June 29, 2011
Kunsthalle Detroit Museum of Multimedia & Light-Based Art
The neglected building that once housed the Comerica Bank in Detroit has found a new purpose as “the first U.S. museum of multi-media and light-based arts and the second of its kind in the world”. Contemporary art specialist Tate Osten has recently renovated and transformed the space to create the Kunsthalle Detroit, a museum dedicated to build awareness and support for the growing medium of light-based arts. The inaugural exhibition “Time and Place” that presents the film, video and multimedia works of 12 artists from around the world opened June 10, 2011 and will run through September 10, 2011.
June 16, 2011
"The End of Suburbia" (video review)
Cul-de-sac housing development, Gaithersburg, Maryland, ca. 1995
© Alex Maclean, Landslides Aerial Photography
Source: AAEL Digital Image Collection
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Electric Wallpaper Co.
The End of Suburbia travels back in time to the rise of the suburb and its place in the “American Dream”, examining life in the suburbs from its origins to the present day. The suburbs were posed as an alternative and even an escape from living in the industrial city, yet the problems and difficulties surrounding such a lifestyle are becoming ever more apparent. Furthermore, as the world’s oil supply decreases so does the ability to live in the suburbs. After bringing these issues to light and recognizing that more sustainable living styles need to be adopted, the film proceeds to explore the question of “what next?” Urban planners, scientists and economists present measures of alternative energy resources, examine the development of desirable urban living, and seek to draw awareness to how the American lifestyle will need to change and adapt to the future.
June 14, 2011
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is an ongoing project illustrating The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection with interactive timelines, maps, and thematic essays. These visual tools offer quick and easy access to works of art from different cultures, periods and locations across the world. The thematic essays provide further depth and cover various topics that include everything from Italian paintings, funerary art, Japanese tea ware, to the origins of the kilt. With 300 timelines, 900 essays and 6,000 works of art, the Heilbrunn Timeline is an excellent resource for anyone interested in exploring diverse forms of art.
June 09, 2011
"Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig" (video review)
Visual Storytelling with Iain McCaig vols. 1-4
Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press
Iain McCaig leads us through the art of visual storytelling, creating a space age version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” in a re-telling that captures all the enchantment of the original. McCaig gears his presentation for all levels of skill and experience from beginners to advanced artists. He stresses that the basic elements for creating a story can be implemented in composition and placement regardless of the level of drawing ability one has.
McCaig guides us through the process for developing character concepts beginning with the creation of a storyboard. He demonstrates his techniques with both traditional drawing and digital media, and the transitions between the two going from paper to Photoshop. Throughout he relates the importance of using references from nature and one's everyday surroundings to achieve accurate anatomy and lighting effects. These effects are essential to creating believable representations of even the most fantastical or mythological creatures. In each lesson McCaig relates his work and process to both the previous and the next step in order to never lose sight of the story he is trying to tell and how this affects his visual choices.
June 07, 2011
Better Life Index
Source: Organisation of Economic Development
Infographics are visual representations of complex data. They deliver information quickly in a compact and clear way.
With this interactive chart of Better Life Index from Organisation of Economic Development you can compare countries based on 11 topics that OED finds essential in representing quality of life.
Here is an infographic showing how much energy computer related tasks take:
After you looked through lots of useless infographics you might feel like this:
June 03, 2011
Shakers stand in front of the Meeting House at the Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H., circa 1888.
© AP Photo/Canterbury Shaker Village
Source: AP Images
The Shakers: I don’t want to be remembered as a chair
A BBC-TV Production
This documentary thoughtfully examines the last remaining Shakers in America who are overshadowed by the popularity and perceived value of their quality furniture and crafts. While these Shakers prefer to be known for their faith and simple way of life, it is their material goods that have drawn the most attention. In interviews addressing their problematic identity, the Shaker members tell humorous anecdotes about their encounters with the general public. Yet the trend for anything Shaker amongst wealthy collectors, including celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, and the exorbitant prices they are willing to pay leave open the question of how the Shakers will be remembered.
Bell Tower Building, Shaker Village, Canterbury, N.H.
© b givens
Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.
© Miles Davis
Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.
© E. Christopher Clark