Subway stations are great places for art, commissioned or otherwise. The anxieties of a bustling platform, the boredom of waiting for a delayed train, or even the drudgery of another day’s commute–all can be soothed, or at least temporarily smoothed over, by a well-placed placard with something nice to look at. Renowned artist Mark Wallinger recently finished a new collection of soon-to-be-subterranean pieces to celebrate the London Underground’s 150th anniversary, though their subject matter is somewhat at odds with the whole idea behind these modern marvels of efficiency in the first place. By the end of this summer, at every one of London’s 270 Tube stations, passengers will be able to take a few seconds to contemplate a tiny maze.
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A photo of Vincent Van Gogh reconstructed from one of his self-portrait paintings using some retouching techniques.
Part ad. Part installation. Part awesome. This very cool feature demo from Subaru for their ‘EyeSight’ technology (which is basically a collision avoidance system powered by tiny depth sensitive cameras) where they’ve fitted a whole host of mini electric cars with the technology, along with weird but wonderful trigger sounds, and watched the scenario play out as they put a single object in the way of the entire school of cars.
Brining the power and populairty of instagram to physical objects is a growing trend, and this seriously cool little Kickstarter project is jumping on the bandwagon of other Instagram Kickstarter projects in the funding pipeline… It’s called ‘Projecteo’ and is perfect for techno-geeks and hipsters alike, it’s a tiny Instagram Projector powered by a single LED that can project 6 Instagram photos from a single old-school 35mm slide film, making all your digital photography tangible once again… Right, so who wants one? You can get them on KickStarter here…
The Decelerator Helmet is a experimental approach for dealing with our fast moving society. The sense of vision is consigned to an apparatus which allows the user a perception of the world in slow motion.
In a increasingly hectic, overstimulated and restless environment are the calls for deceleration omnipresent. The inconceivably amount of information and influences in our everyday lives leads in many cases to an excessive demand.The idea to decouple the personal perception from the natural timing enables the user to become aware of his own time.
In the inside of the helmet the video-signal of a camera is processed by a small computer. The slowed-down images are displayed right before the user’s eyes via a head-mounted display and are simultaneously shown on a monitor on the outside.
The helmet has three different modes which can be selected by a remote control:
In the auto-mode time is slowed down automatically and re-accelerated after a defined interval. The press-mode allows the specific deceleration of time. In the scroll-mode the user can completely control the speed of the elapsing of time.
The Decelerator gives the user the possibility to reflect about the flow of time in general and about the relation between sensory perception, environment and corporality in particular. Also it dramatically visualizes how slowing down can potentially cause a loss of the present.