Bloglikes - Art https://www.bloglikes.com/c/art en-US Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:36:59 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter This New Instrument Reimagines the Infamous Talkbox http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/r5ekaMzw3es/This-New-Instrument-Reimagines-the-Infamous-Talkbox Bosko Kante is a grammy-winning artist, producer and most recently, innovator. He and his wife Maya Kante co-founded Electrospit and co-created the ESX-1, a tubeless talkbox designed to liberate an artistic expression with mobility, style, freedom and innovation.

The traditional talkbox is to thank for the famous hook that rises and falls like west coast hills at the beginning of 2pac and Dre's "California Love." But talkboxes have always been clunky, intrusive DIY-instruments, extremely impractical to play on stage until Electrospit exploded on Kickstarter, tripling its goal of $40,000.

"With a traditional talkbox," Bosko says, "You have a synthesizer that you connect to an amp that you connect to a speaker that goes through a tube that goes into your mouth that makes it hard to talk. With the Electrospit mobile talkbox [ESX-1], we've combined all of those pieces into one unit."

Looking at the two side by side is kind of like comparing beats headphones to a catheter.

Traditional talkbox

David Guetta, Bruno Mars and more are playing with Electrospit's ESX-1, and you can too without having to shove a tube in your mouth that you bought on Amazon. Play it in the studio, play it in your house, play it in church, Maya Kante says.


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Reader Submitted: This Smart Ring Aims to Provide Better Lives for People with Sickle Cell Disease  http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/tdAne_t6FDk/This-Smart-Ring-Aims-to-Provide-Better-Lives-for-People-with-Sickle-Cell-Disease Oxygem is a smart ring that aims to provide people with Sickle Cell Disease a better lifestyle and reduce the amount of deaths caused by this disease each year. On average, statistics show that in every 1,000,000 people, 1 in 6 people is a carrier of Sickle Cell Disease, and 1 in 25 is diseased, with a death rate of 1 per week.

Sickle Cell Disease is a condition in which red blood cells are not shaped as they should be. Red blood cells usually look like round discs. But in Sickle Cell Disease, they're shaped like crescent moon. These sickle shaped cells get stuck together easily, and block off small blood vessels. When blood can't get to where it should, oxygen levels drop, which leads to pain and organ damage.

Measurement of oxygen saturation (SpO2) can help detect sickle cell crises earlier and prevent their complications. The Oxygem ring aims to track the SpO2 in the blood at all times with its built in sensors, allowing the patient to get warnings and alerts on the ring, as well as notifications on the phone, while also notifying the doctor in case of emergency.

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Reinventing the Glass Box House: Casa Hofmann in Valencia http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/yatzer/~3/Mabng4S1Z7I/hofmann-house ]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 20:41:05 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Spain Valencia Glass Box House Casa Hofmann Farnsworth House Mies van der Rohe Plano Illinois Strange Birds at Figureworks http://artinbrooklyn.com/2019/01/strange-birds-at-figureworks/
Yuliya Lanina, Parrot, acrylic and collage on paper, 11” x 14”, 2018 Strange Birds   featuring  Jennifer Delilah Susan Hamburger Yuliya Lanina Paul Plante   with  Jean Pierre Alaux Benny Andrews Leonard Baskin Anne Bernard George Constant Bonnie Faulkner Arlene Morris Alexander Ney Kiki Smith January 11 – March 3, 2019 Reception: January...
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Podcasters In Search Of A Business Model http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/9qwtGjg5Dbk/podcasters-in-search-of-a-business-model.html Audiences for podcasts are growing quickly. And the number of podcasts is also exploding. Podcasters are scrambling to find ways to support their work and business models that work.

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The Importance of Inspiration and How to Draw it Out of Your Audience https://www.ethos3.com/2019/01/importance-inspiration-draw-audience/ Inspiration is a key component of every presentation. If your audience does not feel inspired by what you are sharing, the likely outcome is less excitement which, in turn, means less long-term engagement with you, your idea, or your product.

