Tag: Hyperreality

Fake-for-Real

Fake for Real: Fantasy Castle

fantasy castle
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle could be the single best-loved structure in the world. Ever wondered where Walt Disney got his enchanting fairytale aesthetic? The castle, which was featured in the classic animated film, was modeled on Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein a fantastical imitation of a medieval castle built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II in homage to composer Richard Wagner. After seeing it in the movie, children of all ages dreamed of seeing it in real life. And since Disney is in the dream realisation business, in 1955 they built “the castle from the movie” at Disneyland.

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Fake for Real: Man in the Mirror

man in the mirror
Some days when we look in the mirror we like what we see, some days less so. Would it not be great to be able to tweak the image a bit? After all, it is our main manifestation to the outside world, right?Our beloved King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is living proof that manipulating your own looks can be a precarious game. At the height of his success, Jackson underwent pioneering plastic surgery to recreate his own face according to an ideal he had in mind. Sadly, after each operation, that ideal seemed to shift, necessitating new adjustments. People were shocked when a mug shot from his arrest was published in 2004: in it, Jackson arguably looked scarier than the zombie he had played in the 1983 hit video “Thriller”. Read more

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Fake for Real: White House

White House

The White House, seat and symbol of the US government, is built in a Roman style, which was in turn inspired by Greek architecture. At left, we see it applied in the Villa Rotonda, a building by the renaissance architect Paladdio. Different empires, same building.Recently the Chinese entrepreneur Huang Qiaoling (34th on Forbes’ list of rich people in China) had a replica of the White House built in his garden so he could meet business associates in the “Oval Office”.
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Hyperreality

Cloud producing cloud

As a kid I used to think that factories produce the clouds (not really, but it sounds nice). Later I found out that clouds produce clouds. Via flickr…

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Design-for-debate

Do you “MIND”?

neurosky technology

NeuroSky (founded in 2004) innovator in “wearable” bio-sensor/signal processing systems and SEGA TOYS are developing mind-controlled computer games and next generation consumer toys. It is assumed products become available to the public in 2008. This brainwave technology can further be applied to wheelchairs, the lights in your house, even cellphones.
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Digital-Presence

Augmented Christmas

The AR+RFID Lab at KABK (Royal Academy of Art, The Netherlands) sends this marker card, wishing an Augmented Christmas. Funny they need a real tree for hanging those markers… Related posts: Augmented…

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Calm-technology

The objectuals

The Objectuals is a series of work by artist Hyung Koo Lee, it features an interesting mix of visual distortion apparatus for the human body. Lee says that he experienced ‘undersized Asian…

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Fake for Real: Virtual Miss

Which of these women do you think is more beautiful? At the 2002 Miss Germany pageant, the eight finalists were photographed from the same angle without makeup. The portraits were then mixed…

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Digital-Presence

Fake for Real: The Money Matrix

It’s fascinating how stock traders can get so excited about a few abstract numbers on an electronic display. These numbers represent real money, and every small fluctuation can mean the difference between…

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Global-Image-Economy

C_YK

T-Mobile is the proud owner of a trademark which says it owns the colour Magenta. T-Mobile and its parent Deutsche Telekom, have trademarked magenta. The move means that if you are painting…

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Calm-technology

Email Flight Sim

This must be the best worst software concept I’ve seen this year.. An email mailbox represented as a 3D, virtual LAX airport. in this world’s coolest email program, based on the origin…

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Calm-technology

Vanity ring

For all you self-Googlers out there. And yes.. that means you too! Back in the old days (pre-next-nature) you used to wear gold rings and lots of bling you show off your…

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