Digital

New York: Night and Day is a combination of non-traditional video time-lapse and animation. Philip Stockton filmed day and night scenes from around New York City and combined them back into single sequences using rotoscoping techniques. The piece explores the relationships between night and day, by compositing together scenes shot in the same location over a time period ranging from 4 – 8 hours. It feels like a wonderful collage of time and space.

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Today the Swiss newspaper NZZ printed a binary front cover to announce the relaunch of their redesigned website. Not only is this a quite daring thing to do for the oldest Swiss newspaper but it will certainly make people talk about it. Check it out here. The concept of this little stunt was done by the advertising agency JvM/Limmat.

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Lineær is a wall clock concept designed by Norwegian University of Science and Technology student Audun Ask Blaker. I love the idea of this ongoing linear way of displaying time, in fact it seems to make so much more sense than any circular shaped clock. To see more of Audun Ask Blaker’s work go here.

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Rechner, by Berger & Föhr, is a minimal calculator designed for the iPhone. The interface is super simple but lets you do all the necessary calculations while not cutting any aesthetic corners. Check out the little instruction movie to see how it works.

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Look at this wonderful online tool, it turns any place into a lovely watercolor drawing. The tool was designed by Stamen, a design and technology studio based in San Francisco. To try the map tool for yourself, go here.

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If you’d like to feel the pulse of a city, you might want to consider those beautiful maps. Paths Through Cities, by Eric Fischer, is a map series routing 30,000 randomly-chosen trips through the paths suggested by 10,000 randomly-chosen Twitter geotags. To see more images of this series, go here.

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Years, by German artist Bartholomäus Traubeck, is a record player that can crete piano music from the year ring data of a slice of wood. I have a feeling that I could listen to endless amount of this meditative, nature generated music. The installation includes a modified turntable, a computer, a camera, acrylic glass and veneer. To read more about this work, go here.

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Schau! is a series of interactive shop window installations designed by Britzpetermann, a studio for interactive media experiences located in Bonn, Germany.

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DaDa Box, a Semester Project at HfG Offenbach, is a device inspired by the DaDa movement from the early 1910s. Shake the box and it will rearrange and retell the lines from a poem written by Kurt Schwitters. Not only do I like how this little device looks like, I also think it is interesting to play with the concept of language and its meaning. To get more info, visit the projects website here.

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A beautiful collection of photographs taken by Google street view cameras from around the world. The images where found and edited by the american photographer Aaron Hobson. To see more images, go here. To see more of Aaron Hobson work, go here.

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Those beautiful hybrid works by multidisciplinary light artist Dev Harlan combine the physical and the virtual with the use of sculpture, light and projection. Using a palette of strong, assertive colors, kinetic geometries, and varying vantage points the artist projects an intuitive dialogue onto the sculptures that is succinct and cohesive.

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PressPausePlay, directed by David Dworsky and Victor Köhler, is a documentary film focusing on the democratization of culture and raises the question if that development will automatically lead to better art, film, music and literature or if true talent instead is flooded and drowned in the vast digital ocean of mass culture? Is it cultural democracy or mediocrity?

You can download this quite beautifully made movie here.

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Cinemetrics is a fascinating thesis project by Frederic Brodbeck. It aims to create a visual “fingerprint” for film using the editing structure, color, speech and motion. Different characteristics are analyzed and visualized using a custom Processing application. You can find more info about the project here.

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Peoplemovin is a beautiful website project visualizing migration flows around the world. There are also some other interesting facts to be found on the website that relate to the topic. If all data would be presented this way, I would love reading statistics more often.

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The website The Color Of lets you find out the color of anything, (emotions, places, sounds, days, numbers, you name it) by querying and aggregating image data from Flickr, a popular online photo sharing community. It is an attempt at answering a potentially complex and abstract question in an objective manner, by using simple algorithms on data originating from subjective human perceptions.

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Tele-Present Water, a kinetic sculpture by David Bowen, draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in real-time from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy station at Shumagin Islands, Alaska. The wave intensity and frequency is scaled and transferred to the mechanical grid structure resulting in a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water from this distant location. Another of my favorites is Tele-Present Wind.

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The latest work by Markus Kayser, called Solar Sinter, is basically a printer that makes 3D sculptures by melting sand with the help of the sun. It is quite fascinating how Kayser manages to use such a simple construction to make such a complex machine. Another project, using the same technique, is called Sun Cutter. You can find more info about both projects on Kayser’s website.

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Okay, we all remember what Pi (3.14159…) sounds like, but here is a new attempt, interpreting the mathematical constant Tau (6.2831…) to 126 decimal places. Brilliant and quite beautiful. Arranged and performed by Michael Black, camera and effects by Amos Lanka.

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With CamBox, developed by Billaboop, you can create your own beatbox clips using the iPhone’s built in video camera. Each sound you make triggers the recording of a short video sequence, which is stored into a box. You can then play the boxes with the touch screen and save it as a video. The jams can then be shared on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more. To get more info, go here.

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Abstract Journeys is an expedition over the earth’s surface transformed by man’s work in an abstract geometric composition. Marco Cadioli, an Italian photographer, is using Google-Earth to create those short tours. You can find more here.

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Here is an app I can warmly recommend. I have been using the iA Writer on my iPad for a long time now and I am really happy with it. Now iA just launched the iA Writer for OSX as well. If you write a lot, have a look this app.

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Untitled (Hello World), by Austrian artist Valentin Ruhry, is a huge board with thousands of on/off switches. Installed at home, it would give you endless possibilities to create any kind of pattern you’d like. Truly digital…

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„Moving objects“ consists of two identical prepared motors, facing each other and rotating in opposite directions at equal speed.

“Positioning systems – falling objects” 441 water drops ø3.3 mm arranged on omniphobic material.

Pe Lang, born in 1974 in Switzerland, is an artist based in Zurich and Berlin. I really enjoy his sound installations, live performances and compositions that are based on elegant and minimal kinetic systems, combined with different devices created by himself.

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If you happen to be in Stockholm, Sweden this summer I can recommend going to the beautiful Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogarden) and listen to the audio art available online to stream or download to your mp3 player. Let me lose myself is curated by ccseven and is featuring Erik Bünger, Steven Cuzner and Eliot Hemmingsson Cuzner.

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Robert Overweg is a photographer in the virtual world. He sees the worlds of games as the new public space of contemporary society and as a direct extension of the physical world. These photographs originate from the game Mafia 2, a simulation of a 45-50′s New York-ish/Chicago-ish world. To see more, go here.

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