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An Origami Knight Equipped with a Sword and Shield Materializes from a Single Sheet of Paper

 Craft #origami #paper #video September 23, 2021 Grace Ebert All images © Juho Könkkölä, shared with permission Earlier this year, Finnish artist Juho Könkkölä folded an incredibly elaborate samurai from a single sheet of paper, and now he’s crafted another intricate warrior of his own design. Standing 18 centimeters tall, the sword- and shield-toting …

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A Heartening Documentary Follows the Community Harvesting Ice in Minnesota’s North Woods

 Documentary History #climate crisis #ice #sustainability #video September 22, 2021 Grace Ebert  Each winter in Ely, Minnesota, a crew treks out onto a frozen lake to cut hefty blocks of ice from its surface. They haul the thick chunks to storage, where they’re stacked, covered in sawdust, and preserved for use the rest …

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A Superstitious Cast Kicks Off Montréal’s 13th Annual Stop-Motion Festival in a Carnivalesque Animation

 Animation #short film #stop motion #video September 14, 2021 Grace Ebert  To launch its 13th year, a bizarre animation for the 2021 Festival Stop Motion Montréal evokes eerie tropes and superstitions: a drooling pug morphs into an unfriendly black cat, a gardener reveals a sharp scissor hand, and a once-vibrant fire turns into …

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A Mesmerizing Animation Spins Through Banknotes From 23 Countries in a Hypnotic Look at What Cultures Value

 Animation Music #currency #music video #video September 9, 2021 Grace Ebert  An endless loop of lines, ornate motifs, emblems, and historical figures converge in a hypnotic animation by Los Angeles-based director Lachlan Turczan. Paired with Blake Mills’s subdued track “Money Is The One True God,” the music video is comprised of high-resolution scans …

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A Short Film Dives into the 15-Year Process Behind the Documentary ‘Fantastic Fungi’

 Documentary Photography Science #film #mushrooms #nature #plants #timelapse #video September 1, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] We shared footage of the mesmerizing mycelium networks pulsing underneath our feet back in 2019 to mark the opening of Louie Schwartzberg’s Fantastic Fungi, and now the dedicated director takes viewers behind the scenes to show his painstaking …

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Zen Gardens by Yuki Kawae Interrupt Doomscrolling with Meditative Patterns

 Design #gardening #sand #video August 30, 2021 Grace Ebert  A welcome disruption to doomscrolling, the patterned zen gardens composed by Yuki Kawae are an antidote to today’s seemingly endless anxieties. The Bay Area designer records meditative footage of wide-toothed prongs and dense rakes that scrape across beds of white sand, creating intersecting loops, …

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An Absurd Mockumentary Follows a Disheveled Robot that Mooches Off His Ornery Creator

 Amazing #humor #robots #science fiction #short film #video August 26, 2021 Grace Ebert  Brian and Charles are just like any other roommates. They enjoy bedroom dance parties and competitive games of Scrabble, pull dated clothes from each others’ closets, and even argue over whose food is whose—Charles is notorious for sneaking bites of …

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An Engineer Creates Images Hidden Inside Translucent Windows Exposed Only by Light

 Design #cats #physics #shadows #video #windows August 25, 2021 Grace Ebert [embedded content] What appears to be a smooth acrylic tile suddenly reveals a 2- or 3D figure when illuminated by the sun or an artificial light source. The magical window, which is the inventive design of aerospace and software engineer Matt Ferraro, relies …

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A Dive 2,300 Feet into the Atlantic Ocean Uncovers a New Bright Red Jellyfish Species

 Photography Science #jellyfish #oceans #video August 12, 2021 Grace Ebert This beautiful red jellyfish in the genus Poralia may be an undescribed species. It was seen during the third transect of Dive 20 of the 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones expedition, at a depth of 700 meters (2,297 feet). Image courtesy of NOAA Ocean …

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Through Totemic Sculptures and Sound Art, Guadalupe Maravilla Explores the Therapeutic Power of Indigenous Ritual

 Art Documentary Music #health #installation #performance art #sculpture #sound #video August 11, 2021 Grace Ebert  In 1984, eight-year-old Guadalupe Maravilla left his family and joined a group of other children fleeing their homes in El Salvador. The Central American country was in the midst of a brutal civil war, a profoundly traumatic experience …

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