March 29, 2013 Singing Ringing Tree | Tonkin Liu A musical sculpture on the top of a hill looking across Burnley, Lancashire. From Burnley the tree’s profile is visible on the horizon. As the wind blows the tree begins to sing. The tree is constructed of stacked pipes of varying lengths. Each layer differs from the next by 15 degrees to respond to the changing wind directions. As the wind passes different length pipes in different layers it will play different chords.
March 28, 2013 Building Crystalline Structures Crystallography, molecular structures, cosmology—three things that aren't usually associated with designing a chair or a house, but these scientific subjects are what architects and designers Aranda\Lasch mine to create their modular designs that emulate the infinite.
March 26, 2013 Life Drawing at The Book Club Every easel in a life drawing class captures a different angle of the model. The Book Club created this film by editing each drawing with the next, moving around the circle of easels.
March 21, 2013 BBC Knowledge Explainer — DNA As Will Samuel, lead designer and animator on the BBC DNA project explains, the animation approach taken wasn’t just to look into a scientific future. “We needed to find a graphic style to communicate the beauty and intricacy of DNA. We wanted to create nostalgia; taking the audience back to the days of textbook diagrams and old science documentaries, such as Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Charles Eames The Power of Ten. Using the double helix circular theme as a core design we focused on form, movement and colour to create a consistent flow to the animation, drawing on references from nature, illustrating how DNA is the core to everything around us.”
March 13, 2013 Pendulum Choir Pendulum Choir is an original choral piece for 9 A Cappella voices and 18 hydraulic jacks. The choir stands on tilting platforms, constituting a living, sonorous body. That body expresses itself through various physical states. Its plasticity varies at the mercy of its sonority. It varies between abstract sounds, repetitive sounds, and lyrical or narrative sounds. The bodies of the singers and their voices play with and against gravity.
March 7, 2013 Concrete Tent Watch Richard Ambrose and Jonny Phillips quickly construct a building made of concrete canvas—a material that has all the elements of concrete, but is flexible enough to be turned into any shape. This technology allows people to erect permanent structures in a fraction of the time needed for traditional building techniques.
March 5, 2013 Unstable Matter Unstable Matter is kinetic sculpture by Finnish artists Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, a.k.a. Grönlund-Nisunen. The moving table contains thousands of small ball bearings that move and crash within the confines of a giant wobbly table, sort of a modern take on a rain stick. The table is part of several kinetic and magnetized works by the duo that were recently on view at Esther Schipper in Berlin.
March 4, 2013 Wealth Inequality in America Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.
March 1, 2013 Behind the Scenes of the Red Crab Migration Discover the hard work that goes into preparing for the mighty annual migration of Christmas Island's red crabs. Park staff set up temporary fencing to keep crabs off the roads and funnel them to special crab crossings. The crossings need to be cleared of a year's worth of debris in order to be effective. Staff and locals alike man the roads with garden rakes to help keep the crabs out from under the cars. This huge effort has resulted in a lot more crabs safely reaching the coast to spawn.