Year: 2015

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ILLUSTRATED PEOPLE

A sunburn is never a pleasant thing, not for French artist Thomas Mailaender at least. In this publication titled ‘Illustrated People’, Mailaender applied 23 original negatives from the archive of modern conflict’s collection onto the skin of models, before projecting a powerful UV lamp over them. The result reveals a fleeting picture on the skin’s surface, […]

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EKKLESIA

The Fallas festival took place in Valencia earlier this year and visitors were treated to an impressive installation called Ekklesia by the artist collective Pink Intruder. This towering piece of installation features metallic-colored cardboard tubes that sit atop a mosaic design of 96,000 wooden pieces. The colorful mosaic pieces were based on the designs of […]

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EVERBRIGHT

San francisco’s Hero Design (led by Alan Rorie and Kelly Parkinson) has came up with a giant interactive pixel board called ‘Everbright‘. Allowing the user to draw with LED light, the ‘Everbright’ relies on 464 dials that change in hue as you twist them, offering almost unlimited color possibilities when creating designs. When you’re done drawing, the entire […]

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MINKI CHENG

Nothing is too late for a little apocalypse fashion by Minki Cheng. A Central Saint Martins fashion graduate, Cheng has created a collection of apparel for surviving extreme conditions in style.  Cheng researched waterproof, heat-proof and radiation-proof fabrics used in wetsuits, body armour and sportswear to select the materials for the collection. Also taking inspirations from animals, bold-coloured […]

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F21 THREAD SCREEN

Most companies seek out the latest displays for high-tech billboards, but Forever 21 has decided to take a different route for this particular Instagram project. For the past year-and-a-half, the folks at connected hardware maker Breakfast New York have been building a “Thread Screen” for the company. It’s called that, because well, it’s literally a […]

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STELLAR

This isn’t the Battleship Galactica at Universal Studios, Singapore. This is the work of Baptiste Debombourg who has transformed an ordinary public square in France into the site of an incredible art installation. Titled Stellar, the piece utilizes the very objects that normally occupy the outdoor space—cafe chairs—and stacks 1,200 of them to form a dynamic roller […]

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EARTHCAKE

As we draw closer to the end of the Jubilee Weekend where we celebrate the nation’s 50th birthday, I felt necessary to share this piece of public art I came across at Promenade Station, Downtown Line (coincidentally on a Jubilee Weekend). Earthcake examines the geology and tradition of Singapore by zooming into the layers of cultural […]

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CERAMICS PLATFORM

Manufacturer Maruhiro, a leading and long-standing producer of this globally renowned pottery, overhauls its Nagasaki flagship store located in Hasami itself, the region famed for producing sturdy tableware since the early 17th century. With the help of Tokyo-based Yusuke Seki Design Studio, a platform is constructed with 25,000 pieces of the pottery from various makers in the region, all of which are […]

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ANGEL

The name of this post sounds nothing like its title. Nothing. In fact when I first came across this, I had goosebumps all over. In 2000, Nick Knight and Lee McQueen collaborated on their Angel installation, featuring 80 gallons of live dyed maggots arranged in the shape of an angelic face, at La Beauté en […]

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BIG BROTHER’S BIRDS IS WATCHING

From farsight, it looked like flocks of seagulls or birds perching on rocks or simply just chilling in one corner. But upon further inspection closer, those are no birds. Instead they are surveillance cameras and satellite dishes Czech artist Jakub Geltner has installed as a part of his series “Nest”.  Geltner’s most recent installation is titled […]

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Iceland-based multimedia artist, Philip Ob Rey, uses discarded VHS tapes to create haunting creatures that wander frozen landscapes. Night forbade by a sunray. Not a bird to be heard, not a herd of grass to clench, no vengeful sun to pray. Mysterious, mesmerizing, onilyrical, the V monoliths, somber giants built by Phillip Ob Rey, shaped […]

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THE BEACH

The Beach features an immersive installation by experimental design firm Snarkitecture. The 10,000-square-foot space in the National Building Museum is filled with an “ocean” of one million translucent polyethylene balls and a carpeted deck that’s complete with lounge chairs. Although the installation presents a beach-like setting, it uses creative liberties to interpret the idea of an oceanside […]

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FACTICIUS MACTARE (ARTIFICIAL KILLING MACHINE)

Artificial Killing Machine is an autonomous interactive mechanical installation by Jonathan Fletcher Moore. This time based work accesses a public database on U.S. military drone strikes. When a drone strike occurs, the machine activates, and fires a children’s toy cap gun for every death that results. The raw information used by the installation is then printed. […]

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FROM OCEAN TRASH TO ADIDAS SHOES

Sports retailer Adidas recently teamed up with a conservation organization called Parley for the Oceans to put the ocean’s overwhelming amount of trash to good use. In a world’s first prototype, the two groups created a shoe whose upper construction was harvested from ocean plastic and illegal deep-sea gillnets. A Parley ally, the Sea Shepherd […]

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BANG BANG. HE SHOT ME DOWN.

