Another video in the Lighting Insights series I shoot for CHAUVET Professional, Part 2 of Mastering Color!
In case you missed Part 1, check it out:
Another video in the Lighting Insights series I shoot for CHAUVET Professional, Part 2 of Mastering Color!
In case you missed Part 1, check it out:
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:
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!
Are you kidding? OF COURSE when Fox posts something I’m posting that stuff over here, especially when it’s tres awesomesauce!
This is a video short from Marc-Antoine Locatelli, in which a dancer, Lucas Boirat, fights different geometric forms of light. This is what I offer to fire up your Tuesday morning!
Thanks, It’s Colossal!
Xcel Energy, the people who started up the Colorado solar-to-home movement only to withdraw from it quicker than John Wayne Bobbitt lost his wang, are back at the douchebaggery again. This time, a group of very smart and very environmentally conscious people called New Era Colorado is putting the kibosh on their plans for coal-fired world domination. Check this out:
From the video page:
This is a grassroots David and Goliath campaign to create a landmark model for how communities can take control of their energy future: http://igg.me/at/localpowerYou can support this effort on Indiegogo:http://igg.me/at/localpower
This is pretty great. These folks are simply trying to stop the mass amounts of money from flowing into the pockets of the “we don’t give a shit” power brokers and back into the hands of the community, and to save the Earth one city at a time. Can you imagine what would happen if this works? I for one would love to see solar panels and wind turbines out en masse instead of coal fired plants spewing black death into the atmosphere. But, that’s just me. I’m sure the Xcel Energy executives need their Mercedes and homes in the Hamptons, too. Right?
Check out the Campaign for Local Power’s IndieGogo campaign. Feeling frisky? Donate ten bucks, you’ll literally change the world.
From the IndieGogo campaign website:
Back in 2011, our community did something no other community had ever done before: we voted to explore taking control of our power supply for the sole purpose of lowering our impact on the planet. Xcel Energy spent nearly $1 million dollars on that election, but lost–because a committed group of community advocates and a small nonprofit that engages young people in politics won the day. Outspent 10-to-1, the grassroots coalition registered voters, knocked on doors, and made thousands of phone calls.
With voter approval, the city launched an extensive analysis and found that it could get cleaner, cheaper power that was just as reliable all on its own.
But now, Xcel is back, with a misleading initiative they’ve helped place on Boulder’s fall ballot that would stop the city’s formation of a local electric utility dead in its tracks. Their ballot measure is masquerading as a way to reduce government debt, but it’s really just a dirty trick–the measure includes impossible, even illegal, requirements that would stall out the very process voters already approved.
They’re back to undermine our local process, because the city’s findings made it clear that they stand to lose more than the $35 million dollars in profits they make annually from Boulder. They know that Boulder is on the verge of setting a precedent of national significance that would threaten not just Xcel, but the very core of the coal energy’s business model–not to mention that industry’s billions of dollars in profits.
We out-organized them in 2011, and we know we can again in 2013 if we have the resources to achieve the reach we need. Boulder has already voted to move forward–this fight is about keeping the coal industry from holding us back.
Can you help these smart people defeat the coal giant in the region? Like New Era Colorado on Facebook, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. Xcel Energy will not.
From May 28, 2013 onward, the study of the human eye will forever be changed. A doctor named Harminder S. Dua, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Nottingham has discovered a new layer of cells that lies just above Descemet’s Layer of the cornea and the corneal stroma. Like so:
“Now hold on there cowboy, what’s the cornea?!”
The cornea is the covering for the iris, pupil, and the anterior chamber – basically the spot in front of the eye’s lens. It’s one of the body’s most nerve-filled tissues, and it’s filled with fluid for light transmission. Check this out, it’s an excellent visual description of the cornea, anterior and vitreous chambers — for reference, Dua’s Layer is right between the rear edge of the cornea (closest to the iris) and the middle of the cornea:
What Dr. Dua has discovered is a layer within the cornea that seems to have something to do with failures in the cornea where misshaping takes place. These kinds of diseases are thought to be caused by water becoming waterlogged within the cornea itself, perhaps caused by a tear in this new Dua’s Layer. They give the person afflicted a cone-shaped cornea that can be corrected with glasses, contacts, or in extreme cases, corneal surgery. I’ve never seen anything quite like this before, so I’m guessing you haven’t either:
Dua’s Layer is the new tissue discovery that is thought to cause things like this crazy degenerative keratoconus, which looks very annoying and painful to me. Keratoconus causes pretty awful headaches and eye strain for people afflicted, which nobody wants. But, this discovery is being heralded as a potential game changer for corneal diseases and degenerative conditions. From Sci News:
“This is a major discovery that will mean that ophthalmology textbooks will literally need to be re-written. Having identified this new and distinct layer deep in the tissue of the cornea, we can now exploit its presence to make operations much safer and simpler for patients,” said Dr Harminder Dua, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Nottingham and lead author of a paper published in the journal Ophthalmology.
