Another Amazing Creative Coding Festival

Last year, I attended my first Creative Coding Festival at NYU ITP and vowed to become a repeat attender. So, when the call came out for workshop presenters a few weeks ago, I jumped at the chance to give a talk on WebVR with A-Frame (an easy to use and open source virtual reality web framework). The code cane be found here.

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Creative Coding Festival NYC

The workshop focused on setting up a basic interaction for a simple WebVR game application.

Talking Heads

Janelle Monae's 'What's Your Frequency?' at 29Rooms vs. Lynn Hershman Leeson's “Mirror Face Woman,” 1966

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The Eyes Have It

The other night I was watching an old Alfred Hitchcock movie called Spellbound starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. The movie interested me because some of the set design was a collaboration between Salvador Dali and Hitchcock himself.

This particular "dream sequence" in Spellbound (see image 1) reminded me of the production designs of Josef Svoboda, the Czech artist and scenic designer, for Laterna Magika (see image 2).

Shortly after becoming familiar with the works of Svoboda, I came across this instagram post from a concert goer for Katy Perry's Witness Tour concert. I'm still figuring out who designed it, maybe Es Devlin.

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Tama Art University Library

The Tama Art University Library is located in Tokyo, Japan and designed by Toyo Ito. The building's foundation is a series of simple yet elegant arches that form an "emergent grid" of curved, intersecting lines. I modeled this building in Rhino and Rendered it in 3ds Max. At some point I'll upload the animation "walk-through". 

Read more about the building's design ethos and context.

 

Selfie or Cezanne?

Lately, I've been thinking about how today's selfies can be interpreted as a modern day oil painting, think self-portraits by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, or Frida Kahlo. This of course is not an idea of my own making, I first heard mention of this concept from Amir Baradaran in reference to his VR work on the Mona Lisa and most recently in a podcast about the new Museum of Selfies scheduled to open in Glendale CA, Winter 2018.

Instagram account of the  Museum of Selfies

Instagram account of the Museum of Selfies

I'm a long-time follower of the instagram account of one of my favorite photographers, Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio. For over a year now, she has been living in Provence and creating the most amazing self portrait and still life series reminiscent of the Dutch masters.

Abraham Breughel, Fruit Still Life (1670s), oil on canvas

Abraham Breughel, Fruit Still Life (1670s), oil on canvas

Diego Velázquez, The Lady with a Fan (1635), oil on canvas

Diego Velázquez, The Lady with a Fan (1635), oil on canvas

"Instagram Goes Vermeer," Food & Wine, January 2018.

"Instagram Goes Vermeer," Food & Wine, January 2018.

The Rise of Selfie Museums

Design and Architecture talks about immersive experiences, 29Rooms and the Museum of Selfies. It's no secret that people are increasingly moving away from retail and towards experiences. Now, brands are working with influencers to get the word out and attract people with a similar aesthetic

Museums are benefiting from this trend as well. Last year, the Jewish Museum partnered with Refinery29 and invited instagram influencers to an early morning private viewing of the Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry exhibition. 

When Architecture and Film Collide

James Wines' BEST Products Indeterminate Façade building reminds me of the scene in World War Z where the zombies are crawling over each other to scale the walls of Jerusalem. 

Left Image: James Wines, BEST Products Indeterminate Façade building (1974); Houston, Texas. Courtesy Sculpture In The Environment (SITE). Right Image: Marc Forster, World War Z (2013); Courtesy Paramount Pictures.

Left Image: James Wines, BEST Products Indeterminate Façade building (1974); Houston, Texas. Courtesy Sculpture In The Environment (SITE). Right Image: Marc Forster, World War Z (2013); Courtesy Paramount Pictures.