But the question is how? How do you inspire your audience to action and keep them coming back for more? At Ethos3, we believe the answer lies in the ability of a presenter to connect the head with the heart of their audience.

In his book The Sacred Enneagram, Chris Heuertz discusses the three different centers from which we make decisions. He unpacks how certain people make decisions based on logic – or, from their head – while others make decisions based on feelings – or, from their heart – and still others make decisions from instinct – or, from their gut. What he is proposing is that we each make decisions based on our personality and identity differently; however, the unique aspect of the enneagram is that we flow between those different spaces based on circumstances and our overall well being.

It is the free flow of our decision making that makes a presenter’s ability to connect the head and the heart so important. As a presenter, if all you do is draw on the logic of a person, then parts of your audience that make decisions with their heart will be left out. However, if your presentation is full of feelings and emotion but lacks logic, then the part of your audience that makes decisions with their head will disengage.

Connecting the head and heart is a tall order as your content and presentation style will lean one way of the other. By implementing these 3 techniques, you can unlock a new level to your presentation skill that leaves your entire audience inspired and ready to engage with you.

Use stories to illustrate statistics.

Data and statistics are important in every presentation. They give validity to the presenter and help the audience understand the gravity of what you are discussing. They also help all of the “head” people feel connected to you through the logic and data. On the flip side, statistics and data can be innately boring to listen to. You can only list so many facts and figures before your audience has either lost track of what you are sharing or disengaged completely.

That’s why we recommend wrapping your statistics up in story. Story is a way to draw feeling and emotion into your data. It can bring it to life and for all the “heart” decision makers, it can help them feel connected to what you are sharing. Your story should put a name on the statistics you share and make them feel personal, so be specific as you share.

Use pictures to bring your content to life.

Visual imagery is a powerful tool that can speak to both the “head” and “heart” people in the audience. Images take your content and make it real and complement any stories or information you are sharing beautifully. When using photos, there are a few things that are important to note. Be sure to get permission from anyone pictured in the photo – you don’t want to risk sharing a photo that causes frustration later from the participants.

Make sure the photo is clear and easy to see on a large screen. If the photo is too small or too pixelated, it will look unprofessional and hinder the overall effect.

Give away something tangible.

We were recently working with a client that had a powerful story they were going to be sharing. As they shared this story, we decided a great way to leave the audience inspired would be to send them home with something tangible. So a gift was created that each member of the audience could leave with. This gift carried a specific meaning to the content that was shared and left the audience forever connected both emotionally and logically to the presenters.

Consider doing the same in your next presentation. It does not need to be big or expensive – just something small and tangible that will elicit both an emotional and logical response each time it is viewed.

Connecting with both the head and the heart of a person can be challenging. But if done correctly, a presenter can connect with not just part of the audience but the whole group. You will see not only an increase in engagement but watch as your sales begin to increase, your invites soar, and your audience remembers your presentation long after presentation day.

Looking to learn more about how to deliver with excellence? Check out the Presentation Mentor online course today!

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Let Us Compare Lies at Pratt Institute http://artinbrooklyn.com/2019/01/let-us-compare-lies-at-pratt-institute/
“LET US COMPARE LIES” is a group show of 30+ paintings by Robert Costello, Andy Jimison, and Elizabeth Meggs at Pratt Institute. Opens Friday, January 18, 2019, from 6 to 9 pm in Steuben Galleries C and D on the Brooklyn Campus of Pratt Institute, located at 200 Willoughby Avenue,...
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Ballet Specifically For TV As A Way To Get Kids Interested In Dance http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/7ong-H-ElQk/ballet-specifically-for-tv-as-a-way-to-get-kids-interested-in-dance.html Shot as 40-minute films in vibrant high-definition colours, the Bite-Sized Ballets series will kick off with an adaptation of the Tortoise & the Hare, to be followed by Elves & the Shoemaker and Three Little Pigs. At the start of each film, the story is narrated on screen and dance instructors show children how to do some of the moves to create a sort of dancealong. – The Guardian

