If the geniuses behind Monty Python had been working a number of decades earlier, their films might have looked a lot like these quirky remixed photographs from Flux Machine, the strange blog of Kevin Weir. Using vintage imagery from The Library of Congress, Weir cuts and animates his moving GIFs in a style reminiscent of the Flying Circus’ animations, creating something otherworldly and in this case, even a little creepy. Black and white images of russian Czars, german soldiers and even entire buildings, first appear as if they are the original print, then they quickly morph into something bizarre, unexpected and often amusing. [Read more...]
A couple of German students from Hamburg decided to start a photography project. They wanted to take photos of well known German nightclubs after everyone had spent a heavy night of dancing, drinking and partying. Taking the shots in the early morning after everyone had left, they aptly named the art project The Morning After. [Read more...]
Looking a lot like a Technicolor concept for Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, the landscape photography of Robert Schlaug is captivating in its simplicity. His works take the outside world and stretch their colors, creating linear striped gradients of their natural palette. The carefully chosen starting points for his gradients playfully interact with their surroundings, sometimes appearing like waterfalls at the edge of a country road, other times becoming a wall-like digital sunset. [Read more...]
All great and interesting sciences and scientific studies have come from equally great and interesting scientific minds and the field of forensic psychology is no exception. The man often credited with being the founding father of this field, Hugo Munsterberg (not to be confused with the little scene distant German cousin of Herman Munster on “The Munsters”), had some rather peculiar moments in his own life that may not have made him Ernest Hemingway, but at least it explains why he decided to study into psychology (possibly for the free treatments). [Read more...]
Hailing from Duisburg, Germany, 16 year old photoshop prodigy Phillip Schumacher creates some truly outstanding surreal works featuring himself and his friends. The images take us on a journey into his realm of youthful fantasy where dinosaur skeletons come to life and cosmic bodies visit in the night. The combination of his honed photo manipulation skills, along with perfect composition and acting/posing really set each one of these images apart. See more of this talented fellow’s art on flickr and be sure to check back often because we’re sure he’s going places. [Read more...]
These pen and ink illustrations by German artist Denis Andernach are incredibly striking, their elongated perspectives pulling the viewer in to explore the serene architectural landscape. His now classic drawing techniques harken back to a day of large drafting tables and rubber erasers and modern design. For more of his beautiful work, see denis-andernach.de [Read more...]
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 industriepalast.com.
This is the most moving thing I’ve heard all week. Jack Leroy Tueller, at age 90, recounts a remarkable experience he had in WWII while waiting out a German sniper. It makes one believe in the power of music, of story and of humanity. We hope it makes your week too.
As children, we often dream of flying up and touching the clouds; looking skyward, they seem almost within reach. Now, through a collaboration between Japanese architect Tetsuo Kondo and German climate engineering firm Transsolar, that dream has become reality. By using three different levels of air with different temperatures and humidities the team has successfully created a cloud that hangs like magic on the roof of the space. Visitors to the 800 square meter room at the Architecture Biennale Arsenale exhibition travel up, through and above the clouds on spiraling ramps. It’s as if they’ve been given wings.