Golem is an installation using antic sculpture and video to create the uncanny feelings.
Instilling the living and the human in the non-human, this work questions the deception of the virtualized image of the living and our empathy for a picture of the reconstructed body, in short the sensitive border between virtual reality and virtuality real.
Kinetic light sculpture by Tundra collective.
First Cadets Corps, St.Petersburg, Russia, December 2014
“Hyperjump” was created as a site-specific work for one of the halls of the former First Cadets Corps, which is now being reconstructed as a study spaces of Saint-Petersburg State University. The nineteenth-century hall has a sports ground with a basketball court , built here in a soviet time.
“Hyperjump” explores the idea, set by this paradoxical combination: the basketball court, representing the physicality, we have from the nature, together with the architecture of the classicism period, the symbol of the human rationality.
25 moving head light beams on a truss stands and a powerful sound system were installed along the hall. While the light sculpture started to move, the electronic light devices came to life, turning into the actors themselves, bringing the light, shut in the strict geometry back, to its unpredictable nature.
Lights: Alexander Letcius, Alexander Sinica, Pavel Zmunchila
Production: Bulat Sharipov
Technical support: Main Division
Event idea and production: the Dreamers United
Special thanks to: Saint Petersburg State University, The Riders, Publica
Berlin-based artist Yusk Imai creates fragmented monochromatic figures that draw upon a variety of artistic styles. Previously featured on our blog, Imai’s work channels themes found in Art Nouveau, as in his ornate detailing, or Surrealism, in more bizarre renderings, to modern day comic books. Often, these themes address the idea of an uncontrollable world all around us, whether through psychology, symbolism, or the supernatural. In his most recent works, Imai tries to understand the psychology behind feelings like forgetfulness and distraction. These explorations often take him “elsewhere”, to some strange other-world within his subconscious that is governed by dark characters. This is a core theme of his upcoming exhibition “Elsewhere”, opening on October 31st in Stockholm, Sweden. “I believe death, sexuality, transformation and fragmentation are part of a main group of pillars in our existence, and I see them as related to “Elsewhere” because these pillars must be explored in order to reach higher self-awareness and perception, minimizing the chances of being mischievously distracted,” he says. “In distraction, you find a type of happiness that comes with immense pleasure and is absolutely comfortable, but builds into nothing and that is where fear comes in. We are afraid to let go of this safe and comfortable state, and face what’s really important- ourselves.”
Yusk Imai’s “Elsewhere” curated by Konstart and Scribe Gallery, will be on view from October 31st through November 15th in Stockholm, Sweden.
The goal is to create virtual spaces, in physical reality, thereby not abstracting people from their own bodies and their relation to physical space around it. In contrast to the long pursued dream of virtual reality – to feel present in a synthetic world – the intent of F O L D S is not to transport the mind to a virtual environment, but to actualize the virtual in physical space and create a tactile experience.
Volumetric shapes and walls are created with light and fog, subdividing the space and remodeling it. Making these spaces shapeable through physical interaction with the body, creates a dialog between the body, the physical and the virtual. The perceived tactility influences the way, one moves through space, sometimes adapting to the constraints of the space, sometimes actively shaping the environment. These interwoven relations between space and the body reflect on the notion of Marc B.N. Hanson, who in his “New Philosophy for New Media”, describes such interactions as the very process that gives meaning to the arbitrary addressable space, that is the digital image.
The mirror is a central part in this arrangement it creates a virtual extension of both the physical and the digital. The room is not only expanded through the image in the mirror, but the light shapes are also cast back continuing the hapes in new directions and creating new spheres of interaction. The mirror is also opening new perspectives, literally reflecting on the relation of the body to the space.
In this total space, virtual and physical become one addressing mind and body to the same
extent and leaving room for interhuman interaction.
Advanced New Media Studio Class
University of the Arts Berlin
Prof. Joachim Sauter, Prof. Jussi Ängeslevä, Dr. Stephan Humer
The black-and-white murals from the Montreal-based collaborative En Masse look like notebook doodles made extravagant. Their latest project, EN MASSE x VISAGE, sees the melding of artists working across a variety of mediums to harmonize artistically right in front of your eyes like a barbershop quartet.
The self described, “highly spontaneous, multi-artist collaborative” was captured through in jittery stop-motion animation by filmmakers Salman Sajun and Brian Tornay. Painters from the crew create a series of patterns on top of a large sculpture of a human face. The resulting video animates their crisp, street art-infused graphics with a beautiful yet chaotic synchronicity.
The group aims to create works of art conceived with a collective vision, executed by the group, as a means to create something greater than anything one person could create alone. Salman Sajun shared with The Creators Project some behind-the-scenes images of the shoot, which you can check out below:
If Tim Burton was an illustrator instead of a filmmaker, this would be his art style. Just saying.
Candice Tripp has a made a career out of putting her own unique twist on art direction in which her process involves designing a narrative and then visualizing it. The self-proclaimed “Painter Lady” has a penchant for exploring folkloric themes.
Her recent series, Forest of Darkness, tells the story of two damsels in distress in a dark, grim forest. Using oil paints, Tripp creates some strikingly scenes with dark and navy blue color swatches. Check out some pictures from Forest of Darkness below and visit her website for more narrative-driven pieces.
BME Design created a bike with minimalist curves, wholly black, until the chain. The model named “B-9 NH Black Edition Urban Stealth Bicycle” is made in carbon fiber with a black matte painting. The bicycle will be produced in 100 exemplars and personalized to the customer.
I’m long overdue (um, it’s been six years—oops) for a black house roundup post. I chose to lead off with a gorgeous Victorian farmhouse renovated by Tsao & McKown, primarily because it’s in Rhinebeck, NY—my hometown! Rhinebeck (in my extremely biased opinion) is the most beautiful town in the Hudson Valley. The houses there tend to be very well maintained for the most part, and while they generally have retained their historic character, they do definitely tend to be on the conservative side aesthetically. It’s very exciting for me to see that someone has done a renovation as dramatic and bold as this one! I have no idea where in Rhinebeck this farmhouse is, but next time I’m up there, I’ll certainly keep an eye out.
Haus in Schwarz was a 2008 installation in Germany by Erik Sturm and Simon Jung. The house was painted entirely black for five months prior to its planned demolition. Black windows might be a little too intense even for me, but aside from that, I could move right in if it still existed…
Photo: Bruce Damonte, via Dwell (San Francisco, California)
I’m bummed that I didn’t go to Stable Cafe when I was in San Francisco. That white lettering on the all-black facade…siiiiiigh. Next time. (Check out this cool photo at Dwell taken during the repainting!)
This upstate New York beauty belongs to Roger Hazard and Chris Stout-Hazard, who have a custom furniture line. I liked Roger a lot when he was on Sell This House, and I’m not surprised he and his husband have such a cool house. The Roger + Chris website is cool, too—they have a GREAT blog for their renovation work that’s really informative. My kinda guys.