The Digital Potential for Museums

Haha read this one the other day. Now and then you read about musems having enough of all the selfies visitors take..but here's a different approach to it. "rom the kaleidoscopic works of Takashi Murakami to Yayoi Kusama’s infinity mirrored rooms, art exhibits on social media this year will be as inescapable as cat videos. To draw visitors and grab global attention, museums and galleries are mounting shows with strong digital potential. Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are turning exhibits into pop-culture experiences. Shows with multi-sensory elements or artist-created interactive environments that shine in selfies are at a premium." I myself am totally crazy about 'All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins' (2016), Yayoi Kusama’s latest infinity mirrored room, so that one is number one of my list!

Tagging & Followers
Why are these approaches interesting? Here's why: "More than 215 million Instagram posts are tagged “art,” with museums like the Louvre in Paris and New York’s Museum of Modern Art tagged more than a million times each. Artists drive traffic, too: Ms. Kusama doesn’t post on Instagram but enjoys a robust following, with her full name tagged in more than 285,000 images. Mr. Murakami has 271,000 followers on Instagram, where he posts videos of himself at work."

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The Power of Photo Manipulation : Jean Charles Debroize

Just discoverd this artist/ art director, Jean Charles Debroize, from Rennes, France who works at Studio Kerozen. Love the levels of photo manipulation and the storytelling within those pictures. Debroize also got noticed with his kind of 'weird' own 'human' typography, a project in which he 'transformed members of his campaign team into letter people. Not the cute cuddly kind from Sesame Street, but rather deformed little creatures that might haunt your dreams, but there is something endearing about these weird little letters with skin, eyes, and hair.'
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'Otherworldly Scenarios' by 'The Very Many' and Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama

Yes, I've been 'away' for a while but I'm back and here's one of the first few 'fun and interesting' things I've seen the last few days. "To step inside a creation by The Very Many is to briefly cross over into an alien world. The New York City-based studio, led by French artist-architect Marc Fornes, makes installations and environments that can feel both functional and purely aesthetic. The studio says its specialization is “computational design and digital fabrication,” though the results can feel organic in nature." Read more here.

Sonic Light Bubbles & City Marketing

I like these 'bubbles of light'...great concept for a design & technology conference / city marketing. Something like this would work very well when you want to draw attention to certain parts of your city, like the Arena in Amsterdam. These examples were used in Australia. "The Sonic Light Bubble, an inflatable installation created by Melbourne-based, award-winning art and design practice ENESS. Containing over 200 LED lights and towering at 4.5 metres high, the bubble responds to human touch with mesmerising visuals and sounds." See more here.

Spanish Argentinian Artist Felipe Pantone Amazing Kinetic Art

Just 'discovered' this artist, love his work which is filled with 'visual distortion'. "Felipe Pantone’s body of work spans from graffiti to kinetic art. Strong contrasts, vivid colors, effects, and the use of mixed medium and varied technique combine to impact strongly on the viewer. What really intrigues is not the striking nature of his work, but the artist’s journey to discover this aesthetic. We live in a time where more images are produced than can possibly be seen, and the impetus for an artist to stand out from the others is stronger than ever. Information flows at an exponentially increasing rate, a leitmotif recurrent in Felipe Pantone’s compositions, his hyperactivity, working methods and his constant traveling around the world." Read more here.

Balloon Invasions & Paris based Photographer Charles Petillon

So, I haven't written in a while, but I did see lots of things that drew my attention. I loved this visual for instance which shows work by work by Charles Petillon. "Oui, oui, a thousand times oui! These balloon-filled interventions are the work of Paris based photographer Charles Pétillon. These perfect white balloons, bubbling out of basketball hoops and old houses are all part of this beautiful series, titled “Invasions”:
“These balloon invasions are metaphors. Their goal is to change the way in which we see the things we live alongside each day without really noticing them. It is our way of looking at things that I am trying to transform and revive, and therefore make it possible to go beyond practical perception to aesthetic experience: a visual emotion. Each balloon has its own dimensions and yet is part of a giant but fragile composition. This fragility is represented by contrasting materials and also the whiteness of the balloons.”
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Inspiration of the Day Comes from: Sarah Boris's new book Le Théâtre Graphique

Oh I love this type of minimalism. Love these graphics! Sounds like her project did really well. "This book project began life as an exhibition in a theatre - could you tell us about that first chapter?From May to June 2015, I was invited to exhibit at the graphic design festival Une Saison Graphique in Le Havre, France. The particularity of the festival is that around six graphic design studios (in the past from France, UK, Switzerland, Holland, Korea etc.) are invited to exhibit in different spaces of the city. Each designer is given quite lot of freedom as to how they wish to present designs within the exhibition space and works closely with the venue hosting the exhibition..." Read more here.

Self Driving Pods ~ It's a THING Now!

It's in the newspapers, so it's a 'thing' now and I kind of like it. It is so funny that this source I am going to quote does not mention it's a Dutch company, based here in Utrecht, that cooperated with the Italian company Zagato while working on the realisation of these cute pods. "By 2017, citizens in Singapore will be able to commute by way of autonomous pods. Created in collaboration between driverless vehicle manufacturer 2getthere and the Singaporean transportation operator SMRT, the electric commuter cars will help transport up to 8,000 people per hour in one direction. There are 24 pods set to begin operation by the end of the year. Head to Mashable to watch them in action." Here's a link to the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant where you'll find more info about 2getthere.