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100architects upcycles phone booths into resourceful community hubs https://inhabitat.com/100architects-upcycles-phone-booths-into-resourceful-community-hubs person sitting in orange phone booth lit up at night

When was the last time you stepped into a phone booth? If you’re under 30, you might not even be aware that phone booths used to be on nearly every street corner as a means to contact your parents after the football game or call a taxi after dinner. Of course, there are those scenes from the original Superman that might jog your memory. Once cell phones became mainstream, the empty phone booths became easy fodder for graffiti, pollution and public urinal use. But while the era of the phone booth is long gone, in Shanghai, these relics are being upcycled into useful curbside furniture.

narrow phone booth with orange interior

Many cities in China, like most major metropolitan areas, have grown beyond the need for public phone booths, but the government decided to transform the existing architecture into something more appealing. As contracted by the government, Shanghai firm 100architects took on the challenge of finding a new use for the phone booths on Yuyuan Road, a historic road in the city. The goal was not only to find another use for the phone booths but to make sure the new design was useful and accessible to the public.

Related: Martin Angelov upcycles an abandoned telephone booth into public seating

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people walking around on sidewalk near narrow orange phone booth

While the outside looks like what we remember as a traditional phone booth, the standout orange interior provides shelter and a spot to hang out. Depending on the size of the unit, some have tables while others are standing-room only. One thing they all have in common is a side that is open to the sidewalk and passersby. This is an intentional effort to encourage engagement in a population that has become solitary thanks to individual cell phones.

two children playing inside orange phone booth

empty orange phone booth on a sidewalk

All three “Orange Phone Booth” prototypes include LED lighting that illuminates the structures after dark. They also include a free Wi-Fi connection and USB charging sockets, which are a popular draw for many people on the go or with time to kill. You might also find a newspaper rack, reading lights and an emergency public phone.

empty orange phone booth on historic street

There are currently five renovated phone booths along Yuyuan Road that work equally as public furniture and statement pieces.

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Photography by Amey Kandalgaonkar via 100architects

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ICA Boston Acquires Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/artobserved/~3/8Bxad0RnwNc/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:09:45 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art News Boston Art News Minipost Yayoi Kusama Institute of Contemporary Art Infinity Mirror Room ICA Boston Acquires Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room Can Onerous Grant Reporting (We’re Bored Already) Be Made More Meaningful? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/ZFBGiLhi0vk/can-onerous-grant-reporting-were-bored-already-be-made-more-meaningful.html Often, reporting results after a grant can be long, arduous and ultimately not of much use. To anyone. So now there’s a new initiative to see if reporting can be made more useful and less cumbersome. After all, we all hope that grants make an impact, right? – Arts Professional

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How Do You Cast Kids Who Are Supposed To Be Musical Prodigies? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/5VsrRYak39A/how-do-you-cast-kids-who-are-supposed-to-be-musical-prodigies.html The “School of Rock” features very talented students who can really play their instruments and sing. So just where do you find the talent that can carry the show?

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Award-winning innovation center harnesses recycled rainwater and solar energy https://inhabitat.com/award-winning-innovation-center-harnesses-recycled-rainwater-and-solar-energy glass building with yellow staircases

Rio de Janeiro-based architecture firm Atelier77 recently completed CASA FIRJAN, an innovation center that’s been turning heads for its award-winning design and sustainable attributes. Recently crowned the Best New Building in the Annual Award of the Architect’s Institute of Rio de Janeiro, the project is a contemporary counterpart to the Palacete Linneo de Paula Machado, a historic twentieth-century building with French-inspired architecture. CASA FIRJAN has raised the cultural cachet of the site by providing even more room for educational activities, offices and creative pursuits.

