Float On It: A Creative Community

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Extinct Breeds:: photo collection of long horses by Hardy Burmeier


"If you flip through old photos, you might be lucky enough to run into this now-extinct "long horse". It was strong, handsome and could carry up to four people at one time but, because of overwork, the horses tended to die young and, to put it bluntly, the population was eventually used to death."

A substantial collection of long horse photos, curated by Hardy Burmeier, is now on display.



Matt Burden::Profiles Series


"Matt Burden is an illustrator/designer/artist living in the UK. Mixing together more traditional drawing methods with photography and scanned objects his work comes in many forms, all essentially conjoined by an appetite for the dark and the absurd."

Visit his website.


Art Hotels

CoolHunting just recently posted some great Art Hotels to stay at in Seattle, San Francisco, Australia.

"One-upping the generic prints that often hang inoffensively in hotel rooms and lobbies, more and more hotels add work by big name contemporary artists to their lists of amenities. These three destinations feature art by less flashy names, which makes them a good place to discover new artists and the presentation—graffiti-style murals that cover the walls of a room and doors with photographic overlays—makes for an experience that's more immersive than an average hotel, or museum for that matter." - Ami Kealoha

Read On.



Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Show us your feet::Footprints a project by Ann Poochareon and Mark Argo


"Footprints, a project by Ann Poochareon and Mark Argo, is a camera phone based installation that consists of multiple screens displaying images of different pairs of feet embedded in the floor.

The images are self point-of-view portraits of one's own feet at a particular location, a photographic angle that symbolizes one's own presence in a place: "I was here". The audience are asked to participate by uploading their top-down feet images from their camera phone via MMS, email, the website, or wireless connection at the installation site. The images rotate around the grid to show as many images as there are in the system.

Over time the installation reveals a social portrait of those who have interacted with the installation, displaying a diverse range of feet sizes and shoes, and in turn tell a unique story of the people, time and place.

Feet were chosen because they are a symbol of being mobile (so much for those who suspected that only fetishism motivated the project.) A self point-of-view portrait of one's own feet indicates authorship and the ability to document one self at any time, any place -- an ability afforded by the camera phone. Shoes, as fashion, are an indication of class, culture, and generations. The participatory aspect of the installation reveals a portrait of a community, visually representing the connection amongst ourselves made possible by the digital devices.

"Our installation was originally proposed to be a cellphone file-upload type thing (like other CommPose installations where people send images over bluetooth connection)," explains Ann Poochareon, "but most of the Korean phones don't come with bluetooth (the telco wants people to use their network to share files instead) so we had to set up an email where people can send images to. 0jambroug.jpgAnd because of that, we've made it so people can send via email and upload from the website in addition to being able to upload while at the installation."

As the grand prize winning project of the Mobile Asia Competition, Footprints will be installed in the Art Center Nabi in Seoul for Connected, an exhibition curated by Suhjung Hur. Runs from December 7th - 22nd, 2006."


The History of BRIDGEPORT (trailer):: New Graffiti Documentary

"Following Hip Hop Culture in Bridgeport, Ct.The place Biggie Smalls called Baby New York. Pros crew, Dead Fucking Last and many more...coming soon"

Ari Leinonon's Floating Prefab Sauna


"Architect Ari Leinonon designed this houseboat-sauna for his parents, and since it is Europe and the prefab companies are a little more sophisticated than in North America, it got snapped up by Swedish prefabber Modern Living, which makes a whole range of interesting modern prefabs. (In North America, the Michelle Kaufmanns and Leo Marmols have to build their own factories because the existing prefab manufacturers won't touch them) The SeaSauna comes in three sizes, starting at 200 square feet for $30K to $45K. For those who insist, that is between $150 and $225 per square foot not including shipping and on-site assembly. It is made of native fir and has a wood-burning stove holding 90 pounds of granite. The architect was inspired by Eliel Saarinen' design for a sauna at Hvittrask from the early 20th Century."




Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Win A Gorillaz Vinyl Toy::Urban Retro

'A few days left to enter the VTF x UrbanRetro Contest and win yourself a Gorillaz Figure. In case you missed out on this below are the full details for the competition.

Competition: Create a banner for Urban Retro Lifestyle

The only restrictions are as follows:

1. Must be 800 x 158 pixels
2. Must contain the UrbanRetro logo and the title Urban Retro Lifestyle
3. Must be Christmas themed

Please download the logo from here (http://www.urbanretro.co.uk/vinyltoyforum/largeurlogo.jpg) or the psd file from here (http://www.urbanretro.co.uk/vinyltoyforum/largeurlogo.psd).

