA

By typing your name or a short description in the text box, you can a visual interpretation of how a letter or a word looks like, like our blog’s name just below.

Strind DNA: it's a small web

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How big is our universe?

May 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

We often feel alone and unprotected in this vast universe. But really, how big is our universe? This fascinating interactive animation explores the known universe, from Quantum foam to the Virgo Galactic Group.

via PSFK

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The evolution of the theory of evolution

May 13, 2011 § 4 Comments

Darwin published six different editions of his Origin of the Species in his lifetime. After the huge impact of the first edition, he tried to incorporate corrections, modifications and replies to criticism in every single later edition. Starting, of course, with the addition of “the Creator” on the second edition. In fact, the first edition was approximately 150,000 words and the sixth was a whooping 190,000 words. That is to say, the theory of evolution itself evolved from the first to the last edition.On the Origin of Species The Preservation of Favoured Traces

Information scientist Ben Fry was based on the complete work of Darwin online to create an impressive online visualization of the changes from one edition to the other. On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Traces (requires java) color codes every single addition, deletion or change in the original text. Moreover, upon hovering on the color blocks (each representing an edition) you see the actual text that was edited. Playing as a chronological animation you can see every little piece of thought or argument being formed, modified, improved.

You get a little glimpse into the mind of a genius.

via forbes

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The human factory

April 20, 2011 § 1 Comment

We often consider our self as part of a mechanical work. That times has changed and we are nothing but a machine which work all the time to fulfill its ever emerging needs. But the idea of the human being as a machine was first conceived or at least illustrated by German physician, artist and writer Fritz Kahn in 1926. Fritz Kahn created Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace), a poster of the human body, which depicts the body’s complex functions, such as respiration, circulation, digestion as parts of a wider mechanical process. He ‘compartmentalized’ the body, creating different rooms, where workers carefully carried out the different works of our body.

Man As Industrial Palace

Henning Lenderer, a German visual communication and animation student, has created an amazing and high detailed animation of Kahn’s poster, managing to eloquently explain the separate functions of a body, in the following video and an interactive installation for the audience to explore the different cycles of this human machinery.

via Visual News

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Make up your mind about your mind

March 31, 2011 § 3 Comments

Everybody has one. A conscious mind I mean. And with it comes the self-referential ability of theorizing about it. Philosophers of Mind, Cognitive Scientists, Neuroscientist and Religious Scholars have all put out theories on what consciousness is (especially in the last 20 years it has become a hot topic of study,and, believe it or not, zombies have central role).

So, where do I stand on the consciousness debate? That’s what Information is Beautiful told me:Identity Theorizing Emergent Dualistic Higher Order Theorist

What is Consciousness? Make up your mind is a short and sweet web app that gives you an overview of the main theories of Consciousness, lets you choose what you find more plausible and in the end hits you with an almost post-modern description of your theory.What is consciousness

P.S. I actually am not a Identity Theorizing Emergent Dualistic Higher Order Theorist.

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Invisible cities

February 9, 2011 § 6 Comments

“Love is dead in metropolis/All contact through glove or partition/What a waste/The City/A wasting disease”

What if the city is no longer a wasting disease, but a place of network activity and sharing?  A new kind of city – a city of mind?

Invisible cities is an online interactive project, which “displays geocoded activity from online services such as Twitter and Flickr, both in real-time and in aggregate. Real-time activity is represented as individual nodes that appear whenever a message or image is posted. Aggregate activity is reflected in the underlying terrain: over time, the landscape warps as data is accrued, creating hills and valleys representing areas with high and low densities of data”, according to their creators Christian Marc Schmidt and Liangjie Xia.

Let’s re-experience our physical environment.

via Brainpickings

I love Cash

February 1, 2011 § 5 Comments

When I hear that trumpet sound/I’m gonna rise out of the ground.

I do not know if we are going to meet Johnny Cash down the river road, but we sure are going to meet all of his fans. Cash’s final studio recording “Ain’t No Grave is being revived in the Johnny Cash project.

The Johnny Cash project is a post-mortem tribute to the Man In Black, an online, interactive project, where participants from all over the web can create their unique and personal portraits of Johnny, using a custom drawing tool, in a single template. All these different drawings, compiled by director Chris Milk, responsible also for the mind-blowing  Wilderness Downtown, are integrated in a collective music video. Actually not only one video but different, ever-changing, randomly generated videos.

Each drawing constitutes a different frame of the music video, and all of them are combined in different versions of the song. Thus, you can choose to see, among others, the most-brushstrokes-per-frame version, or the one with-the-most-realistic frames.

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The strings of the NYC subway

February 1, 2011 § 4 Comments

Imagine that every subway line is a chord and that every time trains on two intersecting lines cross, that chord emits a note. Picture this in real-time, as trains go back and forth. This is the music the strings of the NYC subway play:

The above video is a video capture of the actual interactive application, Conductor, based on real-time MTA info. Created by Alexander Chen, the visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.

A true example of web poetry.

via kottke

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January 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

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The art of collecting (or collecting the ephemeral)

January 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

Remember that time in your childhood when you used to collect the most improbable things, from stamps and magazines to napkins and bottles of beer, until one day you decided to throw them away? Well some people never gave up on their collections.

[Warning super long chain of projects coming up]

COLORcollector is a collective project of COLORSlab, the interactive platform of COLORS MAGAZINE, the quarterly edition of FABRICA, the communication research centre of BENETTON, the italian clothing brand.

In COLORcollector, collectors upload photos of the objects of their obsession: garden gnomes, air sickness bags, rubber duckies and anything imaginable.

See some of the most weird collections:

Converse All Star Shoes Guiness World Record by Joshua Mueller

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I can see my house from here

January 18, 2011 § 9 Comments

We used to waste hours just walking around/We used to wait/All those wasted lives in the wilderness downtown

the wilderness downtown

Songs are places. This song is your place. The one you grew up in. The one you have left behind. The one you are running away from. Or towards?

Arcade Fire’s song “We Used To Wait“, from their latest album “The Suburbs” (highly acclaimed by well established magazines, such as Uncut, Mojo and so many others, and by alternative digital websites and blogs, such as Pitchfork and Gorilla vs Bear) is a haunting tune about the no man’s land that is memory.

“The Wilderness Downtown”, directed by Chris Milk, is an interactive interpretation of the song, where a faceless man (me? you?) is running around the streets of his/her childhood*. By entering your childhood address,  a narrative unfolds, revealing beautifully rendered images and videos of your hometown. Choreographed windows, custom-rendered maps, flocking birds and growing trees create a personalised scenery. At the end, you can make amends with your past, writing a beautifully typefaced note to the person you once were, only to see it incorporated in the video.

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