“From a clinical perspective, there are many diseases that affect the back of the cornea which clinicians across the world are already beginning to relate to the presence, absence or tear in this layer.”
The human cornea is the clear protective lens on the front of the eye through which light enters the eye. Scientists previously believed the cornea to be comprised of five layers, from front to back, the corneal epithelium, Bowman’s layer, the corneal stroma, Descemet’s membrane and the corneal endothelium.
…and from Science Daily:
The scientists proved the existence of the layer by simulating human corneal transplants and grafts on eyes donated for research purposes to eye banks located in Bristol and Manchester.
During this surgery, tiny bubbles of air were injected into the cornea to gently separate the different layers. The scientists then subjected the separated layers to electron microscopy, allowing them to study them at many thousand times their actual size.
Understanding the properties and location of the new Dua’s layer could help surgeons to better identify where in the cornea these bubbles are occurring and take appropriate measures during the operation. If they are able to inject a bubble next to the Dua’s layer, its strength means that it is less prone to tearing, meaning a better outcome for the patient.
The discovery will have an impact on advancing understanding of a number of diseases of the cornea, including acute hydrops, Descematocele and pre-Descemet’s dystrophies.
The scientists now believe that corneal hydrops, a bulging of the cornea caused by fluid build up that occurs in patients with keratoconus (conical deformity of the cornea), is caused by a tear in the Dua layer, through which water from inside the eye rushes in and causes waterlogging.
This is the first time I am ever researching Keratoconus — I have a good friend who has Retinitis Pigmentosa, another degenerative disease of the eye (in that case the retina), but the conical cornea is quite an odd phenomena. Have you ever had or know anyone who has had this disease? I found some information at WebMD on Keratoconus on diagnosis and treatment:
Keratoconus changes vision in two ways:
- As the cornea changes from a ball shape to a cone shape, the smooth surface becomes slightly wavy. This is called irregular astigmatism.
- As the front of the cornea expands, vision becomes more nearsighted. That is, only nearby objects can be seen clearly. Anything too far away will look like a blur.
An eye doctor may notice symptoms during an eye exam. You may also mention symptoms that could be caused by keratoconus. These include:
- Sudden change of vision in just one eye
- Double vision when looking with just one eye
- Objects both near and far looking distorted
- Bright lights looking like they have halos around them
- Lights streaking
- Seeing triple ghost images
To be sure you have keratoconus, your doctor needs to measure the curvature of the. cornea. There are several different ways this can be done.
One instrument, called a keratometer, shines a pattern of light onto the cornea. The shape of the reflection tells the doctor how the eye is curved. There are also computerized instruments that make three-dimensional “maps” of the cornea.
How Is Keratoconus Treated?
Treatment usually starts with new eyeglasses. If eyeglasses don’t provide adequate vision, then contact lenses may be recommended. With mild cases, new eyeglasses can usually make vision clear again. Eventually, though, it will probably be necessary to use contact lenses or seek other treatments to strengthen the cornea and improve vision.
A last resort is a cornea transplant. This involves removing the center of the cornea and replacing it with a donor cornea that is stitched into place.
Check out the abstract at the journal Ophthalmology.
Today’s Daily Lamp is a bit off-norm, if you will — artist Mike Thompson has posed a simple question:
Will you bleed for illumination?
From Mike Thompson’s page on the Blood Lamp:
What if power came at a cost to the individual?
The average American consumes 3383kwh of energy per year. That’s equivalent to leaving the light on in 4 rooms for a whole year. The simple flick of a switch allows us to power appliances and gadgets 24/7 without a thought to where it comes from and the cost to the environment.
For the lamp to work one breaks the top off, dissolves the powder, and uses their own blood to power a simple light. By creating a lamp that can only be used once, the user must consider when light is needed the most, forcing them to rethink how wasteful they are with energy, and how precious it is.
Mike raises a great point — one my parents instilled in me at an early age — shut the lights off when you’re not in a room!
