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Your thoughts come to life in Mariko Mori’s UFO

Your thoughts come to life in Mariko Mori’s UFO

Mariko Mori - Wave Ufo, 2005
Mariko Mori – Wave UFO, 1999-2002
Brainwave interface, vision dome, projector, computer system, fiberglass
207 x 446 x 194 inches (528 x 113.4 x 493 cm)
Edition of 2 with 1 AP

How many times do art and science come together? In Mariko Mori’s Wave UFO art and science have come together in a creation that is just fascinating. This artwork uses neuroscience, computer graphics, architectural engineering, and sound to create an interactive experience where viewers can see their thoughts come to life in color and shape.

Wave UFO will take three viewers at a time. Each viewer gets electrodes attached to the head just like an EEG machine. The brainwaves of the viewers are transmitted and projected on to a screen. This will show six orbs, for two of each viewer’s left and right brain hemispheres. A waving line shows the facial movements for the viewer.

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Andy Warhol’s retirement from painting

Andy Warhol’s retirement from painting

Andy Warhol blowing up Silver Cloud Pillow, Los Angeles, 1966

Andy Warhol blowing up Silver Cloud Pillow, Los Angeles, 1966
Andy Warhol blowing up Silver Clouds, Los Angeles, 1966

Andy Warhol is no stranger to critical acclaim; his various works introduced thousands of audiences to contemporary art which helped to put American artists on the map, and it waged a war against abstract expressionism. Warhol effectively managed, time and time again, to shatter distinctions in art and he helped to reshape the aesthetic criteria that many people used to categorize art. In true fashion, Warhol inspired an artistic revolution of epic proportions that was felt not just in America, but in other parts of the world as well.

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Humans reduced to a blob of color

Humans reduced to a blob of color

Andreas Gursky - Kuwait Stock Exchange, 2007

Andreas Gursky - Kuwait Stock Exchange II, 2007
Andreas GurskyKuwait Stock Exchange II, 2007
Photo: Andreas Gursky/VG Bild-Kunst, Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Berlin London

Andreas Gursky is a German photographer and professor. He is most well known for large format architecture and landscape color photos, and following the 1990’s; Gursky has been using technology and computers for editing and enhancing his photos.

Gursky is known for using an elevated vantage point as his main perspective. This allows the audience to view the scenes from a place that is both peripheral and central. Using each subject to create an unconventional geometry, he organizes the world fitting in with his personal visual logic. He began his portrayals of stock exchanges in 1990 and has continued this project throughout his career.

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Gigantic breathing lotus flowers by Korean artist

Gigantic breathing lotus flowers by Korean artist

Choi Jeong Hwa - Perth International Art Festival - Moving Flower, 2012
Choi Jeong Hwa – Moving Flower, Perth International Art Festival, Australia, 2012

Korean artist and designer Choi Jeong Hwa is mostly known for his large lotus blossoms. With motorized fabric leaves opening and closing, simulating the movement of a live lotus flower, his sculptures are often installed in public space and create a link between the modern world and one of the most important cosmological symbols in Asia.

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More senseless graffiti by Japanese artist duo

More senseless graffiti by Japanese artist duo

Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless drawing bot 2
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot #2

Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless drawing bot 2
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot #2

After version #1 of their Senseless Drawing Bot, Japanese artist duo Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno release the second version that comes with a very similar concept and a few technical changes.


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Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on river in Tokyo

Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on river in Tokyo

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Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of fireflies. This happend on the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru Festival (Tokyo Firefly Festival) which was first held in 2012 and is intended to revalue the river and its surroundings, similar to what Seoul has done with their prestigious Cheonggyecheon stream renaturation project. The LED lights were sponsored by Panasonic and equipped with solar cells. At the end all of the lights were taken out of the river by using a big net.

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

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(via, photos by Tokyo Hotaru & Mai Suzuki)


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This graffiti sprayed by a robot makes no sense

This graffiti sprayed by a robot makes no sense

Senseless Drawing Bot by So Kanno & Takahiro Yamaguchi

Senseless Drawing Bot by So Kanno & Takahiro Yamaguchi
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot

Artwork by the two Japanese Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno. It was shown at the exhibition “UTOPIA no OSHIRASE” in Tokyo last month.

“Exploring the relationship between machine and art, so kanno and takahiro yamaguchi have created ‘senseless drawing bot’, a self-propelling device on a skateboard that sprays abstract linework on a stretch of wall using a double pendulum. extrapolating the dynamism of modern graffiti forms, the robot takes advantage of the chaotic gestures of the swinging pendulum to create erratic yet organic paint strokes.

Featuring a motorized skateboard base, the construction consists of a single arm equipped with a rotary encoder attached to the fulcrum of the pendulum. as the robot moves from side to side, the swinging motion of the arm is amplified through the physics of inertia which is delineated by a quick release of paint from the spray can. the resulting collage of lines is a complex illustration derived from a simple operation.”

Senseless Drawing Bot by So Kanno & Takahiro Yamaguchi
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot

Senseless Drawing Bot by So Kanno & Takahiro Yamaguchi
Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno, Senseless Drawing Bot


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