Tag: Image-Consumption

Ruriden
Digital-Presence

High-Tech Cemetery

Japanese people use to turn to technology for solutions to many of the issues of life, and now death too.

In Japan, a crowded country with a fast-ageing society, there is a shortage of final resting places, especially in the big cities. With a population expected to shrink by nearly 30 million people over the next 50 years, the funerals and graves market is very alive. The Ruriden cemetery, in Tokyo, is a hi-tech solution – multi-storey graveyards.

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Zilla
Fake-for-Real

Faking a Holiday on Social Media

Nowadays in the Society of Simulations, it could be easy to give life to believable fake experiences using tools like Photoshop and Facebook.
Dutch 25-year-old Zilla van den Born made her family, friends and parents believe she went on a trip to Asia, while she was actually at home in Amsterdam, staging a five weeks holiday to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos from behind her desk.

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Raised On YouTube
Guided Growth

Growing Crops with Video Projections

From food, to medicine, to material, it was plants that once guided human culture. Now that our culture is the most powerful force on the planet, how does it treat our green cousins? The Internet is awash with culture’s output, especially videos.

To recycle culture into fertilizer, the Raised on YouTube project aims to grow plants using only the dancing light and sound of algorithmically curated video.

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Algae Photograph
Guided Growth

Living Portraits

Paris based artist and researcher Lia Giraud has created this green portrait. Nothing special you might think, until you realize it is alive: the green goo consist of microscopic algae.

The creation process is as follows: first algae are placed in a petri dish full of chemical nutrients. The algae are then exposed to an image and they will react to the light and form solids of different densities, forming an image. The procedure is very similar to a classic photo development, although this technique takes over four days to give life to the portrait.

When you don’t like your picture, you can just put it in the sun and it will turn into a beautiful even shade of green.

Via DesignBoom

Digital-Presence

Electronic Make Up

Japanese artist Nobumichi Asai is known for mapping computer generated images onto cars, docks, building and more. His latest canvas? A real, live human face.

Using a combination of real-time face tracking and projection mapping, a layer of “electronic makeup” is added to a model’s face. If this technique becomes widely accessible it could allow you to regain anonymity in webcam and facetime conversations.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

In Memory of New Materials Gone

Our peculiar image of the week is a new work by Jan Robert Leegte celebrating the long gone Apple scrollbar. This physical incarnation of a deceased scrollbar is currently on display in the Main Church in Haarlem, Netherlands.

Now lets analyze. Exhibiting a deceased scrollbar in a Church… what does it mean? Well, dear intelligent reader: please participate and evoke a profound thought in your brain on the relationship between technology and religion now. Can you do that? If you can, please remember: Jan Robert Leegtes work made you do it!

Credit Card
Global-Image-Economy

Credit to Plastic

Gold, silver or platinum credit cards? In the end it’s all plastic!

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Image-Consumption

Travel By Drone

Summer holiday season is almost here! Luckiest people might have already booked their vacation to a lovely chalet in France, a beach hotel in Spain, an amazing adventure in Asia or a chilled out week at a camping in Vinkeveen.

But for those less fortunate, without holidays, money or time, don’t be sad, you can always Travel By Drone!

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crimea
Image-Consumption

How Google Maps Solves Borders Issues

Google Maps drew up three different topographical plans of Crimea: one for visitors from Ukraine, another one for Russian users; and the third on the international version of the site.

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