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Imagine a home in which you could skateboard to the dining room table, or, for that matter, on it. That’s just what ex world champion pro-skater Pierre-André Senizergues (PAS) turned Sole Technology founder envisioned when he came up with PAS House or Casa PAS. Senizergues created the concept, but Gil Le Bon Delapointe is responsible for the cool design of the full-scale 753 sq. foot version that includes a sofa, bed, and even kitchen appliances. The skateboard ramp-style structure allows the inhabitants to skate or bike on virtually every surfaces. The prototype was made with a Malibu location in mind, overlooking the ocean, with three separate living areas connected by a continuous ribbon-like skateable surface. The execution of the actual house will be overseen by architect François Perrin.
Check out the video:
via plataforma arquitectura via anA
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It’s probably hard for Daniella Mooney’s wooden (or is it?) sculpture Parquetry not to illicit some sort of reaction from a viewer, whether it be a smile or an expression of confusion. The South African artist’s sculptural work consists mostly of natural materials such as wood, stone, moss and crystals, with meticulous detail in their crafting as can be seen above in the process photos of Parquetry and in more detail here. Mooney tends to explore themes of alchemy, magic and natural phenomena and I’d say this piece is pretty magical.
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This weekend’s picks for Free & Cheap things to do in NYC (2/15 to 2/17) in art, music, theater, performance, dance, architecture and general fun.
1. THEATER/PERFORMANCE: All weekend & through 3/3– Frigid Festival – Fringy theater and performances. $12 to $15.
2. ART/TECH: Fri 2/22 & Sat 2/23 & through 3/2: Gimme More: Is Augmented Reality the Next Medium? Visitors explore the link between the physical and digital worlds via augmented reality-based immersive installations. 12 to 6pm FREE
3. ART/TECH/DESIGN: Sat 2/23 & Sat 2/24 – (though the poster & website say differently, we have been told by one of the panelist that the event is actually Sat & Sun) PlayThings a 2-day symposium and workshop exploring the concept of play in the fields of art, media, and technology. 11am to 5pm. FREE
4. PHOTOGRAPHY: Fri 2/22 and through 5/5 Roman Vishniac Rediscovered most widely recognized and reproduced photographic record of Jewish life in Eastern Europe between the two World Wars. FREE Fridays 5 to 8pm. All other times $14
5. ART: Fri 2/22 through 3/22 – Gathering Place: Selected artists fill the formerly-vacant 8th St. storefront with site-specific works exploring the street and neighborhood’s unique history of commerce and culture. Opening 7pm.
6. TALK/TECH: Fri 2/22 – Part of Social Media Week: Art Exploring Image Sharing Platforms: #selfieaffirmation Panel of internet energy healers and pioneers discuss the relevance of self portraiture and online avatars. 5 to 8pm. FREE
7. ART: All Weekend – Moustache Man (aka Patrick Waldo) who penned his signature cursive “moustache” tag on thousands of subway ads has a solo gallery debut only through Sunday. FREE
8. MUSIC: Fri 2/22 – David Lynch presents Chrysta Bell w/ She Keeps Bees. 7:30pm $15 to $17.
9. ART/TECH: All weekend: The Public Private exhibit that explores the impact of social media and new technologies on the relationship between the public and private realm. FREE
11. PERFORMANCE/ART/HAPPENING: Sat 2/23 – E.S.P. Live From the Control Room repurposes the museum’s Open Studios into E.S.P. TV LAB hosting a variety of artists and performers. A happening-like environment: 7pm $5 to $7
12. ARCHITECTURE/FUN: Sat 2/23 – Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt. Discover little-known passageways, gourmet foods and much more in the terminal and its environs. 2pm $24.50
13. THEATER/PARTICIPATORY: Fri 2/22 & Sat 2/23 Shakespeare Shakedown presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream at a secret loft location. Immerse yourself as actors spin wildly through the party blending Shakepeare with improv. 7pm Use code G&SFRIENDS for $15 tkts.
