Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Matsuyama Ken

Hana and animals oil on canvas 2006

sexual body 2004
Matsuyama Ken
Put your trees clothes on part 2

Sometime ago I pointed to a tiny, little sweater for a poor tree in the cold. Now Tinselman digged this beautiful Tree cozy, as Carol Hummel, its creator calls it. On a formal level, Hummel's work is a visual discussion of line, light, texture,color, space, scale and form. Content-wise, Hummel's work takes women's craft(knitting) out of the domestic realm and places it into a large-scale public venue of architecture and the groomed landscape.

The FlirtBunnies are a loving couple. They never get tired of sending flirty signals of love to each other, even when they are apart. Some say that they are annoying and need to keep their expressions of undying love and affection to themselves, but the FlirtBunnies cannot help it. Whenever both ears of a FlirtBunny are pressed, wireless signals of affection are transmitted to the other. The other FlirtBunny then recognizes the flirtatious signal of affection with sounds of intrigue and excitement. Something like "mmmm..ooooo..ahhhh"

Created by Chip Beck and CK Chan as the final project for the Making Toys class.
digged by Régine

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

small art for small people

j/k :)
Of course, it should read bad art for bad people. The restless folks, known as the happy famous artists, are coming to the Museum Van Nagsael:
The Museum, open day and night, has no invitations, no openings and no cashflow. It is an easy organisation, one that is free from tedious administrative chores. It is, therefore, close to the basics of art: in the pleasure of the making, the exhibiting and the viewing. Van Nagsael is both intimate in the function of an exhibtion room and public in its function as a work of art in public space. For the directors these facts are more important than the scale, however the scale has some signifignance, being 1:15. For them what is most important, is the Museum's total integration in the surrounding. Making in the small vitrine an even smaller space actually enlarged the terrain of the Museum. For the artists that are invited to exhibit, what seems most important is the approach of Van Nagsael not so much as a miniature exhibition space, but more as an artwork. Half of the artwork that is to be completed every month anew. For the visitor to Van Nagsael, by chance or intention, on route through the city, the Museum is viewed alone and privately.
related article about the world´s smallest museum.
One should know that on even months Silvia B., widely blogged for her strange dolls, is the director of the museum Van Nagsael.
little creatures kita usagi

The universe of Kita Usagi is full of little beings.

fijuu is a 3D, audio/visual installation. Using a PlayStation-style gamepad, the player(s) of fijuu dynamically manipulate 3D instruments to make improvised music. fijuu is built using the open source rendering engine OGRE and runs on Linux. in the future fijuu will be released as a Linux live CD project, so players can simply boot up their PC with a compatible gamepad plugged in, and play without installing anything (regardless of operating system). This effectively turns the domestic PC into a console for game based audio.

some screenshots and a short video (ogg)

Monday, May 29, 2006

fragments from family

zenbomb is recontextualizing his family photo albums.
gmtPlus9 (-15)= 7

no need to say anything about gmtPlus9,
one of the finest artblogs around, except: Happy Bday
City Paradise by Gaelle Denise

London is a big city, and for those new to it, it can seem quite scary. But Tomoko, who arrives from Japan to learn English, accidentally discovers a mysterious, secret city underground, inhabited by friendly little aliens and beautiful blossom. After she found it everything changes...

A charming short full of surprises
Merci Bibi
racing beats

Who doesn't know it, car drivers provoking each other at the traffic lights to have a race? But what about such a race with two old and shabby jumbo jets on an airport runway?

"Racing Beats" the new trailer for fmx/06 is a skilled combination of live action and 3D. The film from two graduates of the Institute of Animation, Steffen Hacker and Alexander Kiesl. It is their diploma film and a fictitious commercial for the Xbox of the evil empire (talk about youth without attitude).

Nice to watch anyway

see it big (QT) or small (flv)
Domestic Appliances For The Modern Housewife (Iron)

23.5' x 33,Giclee pigment print on paper, Stamped and numbered

by Bob Carlos Clarke, more at eyestorm

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Terry Richardson for Sisley

The press section of the Benetton web site contains an archive of Sisley commercials shot by Terry Richardson. All pics are downloadable in print resolution.
The Legacy of Beige Annika von Hausswolff

The Legacy of Beige, 2002, 128 x 100 cm

Every motion bears its opposite, 2002, 152 x 120 cm

corner plot Sarah Sze

At first glance, it's hard to decide whether the white-bricked corner that juts out of the sidewalk at Fifth Ave. and 60th St. represents the ruins of a building that has sunken into the earth, or a chunk of something alien that has dropped from the sky.