In this optical illusion-type work titled “Damage”, artist Michael Murphy paints 1,200 ping pong balls black and then suspends them from a height. The installation snaps into place when viewed from just the right spot, cleverly engages not just the audience sight but also their perception towards gun laws in America. As the visitor walks around the suspended ping pong […]

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UNSTABLE MATTER

Unstable Matter is kinetic sculpture by Finnish artists Tommi Grönlund and Petteri Nisunen, a.k.a. Grönlund-Nisunen. The wobbly table which contains thousands of ball bearings that move and crash within the tablesides. It is rather hypnotic and relaxing to hear the sculpture produce sounds that is similar to a passing rain shower.  The table is part of several kinetic and […]

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ALEXANDER WANG’S GOLD CARD

All the usual suspects were there at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards. Everyone was dressed in their coveted couture and looking in their absolute best. But the standout of the night has to be the creation by Alexander Wang, worn by German model Anna Ewers. Yeah it does look nothing more than a […]

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COUSIN IT.

Daniel Rozin’s anthropomorphic “PomPom Mirror” features a synchronized array of 928 spherical faux fur puffs. Organized into a three-dimensional grid of beige and black, the sculpture is controlled by hundreds of motors that build silhouettes of viewers using computer-vision. Along its surface, figures appear as fluffy animal-like representations within the picture plane, which is made […]

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DINING WITH RECYCLED CABLES

If you happen to be in Kichijoji outside Tokyo, please drop by this bar-restaurant designed by Japanese artist and architect Kengo Kuma. Located on a by-street that still retains the ambience of black market stalls popular during the post-world war II period, the yakitori bar- restaurant is predominantly adorned with recycled materials, including ethernet cables, to give the restaurant its […]

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BLACK AS TAR

BBDO Proximity Thailand has produced a fascinating case study on its recent anti-smoking effort for the Thai Health Promotion Foundation. Working with medical faculty at Chulalongkorn University, the agency produced a black ink made from materials extracted from lungs donated after death by longtime smokers. By distributing the ink at public events, the campaign sparked quite […]

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I’M POSITIVE, IT’S BLOOD.

The latest cover of Vangardist Magazine, a progressive men’s publication, is bound to stand out at newsstands. “This Magazine Has Been Printed With The Blood of HIV+ People,” it reads, and it’s true. It has Over 3,000 copies of the spring issue have been printed with ink containing a small amount of infected blood, as an attempt […]

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CABBAGE LAND

Director Matteo Zamagni – also known as øøøø – created landscapes of imagined planets by manipulating photographs of cabbage, plastic bags and broccoli in his video for TSVI’s song Malfunction. Zamagni’s video for Italian artist TSVI is based on a narrative about a group of planets decaying in the wake of a passing asteroid breaking apart and […]

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MAGIC IN A FISHBOWL

I can’t help but feel intrigued and more intrigued by this amazing music video by musician and director Kamiel Rongen. Mixing different liquids together in a fishbowl, Rongen created a psychedelic, fantastical landscapes for the music video. He created the trippy playful visuals by mixing different oily liquids and water in the bowl, flipping the footage upside down and […]

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UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE CAN BE SO LOUD

Yes its part of a larger lyrics by one of Madonna’s Song but this was what first came into my mind when I first got in touch with Swiss artist Romain Crelier’s La Mise en Abîme. Installed on the floor of the Bellelay Abbey Church in Switzerland back in 2013, this mesmerising installation consists of two shallow pools of recycled […]

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BLACK

Sorry for the disappearance. Here in Singapore, we have just lost our founding father Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, leaving Singapore shrouded in grief and darkness. Seeing the colour black almost everywhere from retail stores, social media, the news, no doubt it’s kinda depressing. But at the same time, black is appropriate. It provides information, depth […]

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SNOWFLAKES OF SEX

*NSFW Rebecca Cooper creates kaleidoscopic arrangements of pornographic images, abstracted and spiraling in mandalas of lust, pleasure and hedonism. The infinite circle of skin is then put on display as huge wall installations, like a celebration of love. Given such unusual material to work with, especially one with so much skin and exposure, Cooper’s work could […]

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ELABORATE LANDSCAPES BY TAKAHIRO IWASAKI

Takahiro Iwasaki a master of his own craft, but most importantly a creator of his own imagination. Using only cloth fibres, dust and human hair, Iwasaki creates elaborate yet intriguing landscapes of towers, ferris wheels and cranes etc sprouting on undulating layers of Japanese kimonos. Geologically complex and dream-like, these once minuscule and seemingly insignificant materials […]

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THE CRYSTALLIZED BOOKS

After repeatedly finding boxes of discarded books in and around her urban environment, San francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold became fascinated by the idea of finding ways in which to immortalize forsaken publications. The shutting of newspaper and magazine shops coupled with the onslaught of electronic reading leaves the paperback in a uncertain state. Arnold has artfully […]

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GARETH PUGH F/W 2015

Returning to London after 7 years of showing elsewhere, Gareth Pugh‘s recent F/W 2015 collection screams a little revolutionary to me. Dark, dramatic, warrior-like, the show was again very Gareth Pugh but in his own words, it was optimistic. But best thing of all has to be the looks made from black drinking straws, that […]

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MARY KATRANTZOU F/W 2015

Hey I’m back from the Chinese New Year holidays and yes I do feel a little chubby from all the feasting. But nonetheless, I’m still trying to catch up on the backlog of fashion shows that has been happening during the New Year holidays and thank god for some amazing finds! Mary Katrantzou kick-started her […]