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.
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.
In the meanwhile you can preview, for free, the first two singles:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
P.S. I actually am not a Identity Theorizing Emergent Dualistic Higher Order Theorist.
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
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.