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Box: A Groundbreaking Demonstration at the Intersection of Robotics, Projection-Mapping, and Software. Produced by Bot and Dolly, a San Francisco-based design and engineering studio, this amazing clip was filmed entirely in camera and demonstrates a mixture of robotically controlled monitors, projection-mapping and choreographed human interaction.

Box: A Groundbreaking Demonstration at the Intersection of Robotics, Projection-Mapping, and Software

Via their website: “Box” explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. Percussive Maintenance: A Supercut of People Banging on Broken Technology in Film and TV. The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa. Created by designer Nando Costa (previously) The New American is a painstakingly crafted motion graphics animation that was laser cut into a series of 800 individual maple blocks, a process that took nearly two years.

The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa

Of the work Costa says: The abstract storyline showcased in this piece is a concoction of a variety of ideas and can perhaps be described as a union between concepts and experiments born during the Situationist movement and real life events experienced during the last few years in American society. Particularly the duality between the economic downturn and the shift in values and beliefs of many citizens. Several frames from the animation are currently available over on Etsy. Night Stroll: Geometric Lightscapes Animated on the Streets of Tokyo by Tao Tajima.

Night Stroll is a lovely animated short by Tao Tajima.

Night Stroll: Geometric Lightscapes Animated on the Streets of Tokyo by Tao Tajima

Various light figures are seen interacting with locations around Tokyo, I can’t begin to guess how this was all planned, shot and animated and there is almost no information about it online, but it’s remarkable nonetheless. (via be con in riot) Liquid Bricks. This wonderful video arrived in my inbox from Benjamin Boré who created this perfectly executed liquid brick installation as part of a collaboration at Raum à La Box in France.

Liquid Bricks

Meant to “question the harshness of the city” the idea is really quite simple, to embed a water-filled pouch beneath the city streets, and the effect is pretty charming, especially for the kids clamoring all over the thing. Music by Mansfield Tya. Thanks Benjamin! Anti-Gravity Dancing. Incredible Vertigo-Inducing Animations of San Francisco. This post contains a number of extremely large animated GIFs which might taken a moment to fully download. Sorry for any inconvenience. Director Kevin Parry (previously) recently directed a wonderful music video for Kalle Matson, shot by Andrea Nesbitt, featuring a number of visual special effects that appear to slingshot the camera through wide views of San Francisco. Parry has a full gallery of smaller animations where you can see some of the isolated shots, but I had him export seven large, absolutely bandwidth-sucking versions, five of which are above.

For two more, see also Ocean Bay Bridge and Market Street. A Duet for Leaves & Turntable. Composer and sound artist Diego Stocco released a brief clip today featuring his experiments with a new turntable and a few freshly gathered leaves.

A Duet for Leaves & Turntable

Leaves! More specifically all bass, kick and snare sounds heard in the video were made by alternating the leaf type, angle, pressure as it was applied against the turntable. Animated Music Video Filmed Through a Band’s Breath in Freezing Temperatures by Wriggles & Robins. Innovative directing duo Matt Robinson and Tom Wrigglesworth of Wriggles & Robins (previously) just released this great new music video for the band Travis.

Animated Music Video Filmed Through a Band’s Breath in Freezing Temperatures by Wriggles & Robins

The team shot at below freezing temperatures and filmed projected animations that could only be seen when the four band members would breath through the cold air. Although subtle, there are some amazing sequences that really make this worth watching all the way through. ‘Oscillate’ is a Mesmerizing Digital Animation of Sine Waves by Daniel Sierra. Oscillate is a thesis animation made by Daniel Sierra for his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

‘Oscillate’ is a Mesmerizing Digital Animation of Sine Waves by Daniel Sierra

While essentially an experiment in animation, Sierra says the project was an attempt “to visualize waveform patterns that evolve from the fundamental sine wave to more complex patterns, creating a mesmerizing audio-visual experience in which sight and sound work in unison.” Make sure you view it full-screen, headphones on, you know the drill. I could have watched this continue for twice as long. A Hard-Hitting, Toy-Mincing, Stop-Motion Music Video for Delta Heavy. Landfill Harmonic: An Upcoming Documentary About the ‘Recycled Orchestra’ in Cateura, Paraguay. Cateura, Paraguay is a small city that has grown atop a massive dump.

Landfill Harmonic: An Upcoming Documentary About the ‘Recycled Orchestra’ in Cateura, Paraguay

It is regarded as one of the poorest slums in Latin America, a village where people live among a sea of garbage. Incredibly, the landfill itself is the primary form of subsistence for many residents, who pick through waste for items that can be used or sold. Prospects for most of the children born in Cateura is bleak as gangs and drugs await many of them. But then one day, something amazing happened. A garbage picker named Nicolás Gómez (known as “Cola”) found a piece of trash that resembled a violin and brought it to musician Favio Chávez. Now a group of filmmakers, producers, and photographers are trying to tell the story of the orchestra through a documentary titled Landfill Harmonic. Musical Light Swings on the Streets of Montreal. 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) is a recent project by Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours, known for their wide variety of interactive public installations and experiences.

