Pixelated People in the Real World: A Series on Fuzzy Self-Representation in the Digital Era

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With modern interactive tools like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even online dating, our concept of what constitutes reality is increasingly plastic, especially when it comes to individuals. People put up representations of themselves that often have little to do with their actually personality, or at best equal some idealized notion of what they want us to see. Meanwhile, others are voyeuristically absorbing these offerings at ever increasing rates. It’s all leading to a very fuzzy image of who we are as individuals. Copenhagen-based artist Johan Rosenmunthe has been exploring these themes of the modern era in his series two part series Off, creating photographically sharp environments filled with individuals blurred out in pixelated 8-bit form. As he puts it: “Never have we had access to so much information about each other, and never has the information been so unreliable.”

The Colorfully Diverse Design of Hvass & Hannibal

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If there’s one thing you can say about the duo behind design studio Hvass & Hannibal it would be this: they sure aren’t afraid of color. The studio, which takes its excellent name from the two founders, has been creating imaginative and bold work since its inception in 2006. Since then they have done multi-disciplinary work in fields as varied as interior and set design, to motion graphics and illustration, all in their fun yet mature signature style.

In Afghanistan Troops Eat the Meals of Home

Since the war first began in 2001, many soldiers of the almost 50 nations in Afghanistan have survived on pre-packaged meals filled with as many calories as possible and seasoned with the unique tastes of home. Called an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) in the United States, these hardcover book sized packages serve two functions: to nourish the hard working troops and to give them a happy reminder of home. Each country’s MRE includes staple ingredients to fill the belly, along with tasty dessert items and the obligatory moist towelette.

The Personal Touch on Informative Graphics

Instead of using vector drawings normally associated with informational graphics, designer Peter Ørntoft has used carefully planned photographs to create a series of booklets based on opinion polls for 10 Danish social topics. Exploring statistics related to crime, religion and health, his work puts a very personal and hands-on touch to these social numbers, asking the viewer not only to learn from the information, but to feel it as well.

Cycling Copenhagen, Through North American Eyes

If there was ever a bike friendly city, it would be Copenhagen, Denmark. At first glance, this city with it’s cold northern climate and population of nearly 2 million wouldn’t seem to make sense as a bicycling meca, but street planning with an emphasis on cycling has made this form of transportation the prefered method for traveling around… and often much faster than a car when getting from place to place.

In this video by StreetFilms, North Americans weigh in with their take upon a society in love with pedal based transportation, observing the general happiness and health of the Copenhagen population. Filmed during StreetFilms visit to the Velo-City 2010 conference, an event dedicated to celebrating and promoting the use of bicycles as transport in the urban environment. The event will be held this year in sun soaked Sevilla, Spain. See you there!

Water City at the Danish Pavilion

This mesmerizing meditation on water slows down time and lets us enjoyably dwell on the moment. This film was featured in the Danish Pavilion at EXPO Shanghai 2010 and allowed visitors a glimpse of a famous swimming area in Vordingborg, Denmark. Cold water never looked so inviting.

Director: Martin de Thurah
Music: Michael Andrews, Jonsi & Alex, Johann Sebastian Bach