This weekend the most amazing thing that I saw was a book. This, although not being very profound, is for me quite the achievement (I seem to have been reading David Copperfield for the last six months… nay, years!) But it was not the written word that caught my attention, more the lack of it.
American artist Brian Dettmer is ‘one of the leading International contemporary artists working with the book ‘. (OK, that was a little quote from his site, I don’t think it does his work the slightest bit of justice but I did find it funny.) Using nothing but a scalpel and tweezers Dettmer cuts into encyclopedias, medical journals and other rich and relevant publications to create works of art, breathing added life into the beauty of the written word.
“The richness and depth of the book is universally respected yet often undiscovered as the monopoly of the form and relevance of the information fades over time. The book’s intended function has decreased and the form remains linear in a non-linear world. By altering physical forms of information and shifting preconceived functions, new and unexpected roles emerge.”
Many more beautiful images can be found on Flickr.
My interests in robotics, art and (not wanting to sound like a Star Wars fan but…) the dark side means 3 thumbs up for this excellent find by GavRov:
I recall a few days ago seeing photos of someone painting a giant coin. I was in a bit of a rush so didn’t have a chance to look into or work out what the hell he was doing. It was only today that sculptor and artist Skrekkogle’s creation of a giant coin came into perspective:
And then he took his giant creation to the streets, combined it with a little tilt shift photography and voila:
It’s absolutely mind blowingly cool work.
He says if you want to try it yourself you can, just visit his online shop where you can purchase a giant coin and then take to the streets to start creating your own trick shots. Unfortunately he’s already sold out, mainly because he only created the one coin.
His other stand out project was to recreate the classic Microsoft Solitaire as a 3D sculpture.
Take a wall, any wall. Take a standard digital slingshot (wooden of course) with SMS typing capabilities, a hacked radio frequency and laser sighting (naturally). And what have you got? SMSlingshot!
Just type in your message, pull back and fling your digital sling against any projector enabled surface. The marriage of physical and digital (which I may now begin calling digical (but probably not)) makes this Berlin based experiment a fresh step in projection, which is rapidly becoming as infamously tiresome as AR:
The SMSlingshot is an autonom working device, equipped with a high frequency radio, hacked arduino board, laser and batteries. Text messages can be typed on a phone-sized wooden keypad which is integrated in an also wooden slingshot. After the message is finished, the user can aim on a media facade and send/shoot the message straight to the targeted point. It will then appear as a coloured splash with the message written within. The text message will also be real-time twittered – just in case. – Nice touch!
Another cool projection based sculpture art, also fresh from Berlin: