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January 24, 2018

What happens when you strap a camera to the bottom of a plane

Wrote Vincent Laforet: "This is a very special project to me, one that I conceived of and directed for one of my favorite clients who shall remain nameless for now. Over several months of prep and R&D we modified a LearJet and flew above the earth looking straight down at the sheer beauty of what Mother Nature has to offer us that we all too often miss from the ground. Shot on RED in 8K."

[via Benedict Evans]

January 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Black Dada

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From the April 18, 2017 New York Times:

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Adam Pendleton is an artist whose work has been included in the Venice Biennale and acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, and the Tate Modern.

Frustrated creatively in Brooklyn, Mr. Pendleton decamped to Germantown, New York in the Hudson Valley in 2007 to live and work.

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"I began thinking very deeply about what it meant to create space for yourself as an artist from an art historical standpoint," he said. "But also, what ideas that matter can you contribute to the world as an artist?"

Out of that fertile time came his Black Dada paintings (above and below) — large, monochromatic, abstract-seeming diptychs that incorporate type.

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He described Black Dada as "a way of articulating a broad conceptualization of blackness."

Mr. Pendleton is finishing up "Black Dada Reader," a book that incorporates essays by curators, as well as text from W. E. B. Dubois, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and others and will be published this fall by Walther Koenig Books.

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As someone whose Saturday night out in high school was a trip to Borders, Mr. Pendleton finds two things indispensable to his work: books and his old Sharp copy machine.

He can buy 10 to 15 books a week, he said, and when he comes across an image or a passage that inspires him, he copies it.

"I'm hoping it never breaks down," he said of the machine, which he calls the "queen of the studio." He laughed. "I'm also hoping they don't stop making the toner."

January 24, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bioluminescent Nightlight

From Atlas Obscura:

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The DinoSphere is a glass globe filled with living non-toxic algae known as dinoflagellates.

When shaken (or "swirled" as the official product description states), it lights up with a soothing blue hue most visible in the dark.

Since it contains living creatures that need food and light, the globe needs to be taken care of and occasionally replenished with fresh algae.

Use the coupon code on the product website to obtain fresh dinoflagellates and nutrients.

These elements are included with a DinoSphere purchase. 

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$59.

January 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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