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Atelier77 won the bid for the design of the CASA FIRJAN in an architectural competition in 2012. Designed to encourage collaboration and complement the Palacete Linneo de Paula Machado, which has been sensitively restored to serve as a cultural hub, CASA FIRJAN consists of rooms that cater to lectures, business forums, exhibition and a fab lab. The outdoor green space even features an outdoor cinema on the central square. Atelier77 also designed custom furniture for the building.

yellow patio and staircase

lounge with glass walls and long wood tables

“Within the intense and bustling neighborhood of Botafogo, the site of the CASA FIRJAN forms a space of repose in the urban fabric of the neighborhood, a place of relaxation where the historical Palacete and its century-old, tree-lined gardens generate an environment of reflection and contemplation,” Atelier77 explained in a project statement. “The insertion of a building for education, production, exhibition and discussion provokes an instigating dialogue with the environment and evokes new occupation of the historical place, guiding the space to creativity, knowledge, art and leisure.”

Related: Former convent in Valencia is reborn as an ornate entertainment hub

room with dress forms and sewing machines

room with mosaic walls and a gray couch

In contrast to the historic building on site, the modern addition is marked by large expanses of glazing that promote transparency as well as an inviting atmosphere. The glass facades are double-glazed and fitted with mobile panels of vertical wood louvers to minimize unwanted solar heat gain while letting in natural light. Natural ventilation and economical air conditioning systems also add to the building’s energy efficiency. In addition, the architects installed solar photovoltaic systems and a rainwater harvesting and reuse system, which have helped the project earn second place in the Saint-Gobain Prize for Architecture – Sustainable Habitat in the ‘Institutional Design’ category.

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Photography by Monique Cabral via Atelier77

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La Cage aux Folles http://newlinetheatre.blogspot.com/2019/01/la-cage-aux-folles.html "We are what we are,
And what we are
Is an illusion."
That's the first lyric in La Cage aux Folles, and though on the surface, it's talking about drag, it's saying way more than that. Just like the show it introduces. Those few line encapsulate the entire story and all its themes.
Nobody realizes that the first time they hear it, but it's all there.
It introduces us to two ideas that will permeate every moment of the show. First, "we are what we are" -- in other words, we accept and embrace ourselves for who we are, without judgment or regret, without wanting to be someone or something else, and we're not changing. It's such a declarative statement. Particularly as sung by performers in drag, it's a statement of defiance and dignity. And that dignity will be greatly challenged throughout this story.
But the second phrase tells something just as important -- "what we are is an illusion." That's literally true of the men singing (St. Louis male actors playing French male performers playing female characters), but it's universally true for all of us. We all wear masks of various kinds in our lives; we all "perform" various roles, just like the characters in our story. This whole show is a deceptively serious story about identity and masks, reality and illusion.
Albin is living as a man, performing onstage as a woman, husband to Georges, "mother" to Jean-Michel, tragic diva to Jacob. When Albin shows up at the dinner party in drag, it's funny to us because we know he's about to cause all kinds of chaos, but we also register (maybe subconsciously) that this mask is "true." Albin is "disguised" as Jean-Michael's mother, but Albin is Jean-Michel's mother, in a very real way. So is it a deception?
Yes and no, both.
Like the whole show.
Like all of our lives.
When Albin takes his wig off at the end of "The Best of Times" in Act II, it's a plot device, but it's also such a compelling moment because the act of removing the wig after a drag performance is how Albin "tells the truth." He loves, even needs the mask, the safety of performance, but he never loses touch with reality. He can live successfully in both worlds.
As crazy as it is, Geroges and Albin's world has an equilibrium as our story begins. Yes, we witness Albin in full breakdown in the first dialogue scene, but we can tell from Georges' reactions that this is standard fare, part of their daily ritual. They both know the parts they play in this ritual, their lines, etc., and they both know by the end of the ritual, Zaza will go on.
This is a world of craziness and chaos, but it's also a world of family and ritual and commitment and a weird kind of stability.
People translate the title of La Cage aux Folles in various ways, but the one that seems most right to me is "The Mad Cage." The word folles is French for crazy or wild, and if you speak French, you'll notice that it's the feminine form of the word. So a literal translation might be "The Cage of Madwomen." But on top of that, folles is also French slang for effeminate gay men! When you know all that, the name of the show -- which is the name of the club above which the whole story takes place -- is a slyly subversive, multi-layered joke.
And what most people don't notice is that in the climax of the show, when all our characters are trapped in Georges and Albin's apartment, it becomes literally a "cage" of crazy people, une cage aux folles. The title tells us how our story will end.
But let's pause for a second, to note again that the slang word for effeminate gay men is a word that means crazy. That's pretty chilling. But also note that, just as gay Americans took back the word queer as a word of defiance and empowerment, so too Georges has taken back that word folles in an act of subtle, even comic, defiance.
Maybe they're crazy, but you'll pay to see them... so who's really crazy?
I first saw La Cage aux Folles in 1983 with my mom, on Broadway. It was wonderful, a big-scale, old-fashioned musical comedy that seemed gentle, but as timely as today's headlines. And even though I hadn't yet told my mom I was gay, and she didn't know any openly gay people, still at the end of the show she was deeply moved, and she said to me, "They really were in love, weren't they?"
The power of theatre.
But as much as I loved the show, it wasn't something I wanted to work on. Too big, too old-fashioned. Then I saw the 2010 revival on Broadway and all my preconceptions about this show were turned upside-down.
Ben Brantley's New York Times review of the revival cracked me up. He spent much of his review talking about how great the show is, except how bad the material is. It seems he couldn't imagine that maybe he didn't like the show in the past because other productions hadn't find everything that's there, and this latest production did. In Brantley's mind, it had to be that this production was good in spite of the material, not because of it. That was so funny to me.
I wrote a blog post about the revival the night I saw it, and I think I really got at what made it so different from the original...
I had been told that it was way darker (which we all know I love) and that in this version, the club in the show was much seedier. But that's not entirely true. What was so different may just be a product of changing expectations from the musical theatre audience. The biggest difference was the acting. So real, so honest, so truthful. They didn't play it as musical comedy; they approached the characters, relationships, etc. the way they would in a serious play. So though it's a funny story, there was no layer of irony distancing us from the emotions of these characters and events.

