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SHFT Pop Up Gallery: A Few Pieces

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A closer look at some of the artists and their work.

Our pop-up gallery in downtown LA brought together 25 artists whose work shares the loose theme of man's relationship with nature. Some of the work is violent, some of it beautiful, but taken as a whole, they reflect man's increasingly fragile relationship to our planet. Here is just a handful of what our SHFT online 'gallery' can accomodate: Deb Ris (a.k.a. Anne Shackman):......read more

Debora Mittelstaedt: Iceland

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Heartmeltingly beautiful photographs of the Nordic island nation

Continuing our ongoing obsession with Iceland -- the land of bubbling lava, geothermal energy, and beautiful people with blue eyes -- these muted travel pics offer a beautiful glimpse at the northern island nation. They were shot by Debora Mittelstaedt, who was raised in Cologne, Germany and studied photography at University of Essen before settling in New York City in......read more

How One Designer Gave Typhoon Debris A Second Chance At Life

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From our good friends at collectively

Interview by Scott Pierce Bernardo Urbina is a furniture designer from Costa Rica. After graduating from Pratt and receiving his Master's from Politecnico de Milano, he realized he wasn't ready to completely pack his bags and go home. But he was ready for a new kind of metropolis. So he ended up in Cebu City, the Philippine's second most populous city after Manila, which......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-12-10

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Weekly links: Pimped-out bikes, phone book sculptures, and a renewed push for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Freewheelers is a series of video portraits of tricked-out bikes and the people who ride them – from self-build fixies and coveted vintage steeds to bikes as art or manifestations of style. Two bipartisan senators have proposed a sensible idea that most people are going to hate. Tom Carper (D-Del.) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio) wrote to President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal......read more

Rise Above Plastics

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Animated short for worthy Surfrider Foundation initiative.

Rise Above Plastics is a charitable project that seeks to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the marine environment. They just launched this awesome little animated promo vid with the help Portland creative agency Borders Perrin Norrander. For more information, check out the Rise Above Plastics website.....read more

Earth Day Mashup: Beach Boys vs. Phillip Glass

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Stirring short featuring footage from "There Once Was an Island"

SHFT compadre and Honey Brothers member Ari Gold (no not the Entourage one) just sent over this moving bit of video based on an idea that came to him in a dream. While sleeping, Ari's unconscious mind offered up the idea of combining the harmonious pop of Beach Boys with the classical avant-garde of Philip Glass. Inspiration in hand, Ari mashed up the 1962 Beach Boys ballad "The Lonely Sea" with......read more

Swimming Against the Rising Tide

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Secular climate change activists can learn from evangelical Christians

By KRISTIN DOMBEK It never feels like summer starts until the first time I go to the beach. To stand nearly naked and heavy from winter on the water’s edge, wade awkwardly into the shallows, dive under the first cold wave, taste first salt, surface and dive again to reach the calmer waters beyond, floating there until water and skin become the same temperature — this is the best way......read more

When Sea Levels Attack

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Visualizing the effects of rising sea levels.

All climate scientists agree that sea levels are rising. But there is plenty of debate over how much and how fast. It's tough to keep track of all the shifting predictions, and what they mean in terms of land being submerged. With this infomation graphic, David McCandless, author of 'Information is Beautiful,' sums it up the research for us, showing what will happen, when it will......read more

The Fast Lane Car: 'Food Tripping' App Debuted at SXSW

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SHFT and Ford ready for launch of collaborative food app

Ford Motor Company and SHFT.com were at SXSW in Austin, Texas to unveil the new “Food Tripping” app which is designed to let consumers find the best of local, healthy food options while on the road. The app will be downloadable for free beginning on Earth Day, April 22, 2013 for the iPhone, iPad and Android. SHFT.com was founded by actor Adrian Grenier and film producer Peter Glatzer......read more

Panda Bear "Boys Latin" Video

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Animal Collective singer/drummer debuts trippy animated vid

Noah "Panda Bear" Lennox shared this hypnotic video for the lead track from Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper, out early in 2015. The trippy animated clip follows the story of a shaggy-haired hero who encounters a magical anemone and is forever transformed. The visuals were directed by Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch from Encyclopedia Pictura, who have worked on videos from Björk, Grizzly......read more

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