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2D to 3D Camera Mapping

2D to 3D Camera Mapping

For the documentary Motalko, Miklós Falvay took a series of archival sepiatone images and managed to convert them into scenes of extraordinary depth using 3D camera mapping techniques in Blender.

Pixel Animals

Pixel Animals

Artist Laura Bifano creates these surreal portraits using blocky pixels (or technically, voxels) to represent Mother Nature’s creatures in their natural habitats. Bambi – you’re looking a little blocky.

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Windie City Shootout

Windie City Shootout

If speed and films (but not necessarily Keanu) are your cup of tea, come on down to New York Jr.  for the Windie City Shooutout. Chicago’s premier 72-hr film race with $25k in prizes takes place 8/12-15.

You Are What You Eat (Photos)

You Are What You Eat (Photos)

Mark Menjivar traveled for 3 years documenting the contents of various subjects’ refrigerators for his photographic series “You Are What You Eat.” Go ahead and peek, then check out the captions here.

Cut-out Leaf Art

Cut-out Leaf Art

Spanish-based artist Lorenzo Duran puts plain old leaves through a painstaking process of washing, drying, molding and careful cutting away to create his precise and detailed art.

Somewhere to Disappear

Somewhere to Disappear

Laure Flammarion & Arnaud Uyttenhove followed photographer Alec Soth as the latter worked on his photo book. A film about the fantasy of escape, a fantasy shared by both Soth and his subjects.

USA Map, NY Style

USA Map, NY Style

Dan Abramson’s very amusing map of the USA as interpreted by New Yorkers, who apparently have no sense of geography, seems pretty fair, considering the world revolves around Gotham.

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph

A new website where people submit pictures from the past re-inserted into the present. A powerful reminder of the passing of time and the things that we go through, enjoy or lose as we move forward.

Who’s Afraid of Mr Greedy?

Who’s Afraid of Mr Greedy?

Mr. Greedy is one mean mofo. He eats little kids for breakfast and collects their heads. Yeesh. But a little decapitation doesn’t stop us from enjoying this brilliantly animated, if a little dark, short film.

Robohash

Robohash

Robohash creates unique robot/monster/alien creatures based on a unique hash created from the text you enter. Though we think the awesomer robot is a way awesomer than theawesomer robot.

Papercraft Retro Gadgets

Papercraft Retro Gadgets

Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmerman (great name!) of Zim and Zou, created this collection of actual size retro technology, meticulously cut from colorful paper. A little making-of video here.

Amon Tobin ISAM Live

Amon Tobin ISAM Live

Now this is what we call projection mapping! Several design studios collaborated to produce this perfect stage concept for bringing electronic artist Amon Tobin’s new album ISAM to life.

Skateboard Pool Painting

Skateboard Pool Painting

London-based street artist D*Face attached a “spray paint skateboard interface” to the underside of a bunch of skateboards, found an empty swimming pool and let the skaters do their thing.

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Chimecco

Chimecco

Architect Mark Nixon created this interactive wind chime sculpture, which hangs from the underside of a bridge, creating peaceful music as people walk over and the wind blows through.

Phoenix Haboob

Phoenix Haboob

Haboob (Arabic هبوب): a type of intense sandstorm. If you were in Phoenix on June 5, you got smacked with a big ol’ haboob. Mike Olbinski captured a nice time-lapse of the huge storm for the rest of us.

Ocean Sky

Ocean Sky

Alex Cherney’s award-winning time-lapse video is made from over 30 hours of night and early morning shots of the Australian ocean and sky. Makes us wish our eyes were as sharp as cameras.

Wooden Caterpillar

Wooden Caterpillar

This insanely detailed, working wooden model of a Caterpillar excavator took Rob Fisher’s Woodchuck and Co. 3,000+ hours to build, using 4,000+ handcrafted pieces of cherry and walnut wood.

Melvin the Machine

Melvin the Machine

Designed by studio HeyHeyHey, Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine is the most complicated Rube Goldberg contraption we’ve ever seen. It’s purpose? Promoting itself.

The Robots of Brixton

The Robots of Brixton

In the future, London’s Brixton district will be home to countless robotic workers, living amongst humans, forced to do the jobs they no longer want. Solid social commentary, brilliant CG animation.

Embroidered Portraits

Embroidered Portraits

They make look like paintings or pictures tweaked on an image editor, but artist Daniel Kornrumpf actually hand-embroidered these portraits on linen. Check out his site to see more of his work.

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Dice People

Dice People

Korean artist Kim Hyun creates intricate humanoid forms using various dice. Each die is drilled, carefully placed on wires sculpted around plaster casts, which are later removed.

Tetra Tennis

Tetra Tennis

We’ve seen plenty of projection mapping, but this is the first time we’ve seen it done on a tennis court. We have to say “Game. Set. Match!” for this awfully cool production by 1024 Architecture.

Art with Salt

Art with Salt

Toronto artist Bashir Sultani creates unique artwork using a salt shaker, a sharp-edged piece of paper and an iPhone to record the moment. You can see a lot more salt portraiture on his YouTube channel.

Geo-Cosmos: OLED Globe

Geo-Cosmos: OLED Globe

With 10,362 OLED panels, the Tsunagari exhibition offers visitors of Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation a view of Earth on par with observing our planet from space.

Chute

Chute

Emile Cohl school of animation student Mathias Lacal captured the sensation of falling from the sky in his Aeon Flux-like graduation film. Turn up your speakers and watch in HD.

Bungie: The Ancients

Bungie: The Ancients

Bungie artist David Candland reimagines three classics, Myth, Pathways into Darkness, and Marathon in this this limited-edition, signed 33″x16″ print. All profits go to Bungie Foundation charities.

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