Brock Davis Uses Vine, Instagram and More to Their Full Artistic Potential

Artist Brock Davis has garnered attention for being able to manipulate his art to perfectly align with platforms like Vine, Flickr, and Instagram.

He tells CNET, "Flickr was my gateway medium back in 2009. I participated in a project called Make Something Cool Every Day in which I created a piece every day for 365 days. The process of having to come up with an idea and execute it daily was challenging and refreshing but it also helped me become reacquainted with how I used to make art when I was a kid. Spontaneity is a big part of how I create. While Flickr is great for sharing photos and experiences, it has a bit more breathing room when it comes to sharing and uploading. Instagram, Vine, and other social hubs are a bit more in the moment and immediate. Spontaneity is a key ingredient. I also like that they come with limitations. Having limitations and parameters can make for some great work."

Artist Martin Messier Turns Out-of-Date Projectors Into Musical Art

With his piece Projectors, artist Martin Messier turns an array of 8mm and digital projectors into an audio/visual experience.

He explains of using the old-fashioned machinery, "These old objects constrain me, which is quite important when we live in a time with all these tools accessible to everyone. These objects give me the framework that I need; they become my instruments, my inspiration, and my conceptual guide. The whole idea is to give ordinary, everyday objects a second life so they become magical. Traditional tools (musical instruments, for example) are instruments leading you to a musical way of thinking, that take you somewhere else completely."

Watch Projectors in action below and read more here on The Creators Project.

Meet the Artist: Christian Marclay, March 29th, Washington, DC

Washington DC's Hirshhorn Museum is presenting an evening with multimedia artist Christian Marclay, whose 24-hour film The Clock made waves a couple of years ago. Marclay's ouevre spans a range of mediums, including performance, solo recordings, compilation, sculpture, photography, painting, video, and multimedia installation. His current installation, Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950, is on display now at the Hirshhorn Museum.

Hito Steyerl Explores Wealth, War and Visibility in New London Exhibit

The Guardian's Adrian Searle writes up artist Hito Steyerl's five-part multimedia installation at London's ICA.

He writes, "With Steyerl, you can't always tell fact from fabulation, where the jokes end and seriousness begins, what is truth and what is a lie. A pleasure in art can unhinge us in everyday life, where we are undone by falsehoods at every turn. At several points in Steyerl's show, I felt out of my depth, deluged by digital rain, swamped by information, caught in the undertow of conspiracy. She makes me want to go offline, become invisible, flow like water and drain away."

Read the full story here.

Casey Reas' New Interactive Art Installation Explores Data Surveillance and Portraiture

Artist Casey Reas' newest piece--with the rather unwieldy name Even The Greatest Stars Discover Themselves In The Looking Glass, An Allegory of the Cave for Three People--is an interactive installation that requires three participants to make it work.

Artist Creates Kaleidoscopes Out of New York City's Traffic Cams

Artist James Bridle's new project, #Rorschcam NYC, is a website that create kaleidoscopic images from live feeds from New York City's traffic cameras. Select a camera from the dropdown menu on the top left to see the mundane videos transformed. The most surreal and beautiful creations tend to happen at nighttime, when the lights help form the abstract images that bring Rorschach tests to mind.

See it here. (via The Creators Project)

Inside Artist Jim Campbell's LED Light Sculptures

Cool Hunting explores the work of artist Jim Campbell, whose sculptural LED installations combine video, lights and electronics and meld art with feats of engineering.

They write, "Light may be the way that we see objects more clearly in reality, but in Campbell's works light is the mechanism that triggers the viewer to see something unique, perhaps something that's been hidden deep down inside, something of a 'psychological mirror.' You don't necessarily see in 'high-def;' Campbell's low-resolution works illuminate how much more is gained when things are stripped down, details taken away."

Campbell currently has two exhibits and a ballet showing in New York City. Read the full story here.

Artist Alex Prager Faces Her Fear of Crowds with 'Face in the Crowd' Exhibit

Photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager talks to Wired about her new hybrid photography/video show Face in the Crowd (running through March 9th at Washington DC's Corocoran Gallery), which features stills and videos of large, staged crowd scenes.

