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SHFT Green to Blue

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Gripping eco-drama in stop motion by SHFT's Liz Klein.

SHFT animator extraordinaire Liz Klein creates a moving message about the environment and climate change, using the tried and true technique of stop motion animation. Just in time for the holidays. Watch this before they run Rudolph....read more

One Belongs

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A SHFT original animated short from Liz Klein.

Surrealistic animation beautifully juxtaposes the undersea movements of a jellyfish and a plastic bag, offering some poignant commentary on marine pollution in the process. Made by SHFT collaborator Elizabeth Klein, the film makes use of rotoscoping, an age-old animation technique that involves tracing over live-action film movement, frame by frame, creating a dreamlike visual effect. Music by......read more

Carbon Footprint

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A SHFT original animation by Liz Klein

Liz Klein's animation work is broad-ranged and eclectic. Her rotoscope work in the dreamlike ONE BELONGS is elegiac; her stop motion in BLUE TO GREEN takes Bambi into the terrors of climate change; and now with CARBON FOOTPRINT, Liz takes on yet another animation technique to remind us to be conscious about our own footprint monsters who follow us throughout our lives. This vid has a......read more

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

Found Concrete Installations by Lizzie Buckmaster Dove

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Australian artist finds inspiration--and materials--on the seaside

It's not unusual for creative types to go for walks to find inspiration. But for Australian artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove, daily walks also serve the purpose of uncovering the materials she uses in her work. Walking along the seaside  near her home in Coledale, New South Wales, Lizzie collected concrete fragments from an old swimming pool which has been claimed by the to-and-fro of the......read more

Cities Solving Problems Through Tech

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Mayors mobilizing residents to engage communities and address issues

In the spring of 2017, the doors to a new type of community center swung open in Louisville, Kentucky. The Gigabit Experience Center, located in the city’s long underserved West End, provided a now critical 21st century public service: free high-speed internet access. Although an estimated 94% of Americans have web access today, many low-and middle-income families are......read more

Nightingale and Canary

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Bird sounds visualized by Andy Thomas

Australian artist Andy Thomas created this wondrous short animation using abstract shapes that respond to the songs of a nightingale and a canary. The recorded bird sounds are from the archives of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum. A specialist in "audio life forms," Thomas experiments with nature and technology by taking photos of plants, insects, and machines and......read more

The Essence of Sound

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Subwoofer sound waves visualized in Susi Sie's trippy experimental vid

Burkhardtsmaier, a German audio brand that makes high-end stereo equipment, commissioned Cologne-based artist Susi Sie to make a video that visualizes subwoofer sounds. Rejecting digital effects in favor of analog technology, Sie made use of lycopodium powder to create "The Essence of Sound," showing sound waves as visible forms. Shown in greyscale tones, the lycopodium powder......read more

Mixed Media Works by Aliza Razell

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Paint-splattered photographs born from a 'burning need to create'

With what she calls "a burning need to create," 19-year-old Finnish artist Aliza Razell experiments with multiple media to create spellbinding self-portraits. For these works, spotted on Colossal, she used digital software to merge self-portrait photography with watercolor painting, and the results are pretty cool.  The pictures come from two of her latest series. The first,......read more

Mind-Boggling Photos of Magnified Booze

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Under a microscope, crystallized alcohol becomes abstract art

Have you ever wondered what liquor looks like under a microscope? Neither have we. Couldn't be that interesting, could it? Matter of fact, it could. The images above depict crystallized compounds of various drinks shot under a polarized light microscope. The resulting photos feature hallucinogenic washes of color and trippy patterns that could easily pass as abstract art. And indeed they do. The......read more

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