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

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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.