Mike’s lamp is a fairly simple design, but definitely ingenius. The design is basically a sealed glass envelope that includes an amount of Luminol powder that, when dissolved and mixed with human blood, creates a bioluminescent light source. Now is it bright enough to provide any real usable illumination? Probably not. But regardless, this isn’t Mike’s point. The point is to help you make better choices as to when you really need light.
Step one, the unbroken envelope:
Step two, remove the stopper with the Luminol powder:
Step three, bust the top off of the envelope so that there are lots of nice little jaggeties for you to bleed from:
Step four, cut yourself on the glass envelope and bleed into the Luminol:
You there, with the rigging bag.
You there, with the crescent wrench and fearless attitude.
You there, sporting the “supervisor” face but looking at your cell phone when motors are moving.
You there, new guy and new girl, who are googly-eyed at the awesomeness but should be watching their own backs and paying attention to the work.
The summer season of outdoor music and theatre has started, and no matter if you’re doing corporate shows, theatre, music, or art production, this post needs to serve as a reminder. Along with orgs like PLASA and the Event Safety Alliance, JimOnLight.com is doing everything they can to NOT have a summer like the last few we’ve had – and what I can do is provide a reminder of the hell that we as an industry have seen, not to mention the families of those killed in these accidents and disasters lately. If I might reiterate, what we do is entertainment; it may pay the bills, but if you see something less than safe happening or took place in putting something together that you might not feel 100% about once it was finished, SPEAK UP NOW!
YOUR DUTY: It is your duty to the safety of others and your own personal safety to keep your head in the game once you are onsite. This includes WEATHER concerns, Safety concerns,
To address an email I got from a guy out there who prefers to remain anonymous out there, who asked me what would happen if a person got fired for refusing to do something unsafe. My response was something along the lines of:
That’s my opinion, anyway. That’s what I’d do. An industry that won’t take care of people who keep it safe is not an industry anyone should participate in, regardless of the possible profits. Money is less valuable than lives.
Here’s a reminder of sacrifices have been made to further the standardization of safety in our business – please forgive me if I overlooked one close to you, all you have to do is email me and I will append this post.
APRIL 5, 2013:
RIGGERS, TAKE HEED: Houston Dean Williams slipped and fell to the stage floor while moving around a beam in San Antonio at the AT&T Center.
MAY 6, 2013:
A man was killed when a PA stack fell on him at a protest rally in Moscow.
APRIL 17, 2013:
Boston Marathon Bombings claim the lives of three marathongoers, wounding several dozens. Let’s not forget, this was at an entertainment function.
March 15, 2013:
A video wall came apart and fell on stage hands in Miami for Ultra Music Festival. No one killed, fortunately, but several people were hurt.
June 16, 2012:
1 dead, 3 wounded at a Radiohead concert in Toronto, Ontario.
December 15, 2011:
1 person was killed and 8 people injured when truss collapsed in Trieste, Italy at a Jovanotti concert.
August 19, 2011:
5 people killed and 70+ injured when a storm blew over a stage at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.
Perhaps the worst of them all lately… August 15, 2011:
At the Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair, a storm blew over an outdoor stage loaded with audio and lighting truss, killing 7 people and injuring 58.
May 13, 2010:
A young lighting tech in West Palm Beach fell to his death from a catwalk while working on a show.
July 27, 2009:
A Pepsi Battle of the Bands in Guangzhou, China experiences a huge, sudden storm that tips over LED screens and injures several dozen. Reports of people killed were removed from the web, so I think it’s fair that we can assume several people died in this accident.
July 16, 2009:
At a Marseilles, France tour stop for Madonna’s Sticky and Sweet tour, a stage roof collapsed, killing 2 stage hands involved in the load-in.
Let’s also never forget the Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake truss collapse in August 2003:
Just don’t forget. Also, don’t forget that you are responsible for yourself out there, and when you’re putting equipment together, keep in mind that your diligence will mean the difference between you and others going home on the bus and going home in the ambulance – or even worse, getting a ride home with the coroner.
Be safe out there, Road Warriors!
