Tag: Fake-nature

Fake-nature

Tweets go Bubble

Minsh is an underwater 3D navigable world where each fish represents a Twitter user. The concept behind this world is that the social behaviour of fish will represent what people are talking…

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Back to the Tribe

Modern Fossils

Remember the Gameboy Bricks by Gijs Gieskes? The same vibe must have been picked up by Christopher Locke (Chicago, US) as he opened his Modern Fossils Shop with many more peculiar specimens.

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Fake-nature

Caravan Garden

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Let’s do a quick poll here. What would you rather own if you could choose between a car or a garden?

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Kevin van Braak combined both symbols of freedom and domesticity into this caravan/garden piece. Trees and campfire included. All it takes is a parking space-or-two to reach good old nature.

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Biomimicmarketing

Platanus Guerilla

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In this simple but effective guerilla poster action by Moiré, stacks and pillars were disguised as sycamore trees to give the streets of Tokyo that ever so natural look.

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Augmented-Bodies

Modernistic Meat

This slightly uncanny piece of modernistic meat is actually not made from meat, but from wax, oil, paint polystyrene, stage blood & latex, by artist John Isaacs, who titled it “Further uses…

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Fake-nature

Another Skeleton Car

This one is kinda sporty! Again created by Jitish Kallat – this emerging indian artist must have a whole skeleton-automotive-industry in place by now? Related: Aquasaurus, Skeleton mouse, Animatus, Pacman’s skull.…

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Fake-for-Real

A Society of Simulations

An interviewer once asked Pablo Picasso why he paints such strange pictures instead of painting things the way they are. Picasso asks the man what he means. The man then takes out a photograph from his wallet and says, “This is my wife!”. Picasso looks at the photo and then says: “Isn’t she rather short and flat?”.

INTRODUCTION

This essay aims to increase our understanding of simulations and their impact on our notion of reality. Following on some observations regarding the dominant role of visual representations in our culture, I will argue that we are now living in a society, in which simulations are often more influential, satisfying and meaningful than the things they are presumed to represent. Media technologies play a fundamental role in our cycle of meaning construction. This is not necessarily a bad thing, nor is it entirely new. Yet, it has consequences for our concepts of virtual and real, which are less complementary, than they are usually understood to be.

By KOERT VAN MENSVOORT

Before you read on, a personal anecdote from my youth: when I was a child, I thought the people I saw on TV were really living inside the television. I wondered where they went when the TV was turned off and I also remember worrying it would hurt the TV, when I switched it off. Obviously, I am a grown man now and I’ve long learned that the television is just a technological device, created to project distant images into the living room of the viewers and that those flickering people weren’t actually living inside the cathode ray tube. Read more

Fake-nature

Office Grass

These grass squares are designed to give a natural touch to the office or home by placing them freely or according to feng-shui. Inspired by Frank loyed Wright’s Fallingwater and the attempt…

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Biomimicmarketing

Steam Horse

This remarkable proposal for a steam powered street locomotive was invented by Mathewson in 1876. According to the inventor the goal was to make a machine resembling a horse in form, so…

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Biopolitics

Aquasaurus

This skeleton truck was dug up created by Jitish Kallat. Related: Skeleton mouse, Animatus, Pacman’s skull.…

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Fake-nature

Ceci n’est pas une Roche

I went to Disneyland and all I got was this lousy rock… Via ivaniannoli.com | Related: Ceci n’es pas une Montagne | Summit of the Mount Everest On Tour | Treetrunk Trashcan…

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Design-for-debate

Natural chairs?

The image above shows the chair design from the Nature v2.01 project by draw me a sheep. As we struggle to find a new relation with nature, the difference between nature and…

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Fake-nature

Fun River Waterslide

“A clean river is a fun river.” Peculiar ad by stirmarketing.com Related: Playing with Dry Water | Datafountain | A Future Love Story…

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Back to the Tribe

This way for Survival

Culture fakes nature? An ultralight plane piloted by an Operation Migration team member is guiding whooping cranes from Wisconsin to their winter nesting grounds in Florida. For the last eight years, Operation…

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Augmented-Bodies

Skin Suit

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The general assumption about sports, is that it’s healthy to exercise for a fit and nicely-shaped — perhaps muscular body. Such a body could be a sign of good health and is being deployed to glamourize its dominance or reproducibility in nature. But of course there is also the fashion issue and bodylanguage and several other factors to judge whether one is “in shape” or not. Tomek Pietek makes a nice conceptual piece about these subjects: With his Skin Suit he raises the question whether all that training leads to a well-designed body like nature intended… or just a strapping piece of meat. Read more