Ai Weiwei (Chinese, b. 1957, Beijing) - 1: Boomerang, 2006  Glass Lustres, Plated Steel, Electrical Cables, Incandescent Lamps  2: Chandelier, 2002  Crystal, Scaffolding  3: Cube, 2008 The giant chandelier is made up of a cubical grid of metal tubing and thousands of small crystals.  4: Descending Light, 2007  Glass Crystal, Lights, and Metal  5: 1001 Wooden Doors and Windows from destroyed Ming and Qing Dynasty Houses (1368-1911), Wooden Base  6: Fountain of Light, 2007 Steel and Glass Crystals on a Wooden Base. Installation view at Ai Weiwei’s studio 2007  7: Grapes, 2008  17 Stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)  8: Descending Light, 2007 in the Andalusian Centre of contemporary art in Seville, 2013  9: Descending Light (detail), 2007 in the Andalusian Centre of contemporary art in Seville, 2013.


 Mandala Designs Made From Flowers And Plants By Kathy Klein

The artist Kathy Klein loves creating beautiful floral arrangments with her green fingers, on the ground. In a colorful and psychedelic style, she mixes all kinds of flowers to make ephemeral roses she calls “Danmalas”. A selection of her creations is available in the next part of the article.


Artist Turns Train Passengers Into Funny Characters With His Doodles

Illustrator and Twitter user October Jones has learned first hand how boring commuting by train can be. Thankfully, he’s found a hilarious way to keep himself (and the rest of us) entertained on his daily commute. I need to start doing this!

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Wire Trees by Kevin Iris

In his early 20s, Wisconsin artist  became obsessed with growing small bonsai trees and over time he amassed a miniature forest of over 20 trees in his home. One aspect of shaping bonsai trees is learning how to properly “train” the branches to grow in a certain direction. This is often accomplished by using stiff wires wrapped around the branches to slowly guide them in the right direction. At one point Iris had a particularly stubborn tree nearly encased in wire when he suddenly he could make things a lot easier for himself by removing the tree completely.

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Spherical Harmonics

Exhibition at the Photographers Gallery, London by Alan Warburton explores the idea of capturing ‘reality’ in images within the realms of modern 3D graphics

For Spherical Harmonics Warburton draws on his background in fine art and commercial visual effects to produce a short experimental animation. The title of the piece refers to mathematical equations applied in CGI software which compute the behaviour and appearance of light within each scene. This is an example of how modern imaging software attempts to mimic the massive complexity of photographic ‘reality’.

In Spherical Harmonics Warburton presents a sequence of surreal episodes activated by and centred around various bodies of light. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the film hints at a fragmented but elusive narrative of fetishisation, systems, games, control and memory. The protagonist, Maya, a stock CG figure purchased online, inhabits a generic hotel room, responding to texture, colour and movements which are controlled and transformed by the appearance of each new source of light.

More about the exhibition can be found at the Photographers Gallery’s website here [exhibition runs until the 9th of April]

[Alan’s work previously on PK - Z: a monochromatic animation exploring a landscape rendered as a depth map]
[GIFs above were created by the artist]

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Animal Lace -  lighting 3D by Linlin & Pierre-Yves Jacques

"Animal Lace" is a superb series of 3D printed lamps, born of the delicacy of lace and inspired busts animal and hunting trophies. A pretty collection designed by designers Linlin & Pierre-Yves Jacques, which covered gloss paint structures made ​​with a 3D printer 

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Fabian OefnerBlack Hole”

“Black Hole” is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force. The setup is very simple: Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures.

The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, I connected a sensor to the drill, which sends an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units are capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing rod the motion of the paint.

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Debbie Harry in her New York apartment with Andy Warhol portrait of her, 1988. / We Hearth

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  • Paper illustrations succeed to give life to spectacular animations of birds from Juan Fontanive
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An artist gives life to his paintings of birds in an original way using the method of flipbook, a small book that, when you leaf through quickly, gives the illusion that the drawings come alive. A technique that amazes us and adds poetry to works that we do see today.

The artist designs different representations of birds that anime with a , a book of drawings, laminated quickly, giving the illusion of movement. Whether with drawings, acrylic paintings or even collages, graduate of the Royal College of Art in London offers a fascinating and filled with poetry show.

Ornithology, 2013 flip book machine from Juan Fontanive on Vimeo.

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The Adventures of Prince Achmen.
1926. German.
The oldest surviving animated film in history.

Nonono, you don’t understand how AWESOME this movie is

because it’s not done by a big production firm, or someone with a name as big as Walt Disney, no

the writer and “mind” behind this film was a WOMAN

yes, my dear tumblr peeps, the very first trick animator in the world was a young German woman who had an idea, and enough friends and time to make a feature-length animated film. And it took her three years

because the way this movie (and some shorter works she actually did before Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) are done is really, really complex. You see those leaves, and the hair of the figures? Yes.

That’s hand-cut paper.

Lotte Reiniger - that’s her name, my friends - always loved the art beind the Chinese shadow puppetry, and after she heard a lecture by Paul Wegener (famous vor the early movies Der Golem and Der Student von Prag) about the possibilites of animated movies, she wanted to combine these two things.

And guys, how she combined it…

Most of the puppets and scenerey she made all by herself. Her friends set up a special table that was lighted from underneath, and in the later movies she would even change the colours of the background mid-scene to change the atmosphere. Above it was a camera, shooting photos of the scenes that she moved milimetre for milimetre for those 16 pictures per second she needed for her movie.

Which makes Die Abenteuer von Prinz Achmed not only the first animated feature-length movie, but also the first stop-motion movie.

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Sherlock’s drunk deducing may be my favorite thing in the world.

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