Tomohide Ikeya is an artist who works with an uncontrollable medium to achieve moments frozen in time from that world of non-compliance. Meet Tomohide Ikeya’s water-based photography, where light, water, and the human form are introduced to express the irony of control:
From Tomohide Ikeya, about his work:
I’m a photographer who has a concept of “Control” for my work. Water is one of “uncontrolled” things which the human being never can to do. I had a lot of opportunities to think about ‘water’ with doing scuba diving in several countries as a hobby. The beauty of sunshine viewed from under water, daily life of aquatics and me as human just be able to see their world for a moment… We thought human could control water if we had lots of equipments and cared for risks in water, but human never be able to live in water. And we also never be able to live without water. Water doesn’t only give a life, but also takes a life. On the other hand, water is not the Mother of Creation or the Master of Destruction, it’s just be there as ‘water’. Water is a philosophical existence very much even be as ’just water’. I had been fascinated with water more and more and I had gotten a zeal for expression it. It is one of reasons which I became a photographer, so I have been creating my works which has a relation with water. I’m expressing “enthusiasm for life” by photography throughout the figure of Water and Human.’ – Tomohide Ikeya
These images are from both the Moon series and the Breath series. You have to go through these two galleries, these works are absolutely amazing. Tomohide just captures the uncontrollable properties of the water as they are creating their uncontrollable world for the humans bathing in it, and the results are outstanding. Very amazing work, Tomohide!
Today’s Daily Lamp is an excellent project, and I think that it has the potential to be a great fad item — meet the Splite, which looks like an origami-balsa-photo-transparency thing that really wants to be a bridge, but didn’t quite get there and landed as a Splite:
Basically, this project, which is being funded on Kickstarter (just not terribly quickly) and needs to reach 20,000 pounds sterling (which on today’s market is $30,060 USD). From Kickstarter:
jvantspijker is a Rotterdam-based, fresh urban and architectural design practice. We are intrigued by diversity in (public) space, integrated sustainable solutions and in understanding and steering the project processes that are invariably the driving force behind projects. Our ultimate goal is to make things.
The jvantspijker business model is set up flexibly, to merge the experience and momentum of large design assignments with the fresh joie de vivre of an exploring attitude. In this set-up the network is everything. As a result, these is an enormous reservoir of specialist knowledge and consulting specialists is available when necessary.
jvantspijker participates in and is co-founder of CULD, complex urban landscape design. In this joint venture with Juurlink [+] Geluk, we have combined our accumulated experiences to pursue large, complex (international) master planning.
Splite is laser sintered (3D printed) frame on which Jvantspijker attaches a transparency of some sort that the buyer chooses. Once the buyer has the Splite, if they want to change the photo, they simply order another one. The system is pretty self-explanatory; I think this is an excellent take on the picture frame, and I hope they get it off the ground!
Splite is being funded on Kickstarter – if you’re interested, help them out – I’m sure they’d appreciate it.
Talk about green, if you’re looking for a green lamp for your home, why not go with something like Gionata Gatto‘s Unplugged set, which is a hand-cranked table lamp (The Table Crank) and a pedal-powered floor lamp (The Pedalator). I have to say that I am really digging on Gionata Gatto, I like the way this guy thinks. From Studio Atuppertu‘s page on Unplugged:
The production of energy to pay has brought people to massively abuse of our planet resources. Contemporary houses are fULL of electronical devices that are constantly connected to the electric grid. Most of those devices live mostly of their life in a state of continuous standby. The 80% of population ignores the consumption of energy WHICH is necessary to power up simple devices as a radio, a TV, a LED lamp. “Unplugged” wants to provoke a reflection on the theme of energy consumption. Through this argument I wISH to evoke an ipotetic future condition, where available resources are not anymore enough to please ALL population
requests. IN MY MIND I EVOKED THE PICTURE OF A post-industrial background where architectonical carcasses of a civilization in decline wOULD emerge from a scenario of complete abandonment. This wOULD be the context where people will have to discover different energy production’s methods. The auto-production of energy would become the only appropriate and respectful way that could save the Earth and respect its cycles of replenishment of resources. “The Pedalator” and “The Table Crank” are the first two prototypes that stimulate an interesting question: how much hard work do you need to power up a LED bulb? “The TablE
Crank” is a table lamp, that can be activate through the Rotation of a crank locate on the top of the ceramic base. Four or five munutes of manual charge are enough to offer almost half an hour of light. Similar is the case of ‘The Pedalator, a machine that every five minutes of pedaling produce an hour of light. The produced energy is store in a battery, which allow the user to swich the lamps off or on in different times. The pieces are all made of wood, natural ceramic without varnish, aluminum.
Check these photos out, Unplugged is a beautiful almost post-modern design of formulated function. I love it:
Also, Gionata had some drawings of the set, some lovely brain-art of the process, check it out!
Here’s a gallery of the product images and sketches, enjoy! Click on an image, and away you go: