LEDs, Guys in the Snow, in the Dark, Not Porn.

Ok, I want to do this.  Wait, it’s 70 outside and the ocean breeze is outstanding.  Suck on THAT, Midwest!

I kid!

Watch:

WOO Productions made this.  WOO Productions has some pretty awesome projects under their belt, you should go over there and check out their catalogue of work.  BUT NOT RIGHT THIS SECOND, WAIT DAMMIT!

From the video:

Two Mountainbikers, fully equipped with a lot of LED’s, enlighten the trails as they ride in the dark.

There are so many action sports videos on the internet nowadays that it’s hard to mix things up. Pretty much everything has already been done by someone else. This concept has left us wanting to create something innovative for quite a while now. We just didn’t have the “big idea” until we talked to Phillippe. After a day of testing with the aerial drone in 2012 the actual plan was to produce a “normal” Enduro or Trailbiking video with WOOProductions this year. It all turned out a little differently, though. The filming for the Enduro video never happened, but we ended up getting this idea for a completely different project. Phillippe, the founder of WOOProductions, came up with the idea of using LED lights for a video- a lot of them. At a meeting he explained his concept or at least he tried to, as it was quite a complex idea. It was hard for us to imagine the outcome but we almost had to give it a try due to how intrigued he was with the idea. The goal was never to document a day in the life kind of thing or produce a video with logical content. We would definitely not go for a normal ride at night with hundreds of little lights spread all over our bikes and bodies while still not seeing anything. We just wanted to create something different that looked cool for your and our entertainment- simple as that.

How I should have started this article was something like “Do you want to see some outstanding light art in the snow with LEDs glowing on bicycles?

Nah.  Too tame.

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Leif Maginnis Makes Ultraviolet Light and Spinning Things Into Magic Mind, uh, Intercourse

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Leif Maginnis had an idea that he turned into what I’m calling THE coolest interactive thing I’ve seen in 2014 so far.  So simple and so visually confusing and pleasing — meet the Art Strobe:

Oh yeah, and if that wasn’t enough to shake loose the little bits of acid from back in your 1970’s days, here’s some more:

ArtStrobe Interactive Light Art from leif maginnis on Vimeo.

It’s probably best to let Leif describe this one:

The ArtStrobe is interactive, kinetic light art. It works by spinning an object that has fluorescent-colored patterns on it. Ultraviolet strobe lights are aimed at it and rings of bright fluorescent patterns emerge, transform in color and move in and out of focus. The user can change these patterns by turning two knobs mounted near the ArtStrobe.

Ok, I can dig it.  So for those of you who won’t watch the longer video, even though the awesome quotient is about 437, Leif spins something that has some fluorescing paint on it and then strobes blacklight at it.  the results are eye-gasmic.

Leif, you sir are awesome!  By the way, Leif’s also kind of a bad ass prop master and designer — Check out his Cat Designs website, he’s got all kinds of broadcast design work on there!

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pipel2I have Tobin to thank for this.  Thank you, Tobin!

This comes from DesignBoom’s DIY Submission Series, which is pretty freaking cool full time!  All images (C) Leif Maginnis

 

Maiko Takeda – Naked Light in its Purest Form with Fashion

I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Let me back up:  This is the work of Maiko Takeda, and she blows my mind.  Maiko takes fashion, incorporates the idea of pattern projections based on fabric, and turns them into unbelievable works of human art.  Maybe this is why I’m in love with Maiko Takeda.

Check this out:

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Right?

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Riiiiiight?!

From Maiko’s portfolio page, about Maiko:

Logic + geometry + space form the common denominator in all Maiko Takeda pieces. It’s a world in which the simple will seem complicated and order turns to chaos. But do not be afraid to indulge, as at the end you will always find that the common denominator stands (right there at the bottom where it belongs).

