Radiant Human

The story behind Christina Londsdale's Radiant Human photography is questionable but, clearly, it adds to the overall allure:
Back in 1970, Guy Coggins built a camera that could capture people's auras, otherwise known as the electromagnetic field surrounding the body. There are supposedly about 100 of these cameras in existence, and one now belongs to Christina Lonsdale of Radiant Human, who goes on tour with her mini geodesic dome, photographing people's radiant energy on Polaroid film.
Whatever is going on, the results are clearly worthwhile.

Friday Videos - July 17th, 2015

This feels like one of those good weeks. The list of distractions may be shorter than usual but they are serious quality. Enjoy. If you need further entertainment, just google image search YOUR NAME with "the hedgehog". You get some wonderful results.

Barbara Kyne, At The Museum

There's a stunning simplicity to these photos in Barbara Kyne's At the Museum collection. They are blurry, anonymous, captures of people viewing pieces of art. The official writeup is a nice bit of insight:
Making and viewing art is often a quest for knowledge of ourselves and our mysterious world. As a photographer, I witness the moments that occur during the profound activity that is looking at art. I want to show how it feels to be engaged with art aesthetically, intellectually and emotionally, and demonstrate our interconnectedness with each other and the world in which we live.

I'm looking for a manifestation of what's beneath the surface. The images are stripped of narrative and yet rich in color, shape, light and energy. Blurring helps the viewer get there - the dynamic is revealed. The work is both physical and metaphysical. By sharing these experiences in photographs, I hope to allow my viewers to relive the actual sensations of the museumgoers themselves. I hope we can live vicariously through each other and relish the mystery.
Intentionally out of focus photographs of folks viewing art that becames art itself. What's not to like?

Brave Wave Productions

Josh clued me in to the existence of Brain Wave - a record label dedicated to releasing original compositions, thoughtful compilations and soundtracks under the mantle of chiptunes and electronica. You want to hear the Shovel Knight soundtrack? They got that. You want to hear original music from Keiji Yamahishi, the man behind Ninja Gaiden and Tecmo Bowl's sounds? Easily covered. Oh, and World 1-2 won Best Remix Album from VGMO, no small feat.

Even if you're not into chiptune or videogame inspired tunes, browse the site to check out the artwork - it spans a wide range of styles. In other words, something for everybody.

Specimen

Specimen is an iOS game of color recognition that takes place inside a petri dish. The surrounding canvas of your dish is a particular color and you pick the specimen that matches. Sounds simple but once you get into some more subtle palette changes, it gets quite challenging. I was fortunate enough to play a beta version and got quite hooked. Now it's officially available and I think everyone should dive in.

The team behind the game includes Erica Gorochow and Upright T-Rex Music - so there's the added bonus of supporting awesome people by playing a fun, free, game.

Edison's Rival Birthday

Today, in 2009, Codaphonic released the EP Edison's Rival via my own yk records. It was the second release for the project and I'm still proud of how it turned out - great screenprinted artwork from BOSS Construction and five wonderful pop diddies.
Over time I think I've become partial to Mrs. Pepper but my love for the horns of Knock, Knock has never subsided.

You can hear the album over on Bandcamp, Rdio or Spotify. Please celebrate this great little EP's birthday by giving it a spin.

Google Contributor

Google's Deep Dream is getting all the attention right now but the behemoth also recently launched a bit more altruistic project called Contributor that's worth taking a look at. It's one part crowdfunding and one part ad blocker - you agree to contribute a predetermined amount of dollars per month (and to visit a few participating sites like The Onion) and instead of banner ads, you get blanked out pixel patterns. Your contribution directly removes the ads and contributes money to the participating creator sites. It's invite only for now but it seems rather appealing.

The Wolfpack

I'd been reading about The Wolfpack for awhile now - a documentary about a family of teenage boys living in the lower east side of New York, very rarely allowed to ever leave their apartment and sustaining themselves on a steady diet of movies. The trailer paints an understandably sad and oppressive picture but the movie itself shows a real triumph of will for these kids. They seem amazingly well socialized (on the whole) and incredibly creative with their tactics for swede'ing scenes from their favorite films.

It's in theaters, on iTunes, Amazon and the other usual suspects. Highly recommend. If you've seen it already, be sure to watch this interview with director Crystal Moselle and Mirror Heart, the short film that the brothers wrote and directed.

Creepy Co.

I acknowledge that going too far down the path of nostalgia can be a trap - a mindset that prevents you from allowing anything new to be appreciated. However, a few nods now and again to the bits and pieces of the pop culture zeitgeist are certainly appreciated. The folks at Creepy Co are walking that fine line pretty effectively. The Divine and Dr Frank Furter pieces are straightforward homages (although creative in their own way) and the drip pins are, obviously, nice sendups to genres on the whole. Definitely going to keep my eye on their future original creations.

via Lee

Nolita Beach

It's not often that I see a collection beach towel designs and feel compelled by them. However, this Nolita Beach collection features the likes of Mark Weaver, Dan Cassaro, Damien Correll, Julia Rothman and a ton more. They're all amazing actually, every single one. I would add ten additional beach towels to my home because I like them all so much. Oh, and a portion of the proceeds go to Arts in Parts in Rockaway Beach - so that's a double win for everyone.

Friday Videos - July 10th, 2015

You know the drill folks. Enjoy these distractions and then get yourself to the weekend, Stat! Also, please watch this.

