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Vintage Vegas: rare photos of a dessert boomdown junio 21, 2012

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Of all the major destination towns in the U.S., Las Vegas might be the most perfectly, unashamedly transparent. No other city in North America, after all — and perhaps no other city in the world — has for so long been so identified with one pursuit: namely, the heart-pounding, more-often-than-not-futile hunt for the improbable, near mythic Big Score.

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Media facades: when buildings start to twitter enero 6, 2011

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The timeline depicts international media facades with their different artistic, social or brand messages up to interfaces like iPhone Apps or brain sensors for public participation. The movie is a shortened version of the lecture, “The semiotics of media facades – When buildings start to twitter” that was presented at the Parsons The New School for Design in New York in 2010.

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The Senster octubre 25, 2010

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Senster fue una escultura robótica desarrollada por Edward Ihnatowicz a finales de los años 60. Encargada por Philips para exponerse en el pabellón Evoluon, en Eindhoven Holanda entre los años de 1970 y 1974 esta escultura fue la primer escultura robótica en ser controlada por una computadora y comportarse en reacción al comportamiento de los sonidos y movimientos producidos por los visitantes en la sala. El equipo utilizado para controlar a Senster se trataba de un Philips P9201 y sólo tenía 8 KB de memoria.

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The Senster was a robotic sculpture developed by Edward Ihnatowicz in the late 60′s. It was commisioned by Philips and part of their permanent showplace, the Evoluon, in Eindhoven between 1970 and 1974. It was the first robotic sculpture to be controlled by a computer and could react to the behaviour of the visitors with its sound and movement sensors. The computer used to control The Senster was a Philips P9201 and had only 8K of core memory. Now, almost 40 years later, every interaction student could make something like this and fit the logic in a small box. But this is still an amazing project.

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Time Square // Nueva York 50´s agosto 25, 2010

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Time Square // Nueva York 50´s

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Cathedral of light junio 25, 2010

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The cathedral of light [litchdome] was a main aesthetic feature of the Nuremberg Rallies that consisted of 130 anti-aircraft searchlights, at intervals of forty feet, aimed skyward to create a series of vertical bars surrounding the audience. The effect was a brilliant one, both from within the design and on the outside. The cathedral of light was documented in the Nazi Propaganda film Festliches Nürnberg, released in 1937.

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Piccadilly Circus 1967 mayo 21, 2010

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1967 Londres – Piccadilly Circus

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Sensorama abril 19, 2010

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Patentado en 1961 por Morton Heilig, Sensorama ofrecía un ambiente multisensorial en el que el participante podía experimentar sensaciones visuales, auditivas, olfativas y táctiles pregrabadas. En cierta forma era una especie de moderno quinetoscopio provisto con diferentes dispositivos de simulación. El espectador permanecía inclinado sobre un visor a la manera de un par de binoculares, debajo del cual se localizaba una rejilla utilizada para bombear y extraer olores. Otras rejillas laterales se encargaban de emitir brisas inodoras en los momentos adecuados, para reforzar la sensación de un desplazamiento físico al aire libre.

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Matrix III marzo 6, 2010

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As visualists, the sad truth is we have a poorer sense of the history of our medium than musicians. Part of this is simply a lack of access. YouTube is a weak substitute, but it’s a start. In that spirit, Karl (Format K) sends us the minimal geometric machinations of pioneering electronic graphics artist and animator John Whitney.

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Displacements febrero 16, 2010

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Displacements by Michael Naimark is an immersive film installation. An archetypal Americana living room was installed in an exhibition space. Then two performers were filmed in the space using a 16mm motion picture camera on a slowly rotating turntable in the room’s center. After filming, the camera was replaced with a film loop projector and the entire contents of the room were spray-painted white. The reason was to make a projection screen the right shape for projecting everything back onto itself. The result was that everything appears strikingly 3D, except for the people, who of course weren’t spray-paint white, and consequently appeared very ghostlike and unreal.

Displacements was produced three times between 1980 and 1984. By the third time, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1984, it was done.

Twenty-one years later, in 2005, my long-time friend and colleague Brenda Laurel cajoled me into a redux. The young couple in the original living room are now middle age with a teenage daughter. Mom is still pensive, Dad still watches TV, and the daugther is curious. Displacements 2005 was shot and projected in digital video rather than 16mm film, which, it turns out, was much more challenging.

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Chevrolet bright lights febrero 8, 2010

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1935 Chicago – Chevrolet bright lights

Behind the Bright Lights is one beautiful video that shows the old bulb screens. An extraordinary historical resource in the concept of the urban screens.

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John Whitney enero 27, 2010

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John Whitney, Sr. fue un programador norteamericano, compositor e inventor, considerado como uno de los padres de la animación por computadora.

Estas animaciones creadas por John Whitney fueron compuestas a través de un ordenador analógico que él mismo construyó a partir de un cañón antiaéreo utilizado en tiempos de la segunda guerra mundial. Curiosamente, esta máquina sirvió de inspiración a Douglas Trumbull, en su película “A Space Odyssey” (2001).

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Eiffel Tower // Citroën enero 25, 2010

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Citroën innovated in the fields of advertising (illuminating the Eiffel Tower with his name and logo) and marketing and set up factories in Belgium, Britain, Germany and Italy in order to avoid punitive import charges on his products.

From 1925 to 1934, illuminated signs adorned three of the tower’s four sides, making it the tallest billboard in the world at the time.

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History of New Year´s eve in Time Square diciembre 29, 2009

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New York in 1904 was a city on the verge of tremendous changes – and, not surprisingly, many of those changes had their genesis in the bustling energy and thronged streets of Times Square. Two innovations that would completely transform the Crossroads of the World debuted in 1904: the opening of the city’s first subway line, and the first-ever celebration of New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

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The Magic Lantern diciembre 9, 2009

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The Magic Lantern 01

The Magic Lantern that you will see at this performance dates from the 1870 – 1880 period. At this time the art of projection of both still and moving images reached the zenith of technical brilliance during the Victorian era. The most exquisite of these lantern slides were completely hand-painted, but photographic images were also used.

The Magic Lantern played a very important part in Victorian society. Temperance and religious lectures were given but the lantern was also used in education, for the demonstration of scientific principles and to relay the latest news of world events. Eerie ‘Phantasmagoria’ shows were given in Victorian parlours that were the equivalent of present day horror films.

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