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    This animated bird is the project of Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson, using an Xbox Kinect connceted to a laptop using the libfreenect Kinect drivers and ofxKinect. The system is doing skeleton tracking on the arm and determining where the shoulder, elbow, and wrist is, using it to control the movement and posture of the giant funky bird!
    "Speed project - made in a day using openFrameworks and libFreenect.
    Concept and Production by Design I/O
    Emily Gobeille - Theo Watson
    3D depth camera for arm tracking, courtesy of Microsoft and the open source / diy community :)

    "Head on top" by Thorsten Schmidtkord.
    Apple OP by 15-year-old DeviantARTist wolkentanzer.


    A German-made paper boat has floated successfully down the London Thames, with the suitable name of "HMS Origami." It measured 5.4m in length. German conceptual artist Frank Bolter, who was using would normally be used in the manufacture of drinks cartons. I spent the whole day glueing sheets together for you,’ he said. ‘Then I had to cut it into three pieces because the van wasn’t big enough to transport them to the dock. Now I shall glue them back together again.

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    This is is a shot film that follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.

    YouTuber SaskView is doing alright with this stunt: He's coupled two Most Useless Machines together with a bar, at the switches, and turned them loose against one another. If you'd like to build one yourself, here.

    This ship isn't sinking. It's "Love, Love" by Julien Berthier, a boat that's been modified to appear as though it's capsizing. The ship was originally a 6.5 meter yacht that was sliced in half and outfitted with a new keel which keeps it upright at all times. Apparently it's actually seaworthy, and he has toured it around Europe. Watch the video of it in action after more. Berthier writes:
    "Love-love is the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object. "
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    Catherine Leutenegger's photo exhibition of babies in white cardboard boxes , now showing at La Galerie at 17 rue de la Coulouvrenière in Geneva, is quite engaging. The "babies" are actually polymer dolls from a Swiss distributor. They are sold on line for anywhere from $100 to $200. Though the polymer and cardboard boxes that make for the visuals deal with manufacturing products, the deeper message is found in the idea of manufacturing human life – picking and choosing what one will actually birth. Maybe one day.
    "We are living in a time when parents are on the point of being able to pick the sex of their children and even determine the hair coloring and other features," Leutteneger says, "It raises questions about where the limits are."
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    If you live in or around New York City, you could try participating in ‘Dead Drops’. Taking your laptop to USB sticks that have been hidden around the city, plug in, and upload or download to your heart’s content.
    Aram Bartholl writes:
    "I am pleased to preview ‘Dead Drops’ a new project which I started off as part of my ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC the last couple weeks. ‘Dead Drops’ is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. I am ‘injecting’ USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space. You are invited to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. ‘Dead Drops’ is still in progress, to be continued here and in more cities. Full documentation, movie, map and ‘How to make your own dead drop’ manual coming soon! "

    In the meanwhile drop some files here!
    87 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (Makerbot)
    Empire Fulton Ferry Park, Brooklyn, NY (Dumbo)
    235 Bowery, NY (New Museum)
    Union Square, NY (Subway Station 14th St)
    West 21st Street, NY (Eyebeam)

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    Limited edition of 200 posters, screen printed with oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster.
    The oil was picked up on the beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
    The posters were printed at Purple Monkey Design in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    A project by Happiness Brussels, designed by Anthony Burrill.
    All benefits go to the non-profit organisation "Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana" (CRCL), €150
    Built by a 56-year-old Italian mechanic for his daughter, Erika, after she broke her arm practicing.
    Name: Mono(tri)cycle
    Descrip­tion: This item can be used by peo­ple who want to learn mono­cy­cling. Day by day, it has to be moved upper to improove trainer’s bal­ance.
    Mate­ri­als: steel and two small wheels
    Build­ing time: 3 h
    Inspi­ra­tion : When my daugh­ter broke her arm mono­cy­cling last may.
    Life-size monopoly house by An Te Liu.
    "An Te Liu is 1967 in Tainan, Taiwan to the world. Prior to his artistic career, he studied architecture and art history. Today he lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His installations and sculptures are concerned mostly with the themes of cleanness, safety and functionality. They are often made of industrially manufactured devices, transferred to the artist in the changing contexts. "
    Mehmet Ali Uysal in the Park Chaudfontaine (Belgium). Cool art!

    Looking for a portable photo studio? The inflatable photo studio (IPS) is a black plastic balloon that quickly setting up a controlled shooting environment in minutes. It can be pumped up ready for action in 3-4 minutes. The IPS is made from 6-10mm thick plastic and block out any light that might spoil your photography. and folds up to 2 x 2 x 4 ft when deflated. The inflatable photo studio comes in two sizes, a small 12 x 7 x 10 ft and a lager 20 x 12 x 12-ft design at $330/$400 or $350/$500 respectively.
    Created by David Alvarez.. He just stands there, solves each cube to present the right pattern, and sets it in place, apparently without any kind of reference.
    "Yes, I rotated every single rubik's cube to the project. First thing before I started working on the project was learn how to solve it. After that, then I knew how the rubik's can be used to my advantage for the project and make a portrait.
    I DID NOT BREAK THE CUBES, OR PEEL THE STICKERS. In all, there are 336 rubik's cubes and the project is 4ft in length and 3ft in height. " [ Youtube link ]
    Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has filled the museum's turbine hall with millions of life-sized sunflower seeds, these life-sized sunflower seed husks are in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain. Each seed has been individually sculpted and painted by specialists working in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen. The installation encourages visitors to touch and walk on the carpet of "sunflower seeds".
    Ai Weiwei: sunflower seeds
    turbine hall, tate modern
    bankside, london
    now until 2 may 2011
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    This is a fully functional 10mm Rubik's Cube. By Evgeniy Grigoriev. Evgeniy Grigoriev beat his own previous record of 12mm by creating this homemade fully-functioning 10mm-across Rubik’s Cube.

    Collection of over 68 underwater sculptures located in Grenada and the UK all by sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. Video details the transformations of the pieces over a 2 year period.
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