This is a fascinating documentary about a sustainability project that Willie Smits and the Masarang Foundation designed for rural Indonesia.
Smits designed a process for harvesting the sap of sugar palm trees on a “village scale” that also produces useable bi-products. Brilliant.
The entire factory can be broken down and fit into two shipping containers and transported by truck and ship. Wow.
Film by Raymond Hartman and Bureau Beeldtaal Filmmakers.
Brilliant ad for Lurpak by Wieden + Kennedy agency. The photography is food porn for sure with a touch of humor (burnt, cut).
Nancy Pobanz: Desert Artist from Miro Merrill on Vimeo.
My friend Ken O’Connell sent this video along to me done by Miro Merrill about the artist Nancy Pobanz. Her hand made books are fantastic and knowing the back story on the materials makes it so much better.
This is an incredible video of a Russian potter drawing on a large potter’s wheel with wet slip. At first I thought it was a shallow bowl but the caption at Colossal says otherwise. Brilliant.
I highly recommend zooming this out to full screen, it’s mesmerizing.
ROSE by Carte Noire from ))) datafone on Vimeo.
This is a ad for Carte Noire by BBDO agency, Paris. The sound is as important as the high resolution visuals here. Wow.
Experimental band, Too Many Zooz rocks in the Union Square subway station in New York. This is a brilliant performance and I hope I find them down there sometime. Wow.
Alice Herz-Sommer died recently. She was the oldest living pianist and the oldest known Holocaust survivor.
This is a beautiful film, made last year. The fact that a Holocuast survivor could say: “every day life is beautiful” is a testament to the human spirit.
This is brilliant. Honda’s ad agency is really doing some wonderful things.
[via Steve Splonskowski and Elia Insider]
This is a fantastic two part documentary on ceramics in Japan produced in 1968 by Richard and Marj Peeler, american potters from Indiana. Part 1 above, Part 2 below.
I have a background in ceramics: BFA in 1975, MFA in 1980 both from the University of Oregon where the source for this post, Ken O’Connell taught basic design (among other things) and was on my MFA committee. Ken is on his way to Japan again soon and that’s why he sent out this link.
[via Ken O'Connell]
This is a brilliant How It’s Made piece on weaving and finishing a rice box in Thailand.
Wow, I want one of these: beautiful shape and process.
Watch two Russian guys, Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov trespass and then climb up stairs and finally, a crane on the still under construction Shanghai Tower. Watching this video will make you squirm but it’s well worth it.
This has been making the rounds and it’s old now but I find both the video and their still photography spectacular.
Here is their blog post about it which contains the above video but also some incredible still photography: Shanghai Tower.
While I don’t condone what these two guys have done, getting to the places they get gives them an opportunity to get some incredible images, both as dramatic videos and in still images.
GIZMODO – Film Restoration at Criterion Collection from Gizmodo on Vimeo.
I have a number of Criterion Collection DVDs and I can say without a doubt that they’re incredible. This video is an overview of their process and its worth watching.
Sid Caesar died today at 91. Rest in peace Sid.
This is a brilliant ad, very well done. And Apple is pushing iOS into cars so this is timely.
This is a great Pixar short, very nicely done.
This Apple advertisement was shot entirely with iPhone 5S’ on a single day at fifteen locations around the world and edited and put together entirely on Macintosh computers.
More on the making of it here: Apple Posts New Ad Shot Entirely on iPhones, Edited on Macs.
Watch Elijah Aaron use a loop machine to quickly put together a cover of No Scrubs. He’s such a natural, both as a percussionist and as a musician it’s astonishing to watch.
Here he is doing a cover of Paul Simon’s Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes:
Here he is with fellow musician Noah doing some percussion improv live. Most excellent:
iuka session :: drum brothers from rachel joy baransi on Vimeo.
Tom Scott is a great explainer of things and this rant on how a programmer deals with time, time zones, and other variables in time in computer code is brilliant.