More interactive fun. This time thanks to Axe (American for Lynx) de-oderant. It features clever use of your web-cam. Tonally it’s pretty low-rent, but fun all the same. Check it out here.
Archive for the ‘Stuff’ Category
John Pound is an incredible comic book artist who is probably most famous worldwide for his illustrations that adorned The Garbage Pail Kids stickers and cards in the 80’s. You used to collect the cards by buying Topps chewing gum and were greeted with such fab illustrations as Adam Bomb and Drew Blood. You can view this bit of nostalgia here.
Crazy shit from a bunch of guys in a warehouse somewhere. I want one.
Kent Rogowski has created a series of portraits of ordinary teddy bears, but unusually each Bear has been turned inside out and restuffed.
Kent reckons “Each animal’s appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.”
More bear stuff here.
The highly anticipated Apple tablet is set to get a release date announcement on January 26th. The oversized I-phone will feature a 10.1 screen and enough power to run all your app’s and video software, but it will have a battery life of only 10 minutes (my guess). Not sure where this is supposed to fit into your product usage, but no doubt it will be success and everyone will want one.
“Wonderland”, is a video by artist Hye Yeon Nam, (stick with it it’s not as bad as you think). The video features Hye walking backwwrds through New York (see what I’ve done with the title) and then reversed in playback so that she looks like she is walking forwards while the whole of New York goes backwards. Not the most original concept, countless music videos have been made this way (see most of Michel Gondry’s work), but there’s something about this technique that always get’s me. It’s also interesting to note that nobody around her seems to take any notice of her admittedly nonconformist behavior.
In the 1980s VHS technology made it possible for “mobile cinema” operators in Ghana to travel from town to town and village to village creating temporary cinemas. The touring film group would create a theatre by hooking up a TV and video onto a portable generator and playing the films for the people to see.
In order to promote the films in towns, artists were hired to paint large posters (usually on canvas flour sacks). The artists often had never seen the film in question and had total creative freedom to design and paint whatever they thought worked as promotional material. Often leading to more interesting concepts than the films themselves.
Sadly, the “mobile cinema” began to decline in the mid-nineties due to television; and as a result the painted film posters were substituted for less interesting artwork produced by photocopying the original poster. Boo.
But now most of the posters are featured in the book Extreme Canvas: Movie Poster Paintings from Ghana . Yay.
Following in the successful footsteps of the motor industry, Je m’ Appelle Nikki a lingerie store based in The Amsterdam, has decided to launch their own version of the car scrappage scheme. The Bra scrappage scheme encourages customers to bring in their thread bare faded bra’s and get €7.50 off a new one. Genius here.