Our suggestions for week 4
The fantastic 5
Every week we select our top 5 of the most interesting, coolest, funniest and most exciting stuff that we have encountered on the web and elsewhere. In our studio we have been sharing things that we see around us all day and that we find remarkable for ages. This way we keep each other informed of the world outside of our personal perspective, because we share a hunger for new.
With this overview we give you a look behind the scenes at Kern. In addition to projects from clients and self-initiated projects, this is what concerns Jort, Vivian, Jord, and John Patrick. Do share this list and let us know if you have any tips!
Hatsune Miku will, Hatsune Miku will rock you!
If you happen to be around Amsterdam tonight, why not drop in at Ziggo Dome to catch a “concert”/”performance”/”projection”/… of Hatsune Miku. It is a Vocaloid software voicebank developed by Crypton Future Media and its official moe anthropomorph, 16-year-old girl with long, turquoise twintails. She uses Yamaha Corporation’s Vocaloid 2, Vocaloid 3, and Vocaloid 4 singing synthesizing technologies. She also uses Crypton Future Media’s Piapro Studio, a singing synthesizer VSTi Plugin. She was the second Vocaloid sold using the Vocaloid 2 engine and the first Japanese Vocaloid to use the Japanese version of the Vocaloid 2 engine. Her voice is modeled from Japanese voice actress Saki Fujita. Miku’s personification has been marketed as a virtual idol and has performed at concerts onstage as an animated projection (rear cast projection on a specially coated glass screen).
You don’t know what we are talking about, right? We don’t really understand ourselves either. Well, we just copy-pasted this thex from Hatsune Miku’s Wikipedia page to be honest. What we understand tough, is that this is a show in Ziggo Dome tonight. We’re pretty curious if her husband Akihiko Kondo will be with her on this tour as well…
Lens°Ass Architecten created a wonderful piece of landscape architecture/art: Cycling through Water (#FDHW) for the Belgian province of Limburg. The province tries to improve recreational cycling by creating cycling attractions like this one and cycling through the Trees (#FDDB). Riding your bike through these must be cool, but it also looks spectacular. The Cycling through Water installation reminds us of Richard Wilson’s 20:50, one of the most amazing spatial artworks to visit.
A traveling boulder and other stuff
We just encountered our new favorite Dutch artist: Bart Eysink Smeets. We got triggered by his project The stone that returned home, which is nothing short of awesome! He documents how he returns a gigantic boulder from the Dutch village of Borger to its birth grounds in Sweden. Great humor, great photographs (click through the series), great film clips. His other projects are pretty damn cool too. Like this one, this one, this one and this one. It’s conceptually often slightly similar to Daniel Eatock’s work. Kudos Bart!!
Last week we posted Dress Code’s little doc on Geoff McFetridge, but they also did a great one on Alexander Girard that is worth your attention. It is impressive to see how influential Girard has been in graphic design, illustration and art. And still is. His work for Herman Miller, Vitra, Braniff International Airways and his type designs are still considered to be incredible works of beauty. Justly so.
Next week a new Friday TopFiveDay!!
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