Archive for November, 2008

Earlier this week, I got accidentally introduced to Do the Green Thing, a creative movement with an underlining purpose to foster change in people’s perception towards the issue of excessive consumption in the face of global warming.

Founded by a group of friends who worked in creative industry in 2005, the aim of the project is to change the ways in which people foresee the issue and call for creative communities and individuals to promote wider behavioural change through art, music, poetry, the internet, photography, video, collage, mail-art and all else.

No matter what the governments and the media say about global warming, we’re still consuming, wasting and generally trashing our environment, but with a bit of creative spirit we can at least start making a shift in our stinking old attitude and carve new ways to live whilst still manage to have lots of fun in the process. Honestly, how bloody hard can it be?!

Take below video as an example, in which a talented illustrator Guillaume Cornet demonstrates All-Consuming themed sketches using up every last bit of a pencil on every last bit of a page.

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Just few days ago, one of its founder Andy Hobsbawm gave this highly commendable speech at the TED conference.

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I watched an interesting presentation from an art visionaire Ursus Wehrli at TED over the weekend and couldn’t resist sharing it on SME.

In his presentation, Ursus shares a rather unusual form of concept for a cleaner, more organized and tidier form of art and in his true Swiss spirit, he explains why one should attempt to deconstruct and place things in neatness, in order to make a better sense of often chaotic and abstract Modern Art. In truth, I find his concept hilarious despite it being on the contrary to my views of modern art.

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According to my latest discovery, a groundbreaking new 3D interface technology called G-Speak has been developed by a group of nerdatronics at MIT Media Laboratory, who seem to push idea of spatial interaction beyond what we used to seeing.

Having no first-hand experience,  at first I struggled to grasp the idea behind it but to put it in the simplest possible words, the interface is built on so called Spatial Operating Environment (SOE) techonology, which allows the peeps interact with it through hand gesturing. So if you imagine you’re an orchestra conductor and all of a sudden your computer data dances around you with every hand movements you make.

Oblong Industries, the team behind the mouth-opening project, is said to have been working on it since the early 90’s and their vision and technical expertise was even exploited by the Hollywood film makers including Steven Spielberg, who used a slice of the technology in his futuristic action flick “Minority Report“.

Check the rest out in the following demo video. It’s simply incredulous!

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While the instantly gratified polaroid fun is increasingly becoming a thing of the past, the fans of the polaroid camera are vigorously campaigning to save it in the face of discontinuation of polaroid films by Polaroid Corp. The real thing maybe no longer on manufacturers’ list, but the subculture of polaroid photography still lives on. And Interestingly, it has taken a completely new form of production with the advent of Poladroid, the coolest “IT” web app of the moment that allows you to create polaroid image out of existing trash snaps. A hat tip also goes to Polanoid community who keeps the instant fun alive and burning with its ongoing projects like weekly themed polaroid photo competitions.

Where's Emily? (Polaroid Collage)  © Nina Buesing

Where's Emily? © Nina Buesing

The hot funk dexter, Beck has released a remake of the video for his song Gamma Ray, this time featuring the voguish Chloe Sevigny, my fav indie actress, whose quirkiness has been exploited by brands like Uniqlo and Samsonite Black. Directed by Jess Holzworth the new version of the video made its debut on MySpace this week.