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Art installation of raining condoms graze Kaohsiung street

Luzinterruptus, an anonymous artistic group known for their controversial art installations, has done it again in one of Taiwan’s cities. Their recent project involves 2,500 illuminated condoms filled with glowing water suspended in the air to mimic drops of rain. The installation can be found on a Kaohsiung street and is fully interactive. Visitors can walk through the grid of blue-colored droplets that produce the feeling of being frozen in time under the rain. The inspiration behind the interactive canopy is drawn from Taiwan’s increasing droughts. “Rain Interactive” successfully does this through the uncanny participation of the condom and Asian’s taboo perspective of it. The project is located in Kaohsiung and was finished in 14 days with the help of more than 20 volunteers. Source Lees verder

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16th century church in Milan repurposed as orange tennis court

Italy is known to the world as a cradle of religious architecture. So it’s no surprise that another one of its churches is under the spotlight. Milan’s La Chiesa di San Paolo Converso, a now deconsecrated church, has been repurposed into an interactive tennis court cum art space. The brains behind the idea, artist Asad Raza, harbor a love for tennis, the reason why the sport was fed into the inspiration. Aside from the orange court, the church also serves as an exhibition space for contemporary artworks. The frescos and 16th-century paintings of Giulio and Antonio Campi surround the church, making the experience more extraordinary. “Untitled (Plot For A Dialogue)” is offered to the public as a temporary installation. But visitors can still view the space in its entirety and take part in the games without paying a fee. Source Lees verder

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You can now have your Netflix series converted into retro VHS copies

TV series and movies that are set in the early 80’s and 90’s have made a strong comeback in the past couple years. And although popular screen favorites such as Stranger Things, Narcos, and Westworld are available to buy and stream online, there’s nothing like that retro feeling of having your own copy at home like the old times. Thankfully, Iamsteelberg came up with an idea. Instead of recreating movie and TV series posters into millennial art, why not downgrade them into VHS copies? The process is simple yet meticulous. He wears the posters down to make it look worn out, puts rental stickers on them like the ones from Blockbuster, and slaps them on to a VHS holder. To people living in the modern world, this project may sound a little too out-of-date. But these VHS results are too real not to love! Source Lees verder

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Chinese café designed as a nod to Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel

If you’re a fan of Wes Anderson’s dreamy pastel film locations, then you’ll definitely love this café. Melbourne-based design studio Biasol was commissioned to mimic one of Anderson’s films, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and embed it into the interiors of a coffee shop located in China. The Budapest Café, albeit seemingly off the grid to most, is a whimsical dream right smack in the middle of Chengdu. The owners anticipate an international audience reason why they asked Biasol’s help for the café’s construction. “Our design draws on filmmaker Wes Anderson’s meticulous, memorable, and magical worlds to create an inviting destination,” Jean-Pierre Biasol, head of Biasol design studio, said about their design. “He tends towards one-point perspectives and peering down from above; gives attention to the edges of a set as much as the middle; and frames stories with proscenium arches.” Examining The Budapest Café, you can easily see the complementing play of patterns and colors, as well as the.. Lees verder

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Get your kids The Pip if you want them to learn how to code

Do you want to give your kids a head start on technology? With The Pip handheld gaming device, you can. Curious Chip, a UK-based tech start-up company, recently created the gadget to allow children to discover the fun in coding at an early age. It is built with basic programming languages such as HTML, Python, and Javascript – all of which are designed to suit kids of all ages. Players will first go through a familiarization phase by playing retro games such as Pac-Man and Snake. They will then progress to coding tutorials that will teach them how to program devices and even how to make LED lights flash. It can also be used by two players through USB-enabled controllers. When asked about the project, Jason Frame from Curious Chip responded, “We made Pip so that people could easily dive in deeper and learn how technology works on the inside, empowering them to take control of technology however they like.” The Pip is currently on a Kickstarter campaign. Source Lees verder

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Archisutra: the creative marriage of sex and architecture

We all know how effective art can be in successfully merging two very different subjects. But London-based architect Miguel Bolivar’s book The Archisutra just proved to us just how innovative a creative marriage between two inflexible worlds can be. Sex, the most primitive of human instincts, and architecture, the product of hard mental work and engineering, are two contrasting angles that do not have anything in common. But in The Archisutra, they are both seen in the same perspective, just under a different light. To the simple-minded, the book is a sex manual, but an ingenious one at that to a creative. Basic Kama Sutra positions are purposely drawn in precise measurements with annotations and human ergonomics to ask the question: “How should we design for sex?” The drawings themselves are inspired by the diagrams of Le Corbusier’s The Modulor and da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. But the inspiration came to Bolivar “after overhearing a colleagues’ consultation with a client about the des.. Lees verder

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Codex Silenda: wooden mechanical book of puzzles and brainteasers

For some, reading a book is already a rewarding and indulging pastime. But throw in some puzzles and it’s a whole different mix of fun. The Codex Silenda is a 5-page book of puzzles laser-cut from real wood. But it’s not the simple kind. Brady Whitney, the brainchild behind the Codex Silenda, made the book to be flipped only after completing each of the advanced mechanical puzzles. The real story will only be revealed as the reader accomplishes each level – which is kind of exciting but also frustrating for people who are not very patient. It may not seem like it, but Whitney professes that he was “never a fan of jigsaw puzzles.” The Codex Silenda was originally engineered for his senior thesis project at the Iowa State University. He, later on, decided to get it funded through Kickstarter to create more challenging levels for the book. If this isn’t the most puzzling way of reading (pun intended), then we don’t know what is. Source Lees verder

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These switches are designed to use your OCD in saving electricity

The OCD Switch is a switch design created by Pakaporn Teadtulkitikul as a smart solution to saving electricity. As its name suggests, it is mainly intended for people with obsessive-compulsive tendencies who tend to forget to switch off their lights. The ribbed pattern design of each switch is made to look misaligned when the light is on and symmetrical when turned off. The Thai designer looked to human psychology as the inspiration for her concept. The final product was simple yet very effective to its purpose. In fact, the OCD Switch was given the top accolade at the last 2017 Red Dot Design Concept Award. “That is how we can trick the brain and manipulate the user’s routine behaviour to trigger a response,” the organization said about the OCD Switch. Do you think this switch design would work on you? You be the judge. Source Lees verder

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