I just stumbled across this blog today – http://www.thisiscolossal.com. In the owners own words:
I like to describe Colossal as a blog that explores the intersection of art, design, and physical craft, specifically artwork that is tactile, physical and non-digital in nature. Each week you’ll find roughly 20-25 posts on photography, design, animation, painting, installation art, architecture, drawing and street art. There are frequently posts about things far out in left field, but generally Colossal is a reminder that in this digital age there are still countless people making incredible work with their bare hands.
Naturally there is a wonderful irony in using the tools of the digital age to promote art work that is firmly placed in the physical. It is great that these works can reach such a large audience, and the owner of the blog appears to live up to his word when he states that he spends a lot of time considering what to include.
If you have the time, I strongly recommend browsing through the visual gallery (a visual index to all the posts). If you want a quick taster, you could check out the top 20. Otherwise, here are some of my favourites from the most recent entries.
Birds on Twitter – Someone has attached bacon and fat to a keyboard, and when birds land to peck at it, the result is a series of rather odd looking tweets to the @hungrey_birds twitter account – interspersed with various tweets about the project and a bit of this and that too. Go back to March to see the tweeting birds …
Cardboard Stop-motion Animations – This is a video where frames have been turned into paper cut-out frames which themselves have been stop-motion animated. Again, you have to see the videos to appreciate this wonder. Very, very clever and quite effective.
Cloned Video Animations – These are a set of animated gifs that give the impression of one of those repeated patterns you’d get on a zoetrope. They are a bit large and slow to load, but well worth the effort and very slickly done.
Flawed Symmetry of Prediction – A time-lapse photography film that includes lots of amazing skylines, elements of graffiti and some perspective based optical illusions. It’s very well done.
Slit Scan Photography – what a great effect! And there is a classic moment where someone wanders by in the back corner of the video and goes a little wobbly too! This had me wandering off to wikipedia to read more about the technique – although I must admit I’m still not really any the nearer in understanding it …
Moleskine Notebooks Stop-motion Animation – an interesting idea, just take notebooks and animate a scene or several. Very smooth and inventive.
… and that just takes me back through a single month of the posts! I think this website will keep me busy for some time to come.