Typographical Throw-down in Underground Rap

We’ve got a new love for Italian rapper Mecna and his video for the hard-hitting song Super. It features a full on typographical throw-down of italian lyrics, rendered in flashes of the lyrics in white font over the underground wandering artist. If you’re wondering, the instrumental track is Ratatat’s, Loud Pipes and you can find a free download of Mecna’s version at mecnamusic.com. Anyone want to try identifying all the beautiful fonts here?

The Flying Rhinos of South Africa

When the WWF decided to start the seventh installment of their Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, they had a unique challenge transporting the critically endangered animals to their new expanded range. Because of extremely rough terrain between where the animal was captured and paved roads, off-road transportation by truck seemed too dangerous for the precious cargo. Instead, they decided to use a helicopter. Strapping webbing to each of the rhinoceros’ ankles, blindfolding and then tethering them to a hovering helicopter, the sleeping giants were airlifted the relatively short distance to waiting transport trucks for a smooth 1500km trip across the country to their new range. This beautiful film was created by Green Renaissance. Find more information about the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project at wwf.org.za.

Wes Anderson Makes Campy Commercials

Wes Anderson, director and writer of such campy, understated films as The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou… also makes commercials. His signature stage-like transitions, frank dialogue and retro aesthetic make him highly unique and have garnered him a strong following of loyal fans. That signature style has made it into most of the commercials found here, created for the likes of AT&T, Stella Artois, Ikea and even ex-presidential candidate John McCain (humorously made when he was lagging in the polls). It’s just a taste of what we might expect from Anderson’s next release, Moonrise Kingdom, in 2012.

Metalmorphosis: a Sculpture That Rotates

Swirling bands of polished stainless steel form a moving, morphing bust in this fantastic sculpture by Czech artist David Černý. Installed in the mirroring pond of Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, North Carolina, the massive 14-ton sculpture only takes the form of a head when all of it’s sliced pieces are aligned – the rest of the time they circle in mesmerizing 360 degree patterns. For more on Černý and the piece, titled Metalmorphosis, see his website davidcerny.cz, stop by flickr for more images or see this live webcam to see what the sculpture is doing at the moment.

Dekotora Trucks: Lighted Chariots of the Night

Dekotora: an art born in the land of the rising sun, where cool delivery trucks are customized with wild treatments of chrome, stainless steel, colorful airbrushed murals and hundreds of neon lights to brighten the night. In this new series All The Wrong Places from Vice, Elliott Bambrough explores Dekotora culture around Tokyo and the Japan countryside, visiting the birthplace of the trend which began in low budget mid-70s B movies about truckers going on adventures and “chasing tail.” While truck culture has been waning in Japan, Bambrough gives it a little kick… check out the Dekotora treatment to his Mini at the end of the video.

Saul Bass: Movie Titles Designed by the Legend

We’re big fans of the legendary Saul Bass, so when we saw that Ian Albinson at Art of the Title put together a video highlighting some of Bass’ most celebrated film titles, we were floored. The video marks the release of the much anticipated book Saul Bass: A Life in Film & Design, which was designed by his daughter Jennifer Bass and written by distinguished design historian Pat Kirkham who knew Saul personally. The large tome covers classic films such as Anatomy of a Murder and Vertigo, along with the titles designed just before his death in 1996.

For more on Saul Bass, be sure to check out our post on his Oscar winning 1970 classic, Why Man Creates.

Earth: An Astounding Time Lapse From Space

We see a lot of time-lapse videos here at Visual News, but this one takes it to new heights all together: an altitude of over 200 miles to be exact. Filmed by astronaut/photographer Ron Garan from the windows of the orbiting International Space Station, this astoundingly beautiful video captures a view of brightly lit cities, continents, cloud layers and the magnificent aurora borealis as the ISS gracefully speeds around the earth.

Charlie Rose: 13 Episodes On The Brain Series

In his excellent “The Brain Series,” Charlie Rose interviews some of the worlds foremost scientists and researchers working to uncover the secrets behind one of sciences final frontiers: the human brain. The 13, one hour episodes in the series cover subjects as diverse as decision making and mental illness, to what it means to be social. The series also explores how new knowledge is helping to treat illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and schizophrenia. Below you’ll find a trailer taste of the series, then head to charlierose.com to see the full episodes

Your Brain: Introduction to the Default Mode Network

Do you ever wonder what your brain is doing when you space out? Doctors around the world are looking into what happens when our minds go on “Default Mode” and, as this video points out, the findings are pretty surprising. Not only does activity go up in many quieter regions of the brain, but they may serve surprisingly important purposes. With the more we learn about the quieting of the brain, the more practices like meditation or simply spacing out in the shower look like they are good things for your head

288,000 Jelly Beans, 22 Months, 1 Music Video

Internet music sensation Kina Grannis put in some serious time on her latest video, 22 months and 1357 hours to be exact. Inspired by the jelly bean “paintings” that have been floating around the net for a while, director Greg Jardin wanted to make the idea more animated. They ultimately used a well rounded pallet of 288,000 candies for the piece, keeping 30 people busy creating it. Grannis spent hours laying on a glass table while individual photographs where taken to create the stop motion animation. Although easier techniques exist, no CGI or green screen was involved. Hear more of Grannis’ music on youtube