“Kou kou” is a visual work based on an abstract animation synchronized with a song comprising the unique syllabic sounds of the Japanese language, without actually using any full words.
It is in the elements of sounds from which words are made that we find syllabic sounds. In the case of the Japanese language, the linguistic roots or ‘Yamato Kotoba’ each individual sound possesses a unique meaning. For example, words containing ‘su’ exhibit a frictional characteristic and hence are used to represent a linear or direct movement. In modern-day Japanese, ‘sasu’ or ‘susumu’ represent a concrete, tangible action.
DEVICE out of Barcelona sent along their new reel. The site is worth a peak, especially the bonus material. Don’t click the logo.
Wind Map is “a living portrait of of the wind currents over the U.S.”, conceived and developed as a side-project by the data visualization super-team of Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas, who lead Google’s Big Picture visualization research group (and before that, IBM’s Visual Communication Lab).
This beautiful, perpetually-animated online ap pulls publicly available data of surface wind speeds from the National Digital Forecast Database, which is updated hourly. The map shows the patterns created by winds ranging from 1-30 miles-per-hour. Pan and zoom functionality allows observation in fine detail.
Of the project, the artists write: “It conveys the movement of the air in the most basic way: with visual motion. As an artwork that reflects the real-world, its emotional meaning changes from day to day. On calm days it can be a soothing meditation on the environment; during hurricanes it can become ominous and frightening.”
Also be sure to check out the site’s gallery of archived map images.
More of Martin and Fernanda’s data viz collaborations can be found here.
The Creators Project sent us a note about their exclusive on a new installaion by Quayola and Memo Akten. The work is called Forms and is part of the In the Blink of an Eye: Media and Movement exhibition at the National Media Museum, which runs from 9 March to 2 September 2012 and explores the “capture and synthesis of movement”.
A few days ago, PBS Arts kicked off the second season of its online series, “Off Book”. The first episode of the new season is devoted to Animated GIFs…
Little bald Léon loves his grandfather. He loves the old man’s bushy black beard, which seems endowed with magic powers. But Léon’s grandmother wants to cut off the unkempt beard and regain the distinguished-looking man she married. When the old man’s asleep, grandmother prowls, scissors in hand, but Léon’s keeping a watchful eye on her. As long as grandpa lives, the beard will stay!
One day, grandpa doesn’t wake up. Léon is sad, especially as his grandmother is at last able to shave off the beard. To soften his pain, Léon decides to bury the beard. The rising sun next morning reveals that a beard forest has sprung up, thick and black like grandpa’s. Léon’s round head sports a sort of thick black brush. A souvenir of the old days, when he played and laughed with his grandfather.
Directed by Claude Barras and Cédric Louis, and co-produced by Hélium Films and the National Film Board of Canada
Sergio Calderón is a visual artist based in London. Thanks for the email.