Living Art and Unnumbered Sparks

Living Art +Unnumbered Sparks = Creativity brought to life

One day, your favorite piece of art — a famous painting or sculpture, the graffiti next door — comes to life. What happens next?

Living…not literally, but figuratively…art can be almost anything kinetic. Life as art, art as life, the difference can be semantics rather than factual. Our interest lies more in how we “enliven” everything we interact with by our very attention. Some of my favorite examples are how certain graphics trick the brain into thinking it’s moving when it’s not.

Visual illusions as art

Or when street artist create scenes so real-looking, you have to stop and stare.

Street art

Probably the most famous artist to create visual illusions is M.C. Escher who specialized in playing tricks on our perception using the mind’s desire to make sense of the world…usually in black and white, but sometimes also in color.

Escher's optical illusions

(Thanks for inspiring this prompt, Jen Baxter!)

via Living Art | The Daily Post.

The Making of Unnumbered Sparks

When looking at related videos for art installations, this one popped up. I’d never heard of it, but it was created for the 30th anniversary of the TED talks. TED’s motto is: “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Learn about the making of Unnumbered Sparks, a monumental interactive sculpture in Vancouver, Canada created by artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin for TED’s 30th anniversary. Choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices, at night, the sculpture becomes a crowd-controlled visual artwork on a giant, floating canvas powered by Google.

Along with the video, the following was also offered…and so true:

Your ability to generate power is directly proportional to your ability to concentrate.

Your ability to concentrate is directly proportional to your ability to eliminate distraction.

Distraction is created by mismanaged commitments.

via Making of Unnumbered Sparks


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