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  • "Skammen" by Ingmar Bergman
    A couple of weeks ago, Cinemateca showed Bergman's "Skammen" ("Shame"), which is an extraordinary movie. It's about war. With a lot of nudity. And, because we don't know which war it is about, where, when, why or which regimes or armies are facing each other, "Shame" is a movie about all wars. Because it came out in 1968, it was sometimes seen, at the...
  • (Very) strange vehicles
    Let's start off with this Ford truck, a very unusual passenger vehicle, as, unlike other colective means of transportation, it was not concieved to circulate a road or a landing board. For years, it was used to transport passengers from the airplane to the airport in Zürich, Switzerland. Nowadays, it is part of a collection at the Lucerne Museum of Transports....
  • Miniature Moscow
    Obcessed by the propaganda, the leaders of the former Soviet regime promoted actions that today would be considered megalomaniac and unreasonable. One of these over the top actions was the construction of a huge model of the city of Moscow, destined to be visited and admired by the people who would admire the magnificence of the Soviet Union's capital, bigger and better than any...
  • New airports in Japan
    New airport in Kobe What is the future of air trips? Although the price of airplane tickets is getting cheaper, the environmental costs of this means of transport seem to doom it in the long run. But, while valid alternatives are still non-existent, the investments in the development of airplanes and related infrastructures is still soaring. In Japan, four new and innovative airports are,...
  • Emma Hack - body art
    Choosing a name for Australian artist Emma Hack's job is a hard task. She calls herself a body artist, a name that applies very well to the activity she develops: painting human bodies. Not mere tatoos, either, but rather visions of illusion, creativity, beauty and humour. Nowadays, the artist is well known throughout the world and his work is requested by several multinational companies...
  • Erwin Olaf - photographs of the Dutch football team
    What image is this? Against an architectonic backdrop that vaguely resembles a Roman circus, with its archs and semicircular benches, a half-naked man, in torn shorts protecting a footbal goal, with a threatening look on his face. He is covered in mud and has a bunch of scars and scratches all over his body. On his right forearm he has a tricolour band, red,...
  • A bridge in the sky
    At the top of the Gunung Mat Cincang mountain, in Malaysia, there is one of the most incredible bridges in the world. Even for the layperson, imagining that a huge structure such as this one is supported by one pilar only is already a breathtaking exercise; much like the nature surrounding Sky Bridge. The curvy bridge was finished in 2004 and trusts the weight...
  • The hands of Mario Mariotti
    There are people who use sophisticated techniques to produce art. That makes us, often, confuse art with virtuosity or sheer technical skill. However, if you take the complex technical component out of it, you can discover that art can be simple afterall and is, literally at your hand's reach. This was late Italian artist Mario Mariotti's understanding....
  • Sound from wind: musical bicycle
    Recently awarded the third DESIGN 21 prize, in an international competition with the support of UNESCO, that aims at gathering proposals for global social themes, this young Korean designer, Joseph Kim surprised audiences with this system that transforms an ordinary bicycle into a musical instrument....
  • Suissa Computers - design and technology
    We have gotten used to seeing the computer as an industrial object, a box filled with technology and a matching look, made out of metal plates, lights and entangled wire that we do our best to disguise. With the exception of the Macintosh computers, clearly more elegant than the rest of the computers, but still with high-tech lines, most computers are machines of serial...
  • Audi Quattroflex - the old and the new
    The only thing of Audi in this car is the name, but in actuality, the prototype wasn't created by the German car brand. The Quattroflex is a style exercise, almost a year-old, by Russian design and architecture student, Alexey Bykov, but it's nevertheless up to date and fascinating. Behind this work there's the recovery of the old horse-drawn carriage that would originate the car...
  • Art & Sculpture Garden
    Near Melbourn, Australia, in a small city called Marysville, you can find, in a large section of rain forest, a creative garden. What makes it special, aside from the fact that it's located within an urban area, is the large amount of sculptures scattered everywhere. On the whole, there are more than a hundred terracotta sculptures shaped like children, elves, mermaids, out of this...
  • Miroslav Tichý: outcast, photographer and "voyeur"
    Up until three or four years ago his name was practically unknown. He was discovered almost accidentally and quickly became a phenomenon in the art and photography world. But who is, in fact, Miroslav Tichý? He's an old man, dressed in rags, who chose a life as an outsider after the difficulties imposed on him by the war and the totalitarian regime of his...
  • The telescope that links London and New York City
    Created by British artist Paul St. George and built by the Artichoke group, that helped bring to life the Sultan's Elephant, which paraded across London two years back, this amazing work has just been inaugurated to celebrate the 125th birthday of the Brooklyn Bridge, in New York....
  • Giant pianos on the beach
    Since February, three huge wooden objects have appeared on the beaches of Schiermonnikoog, a Dutch island. They are shaped like pianos, although they look more like they're shipwrecked vessels the sea has brought ashore by chance. However, there isn't anything of random in this striking sight. It's actually an intallation to promote another edition of the famous classical music festival put together by Schiermonnikoog,...
