Tech + Arts

By Rob Walker | Developments of interest in technology (broadly defined) and photography, design, music, games, etc.

A Visual Search Engine for the Aerial Patterns of Cities

Thanks to a small team of artists and coders, you may now explore cities through patterns of infrastructure as captured in aerial photography. …

Mapping the Hidden Patterns of Urban Life

Terrapattern collects visually similar features from satellite images into one searchable platform.<p>Think about the view from an airplane: the landscape organized into neat tiles of farmland, freeway roundabouts drawn into the earth like children’s scribbles, rooftop gardens dotted across the tops …

Twitterbot that produces endless entries in an imaginary daemonological grimoire

The Lesser Bot is a twitterbot that is writing a machine-generated grimoire, complete with summoning runes, which is timely, given that we're …

Cory Doctorow

Interstellar-Inspired Fractals Open Up New Dimensions

A digital artist is creating mind-bending fractals for NASA.<p>Art and computation could be a portal to better understanding the universe at large—at least, that’s what NASA and French artist Patrice Olivier Acardy are betting on. With NASA’s support and a custom-built helmet, Acardy is currently …

Fractals

Surreal Hybrid Speaker/Lamp Thunders Like a Cloud

Artist and designer Richard Clarkson’s latest iteration of ‘Cloud’ is a nod to the DIY maker community.<p>The thundercloud—what is it but an audiovisual show in thin air? Artist and designer Richard Clarkson takes this quite literally with <i>Cloud</i>, an interactive lamp and speaker system designed to mimic …

Illustration

Jay Keeree

Jay Keeree creates mesmerizing animated GIFs.<i>(via Carly)</i>

Animation

New in the Colossal Shop

We have a bunch of fun new objects in the Colossal Shop this month including a new Ferrofluid Skull from Concept Zero, as well as a Magnetic …

Magnetism

Watch a Light Show Performed by a Dance Team of Drones

These drones might overthrow humanity, but at least they'll entertain us first<p>Often, new advances in drone technology carry with them a sort of creepy and sinister vibe, probably because those new advances usually involve the drones becoming better equipped to spy on us and/or make off with our …

Drones

A Short History of the GIF #ArtTuesday

Flowers Bloom from Eye Sockets in this Music Video

Kota Yamaji’s imagery is both scary and sensual.<p>Japanese artist and director Kota Yamaji created a mind-bendingly trippy music video for tilt-six’s track あなくろノイズ. According to Google Translate, that’s <i>Anachronism Noise</i> in English. If so, the title perfectly matches the video, which conjures up …

Art

Bernie Sanders’ Second Life Headquarters Besieged by Trump-Supporting Swastikas

Demons and a 120 foot fireworks-spewing Donald Trump statue.<p>As Donald Trump continues to ride roughshod over much of the United States, there's multiple reports that Trumps' virtual fans are riding roughshod on Bernie Sanders' unofficial headquarters in <i>Second Life</i> as well. Sanders' spot is in the …

Bernie Sanders

Radiooooo: Pick a country, pick a decade, and listen to the popular music of the era

Radiooooo lets you pick a decade and a country, and will dispense popular music created then and there. (Note the "weird" option, disabled by …

Pop Music

What Are You Flying Over? This App Will Tell You

Shane Loeffler was returning home to Minnesota from the United Kingdom, flying over the glacial formations of Newfoundland and Quebec, when he had an …

University of Minnesota

Beautiful, Haunting GIF Art from Carl Burton #ArtTuesday

Watch Dancing Bodies Merge and Multiply

Steven Briand’s film ‘Chimera’ creates the effect of many dancers sharing one body.<p>Dance is mesmerizing enough all by itself, but the short film <i>Chimera,</i> directed by Steven Briand and choreographedby Cathy Ematchoua, makes the art form all the more eye-catching by cutting together multiple …

Illustration

Virus trading cards

This week I made a set of virus trading cards! Viruses are surprisingly symmetrical, and I love them because they remind me of a biological version …

Darkly Absurd GIFs of Famous Paintings

Goya’s Saturn devours his son on a park bench, flinging chunks of arm to a flock of pigeons; the lady in pink of Edward Hopper’s “Morning Sun” snaps …

Ryan McGinness Explores #metadata

What we have always loved about Ryan McGinness is that he loves to break things down. He breaks down the idea of the painting, the idea of the artist …

Metadata

Books Now - Open Call

Exhibition held at Arebyte Gallery, London, is creating a library of books made up of Facebook profiles, and is allowing anyone to contribute their …

Vine Gets In Touch With Its Artistic Side, Unveils Inaugural ‘Art Exhibit’

Micro video platform <b>Vine</b> is tapping into its artistic side. On its Explore page today, the service is highlighting a channel that it’s calling its …

Museums

These Architectural Landmark Animations Are Perfect

Find out what all your favorite buildings are really thinking<p>Animator and illustrator Michael William Lester created this series of little animations that capture the personalities of a bunch of famous architectural landmarks, and, to put it simply, they are delightful. Not only are they simple and …

Architecture

Deconstructed Faces Look Like Skin Masks and Beehives | GIF Six-Pack

Trypophobes beware, Adam Pizurny's beehive image is frightening.<p>When artists take too many liberties with the human face, things get creepy, but the work of Adam Pizurny crosses right through the uncanny valley and winds up somewhere between Ick Mountain and the Heebie Jeebies Lagoon. His distorted …

Digital Art

STUDIO NUMBER ONE DESIGNS SUPURRIOR VIRTUAL MEOWITY EXPERIENCES

I’m happy to announce that my creative agency, Studio Number One, has expanded capabilities to reach the feline population. Please take a moment to …

Memes

The Immortal Deer an Artist Set Loose in Grand Theft Auto

I’ve never played Grand Theft Auto (GTA), but I have spent a decent amount of time watching a hacked — or, rather, “modded” — deer running through …

Electronic Items tumblr

Eggstatic are Mesmerizing Stroboscopic Easter Egg Patterns

A Video Game Inspired by Philip K. Dick's Sci-Fi Worlds

The developers of <i>Californium</i> call their game a “love letter to Philip K. Dick.” The game, with its increasingly bizarre settings — from a …

Handgun looks like a smartphone

The Ideal Conceal is a double barreled .380 that folds up into a small package that resembles a smartphone. The manufacturer says it will be …

Self Defense

"And Vinyly" Offers To Turn Your Cremains Into LPs

Ashes to ashes, dub to dub<p>Is your vinyl addiction terminal? For the aurally-inclined there's a tasteful alternative to caskets or urns (or diamonds …

Vinyl Records