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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

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

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

HWKN's Pollution-Fighting Architecture Coming to MoMA PS1

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"Wendy," a massive, spiky installation that eats smog, wins the museum's 2012 Young Architects Award

The winning entry of this year's coveted Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 is a massive, bright blue installation that absorbs air pollution. Dubbed "Wendy" by architects HWKN (HollwichKushner), the 5,000 square foot structure will sit in the MoMA PS1 courtyard during the museum's Warm Up summer music series.  The star-shaped structure combines common materials (scaffolding) with......read more

Hy-Fi by The Living

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Organic tower made from agricultural waste wins MoMA PS1 competition

Each summer, an up-an-coming architect is given the chance to transform the outdoor courtyard at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. This year it's David Benjamin's firm The Living, which was selected as the winner of the 15th annual Young Architects Program in New York. The Living's concept is called Hy-Fi, a circular tower of organic bricks made from corn stalks and living root structures.......read more

Daniel Handal: Between Forest and Field

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Young farmers head back to the land in New York's Hudson Valley

Like we recently mentioned, the sustainable farming movement is alive and growing in New York's Hudson River Valley. NYC photog Daniel Handal documents the back-to-the-land movement thriving in the area with a collective portrait called Between Forest and Field. These are not old and crusty farmers, desperately hanging on to a rural life their children have left behind. No sir. These are......read more

Young Farmers: Morgan

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In the first episode of Young Farmers, Morgan shows off her impressive urban farm plot

Young Farmers, the latest original web series from SHFT and Lockerz, explores the growth of 'farm-to-table' values among young people today. In the first episode, we visit with Morgan and her abundant urban farm plot. Morgan's mindset about food was shifted by her experience living in France, where knowing where your food comes from -- and how it was raised -- is a normal part of life.......read more

Young Farmers: Jeff

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A young greenie leads the food shift

Our man Jeff is an expert gardener who attributes his interest in growing his own food to his family, for whom eating healthy, organic and local has always been par for the course. In this episode, we roll with Jeff to his garden plot, where he treasure hunts for potatoes and weird Siamese twin cucumbers. Then we get a glimpse of his first-rate grilling skills, as he cooks up fresh veg from......read more

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