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One Free Minute 10/31/05 Description:
a mobile sculpture designed to allow for instances of anonymous public speech
"What would happen if the remote speech made possible by a cellphone were connected to public space?" If you see a guy on the street pulling what appears to be a yellow trailer on a bicycle, it just may be Daniel and his fibreglass sculpture. It's actually a bit more than a sculpture – it's a computer-connected broadcasting system that can be heard as far as 150 feet away, giving people one free minute to anonymously speak publically via their cellphones – a tool to "investigate how public discourse has been changed by technology" and which facilitates free speech – and a work of art which turns "passive viewers into active participants." The archive of speeches is most interesting (and amusing in spots).
radical cartography 10/27/05 Description:
mapping-related projects and resources
Okay map enthusiasts – this one's for you. One of the projects shows all of North America's metro maps together (also available in larger, very clear .pdf version). Then there's a Flash presentation of the world's time zones. I found the Empire maps most interesting. These are but a few of many projects. Another Yummy section will appeal to those interested in the history of cartography. Plus plenty of Re:Sources, including "some fun and/or spectacular links." Enjoy... [surfstation]
MetroStation 10/23/05 Description:
personal website of Italian designer Emiliano Pennisi
Today's pick comes from a designer in Palermo who says he loves "living in colors." I kinda the bright red scheme myself but there's several other skins to choose from. Besides the Today/Blog section of his site, Emiliano also presents some of his illustrations and 3D artworks, plus a download section including free photos, wallpapers, Photoshop brushes, and CSS layouts. This is his new improved version with XHTML.Strict goodness and in my opinion, very stylish. And a sidenote – Emiliano is also a regular participant at one of my favorite sites, Urban Collective. Disegno bello...
SwarmSketch 10/22/05 Description:
collective sketching of the collective consciousness
The current sketch now has 74 lines drawn by the site's visitors. Each contributed line is no longer than 100px in the 450x450 composite sketch and when a total of 700 lines have been drawn, it'll be considered complete. In addition to drawing, users can also vote on the opacity of some lines drawn by others. In the end, each drawing represents a collaboration of many people from many countries. Stats and a history animation are also provided with each work. Developed as an honours project by Peter Edmunds while attending an Australian university, today's pick is a fun and interesting example of what the web makes possible...
Sketzh.com 10/15/05 Description:
"mini-graff the movie" and other graffiti/murals
îNerdish but cool!" said armed rob in a post at Newstoday® – indeed. If you wanna tag a slew of trains without having to deal with local anti-graffiti forces and other such nasty business, mini-graff may be your answer. That's what Sketch is doing and I think it's great. The site's other content tells me Sketch has been out there on the streets doing waycool graffiti and murals for a long time too...
judith polakoff photographs 10/13/05 Description:
photoblog depicting nature and other visual experiences
A birthday gift from her husband last year "reignited the old flame" for Judith. After being away from photography for many years, the new camera did the trick and "hence, this website." Living in upstate New York probably inspired her a bit as well – her pictures of animals and landscapes are beautiful. Just start with the most current post and work your way back – one picture after another will engage you with the magnificent splendor of Judith's environs (and the magical way she captures it all).
BetaClan 10/11/05 Description:
a music project by Danny Kamhaji (Flash)
Danny's been "making music continuously since the early 90's" and created the site to deliver "material with a driving pop sense brought together by a fun and warm sound that's made to groove." Post punk, Detroit techno, and underground are among the music that's influenced him. He's actually an animator and motion graphics artist by profession (which shows in the cool site design), but this project is meant to give his music and mixes some exposure. And that's a good thing, especially if you turn the volume up...;~)) [Ventilate]
alain astruc 10/10/05 Description:
gallery of photos posted in series
There's about 300 photos on Alain's site and spending an hour browsing the collection has left me kinda speechless and highly inspired. From portraits to astounding night shots (and some magical points in-between), the artsy photos from this 30-year-old living in the south of France are scrumptious. Meow...;~))
Their Circular Life 10/9/05 Description:
an exploration about human behaviour (Flash)
"By living the day life of urban infrastructure and not yours, you become an external observer of what happens every day in every place on earth." Imagine standing in the same place for 24 hours. What you see and hear at any given moment are entirely unique and the changes occurring in that single place throughout the day are countless. Today's pick provides time lapse captures of the sights and sounds you might experience if you stood in that one place for an entire day. There's 5 intriguing scenes to explore and you're given control of the speed and direction in time. Great concept, pulled off nicely – observe people living in space and time and realize we're all very much the same.
Diet Riot 10/8/05 Description:
Your kitchen is not safe any more! (Flash)
I've gotta pass on the squid ice cream but where else you gonna find a breakdancing piece o' sushi? You'll also find some other amusing interactive food soldiers in Philipp's tasty graphical kitchen – browsing his site has been a most enjoyable "eggtivity." Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm hungry all of a sudden...;~)) [design(radar]
unterreitmeier.com 10/5/05 Description:
He shoots with a central format camera using only natural light – portraits and reportage are his primary interests. He notes that natural light affects "not only the film, but also humans on it" – enjoy today's little jaunt into the realm of extraordinairy photography...
anarchyCode 10/3/05 Description:
experimental art and design (Flash)
A student of architecture in Gdansk, Jacek remixed his code for 2005, declaring "freedom.or.fire." Why? Because "satisfaction is the death of desire." Be prepared for chaotic music when you enter but not to worry, you have some choices, including "off." Personally, I liked the original anarchy music and turned it back on... louder. Anyway, Jacek's experimental artworks are a bit intense (in a good way) – cool and creative stuff. Now, if I could only get that song outta my head...;~)) [DOPE]