Posts Tagged ‘UK’


Aug17

Pizza Hut turns boxes into DJ turntables

2016 at 05:02 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In a move to make ordering pizza a blast for its customers, Pizza Hut has collaborated with printed electronics company Novalia to release the world’s first playable DJ pizza box! Released at a select number of Pizza Hut’s United Kingdom branches, these new pizza boxes come packed with their own battery-powered printed setup, and let users connect their smartphone or computer to the box itself to whip up some hot beats! This is accomplished through the use of Novalia’s touch-sensitive printed products, and will allow users to DJ their songs using software like Serato DJ. While this promotion is currently available only in the UK, keep your eyes open for news on an international release for this awesome, creative way to reuse old pizza boxes. In the meantime, check out the video below to see the beat-boxing box in action!

Jun17

Cambridge launches LEGO research center

2015 at 12:06 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The University of Cambridge is looking for a LEGO professor! The British University, founded in 1209 and currently the fourth oldest university in the world, has founded a new LEGO research center thanks in part to the LEGO Foundation, and wishes to look into the role of play in learning, education, and development. The new branch is currently looking for an enthusiastic professor to lead the center and its potential projects, and hopes to work with the iconic building block toy and how it affects the development of learning skills and creativity in children. This will not be Cambridge’s first foray into LEGO, as it was worked with the LEGO Foundation over the past decade on early childhood learning, and has also collaborated with MIT and the Tsinghua University in China.

Oct21

Yoshitomo Nara exhibiton at London

2014 at 12:09 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Yoshitomo Nara is often considered one of the most renowned Japanese artists of the 1900s, creating his own unique style of artwork and sculpture over the past decades. Now, Yoshitomo’s artwork has gone on display in his biggest exhibition in the United Kingdom to date in the new exhibit, “Greetings from a Place in My Heart”! This new exhibit, which has recently gone on display at the Dairy Art Centre in London, England, is a comprehensive retrospective of Yoshitomo’s work over the past 30 years, and features a large number of previously unreleased work and never-before-seen sketches. Over 200 art pieces are featured in this exhibition, and includes his more recent bronze sculptures as well as his infamous paintings and other artwork. The exhibit will remain open at the Dairy Art Centre until December 7th, and is planned to appear at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Denmark next year.

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Yoshitomo Nara, born in Hirosaki in 1959, is one of the most influential artists to emerge from Japan’s 1990s pop art movement. Studying at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music in the 1980s, and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany from 1988 to 1993, Nara has since assembled a cult-like following centered around his child-like illustrations. Drawing inspiration from the anime and manga characters that he was exposed to during his childhood, Nara creates characters, usually small children, who possess similar cartoon-like qualities, with highly stylized features and especially large eyes. However, Nara’s illustrations of children are often more menacing and devilish than they are cute and innocent. These images touch on broad social and cultural topics, such as violence and the rigidity of social structures in Japan. Since his first solo exhibition at Blum & Poe Gallery in 1984, Nara has had nearly 40 solo exhibitions worldwide, including Iceland, Japan, France, and the United States.

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Sep15

LEGO artist announces exhibits worldwide this fall

2014 at 01:41 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Artist Nathan Sawaya has been creating world-renowned LEGO artwork since 2004, working with the toy company directly as well as collaborating with companies across the world to create stunning LEGO artwork. Now, Sawaya’s work is on its way to both Brtain and Boston this fall with his “Art of the Brick” exhibition! The show’s first stop, located at The Old Truman Brewery in eastern London, will open on September 26th, and will then head across the Atlantic to appear at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Massachusetts on October 7th! On top of that, Sawaya’s “Brick by Brick” exhibit will be debuting at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, Arkansas on October 3rd, as well at the V&A Waterfront Gallery in Capetown, South Africa on November 29th, making this fall season a very busy one for the artist.

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This year’s “Art of the Brick” exhibit is a continuation of last year’s show, which visited international locations like New York, Singapore, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. The show is currently the largest collection of LEGO artwork in the world, featuring more than 100 works of art created from the classic building toy. Featuring works like a 20-foot long T-Rex created from more than 100,000 bricks, along with recreations of famous classical artwork and Sawaya’s own masterpieces, the show will also debut never-before-seen artwork from Sawaya, making this year’s “Art of the Brick” show one that fans should not pass up on!

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