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Pushing the boundaries of 3-D printing, MIT and Stratasys have teamed up to create fibrous masks for Bjork. Yes, she’s at it again.  Using material ecology (the fusion of science, design and biology) to produce materials of collogen fibres emulating bone, muscle and hair in various opacities. Molded precisely to Bjork’s head, it moves in perfect syncronicity.

Björk wears the Rottlace mask during her June 8, 2016,  live performance in the Miraikan, Tokyo.

photos: Santiago Felipe

Björk wearing the Rottlace mask.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/104163927″>OPENING</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/willits”>Christopher Willits</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

See the immersive visual and aural scapes by Christopher Willits via OPENING on Vimeo.

Watch the absolutely AMAZING R+D at Nike: via Nike is opening an exhibition in Milan | Dazed

Fusing the art of sculpture and fleshy painting creates hyper-realistic forms that remain surreal in their context. Flesh for thought.

via Hyperrealistic Sculptures Blur the Line Between Clay and Flesh | The Creators Project.

As the year begins, there are two developments worth noting that will have profound repercussions down the road:

The Stanford school of medicine have developed a technique to lengthen the ‘telomeres’ which are the end caps to our DNA and serve to protect and divide the cells. As we age, the number diminishes and weakens from an optimum range of 8,000 to 10,000 nucleotides that make up the average youth. This process extends the telomeres by a 1,000 nucleotides or the equivalent of numerous human years. This may prove disruptive in the treatment of numerous diseases and possibly in rejuvenating cells as a way to slow down the aging process. Only time will tell… Read more at: http://stanford.io/1Kqp0Vr

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Graphene has been introduced to various industries but this particular application from the crew at the University of Manchester and of Sheffield will allow LED light to be emitted over a surface of only a few molecular layers thick, thus allowing for a new generation of FLEXIBLE and semi-transparent electronic screens. This is due to the heterostructure of the material, its superb conductivity and strength, incredibly at only 10-40 atoms thick!

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3D printing continues to take small leaps and bounds as adventurers literally spin out innovative adaptations like that of Nervous Systems, Massachusetts  and their kinematically designed frock. Made from over 2200 modular, triangular pieces that move individually allowing fluid, fabric like motion. 21st Century chainmail. So wonderfully innovative that MoMa NYC has bought it to place in their museum. Printed through Shapeways, it involved ‘folding’ the stl. file within the parameters of printing capacity. A remarkable, technological feat that is equally delicate and beautiful.

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Northwestern University in Chicago has announced results in electric brain treatment that may hold the key to rehabilitating memory disorders stemming from alzheimer’s, aging, brain injury, schizophrenia, stroke and just plain ole’ forgetfulness…Results showed substantial improvement of memory tests after the 3rd day of 20 minute cranial massages for 5 consecutive days using electric impulses to a sweetspot strongly connected to the hippocampus just under the skull. Cramming for exams just got a whole lot easier (lol).

Electric Current to Brain Boosts Memory from Northwestern News on Vimeo.

Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study published in the journal Science.

Nobumichi Asai is known for his CGI work in various industries like cars and architecture but lends his hand here to the human face:

OMOTE / REAL-TIME FACE TRACKING & PROJECTION MAPPING. from something wonderful on Vimeo.

NOBUMICHI ASAI (PLANNER / PRODUCER / TECHNICAL PRODUCER – P.I.C.S.)
HIROTO KUWAHARA (ART DIRECTOR & MAKEUP)
PAUL LACROIX (TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / PROGRAMMER – TRANSIT DIGITAL WORKS)
JIN HASEGAWA (CG DESIGNER – SPADE)
TAKASHI ISHIBASHI (CG DESIGNER – SPADE)
AYAKA MOTOYOSHI (PRODUCTION MANAGER – P.I.C.S.)

Scientists from MIT have developed new materials as light as aerogel only 10,000 times harder and may soon revolutionize chassis for automobiles, aerospace and other tech industries. Its secret lies in the structure at a molecular level that is 3D printed using a method called,micro-stereolithography that form lattice structures that withstand much more than their porous structure. 160.000 times more to be precise. Brave new world, indeed. Read more here: MIT
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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….

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Working in a particularly unusual void between sculpture and millinery, Maiko Takeda explores new volumes and innovative, spontaneous spins on everyday inspirations.
With a BA honours in jewellry from St. Martins and a masters in millinery from the Royal College of Art, she has also worked with the phenomenal Stephen Jones, Phillip Treacy, Erickson Beamon and Issey Miyake no less. It certainly shows.
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Using the fluctuations of musical vibrations from pieces like ‘Swan Lake’ to alter the form of crystals blends two disparate elements into one uniquely special event. The work of Yoshioka can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. An innovative process that documentsts the relation between nature, science and human sensitivity.
See more: http://www.tokujin.com/en/
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Recalling the work of italian futurist Umberto Boccioni, these creations are visionary.
Hadid states: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions”. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” Indeed.
Made of chrome vinyl rubber and lined in Nappa with fibreglass platform and heel, no amount of comfort is lost. Available in bronze, gold, black and silver. zaha Hadid for United

Stars came out to see the unveiling of the world’s first 3D printed dress (well, Deborah Harry anyhow…) Designed by Michael Schmidt of Lady Gaga/Cher fame (ok?) in collaboration with SHAPEWAYS, the resulting linked nylon was sprayed black, sprinkled with Swarovski and poured over the VERY beautiful Dita Von Teese. Oolala!
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With the race on for wearable technologies such as smartwatches by Apple and Samsung, Google is forging ahead with it’s glasses that incorporate augmented reality, straight out of William Gibson’s novel, “Virtual Light” from 1993.
Here you can have a sneak preview what this will look like…

Google Glass “Explorer” will retail for approx. US$1,500 and will go to market in 2014.

British Columbia-based Hyperstealth Biotechnology claims to be working on an extraordinary “invisibility cloak” that would render its wearer virtually invisible. Citing security concerns, the camouflage-design company has yet to provide anything beyond mock-ups of the Quantum Stealth cloak, but explained that the fabric works by bending light around a person, enabling them to disappear into the environment. While the technology may seem fantastic, the company insists that they have the backing of the U.S. Pentagon and the Canadian military. Watch for it.
http://www.hyperstealth.com/
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Why settle for one building when you can have a dozen seemingly piled on structures that entertain as well as take advantage of differing views and interesting inner spaces? The following are a round up of contemporary examples from some rather distinguished architectural firms.
Dutch studio MVRDV’s proposal for a 400-metre skyscraper in Jakarta.

VitraHaus by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron.
Tokyou Apartment by Sou Fujimoto Architects.

Shelter of Nostalgia by Worapong Manupipatpong (Polehouse)
Zaandam-hotel-by-Wilfried-van-WindenPhotographs are by Roel Backaert.

Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her invisible shoe. That is not a surprise.

Possibly the most disruptive technology since the internet, 3D printing is revolutionizing how design is approached and is bound to lead to some increasingly complex aesthetics. The video really says it best.


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Alpha Lyrae,the latest collection from Vega Zaishi Wang, was recently showcased at Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) as part of The Creators Project, a global platform launched by Intel and Vice.She is Beijing based and a 2008 graduate from St. Martins, perhaps explaining the visual link to McQueen and Chalayan. Inspired by a BBC documentary about deep sea creatures—in particular, colorful jellyfish and the magic of bioluminiscence, she utilized EL technology upon advice from her electronic engineer parents. The result makes for some very poetic atmosphere. See more at: Vega Wang