There is no limit to the actual way it is designed. ie. it can be an illustration or it can be a photo based collage, etc.

There will be 2 winners and the banners will be rotated on urbanretrolifestyle.com

Each winner will receive a Gorillaz figure! View Here

There will also be a link up on www.urbanretrolifestyle.com to all the winners websites.

Entries must be received by November 30th and the winner will be informed by the December 1st. The banners will be up until News Years day.

Please post your banner up at Vinyl Toy Forum for everyone to see AND make sure to email it to info@urbanretrolifestyle.com

Good Luck to every one that enters."


New BUD Variants:: Atomic and Flame

"Ferg and Vanbeater have exciting things planned for Jamungo's BUD minifigs. Here's a look at unpainted versions of two new BUD variants -- Atomic and Flame. The Flame is pretty sweet -- note the smaller inner shape. Both new variants will make their debut as part of the BUD of the Month Club (details to follow) can't wait to see what's next from Jamungo."


Andrew Schoultz Interview

Jesse Pollock of FecalFace.com posted an interview with artist Andrew Schoultz.

"With his work covering walls on streets and alleyways around San Francisco, Andrew Schoultz has been painting murals for the past several years like it was going out of style. He painted so many in fact, that I was surprised to learn that some of my favorites were painted by him years ago. Andrew has also created art and painted murals all across the country and at times outside of the US. Sometimes working alone, sometimes collaborating with other heavy hitters of the mural and art world, his early work was written about in a SF Weekly piece by Sam Chennault that is well worth the read.

That is Andrew Schoultz part one. Part two involves the ever growing number of gallery shows that have included his work. His intricate lines and imagery have won him an audience all over the country, all of whom have written gushing reviews of his work. Hopefully you get the point... I'm more than pleased to bring Andrew Shoultz to Fecal Face for some questions about OCD, blood, and the 'mural art scene'." -Jesse Pollock

You can read more of the interview here.

Transubstantiator:: By Nicholas Stedman

"Transubstantiator, by Nicholas Stedman (whom you might remember as the guy that engineerd the crawling blanket), is another art piece that makes use of the very simple science phenomenon of "grocery" electricity. Transubstantiation is a a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, it describes the changing of the elements of the bread and wine, when they are consecrated in the Communion, into the body and blood of Christ.

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In the installation, a chalice of wine acts as a battery, providing power to a circuit that reads through a passage from the Bible. The passage is commonly used during Communion to bless wine. The wine is eventually depleted of energy and must be replenished.


Stedman is one of the presenters at the upcoming Dorkbot Toronto, on December 2 and 3."


Illustration By Andy Coucil

"I really enjoy seeing original styles of illustration and Andy Council definitely has an unique style. I love his superb collection of Bristol Dinosaur illustrations which contain incredibly detailed dinosaurs made up of buildings, roads and cars. This may sound confusing but one look at the illustrations and you will know what I mean. Visit Andy Council’s Website to see more fantastic illustrations."


Click on images below to see detailed images

4Wall Production Lines


"Londoner Sam Stubbings never really set out to give artists a helping hand, but he came away frustrated after seeing an exhibition by art collective Black Convoy last year, so he decided to set up 4Wall.

Sam seems to work a bit like an art agent with online and real-world gallery spaces, allowing people who want to pay up to tap into the talent the sometimes-sprawling collectives contain. That could mean commercial interests wanting help with a campaign or punters like you and me wanting something pretty to hang up. Oh, and live painting on something they call "The Wall" (see the mural above) is also a speciality.

Next week sees the start of Production Lines, an umbrella term for 4Wall's biggest, multi-faceted show to date. At the Fashion & Textile Museum in Bermondsey, South London, expect to see artists like D-Fuse and Daisy De Villeneuve creating new work, live before your eyes. There'll also be a chance to own a picture by people like artist Tracey Emin or London Mayor Ken Livingstone during the Bargain Bin Art Fair. Also, as a reaction to big beer brands muscling in on the art world, there's something they're calling Beer Futures...

Intrigued? Production Lines runs through 10 December 2006."

Fashion & Textile Museum
83 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3XF
United Kingdom


LoopWing Wind Turbine From Japan


"This is the "LoopWing" wind turbine. It is soon to be unveiled in Japan's Eco-Products 2006 Exhibition. The E1500 model turbine is aimed at homeowners, and it sports a unique wing design that operates with low vibration, and at wind speeds as low as 1.6 m/sec. The efficiency specs on the turbine are vague — "43% power performance at optimum wind speeds" is all published."