DSP Earbuds

This piece on the new Doppler Labs Here earbuds is an interesting bit of forthcoming technology. At their core, they're noise canceling headphones but the additional "trick" with these is that they don't filter all noise, they boost and augment the sound around you. To put it more succinctly: "The earbuds capture the incoming sound waves, process the audio in real-time, and play it in your ear without any perceptible delay."

It's like a next wave hearing aid and plenty of people seem interested given the success of their Kickstarter campaign. I'll be keeping on eye on them as well.

via John

Weekend LongReads

Last weekend was a raucous one, so settle down into some quiet time with some longer reads. Your brain will appreciate it.

Please note, these aren't fully vetted reads from me, just items I found interesting but haven't had a moment to fully indulge in. No complaints if they're crap!
  • The Cult of VICE - Columbia Journalism Review piece on VICE, Shane Smith and the media empire that grew from the magazine.
  • The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like Bitcoin - I'm pretty fascinated by the BlockChain. I don't really fully understand it and, from what I can glean, it sounds like technology empowers the user, which is usually not so great for advertisers and others that need your personal info in order to capitalize on advertising at you. via Jed.
  • Are Hackers the New Bankers? - I do not know the answer to this question but I'm guessing it's no.
  • Form, Function, & Meaning: The Hillary Clinton Logo - I actually read this last night and didn't realize people felt so passionately about the logo that it needed such a long explanation but it is a great read. Highly recommend. via Aaron.

The Death Of Superman Lives

Today is the official release of the documentary The Death of 'Superman Lives'; What Happened?. If you couldn't tell by the title, it's a retelling of the entire saga of the lost Superman movie - which was originally written by Kevin Smith and had Tim Burton as director and Nicolas Cage to star. Yes, Nic Cage as Superman. You can watch the first ten minutes for free but I highly suggest diving into the entire thing. It's an absolutely fascinating look at the inner workings of big budget Hollywood and all of the ego's and terrible decisions that get made. It also explains why the test footage of the Superman costume that's been making the rounds for years is as weird as it is.

There's a mega deluxe edition of the movie with all kinds of bonus content or a straightforward just the movie edition.. but c'mon, you wanna see that Deluxe Edition!

Very pleased this story is finally being told because I've been insanely curious about it for years. Director Jon Schnepp did a great job unearthing all of the things.

NYC Blackout

I'm pretty intrigued by this PBS piece Blackout, about a hot July night in 1977 that left the entirety of NYC in total darkness - resulting in looting, arson and general panic. Seeing the footage where only a spotlight from a slow moving car is the light available is pretty creepy but incredibly compelling. For a nice overview, watch this intro on why the film was made at all.

via 990000

Chris Anthony

The photography of Chris Anthony is well worth a dive into the portfolio of intense set design and character portrayal. I particularly enjoy this Seas Without a Shore series that contains the same surreal, slightly nightmarish characters but also includes some very elegant tin types of sea creatures, face masks and vaguely morbid ephemera.

Check his instagram for a steady stream of that imagery coming your way.

Chili Philly

Please take some precious time out of your day to behold the wonderful crochet creations of Chili Philly (Phil Ferguson). The delightful viewing of the food related head gear is only matched by the modeling by Ferguson himself.

Linus Torvalds and the AI Apocalypse

Nice quick read here regarding Linux creator Linus Torvald's thoughts on the forthcoming inevitable Artificial Intelligence Apocalypse.
So I’d expect just more of (and much fancier) rather targeted AI, rather than anything human-like at all. Language recognition, pattern recognition, things like that. I just don’t see the situation where you suddenly have some existential crisis because your dishwasher is starting to discuss Sartre with you.
In summation, he's not in the same camp as Ray Kurzweil or Stephen Hawking that we're facing an imminent technology threat. Guess only time will tell?

James Casebere

For almost 40 years Casebere has devised both simple and complex table-top models,photographing them in his studio.
That's the premise you need to understand when viewing the photographic and sculptural work of James Casebere. He creates large scale sculptures and photographs them with absolutely stunning lighting and environmental effects. You can dive into the full index of works to see the progression from 1975 to present day but I highly suggest diving into the dedicated galleries, as the larger images are far more immersive and really give you a proper idea of the atmosphere he is able to create and capture.

The work gets particularly ambitious around 2009-2014 with the introduction of full neighborhoods and landscapes. I may be a sucker for a miniature but these are next level works.

via mpdrolet.

Q2 2015

Well, lookie there. I promised myself I'd make a Q2 mix of favored songs and I actually did it. If we're being honest, I didn't think I'd actually make good on that promise but I'm glad I did. The results are a nice documentation of what's been in heavy rotation over the last few months.
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Hopefully you enjoy as much as I do and maybe even discover some new goodness for your own heavy rotation.

  1. Nicolas Godin - Orca
  2. SHEER MAG - Fan the Flame
  3. Steelism - The Serge
  4. Frank LoCrasto - Bad Lieutenant
  5. Sleep Good - Moonside
  6. BULLY - I Remember
  7. Supermelt - The Way Home
  8. METZ - The Swimmer
  9. Failure - Mulholland Dr.
  10. repeat repeat - Mostly
  11. Beauty Pill - Exit Without Saving
  12. Sleep Good - Godlike
  13. Vulfpeck - Fugue State
  14. Upright T-Rex - Lost
  15. Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin - Express
  16. World Party - I'm Only Dozing
  17. James Murphy - We Used to Dance
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