Cord Sculptures: Soft Pop Art

The sculptures of Brazilian artist Mozart Guerra are unlike any we’ve seen before. Over a base of Styrofoam Guerra uses lengths of brightly colored nylon cord to spirally wind the perfect heads of monkeys, geisha’s and wild animals. In uniquely mixing this modern medium with classic iconography he creates works that are both current and timeless.

Guerra gratuated from school as a architect, later putting his adept hands to work as a designer for theater, film and television in Brazil. Now enjoying his new calling, he has been living and sculpting in Paris since 1992.

Even Silence Won’t Hold Back These Actors

The New York Times Magazine has put together 14 moments by 14 different actors. The project was directed by Solve Sundsbo and scored by Owen Pallette. Each piece is about a minute long and the silent film format allows you to focus on the actors pure emotion.

“You’re going from making iconic images to creating narratives,” Sundsbo said, “but there is less of a narrative capacity in 60 seconds, so you need to create something like a poem that can lead your imagination.”

The videos accompany black and white portraits Mr. Sundsbo captured for The New York Times Magazine piece “The Scene Makers: Actors Who Defined Cinema in 2010.”

An Entire Roll of Film on One Disk

Explaining some very futuristic technology for it’s 1985 air date, this clip from the long running BBC series Tomorrows World explores the new frontier of digital photography. Hard to believe in that era, but the host was able to fit an entire roll of pictures on “just on floppy disk.” She then proceeds to explain the yet to be released digital camera and an early video camera based technique for capturing images. Just how far have we come? She would need about 16,000 1 megabyte floppies to equal a single of todays 16 gigabyte SD cards.

Richard Branson Gives Island To Lemurs

Not many animals can say their new best friend is a British billionaire but lemurs are proud to announce such extraordinary news. Sir Richard Branson has taken an interest in the cute, furry little primates and has decided to turn one of his private Caribbean Islands into a lemur paradise. Lemurs are native to the island of Madagascar, located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa, and is the only place in the world where lemurs live in the wild. A coup in 2009, and the rise of illegal logging in Madagascar’s rainforests, threaten to destroy the endangered animals habitat and push them further towards extinction. Sir Richard looks to create a preserve to help the lemur step back from the brink; but his aim at cultivating lemurs in an environment — which isn’t their own natural habitat — has garnered criticisms as to how the lemurs will affect the islands natural habitat and ecosystem.

Make Addictive Music With Otomata

Batuhan Bozkurt, a sound artist, computer programmer and performer from Turkey, has recently created a audio toy that is entirely addictive. Otomata is a generative sequencer that uses cellular automation to produce beautiful echoing music. By placing cells onto the grid in different patterns and hitting play a huge spectrum of rhythms can be created. When the moving cells encounter a wall they produce a sound event (with tones determined by its xy location) and reverse direction. When two cells encounter each other things get really interesting as they rotate direction 90 degrees clockwise. Repeating patterns can be created, but add in the element of these cellular collisions and often a pattern will take on a random life of it’s own.

Visual Bits #43 > You’ve Got Face On Your Potato

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Man As Industrial Palace: Classic Poster Animated

In 1926 German physician, artist and writer Fritz Kahn created this fascinating chromolithograph of the human body and it’s imaginary inner workings. Conceived at a time when Germany was a world leader in the chemicals industry, Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace) compartmentalized the body, creating rooms where workers diligently carried out the circulatory, digestive, metabolic and respiratory work of the body. In this modernist view of anatomy each input, be it air or food, was broken down into it’s individual elements.

After being forgotten for many years, Henning Lenderer, a German visual communication and animation student, has recently breathed new life into the classic poster. Illustrating 6 different cycles within the “human factory,” he created a captivating and highly detailed animation of the poster as it has never been seen before. Be sure to check out the video at the bottom of this post and his full presentation of the project at

The Empire Strikes Back: Retold in “Iconoscope”

Can the entire story of Starwars Episode V be conveyed any simpler? Wayne Dorrington used 64 lines including a small collection of icons to retell this epic tale. For those obsessed with the film this format will have you vividly imagining all the plot twists in your minds eye. See Dorrington’s illustration work, including a version of Starwars Episode IV in “Iconoscope” at

Visual News #42 > Batman

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One Day One Photo

When Jonathan Harris turned 30 on August 27th 2009, he decided it was a year to capture his life: to catch memories in quick glimpses and hold on to them. Listening to Harris narratate the creative process of his one year project is touchingly intimate and gives one the feeling of going on the journey with him. Full screen this, give yourself a moment to reflect and appreciate the beauty of life.