Cover Mania – Michele Mauri

Popular songs, and how frequently they are covered over time.

Timeline of the Universe – Omid Kashan

This “Timeline of the Universe” is available as a print from the Anti-Long shop.

Notabilia – Moritz Stefaner, Dario Taraborelli and Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia

Representing the discussion of Wikipedia articles as the debates about their relevance drag on. Read more abouth the “Deleted” and the “Kept” at Notabilia.

The above images from Michele MauriOmid Kashan and Moritz Stefaner et al, were among the winners of the Information is Beautiful awards. Judged by Brian Eno, Paola Antonelli and other illustrious folk. The full list of winners is well worth the look. And, well, how much time to you have? There is more inspiration to be found on the shortlist… and the long list.


screen / — posted on October 4th, 2012

We acknowledge that no photograph taken from the floor of a club with a handheld device has ever, in the history of camera phones, ever been good, BUT we could not resist:



Amon Tobin just passed through town with his giant stage sculpture projection environment AV experience show: ISAM Live 2.0.  While the beginning of the show was a little heavy on the space station imagery, the projections got better and more abstract toward the end.

still from this video

still from this video

There are way better images of ISAM, plus an interview, over here.

As a thing becomes “tired” as soon as it is identified to as existing in the world, projection mapping has, in some circles, traveling the circuit to passé via hipster jadedness.

The relentlessly prolific and inspiring Kyle McDonald, has developed mapamok a free open-source projection mapping library. Along the way, he declared that he offers these tools not to facilitate the creation of exciting projects, but instead to make projection mapping so easy that people are no longer interested in doing it.

So yes, this has been done at least once (this is, after all, ISAM 2.0). While we should be cautious about the tacky or facile use of a technical process to gloss over creative shortcomings, it follows that if you can, as Marius Watz says of algorithms, “make it rock”, go right ahead. So perhaps ISAM is currently living in the dying days of projection mapping qua projection mapping, but it’s designers, as if aware of this tenuous position, have packed that hour-long set with enought moments of restless inventiveness to, for the time being, evade outright dismissal.

Furthmore, this is a great direction for live electronic gigs to be heading.  Consider the alternative: a dimly lit DJ nodding at a table?  Tapping on a laptop and turning knobs? No thanks: this is the future we were promised.

If projection mapping is on its way out, the rampant virality of J o n p a s a n g’s excellent Hyper-Matrix project for Hyundai indicate that white cubes make be sticking around for at least another lap.

screen, site / / amon tobin — posted on September 13th, 2012

Another good really great way to learn more about light transport and how light interacts with surfaces is to Photoshop giant babies into Civil War photographs.

Robert Hodgin’s Eyeo Festival talk was full of Easter eggs. Possibly the most delightful of these was the bit of procrastination that yielded the these pics. His talk was, in many ways, the finest of the 2012 Eyeo Festival and is worth the watch. The babies bit starts around the 9th minute.

Hodgin is the co-creator of the Cinder graphical programming framework. You can read more about him on his site and blog.

Here’s your bonus track. Giant baby.

all images from the talk

screen / / Robert Hodgin — posted on September 12th, 2012

The above 2 stills are from Andrew Thomas Huang’s stunning 10 minute short film SOLIPSIST, which can be viewed in full on Vimeo and below. SOLIPSIST is as colorful & technically wonderful as the Sony Bravia spots with imagery as haunting as Jodorowsky and pleasantly unsettling as Matthew Barney’s. The “fantasy” film is motivated by a sort of epiphenomenalism that is explained on the kickstarter page for the project. Worth the stop.

The latter two images come from the director’s tumblr and the making-of film which can also be found on vimeo, and is well-covered on Design Boom.

screen / Andrew Thomas Huang — posted on August 29th, 2012

read on...