A segment of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson’s speech delivered to his alma mater, Kenyon College, in 1990, illustrated by Zen Pencils. See the rest after the jump.
High Definite/Artsy Sh*t
Voice Tunnel is an interactive light and sound installation by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and transforms the 1,400 foot long Park Avenue Tunnel with 300 theatrical spotlights that produce glimmering arches of light along the tunnel’s walls and ceiling. Participants influence the intensity of each light by speaking into a special intercom at the tunnel’s center which records their voice and loops it. Louder speech will increase the lights’ brightness proportionally, creating a Morse-like code of flashes throughout the tunnel. The individual voices areheard as pedestrians walk through the tunnel, on 150 loudspeakers, one beside each light arch and synchronized with it.
At any given time, the tunnel is illuminated by the voices of the past 90 participants: as new participants speak into the intercom, older recordings will get pushed away by one position down the array of light fixtures until they leave the tunnel, so that the content of the piece is changing constantly.
The Voice Tunnel is open to pedestrians at the 33rd Street entrance between 7am and 1pm on August 17th.
Jay Z’s made it a priority to let the world know that he appreciates art. His latest project, Magna Carta Holy Grail, included enough fine art references to sound like it could be a MoMA commercial jingle, which was then coupled with his recent short film directed by Mark Romanek, a tribute of sorts to Marina Abramovic. Throughout his 16-track album Hov managed to name-drop a list of artists whose work I’m sure he can afford to buy, hang in his crib and encourage Blue to “lean on that shit.”
We get it, you can wipe your ass with hundred dollar bills, but sorry Jay, you’re neither “the new Jean Michel” or “the modern day Pablo Picasso.” If said artists could return the favor and include you in their work though, it might look something like this.
I’ve posted the Basquiat (above) and Warhol (below) pieces since their birthdays flank today.
See the full set (including Picasso, Shepard Fairey and Roy Lichtenstein) at FRANK151.
NBC Sports continues their entertaining campaign for their upcoming Premier League coverage by enlisting UK street artist D*Face to make this “Don’t call it soccer. It’s football…just not as you know it” PSA in Times Square.
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Disney animated features mapped out by geographical location.
For The Little Mermaid, I couldn’t find any definitive proof as to where it takes place. It came down to Denmark or the Caribbean. Basically 50/50, there were signs pointing to both and also negatives. I chose the location I felt best represented the film as I’ve seen it. I don’t doubt that many think it’s wrong. But, I bet had I put it in Denmark there’d be issues with that as well.
For Atlantis, well, that’s a pretty obvious case of no one knows where Atlantis is located. The movie (to my knowledge) never explicitly states where it is, so I went with the prevailing theory behind it’s disappearance. Honestly though, I could have put it anywhere on the map and it would have been “wrong”.
Some clever work over at the Shutterstock blog:
In the show, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice novels, the landscape is dominated by a struggle for power among the Great Houses of Westeros — clans that hold sway through various parts of the region, but clash with each other in constant games of intrigue and war. Which is all well and good for the Iron Age, but what if the families that rule these houses were around in the present day, running modern corporations instead of prepping for battle?
We’ve re-envisioned six of the prime players, from the Targaryens to the Starks, as 21st-century companies more concerned with competing for market share than ultimate rule. Check them all out, then see which Shutterstock assets were used to bring these contemporary concepts to life.
Following the Red Wedding episode, they’ve added Frey Celebrations to the mix as well.