As much as I loved George Hearn as Albin, his was a musical-comedy Albin. But in 2010, Douglas Hodge gave us a powerful real, honest Albin, just a weary middle-aged man in a middle-aged marriage, who was also a very talented (though aging) nightclub performer. It was so much more emotional this way.
But the real highlight of the show was Douglas Hodge as Albin. His performance was nothing short of pure genius. Funny, honest, painful, subtle, joyful, and most of all, incredibly real. The kind of guy you'd love to have for a friend. Again, this was no musical comedy performance; this is an actor at the height of his power. Sometimes a naughty little boy, sometimes a weary middle-aged man, sometimes just a charismatic, lifelong entertainer who knows how to connect with an audience. His songs, "A Little More Mascara" and "I Am What I Am," both start out very quiet, very small, and that little detail made it so real, so emotional. He wasn't entertaining us with these songs; they were soliloquies from a man who isn't as sure or as strong as Albin usually is.

As I've said to a lot of people lately, the revival taught me that this show isn't really a musical comedy at heart -- the emotions and the stakes are too serious for that. There is genuine cruelty at the center of the story. No, this is a family drama, which happens to be populated by lots of colorful, larger-than-life, real people. After seeing the revival, I knew La Cage was a New Line show after all.
It's one of those productions that makes me see the material from an entirely different angle, much like the 1990s revivals of Carousel and The King and I. What I always thought of as a very sweet, fun musical comedy is now something much, much more. And what a joy it is to witness real artists of the theatre find that greater depth and subtlety in a show that isn't known for those things. It must've been there all along, hiding, waiting for actors and a director like this.

This is what I wrote about the revival's impact on me.
By the end of the cheering standing ovation, I was so overwhelmed with emotion, I could barely speak. I was supposed to meet a friend after the show, and I thought I wasn't going to be able to talk without bursting into tears. It was that powerful for me.

I can only hope that we bring that kind of honesty and resonance and power to this wonderful piece of theatre. I recently saw some footage of the original French (non-musical) play. It was very funny, but it could turn on a dime and break your fucking heart.
What could be more fun, or more satisfying to work on than that? Another wild and wonderful adventure begins! You have to see this one.
Long Live the Musical!
Scott
To order tickets to La Cage aux Folles, click here.

