Thinking Out Loud

By Krisnamurti Lumenta | Architecture / film / leica / cultural studies

An Introduction to Jean-Luc Godard’s Innovative Filmmaking Through Five Video Essays

Even though Jean-Luc Godard turned 86 this past Saturday, cinema scholar David Bordwell would no doubt still call him “the youngest filmmaker at work …

How To Understand a Picasso: A Video Primer

Sometimes it’s hard for the untrained eye to figure out what exactly is going on in a Picasso.<p>Fortunately, the artist leaned toward informative, …

Italian Pianist Plays a Grand Piano While Floating in the Middle of the Arctic Ocean Open Culture

Above, watch Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi perform an original composition, “Elegy for the Arctic,” on a grand piano, floating right …

Ansel Adams, Photographer: 1958 Documentary Captures the Creative Process of the Iconic American Photographer

America has specialized in both the beautiful and the terrible, inspiring awe of every positive and negative variety. That goes for both the human …

Man Ray Creates a “Surrealist Chessboard,” Featuring Portraits of Surrealist Icons: Dalí, Breton, Picasso, Magritte, Miró & Others (1934)

Like most artists, Emmanuel Radnitzky had more than one major interest in his life. We who know him as Man Ray usually first encounter him through …

How Stanley Kubrick Made His Masterpieces: An Introduction to His Obsessive Approach to Filmmaking

As each semester in my film course rolls around, it’s more and more apparent how time depletes the pop culture currency of those directors who did …

Film of the Week: Always Shine

Readers of an august cinephile organ like this would probably balk at seeing a film called <i>Always Shine</i> unless they suspected the title was ironic. …

Film of the Week: Son of Joseph

A publisher’s wronged wife suspiciously picks up a pair of discarded black lace panties from her husband’s office floor. We know they’re his …

Film of the Week: Lost and Beautiful

Pietro Marcello’s <i>Lost and Beautiful</i> is what you might call a UFO of a film—in this case, an Unidentified Folkloric Object. It’s partly a documentary, …

Deep Focus: La La Land

Everything about <i>La La Land</i> balances the retro and the cutting-edge, including the title phrase, which has a definite 1980s ring to it but may be …

MAG-LEV Audio Levitating Turntable - Design Milk

A Slovenian team of designers and audio engineers going by the name of MAG-LEV Audio obviously believe the future of vinyl still has plenty of …

Video Pays Tribute to Masterpieces of Modern Architecture - Design Milk

We encourage you to watch this playful two-minute animated voyage through some of the most iconic masterpieces of modern architecture by product and …

Design

A Sound System for Audio and Design Lovers - Design Milk

Gone are the days of large bulky, speakers. Instead, there are creations like the MM01, a sound system that’s not only highly functional, but also …

Design

UNStudio + Heerim Win Competition for Resident-Driven Housing Development in Seoul

UNStudio, in collaboration with Korean firm Heerim Architects & Planners, has won the competition to design the 32 tower masterplan of Eunma Housing …

Housing

Study John Pawson's Interiors of the New London Design Museum

This month London's Design Museum will officially open its new home on Kensington High Street. The project, which has been redeveloped and designed …

Experience the Beauty of Norwegian Architecture with This Time-Lapse Video

As the second chapter in his series, <i>Iconic Norway</i>, Alejandro Villanueva has released a time-lapse of the Trollstigen Visitor Center, a project by …

Architecture

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin Named World Building of the Year 2016

Robert Konieczny + KWK Promes' National Museum in Szczecin - Dialogue Centre <b></b>Przełomy has been named the World Building of the Year 2016 as the World …

Buy: Instant Wide Victoria Peak Camera

Offering everything from a fully programmatic shutter (for beginners) to manual exposure settings (for those looking to get technical or exploratory), Lomography's new Lomo'Instant Wide Victoria Peak works in the hands of all photographers. The camera employs Fuji Instax Wide film, double the size …

Akira Kurosawa’s Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers: Write, Write, Write and Read

We should all learn from the best, and in the domain of cinema, that means studying under masters like Akira Kurosawa. Though now nearly twenty years …

Marshall McLuhan, W.H. Auden & Buckminster Fuller Debate the Virtues of Modern Technology & Media (1971)

45 years ago, four eminences took the stage at the University of Toronto: Irish actor Jack MacGowran, best known for his interpretations of Samuel …

Watch an Avant-Garde Bauhaus Ballet in Brilliant Color, the Triadic Ballet First Staged by Oskar Schlemmer in 1922

We credit the Bauhaus school, founded by German architect Walter Gropius in 1919, for the aesthetic principles that have guided so much modern design …

How Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai Perfected the Cinematic Action Scene: A New Video Essay

Jonathan Lethem knows a thing or two about storytelling as well as about caped comic-book characters, and on a recent podcast appearance he accused …

What Happens When Blade Runner & A Scanner Darkly Get Remade with an Artificial Neural Network

Philip K. Dick, titling the 1968 novel that would provide the basis for <i>Blade Runner</i>, asked whether androids dream of electric sheep. But what goes on …

Franz Kafka Story Gets Adapted into an Award-Winning Australian Short Film: Watch Two Men

“When you go walking by night up a street and a man, visible a long way off — for the street mounts uphill and there is a full moon — comes running …

Vagabund BMW R80RT

One of our favorite custom motorbikes ever, is the spectacular BMW R100R by Vagabond Moto. Today we showcase another work of art by the Austrian duo, …

Tomu Uchida: Genre Artist

The fact that many important Japanese filmmakers have been overlooked or ignored by foreign critics and distribution companies should come as no …

Deep Focus: Nocturnal Animals

The second effort by fashion designer turned writer-director Tom Ford (<i>A Single Man</i>) is a roadside horror film wrapped inside a chichi relationship …

Link About It: The Kodak Ektra Smartphone is for Photographers

Hot on the heels of the Google Pixel smartphone, Kodak has just announced its new Android powered smartphone called Ektra—and it's been designed with photographers in mind. For photo experts and enthusiasts, a few specs: the device boasts a 21-megapixel sensor behind an f/2.0 aperture. The …

Photography

Watch 1915 Video of Monet, Renoir & Rodin Creating Art, and Edgar Degas Taking a Stroll

History’s most respected painters all gave their lives to their art. We can almost call that a requirement of the artist who wishes their work to …