Arts & Culture
The Nest Project creates city-ready homes for birds, with pencil shavings serving as nest materials
Amid the noise of city life, some sounds are harder to hear, such as the chirping of birds. Without their natural habitat, songbirds leave urban areas for greener pastures, woods, and parks. Fieldwork Facility, a UK-based design firm, hopes to change that through The Nest Project, an initiative to bring birds back to cities by encouraging people to work in pencil for a single week.
Their cult blog Patternity reveals the hidden geometry in everything from galaxies to flamingos
When Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham take a stroll, they’re all eyes. Pattern-spotters extraordinaire, a quick scroll through the images on their cult blog, Patternity, reveals the extent of their shared obsession. Its rolling procession of parallel images from nature, science, art, architecture and design makes for compulsive viewing. A model of a carbon atom is grouped with a Tom Dixon light shade, an Ai Weiwei sculpture with basket fungus – all united by their three-dimensional hexagonal forms.
Through the power of 3D printing (and plenty of inventiveness), Russell Munro surprises his son with a "robot in disguise"
Every child wants to have a birthday their friends will talk about for weeks. Father and YouTube video maker Russell Munro, has managed to do exactly that. He made a birthday cake in the shape of Transformer Optimus Prime, one able to transform into a standing robot with a humanoid chassis.
Playing back pre-recorded sounds from a bee hive, Bowers & Wilkins's T7 speaker attracted a swarm of honey-makers
Renowned high-end speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins used the busy buzzing of bees to show off how good their Bluetooth speakers are. Set in a bee farm in provincial England, Field Experiment #1: Bees studies the sound living of bees.
Khan Academy now features a free online resource exploring the academic concepts behind Pixar Animation Studios' creative process
A new collaboration between Khan Academy and Pixar Animation Studios has launched to give people a free resource to learn about the studio’s creative process. Pixar in a Box is a set of online academic tools, sponsored by Disney, that includes video lessons, interactive exercises and hands-on activities.
The next immersive installment in Edible Cinema's series of sensory adventures will feature a unique menu corresponding to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Edible Cinema is a series of movie screenings enhanced with treats for the tastebuds as well as the eyes and ears. The multi-sensory adventures were first thought up by Soho House’s members events manager Zoe Fletcher and Polly Betton from the unusual event specialists Teatime Production. A cinematic food experience was created, providing audience members with trays of small numbered containers that hold a canapé-sized serving or a mini cocktail.
Do these Studio BK projections bring existing aspects of the sculptures to life, or are they something new completely?
Maybe you’ve read the ecstatic words of an archaeologist or art historian who learns some crucial piece of information that “brings the sculptures to life.” Or maybe you’ve just seen Night at the Museum. Either way, living sculptures have been a fantasy for ages, and now expert projection mapping by French digital production company Studio BK has made it happen at The Fine-Arts Museum of Lyon.
Bompas and Parr are all set for The 200 Club, a food extravaganza where one course is served every seven minutes and 14 seconds
Why settle with a dozen courses to taste if you can enjoy 200 unique courses in a day-long food tasting event? For some, it sounds outrageous but culinary aficionados in London are more than happy to join this rare food culmination. A creative agency known for pushing the envelopes when it comes to the culinary world, Bompas & Parr organized The 200 Club, an unmatched food tasting event comprising of 200 courses served within 24 hours.
If there is one storm you'd like to ravage your home, it's the one the Whirlwind produces through a wind vortex
Lick Me I’m Delicious, noted food innovators, have built a machine that spews out cotton candy at 60 MPH. The device is labeled Whirlwind and it uses a wind vortex to spin the stringy candy toward unsuspecting but all-too-happy adults.
Hobie is an inexpensive, battery-free smartphone tool that will stabilize your time-dependent videos
Smartphone cameras have been getting some powerful photography software and firmware these days. Take the iPhone’s time lapse feature, for example, which allows you to create exciting videos of very slow-moving objects by filming them over a long period of time. Without a tripod, such videos will be very shaky, and depending on the angle, you might not be able to just rest your phone on a stable surface like with your old point-and-shoot camera. This is a job for special smartphone tripods like the new Hobie, a ring-shaped device developed by Overlab‘s Mattia Ciucciarelli that your phone can sit in while it holds it steady and rotates around.
A Japanese artist turned a Roomba into a painting robot that creates abstract splatter paintings, not unlike the works of Jackson Pollock
Meet Mr. Head: the robot artist behind abstract, Jackson Pollock-esque splatter paintings. He’s a 15-year-old robot, and he’s undergone a serious career change. He began his life as a house vacuuming, cleaning assistant. In October 2014, with the help of human HYdeJII, he transitioned to his new life a a working artist.
Playboy centrefolds and sports logos: embroidery is being embraced by the fashion industry on a tech medium
It’s not often that hip-hop lyrics and octogenarian needle-and-thread experts are united by a fashion trend, but in the delightful world of modern embroidery such contrasts are celebrated.