Posts tagged #kinetic art

Street Art Matters

New York-based artist Joshua Harris makes movable sculptural artwork out of plastic bags, harnessing the air from subway grates to give them a sense of life.

Having only been introduced to "street art" as graffiti, I'm pleased to see it take shape in other forms. And while Joshua Harris is not new to this arena I was just introduced to him today. It was like a little Christmas present when I got a chance to see the mind of an artist working with non-traditional materials and even furthering the its kinetic effect using the man-made waste energy of wind from subway trains passing through surface level street vents. Amazing.

Posted on December 25, 2010 and filed under Art, Design, Trends.

The Cog Lives To Sell Another Day

Many of you will remember Honda's "The Cog" seen below. The relative importance of this ad was it was more art than greed-hungry brutal sales. I'm a fan kinetic art and love its dance between form, function and meaning. What I really love about Honda's portrayal of their product in this spot is the nod to the elements that make up a vehicle. It takes with it a kinetic journey of part, weight, inertia and the fun of the board game Mousetrap. It might go without saying that the campaign was nothing short of a viral atom-bomb on the web and it's still recognized today – at least by me.

"There are no more great ideas, just the reinturpretation of them." I don't really know how much I believe in this statement but it does bring about a good point that great ideas, typically – stay great. So it appears that the new Chrome advertising took a page from The Cog, some kinetic art and some trickery from the surrealist movement and applied delicately their messaging for the future.

Posted on December 11, 2009 and filed under Advertising, Art, Design.

Something that might be worthy of the $100+ ticket.

While I cannot say that I'm the biggest U2 fan in the world, I can say that their new stage is the future of the live experience.

"The centerpiece, suspended from a massive claw, is a massive video display made of 888 individual tiny LED screens. It's seven stories tall, covers 3,800 square feet and weighs 60 tons. But it moves nonetheless, changing shape during the performance. A little bit like a Chinese finger trap, it envelops the band as it extends, while displaying short films directed by artist Catherine Owens."

The stage was designed by Hoberman Associates; Innovative Designs, which specializes in stage architecture; and Buro Happold, a structural engineering firm.

What I think makes this unique is the cross over into more of a kinetic art experience. Not simply engaging the audience with fancy lights and exhausted volume levels. Stages like this are entry way to giving an audience more than simply a musical retrospective. I believe that audiences are tired of paying too much money and not getting enough quality. Remember musicians, your concert is only as good as it is retold in story. Walt Disney wanted guests to leave the reality of one's everyday life and be transported into a new world upon visiting a park.

Here are a few more recent stage designs that I believe support the future of live venues:

Darren Hayes


Tim McGraw

Pink Floyd

2005 VGA Awards

Britney Spears

Rolling Stones

Need I say more?

Posted on July 3, 2009 and filed under Music.