Inspiration:

Recursion

Another great minimalist video from Maxim Zhestkov

Tara Donovan

I came across Tara Donovan’s work a few years ago, but forgot how utterly amazing an inspirational it is:

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Tara Donovan, Haze, 2003
Stacked Clear Plastic Drinking Straws

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Very nice indeed. More works here: http://www.acegallery.net/artistmenu.php?Artist=8

Enigmatica

It’s nice to see projection mapping moving into a more conceptual realm. Here’s some really nice work from Kit Webster:

“Enigmatica is a work in progress exploring new concepts in combining light, sound and space to create multi-dimensional synesthetic environments. The work experiments with spatial segmentation, illusory oddities and aural expression, freely shifting from order to disconnection and sweeping through the spectrum of colours from softly subtle to psychedelic. By constantly reforming the dynamics within the space, the installation demonstrates the potential for creating new forms of digital sculpture.”

http://kitwebster.com.au

Amazing 3D stop motion

Director Rogier van der Zwaag uses wooden blocks and light to create this amazing stop motion video for the band Nobody Beats The Drum. Not mad about the tune. But the video is super inspiring.

And here’s a quite sweet “Making of” video:

See more work from van der Zwaag at www.100procenthalal.nl

Carsten Nicolai Grind Index

I’ve raved about how much I love the work of Carsten Nicolai before. But just discovered his amazing book Grid Index

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Grid Index is the first comprehensive visual lexicon of patterns and grid systems. It is an essential reference book for designers, visual artists, architects, researchers and mathematicians. From the simplest grids made up entirely of squares to the most complex irregular ones with infinitely unpredictable patterns of growth, the book itself is a work of art.

All visual information and forms, whether illustration, graphic design, painting or architecture are comprised of two dimensional grids and patterns, much like the way that computer information is made up of zeroes and ones. Based upon years of research, artist and musician Carsten Nicolai has discovered and unlocked the visual code for visual systems into a systematic equation of grids and patterns.

http://www.gestalten.com/books/detail?id=ceaea7651e30769d011efe5dd090007d

James Turrell exhibits in Germany

My all time favourite favourite artist, James Turrell, is having a huge exhibition in Germany – his largest ever. Wolfsberg is not too far from Berlin – so I’m definitely going to make a plan to get over there. Roadtrip!

There’s not that much quality information about him on the web, so am happy to see this great video about his work:

http://www.kunstmuseum-wolfsburg.de

Maxim Zhestkov: Top notch minimlism

Initially having studied architecture, Maxim Zhestkov is a 24 year old Russian designer with more than a solid handle of minimal graphic design.

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http://www.zhestkov.com/

Urban Abstract

Beautiful station ID for Finnish TV by Jopsu Ramu and Tokyo artist and designer and Shun Kawakami.

Check out Shun Kawakami’s other great stuff on his personal site: www.shunkawakami.jp.

Kawakami’s work if very much based in electronic music. And reminds me to an extend of another artist I really admire and have been meaning to post for a while – Carsten Nicolai who is exploring similar themes to myself in his artwork – light, sound and minalism.

Nicolai is well known in Germany for his sound and light specific installations, and his giant dream machine – called Rota, which has recently been turned into an iPhone App. Nicolai is also part of the pioneering record labelRaster Noton. I was recently lucky enough to attend their label showcase night at the WMF in Berlin to witness the future sound of music – a hybrid of dancefloor friendly electro and electronica that made the room and your body vibrate.

Here is Aoyama Spaces, spaces illuminated through a play of sound and light:

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http://www.carstennicolai.de
http://www.raster-noton.net/

Kraftwerk and the history of electronic music

A great documentary about the invention of electronica. Enjoy…
(Note: This is jusy a preview. You are going to have to download the free Veoh player to view the full three hour doc, but well worth it).

“As innovative as they are influential, Kraftwerk’s contribution to the development of electronic music since their formation in 1970 remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Coldplay, Siouxsie to Radiohead, this bizarre collective have also proven partly responsible for entire genres to develop – electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three.”

Watch Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution in Electronic

Kudamemo ‘Fruit Notes’

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D-BROS’s fruit-shaped note pads with pages like sliced fruit.
http://www.kok-design.jp/SHOP/DB-FM.html

Lori Hersberger

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http://www.lorihersberger.com/

David Shrigley whimsical illustrations and photograph’s

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I really enjoy David Shrigley’s whimsical illustrations and photograph’s

http://www.davidshrigley.com