gaga over polaroid

When in 2008 Polaroid announced that it will discontinue its production of instant film, it was an end of an era. Loyal fans feverishly stocked up on precious film; and when it ran out, had to settle on using phone camera apps that emulated the vintage look and feel of a Polaroid.

Luckily, in an effort to revive and spring the brand into the digital age, Polaroid hired Lady Gaga as its artistic director. And she definitely did not disappoint.

Art and technology collide in these GL20s sunglasses/camera, where a wearer can take pictures or video and instantly display on the glasses. Available this summer, the price has not yet been announced.

But I’m more excited about Polaroid’s another new product–GL30 (also Lady Gaga’s contribution), which is an instant-print digital camera. Users can take multiple digital images and choose the one they want to print via a pop up LCD screen. To learn more and watch the announcement video click here.

game crazy

There was a time when my sister, cousin and I spent hours playing our Nintendo Super Mario Brothers. It was innocent fun: no killing, no stabbing, no blood. The only violence we inflicted in this virtual realm was squashing mobile mushrooms. Those were the wholesome days.

old school super mario brothers

Photographer Robbie Cooper recorded children of today’s generation during their video game sessions to capture the intensity of their interaction with the “worlds that aren’t real.” And intense they are. Exclaiming, “How do you like bullets?” or “Come back here, let me stab you” or “Ha ha, you gonna get knifed,” these kids are truly immersed in the moment. A boy below, lost in his world, stares at the screen without blinking, filling his eyes with tears. . . We’ve definitely come a long way from collecting golden coins. Watch video here.

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(via nytimes)

zuning in

Didn’t have much time to explore, but apparently, Zune has created a forum where artists could share their ideas and present their work. 

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But that’s not the point of this post… Check out the ad that drives to this site! Both gross and poetic, this piece was created by Sibling Rivalry, “two very well experienced, self proclaimed viral advertising professionals.” (via www.thedenveregotist.com)

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looking at music

MoMA’s current exhibit, Looking at Music, explores the work of pioneering multidisciplinary artists who combined their craft with music and new media/technology. Parallel to the exhibit, there are screenings of art films which center around music and music videos directed by artists.

One of the featured pieces is this video directed by Andy Warhol for some ’80s band. It’s quite raunchy and totally awesome:

art blogging

Documenting performance art can be tricky. Although the piece is meant for the moment in which it’s taking place, an artist needs to preserve that fleeting moment for archival purposes (for the benefit of all art lovers, i think). Until now, performance art has been documented in photos, videos, catalogs, and viewers’ memories. However, in our Internet day and age, art “archiving” is taking place in the blogosphere.

Take Robyn Okrant, for example, a performance artist and writer who is living a year of her life according to Oprah. Her everyday decisions are made based on what Oprah tells her viewers to do on her show and in her magazines. Okrant then writes about her life on her blog: living Oprah. It’s quite funny, yet disturbing how what she’s doing as an art experiment is actually what some Oprah followers do with full sincerity and intent. 

Interview with Okrant in NYTimes.

bedtime story

When was the last time you fell asleep to a bedtime story? Though it’s been ages for me, I still can hear my grandpa’s warm and gentle voice reading Mongolian fairy tales and lulling me to sleep.

For all those wanting to regress back to that cozy place, artist Susana Mendes Silva offered a bedtime story read through SKYPE (an internet phone service). Her performance piece required the following: participants sent her an email with date, time and if they wanted to hear their story in English or Portuguese. At the time of story-telling, participants were instructed to listen via skype headphones hooked up to their computer, in the dark and preferably in bed. The artist would then read the story for up to 30 minutes. 

What’s amazing about this concept is the amount of trust required to take place between listeners and the artist. Although technology offers complete anonymity and distance during this performance, by allowing a stranger into an intimate moment listeners are placing themselves into a vulnerable state–fully trusting that nothing shady can ever happen. 

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music vision

Thanks to Create Digital Music (a forum for musicians using technology), I stumbled upon something called “audio responsive visual” where music is interpreted through programming language, or what is also known Processing. In this video, artist/designer/programmer Robert Hodgin’s (Flight404) visualizes “Lovely Head” a song by British group Goldfrapp. You’ll see that his interpretive code not only accentuates the song’s beat, pitch and loudness but also incorporates its lyrics–apparently, a challenging task to achieve in Processing. Don’t know about you, but I couldn’t stop watching this mesmerizing piece…