Nokia after Microsoft

The Nokia N1, Nokia’s first device after Microsoft, is a blatant copy of the iPhone 6/6 Plus design in the size of the iPad mini.

Off to a great re-start, Nokia. That’s irony, folks.

Day 9 is ticking

Apple Sept 9, 2014 Special Event Countdown

Apple made pub­lic today that the September 9 event video will be live streamed at 10 a.m. PDT (6 p.m. at Lisbon/London time).

I think this is going to be a big one.

The 2015 IKEA Catalogue, iPad style

IKEA Singapore/Malasya announced its 2015 cata­log with an Apple-like par­ody cam­paign. A video and a ‘product’ web­site mim­ics the style and tone of a typ­ical iPad launch cam­paign, as well as com­par­ing itself to an iPad (as any other tab­let). It is a funny and good-spirited poke at the con­tem­por­ary dis­cus­sion of paper vs touchscreen.

The “Experience the power of a cook­book™” cam­paign you­Tube page reads:

At only 8mm thin, and weigh­ing in at less than 400g, the 2015 IKEA Catalogue comes pre-installed with thou­sands of home fur­nish­ing ideas. Join the revolu­tion at http://IKEA.sg/bookbook or http://IKEA.my/bookbook.

Now, com­pare it to the ori­ginal.

 

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver’s weekly tv show is great. The news stor­ies Oliver and his team cover are per­tin­ent and incis­ive and are por­trayed with a great blend of humour. Also, the visual iden­tity of the show, cre­ated by the tal­en­ted folks at Trollback+Company, is taste­ful and eleg­ant with nice typo­graphy selec­tion. And I love the “And now… this” phrase for the title of one of the shows’s section.

HBO has a YouTube chan­nel of the show with some of the best stor­ies and some web exclus­ives.  I recom­mend watch­ing FIFA and the World Cup (a clas­sic by now, I’m sure) and last night’s Native Advertising (in the News busi­nesss). There are many more inter­est­ing ones.

Understanding Minecraft

Minecraft as a phe­nomenon is a bit of a mys­tery for me. Not just for me. Robin Sloan’s art­icle sheds some light on the secret world of Minecraft:

It’s almost inev­it­able: I encounter Minecraft some­where online—it’s easy to do, because there’s a lot of Minecraft out there—and I end up con­vinced I’m doing the wrong thing with my life.

”Game” doesn’t even do it justice. What we’re really talk­ing about here is a gen­er­at­ive, net­worked sys­tem laced through­out with secrets.

It is amaz­ing how the Minecraft uni­verse (I think “world” is a bit too short a word to describe it) has expan­ded and how it motiv­ates the mind of chil­dren and some grown-ups alike in a cre­at­ive and col­lab­or­at­ive way.
My 6-year-old nephew is crazy about it since he was 4.
It is a phenomenon.

Andy Warhol’s Computer Art

Andy and an Amiga 1000 in video. Humorous, digital archae­ology. 

24 Hours of Happy

24HrofHappy

Interactive 24 hour music video (the first in the world) for Pharrell Williams’ Happy ().

The high-spirited catchy song Pharrell cre­ated for the “Despicable Me 2″ movie is also avail­able on a shorter, more tra­di­tional, ver­sion ().  Cameo appear­ances from Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, Odd Future and Steve Carell.

« Clap along if you feel like hap­pi­ness is the truth. »

Like a Rolling Stone

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Bob Dylan’s 48-year-old clas­sic on a new music video craf­ted as an inter­act­ive multi-channel tele­vi­sion 

From a Rolling Stone art­icle, by Gavin Edwards:

While many of the chan­nels are peopled by act­ors, the lineup is peppered with numer­ous celebrity per­formers such as comedian Marc Maron, rap­per Danny Brown, the hosts of Pawn Stars, and Drew Carey (on the set of The Price Is Right). The over­all effect is head-spinning but incred­ibly com­pel­ling: the more you surf through the “Like a Rolling Stone” video, the more the song’s con­tempt seems to be addressed to all of west­ern civil­iz­a­tion. By the time you land on a vin­tage live per­form­ance of the actual Bob Dylan, he feels like the only real per­son in existence.

Kennedy and Oswald

RendezVous with Death - Kennedy And Oswald

The National Geographic Channel cre­ated an inter­act­ive one-page web exper­i­ence for the movie “Killing Kennedy”, based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

The inter­act­ive long webpage titled “Rendezvous with Death” tells the story of Kennedy and Oswald side-by-side. A nicely craf­ted doc­u­ment with a very rich present­a­tion full of html 5 anim­a­tions, soundtrack and videos. It play as its own form of film trailer and works as a par­al­lel layer provid­ing info on the sub­ject. You’ll find it here.

Reading is Pleasure

Hysterical Literature - Session One: Stoya

Stoya reads an excerpt from “Necrophilia Variations” by Supervert. A poetic struggle of focus, full of intens­ity, between con­cen­tra­tion and let­ting go. The end res­ult: a beau­ti­ful smile.

(You’ll want to be on head­phones for this one. And full screen.)

 

This video is part of Hysterical Literature:

a video art series by NYC-based pho­to­grapher and film­maker Clayton Cubitt. It explores fem­in­ism, mind/body dual­ism, dis­trac­tion por­trait­ure, and the con­trast between cul­ture and sexu­al­ity. (It’s also just really fun to watch.)

This Cubitt’s film is some sort of divine per­form­ance that embraces writ­ing as an art form and the act of read­ing as an obsess­ive gen­er­ator of more art.

I share many Supervert’s thoughts on Stoya’s Session. It is worth read­ing. A few excerpts:

«(…) Cubitt chan­nels that there-but-not-there sexu­al­ity into the things which he does per­mit you to per­ceive: the cres­cendo of sen­sa­tion build­ing on Stoya’s face; the move­ment of her hands, which are imbued with an erot­i­cism they would be denied if the frame included the divert­ing sight of gen­italia; the trans­form­a­tion of her voice, which begins in nar­ra­tion and ends in gasping.»

«(…) what is hap­pen­ing to her body deprives the book of its abil­ity to deliver whatever answers it may have. The words are reduced to emotive groans and, when Stoya’s face lights up, it is an indic­a­tion that her mind has gone dark.»

«(…) Cubitt’s aes­thetic and Stoya’s per­form­ance are what make “Hysterical Literature” stand on its own as video art, but what thrills the silent part­ner in the mén­age is to see how their exper­i­ment extends the spirit of the book. They take an impulse from the text, trans­late it into another medium, and beam it into the world anew. Bravo.»

Stoya’s thoughts on the exper­i­ence here.

Stoya’s is Session One. Watch more ses­sions here.