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Ulysse Nardin’s Erotic, Oceanic “Classico Manara” Collection https://coolhunting.com/design/ulysse-nardin-milo-manara-collection/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:08:34 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Comic Books Watches Illustration Nsfw Artists Cartoonists Lgbtq Illustrations Erotica Richemont Ulysse Nardin Milo Manara Watch Design MoMA and Hermitage Museum Take First Steps in Easing Museum Relations Between Russia and US http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/artobserved/~3/k8WeXKxlJds/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 16:05:42 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art New York News Russia US Dallas Museum of Modern Art St Petersburg Art News Minipost Moma Southern Methodist University SMU As Drag Queen Story Hour Spreads, Christianists Stage Protests (And Scream At Children) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/IqtZ59VuvWw/as-drag-queen-story-hour-spreads-christianists-stage-protests-and-scream-at-children.html “Drag queen storytime began popping up in 2015 in San Francisco and have spread across the country to libraries, community centers, and increasingly, bookstores. … Protests are commonplace at the readings and some communities have even seen lawsuits attempting ban such readings, though these efforts have largely been thwarted by the courts.” — Publishers Weekly

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Metal-clad Eco Cottage puts a modern spin on Irish rural architecture https://inhabitat.com/metal-clad-eco-cottage-puts-a-modern-spin-on-irish-rural-architecture black cottage surrounded by green grass

Ballymoney-based sustainable architecture firm 2020 Architects has completed a new contemporary and low-energy home that offers a refreshing and sustainable take on the typical rural architecture found across Northern Ireland. Located in the coastal fishing village of Ardglass, the Black Cottage (also known as the Eco Cottage) champions low-cost construction and energy efficiency with its simple material palette and highly insulated timber frame. The project is clad in cost-effective black corrugated metal panels and offers a bright and welcoming environment indoors.

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According to the architects, the stereotypical Northern Irish cottage consists of simple forms, white render and a slate roof. The Black Cottage references the local vernacular with its gabled shape, yet departs from the norm with a black facade; the fiber cement corrugated cladding installed on the timber frame muffles the sounds of rain and wind. Moreover, the dark exterior material helps recede the building into the landscape and protect it from the coastal elements while fulfilling the client’s desires for a building that “challenged the stereotypical contemporary representation of the Irish cottage.”

black cottage surrounded by green grass

Inside, the building features white walls, large triple-glazed windows and double-height vaulted spaces that make the interior feel bright and airy. Natural light and perfect views of the marina from the south fill the home, which is set on an elevated and exposed plot on the north shore. In addition to highly effective insulation, the Eco Cottage is equipped with a direct air intake stove and a mechanical heat recovery and ventilation system.

Related: Sleep beneath the Milky Way in these amazing Bubble Domes in Ireland

cottage with large windows

“The design draws on a basic vernacular form alongside a very simple palette of material that not only hark back to the agricultural and industrial heritage of the area but would also provide a low cost and low tech solution to the construction,” 2020 Architects said in a project statement. “The palette of dark external materials also helps to settle the building and reduce the impact of an additional building visible from the many vantage points in the harbour.”

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New Psychological Studies Try To Answer Classic Questions About Art http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/2DjHBRAHrRQ/new-psychological-studies-try-to-answer-classic-questions-about-art.html “Today, experimental philosophers and philosophically inclined psychologists are designing experiments that can help to answer some of the big philosophical questions about the nature of art and how we experience it – questions that have puzzled people for centuries, such as: why do we prefer original works of art to forgeries? How do we decide what is good art? And does engaging with the arts make us better human beings?” – Aeon

