100 meters of existence

March 8, 2009

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Simon Hoegsberg is a freelance photographer based in Copenhagen. His newest project “We´re all gonna die – 100 meters in existence” however is set in Berlin, on a railroad bridge in Berlin to be exact.
In the summer of 2007 he photographed 178 people in the course of 20 days and compiled them in an amazing 100 m long image.

I loved how he managed to catch so many interesting people, or rather his photography manages to make them all stand out and portray the individualand the special something of everbody.

You can scroll through the image here.

Magical worlds

December 13, 2008

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Beautiful illustrations/photoshops by a russian designer/artist. I have no idea what his name is actually, but you can find his blog (in russian but with many many more images) at Tebe Interesno.

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His magical creatures look so real… and still like snapshots out of a fairytale.

Sorted Books

December 8, 2008

Another example of transforming books: The wonderful Sorted Books project by the California-born artist Nina Katchadourian.
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It ” has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library’s focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library’s holdings.”
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What a creative idea!

Also check out her Map projects. Actually look through her whole website, all her works are very unique and interesting and showcase her extreme creativity. For example the story of Chloe (under the Confused Animals) or the Mended spiderwebs (featured here before) or Finlnds unnamed islands.

I found the most wonderful story today and just had to share it (even if it´s kind of long).

Franz Gsellmann, an austrian farmer was born in 1910, as a child he wanted to be an electrician but his father didn´t allow him to start an apprenticeship so he became a farmer. But for all his life he remained fascinated by moving objects, the mechanical interaction of modern machines. He dreamed of building a machine but lacked a characteristic element for the construction of his machine. Until he saw the Atomium of the 1958 Brussels world fair in his local newspaper. The farmer boarded the train and went to brussels. The journey to three days but was worth it: Gsellmann had found the heart of his machine. He went home and started working.
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For the next 23 years he worked on his wondrous machine and never during all his life told what purpose or meaning his machine was supposed to have. He went to Graz, Vienna and many fleamarkets all over on a bike to find objects and small treasures for his machine, among them a small dutch windmill, an eagle made from china, 5 crosses, seven generators and 200 lightbulbs. No one was allowed into the room where he build his machine, not even his wife.

In the attic, photographed by Franz Killmeyer

In the attic, photographed by Franz Killmeyer


In his village nobody understood him and they ridiculed him. Often he would go to the attic when the mocking grew too much to handle; there he would mourn and cry himself to sleep.

But in the night of 1968 as all lights went off in his tiny village, the people there knew: Gsellmann did it. In that night he turned on his machine. 12 switches were needed. Then green, red and blue wheels started to turn, hundreds of tiny lamps started blinking , it was creaking and humming and squealing. The whole thing is 6 meters long, 3 meters high and 2 meters wide. In its middle a tiny Atomium is rotating and a glass Holy-Mary statue is shining with tiny lightbulbs surrounding it like a rose wreath.
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And nobody knows what it is.

“When a human is gifted, it´s like an inner drive. It´s like in spring when a rosebush starts growing tiny buds, and in may,june the roses are there. like this it drives me year after year.” Franz Gsellmann, builder of the worlds-maschine.
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Over time his magical machine began to drew visitors. Legend has it that even the artist Jean Tinguely, who builds kinetic sculptures and has his art displayed at the MoMa and the Tate, traveled to the farm to see the machine.

Gsellmann kept perfecting his machine until his death. The family claims that one day after he went to his wife to tell her his machine was finished, he simply went to bed and died.

It´s such a beautiful (and kind of sad) story and my translation doesn´t really does it justice. I really hope that Mr. Gsellmann was satisfied with his machine and that it turned out how he wanted it too. And that he is watching from heaven now, seeing people take enjoyment in his machine and that they are in awe of his accomplishment and dedication.

Here is a beautiful article about Gsellmann and his miracle machine (in german).

And the website of the museum at his house where the machine still stands (in german).

There is also a book about him on amazon (in german): Der Weltenmaschinenroman.

A blank piece of paper

November 6, 2008

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Danish artist Peter Callesen creates beautiful small art pieces from simple white paper.
His paper cut sculptures explore, in the words of the artist, “the probable and magical transformation of the flat sheet of paper into figures that expand into the space surrounding them. The negative and absent 2 dimensional space left by the cut, points out the contrast to the 3 dimensional reality it creates, even though the figures still stick to their origin without the possibility of escaping. In that sense there is also an aspect of something tragic in many of the cuts.”
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I could look at his pieces all day. To create such art with such simple materials. And they tell stories too! About a house endangered by an avalanche, a ballet dancer, a break in the ice and many many more. Callesens stories aren´t written on paper, the paper itself tells the story.

Check out his webpage for more of his forget and especially the amazing detail shots.

Postal experiments

August 9, 2008

Not art per se, but very creative and fun to read. The team of Direct Creative decided to test the US Postal Service buy trying to send various objects – from valuable over sentimental and pointless to disgusting and see which ones were actually delivered.
Among the things that were arrived safely were among others a coconut, a 20 Dollar bill in clear plastic, a dead fish. street sign, a rose and a molar tooth.
Hilarious experiments and test objects.

Read the test results here.

Aurora borealis

June 21, 2008

What to call this if not art?

“The Valkyrior are warlike virgins, mounted upon horses and armed with helmets and spears. /…/ When they ride forth on their errand, their armour sheds a strange flickering light, which flashes up over the northern skies, making what men call the “aurora borealis”, or “Northern Lights”.”

Auroras are natural colored light displays, which are usually observed in the night sky, particularly in the polar zone. In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas.The aurora borealis is also called the northern polar lights, as it is only visible in the North sky from the Northern Hemisphere. The Cree call this phenomenon the Dance of the Spirits. (from wikipedia)

Beautiful imaginary here and here.

ffffound

March 21, 2008

I found this right on time for the long easter weekend it seems.

A faboulus website to “waste” away the next couple of days (or more). ffffound is an image bookmarking website. You have to be invited by a member to be allowed to blog, but viewing them is for free. Images range from photography to graphic design, art, advertising, street art, vintage posters etc. From beautiful, enchanting and strange to dark and gloomy. Basically everything that catches the bloggers eye.

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There must be more than 20 000 images there and it´s growing constantly.

A really great source for inspiration.

Happy easter 🙂

Mac virus

March 17, 2008

Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.” Jeff Raskin

Right.
That´s what happened to my laptop today. For two hours it looked like it had died a horrible violent death and… now it works for some reason again. We´ll see how long it lasts.
Next time i´ll definitively buy a Mac.
Why?
Because even their viruses are good looking…
And apperantly people have so much time on their hand because their macs never crash that they create awesome new viruses for them in their free time.

Like the Newton Virus. A computer “virus” that was designed by London collective Troika and is on show at the Design and the Elastic Mind exhibition at MoMA in New York until May 12. It causes icons on your computer desktop to fall towards the ground as if affected by gravity.
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“Newton Virus comes on a USB key for manual infection. Simply plug the key into a computer and the virus will automatically copy itself on the hard drive. The virus will then hit at random, but only once. It will not replicate itself, mail itself to your friends or destroy any of your files, but instead provides you with moments of blissful surprise and magic.”
You can watch a cool video of it here.

Ah, i have virus envy.

via Dezeen.

Rainbow in your hand

March 9, 2008

Make your own rainbow.
This cute little flip-book was created by Japanese art director and copywriter Masashi Kawamura.
Pretty (and) smart and poetic.

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via senoritapuri.
(whose awesome design posts are made even more awesome by the fact, that she writes them in both english and spanish. What a great way to improve my spanish! 🙂 )