Archived entries for art

YEARS from Bartholomäus Traubeck on Vimeo.

Laurel pointed this out to me this morning. Yes, those are the rings of a tree trunk being used to procedurally generate music. Good music, too.

Putting this here so I don’t forget about these beautiful things:

Via Yewknee:

This gallery of Yugoslovian monuments is a feast for the eyes but, even better, if you read through this thorough explanation of their past you will get a little treat for the brain. The diversity of the designs is impressive and the motivation behind their initial construction makes their neglect even more poignant.

One more…

This was on my hard drive, so I think I found it at some point last week.


Masks like this one were worn by British crews in tanks during the First World War. The leather mask is shaped to fit around the eyes and nose and the chain mail was used to protect against splinters from explosions as the tank came under fire. Life inside these primitive vehicles would have been extremely uncomfortable as well as dangerous. Tanks were introduced in 1916 but were initially slow, difficult to manoeuvre and had little firepower.


This weekend was the first 48 hour Memphis Music Launch, presented by the Memphis Music Foundation, EmergeMemphis and the Launchpad – basically a whole bunch of nonprofits dedicated to improving Memphis.

The concept was that people could pitch any kind of music or business music idea to the other participants. Then, 8 pitches would be picked to have groups work on that idea for 48 hours, presenting at the end of the weekend. From there only four groups would move forward to a showcase show at the New Daisy in July, with the winner getting a record deal and other awesome prizes.

Laurel did a lot of the collateral design work for the project at Archer, and thought that it might be something fun for us to do. You know, do some design work, maybe build a website for a band that needed work.

Like all of our Bad Ideas, this ballooned into something much bigger than we expected.

We ended up working with a group of 8 musicians who were strangers on Friday, and by Sunday were making music that I really feel represents the modern diversity of Memphis and America as a whole. We named them The Delta Collective, and ended up taking over all of their marketing/legal/business research while they got to the business of writing and recording.

And my God did they knock that part of it out of the park.

At then end of the weekend, we presented the band, their music and all of the planning we’d done. I took over the business end of the presentation, and from the audience feedback, we were the best of the bunch.

I’ll never forget when the judges came back after their deliberations.

“Now, here are the winners in no particular order…
The Delta Collective…”

So, they’re moving on to the showcase in July, with L and I acting as publicists/shepherds/managers/enablers.

You can check out the final product at the website we built:

That’ll also lead you all of our social media stuff, too.

We’ve got 90 days to do as much as we can with these guys, who were, just 48 hours ago, total strangers.

No idea what’ll happen in that or beyond that, but at least for the weekend, those six people and the two of us had our lives changed for the better.

I just wish I could have a weekend after that weekend. Our yard needs to be cut badly, ha.

Sourcing New Scientist to give you a rough over view of this:

Joe Davis is an artist and a research affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the mid-1980s, he became concerned that no image of humans had been sent into space representing the details of human genitals or reproduction.

So he led a project to transmit the sounds of vaginal contractions towards neighbouring star systems. To do so, he recorded the vaginal contractions of ballet dancers.

The messages were to be sent from MIT’s Millstone Hill Radar to Epsilon Eridani, Tau Ceti and two other stars. However, only a few minutes of footage was transmitted before the US air force, which had jurisdiction over the facility, shut the project down.

Nevertheless, the vaginal sounds that were sent will have reached Epsilon Eridani in 1996 and Tau Ceti in 1998. It is unclear what sort of reply we should expect.

Got that? So, Joe Davis, a full on bat-shit insane mad scientist, was pissed off at the lack of female genitalia on Carl Sagan’s Pioneer 10/11 plaques. Davis felt that we were basically throwing “monster versions” of ourselves out into space, and he felt something should be done about it.

Like convincing a bunch of dancers from the Boston Ballet to insert a device of his own design, record their vaginal contractions, and then have an equally bat-shit insane linguist translate those into recorded patterns into the basic phonemes of language.