14. FILM: Sat 2/23 – Premiere of Mostly Awake a micro-budget independent comedy filmed in Bushwick. 8pm FREE
15. THEATER: All weekend: Hit the Wall by Ike Holter previews. Ltd amount of $35 tkts remain: Use code HTWBST35
16. MUSIC/OPERA: Sun 2/24 & through 3/2 – The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten based on Henry James’ ghost story and conducted by Jayce Ogren. $25 and up. Use code 19286 for 20% off through 2/26.
17. PARTY/FILM: Sun 2/24 – OscarViewing Party at SideBar 6:30pm $10 general admission
18. MUSIC/DANCE/CIRCUS: Sun 2/24 – The Super Hot Cheap Fun Variety Show: an evening of Circus/Dance/Music and indescribable wonderment. Part of the Hot Cheap Living Festival. 7pm. $10
>>Film –Fri 2/22 – The Throwaways Sneak Preview – Documentary about filmmaker and ex-felon Ira McKinley who struggles to turn his life around in inner-city Albany. 7:30pm $10.
>>Theater – All Weekend – Big Flower Eater $12
>>Art – All weekend & through 4/28 – Marcel Proust and “Swann’s Way” at Morgan Library FREE Fridays 7 to 9pm.
>>Film – All Weekend – Red Flag a new film by Alex Karpovsky (of Girls) $8 to $10
>>Theater – Fri 2/22 & Sat 2/23 –Collected Stories by Donald Margulies performed in the Strand’s Rare Books Room. 7:30pm $20 or $15 with code bookworm.
>>Food/Fun – Sat 2/23 – Iron Chef Flux. Come watch our most talented Flux chefs compete head to head in an intense culinary battle. 6 to 8pm. FREE to watch; $5 to sample food.
>>Fun/Oscars: Sun 2/24 – Oscar Viewing Party at Eventi’s Big Screen Plaza. Kick off at 6pm. FREE. Drinks $3 to $6.
>>Fun/Oscars: Sun 2/24 – The Big Oscars Quiz Thing. 5 rounds of multi-media Trivia Quiz. Doors 5:30pm Quiz 6pm, with Awards Broadcast following. $15.
>>Fun/Oscars: Sun 2/24 – Alt. Oscars Awards Event – outlandish Awards Event & Dance Party with ongoing performances, interactive red carpet & dedicated Hollywood Oscar viewing area. 6pm. $5 presale. $10 at door
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Norwegian designer Bjørn Jørund Blikstad focused on storage solutions for his masters in furniture design. Taking inspiration from the Rubik’s cube, Blikstad created Imeüble, his modular shelving system made up of multiple axiometric wall cubes. At a distance, and in photos, the shelves look flat, but their depth becomes evident as you get closer. Very cool.
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American artist Max Mulhern, living in Paris, has long been fascinated by the role that luck plays in life. For the past two years, Mulhern has been sketching and painting floating dice — after earlier designing many sculptures of unrealistic boats — uniting his interest in art and chance. The culmination of his efforts, along with a French kickstarter-like campaign to raise funds, took the shape of two giant orange and blue dice, Aqua Dice, launched to sea from the port of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands on the appropriately slot-machine-like date of 12/12/12. Mulhern also refers to his Aqua Dice project as “The Greatest Floating Craps Game on Earth”.
The dice were made from bio-composites and are 100% recyclable. They were designed to collapse on impact and, due to their fluorescent orange color, are highly visible to any nearby vessels. Each die has a specially designed GPS unit inside within a “souffle-like” padding that will turn on once a day to enable tracking of their journey. As of January 7th the dice were about 1,100 miles west of the Canary Islands, though one of the dice started heading back east since then, separating from the other.
You can see more photos of the project on Mulhern’s site and follow its progress on the Aqua Dice facebook page. And here’s an interview with the artist on the project.
via the nytimes