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My husband was telling me about this project yesterday because the company that he works for is broadcasting this event, and I found it amusing.
Viennese artist Alex Kiessling and Strukt Design studio will embark on a cross-border project that merges art and technology by using industrial robots to simultaneously create large-scale drawings in three european cities. Taking place at an event hosted by the Vienna tourist board on September 26th, 2013, ‘Long Distance Art’ will feed real-time tracking via satellite to the two remote robotic devices, one stationed in Berlin, at Breitscheidplatz, and the other in london, at trafalgar square, and will mirror Kiessling’s movements in real time. the project calls on the use of a prototyping program called vvvv, which facilitates the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, and audio and video that can interact with many users at the same time. once completed, Kiessling will take all three independent artworks from the various cities and join them together in a triptych.

To see a version of the robot in action, watch the video below:

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Via Design Boom

Every year, Wimbledon Art Studios opens their doors to visitors. Every artist uses their own studio to show what they’ve been working on all year. What I love about this place is the atmosphere and that you can find a whole range of art – photography, illustration, design, painting, sculpture – there is something for every taste.

This year I will be participating here with my paintings, illustrations and paper sculptures, and I’m very excited.

So if you are a Londoner put in your diary and do come and visit from November 22nd to 25th, and you can see more than 150 artist all in the same place!
For more info click here or read the images below.

Japanese Kumi Yamashita uses paper to make portraits using light and shadow. It is a simple idea but clever and delicate at the same time. The way that she uses colour paper is very special because at first glance all you see is a piece of coloured paper. She takes half and hour to complete one of these profiles. She says that she can do any profile… I can ask her if she can do mine!

She says about her work “I am drawn to temporary things. The appreciation for my own country grows. I love natural light, the shadow of trees on the ground.
I love looking at the orange glow from a farmhouse in the countryside. I love the light on the hills right before the sun sets at the end of summer.
I don’t usually start with ideas. I love visually beautiful things, things that are nice to look at. and, afterwards, I think about the meaning.’

Via design boom

Jody Xiong and the China Environmental Protection Foundation made this public outdoor campaign to remind people of the benefits of walking instead of driving. These amazing horizontal billboards are placed on streets at 132 crossroads in 15 different cities. Green paint is placed either side of the billboard so when people walk past they leave footprints on the billboard, like they were leaves on a tree.
They have estimated that 3,920,000 people have walked through the installation. The final pieces are going to be hung in several urban locations. What an excellent idea!

Via Colossal

Gabriel Dawe uses threats to make his installations, creating a fantastic and visually stunning pieces of art over a white room or sometimes between stairs in the middle of a shopping centre. It is like a prism displaying a rainbow over the sun. It is just beautiful, I spent long time looking at his website, seeing every single piece of his work. My son shouts at my computer, “it is a rainbow” yes darling, it is.
He is exhibiting in Denmark until 13 of October.

photos: Gabriel Dawe website

I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I never had the chance before to go and see his artwork. But as anyone in the world of art does, I knew who Damien Hirst is and I knew what he does.
I think that I’ve only queued for two exhibition in my life Leonardo Da Vinci and this one.
Queues to enter the rooms to pass between the middle of a dead cow, I really couldn’t believe it.

And then I remembered this, people like to be shocked, they love it. Its this pathetic thing in human beings that we like to read about murders and death and sensational stories, like when there’s a car accident people and people stand there watching, waiting to see the blood? Well, this is something similar. The only reason that this guy is famous is because he put the unthinkable in a Museum. A dead cow, a shark in formaldehyde, it was like going to the Natural History Museum and seeing their dissected animals. I realised as well how far from the nature we are now a days, with people queueing to see butterflies in a room? Really? And there were some girls there who were shocked to be standing on them? Come on – go to Wisley Gardens and see butterflies alive, they are much nicer.

Cabinets of medicines, surgical elements, pills, coloured dots in sequence. And this is art? And people pay millions of pounds for it?
Just for the name, because it is en vogue now. Hirst is the new fashionista of the art and yes, he knows how to shock, but from there can we say that these are good pieces of art? No, I really don’t think so.
There was a cabinet full of handmade diamonds, maybe 3000 diamonds there? Dead butterflies on a single colour canvas? Two boxes with flies with a cow head on the floor and blood all around it…yeah, right. “We are talking here about the museum effect – turning all objects into work of art. The tendency to isolate something from its world, to offer it up for attentive looking and thus to transform it into art” ( “A way of seeing” Svetlana Alpers in Exhibiting Cultures)

The mandalas made with butterflies were really interesting, it was the only thing that caught my attention in the whole exhibition (apart from the horrible smell that made me feel nauseous all the way.)

It was in the story of Art that Sotheby’s allowed him to sell Hirst´s artwork directly through them instead of a through an art gallery in 2008. It is in the history of art the amount of money he made in those 2 days. The sale generated £111,576,800 – 10 times that of the previous record for an auction dedicated to a single artist: the £11.3 million ($20 million) raised when 88 works by Pablo Picasso were sold by Sotheby’s in New York in 1993.

I agree with Grayson Perry when he says that the most interesting bit of his collection is his bank account, that is all. Thank God I didn’t pay for the ticket.

It is on until September 9th, so this is the last week.


This woman REALLY loves to knit.
Crochet is an amazing skill which drove me crazy when I tried it – two needles and poor co-ordination – I was hopeless, but she is not.
This Polish artist called OLEK has created a series of shoes made entirely of wool.
Trainers, high heels and pumps using a vibrant and colourful pallete that will make you want a pair to go shopping in.
In her past artworks she created all sort of things – cars, statues, drums, a piano, the bull in New York… even PEOPLE!

Via Design Boom
Images: Olek website and jonathan levine gallery

I loved the photo as soon as I saw it. How cool would it be drinking something like this at home?
Well, Campus Companion Party Lab bring you the solution.
They invented this cocktail that glows under dark light, it is called Aurora and it is reminiscent of the Aurora Borealis lights but in your own house! So if you can’t afford a ticket to Iceland or Scotland, here you go!

Ingredients
2 litres of Gin or Vodka
9 litres of Tonic Water
3-4 Bottles of Roses Mojito Passion, or 3-4 Canisters of Pink-Lemonade Concentrate
Ice

Instructions:
Mix all ingredients together. Add ice as late as possible before drinking.

Via Dalai Karma // My Modern Met

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