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Caught in Motion: Shinichi Maruyama’s Nude Time-Lapses

Japanese photographer Shinichi Maruyama is known for the way he captures and expands moments in time. For his “Nude” series, he re-imagined the traditional nude as a portrait also of movement and human vitality. The resulting images abstract the human body into swirling vortexes of skin, sweeping patterns that offer the viewer an alternative view of what it means to capture the energy and form of the body. 


Asobi by Yasutoki Kariya

“Asobi” was created by art student Yasutoki Kariya for his senior thesis exhibition. Meaning “play,” the installation is comprised of 11 computer-programmed incandescent light bulbs hung from strings. They playfully re-enact Newton’s Cradle, visualizing the transfer of kinetic energy in the form of light. (via Spoon & Tamago)

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Tracking Movement with Human Smartphone App

Using data collected from the Human smartphone app, major urban centers such as London, New York and Amsterdam have been drawn with pixels created by its users’ movements. The resulting imagery shows the unique energetic patterns created over time according to different types of motion: walking, cycling, running, and motorized transportation. The iPhone app was originally designed to encourage users to undertake at least 30 minutes of exercise each day, but the live maps it has created reveal how a ‘simple’ consumer app can lead to insights on a larger scale, from a population’s physical health to tools for urban planning.


Kraftwerk: Pioneers of Electronic Music

Formed in 1970 in Düsseldorf by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, the German electronic music band Kraftwerk was one of the first groups to popularize electronic music. Using strictly electronic—and often custom built—instrumentation, Kraftwerk created a signature minimalist sound combining driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies. Lyrics, often sung through a Vocoder, deal with post-war European urban life, and technology—traveling by car on the Autobahn, traveling by train, using home computers, and the advent of nuclear power. The rhythmic structure of songs imitated the motion and energy of these experiences. The band’s distinct imagery, characterized by a sharp and minimal graphic aesthetic, was also consciously refined to reflect the modern condition. Kraftwerk, self-styled as clean-cut, robotic youths, at once represented the dual senses of freedom and alienation induced by modern technology. 




Santa’s Workshop: Fun collaborative open workspace or despicable exploitative sweatshop?  

It also looks like Santa was a trailblazing human cloning expert.

Santa seems to have invented the GIF as a workflow. These GIFs come from the classic 1932 Disney movie “Santa’s Workshop” by Wilfred Jackson - essentially 6 solid minutes of GIFs.


Cloned Robot Army Storms Istanbul with Flashlights

Istanbul-based artist Erdal Inci clones sections of video creating an endless array of cloned avatars that appear to flood through the city streets.


Piano Works 13

Pianoworks 13 is a short movie, which combines live action and motion design. Over an original soundtrack played by Polerik Rouviere, four dancers perform different styles (break dance, new style, popping). The film illustrates the link between body, instrument and instrumentalist. The moves give birth to a sort of calligraphic language which is a representation of the moves themselves.


FLUIDIC - Sculpture in Motion

A seemingly floating point cloud above a water pond and consisting of 12,000 translucent spheres marks the heart of the installation. Due to a complex computer algorithm the spheres are arranged seemingly random within the cloud. At the same time the algorithm observes the positions and projection angles of eight high-speed laser projectors that are being arranged around the artwork. They are sending out beams scanning through the arrangement of the cloud. Generating bright and dim light points, this creates a highly organic and natural distribution of voxels (3D pixels).


Columbia GSAPP student Eirini Anthouli’s studio work

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Christopher Barley

Independent curator and partner in the firm Therrien Barley.

Troy Conrad Therrien

Partner in the firm Therrien Barley, and Chief Architect, Cloud Communication Software at Columbia GSAPP.