The N Building in Tokyo is a giant QR Code:
“N Building is a commercial structure located near Tachikawa station amidst a shopping district. Being a commercial building signs or billboards are typically attached to its facade which we feel undermines the structures’ identity. As a solution we thought to use a QR Code as the facade itself. By reading the QR Code with your mobile device you will be taken to a site which includes up to date shop information. In this manner we envision a cityscape unhindered by ubiquitous signage and also an improvement to the quality and accuracy of the information itself.”
It’s been a while. In case you missed out on this astronomical collision almost 3 months ago or have forgotten about it (no way), here are some amazing show reviews / PR from various bloggers (thank you!) to tide you over by Another Righteous Transfer! and Daily Serving.
Movie Theaters begin showing LIVE events in 3D…Awesome.
The push toward showing live entertainment in movie houses has been accelerated by the development of a satellite network capable of transmitting live signals into theaters around the country and the rapid deployment of digital cinema. After a long delay, a group representing the nation’s three largest exhibitors recently secured financing to roll out digital theater systems that serve as the technical backbone for 3-D movies and event programming.
Streaming performances can completely betray the rush of actually being there, but with Marina Abromovic’s durational performance at MOMA it really works. Not only does it succeed as a mediated live performance, but it wins as the most riveting staring contest I will probably ever witness. Both serious accomplishments, but who would expect anything less from Marina.
check it out HERE
An exhibition of artists who use 3D to present a history of the universe. Link
Work from Czech “scenographer” Josef Svoboda’s Laterna Magika
From Media Kuntz Netz:
From the moment of its inception, it has not been clear whether Laterna Magika (LM) is film, theater or a brand-new media performance show. First introduced in the Czechoslovak pavilion at the 1958 World Expo in Brussels, this entity combined ballet, theater, several film projections, and sound background. […] LM transformed the concept of virtual and physiological time.
From Wiki entry on Josef Svoboda:
Svoboda is also responsible for introducing modern technologies and materials such as plastics, hydraulics and lasers into his designs. In 1967 Svoboda created one of is best known special effects, a three-dimensional pillar of light. This was created by the use of an aerosol mixture which revealed low-voltage luminaries.
Here’s a peek at of a few of his set designs in action: http://www.ina.fr/art-et-culture/arts-du-spectacle/video/RXF01029650/expostion-joseph-svoboda.fr.html
Another good article (his obituary sadly) on Svoboda is here.
One day, a spectacular picture popped up in my brain. It was an image of abandoned electrical appliances being played as musical instruments on a street in a town. Using this image as a starting point, I set up the same number of tube televisions and PC-controlled video decks correspond to the number of notes in a musical scale to create a set of gamelan percussion instruments. Tapping TV tubes produces primitive and cosmic electrical music.
Wada Ei’s Braun Tube Jazz Band via We-Make-Money-Not-Art