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Meditation Chair http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/toxel/~3/HnWodZLp5vo/ Ergonomically correct yoga chair allows people to sit in cross-legged position. Alexia meditation seat designed to help you find ZEN with perfect posture. Also check out: Two Legged Chair]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:24:58 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Tech Alexia The Amazing Internet Radio Station With Almost Every Kind Of Music There Is http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Artsjournal/~3/QMKfcLUkOuY/the-amazing-internet-radio-station-with-almost-every-kind-of-music-there-is.html Joan Harvey sings the praises of the astounding variety of music to discover (and facts to learn) at Concertzender.nl. (We here at ArtsJournal can recommend it, too.) Yes, the site is in Dutch, but most of it is available in (sometimes quirky) English if you click on the tiny Union Jack in the upper right corner. — 3 Quarks Daily

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:04:36 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Music Jack ArtsJournal Joan Harvey 01.14.19
Skarstedt Gallery to Open New Space Uptown http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/artobserved/~3/Pp81gM6pP1g/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 15:01:18 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art New York News Art News Minipost Skarstedt Gallery Skarstedt David Wildenstein Design Job: NiCE Is Seeking an Industrial Designer to Join Their Packaging Design Studio in NYC http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/U4RLEgmjqzU/NiCE-Is-Seeking-an-Industrial-Designer-to-Join-Their-Packaging-Design-Studio-in-NYC

NiCE Ltd. is seeking motivated industrial designer to join our family. We are an internationally renowned branding and packaging design studio with a foundation built on design mastery and a passion for delivering creative solutions. The ideal candidate has to be best in class with

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Jobs NiCE Ltd
Bosch's X-Lock System for Quick Angle Grinder Accessory Changes http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/kg8hDt9ys7o/Boschs-X-Lock-System-for-Quick-Angle-Grinder-Accessory-Changes Angle grinders are meant to be used at, well, an angle. That pesky lock nut that holds the blade on prevents you from grinding with the wheel flat against the workpiece, should your application require it. More importantly, the lock nut is time-consuming to remove/re-attach and requires you keep the wrench handy.

To solve this, Bosch is rolling out their new X-Lock system, which allows the user to change accessories quickly and tool-free. Bosch's engineers have attacked the problem with characteristically German rigor, ensuring the locking system will not be compromised by dust nor repeated drops of the tool on a concrete floor. They also added the ergonomic touch of using steel-reinforced plastic for the locking lever; the steel is for strength, the plastic is so that heat generated by the tool will not burn your fingers at the point of contact.

Here's the promotional video, narrated with an awesome German accent:

If you want a better look at the system, or if you're a real tool geek who wants to see cutaways of the mechanism in action, here's a longer vid:

Bosch just announced the system yesterday, but has not provided a release date.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Bosch Tools & Craft
Tom Dixon & Ikea Announce Modular Delaktig Bed http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/TDXTLavEO70/Tom-Dixon-n-Ikea-Announce-Modular-Delaktig-Bed Last year a collaboration between Tom Dixon and Ikea yielded the Delaktig, a sort of open-source furniture system built around a day bed/couch/seating platform. Now they've expanded the line to include a proper bed, Queen-sized, which features the same aluminum construction and snap-on, snap-off system of accessories (in this case a headboard, a side table and lights).

Tom Dixon: "As a designer you observe lots and lots of things. Most of them are useless and don't make any sense. Eventually, a pattern emerges from all the information that comes through. Good designers will be good spotters of patterns, and you apply that, or you spot a series of disparate elements, and you bring them together to be one strong idea."

We'll be curious to see if the Ikeahacking community takes the Delaktig bed to heart and starts producing swiveling worksurfaces and reading-light rigs. (What we'd really like to see: Some clever attachment that simplifies bedmaking.)

The Delaktig bed will be released in February.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Ikea Furniture Design Tom Dixon Delaktig
The Full Design Process of a One-Handed Toilet Paper Dispenser http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/2Qxa6Zd38bQ/The-Full-Design-Process-of-a-One-Handed-Toilet-Paper-Dispenser Here's an object all of us use, but few of us ever talk about: A toilet paper holder. Industrial designer Eric Strebel designed a magnet-based dispenser that can be used, one-handed, to remove one, two or three sheets at a time.

