Silk Pavilion is a biomimicry project from the always amazing MIT Media Lab.
About the project:
The Silk Pavilion explores the relationship between digital and biological fabrication on product and architectural scales.The primary structure was created of 26 polygonal panels made of silk threads laid down by a CNC (Computer-Numerically Controlled) machine. Inspired by the silkworm’s ability to generate a 3D cocoon out of a single multi-property silk thread (1km in length), the overall geometry of the pavilion was created using an algorithm that assigns a single continuous thread across patches providing various degrees of density. Overall density variation was informed by the silkworm itself deployed as a biological printer in the creation of a secondary structure. A swarm of 6,500 silkworms was positioned at the bottom rim of the scaffold spinning flat non-woven silk patches as they locally reinforced the gaps across CNC-deposited silk fibers.
You can read more here or watch the video to learn more about the project:
Tobias Hutzler - BALANCE
“Balance” is a short film by photographer/director Tobias Hutzler, inspired by Rigolo Swiss Nouveau Cirque artist Maedir Eugster. Produced by James Jolly of Prime Pictures.
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Doug Wheeler - SA MI 75 DZ NY 12 (2012)
“It seems as if a semi-transparent, rectangular membrane were separating you from a white space of indeterminable extent beyond. You might reach out, gingerly, to be assured that there is nothing to bump into.
Here there is, it seems, nothing but whiteness as far as the eye can see. How far is that? You cannot tell just by looking, but as you walk toward the far wall, you find that the floor curves up and merges seamlessly into the perpendicular wall, and the material facts start to fall into place. Looking back, you discover an impressive battery of high-tech lighting previously hidden behind the framing proscenium.
The world is full of objects and textured surfaces; these are what our eyes are designed to see. That form of perception helps orient us in space. But, as Immanuel Kant observed long ago, it is not certain that space and time exist independently of human consciousness.
Mr. Wheeler’s white room may be a preview of the universal divine light into which each of us will merge, according to some mystics, when we die.”
"The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love."
Jeanette Winterson, from Gut Symmetries (via wyattgwyon)
Martin Wilson remarkably creates images of words and symbols using every frame in a roll of film sequentially.
“Kingyobu loosely translates to goldfish club in English.
Rather than letting Osaka’s old phone booths rust and decay — or worse, get hauled off to the landfill or scrapyard — the five members of this collective took the initiative to seal several of Osaka’s defunct phone booths, fill them with water, bubblers, and yes, goldfish.
Goldfish (or koi) are a common and widely recognized element in Japanese art and culture, appearing in everything from reflecting ponds to traditional sculptures and tattoos. Also, they’re associated with everything from good luck and happiness to prosperity and abundance — so it’s not hard to imagine that, beyond the fun factor, these art installations are a welcome addition to the streets of Osaka.”