Saturday, November 28, 2009

Things That Jiggle

Video Short - science, retro animation & psychedelic big band - inspired by physicist Richard Feynman's quote about 'things that jiggle'.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Figs! Alla 'Fallen Fruit'

"'Public Fruit' is the concept behind the Fallen Fruit, an activist art project which started as a mapping of all the public fruit in our neighborhood. We ask all of you to contribute your maps so they expand to cover the United States and then the world. We encourage everyone to harvest, plant and sample public fruit, which is what we call all fruit on or overhanging public spaces such as sidewalks, streets or parking lots."

-Fallen Fruit is David Burns, Matias Viegener, and Austin Young

627 Precita
You'll find a sweet lil' Fig Tree, sidewalk side.

A Property Called Strange

"'The neutron and proton I believe you have already met. In the next row you have the sigma particle, which can manifest with both positive and negative electric charge and also with no charge at all. It consequently appears as if it were three different particles. In the center of the pattern you have the lambda, which is a single particle with no charge. These are all strange particles,' he added.
'They all seem very strange to me, ' agreed Alice, as she came over to look at them more closely.
'No, no. Strangeness is simply a property possessed by certain particles and which happens to have been given the name of strangeness. Rather like electric charge, you know—except that it is totally different,' he added unhelpfully. 'The remaining two particles are both the Cascade. It comes in tow different charge states, so there are two of it,' he explained. 'it is double strange, of course.'
'Of course,' echoed poor Alice."

-Alice In Quantumland, p148-149
by Robert Gilmore

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Holiday Shopping?

Curated by Glen Helfand and Rebecca Bollinger

A temporary art space is created in the Alameda Shopping Center.

Graduate Students from CCA create unique and unusual shopping experiences for mall-goers.

People dance... sculpt globes... trade a can of food for a porcelain sculpture of a can... draw zombies... and much much more!

more info @:

The space... a very raw shell of a retail store probably destined for mediocrity and superfluousness.

visitors: Artist Suné Woods and son Ayler try their hand at envisioning the 'Mall Zombie'...

... don't we all turn into brainless zombies when we are in the mall? I know I'm guilty.

Visitors: Curator Matt Post, Artists: Brandon Olsen & Gareth Spor basking in the glow of Alex Beckman's onsite projection: Staycation Sno-Globes

Artist and Writer, Alex Vikmanis' Super Shopping Stories!

Alex created a cozy fireside experience where visitors could snuggle up and listen to a recorded shopping story, or, if they were lucky, have one read to them personally by the artist himself!

Political Ceramicist, Brad Meninga, invited visitors to inscribe a clay sphere with their vision of the earth and their hopes for it's future.

The Charming Rebecca Ora, Artist & Provocateur, was ready to assist visitors at the Super Pop-Up information kiosk.

Artist Zarouhie Abdalian worked on site during the event gilding a crack that she discovered in the cement floor of the interior.

Artist Dorathy Lye, in keeping with her ongoing investigation of personal navigation and relationships to space, created several shopping-cart/walking stick prototypes. Geared more toward children because of their small size, the cart-guides were charming mobile sculptures.

Dorathy Lye Sculpture in use.

Artist George Pfau asks Mall Goers to recollect any zombie sightings they might have had at the mall or its surrounding areas. Visitors illustrate their sightings and take home a copy of the Super Pop-Up Press, full of personal accounts of zombie sightings.

Artist Hannah Ireland's Dance Swap lures passersby onto her custom-made dance floors with hard-to-resist classics like the Twist, the Electric Slide and the Macarena.

Artist Jay Dion presents a wall of Porcelain vessels cast from the forms of tin cans. Dion offers an exchange: one of his sculptures for a can of food brought in by the visitor. Swap by swap the wall of pristine artist multiples is replaced with the colorful labels of canned corn, condensed milk, cranberry sauce... just in time for Thanksgiving.

Artist Adeleine Daysor speaks with interested customers about her sculpture-cake-frosted-wood-blocks. (Adeleine likes to frost things..)

Friday, November 20, 2009

Electronic Skin Tattoos

Okay. this is weird.
Phillips is developing this technology to implant microchips embedded in silk fibers into the human skin so that the skin becomes a screen.
One of the uses of this would be changeable tattoos that apparently are stimulated by desire... just in case you couldn't tell you were turned on? -- After all, why pay attention to your partner during sex when you can just read the bulletin on their skin... for anyone who pays attention we already emit bulletins...
More likely this technology is being developed for devious military reasons. I read an article somewhere in the last couple of years that talked about making clothing that was screen-like and could match the visuals of the environment around it... the ultimate camouflage... this kind of technology could make the wearer virtually invisible, just a ghost, shimmer, or static, just like in the Predator movies...
So maybe they're cloning human/robots who will be virtually naked except for their skinscreen which can shift or transform to hide them in the environment, or maybe the military will learn the techniques of butterfly display and exhibit monstrous visages on the skin of their new stealthy-soldiers to terrorize communities... or maybe they'll display hypnotic patterns and put adversaries into suggestive trances...
Yes, I have a good imagination.... but if there is one thing I've learned over the years... if I can imagine it the odds are somebody else with the means, and way less of a conscience, has already made it a reality...

Makes me want to pull a Thoreau

Anyway. Here's the Article and Creepy video: