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The Visual Art of Brian Eno: Light and Time

Brian Eno speaks to Red Bull Music Academy about his visual artwork.

A unique visual adventure through the ideas and work of one of art’s most vital luminaries, Brian Eno. In this short film, we examine the themes that inform and inspire Eno’s particular vision of light and time manipulation. Shot with RGB+D cameras and featuring the New York exhibit of 77 Million Paintings, this is the definitive short film about Brian Eno as a visual artist.

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#Brian Eno  #music  #light  #art  #design  #rgb+d  #kinect 

Harlem Reacts to ‘Harlem Shake’

Street interviews with members of the Harlem community, and their views about the popular ‘Harlem Skake’ video trend.

Videos shown to participants included versions from DizastaMusic, TheSunnyCoastSkate, & PHLOn NAN

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#harlem  #harlem shake  #dance  #culture  #community  #roots  #NYC  #hood  #people  #streets 

Animation created in Flash and After Effects looking at mans relationship with the natural world. 
Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.


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#Steve Cutts  #animation  #film  #cartoon  #humankind  #Edvard Grieg  #video  #capitalism  #human nature  #nature 

The Recycled Orchestra

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Fabio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments. 

That changed when Szaran and Fabio were b

rought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

Our film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.

To find out more, check out the Landfill Harmonic Movie page.

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#Cateura  #Paraguay  #Landfill Harmonic  #kids  #music  #trash  #recycle  #The Recycled Orchestra 


Beehive Collective adds giant poster to anti-globalization arsenal, “Mesoamerica Resiste!”

A crowd of admirers marvelled Friday night at the newest poster in Beehive Design Collective’s collection: A massive poster, nine years in the making, depicting grass-roots opposition to neoliberal trade and infrastructure policies in Latin America.

Like all of Beehive Design Collective’s work, the poster, “Mesoamerica Resiste,” is a storytelling tool. The group bills its pieces as “portable murals,” and does speaking engagements around the world, using the posters as educational pieces.


The “Mesoamerica Resiste” poster, unveiled Dec. 7 at the Machias Grange Hall, which was bought and renovated by the collective in 2001, tells the story of grass-roots resistance to Project Mesoamerica, a slew of policies and infrastructure projects from Mexico to Colombia meant to enable free trade.

Work on the poster began in 2004, after an initial group of “bees” traveled from Mexico to Panama over four months, meeting with communities directly affected by Mesoamerica Resiste, which was then called Plan Puebla Panama. Since then, other groups of bees have conducted more interviews and participated in gathering of communities opposed to the plans.

It’s a common dynamic in the world of neoliberal policy:Banks, business interests and government groups form a plan to build infrastructure and relax tariff laws, with the goal of integrating and supporting international trade. Some local residents and activists criticize such plans as land grabs and ecological disaster disguised as development.

“These development projects are part of a bigger plan that is undermining both national economies and national sovereignty,” said Mandy Skinner, a member of the collective. “But also individual communities on the ground are fighting very specific road projects, dam projects, that are polluting water, taking land and taking away people’s self-determination to choose the kind of development they want and the kind of economies they want to participate in.”

Dozens of artists and activists worked on the poster, according to Michigan native Pat Perry, an illustrator who came to Machias four months ago to work on the piece. Perry was overjoyed at “Mesoamerica Resiste’s” unveiling, and said it was good to see the piece on display, out of the Beehive studio.

“Right now I can’t even process this,” he said. “We’ve been in that room so long that to see it being shown for the first time is surreal.”

Perry said the unveiling, which took place during Machias’ First Friday Art Walk, is just the beginning for the poster. The giant version on display there will be reproduced at a slightly smaller, but still large six-by-three feet, for distribution and educational tours.

The collective said thousands of posters will be printed, plus several large fabric banners, which will tour widely as part of the educational campaign.

The piece itself is printed on two sides and folded, to create a square that opens up to a larger image. Both images are made up of smaller scenes, each one detailing one piece of the larger Plan Mesoamerica story.

Wayne Peters, a Roque Bluffs resident who attended the First Friday event at the Grange Hall, said the new poster was “fantastic,” and said he was impressed by how much information was presented in the piece.

“The story it tells about the environment and the people who live there, you really have to study it,” he said. “I don’t think you could get it all in one take, even with a magnifying glass.”

The outside is a reimagining of an old Spanish conquistador’s map of southern Mexico and Central America. It shows the proposed network of new highways, power lines and other projects meant to facilitate trade. The collective said it’s meant to draw parallels between colonial history and modern-day capitalism.

When opened, the larger image shows scenes of wild animals and plants resisting the encroachment of Plan Mesoamerica and creating alternatives to industrial development plans. The animals — all drawn with stunning scientific accuracy — represent native people organizing against the plan. At the mural’s center is a group of animals in a “popular assembly,” sharing stories and strategies.

That scene is a metaphor for the eight or so large-scale forums held throughout Latin America, where activists gathered to oppose Plan Mesoamerica, Skinner said. She said those gatherings were what drove Beehive to want to do a poster on Plan Mesoamerica.

Perry said he hopes the audience, the people of Central American who were interviewed by the collective and inspired the poster, will approve of Beehive’s retelling of their story.

“The people of Central America are going to see this,” Perry said. “We hope we did them justice.”


Wrote by Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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#Beehive Design Collective  #beehive collective  #latin america  #design  #illustration  #political  #art  #activism  #Mesoamerica Resiste 

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design

Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working towards the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message, be it the packaging of a product, the spirit of a book, or the narrative of a building. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.

Debbie Millman:
Emily Oberman:
Drew Freeman:
Steve Attardo:

Follow Off Book:
Twitter: @pbsoffbook

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#graphic design  #PBS  #video  #design  #OFF BOOK 

Queen Marie Antoinette’s Automaton

Watch a demonstration of Queen Marie Antoinette’s Automaton playing one of eight melodies it can perform.

David Roentgen (1743—1807) took his royal patron by surprise when he delivered this beautiful automaton to King Louis XVI for his queen, Marie Antoinette, in 1784. The cabinetry for this piece is very much a neoclassical masterwork, and the mechanism behind it is truly extraordinary: the figure strikes the strings in perfect rhythm with two small metal hammers held in her hands, which move with great precision.

This object is from Musée des arts et métiers de Paris and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition Extravagant Inventions: The Princely Furniture of the Roentgens:

View a full documentary on this object (recommended!):

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#Automaton  #music  #monarchy  #excess  #robot  #Queen Marie Antoinette  #David Roentgen  #steampunk  #design 

We ❤ Retro Media: Vinyl, VHS, Tapes & Film
PBS/Off Book 

We live in a digital world that gives us all the media we could possibly dream of at the click of a mouse, yet many people miss the old school physical formats from our past. Listening to vinyl and cassettes allows us to connect with music in a different way than MP3s. VHS and 8mm create visual aesthetics and atmospheres that are difficult to replicate in digital video. And the surprises inherent to analog instant photography help embed an organic quality to the recording of our memories. The challenges these retro formats present to capturing and experiencing media actually enhance our appreciation for the sound or image, making the art we love a bit more intimate, and real.

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#pbs  #off book  #video  #VHS  #TAPE  #K7  #Vinyl  #analog  #music 

DOC Industries / Ratia

"Joyfull day for creatures of the sub-bay mud"

Launch of the apocalyptic fanzine “Akelarre en el Fango”, with exhibition of DOC Industries / Ratia at the Cultural Center of Colophon, Cadiz - October 2012


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#BCN  #DOC  #DOC Industries  #barcelona  #comic  #fanzine  #illustration  #ratia  #Akelarre en el Fango  #art  #outsider art  #cadiz  #catalunya 

What you can find in Bushwick, literally: Just by walking one block!

Photos by Visionary Commune

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#street art  #graffiti  #walls  #bushwick  #brooklyn  #arthood  #nyc  #urban art  #Visionary Commune