Musical Light Swings on the Streets of Montreal

Surrounded on both sides by a new music complex and science center, designers Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat chose to bridge the gap between the two by converting a narrow strip of land into an enormous interactive instrument. Pre-recorded sounds from a xylophone, piano, and other instruments were programmed into color-coded swings that when in use play various notes, however when swung in unison with careful cooperation, more complex melodies and harmonies arise. An additional “secret mode” was programmed to only play when all 21 swings were in use. Diego Stocco Builds an Entire Orchestra of Modified Instruments. Musician and sound artist Diego Stocco (previously here and here) is known for his unique multi-track music videos that combine sounds sampled from common objects and modified instruments.

Diego Stocco Builds an Entire Orchestra of Modified Instruments

In his latest video Custom Built Orchestra Stocco endeavored to create nearly a dozen custom instruments, some completely from scratch and others from instruments he acquired with structural defects that he then altered to create new musical devices. The result is pretty amazing. See the full details of the project over on Behance. New Mind-Warping Animated GIF Art from Paolo Čeric. Digital artist Paolo Čeric (previously) continues to crank out some of the most elegant and bizarre gifs I’ve seen lately.

The Croatian artist relies on software like Cinema 4D, After Effects, and a programing language called Processing, as well as a wild imagination to strange forms that wobble and twist with energy. See more recent animations on his Tumblr. Scrap Metal Beasts by Robert Jefferson Travis Pond. Shortly after discovering the work of Natsumi Honda I stumbled onto the work of Robert Jefferson Travis Pond of Steel Pond Studios. Pond uses all mater of scrap metal from motorcycle parts to old gears, steel handles, and other found hardware to weld these imposing, well-armored birds, fish, and other beasts. Watch the time-lapse above to see how he works.

(via curiopt) Anti-Gravity Object Modeling: “Mataerial” is a Robot That Draws Sculptures in 3D. A few months ago we saw the invention of the world’s first 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler, that allows people to draw small objects seemingly out of thin air. Now, a large team of researchers including Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio, have decided to up the ante.

The result of the team’s research is Mataerial, a large robotic tool that can draw three dimensional objects that sprout vertically from the ground or horizontally from a wall, seemingly without regard to the effects of gravity. Incredible New Sketchbook Illustrations from Mattias Adolfsson. Within the sketchbooks of Swedish artist Mattias Adolfsson (previously), strange comic book robots are seen running amok, fantastic steampunk-esque machines sputter to life, and airplane pilots find themselves facing interfaces encumbered with thousands of switches, dials, and tubes. Book and paper sculptures by Noriko Ambe. Noriko Ambe creates intricate sculptures using books and layered paper.

Born in Saitama, Japan, 1967 she currently lives and works in New York. Katsumi Hayakawa: Power of Paper. Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water Told in a Stop Motion Pop-Up Book. This blog has seen it’s fair share of pop-up books, and animation using paper, but this might be the first where everything comes together in a single piece. Paper Landscape Illustrated by Eiko Ojala. It’s hard to visit an art or design blog these days without spotting the illustration work of Estonian artist Eiko Ojala, his Naked series is a great place to get started. The artist works digitally without the aid of 3D software where he draws everything by hand to create landscapes, figures and portraits that look as if they’ve been cut from paper.

Most critical are the placement of shadows which Ojala also draws by hand, though via email he admits the complexity occasionally requires the use of photographed shadows which he then incorporates into the illustrations. Hand-Cut Paper Microorganisms by Charles Clary. Drawing with Paper: Amazing Papercraft from Lobulo Design. London-based Lobulo Design (who is actually just a single desiner who goes by Lobulo) creates wonderful, vibrant designs using paper. From pop culture to anatomy and the natural world it seems like nothing is off limits. Check out much more over on Behance. Incredibly Intricate 3D Paper Infographics by Pattern Matters. Geometric Paper Torso with Removable Organs. Australian architect and paper artist Horst Kiechle recently constructed this geometric paper torso complete with modular organs including lungs, intestines, kidneys, pancreas, stomach and more. The piece was made for the Science Lab of the International School Nadi, Fiji.

The Geometric Paper Torso, Now with DIY Templates and Tutorials. A year ago I wrote about this amazing geometric paper torso designed by artist Horst Kiechle. At the time the piece wasn’t actually complete as he was still perfecting how all the organs fit together thanks to feedback he received online. Paper Mt. Hood. Cloudy House: A Geodesic Paper Cloud Installation by Tomás Saraceno. Stop Motion Wire and Paper Music Video by Patator Prod. Intricate Wire Drawings by CW Roelle. The Beauty of Mathematics: A Visual Demonstration of Math in Everyday Life. Incredible Interactive Light Sculpture by Joshua Kirsch. One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco.

Kim Hyun’s Dice Figures. Kyung Woo Han. Wire Anatomy. Jonathan Schipper’s Robotic Sculpture Simulates a Glass Bottle Hurled at a Wall. FLUIDIC – A Sculpture in Motion: An Interactive Field of 12,000 Spheres Illuminated by Lasers. MÖBIUS: A Stop Motion Sculpture.