Maiko Takeda grew up in a post boom Tokyo where she quickly was faced with the challenge of wanting to create products of individual and timeless quality in a country slowly coming to a grinding halt. This meant that she more and more looked to areas outside of fashion and pop culture for impulses, exploring the city by foot, finding inspiration in the smallest and most random of things.

Within the pieces, there is the juxtaposition of various elements. Environmental influences such as shadow, wind and gravity, create an experience of wonder and bewilderment for the adorned. The form of her work itself can never be its sole feature as the extra element is always seeking to transcend the expectations of the wearer as part of the work.

After having moved to London she studied Jewellery Design BA(Hons) at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and is currently doing a Masters in Millinery at the Royal College of Art. Her work experience includes Issey Miyake, Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Erickson Beamon.

Enough talking.  MORE MAIKO!

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In case you’re feeling frisky, check out Maiko’s photography collections page, and definitely check out Maiko’s Camera Obscura work.  Unreal!

 

Return of The Daily Lamp – Facetada by AndreuCarulla Studio

While I was unemployed, I had to take a small hiatus from The Daily Lamp. I was spending ten hour days looking for work, and it seemed like every freaking door slammed shut when I was looking.  But now, I have not only a job again, but time to write more DAILY LAMP offerings, and this time it’s brought to you by Barbizon!

Today’s Daily Lamp is an interesting transitional design by the Spanish firm AndreuCarulla Studio.  The funny thing about this lamp is that it started out as a silly little amouse-bouche plate for food that never fills you up.  I only know that term from watching Top Chef.  Check this out, it explains what the hell I’m talking about before we get into the lamp:

FACETAT dish from ^C studio on Vimeo.

This lamp, the Facetada, is literally made of that plate from the video.  It’s like a disco ball that had bad anxiety and just needed to break loose.  What do you think?

FACETADA lamp from ^C studio on Vimeo.

From the video page:

Ceiling lamp created from the Facetat dish. We have devised a new manufacturing system; starting from a flat sheet we are able to model the geometry of the lamp to our liking.
The final result is a unique piece of lightweight appearance, which distributes the light uniformly on the bottom, while reflects spectacular patterns on the ceiling, creating a warm ambiance.

Buyable limited edition.

Video by Pau Carulla

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Pissed Off Paul Anka Rants on His Crew and Band in the Mid-1980s After A Bad Show

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Ready for something awesome?

“Do any of your checks bounce? Do you all get full value on your money? I want full value on your f*cking services. You have three days to get it together.”

You know what, if the guys were screwing up and I was paying the checks, I would probably feel the same way. Here’s Paul Anka reading his crew and band the riot act after a bad show in the 1980’s. You have to listen to this video and watch the images associated, this video has pretty funny images associated as Paul goes batshit angry.

From Wikipedia:

Sometime in the mid-1980s, Anka was secretly recorded while launching a tirade against his crew and band members, berating them for unprofessional behavior in the show they had just played. (Asked about it on the interview program Fresh Air, he referred to the person who did the recording as a “snake we later fired.”) The recording became widely known after being uploaded to the Internet, and a number of quotes from it have since become famous, including “The guys get shirts,” “Don’t make a maniac out of me,” and “Slice like a fucking hammer.” Some of the quotes were reproduced verbatim by Al Pacino’s character in the 2007 film Ocean’s Thirteen.

This is too awesome not to put myself right there in the room like a fly on the wall.

Here’s Paul Anka pitching a bitch:

Pink Floyd’s Lighting Designer, Arthur Max, Has A Bad Day on Headset – in 1973

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It’s the day before Independence Day off here in the USA.

There is nothing you’re doing right now that can’t wait for 11 minutes while you watch Arthur Max at the office while working a 1973 Pink Floyd show in Detroit — the venue ruled that Pink Floyd had to use the Union spot ops from the venue instead of the Pink Floyd crew, and with some animation, this is one of the best things you’ll see today!  Thanks to Cliff Port, a fan filmmaker that really got a good belly laugh out of me today!