She says, "To me, the medium of still photography was better to show the emptiness, or the disconnect. And the video was meant to show the two sides of the crowd. Like a sea of anonymous faces or a bunch of individuals with their own stories to tell.”

Read the full story here.

Olafur Eliasson on the Cross-Section Between Art and Social Responsibility

Artist Olafur Eliasson, whose recent interactive project Moon with Ai Weiwei allows users to add their own work to an eternal canvas, is interested in the cross-section of art and social issues. His latest project, Little Sun, consists of small, solar-powered LED lights that he hopes to distribute to parts of the world without access to electricity. He calls it, "A work of art that works in life."

Projection Mapping Turns Any Surface Into a Musical Instrument

Felix Faire's "Contact" is a projection mapped art piece that allows any surface to become a playable multi-instrument orchestra.

Explains PSFK, "Contact translates recognized impulses into melodic notes using contact microphones, passive sonar and waveform analysis. Sounds picked up by the contact microphones are digitally 'resonated' in audio form, which can be recorded and played back with a custom built loop pedal that is connected to Processing via an Arduino uploaded with firmata. The mics process frequency information in Ableton Live and Max/MSP, and volume adjustments are mapped to X&Y."

Watch it in action and a making-of below. Read the full story here.

Examining Banksy's Instagram Account

The Creators Project examines Banksy's purported Instagram account, which has been updated frequently with short videos.

They write, "We can't say for sure if this is Banksy's personal account, but it's certainly interesting. Maybe Banksy is experimenting with video now--or, more likely, maybe he's just having fun with the app and winking at his new followers?"

Read the full story here.

Tate Releases Entertaining, Informative Art Web Series

UK's Tate Museum has released an impressive 8-part web series called Unlock Art, which seeks to demystify the art world for laymen.

Topics range from explaining genres like Pop Art to giving a primer on how to shop for art. Each video is hosted by a famous British face such as Alan Cumming and Peter Capaldi. The videos are being released once per month.

Watch the series so far below. (via It's Nice That)

Sound and Fury: Inside the Installation of 'The Refusal of Time'

For his latest installation, The Refusal of Time, artist William Kentridge fuses sculpture with digital video and multilayered soundscapes. The viewer stands within the artwork, surrounded by five video screens covering three walls, as well as a sculpture of a man holding a big megaphone, and a giant, wooden, audibly breathing elephant in the middle of the room. On the screens, separate but interwoven program material is accompanied by a multichannel music and sound score. The soundtrack includes music composed by Philip Miller, as well as spoken word, including Kentridge’s own voice projected from the megaphone, and, of course, the elephant’s breathing.

First U.S. Solo Show of British Video Artist Laure Prouvost Opens at New Museum

Opening yesterday, New York's New Museum is hosting the first solo museum presentation in the United States of the work of artist Laure Prouvost, featuring a new, immersive installation for the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery.

Remote-Controlled Robots Let Users Sneak Into a Museum at Night

Ever dreamt about roaming around a museum late at night, able to see some of the world's greatest artworks without any pesky crowds getting in the way? Now the Tate Britain is giving people a chance to do just that via remote-controlled robots.

Explains PSFK, "The robots are fitted with lights and a camera and are connected to a website where users will be able to view the art work displayed at the gallery. Users will be able to steer the robots and direct them around the paintings and exhibits — enabling the users to view and appreciate the gallery’s collection without any obstruction."

Read the full story here.

Isaac Julien's 'Playtime' Explores the Relationship Between Art and Money

Isaac Julien's latest film installation, Playtime, focuses on the intersection of art and money and features segments that include the likes of James Franco, Maggie Cheung and Simon de Prury.

Writes Wallpaper, "Art doesn't talk much about money. Which is ironic really. It certainly doesn't talk about art's new status as asset class. Isaac Julien's new film installation 'Playtime', which opens today at the Victoria Miro gallery Islington branch, talks about money and art and the damage done across seven large screens for over 70 minutes. In one segment the actor/artist/poet James Franco, a slick black-suit-white-shirt black-tie avatar of the contemporary art market (filmed in the room where he is now projected), sells art as 'treasure' to be hoarded, shared and enjoyed. It is mesmerising (and Franco's case almost convincing)."

