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The International Buffalo Bodypainting Festival in China

Tuesday 06.24.2014 , Posted by
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Later this week, the World Bodypainting Festival begins in Austria, but last month a similar competition took place in the southern hills of China: Buffalo Painting. Located in Jiangcheng county, the annual International Buffalo Bodypainting competition coincides with the region’s founding. This year marked the 60th anniversary for Jiangcheng, and a total of 48 water buffaloes got “dressed” for the occasion. [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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Roaming Sounds: A Mobile, Solar Powered Recording Studio

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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It’s important to follow your passions and Roaming Sounds has created a mobile studio so they can do just that for their love of music. The team, based in Joshua Tree, California, transformed a beat up, old trailer into a seriously cool recording studio that is powered by the sun! They debuted their creative labor of love at Joshua Tree Music Festival in 2013 and have been traveling all over the country to find live music. In the studio they gather world class musicians and record amazing collaborations, film it and share it with their fans. On their Facebook, they express, “We love what we do and are grateful we are able to be!” [Read more...]

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Pitch Your Tent! An International Camping Festival in China Promotes a Green Ethos

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re curious if people from mainland China do any camping, here is a festival that shows just how the the Chinese engage in the outdoors. In this most populated and vast country, Chinese citizens don’t always find the time for such leisure – as their work ethic and earnings often take priority over other activities. Although, with an increasing youthful, adventurous population, and rising disposable incomes, recreational activities such as snowboarding, camping and hiking are becoming more popular in the mainland. [Read more...]

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Temporary Hexa Structures Made from Old Pallets

Monday 09.23.2013 , Posted by

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Michael Lefeber and BC Studies has recently created some impressively fun temporary structures made from completely reused and reusable materials. If you’re a fan of geometric forms, their Hexa Structures are really going to make you feel at home. Each is made from standardized elements, from scaffolding components as the load carrying structure, to discarded wooden pallets as everything from the load bearing floor, to the roof and decorative wall panels. You could easily create a large pile of junk with those materials, but this crew has made something both easily built and attractive. [Read more...]

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Burning Man Pinhole Camera Project Develops a Web Presence

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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As art lovers, naturally we love covering one of the most amazing visual experiences in the world: Burning Man. It’s an experience like no other and although it photographs well, capturing its true essence behind the lens is an amazing feat. Two of our favorite photographer we have loved covering are Eric Schwabel and Scott London. The project presented here is even more of a challenge than protecting your equipment from the playa dust with a digital camera, these captivating images were all captured with a lens-free pinhole camera! [Read more...]

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Trippy Temple: Projection Visuals at Shambhala

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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This Canadian temple stage, dubbed the Pagoda Stage, has a reputation for being a magnet for people who love to dance in furry animal hats, EL wire tutus and tight neon bodysuits. For one weekend in August every year, Shambhala festival unites bass heads who want to take in the sights and sounds of this crazy forest. The Pagoda Stage is famous for having mind-bending, transformative visuals, never looking like the same place twice.  [Read more...]

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Think You’ve Seen Basket Weaving? This Russian Sculpture is 72-Feet-Tall

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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Russian artist Nikolay Polissky recently completed a huge 72-foot-tall woven sculpture he’s calling Beaubourg. The beautifully sinuous piece looks a bit like Dr. Seuss took a course in weaving and never looked back. The 12 saxophone-esq sections are made from birch twigs and supported by an internal steel structure that conceals a spiraling staircase in the center. Even with the metal supporting elements, it’s striking to see such a lightweight structure of this size. [Read more...]

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Countdown to India’s First Biennale of Art!

Friday 10.12.2012 , Posted by

Preparations are well under way for what will be India’s first Biennale of contemporary art: Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012. Kicking off on 12/12/12 and running for 3 months, the event looks to be a watershed moment in the artistic expression of the country; in fact, it will be the largest contemporary art event to ever take place in India. Already, a large selection of artists from India and around the world are working on projects for display at the event, which takes place in the historic city of Kochi, Muziris and the surrounding islands. [Read more...]

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Beautiful Floating Lanterns in Thailand

Wednesday 11.24.2010 , Posted by


This weekend was the Yee Peng Floating Lantern Ceremony in northern Thailand, an event celebrating the Buddha. During the festivities, chanting monks and devotees release hundreds of white paper lanterns into the air, creating a magical, reverent atmosphere looking like a starry, jellyfish-filled sea. [Read more...]

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