Second Skins: Fashionably Dressed Animals Photographed by Miguel Vallinas When first encountering this body of photographs Madrid-based advertising and industrial photographer Miguel Vallinas it’s easy to view it as a familiar “animals dressed as people” project. But as you look closer you realize it’s quite a bit more than that. Aside from the solid retouching, lighting and overall execution, Vallinas took this anthropomorphic project a bit further and imagined what the fully-realized wardrobe of each animal might look like if it were wearing human clothes. Titled Segundas Pieles (Second Skins), the ongoing series includes some 50+ animals whose personalities seem to be perfectly amplified by their pitch-perfect attire, making the portaits just a bit more human than animal. I’m pretty sure the hipster bird in the cardigan works at a coffee shop by my house. The work is a sister project to another series called simply Pieles where the photographer portrays himself in a wide range of professions.
Watch Projection-Mapped Kung Fu Between a Man and His Shadow Projection-mapped choreography meets Enter the Dragon in Pixel n' Pepper's new performance at the Hamdan International Photography Award in Dubai, Black & White. A dancer enters the stage seemingly alone, but is soon challenged to a kung fu battle royale by his own digital shadow, and things only escalate from there. A second dancer gets involved, turning the show into something like a live episode of Dragonball Z, animated by MC Escher and directed by Bruce Lee. The latter half of the show fuses choreography with projected pictures taken from the 20 photographers honored in this year's competition.
Afternoon Animation: Kaleidoscope Ft. The Italian National Team Of Gymnastics The perfect way to space out on a Tuesday afternoon, KALEIDOSCOPE by Freddy brings viewers through an abstract paradise of runs, kicks, and jumps courtesy of the Italian National Team of Gymnastics. Created by DLV BBDO and production team abstract:groove, the collective, paired with Director Luigi Pane, experimented with the kaleidoscope effect for dramatic results. Working with 4 thaumascopes of different sizes and shapes, the biggest 9 meters long with a triangular opening of 2.5 meters, and the smallest 1.5 meters in length with a square opening of 60 centimeters, the team worked extensively to achieve the graphic patterns above. By studying small scale models and then going into CGI simulations, all the above effects were obtained in camera without the use of post-production. Just as interesting as the techniques used were the performers enlisted: The Italian National Team of Rhythmic Gymnastic 'le Farfalle', choreographed by their trainer Emanuela Maccarani.
Swarms, Flocks & Herds: Installations by Kristi Malakoff I’m really enjoying these large-scale installations of animals and insects by Canadian visual artist Kristi Malakoff. Also check out her work with currency and flowers. And if you liked this also see the work of Eiji Watanabe. Scientists Are Making Music with Slime Mold and Whale Songs Down on the southwest coast of England, the Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival recently celebrated its tenth birthday. Run in collaboration with Plymouth University and the Interdisciplinary Center for Computer Music Research (ICCMR) which is housed there, the festival is an epicenter for musical experimentation and research into far-out sonification and musification techniques. This year's theme is biomusic, a niche field of centered around biological processes that inform and create musical compositions, be they artificially intelligent virtual whales jamming with a saxophonist, a biocomputer run on slime mold doing a duet on the piano, or data collated from British woodland ecosystems turning into music. Over the weekend, a series of gala performances explored some of the concepts and ideas that the students and professors at Plymouth University had been working on over the past year. The festival's directors, Simon Ible and Eduardo R. Biocomputer music.
Ballet dancers in random situations This incredible photography series by Jordan Matter illustrates the unbelievable talent of ballet dancers. Composed of random situations in well-known and beautiful locations, the elegance and skill of the dancers contrasts starkly with their mundane background. [Our readers did a Facebook Q&A with him. Top 20 Articles / All Time We’ve run the numbers and these are the top articles ever to appear on Colossal. These lists are not meant as a ranking of what we think is the “best,” but are rather a gauge of overall interest around the web based on traffic. Updated periodically. See also: Top Articles in 2013 | Top Articles in 2012 | Top Articles in 2011 1. Wim Wenders: Pina Wim Wenders is arguably one of the most groundbreaking filmmakers of our era, bringing us classic meditations on life, love and identity such as Paris Texas and Wings Of Desire. It seems entirely fitting then that it should be he who finally employs the three-dimensional film form to stunningly emotive effect, elevating it from mere spectacle to a thing of almost impossibly dynamic beauty. Pina is his absorbing elegy to his late-friend Pina Bausch – the radical and game-changing German dance choreographer who transformed contemporary dance forever with seminal works such as Cafe Muller. Featuring the troupe of dancers she mentored, whose ages span generations, the film recreates some her classic routines against backdrops as disparate as industrial estates and mountain tops in a fast-paced and supremely powerful series of vignettes. Dazed Digital: It’s clear in this film that Pina Bausch had a profound impact on the lives of her dancers.