Which he then beamed at two of our nearest neighbor stars.

Which I think might make Joe Davis the world’s first interstellar pornographer, but that’s neither here nor there.

When I get hitched, you can be damn sure this will be the image on the Save the Date cards.

From Dark Roasted Blend.

Time to do this again.

How it works: I post the images I’ve collected during my amblings around the Internet until I run out of them or get bored. In most cases, I don’t have any idea where they came from or who made them. Just sit back and let the Imagegeist roll over you.

New images are after the cut.

Hindenburg over NYC

LSD - Start of something wonderful

Santa has a present for you

Optimist Prime


Continue reading…

La Machine’s website.

Via Dark Roasted Blend.

Growth – Life Science Library, 1966

Prince Lighters, 1974

(This guy reminds me a lot of Jack Terricloth.)

From the best blog on the Internet, Pink Tentacle. There are more at that link. Do yourself a favor, go check them out.

There’s a whole series of these, all of them referencing pop culture and classic art.

And all of them are awesome.

I’m telling you, Pink Tentacle is absolutely amazing.

Here is a collection of vintage bromide cards showing various pachimon (imitation creatures based loosely on famous TV and movie monsters) at iconic locations around the world. Published by Yokopro in the 1970s.

From Pink Tentacle, which you all should be reading.

Hajikkaki (はぢっかき) has a round white body with short arms and legs.

Via the amazing Pink Tentacle:

The Bakemono Zukushi handscroll, painted in the Edo period (18th-19th century) by an unknown artist, depicts 24 traditional monsters that once used to spook the people of Japan.

The Japanese probably have more creatures of folklore than any other culture in the world. They get hyper-specific in attributing what monster (yokai in Japanese) has dominion over what space. For example, a wall in an abandoned building might be haunted by one kind of monster, but a forgotten umbrella in the same building, or the dark attic will be haunted by completely different yokai. Not all of these yokai are evil, mind you. Most of them are tricksters and annoyances, and some are benevolent – mainly nature aspects, etc. Takashi Miike made an excellent family adventure movie about them a few years back called The Great Yokai War, I highly recommend that you check it out. I wrote a bit about it here.

I figured that was the most descriptive post title I could come up with

Graffito-tagged Drawbridge from English/Russia.

The ending credits from A Series of Unfortunate Events. Probably the best motion graphics sequence I’ve ever seen.

Pity the movie wasn’t as good.

Frank Frazetta

1928 – 2010

Fair warning from line one, this video has some anime tits in it. Well, hentai tits, if you want to be genre-specific. They are only up there for a half second or so, three times in total, over the course of the video, but I just wanted to put that out there before you people started griping.


This video is called Akihabara Majokko Princess. It is directed by McG, a mass media agent provocateur let lose by the global media concerns to kill our brains. His oeuvre, as you can see, is a questionable, if not prosecutable one.

Which makes his most recent endeavor a puzzling one.

Quick note: that video might get taken down because of previously mentioned cartoon mammaries. Google it if it vanishes.

Yes, that would be Kirsten Dunst bouncing around in the Akihabara district of Tokyo dressed like a reject from an acid trip a fetish love doll an anime character to her own version of The Vapor’s “Turning Japanese”. Now, normally I’d shrug and move along after watching this. But there’s one niggling catch to this. You see, the mad king of Japanese pop art, Takashi Murakami (the guy behind “My Lonesome Cowboy” (that link is soooooo NSFW)), is running an exhibit at the Tate Museum in London called Pop Life, Art In A Material World. And McG has some how managed to get himself rolled into it. And that music video? That’s his entry.

Which gets me thinking. Maybe I’ve missed something here. Maybe McG wasn’t just swiping a song that had a surface level reference to Japan. Maybe he picked that song because he was re-imagining the masturbatory implications of the song in terms of the Japenese cultural obsession with the fantasy world of anime. And maybe, beyond that, he’s trying to make a statement about how the West’s attempt to assimilate this otaku culture is also masturbatory and self-gratifying without doing anything to advance our own culture.

