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World’s First Wingsuit BASE-Jumping Dog, Whisper

Sunday 06.01.2014 , Posted by
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Adventurous pets choose adventurous owners, which is why thrill seeking dog Whisper found her perfect best friend in Dean Potter. The record breaking wingsuit BASE-jumper, climber, master of the high line brings his beloved dog, Whisper along on his daring adventures. Whisper calmly enjoys being by her master’s side, even when she is flying through the air on his back, as you can see in the video below. [Read more...]

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A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut

Wednesday 05.28.2014 , Posted by
1 A day in the life of Everyday Astronaut by Tim Dodd

Many of us have had childhood dreams of becoming astronauts, creating space ships out of refrigerator boxes and imagining ourselves flying through space. Photographer Tim Dodd never let his childlike wonder disappear and still has fun playing astronaut. After placing the winning (and only) bid for a Russian high altitude space suit in an RRauction, Dodd began enlisting the help of fellow Redditors to help him come up with amazing ideas for an astronaut suit photo shoot. After months of putting his ideas into action, he has finally released his series, which he calls “A Day in the Life of Everyday Astronaut” on r/Space. Among the pictures are hidden “Easter Eggs” that will delight Space Geeks of all ages- see how many you can spot! [Read more...]

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An Augmented Reality Sand Interface

Tuesday 05.27.2014 , Posted by
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A group of second year masters students in the CSU East Bay multimedia graduate program have combined talents to create an interactive device that involves a Microsoft Kinect, an overhead projector, and a series of illuminated pucks. Jay Van Dyke, Devin Dominguez, Matt Roads, and James Saxon bring us the Sand Noise Device (SND)- a way of playing in the sand that adults will find just as enjoyable as children. Manipulating the sand alters the generative electronic music system for a tactile interactive experience that you have to see to believe. The SND was just on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. Check out the video below to see this innovation in action. [Read more...]

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Unbelievable Sculptures Made Out Of Colored Pencils

Monday 05.26.2014 , Posted by
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Some people use colored pencils for coloring, but Federico Uribe uses them to create amazing sculptures instead. Gathering which ever colors he will need for each piece, he puts the pencils together to transform them into something entirely different. A zebra, people hugging, geometric designs, animals, and Van Gogh-esque paintings come to life and it’s only upon close inspection that you realize they are comprised of pencils. The Columbian artist has been living in the United States since 1988 and currently lives and works in Miami. [Read more...]

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Mother’s Shoes: Three Generations of Women Wearing the Same Outfit

Friday 05.23.2014 , Posted by
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To tighten her family ties, Bavarian photographer Nina Röder set out to bring three generations of women- herself, her mother, and her grandmother- together for a fun game of dress up. But this game was more than just donning vintage attire, they invoked specific memories from her mother’s youth, in the house she grew up in, wearing her actual clothing. From an awful prom date who couldn’t dance and brought carnations, which is the flower associated with graves in Germany, to her first time putting on make-up, all 3 ladies got to re-live these personal moments etched in the mother’s memory. She calls the series Mutter Schuhe (Mother’s Shoes). [Read more...]

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Living Moments: A Fast Paced View of the Streets of New York

Thursday 05.22.2014 , Posted by
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With the help of 50 Lumia smart phones, filmmaker extraordinaire Paul Trillo documented the people of New York at a tempo consistent with the pace of the city. Nokia supplied the 50 devices but Trillo’s vision and skills made this project come to life. He rigged the cameras along an arc and this was the first time a bullet-time rig was made 100% mobile. He also used a custom app, developed specifically for this project, to have the ability to control the camera settings from a tablet device. After shooting they had about 30,000 photographs which were then sequenced together in sets of 50 to give the spiraling illusion. This unique perspective captures the diversity everywhere you turn in the Big Apple. [Read more...]

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Fairy Tale Characters Pay a Surprise Visit to This Artist

Wednesday 05.21.2014 , Posted by
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Last year we introduced you to a clever artist who turned her “normal” dad into a superhero with the help of a sharpie marker. Now the Milan-based artist, Giulia Pex, is upgrading her own life with fairy tale characters surrounding her typical day. A fairy godmother and sweet animals of the forest wait for her to awake, then she spots a big bad wolf on her walk through the woods. The Mad Hatter joins her for tea time, then she has a wonderful date with Prince Charming as his bicycle is transformed to a magical white horse. But it’s not all romance and fun, when the Evil Queen from Snow White pops out of the bathroom mirror as Pex brushes her teeth. She calls the series Ghosts That We Knew. [Read more...]

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Austin Artists: Mini Documentaries Reveal the Artistic Talent in Austin

Tuesday 05.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever been to Austin, Texas then it’s pretty obvious that there is a large pool of artistic talent in the city. Music and arts often go hand in hand and there is a surplus of both in this ultra fun city. A videographer named JC Tovar shows off his filming/editing skills in a new series of short web documentaries featuring the fascinating local artists. He interviews the artists, showing their work as well as their work space and works in progress. Tovar’s Austin Artist series is a perfect glimpse into the background stories of the artist who call Austin, TX home. [Read more...]

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The World Bodypainting Festival is Quickly Approaching

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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This summer in Pörtschach, Austria, the top body painters from 45 countries around the world will come together to compete in an awe-inspiring contest: The World Bodypainting Festival. From June 29 through July 6th, artists and audience members will create and witness a dream-like world as models, covered head to toe with intricate body paint, props, and costumes, walk the stage. Using the human body as their canvas, these talented artists use high level creativity and serious skill to transform models into works of art. [Read more...]

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Back to Light: Artist Turns Fruit Into Electrochemical Cells for this Fantastic Photo Series

Sunday 05.18.2014 , Posted by
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Remember back to middle school science class when you got to create your own circuit with copper wire, a galvanized nail, and a potato? Well photographer Caleb Charland has put an artistic twist on that old trick by transforming fruit into electrochemical cells. Aside from the awesome illumination, he creatively arranges everything and the wires to create beautiful long exposure photographs. With this series, which Charland calls Back to Light, he hopes to illustrate and initiate conversations about the endless possibilities of alternative and sustainable energy production. [Read more...]

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