Kinetic String Sculpture by Daniel Palacios

The interactive structure responds to movement in both a visual and an audible manner.

The number of people that are present within the same room and their level of activity and motion directly affects the vigor with which the motors spin. An increase in population and motion results in increasing speeds of the turbines which causes the rope to form different visible shapes. The escalating speed of the twirling rope also prompts a thunderous whirring noise that is hard to miss. Check out the video, below, to get an idea of the different shapes formed and sounds emitted by the structure.

This project, called Waves, is part of an international group exhibition called Visualizing Sound currently showing at LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre through June 25, 2012.

More about the artist 

Daniel Palacios creates machines that can scan and visualise the flow of visitors (Waves, 2006-07), or objects that communicate with their viewers by means of artificial intelligence (Kill the process, 2010). These are works that create snapshots of reality and pose questions about perception, memory, time and space.

Viewed in terms of form alone, they are interactive artworks consisting of complexly functioning machinery with scarcely comprehensible software components. Beyond such technical aspects, however, the artist’s works are stirring inasmuch as they are concerned with extremely human, philosophical questions.

Palacios searches for forms with which to represent reality, i.e. he traces movements made, time that has passed or the process of human memory. In Whatever happened Happened(2010), for example, he designs an apparatus to represent the visitors’ movements within the exhibition space in the form of tree rings. A new ring is added every day of the exhibition, and like a tree that bends towards the sun, the rings recorded move in the direction of the flow of visitors. The fascination of Palacios’s works derives from such intuitively comprehensible spatial images and experiences, as well as the discrepancy between technical precision and a subjective reproduction and perception of reality.

— From the text ‘How real is reality?’ by Nora Mayr. Translated from German by Lucinda Rennison.


Le vent by Simon Iannelli & Johannes Berger

Marina Kanno and Giacomo Bevilaqua from Staatsballett Berlin perform several jumps captured in slow motion at 1000 frames per second.

Directed by Simon Iannelli & Johannes Berger
Camera by Dr. Frank Gabler & Hendrik Nix, slomotec
Coordination Staatsballett Berlin Doreen Windolf & Alexandra van Veldhoven
Music Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place (Gigamesh DiscoTech Remix)

The Page Turner: A Fabulous Rube Goldberg Machine for Readers

Last week, The New York Times profiled Joseph Herscher, a 26-year-old kinetic artist who hails from New Zealand and now develops intentionally “absurd” and “useless” Rube Goldberg machines in his Brooklyn apartment. His latest contraption, called “The Page Turner,” just gets better as it rolls along. Perhaps the best part comes towards the end when Herscher’s pet hamster, Chester, makes a cameo appearance

World’s Fastest Flying Human Being

SENSE OF FLYING from Goovinn on Vimeo.

If you had one wish what would it be? When you were a kid I bet a lot of you said that you wanted to fly. As humans, we may rule the Earth but we’re relegated to walking and running. Meanwhile the birds, Richard Branson and one man named Espen Fadnes rule the sky.

Last year, Espen Fadnes won an international competition for wingsuit flying, earning him the title of the world’s fastest flying human. In the following video made by the Goovinn, Fadness fills the audience in on his experience– how he feels jumping off the cliff, how he plans his descent and how he dreams about flying.

So, what’s it like flying down a mountain at 250 km/h? – via |

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick [Video]

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a curious picture book by the amazing artist Chris Van Allsburg. It consists of a series of images accompanied by single sentences that, the book claims, are all that remain of books the mysterious Burdick claimed to have written before vanishing. It’s a spooky framing device for what amounts to a book of a writing prompts that are usually used in schools, but the images and statements are so strange, whimsical, and sometimes ominous that they never left the mind of artist Daniel Savage who decided to animate a few of his favorites. The result is pretty fantastic.

via Cartoon Brew and