SAPE: Society of Ambienceurs and Elegant People:
At the beginning of the XXth century when the French arrived in Congo, the myth of the Parisian elegance was born among the youth of the Bakongo ethnic group, who were working for the colonizers. At that time, the white man was considered superior, someone showing better manners and elegance. In 1922, Grenard André Matsoua was the first Congolese ever to come back from Paris dressed as a genuine French. His arrival caused indescribable commotion and admiration among his fellow countrymen; he became known as the first Grand Sapeur.
Having the respect and admiration of his community, today’s Sapeurs consider themselves artists. They add a touch of glamour to their humble environment through their refined manners and impeccable dressing styles. Each of them is unique showing a particular repertoire of gestures. They all share the same dream derived from that myth: To go to Paris and return to Brazzaville as an aristocrat of supreme elegance.
dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard discs.
USB-based drives can be inconvenient to use as the positioning and insertion of the drive in the USB slot needs to be done precisely. When the slots are at the rear of a device, as is the case for many desktop computers, this task becomes even more troublesome.
dataSTICKIES solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes. Each of the dataSTICKIES can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the optical data transfer surface (ODTS), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, and so on. The special conductive adhesive that sticks the dataSTICKIES to the ODTS is the medium that transfers the data. This special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive is capable of being reused without leaving marks like a repositionable note. When the dataSTICKIES are being read by the device, their edges light up.
8. Infinite Fractal Invaders
An homage to Jared Tarbell’s work which I studied when taking my first babby steps in Flash almost ten years ago. Here are infinite-zooming animations of the self-similar fractal figures that use randomly generated space invaders.
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I just have to include Casey Reas as an additional inspiration. Along with Ben Fry he developed the Processing code language, developed specifically for designers to code visually. His integration of code and design is really amazing, and his work spans a huge range of mediums from fashion design to sculpture to illustration. The amazing thing about art created from code is that it reflects real-world mathematic principals. Expression isn’t just something arbitrary, it’s infused with the physical properties of nature. Just spectacular.
What are Moticos? from Ray Johsnon’s wikipedia page! —“Johnson began to create small, irregularly shaped works incorporating fragments from popular culture, most notably the Lucky Strikes logo and images from fan magazines of such movie stars as Elvis Presley, James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, and Shirley Temple. In the summer of 1955, he coined a term for these small collages: “moticos”. He carried boxes of moticos around New York, showing them on sidewalks, at cafes, in Grand Central Station and other public places; he asked passersby what they thought of them, and recorded some of their responses. He began mailing collages to friends and strangers, along with a series of manifestos, mimeographed for distribution, including “What is a Moticos?”, excerpts of which were published in an article by John Wilcock in the inaugural issue of the Village Voice.”
We found used shirts for sale in Kenya. If you recognize one of them, please let us know.
In the six million years since the human and chimpanzee lines first diverged, chimpanzees have evolved, but, in comparative terms, their behaviour and lifestyles have barely changed. Human behaviour and lifestyles have clearly transformed out of all recognition. Humans have learnt to learn from previous generations, to improve upon their work, and to establish a momentum to human life and culture that has taken us from cave art to quantum physics and the conquest of space. It is this capacity for constant innovation that distinguishes humans from all other animals. All animals have an evolutionary past. Only humans make history. And in that context, and that context alone, can we understand what is distinctive about human culture.
eL Seed New Mural At The Maison De Tunisie - Paris, France
While we last heard from him in UK (Covered), eL Seed is now back in France where he spent the last week working on this piece in Paris at the Maison de Tunisie.
As usual with el Seed, his work is fusion between a calligraphic technique coming out of Arabic script and an awareness of international graffiti language
Take a look at more images after the break and then if you are in Paris, you’ll be able to find it on 45 A Boulevard Jourdan, 75014 Paris.
Kawandeep Virdee is an artist and mathematician exploring community, collaboration, design, and innovation in the complex systems framework within art to promote inward understanding, and in society to promote outward progress and harmony.