''Tattoos and physical mutilation are amongst the oldest forms of personal expression and identity. Subcultures have used tattoos as a form of self representation; a visual language communicating personality and status. Philips Design examined the growing trend of extreme body adornment like tattoos, piercing, implants and scarring.
The Electronics Tattoo film expresses the visual power of sensitive technology applied to the human body. The film subtly leads the viewer through the simultaneous emotional and aesthetic transformations between two lovers.''
Check out the film here.
''A reader found this intricately captioned illo of Kim Jong Il in a bar bathroom in Okinawa. The letters above his middle finger say: "I am the last dictator of the 20th century. Fuck you!"
Art Basel Miami Beach, a celebrated international
art show, is the largest art fair in the US. While the main art fair
occurs at the convention center in Miami Beach, there are many
satellite fairs, events, and parties to supplement the main attraction.
This pod provides a taste of the fair while exploring the definition of art.
''All over the world, people are producing and organizing information. Blogs, online photo albums, social bookmarking sites like del.icio.us - all provide an infinite variety of data feeds. No Place is a strategy for creating paradise on earth by exploiting these feeds as the raw material for living utopias. As the feeds produce data, they cause the architecture to grow autonomously, eventually cross-fertilizing to create a shared vision of paradise.''
''Noplace is an interactive installation and website that aggregates utopias into a shared vision of paradise. We are developing software that collects live data, images, and texts via the web and uses these feeds to create virtual architectural structures. These structures expand as utopias are added to the project. In the final installation, projections on the gallery walls display this evolving architecture.''
Noplace was part of the Video Vortex exhibition at the Netherlands Media Art Institute.
Below are some of the images prepared for the China International New Media Arts Exhibition 2008
at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China.
From Improv Everywhere
On a cold Saturday in New York City, the world’s largest train station
came to a sudden halt. Over 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place
at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of
Grand Central Station. Over 500,000 people rush through Grand Central
every day, but today, things slowed down just a bit as commuters and
tourists alike stopped to notice what was happening around them. Enjoy
the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report
Click here for more.
Fabrica is Benetton's creative research centre and most well-known for its magazine COLORS.
Pingmag interviews Fabrica's General Manager Alfio Pozzoni at the opening of its ''Les Yeux Ouvert'' exhibition at the Shiodome Italia in Tokyo.
Fabrica! Do we need to say more? Since 1994, the legendary Italian research centre has invited forty bright young artists from all over to its vast villa in Treviso (that just got a new makeover from acclaimed architect Tadao Ando.) Established by Benetton group founder Luciano Benetton and photographer and its then art director Oliviero Toscani, the institution serves as breeding ground for artists who devote themselves entirely to creative studies for one year. Now, after making a stopover in Milan and Shanghai, you can see Fabrica’s Les Yeux Ouvert (“Eyes Open to the World and the Future”) exhibition at Shiodome Italia in Tokyo, organised by the Pompidou Centre. It was a perfect opportunity for PingMag to grab Fabrica General Manager Alfio Pozzoni for a chat.
Click here for the full interview