Approaching the Unknown, Mark Elijah Rosenberg's film about an astronaut whose Mars journey does not go according to plan, combines old school non-CGI special effect techniques with new-fangled equipment to create a completely unique and hyper-realistic "space" atmosphere. The Creators Project goes behind the scenes to discover how Rosenberg, with the help of legendary special effects specialist master Doug Trumball were able to create physical models to appear realistic on modern cameras -- and like the film's protagonist, conquer the unknown through daring action.
HOW IT WORKS: Instead of a needle, an optical sensor reads the wood's color and texture. Then, algorithms convert those variations into notes on a scale, which is mapped to a piano synthesizer and played. The rings of a trunk reveal the age of the tree, and environmental conditions like rainfall levels, disease, and even forest fires. Light-colored rings indicate growth spurts, while darker marks show times of a slowdown. Each slice is unique -- a glimpse into the story of a tree's past. Bartholomäus Traubeck wondered what story those trees would tell. So he created equipment that could translate those rings into music on a record player. The result is a breathtaking masterpiece.
British poet and spoken word artist, Hollie McNish vocalises the daily battle mothers face when nursing in public. Teaming up with filmmaker Jake Dypka they touch on the over exposure of breasts in the media versus the outraged reaction women face if they openly breastfeed. Why is titillation accepted and sustenance rejected?
Culturally Responsive Poetic Inquiry is the use of poetry to examine culture. This interpretive qualitative research method fuses aspects of Critical Race Theory, Arts Based/Informed Research and Post Colonialism. Consequently, this approach is particular useful in urban educational settings, due the popularity of spoken word and slam-poetry among the youth in open communicative spaces. In this instance, words and presentation are the text that inform the poetic response.
Bruno Zamborlin is a technologist, researcher, musician and designer. He's been working on a joint PhD in computational technologies between Paris and London, exploring new methods for gestural interaction and its applications in performing arts and the creation of new musical instruments. Bruno is interested in the topic of Interactive Machine Learning and the possibility of allowing the artist to interact with the entire supervised learning process and the creation and design of his own gesture vocabulary. The early results of this research is Mogees, which uses contact microphones to turn any touchable surface into a musical instrument.
When Amy Green's young son was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor, she made up a bedtime story for his siblings to teach them about cancer. What resulted was a video game, "That Dragon, Cancer," which takes players on a journey they can't win. In this beautiful talk about coping with loss, Green brings joy and play to tragedy. "We made a game that's hard to play," she says, "because the hardest moments of our lives change us more than any goal we could ever accomplish."
Matt Pyke turns graphics into fantastical, organically moving animations that you feel like you can reach out and touch through the screen. For More Informat...
Using drones, laser beams, projection mapping, and custom tools, Marshmallow Laser Feast explores new canvases by creating interactive, real-time, magical experiences.
Shon Faye reflects on her experiences within all sides of the LGBT spectrum and scrutinises the labels that mainstream society have forced upon her in her short film Catechism. In relation to her life as a trans woman, she explores the darker truths that many like her experience in their day to day lives.
At the 2017 SPRING/ BREAK Art Show, artist David Henry Jr. created a culinary "tableau vivant," using his body and face as a canvas for exploratory food art. David begged the audience and his two co-performers to force-feed him as he sat immobilized inside a table covered in a buffet of vegetables, deli meats, and various unappetizing junk foods. The performance and its simultaneous transmission via social media created a messy, disturbing commentary on American over-consumption and our neurotic love/hate relationship with food.
An intriguing combination of programmers, artists, and philosophers, these creators embrace a process that delegates essential decisions to computers, data sets, or even random variables. This allows important metaphors to arise in their work, calling attention to the relationship between humans and the computers that surround us, the mountains of information we generate, and the powerful impact that technology has on our relationships with each other.
What's it like inside the colorful and playful world of animator/illustrator/sculptor Mike Perry? The Creators Project got a look at his day-to-day experiences, inspirations, and processes. We found out how his work on Broad City and on his own original animated series has allowed him full idiosyncratic self-expression, and how he continuously finds new ways to evoke empathy for objects, blurring lines between the worlds of cartoons and reality.
Deconstructing what it is that makes music music, Notre Dame student Jackson Jhin uses both sound and imagery to explore the delicate balance between predictability and variability that makes the human ear (and brain) interpret harmonies as appealing—and dissonance as noise.
As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.
Artist Chul Hyun Ahn has discovered a simple way to portray the complexities of infinity.
Bjork: Icelandic singer-songwriter and music innovator, Björk's Biophilia album has taken on a life of its own, becoming an app, an educational programme and a new way of exploring our relationship with sound and nature.
Her: Love In The Modern Age, chronicling reactions to Spike Jonze's Oscar-nominated film, Her. The documentary, directed by Lance Bangs, features stories and reflections from writers, musicians, actors and contemporary culture experts, including Olivia Wilde, James Murphy and Bret Easton Ellis, on the film Her, and their thoughts on love in the modern age.
Bernie Krause has been recording wild soundscapes -- the wind in the trees, the chirping of birds, the subtle sounds of insect larvae -- for 45 years. In that time, he has seen many environments radically altered by humans, sometimes even by practices thought to be environmentally safe. A surprising look at what we can learn through nature's symphonies, from the grunting of a sea anemone to the sad calls of a beaver in mourning.
Trauma silences its victims, says creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, but art can help those suffering from the psychological wounds of war begin to open up and heal. In this inspiring talk, Walker describes how mask-making, in particular, allows afflicted servicemen and women reveal what haunts them — and, finally, start to let it go.
In our exclusive look into I Origins, director Mike Cahill, actors Michael Pitt and Brit Marling and VFX artist Michael Glen discuss the uniqueness of the human eye, its inspiration on the film's narrative, and how motion capture CGI technology was used to replicate retinas from one actor to another.