Which in thinking these thoughts makes me think another:

I hate myself for giving McG this much credit.

I’ve decided that I’m going to tell myself that Murakami just told him what to do and that McG is incapable of creating something multilayed and interesting.

Isn’t he?


In a waking dream in Memphis, TN. It’s a good town but something’s not right. Maybe it’s me.
-From the Tennessee section of the 50 State Project.

First off, I bet you are probably asking “What the fuck is a Trixie Bedlam”. And that’s a good question.

Trixie Bedlam is the pseudonym of Sarah Sharp, a writer/photographer formerly of NYC. She made the jump to Detroit recently to be at the frontlines of America’s death from rust wind and economic bowel-rot cancer. She claims to be the greatest girl detective in the world.

Right now her current project is something she’s calling 50 States. The idea is simple. Hit all 50 States inside of a year, take photos and notes, then put all of that into a book when she’s done. Last time I checked, she’d hit 36 states, and was planning on knocking out the rest with a few long-arc road trips across the bit empty spaces in America. The catch to her plan? Alaska and Hawaii are a bit difficult to get to, and gas prices aren’t going down.

So, she’s asking for your help thought Kickstarter is a project funding program that will pay for an artist’s project, if they can meet a funding goal inside of a certain period of time. If they can’t meet their funding goal, then no money is collected from the people who pledged. This way, artists don’t end up with not enough money and people expecting results. In Trixie’s case, she’s shooting for $5k by September 10th at 1:14pm. She’s at  $2,137 now.

But, you’re not just giving her money. You’re buying art. Each step of contribution comes with gifts. Photography collections, art books, limited prints, etc. So, if you’ve got money to spare, help an artist out. You’ll get something in return.

Also, Trixie, if you stumble across this by chance and are ever back in Memphis, shout out. There’s even more weird stuff in this silt roughened town, and we’d love to show you some of it. Plus, we have whiskey.

You can find more of Trixie Bedlam’s work here.

What you’re looking at is a visual representation of the voice/text data transmitted by AT&T on Obama’s inauguration day. The flat map on the bottom is Washington, DC. When the grid of dots rise up from that, you’re seeing increased local cell traffic. The map of the United States above that shows where that traffic is going. The farther a state presses out from the rest of the country, the more calls are coming from DC to that state. The timeline on the bottoms show you what point of the day you are looking at.

From the MIT Senseable City Lab that dreamed this whole thing up:

The City illustrates the emotional flow of the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. Through an analysis of the number of mobile phone calls made in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day and the home state or country of phone origin, it is possible to see peaks of call activity as the crowd anticipates President Obama’s oath, a drop in call activity as the crowd listens to his inaugural address, and peaks again as the crowd celebrates the inauguration of the new President. Through their cell phones, those present at the historic event share their impressions with friends and family in vast numbers: on the morning of January 20th, call activity is two to three times stronger than usual, and it rises to five times the normal levels after 2 pm as President Obama takes his oath and people begin to celebrate.

A little bit of plugging for my friends. Derek has a piece he worked on in the show.


Baker’s Dozen UAC Benefit

Niki Johnson is pleased to present, The Baker’s Dozen: An Unorthodox Benefit for UrbanArt, featuring works by 13 premier regional and national artists including:

Liz Daggett, Richard Gamble, Brendan Hudson, Anthony D. Lee, Carrol Harding McTyre, Greely Myatt, Sunny Montgomery, Nick Pena, Stiles&Crum, Christian Westphal, Kiersten N. Williams, Tad Lauritzen Wright, and Jeff Zimmermann.

Live Music to benefit UrbanArt to follow at Odessa from 8 p.m. to midnight. Musical performance by, Saturna and Hype Taylor

The public will have an opportunity to purchase the artwork featured in this event in a silent auction as well as through a series of limited edition t-shirts designed by the featured artists.

To view the artwork and t-shirt designs click here.

$5 donation recommended

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