Wednesday, March 31, 2010


PurForm members, visual artist Yan Breuleux and composer Alain Thibault, are known for creating immersion videos, where the audience in completely surrounded by the video/music presentation.  You'll get a much better idea from the Black Box video below.

Check out this page for a list of current projects.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Pixelated Sculpture?

Do you regularly expose your child to art and culture? Have you seen the inside of every kiddie museum in your town at least 10 times over? Out of options and dreading yet another pilgrimage to the Hall of Dinosaurs? Have we got an exhibit for you.

Brick by Brick: The LEGO Brick Sculpture of Nathan Sawaya is currently at Agora Gallery in NYC from Mar 23 - Apr 13, 2010.  (OK, this one is definitely low tech, but the kids will love seeing a familiar toy employed to a grand scale, and you'll be surprised by the sophistication of the work.)

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Earlier this month The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology announced the winners of Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition. Sharing third prize were The Loud Objects (live circuit construction as performance art, seen in this 2007 video) and Steve Litt's The CrudBox (amplified step sequencer as sophisticated rhythm box, seen in this 2009 video.)  In second place was Kieth McMillen's K-Bow, explained and demoed here.

With two independent slides, two hand controllers, utilizing sensor technologies and Max/MSP software, the first prize went to The Double Slide Controller, a distant descendant of the trombone, developed by composer/researcher Tomás Henriques.

Monday, March 22, 2010

More Zimoun

Here are more sound sculptures/installations from Zimoun, always an inspiration.

To view a Zimoun's compilation video (includes many other works), see our previous Zimoun post.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pool Party

No jumping. No diving. No water. Nobody’s getting wet here.

Leandro Erlich’s Swimming Pool is a truly accessible interactive experience. You don't need to be an art expert to get under the surface of this one. The pool at the Museum of Modern Art’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center will remain open until April 5th 2010. Catch it!

For stills and more info click here

Monday, March 15, 2010

Low Light Kinetic Field Art

True, this vid went viral months ago, but BTS would be slacking if we didn't pay homage to electric sheep.  Realization by the BaaaStuds, dream by Philip K. Dick.

(Thanks J. Stone, our stoned-strange viral filterer!)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Walking on Infinite Grass

Performance art gone green or an organic treadmill heralding an agro exercise boom. You make the call.

All we know is that Walking on Infinite Grass was recorded and preserved for the ages at CSAW Gallery back in 2006. The creator remains anonymous.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Karo & Tetra

Ever view a deceptively simply kinetic sculpture and wonder how it came together? Well wonder no more, at least as far as Karo #1 by Ralfonso is concerned. The profile below takes us from design sketches to computer modeling to the real deal in less that five minutes.

Karo# 1 is like a fluid diamond undulating in the wind. Light reflective, multifaceted shapes and fluid movement are recurring themes in Ralfonso’s work as evidenced in our second offering from the artist, Tetra.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Clockwork Onion

At the recently concluded 13th Japan Media Arts Festival artist David Bowen (whom we featured last November) won the grand prize in the art division.  With a laser device for eyes, his Growth Modeling Device watches and reproduces the growth cycle of an onion as a beautiful, mechanical abomination.  Click on the photo below to view a video of this kinetic installation.

Monday, March 1, 2010


Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is known for large scale installations in public spaces beyond his Vectorial Elevation pieces. (See post from last week).  From his bio: "Using robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, his installations aim to provide 'temporary antimonuments for alien agency.'"  Below is a video documentation of Underscan (2005).