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Artist transforms floor into interactive light exhibit

2014 at 05:36 pm by admin | Comments Off


French digital artist Miguel Chevalier is often recognized as one of the pioneer of the virtual art medium, creating a wide variety of interactive museums and artwork created with the aid of technology. Now, he has brought his work to the city of Casablanca, Morocco, with his new “Magic Carpets” installation! The French Institute of Morocco invited Chevalier to transform the Sacré Coeur church into an interactive exhibit, and Chevalier has done so by turning the floor into a mesmerizing mixture of color, shape, and sound.




The designs change and warp according to the movements of people walking on top of the exhibit, creating a dialogue between the individual and the exhibit space itself. Accompanying the exhibit is echoing music composed by Michel Redolfi, renowned French electronic composer. Combining digital technology with viewer interaction and the actual space, Miguel Chevalier’s latest piece continues to mesmerize visitors and international fans alike.

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Batman celebrates 75th Anniv. with new short film

2014 at 02:23 pm by admin | Comments Off


Batman, originally debuting in May 1939, is widely recognized as one of America’s classic cultural icons, and has been adapted into a wide variety of movies and animated franchises. Batman will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014, and the icon will receive a number of memorials for the milestone throughout the year. One such tribute has been released by producer Bruce Timm, known for his work on the 1992 Emmy-award-winning cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series. This short animation, titled “Batman: Strange Days”, showcases “a lost tale from Batman’s past”, according to DC Entertainment, and features the classic style associated with the popular 90s cartoon. Created as a love letter to both the series itself as well as fans who grew up with the cartoon, this short is one that Batman fans will surely want to check out!


First look at upcoming LEGO Simpsons episode

2014 at 12:50 pm by admin | Comments Off


The Simpsons, which has been airing since December 1989, has cemented its place as the longest-running animated cartoon in history. Now, the franchise will soon be featuring a crossover episode with LEGO, the world-renowned building block toy franchise, and a first look at the episode has been shown on the Simpsons’ Facebook page. The shot shows that the episode will combine the classic Simpsons 2D animation with LEGO, and will be airing on May 4th. Executive producer Matt Selman notes that the episode, titled “Brick Like Me” has been in production for two years, and has been the most expensive Simpsons episode ever produced.


This upcoming episode will not be the first time LEGO and Simpsons have come together. Earlier this year, LEGO released its very first Simpsons playset, recreating the iconic Simpsons household in miniature format. The set comes in over 2500 bricks, and accurately recreates the interior of the house as well, allowing fans to open up the structure and recreate their favorite Simpsons moments.


Squarepusher releases album with Z-Machines

2014 at 01:25 pm by admin | Comments Off


Last September, UK-based electronic composer Squarepusher made waves across the music industry by creating a 5-minute song played entirely by a series of robots called the Z-Machines. These machines, created by a team of researchers from the University of Tokyo, were designed specifically to play music, and feature a guitarist with 78 fingers, a 22-armed drummer, and a pianist that plays the keyboard with lasers. Squarepusher’s first song, “Sad Robots Go Funny”, was originally created to help promote the Z-Machines last September, but he has since gone even further with the robot band and created a five-track album, titled “Music For Robots”!

The album was released on April 8th, and pushes the robots’ abilities even further with complex compositions. Alongside this release, Squarepusher has released a video detailing the making of the album, including behind-the-scenes looks at the robots and how they function. The album was an attempt to see if the Z-Machines could create emotionally engaging music alongside performing impossible feats with the instruments, lending a sense of humanity to the otherwise sterilized machines.


Perth streets transformed by urban art event

2014 at 12:12 pm by admin | Comments Off


Australian city Perth has been emerging as one of the country’s hottest spots for modern and urban art, hosting works from renowned artists like Banksy and Blek le Rat over the past months. Perth has embraced this unique art form and transformed it into a cultural festival for local and international artists with the recent “PUBLIC: Art in the City” event! Inviting over 45 artists from all over the world, including big international names like Phlegm and Pixel Pancho, over 30 walls across the city were commissioned by non-profit organization FORM alongside local council initiatives.





The event was held over the course of nine days days from April 5th to April 13th, and created a wide variety of artwork across the city. These pieces have shown up in unexpected places around Perth, including across high-rise buildings, car parks, and even the interior of a bank! Several of these pieces were collaborative works between several artists, and have been embraced by the community at large as a genuine art form rather than a public nuisance. With such awesome pieces coming from the event, Perth is steadily establishing itself as one of the big names in the international modern art scene!
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IKEA transforms monorail into playground

2014 at 01:49 pm by admin | Comments Off


Tokyo train passengers are in for a treat, as IKEA has turned an entire monorail into a fun interactive showroom! With “Party Train” written across the side of the Tama Monorail Line, this is the latest move by IKEA to help celebrate the new opening of their store near Tokyo’s Tachikawa station.


Once inside, travelers are greeted to a flurry of colors and designs, and were able to sit down and relax with a variety of snacks and games. IKEA employees were aboard the train as well, and played with travelers as well as hosted quizzes and prize giveaways. The train was available for two days earlier this week, making it a limited edition hotspot for fans and passengers alike!


IKEA is a Swedish company, founded in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad, that designs and sells ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances, and home accessories. IKEA is known for its modern architectural designs and eco-friendly interior design work. Founded by Ingvar Kamprad when he was only 17 years old, the company is now one of the largest furniture retailers in the world, with a nearly $40 billion revenue in 2013. IKEA has since become an international name, and has nearly 350 stores across 43 different countries.