Photographer Alex Prager Explores Loneliness and Crowds in Hybrid Photography/Video Exhibit

Photographer Alex Prager explores loneliness in a crowd setting with her photography and video installation Face in the Crowd, starring Elizabeth Banks.

Explains The Creators Project, "Inspired by her own brushes with agoraphobia and isolation, brought on both by her visits to major metropolises like New York City and the churning demands that come with being an art star on the rise, Prager has channeled her feelings of fear and uneasiness into a full-scale experience viewers can literally wrap themselves in."

Read the full story here.

Artist Marcel Duchamp's Conceptual Time-Lapse Brought to Life 100 Years Later

Would you believe the below time-lapse was conceived of over 100 years ago by artist Marcel Duchamp? His concept for using light to paint the ocean waves as they hit the sand was found in a notebook and brought to life recently as part of the centenary celebration of the artist.

Explains PSFK, "Participants traced the tide’s edge for 1,000 meters using giant sonar-guided light sticks to mark where the water met the sand. Three separate light trails were drawn by a group of human tide walkers, which were filmed simultaneously as both time-lapse and long exposure motion photography."

Watch below and read more here.

Now Showing: A 3D Art Film at Newark Airport

Having flight delays? Newark Airport is making it a little easier to be engaged and inspired with a 6-minute short 3D art film that is on view through January 15th.


Shinichi Maruyama's Time-Lapse of Nude Dancers Creates Stunning Images

Often time-lapse looks to the stars for its beauty but photographer Shinichi Maruyama turned to a more earthly delight to create his stunning images. Maruyama took and combined 10,000 photographers of nude dancers in motion to create his abstract and wonderful images that took their inspiration from Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase.

He tells Wired, "I tried to express the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion as well as the concept of time."

Read the full story here.

Artist Roseline de Thelin's Holographic Light Sculptures Combine Science with Art

Roseline de Thélin's  "Homos Luminosos" project combines science and art to create ethereal, floating bodies in mid-air.

Explains Beautiful/Decay, "These fantastical works are inspired by astronomy, quantum physics, definitions of perception, and other-worldly-creatures. Thélin uses a wide range of materials including mirrors, wires, chains, fiber optics and quartz crystals in her work. She combines the use of digital technology and exhibition space, as she works on producing these mystical beings by creating illusion and deception effects within specific sites."

Read the full story here.

New Interactive Exhibit Turns Landmarks Into Words

New interactive exhibit Type/Dynamics from Dutch design studio LUST turns location photography into words.

Explains PSFK, "Panoramic images are taken from Google Streetview, and then abstracted into grids filled with new information. As a visitor to the space, you are literally “transported” to that location and surrounded by all the news associated with that specific location. Instead of a photographic representation, the place is represented purely typographically with a host of new items currently being talked about at that location. Nothing in the gallery space stands still; information flows around you at all times."

The exhibit is currently on display in Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum. Read more here.


Holocenter Explores 3D Holograms in New Exhibit

The Creators Project covered The Holocenter's recent exhibit, POLARITY, which featured a series of 3D holograms.

They write, "POLARITY offered a great introduction to a medium one doesn’t often get to experience in a fine arts setting, and showcased some really spectacular pieces made in a mysterious and often misunderstood dimension."

Read the full story here.

Times Square's Midnight Moment Displays 3-Minute Film from Isaac Julien

A silent, three-minute version of artist Isaac Julien's film PLAYTIME is now playing in Times Square as part of its Midnight Moment art initiative.

December 2013 Midnight Moment: Isaac Julien, Playtime

Explains Times Square Alliance, "PLAYTIME explores current debates on the relationships between capital, the art world, and the individual.  For Midnight Moment, filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien creates a three-minute visual impression of the full-length film, showcasing the diversity of landscape as highlighted by exceptional color, shot with 4K technology."

Projection Mapping Turns an Ordinary Tunnel into a Fantasy World

Digital projection continues to get more sophisticated as more artists play around with the possibilities of this new medium. One of the latest projects is from artist Skertzò who transformed a regular tunnel into a fantastical world at Lyon's Festival of Lights.

Writes PSFK, "The artist played with scale, creating illusions that made visitors feel both bigger and smaller than real life as they passed through the tunnel, helping them forget themselves and their surroundings for one moment."

Read the full story here.


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