  • Norman Bel Geddes, the designer of the future
    Modern industrial design is a fascinating subject, where the craziest ideas can come to life. Emerged in the beginning of the 20th century, it quickly flourished and imposed itself as indispensable, especially during the period between world wars, the 1920s and 1930s. At that time, there were very few people who were as influential as Norman Bel Geddes, a prolific inventor of objects that...
  • The Zero Energy Media Wall
    Whoever gets close to the sports complex where the Olympic Games will take place, will stumble into a huge, colourful and sparkly facade. The GreenPix is named appropriately, as it is powered exclusively by a system of photovoltaic cells, which transforms solar light into energy, during the day. At night, that energy is used to light up thousands of small LEDs, that come together...
  • The dance of the Delft
    It's a 96 cm by 115 cm painting, so what we see is an imperfect, but complete square, soberly framed. On a scale of Vermeer paintings, this is the biggest of his small paintings. One third Delft, two thirds sky. Yes, it's a window. It has been opened for 344 years....
  • Helicopters and personal rockets
    Everyone of us, at one point in our lives, have had the chance to see gadgets like these in futuristic illustrations, sci-fi movies or fantasy stories, in which a guy like Flash Gordon moves through the air with a mini-rocket on his back. We've always thought, let's face it, that it wasn't more than sheer delirium, because technical difficulties (weight, autonomy, stability, etc.) were...
  • A monstrous motorbike
    It was oficially presented, and demonstrated, in Australia, at the MMS - Melbourne Motor Show, at the beginning of 2008. Standing at about 3 metres tall, the "Monster Motorbike from Hell" is powered by a scary Detroit Diesel motor hooked to a 6-speed Allison automatic transmission and Eaton differentials. Designed and built by Ray Baumann, a former stuntman, who got tired of hurting himself...
  • China seen from the sky
    China never ceases to surprise us; neither does aerial photography, revealing to us shapes, colours and textures that are unlikely and give us a different notion of space. This set of aerial photographs from China underline the contrast between a human dimension and the wideness of the Chinese territory. It's true the population is numerous, but the country is also huge and, if we...
  • Li Wei and the impossible realism
    Born in 1970, in Hubei, China, Li Wei lives in the 2008 Olympics headquarters, Beijing. His work is innovative, different and, why not say it, almost scary. Performing artist, acrobat, illusionist, however many adjectives you can give to describe him, the fact is, Li Wei is truly impressive. And let one thing be clear: as he himself underlines often, he doesn't use photographic editing...
  • the many faces of jesus
    He's been spotted on glass, food, trees, stones, photos, reflections, among other. Yes, I'm talking about Jesus Christ. And his mysterious appearences are not a current trend or confined to one place in particular - reports of his apparitions come from the most varied places in the world. Jesus even managed to show up in Google Earth, where a cybernaut swears a group of...
  • Rachel Brice: tribal belly dance and female imagery
    Born in San Francisco, California in the early 70s, Rachel Brice may very well be today's most well-known belly dancer in the world. However, her main training comes from yoga, which she studied and taught while also working as a chiropractor. She fell in love with belly dance in 1998 after watching a group perform in California. From then on, she started learning some...
  • John Lennon´s psychedelic Rolls Royce
    The showbusiness star's taste for powerful and luxurious cars is well known. As it would be expected, Rolls Royce is one of the most sought after car brands, not only because it possesses all of the above characteristics, but also because it offers its customers the opportunity of personalizing their car according to their every whim. Among pop/ rock musicians, for instance, there have...
  • the right moment to photograph
    It isn't enough to choose the best angle from which to take a photograph, it's also essential to know how to capture a precise moment. In that, Cartier-Bresson had a point....
  • a light sport aircraft within the reach of a mere mortal
    ICON has been creating a series of special aircraft designs since 2005 and, led by a former U.S. Air Force F-16 pilot, has just released the ICON A5. This elegant plane was designed in compliance with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)'s demands, which regulates America's air traffic for this type of flight - recreational flight....
  • Adidas Euro 2008 campaign
    Sports apparel manufacturer Adidas does everything it can to promote its products, to the extent where their campaigns have a bit of a megalomaniac feel to them. During the 2006 World Cup, in Germany, Adidas built an arch over a Munich free-way with a large figure of Oliver Kahn and, more recently, during the 2007 America's Cup, placed four giant football players playing a...
  • art in motion
    Perhaps you don't recognize it by its name, but certainly you've seen some work made with the 'Stop-motion' technique. This techique is an extremelly laborious type of animation, where objects are photographed, frame by frame. Between each frame, the object's position is moved slightly, so when the film is shot you get the feeling the objects are actually in motion. Although it seems rather...
  • baby harp seals farms
    A small piece of baby harp seal fur in mint condition is worth as much as $7000 USD, so it's no wonder the trafficking of these animal is so profitable and that every means necessary is used not to damage their skin, even if it means using excruciatingly cruel ways of killing the animals. One way of putting down the baby seal is by...
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