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Takagi Masakatsu, "Girls"

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Stunning multimedia work from Japanese artist

The word "multimedia" gets thrown around a lot when describing art that combines more than one mode of creation. It's also usually a good way to make us not care about the art being described. Takagi Masakatsu is an exception to the rule. The Kyoto-based musician/painter shoots everyday banal scenes then slows then down and smears them with digital colors and scores them with delicate,......read more

T-Shirt Converts Sound to Electricity

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Cell phone-charging T-shirt tech to debut at the Glastonbury Festival.

The Sound Charge may look like an ordinary T-shirt, but it contains some seriously next-level energy tech within. The ingenious invention, borne of the simple observation that people at loud concerts tend to wear T-shirts, contains technology that converts sound waves into electrical energy. A collaboration between global telecom giant Orange and the renewable energy experts at Got Wind, the......read more

Diego Stocco: Music From A Tree

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A sound designer and composer jams out with nature in his garden

Italian-born, California-based sound designer and composer Diego Stocco is Internet famous for making music using random sounds from natural "instruments." This video, "Music From A Tree," is our fave. Looking outside at an oddly-shaped tree in his Burbank garden, Stocca decided to mic it up and make music from it: To tune the tree I picked a fundamental note and tuned the twigs by......read more

Benga, "I Will Never Change"

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Dubstep soundwaves visualized in stunning vinyl animation

UK director duo Us comes through with this amazingly creative animated vid Benga's "I Will Never Change." Created using 960 custom-cut pieces of vinyl, the team use stop-motion to create a living soundwave form that builds in response to the track. The bit is so good that it's almost (but not quite) enough to make us like dubstep. "To animate the wave form, we built it and then carefully removed......read more

RETHINK - Contemporary Art and Climate Change

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Art exhibition in Copenhagen explores the interesection of art, culture and global warming.

I recently met Beth Terry, the author of a great blog on plastic pollution called Fake Plastic Fish (the definitive resource on our culture’s obsession with plastics) at a very sobering event – the return from an expedition to Midway Island with photographer Chris Jordan, who traveled there with a film crew to document the “plastic graveyard.” Midway is literally “midway” from......read more

Ars Natura: Genesis

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In his inaugural SHFT post, Karl Burkart explains why the hell a renowned green-tech blogger is writing a column on art and nature.

This is the first in a series I’m writing for SHFT called Ars Natura: art in nature, nature in art. Though I typically blog abut media and technology I have become increasingly aware that the problems our civilization faces are not going to be solved by technological ingenuity alone. Yes I believe we can solve the energy problem and perhaps even find a way to deflate the planet’s overheated......read more

Ars Natura: Lea Turto

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Finnish artist's felted trees unlock the mystical past of her homeland.

The Finns are a thoroughly modern people. They are world-famous for their uber-modern design aesthetic and are wont to include any historical references of any sort in their architecture or design. And while the country revels in its modern history, it is next to impossible to find any information on the ancient roots of the Finnish people. In contrast to Norway and Sweden, Finland is not......read more

MAKE TV: Kinetic Wave Sculptures

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Reuben Margolin’s kinetic art.

Reuben Margolin is a visionary Bay Area artist who creates totally singular kinetic wave sculptures from a variety of found materials. Graceful and mesmerizing, Margolin’s work is inspired by natural reference points like water droplets, wind gusts, and ocean eddies. Here, MAKE: television takes a look at the artist and his process. ...read more

NYC Garbage Cube

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Artist Justin Gignac would like to thank you for littering.

The key to a successful business is good margins, the difference between what you buy stuff for and what you sell it for. So when what you're selling costs you nothing to buy, and it retails for $50 or $100, you're in good shape. Such is the case with Justin Gignac's New York City Garbage project, in which the artist/entrepreneur gathers trash found on the streets of Manhattan,......read more

Ars Natura: Fragile Blue Globe

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The story of the COP15 logo.

The sketchy, ephemeral blue globe which served as the official logo for the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen has in interesting story. The UN in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Culture launched a design competition in the early part of the year to create an identity for what would become the most important climate summit in history. The judges received hundreds of entries and selected a......read more

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