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Born in 1979 in Valencia, Spanish artist, Manuel Marti Moreno creates has created a body of work dealing directly with the transience of the bodily image. His dream-like, ephemeral sculptures made primarily of steel mechanical pieces create, and at the same time, deconstruct the body form alluding to its temporal nature and intrinsic relationship with the rest of the environment. Deliberately left open-ended, his bodies, composed of small varying in shape particles dissolve into their background to become just a fragile moment in time.

“The Transience of Existence” is the name, appropriately given to the set of sculptures by the Spanish artist. You can see more of his poetic body of work on his website.

Via Marti Moreno’s website.

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Although the video of Russian daredevils Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov made its round on the internet and made quite a few palms sweaty just by looking at the footage, we think that without it the viewers can appreciate the full grandeur of Shanghai’s rapidly shaping skyline. The duo’s impressive photographs show the city from a vantage point that only a few lucky ones are able to experience.

High above the clouds, stand several of Shanghai’s skyline towers including KPF’s World Financial Center, completed in 2008, which had also been the second tallest building in the world in its time.

The duo’s trip is an impressive (i.e mind boggling) continuation of their trip across famous European architectural sites, featured in Epistrophy here.

 

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Conceived by British designer Asif Khan and engineered by Swiss visual art and installation studio iart. The kinetic facade of the MegaFon pavilion projects the portraits of visitors through a system of movable actuators. The actuators are pistons attached a motorized engine and equipped with a LED light.

Each visitor of the Olympics can participate in the installation by having their picture taken in a specially assigned 3D booth which captures their face from all angles. The image is then fed to the actuators which within seconds portray it with great precision on the movable pin-screen.

Arguably a bizarre use of a complex pneumatic/LED technology, the installation shows an immense potential for transforming the way architecture is perceived. Conceived usually as a static form, the responsiveness of the MegaFon opens up the conversation for creating adaptive environments, capable of quickly addressing the changes in their surroundings.

Asif Khan is an architect and industrial designer currently working in London who has worked on a number of interactive installations including the London Olympic’s Coca Cola Pavillion with Pernilla Ohrstedt.

Via Iart, Vimeo and Asif Khan‘s website.

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The Barbican has commissioned light installation & sculpture studio United Visual Artists (previously featured here) to create an immersive experience for the Curve Gallery. The space which is located behind the art center’s concert hall is a 90-meter long narrow hallway that has been used as an installation ground since 2006 and since then has attracted a great number of visitors with its unique features. “Momentum” turns the Curve gallery into a misty meditative space, specifically designed to allow visitors to step out of the humdrum of daily life and immerse into an experience of subtle light and sound.

The pendulums above the visitors swing into various patterns – from streaks of light to geometric and flower-like forms. The motion of the lights responds to the vibrations of the soundtrack accompanying them to create a evolving experience for the visitor’s experience changes as they walk down the corridor. The spectators are invited to explore the installation at their own pace and thus fully step out of their daily routine.

Via United Visual Artists and Designboom.

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Video production company Universal Everything has produced an incredible new video morphing human movement and geometric form, called Walking City. Well worth watching the whole film and enjoy the seamless transition between the metamorphoses.

“Referencing the utopian visions of 1960’s architecture practice Archigram, Walking City is a slowly evolving video sculpture. The language of materials and patterns seen in radical architecture transform as the nomadic city walks endlessly, adapting to the environments she encounters.”

Previously featured works by Universal Everything on Epistrophy you can find here.

Via Unversal Everything’s website.