You know who Arthur Max is, right?  He’s a production designer and artist who does a ton of movies now, but lit Floyd back in the day along with working for Bill Graham at the Filmore East.  From IMDB:

A native New Yorker who worked as a Stage Lighting Designer in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the music industry, and then, after studying architecture in England and Italy, went on to do several architectural design projects in London. He entered British film as an assistant to several British Production Designers in the mid-1980s. First for Stuart Craig on Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes and Cal (both 1984) and then for Ashetton Gorton on Revolution (1985). His Production Design career began withTV commercials during the years 1985-1995 for many different Directors, including Ridley Scott and David Fincher, with whom he would go on to collaborate on feature films.

This is so awesome, I think I may just watch it again.

HUGE thanks to Simone Kay’s YouTube channel!

PHISH! New Video Clips of the Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from March 2009

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I started digging my way through the 2 terabytes or so of uncut, backlogged video I have to process.  Behind every folder is something I have forgotten that I filmed, and I am uncovering some really fun stuff!

Here’s a handful of clips from when Greggity and I flew the famous mockingbird from Columbus, OH to Hampton, VA for the Phish reunion shows on March 6-8, 2009.  The clips I had sitting in a folder were, in order:

Army of One
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Down with Disease JAM
Contact
Tweezer Reprise

Enjoy! Also check out Greg and I chatting with Chris Kuroda, Phish’s lighting designer, during the Hampton 2009 run, all four parts:

Part 1:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/23/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-one/

Part 2:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/24/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-two/

Part 3:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/25/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-three/

Part 4:
http://www.jimonlight.com/2009/03/26/interview-with-chris-kuroda-lighting-designer-for-phish-part-4/

Ready?  Get your coffee, have a seat, and rock out!

PHISH! 2009 Hampton Coliseum Reunion Shows from JimOnLight.com! from Jim Hutchison on Vimeo.

Need A Laugh? Here’s A Han Solo Aroused in Carbonite Light Switch Plate

That’s right, people!  Han SOLO!  BAHAHAA!

Come on, it’s at least a little funny, and it’s Monday, so even better.  Here’s a Han Solo encased in Carbonite switch plate designed by Etsy user WickedStudio!

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Just in case you were wondering, yes the switch pole is supposed to be Han’s pole.

From WickedStudios:

The Force is hard with this one. This is a working UL approved switch installed in the crotch of an icon of pop culture, Han Solo in Carbon Freeze. I hand-sculpted the switch plate to an appropriate scale for the switch and in the likeness of Harrison Ford. It installs directly to the wall over an existing switch box. The switch is also painted in matching silver as pictured.

Measures 10x4x1.5 inches and includes mounting hardware and instructions. This is not an official Star Wars product.

Pre-order is $10 to lock in at $45 price (price may go up next time around). When your switch is complete, you will then be invited to make payment of $35 plus shipping through Etsy again. I estimate this next set to ship in 2-3 weeks, but I plan to make another mold immediately so that I can speed up. Items will be shipped in the order received.

Shipping costs:
$10.20 in USA
$32.15 to canada
$45.25 to everywhere else

Will ship USPS Priority.

“The focus is hard with this one.”  BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!  

Oh I love being ten years old again.

 

The Daily Lamp – SLAMP Presents Avia and Aria from Zaha Hadid!

Please excuse the radio silence yesterday, I had to buckle down hard and put out another few dozen resumes and applications for some work!  Speaking of…  anyone in the market for a lighting designer and industry expert with 15 years of production design experience and 7 years of market writing and communications?  I’m your guy!  Email me!

Today’s Daily Lamp is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL – world, meet the Avia and Aria Series for Slamp from Zaha Hadid, a genius of light:

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I can only imagine what Avia or Aria would look like with a clear enveloped large filament lamp inside…  can you image what this beauty would do with that kind of lamp?  You’d have the most gorgeous shadows on everything in that room!

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On Avia and Aria from SLAMP:

Aria by Zaha Hadid

Aria is a lamp designed by Zaha Hadid which combines dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials, creating a sculpture of light and technology that fascinates and enchants observers.

