Export to World (Linda Kostowski and Sascha Pohflepp) seeks to comment ironically on the design and production of merchandise in virtual worlds. At Ars Electronica in Linz, retail space on Marienstrasse was temporarily converted into a shop like those found in Second Life. Large scale display ads showed what’s for sale: custom-made or purchased virtual objects that shoppers could buy at a price determined daily by the current Linden dollar/euro exchange rate. Instead of the acquired object suddenly appearing in the purchaser’s inventory, though, the proud owner received a a two-dimensional paper representation of it which he/she could manually fit together into a three-dimensional object on site. The final results are paper representations of digital representations of real objects, including all the flaws that copying entails.
Donald Dixon’s illustrations are hilarious! His style looks really Japanese to me, maybe its because some of his characters look like Astro Boy. Kind of reminds me of a summer time a couple years ago when my friend and I, both girls, wanted to act and dress like little boys…ah…youth! The shape of the eyes and expressions also remind me of Helen Jo’s comics.
Check out Amandine Alessandra’s clever use of objects to create typography. I have to admit that they could be at times hard to read… especially her project “Take a seat and say something” (you can see it after the jump) but it’s really refreshing to see the transformation of mundane things when you look at them in another perspective.
The drawings of Dean Sullivan (Flickr moniker A E I O U) could make seriously awesome wallpaper but only if you don’t mind being creeped out once in a while when you get too close to it. The densely meticulous lines create lush eco-systems for drippy hairy demons and caves…I wanna go! He also makes really awesome shirt/sweat shirt graphics and possesses this thing that make me think he’s actually a 5-year old with a more perverse imagination than usual picking up the markers and pencil for the first time and scribbling away. It’s great!
Really great work by French animator and illustrator Baptiste Alchourroun. The video uses choppy motion and what seems like a loooot of neon/brightly colored paper to create a really cool effect. The music is pretty catchy too and the character in it reminds me of the dude from MSTRKRFT because of his ‘stache (insert ‘stache n shades competition plug). Check out more of Baptiste’s illustration work after the jump & definitely check out his website because it’s all bitmap-y and cute.
Not only does Black Moth Super Rainbow make amazing music, they also brought their music videos to a whole new level with interactivity for this Dark Bubbles piece. Like, what? Just move your mouse around from right to left (the webcam activated one doesn’t seem to be working…). The concept is really simple-just a guy jumping up and down on a trampoline, but smart at the same time. I kind of wish there was more variation though.
Degenerate Art Ensemble is a musically hyper-experimental performance group comprised of a dance company, punk/jazz band, a 45 piece orchestra. I found out about them first through their album Cuckoo Crow. Listening to it makes me feel really alive and dead and kind of confused and disgusted with myself as a fleshly vessel. It also made me want to turn off the lights in my room and just start writhing for no reason (which I have to admit that I did). Check out a sample of their song Checkersplitter on Youtube. They’re awesome!