A peek through the windows reveals everyday objects such as lamps and bath towels

Corner Plot is a replication of the corner of 785 Fifth Ave., the apartment building diagonally across the street from the site of the installation. The "corner" of the building appears to pierce the grey cobblestone of the sidewalk, revealing about five feet of brick facade, and allowing for a view inside an apartment on two sides. Through the window one can see evidence of life: books, a large leaf from a plant, an iPod, a microscope (did a scientist live here?). The disheveled collection implies that the inhabitant left in a hurry — but then, you would too, if your building was sinking into the ground.
Corner Plot is about discovery. Stumbling onto the work can be like uncovering the ruins of an ancient city, or discovering a meteor that has fallen to Earth.
also here and here
marcin przybyłko

marcin przybyłko at galeria nova
Michael Kenna

Ratcliffe Power Station, Study 66, Nottinghamshire, England. 2003

Fifty Fences, Taisetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. 2004

Five Poles, Tomamae, Hokkaido, Japan. 2004

dreamlike b/w-photographies by Michael Kenna
digged at gazpachot
yamamoto masao

yamamoto masao homepage
some works also here

Saturday, May 27, 2006


Amazing flickr set of a fridgehenge in Santa Fe, NM, which is slowly being vandalized and destroyed.

update: Valentina points to an article about Adam Horowitz, the artist behind stonefridge and to an aerial view on Google sightseeing. Merci
Acoustic locators

Acoustic locators in Japan: 1930s. To the right, one of the figures is the Japanese emperor Horohito

Acoustic location was originally applied to determining the presence and position of ships in fog.

Acoustic location was used from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines. It was rendered obsolete before and during WW2 by the introduction of radar, which was far more effective.
Left: Jean Auscher's maritime acoustic locator.
This remarkable device was invented by Frenchman Jean Auscher as an acoustic navigation device in case of radar failure on small vessels. Shown at the 1960 Brussels Inventor's Fair, and, one suspects, nowhere else ever again.

more acoustic locators here, here and here
digged by issi noho

Potenziell lärmende Frau; Anna Blume, aus der Sequenz: Monogamie mit B.J. Blume „Können Frauen denken“, 1962

This might come handy for folks crazy enough to visit Germany during the worldcup.
The Germany Survival Bible, a young persons guide how to survive in germany covers all potential dangers. Among the themes: Bureaucracy Gone Awry: The German Certificate Fetish, The Dark Side: Optimists Are Idiots, The German National Pastime: Whining, Bitching and Moaning and Baring It All: Get Naked with the Germans.
via Joerg, who also contributes to this essential compendium
about Heidegger and mice Maria Bussmann

the mouse hotelbed

Maria Bussmann, a philosophical artist, creates clever little sculptures and reflective drawings on major works by philosophers.
via swissmiss

Friday, May 26, 2006


2004, Aluminium,168 x 16 x 18 cm

Entering the artistic space of Fred Eerdekens places the spectator in a semantic landscape in which what one had thought of as stable meanings are continually twisted and turned. What better way to figurize this than by letting the spectators themselves 'twist and turn' in trying to make sense of the objects. In spiralling around the objects, they in fact become direct figures of the play of logic that rules the objects. After the linguistic turn, and in the wake of post-structuralist thought, the topography of our mental landscapes has become increasingly intricate. The work of Fred Eerdekens attests to this fact and it provides a conceptual map of this, in many places still unknown territory.
Hanjo Berressem, "Differentials and diffractors. Objects by Fred Eerdekens"
pure chance

interactive random by FiLH
The Bono Probability Positioning System version 2

We know that for a visitor to Dublin an important attraction is the possibility that they may see U2 frontman and international celebrity Bono.

The Bono Probability Positioning System version 2 Google Bono (beta) is a mashup utilising Dublin's extensive surveillance camera network in conjunction with facial recognition software, Google Maps and advanced probabilty techniques to allow visitors to determine the probability of seeing Bono in any of the most probable locations in Dublin's city centre in real time.

Google Bono (beta) at stunned
petistic phonographic

purrrfect collection of petistic phonographica
via (guess who)
Going Places Sitting Down Hiraki Sawa

Hiraki Sawa, a Japanese artist living in London, uses video animation to create poetic dreamscapes that are ruminations on ideas of time and movement; innocence and alienation; dislocation and displacement. These themes are evident in his work of the past 5 years, including the widely exhibited Dwelling, 2003, where the artist’s apartment serves as both a domicile and international airport with miniature jets gliding past everyday household objects and surroundings.

In Going Places Sitting Down, an English country home serves as the stage where graceful rocking horses are the main characters. A perfect object for playing out Sawa’s themes, the rocking horse has the capability to be in perpetual motion without ever really going anywhere. Projected onto three large-scale screens, the miniature horses move fluidly on an enchanted journey through the metaphysical terrain of the domestic interior. They navigate what becomes a vast magical landscape, floating in the current produced by a dripping faucet and galloping along what first appears to be a snow-covered forest but is, in fact, a sheepskin carpet. more »

DVblog has a short video from Sawa´s show at the James Cohan gallery here
food for eye

Hugh Symonds, already mentioned here, dropped me a note that he set up a new gallery with stunning photographies shot with his mobile phone camera
floating girl

Floating Girl post a new picture of herself every day for a year on her blog