The TED conference happening this week in Vancouver has not only notable speakers but innovative artwork like that of Janet Echelman. Her”Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” is monumental in size and claims to be one of the biggest sculptures ever. It spans 227 x 145 x 53 m, suspended between a 24-story skyscraper and the Convention Center. Made from Honeywell Spectra fibre, it is a massive, billowing Google Chrome Eye floating high above the city with stunning light show at night.
Taking a rather novel approach to drones, this prototype for a new breed of tiny flying robots could hail a new chapter in stealth use that mimic the insect world. These “MAVs” (micro aerial vehicles) have been difficult to control and are weighed down but New York University has developed one that is featherweight and remains stable due to its petal propulsion which is a cross between a jellyfish and moth and is not much bigger than a dime! Would make a great art installation with a few dozen too….
Fast approaching the film debut of the Yves Saint Laurent film due out January 8,2014. It is directed by Jalil Lespert, stars Pierre Niney and has the blessing of Pierre Bergé himself. Have a glimpse here:
Glaswegian treasure, Tracyanne Campbell, seduces with her effortless vocals in this new release, ‘Fifth in line for the throne”. Coming to San Francisco June 19 and Vancouver June 23. Sit back and relax.
The first of a series into the world’s best artisanal workshops to catch a glimpse of the elaborate craftsmanship that continues to evolve unabated by mass production methods and robotics. Visual poetry.
Aerofex, an aerospace company from California, has developed a working prototype hover bike. According to the website Innovation News Daily, rotors on the underside of the vehicle provide lift, and the pilot controls the bike by leaning to the left and right. Aerofex has no immediate plans to commercially launch the vehicle to the public (yet?) but instead sees the technology as a test platform for military unmanned drones. Why does the military always get all the toys?
The mother of all forecasting discusses her latest insights which reveal some very interesting ideas such as:
*Everyday Spirituality: Not in a Buddhist mode, but to something that celebrates life on a small, day to day level.
*The loss of individual behavior: Collaborative efforts and groupings. Terrace style organization.
*The young father: The nurturer which gives new perspective on parenting.
*Fluidity: The creative elite is envisioning a borderless world, against what is happening nationally and politically, where each person incorporates another profession in their work. Something akin to a new renaissance (wo)man.
*New couples are like teammates,buddies, comrades, lovers.
*The rite of the blogger (future editor-in-chiefs?): By creating their own sphere of influence, sharing innate passions for their subjects and reinvigorating the written word.
Naturally, she says it all with casual conviction and succinct wording…
Like a blind spot, I have overlooked one of my favorite artists, Grayson Perry (or more affectionately, Clare). His is a world of wild artistic syntax and blindingly good art. In London he transforms the craft of ceramics, sculpture and tapestry into otherworldly dialogues with himself and the modern consumer world. He’s so good, I just want to keep him for myself…oh well, here you are, one of Britain’s national treasures. I’ve included an intimate moment in the kiln studio rather than the glam potter we’ve all come to love. Sorry, he doesn’t do websites.
In my ongoing quest for inter-urban zero-emission vehicles (that protect from the elements), I’ve run across this little charmer with retro-futurist aesthetics, the ‘EGGASUS’. Another little jewel to come out of California. This one is being launched in North America this fall.
It reaches a range of up to 50 miles (80.4 kilometers), with a top speed of 25 mph (40.23 km/h). Underneath the shell is a three-wheeled electric vehicle, fitted with an electric hub motor in the front wheel, enclosed cab, tinted windows, a seat, and instrument display panel. Pre-production models come with a price tag of US$5,000 a piece. Really, it would be an ideal replacement for all those rascals…
See on in motion below:
With a mesmerizing sense of absinthe induced hallucination, Van Gogh’s ethereal 1889 masterpiece,”Starry Night” comes magically to life, its haunting swirls set alight with interactive beauty. See example below.
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In what surely has to be one of the most beautiful shorts ever, CARTIER unleashes its world on film to mesmerizing effect. Two years in the making, it somehow combines the panoramic directing of Scorcese’s “Hugo” and Narnia fantasy amongst other darker sources. Relax and loose yourself.
Although I’m not one to post fashion shows (as there are many other sources) I thought it was fitting to show Stefano Pilati’s last show before the return of Hedi Slimane to YSL (albeit for the first time for women).
The show is IMMACULATE and definitely the best from the house under his watch. From the stunning makeup to the sinuous chainmail dresses and vertiginous metallic heel shoes. It’ll be interesting to see how this is topped next season…
NIKE has come out with various innovations this past week, one of which is the astonishingly minimal series, FLYKNIT, utilizing the most homespun of concepts: CROCHET.
Not your ordinary needle and thread, this is a micro-engineered upper utilizing resistant yet pliable material ideal for continual wear. Four years in the R+D phase, it is a masterful innovation in minimalist footwear, not quite as reductionist as the Swiss protection sock but certainly perhaps more practical. The single layer construction whittles the weight down to just 34 grams for the upper for a total of 160 for the entire shoe! Now that’s FLY.
It took 300 man hours to perfect this luminous night suit by Flat Cat productions.Pro snowboarder, William Hughes took to the slopes to demonstrate it while fashion photographer/filmaker, Jacob Sutton took to behind the camera to document it. The result is ethereally captivating.
See: NOWNESS + JACOB SUTTON