Gadget Show Live 2014 at UK

2014 at 01:21 pm by admin | Comments Off


After a successful showing last April, the Gadget Show Live exhibition is back at NEC Birmingham this year, and is open now until April 13th! Based on a British television show that focuses on consumer technology, the Gadget Show Live is one of the largest consumer electronics exhibitions in the UK, and this year’s showing does not disappoint!


A huge variety of technology is showing at the exhibition floor, including the Oculus Rift virtual reality technology and eco-friendly cars that can achieve over 300 miles per gallon, alongside more affordable gadgets like headphones, speakers, radio-controlled toys, and more. Most of it is hands-on, allowing visitors to play around with some future-tech gadgets and other fun trinkets. Alongside all of these cool tech releases are entertainment venues, including a ride based on British car TV show series Top Gear, and even a big-screen version of popular phone game Flappy Bird.


Some of the more popular tech at the show includes the teaching robot Nao. Originally released in 2008 to education institutes and research labs, Nao has since been used in a variety of ways, including teaching children and disabled people, functioning as lab assistants, and performing dance routines and other entertainment purposes.


Other attractions include the Infinity Emperor Workstation, which features multiple monitors, keyboard, and a variety of other trinkets in an all-in-one station, the segway-meets-skateboard OneWheel board that will ship in September, and much more. With so much awesome tech shown already, we can’t wait to see what the rest of show holds in store for us!



Lupin III live-action movie first details

2014 at 12:31 pm by admin | Comments Off


Originally announced last November, the first details for the upcoming Lupin III live-action movie have finally been unveiled! A short plot synopsis has been uploaded to the movie’s official website, and claims that the plot will stay true to the manga’s roots, as well as introduce a new story into the Lupin universe. The movie, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, will revolve around the crew of thieves before they became partners, and their escapades as they try to infiltrate a high-security fortress to steal the Crimson Heart of Cleopatra. On top of that, the first photos of the live-action characters have been uploaded as well, giving us our first look at these iconic manga characters in real life! The photos showcase Shun Oguri (Crows Zero and Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa) as Lupin, Meisa Kuroki (Vexille, Space Battleship Yamato, and Crows Zero) as Fujiko, Tetsuji Tamayama as Jigen, Gou Ayano as Goemon, and Tadanobu Asano as Detective Zenigata, and show how closely the film crew has tried to emulate the style and characterization of the manga characters in reality. With a release date of August 30th in Japan, this live-action movie will be the first for the Lupin III franchise in 40 years, and fans should definitely look forward to it!

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Lupin III is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Monkey Punch, starring master thief Arsène Lupin III, and his escapades as he steals valuable objects alongside his close partner and expert marksman Daisuke Jigen. Regularly joined by swordsman Goemon Ishikawa XIII and femme fatale Fujiko Mine, they are constantly chased by Inspector Koichi Zenigata across the globe as they try to strike it rich. The original manga, published from 1967 to 1969, was popular enough to spawn several anime and film adaptations, and remains popular to this day. Alongside the upcoming live-action movie, a new animated film starring Jigen was recently announced as well, showing that Lupin is as big as ever in the modern era!


The Modern Spark Trio @ TOMODACHI

2014 at 02:51 pm by admin | Comments Off


TOMODACHI is excited to host a new musical performance for fans of music from classic video games and movies! Aaron Kerr, local musician, composer, and music editor, will be returning to TOMODACHI to perform alongside violinist Laura Harada and pianist Rebecca Hass as the Modern Spark Trio! The group will be performing at TOMODACHI’s Rosedale Shopping Center location on Friday, April 18th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and will be performing music from popular franchises like Mario, Zelda, Star Wars, and Harry Potter, alongside music from Studio Ghibli films. There will be no entry charge, so please feel free to stop by on April 18th and relax with some classic tunes from the Modern Spark Trio!
The Modern Spark Trio is a professional Twin Cities-based trio, playing piano, violin and cello, who met through performing in different groups in the Twin Cites. All three members share a passion for music, and their sound encompasses many genres of music, including classical, jazz, rock, folk, world music, and modern composition. Make sure to check out their website at for more information about the group and their music!


Watch Me Move:The Animation Show@Nashville

2014 at 11:39 am by admin | Comments Off


Fans of all kinds of animation can be excited for the return of the most extensive animation exhibition ever mounted, “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show”! Previously held in the Detroit Institute of Art this past October, this exhibition will reopen on June 6th at the Frist Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and will pay tribute to the relatively new art form of animation in an even bigger way! The exhibit will once again cover over 120 years worth of animation history, featuring famous animated pieces from companies like Disney, Pixar, Studio Ghibli, and others, as well as a wide variety of lesser-known and independent animations from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, and more! The exhibit originally debuted at the Barbican Centre in London, and Nashville is its newest stop on its international tour.

The show itself will be separated into six thematic groups: Apparitions, Fables and Fragments, Structures, Characters, Superhumans, and Modern Visions. Each of these segments will cover a specific point of animation history or genre, showing off a huge spectrum of animations and influences from across the century. There will even be feature-length screenings of some popular animated films, including “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”, “Spirited Away”, “Ghost in the Shell”, “Heavy Traffic”, and many more. The exhibit will be open until September 1st, so fans should definitely check it out when it opens to the public this summer!