Everything Is Everything By Koki Tanaka

Everything Is Everything Koki Tanaka

Koki Tanaka is a Japanese artist living in Los Angeles whose work is about manipulating normal objects. He doesn’t warp them into giant sculptures or use a ton of little things like buttons to make mosaics. He instead allows little moments of normalcy, small or big gestures to stand on their own as some sort of art. As was done with his 2012 reflective Beholding Performer, Performing Beholder and booming 2008 Then, a whole bunch of basins crash down to the floor of the Museum of Modern Art, he uses common objects for big reactions.

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January 31, 2014 / By

Live visuals from Tycho’s “Montana”

Tycho - Awake - Vinyl

Electronic musician and graphic designer Tycho is well known for his chilled out music but his incorporation of live visuals in his shows. To get fans excited about the release of his upcoming album Awake he’s released a video of visuals to the second single from the album called “Montana”.

The visuals are a mixture of strong graphic elements, super Swiss-ed out, paired with smoky, inky washes of color rolling around inside them. Sit back, set the video below to full screen and enjoy.

January 27, 2014 / By

Interview with illustrator Victo Ngai (video)

Victo Ngai

Like Knows Like has a wonderful video profile/interview with Hong Kong born, New York based illustrator Victo Ngai. Her work to me feels like it’s on the cutting edge of contemporary illustration, as she crafts wonderfully surreal pieces that are filled with depth and nuance. We’ve been fans of her work since 2010, and it’s been incredible to see how she’s grown as an artist. She’s truly an inspiration, I hope you enjoy her story as much as I did.

January 20, 2014 / By

Stainless, a mesmerizing high speed video recording by Adam Magyar

Adam Magyar - Stainless

Adam Magyar filmed the platform at the Shinjiku station in Tokyo at 720p, 50fps, creating a long, moving portrait that’s totally mesmerizing. You move by groups and throngs of people, all frozen still, but the camera keeps moving on and on to more and more people. It’s an incredibly engrossing 11 minutes. I think it’d even be cool to show at a party.

January 15, 2014 / By

The Simpsons pay homage to anime director Hayao Miyazaki

The Simpons pay homage to Hayao Miyazaki

Incredibly, The Simpsons turned 25 in December (how has it been that long) and yet it still seems to find ways to prove itself relevant through it’s creative, referential segments. Recently The Simpsons paid homage to the great anime director Hayao Miyazake and the incredible films he’s made over the last 35 years. It’s only a minute and a half but the team has managed to pack in references from Spirited Away, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Totoro – you name it, it’s in there. My favorite reference though is the Kwik-E-Mart turning into Howl’s Moving Castle.

January 12, 2014 / By

“Display Centric World” – A horrifying vision of the future from Samsung

Display Centric World by Samsung

This new video from Samsung is literally one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I wanted to post it because it’s a great example of blue sky thinking gone way too far. Titled “Display Centric World,” you’re invited to a reality where literally EVERYTHING is a display. It could be the window in your small town cafe, the cutting board you chop vegetables on, or even the closet doors where your dad can electronically walk in uninvited. EVERYTHING.

I’ll start out by saying that I like how the video is trying to focus on humans. Their concepts seem to want to connect us better to one another and to augment our day-to-day lives for the better. Hell, the tagline for the video is “Technology Begins with a Love for You”… barf. Unfortunately, they didn’t do a lot of thinking around why you’d need to have all these screens all over the place. Do you really need to see what the weather is outside on a piece of glass that let’s you see outside? Does your alarm clock need to fold in half? Do you need to play rainbow Jenga with a kid from another country?

It’s funny that the last portion of the video falls into the cliché of “boardroom presentations,” as if they’ll ever be a day without Powerpoint presentations. Watching their crazy car meeting, all I could imagine was the stress of having to design a presentation for a gigantic glass panel (Do I have large enough assets?!) which can then shift into six independent panels that display all new kinds of data (I’m still waiting on final copy!!). I’d quit instantly.

To me, products like those big ass “smart watches” fall into the same category as this: they may be great ideas in theory…but how are people actually benefitting from them?! Why do people actually need these products? It’s interesting to note that there are no “smart glasses” in their vision, a la Google Glass. Does Samsung not believe that Glass is a viable product for the future? Did they not want to seem like they were ripping Google? Or perhaps they’ve already started on their crappy version which will be on a shelf near you very soon?

This is product design masturbation, a bunch of needless ideas that make Samsung seem like they understand where technology is going without actually thinking about what the future really needs.

January 3, 2014 / By

Siri Bunford takes us behind-the-scenes of Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ in this clever commercial

Siri Bunford takes us behind-the-scenes of Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' in this clever commercial

Siri Bunford created this amazing spot for Channel 4’s Stanley Kubrick Season, which gives a fictional, behind-the-scenes look at the production of The Shining. The commercial is done in one continuous gliding shot that explores the “back alleys” of the shoot, glimpsing many of the memorable characters and props from the film. The music and the pacing though still give off the creepy vibe of the film, which is what really makes this a true gem.

December 12, 2013 / By