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Is this the plastic surgery of the future? Peculiar image by Julie Rrap.
What is that growing on my car dashboard? Is that a tree? Indeed, Ford and Honda’s next-generation dashboard instrument clusters feature trees (a vine in Ford’s case) that grow more lush as drivers maximize their fuel economy. Leaves grow like crabgrass in springtime if you use a light touch on the accelerator and go easy on the brakes. Drive like a speed car racer and they’ll wither faster than general motors stocks.
Our friend the Self Control Freak is organizing his garden. Hover over the image above to help him get his wilderness under control.
Now this is how you do it. First you take the meat of a hundred animals; chickens (19%), turkeys (17%). Secondly, you blend them in a large tank with water, mais, wheat, oil, fat, chickencollagen, salt, soya, aroma, modified cornstarches, milk-parts, lemonjuice, maltodextrine, dispersant (E450, E451, E452), rising means: E500, taste amplifier: E621, anti-oxidant: E341.
Next you sculpt your mix into a shape which remotely resembles a chickens leg– like the ones folks know from the comics! Finally, you place your meat-water–corn–mix on a bone shaped peace of wood. Cover it with pan flourpan flour for the crispy bite. Tasty!
Image created by Lisa Oppenheim using images downloaded from the internet of sunsets taken by soldiers in Iraq, then positioned in front of the setting sun in New York.
This rather illustrative but nonetheless peculiar object of the week is for all you Goths out there. Surely Douglas Engelbart – who invented the computer mouse in 1967 – would not have anticipated such sculptural wittiness to be projected upon his creation. Via Ubergizmo.
If you would have shown this picture to people 50 years ago, they might have imagined it to be one of those promised 21th century space stations encircling some alien planet in deep space. And then you wake up and find out it is an indoor beach in eastern Germany, where tourist are seeking to overcome their autumn melancholia.
See also: Tropical Dome.
This peculiar, half-human creature could be your cousin. No really; it is a sculpture by Patricia Piccinini entitled The Young Family, which, in turn, is part of a larger installation called We Are Family. Piccinini’s sculptures are an daunting visualization of the ongoing fusing between the ‘made’ and the ‘born’.
José E. Rivera emailed us this image of his strangely evolving mouse. We are clueless on what motives or evolutionary pressure a computer mouse might have to transform itself into a dragonfly. Perhaps it wanted to break free? Surely Douglas Engelbart – who invented the computer mouse in 1967 – would not have anticipated such sculptural wittiness to be projected upon his creation. Hence it is our peculiar object of the week.
Pe Lang and Zimoun have created a range of sound objects, also referred to as the Untitled Sound Objects. These sound objects are mainly triggered by simple vibration motors, however the artists try to create very organic experiences. These art installations may remind us of the work of Floris Kaayk with his Order Electrus, in which computer generated bugs come alive, however in these sound experiments it’s real components that start to behave rather nature like. Both in the sound they produce and the way things move and behave.
Imagine: your walking in the park about 15 years from now, water shortage is rising and public water fountains and ponds are becoming scarce. Why not settle for the next best thing then, LED-water.
This installation by Hector Serrano was displayed at the 100% Design show at London Design Festival ’08, capturing the beauty of water, but also providing an example on how water shortage can lead to new concepts on displaying the essence of modern nature.
Integrating nature in our technology. There are four different laptops: Floral Blossom (pink), which has a tropical, flowery scent; Musky Black (black), which incorporates a waft of cologne; Morning Dew (green), which smells clean and grassy, and Aqua Ocean (blue), which has an invigorating aquatic scent.
By placing the picture on this blog, the actual concept can’t even be fully grasped. For that you would need something like the concept itself: a laptop through which you could smell these laptops.
Fifteen policemen rushed to the scene, after a couple reported to have bumped into a “corpse” while out walking their dog in a mountain forest in Izu, central Japan.
The officers discovered a human form wrapped in plastic and tightly bound around the neck, midriff and ankles, with hair protruding from one end. The body was left untouched and taken away for examination, and the crime scene duly secured by a police cordon.
By mid-afternoon, the body was in the hands of police pathologists. But when they sliced open the wrapping, they were confronted not by a decomposing corpse, but by a life-sized sex doll.
But they love dinosaur!
Judge for yourself whether this dinosaur nugget product is supposed to give kids a history lesson on the evolutionary relation between dinosaurs and birds – indeed, chickens do stem from dinosaurs –, or simply a cleverly marketed fantasy product.
This ad is made by some people who claim that they eat only meat. Their establishment is called meatatarians/. We have seen food fights, plants that eat insects, but we haven’t seen an actual plant eating hamburgers. Not until now.