The 50 individual layers of Cristalflex (a techno-polymer patented by Slamp) work together to make Aria seem as if is about to take flight, characterised by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace the light source in a veiled breath.

The large lamp is formed of a central structure capable of flooding the entire room with light, thanks to 6 light sources and a spotlight directed downwards.

With an 90 cm diameter and 130 cm high, Aria enhances any space, rendering it luxurious without losing any of its contemporary style.

The elegant black veiled finish lends a touch of mystery and seduction.

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Avia combines the majesty of great architecture with a lamp for day-to-day use, perfectly integrating large volumes with advanced lighting techniques and technology.

To give shape to such an ambitious project the designer used 52 different layers of Opalflex, a techno-polymer patented by Slamp, creating an effect of fluidity, dynamism and harmony resulting in a perfect architectural form that gently embraces the light source.

Avia captures the gaze of anyone who draws near, offering constantly changing perspectives and reflections, transforming itself from a simple light source into a genuine sculpture to be admired, making any space more suggestive.

The central structure is capable of providing 360 degrees light, thanks to its numerous light sources and a downwards-facing spotlight.

The lamp is available in 4 different sizes, making it capable of adapting to any kind of space: two smaller sizes, ideal for use at home and two larger versions for enhancing large-sized spaces. Two colour tones are available: the uncontaminated purity of total white and the absolute elegance of total black.

Fluid and dynamic, Avia is a miniature piece of architecture, perfect for adding stature to the home. 52 different layers of Opalflex® transform it from a source of light into an object of admiration with soft, amplified tones and reflections. The lamp is available in four sizes: two small and two large.

From DesignBoom, where this lovely beauty of a lamp originated:

presented at euroluce during salone del mobile 2013, ‘aria & avia’ lamps designed by zaha hadid for slamp combine dramatic architectural features with the intrinsic weightlessness of the materials from which they are made, creating illuminated sculptures that fascinate and enchant their observers.  Over 50 individual layers of a techno-polymer medium work together to make the hanging lights seem as if they are about to take flight, characterized by complex yet harmonic forms that embrace their brilliance in a veiled breath.  The large fixtures are formed from a central structure capable of flooding an entire room with 360 degrees of ample illumination, thanks to six lucent sources and a spotlight directed downwards.  The hanging pieces bring together the majesty of great architecture for day-to-day use, perfectly integrating large volumes with advanced lighting techniques and technology.  Available in four different sizes, they are capable of adapting to any kind of interior environment: two smaller sizes, ideal for use at home and two larger versions for enhancing large-sized rooms.

This might be my favorite lamp from the last few weeks.  Zaha, I think you are an amazing designer!

Readers, you have GOT to go check out more of Zaha Hadid’s work – Zaha Hadid Architects is one place, and also check out her vast collection at SLAMP.  Flip through the gallery below, click on any image and it opens up into a blackbox to get the full effect of this amazing design!

High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs As They Explode, Filled with AWESOMESAUCE by Jon Smith

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I am really digging Jon Smith’s photography.  Apparently he also does some Light Art.  Jon is Wide Eyed Illuminations on Flickr — and since I’m apparently in an all-about-light-bulbs mood today, watch this and then check out what’s beneath it:

THAT, good people of the world, is some amazing shit!  Jon fills up the glass envelope of incandescent light bulbs, and then shoots that sucker with a pellet gun.  Which, as you see below, makes awesomesauce.

These are my personal favorite pics from Jon’s full set on Flickr of the light bulbs.  I’m sure you’ll find your favorites too, but check out the whole set here.

Color Splash

Kitchen Sink

Orange Cap

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Blue Puff

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DEXTER LAMP!

Splitting Headache

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Feathers Flying

Three's company

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Heart of Gold

Gold Rush

Gel Balls

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Mason Jar Collision

Flood Light

Pink/Blue Paint

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