For viewer edification, he's captured the product development process, start-to-finish, on camera. "This video is probably the most comprehensive of all my videos, in terms of showing the full design process for designing and developing a manufacturable product," Strebel writes. Here it is:

The Polarity Gear toilet paper holder is currently live on Kickstarter.


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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Eric Strebel Strebel Industrial Design Tips
Nike Introduces Self-Lacing Sneakers in a New Context http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/core77/blog/~3/Gi3xAG4n6jc/Nike-Introduces-Self-Lacing-Sneakers-in-a-New-Context As a former basketball player, I can attest to the discomfort that comes along with running up and down the court in sneakers that fit you when you purchased them in store but seemingly change size and shape every time you pivot. As a result of this natural foot expansion due to quick movement and heat, my feet and ankles are in a state of permanent distress (even 6 years after I has to stop playing). I'm not alone when it comes to this specific cause of discomfort, which is why I'm so curious about Nike's new Adapt BB basketball sneaker, which incorporates Nike's self-lacing technology in a realistic context instead of Back to the Future or the more recent lifestyle edition HyperAdapts.

The Nike Adapt BB's upper is made from alternating Flyknit and QuadFit mesh, and the midsole features Nike's cushion foam, which is no stranger to Nike's basketball sneakers. The sneakers offer a custom, ever-changing fit due to their adaptive lacing—users simply place their foot inside the sneaker and let a motor and gear train (Remember this? Just a theory...) do the rest. Basically, the system senses the level of tension needed for the foot at any given moment and adjusts accordingly. 

A look inside the tech of the Nike Adapt BBs
"We picked basketball as the first sport for Nike Adapt intentionally because of the demands that athletes put on their shoes. During a normal basketball game the athlete's foot changes, and the ability to quickly change your fit by loosening your shoe to increase blood flow and then tighten again for performance is a key element that we believe will improve the athlete's experience." —Eric Avar, Nike VP Creative Director of Innovation

A main addition that sets the Adapt BBs apart from previous self-lacing sneakers is their app connectivity. In addition to physically adjusting the fit of the laces, users have the option of using the Nike Adapt app to set their fit preferences. Wearers will be able to loosen the shoe before tightening it up as they re-enter a game and in the future, they will even be able to assign a different tightness level for warm-ups and cool-downs.

A customized fit is awesome, but my main concern is that basketball sneakers usually crap out after just one season, often even less. So, will players need to purchase new sneakers including the tech that often, or will the tech be removable so that players only need to re-purchase the sneaker's shell? Will the firmware updates carry over if you need to get a new pair? 

Either way, if you've ever imagined a world in which sneakers need firmware updates, battery replacements, etc., just have comfort in knowing that vision is around the corner. After attending CES and seeing everything from air fresheners to purses become tech enabled, it's only fitting that our sneakers are next.

FitAdapt technology will be available in the Nike Adapt BB beginning in February.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:42:20 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design Nike Sneakers Design News Nike Adapt Eric Avar Nike
GREAT BLUE http://rhcarpenter.blogspot.com/2019/01/great-blue.html Again, part of the 7 x 10 Rough series of bird paintings for 2019...

The great blue heron is a beautiful bird, often showing blue-grey and violet, sometimes just a dull grey color.  This one (from a photo taken during my recent Anna Maria Island trip) was in the evening and he looks very blue.  He (or she?) was fishing for little things beside a running stream inside Perrico Preserve.  

I know herons and egrets are found in the Ohio River Valley area, but I've rarely seen great blue herons around here.

[Author: RH Carpenter]

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:41:46 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art Rh Carpenter Anna Maria Island Ohio River Valley
Dutch Royal Family Cleared to Sell Rubens Chalk Drawing http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/artobserved/~3/C9AhqsMDd1g/ Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:32:16 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Art News Art News Minipost Sotheby Peter Paul Rubens Dutch Royal Family Cleared Ovoid cabin offers day hikers shelter in Norway https://www.treehugger.com/tiny-houses/dagsturhytter-cabins-spinnark.html These one-of-a-kind structures blend effortlessly into the northern landscape.]]> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 14:31:54 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Design News Norway