October 2010 Archives
You've probably already seen this somewhere else, but I'm putting it here anyway because it makes me smile.
"We're of the school that if you have an idea that you think might work, the answer is not to talk about it for four weeks. The answer is to try it and see what happens," he says. "If it goes down in flames, that's fun too."
Using stop motion, rotoscoping, live video, and I'm not sure what else, artist Evelien Lohbeck created this video. I think I bookmarked it the first time I saw it, but when I came across it yesterday, I discovered even more to enjoy.
Yet another Stephen-Fry-related link - in this case, artist Matt Rogers creates a kinetic typography animation in which we watch the words arrange themselves as we hear Stephen Fry speaking about a love of language. (via Laughing Squid)
Totally engaged in what he's doing.
Artist Niklas Roy wanted more privacy in his street-level studio. (Or so he says. His project resulted in more attention, not less, but what fun!)
My workshop is located in an old storefront with a big window facing towards the street. In an attempt to create more privacy inside, I've decided to install a small but smart curtain in that window. The curtain is smaller than the window, but an additional surveillance camera and an old laptop provide it with intelligence: The computer sees the pedestrians and locates them. With a motor attached, it positions the curtain exactly where the pedestrians are.
The whole setup works really well. But in the end, it doesn't protect my privacy at all. It seems that the existence of my little curtain is leading itself ad absurdum, simply by doing its job very well. My moving curtain attracts the looks of people which usually would never care about my window. It is even the star of the street, now! My curtain is just engaged. And because of that, it fails.
This is the first part of a six-part video. The whole thing is worth watching. (I opened each of the six 15-minute parts in tabs in my browser and let them pre-load overnight. Then I could watch the whole thing play back smoothly...)
Thanks to Cynthia Closkey for letting me know that this was available. As she says, "Creativity, humor, origins, overcoming."
This goes by quickly, but is packed with ideas.
From the Autumn Leaf Festival parade today. I love that you can see more of the band and the tower of the Clarion county courthouse reflected in the bell of the saxophone.