Light Arcades

Posted on | February 9, 2013

Beams of light appear to bend into curved gothic arches above this illusory passageway by London design studio TROIKA.

 

Photographs by Frederik Vercruysse and Wouter Van Vaerenbergh

 

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INNOVATING BY REPURPOSING

Posted on | February 7, 2013

Looking at thousands of faceless containers has inspired 2 Canadian enterpreneurs to repurpose these utilitarian objects: a restaurant concept based on modified shipping containers. A push-button device opens the solar powered box, making it ready to serve customers within minutes. On-site water management allows independency from where it’s located.

Inspiration for places that lack infrastructure. www.muvbox.ca

  

 

 

 

Peter Gibson aka Roadsworth

Posted on | February 6, 2013

Street Artist ROADSWORTH (born in Toronto) is known from spray-painting bicycle paths onto streets. What people might not know is what seems to be en vogue around the globe at present: Street artists who used to face high fines for their illegal artyfication of streets and walls in the public space, seem to get off with lenient sentences and now do more and more commissioned art work in cities –> i.e. they are hired and paid by different stakeholders (galleries, private investors, etc) and their work is accepted by municipalities.

  

   

Over the last decade, Gibson has moved from spray-painting to stencilled street art, his images ranging from bird nests to prehistoric fish and flowers:

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London’s BRICK LANE becomes 8 BIT LANE

Posted on | February 5, 2013

Before the new Walt Disney animation, Wreck-It Ralph, hits the movie theaters on February 8, so in 3 days time, Londoners can currently enter the world of the 80’s Computer Game in Shoreditch’s Brick Lane that temporarily changes its name to 8 Bit Lane.

The pixel art on display includes a London Taxi, dog, postbox, pigeons, CCTV camera, water pipe and even a tree. 8 Bit Lane will also showcase the world’s first Blipp-able building using Blippar’s visual discovery app. When Wreck-It Ralph fans Blipp The Nicelanders house on the wall, the house will emerge in 3D and they will be invited to play a game featuring Ralph, the hero of the hilarious film.

You can experience the set-up until Sunday, February 10 around The Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL.

  

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“When you switch off the light, the art is gone”

Posted on | February 3, 2013

Dan Flavin’s fluorescent tubes recently lit up the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna. If you’re slightly interested in light art, you’ve probably come across some of Flavin’s fluorescent tube sculptures. Looking at the colourful tubes, how they lighten up their surrounding and observing how the light affects your emotions is one way of encountering his art. But when you dive deeper, hearing about the time, the 60’s to be precise, when Flavin experimented with the materiality of something that is immaterial (due to the fact that light consists of gas and is therefore defined as immaterial), you start to understand the implications on the discussion ‘what is art? and ‘what does it teach us?’.

In the early 60s, Flavin chose the commercially available fluorescent tubes to signalise the increasing proximity of art with everyday life and the consumer world. The ways in which he presents his sculptures derive from principles of ‘minimalist’ sobriety (Minimalism is any design or style in which the simplest and fewest elements are used to create the maximum effect). His early series of ICONS illustrate the development from pictures to light-related work and the transcendence of traditional forms of art.

  
The canvass turns into a simple support plate for the light bulb and fluorescent tube whose radiant exitance dominate the sculptures.

 

His spatially-oriented light art dissolves the corners of indoor spaces and immerses the viewer in an imaginary, intermingled, blurred colour space. Imagine his work ‘an artificial barrier of blue, red and blue fluorescent light’ from 1968 as a…

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