„Der Schrei“ von Edvard Munch als Actionfigur


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Die Good Smile Company bringt Edvard Munchs „Der Schrei“ als Actionfigur heraus. Zum Lieferumfang gehören neben einem Hintergrundbild, um das Werk entsprechend nachstellen zu können, auch auswechselbare Hände für diverse Posen. Rund 50 Euro soll die Actionfigur gewordene Existenzangst kosten – ich bin schwer am Überlegen…

As the figure is based on a painting, the figure also comes with a special frame part to display behind him to fully recreate the original work! The figure will seem to be jumping out from the frame for a lovely display for both art and figure fans to enjoy. Enjoy one of the first ever figures based on a work of art!

· Using the smooth yet posable joints of figma, you can create various different action poses.
· A flexible plastic is used for important areas, allowing proportions to be kept without compromising posability.
· Optional parts include a wide variety of different hand parts.
· An articulated figma stand is included, which allows various poses to be taken.

(via Minds Delight)

Alte Unterhaltungselektronik und Haushaushaltsgeräte zu Musikinstrumenten


Der japanische Künstler Ei Wada verwandelt alte Unterhaltungselektronik und elektrische Haushaushaltsgeräte in Musikinstrumente. E-Waste als Musikrichtung quasi. Hier drei Videos vom KENPOKU Kunstfestival mit Röhrenfernsehern, Radios und einer Standventilator-Gitarre:

Direktlinks: 1 / 2 / 3 (via pk)

Wada, an artist and musician, has been a noted member of the Open Reel Ensemble, a group that performs with vintage open reel tape recorders, since 2009. For his performance work “Braun Tube Jazz Band,” in which he played TV tubes as musical instruments, he received the Excellence Award in the Arts Division of the 13th Media Arts Festival of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. From 2015, he began “Electronics Fantastics!” a project for festival concerts using old household appliances as electronic instruments. This project will be a part of KENPOKU ART 2016 in Hitachi, home of the Hitachi Group, the world-renowned electrical appliance maker.

„Worldwide Tokyo-lization“ – Wie Tokio-fizierte Städte aussehen würden


Der japanische Architekt Daigo Ishii stülpt in seinem Worldwide Tokyo-lization Project sechs nicht-japanischen Metropolen eine quietschbunte Tokio-Skin über – quasi ein Gegenentwurf zu Tokyo No Ads von Nicolas Damiens.

Kopenhagen (Dänemark)


Buenos Aires (Argentinien)


La Paz (Bolivien)


Paris (Frankreich)


Venedig (Italien)


(via Spoon & Tamago)

Music Construction Machine von Niklas Roy

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Vier Monate hat Niklas Roy an seiner Music Construction Machine getüftelt, bei der Gitarre, Keyboard und Drums über eine Handkurbel und ein ausgeklügeltes Getriebe aus Holzrädern und Antriebsriemen gespielt und Melodien über einen Algorithmus generiert werden. Klingt komplizierter als es ist, einfach die Videos schauen. Wer bis Ende Juli 2016 im polnischen Breslau vorbeikommt, kann die Music Construction Machine im Pop Up Pavillon des Goethe-Institut ausprobieren.

As we all have different tastes in music, I decided to abandon the traditional concept of a music box, which would play a pre-programmed melody repeatedly. That would satisfy the musical taste of only a small fraction of the crankers and listeners. So instead, the music is generated by an algorithm, which is implemented entirely in mechanical hardware, and which iterates through all kinds of possible sequences of beats and tones. Thus, the machine permanently ‘constructs’ new ‘music’ while it is being operated, hence the name “Music Construction Machine”.

Although the hardware determines which tones are played, the operators still have a strong influence on the interpretation and expression of the music, as they can decide how fast they crank and where they interrupt the flow of music.

Direktlink: A Gigantic Music Box by Inventor Niklas Roy

(Foto und GIFs von Niklas Roy unter CC BY 4.0)

„Removed“ von Eric Pickersgill: Menschen ohne Smartphones


Eric Pickersgill hat für seine Foto-Serie „Removed“ Menschen ohne ihre Smartphones und Tablets porträtiert. Ein bisschen kulturpessimistisch, fühle mich aber gleichzeitig auch etwas ertappt.

The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not…

The large format portraits are of individuals who appear to be holding personal devices although the devices have been physically removed from the sitter’s hand. They are asked to hold their stare and posture as I remove their device and then I make the exposure. The photographs represent reenactments of scenes that I experience daily. We have learned to read the expression of the body while someone is consuming a device and when those signifiers are activated it is as if the device can be seen taking physical form without the object being present.

(via René)

Arte Tracks über die Kommunikations-Guerilleros von Peng Collective


Kurzer Beitrag bei Arte Tracks über die Kommunikations-Guerilleros von Peng Collective, deren subversive Aktionskunst auch hier im Blog schon ein paar Mal (u.a. Shell Science Slam: Greenwashing endet im Ölschlick, No Christmas for Merkel, AstroTV Hack) vertreten war.

Direktlink: Arte Tracks über Peng Collective

Pneumatic Computing von Niklas Roy

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Direktlink: Pneumatic Computing / Flop or Future?

Unter Leitung von Niklas Roy und Charles Carcopino sind im Rahmen eines Workshops mit anschließender Ausstellung ein paar nerdige Druckluft-Spielereien entstanden. Vergesst Steampunk, Pneumatik ist der Shit!

Building a computer that works with air sounds probably a bit weird – but at the same time the idea is not really so far off. There exists many types of pneumatic valves with logic properties and it should not be too complicated to construct entirely pneumatic systems which can perform logic operations and calculations – without the need for electricity. However, making a pneumatic ‘computer’ out of such valves which runs an actual operating system like Windows 95 would be still quite a challenge, but that was also not the aim of the workshop. Instead, we wanted to explore how we could use air for building computer-like and computer-inspired components. We wanted to also see if we can connect some of the components in order to make a larger (or more complicated) pneumatic machine… Pneumatic Computing – Flop or Future?

Family Portrait von Sacha Goldberger – Follow-up zu Superhelden im Stil niederländischer Maler des 17. Jahrhunderts

Der Fotograf Sacha Goldberger hat mit „Family Portrait ein Follow-up zu seiner Serie „Super Flemish“ mit Superhelden im Stil der niederländischen Maler des 17. Jahrhundert rausgebracht. Ist zwar „nur“ Recycling einer schönen (und viral gegangen) Idee, aber ich hab mir seine Super-Familien trotzdem gerne angeschaut.

Sacha wants to confront these icons of American culture with contemporary painters of the Flemish school. The collection demonstrates the use of 17 century techniques counterpointing light and shadow to illustrate nobility and fragility of the super powerful of all times. It also invites you to celebrate the heroes of your childhood. These characters have become icons to reveal their humanity: tired of having to save the world without respite, promised to a destiny of endless immortality, forever trapped in their character.
The superheroes often live their lives cloaked in anonymity. These portraits give them a chance to « fix » their narcissism denied. By the temporal disturbance they produce, these images allow us to discover, under the patina of time, an unexpected melancholy of those who are to be invincible.

(via Designboom)