I am not a gamer by any stretch of the imagination but I do like puzzles. A few years ago a Danish publisher called Playdead released an indie puzzle game called “Limbo” that completely blew my mind. It was kinda dark, with beautifully stylized animation, and insanely difficult puzzles. The game really struck a chord, won all kinds of awards, and scored 10/10 on many sites. (If you have an iPad, you should get this game for your next flight.)
Playdead has just released a trailer for their new game “Inside” and it looks spectacular. I probably won’t post about video games too often but this is a work of art. I kinda wish it was a movie; I don’t even own an Xbox. Watch the trailer below.
This week’s giveaway is something completely different; art generated from your very own DNA. Fast Company, and Vice recently wrote about a New York-based company called Genetic Ink offering wall-ready art sequenced from a swab of the cheek. The service is not limited to humans either, DNA from dogs and cats works as well.
I can see this freaking out as many people as it will fascinate. I remember artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg raised eyebrows with her series of 3D faces generated from DNA found on gum, cigarettes, and hair that she picked up off the street.
Generative art based on personal data has to be the most relevant depiction of the times we are living in. This is the age of algorithms, data visualisation, and everything private made public. I would love to see this data interpreted in completely different styles; perhaps less design-y and more painterly. DNA as a Kandinsky painting could be cool.
If you wanna know what you’d look like as a piece of generative art, we’re giving away a personalized print (24×32). What’s the most amazing use of science in art that you’ve seen? Leave a comment with your answer and we’ll pick a winner on Friday, June 6th.
I’m flying to Taipei today, to be a part of Pow! Wow! Taiwan, the first ever Pow! Wow! satellite event. I’ll be out there with many talented friends including Jasper Wong, James Jean, Kamea Hadar, Madsteez, Apex, Aaron De La Cruz, Brendan Monroe, Insa, Rone, Will Barras, Woes, Reach, and many others.
There’s also gonna be a whole bunch of artists I don’t know at all (many of them Taiwan locals): Bobo, Candy Bird, Cherng, Chou Yi, Colasa, Cyh Jayson, Dabs, Debe, Dzus, Easy, FlyFlyFly, Graphic Airlines, Haniboi, Kleos, Kristin Farr, Mr. Ogay, Saym, Seazk, Skewville, Smoky, Sheryo, The Yok, Vita Yang, Xue, and Zishi.
I was asked by Huffington Post to write about my favourite building in B.C. for an article. The Architecture Foundation of BC is searching for the province’s top 100 buildings, based on personal experiences in those buildings, so naturally I wrote about the timeless beauty of the #3 Road McDonalds in Richmond.
It’s a little hard to read on their site, so here it is:
My vote for favourite building in BC is actually one that I sort of have a love/hate relationship with. It’s the McDonalds at No 3 Rd and Granville, in Richmond, also known as the first-ever McDonalds in Canada. I’ve also read that when it was built, in 1967, it was actually the first McDonalds located outside of the United States.
It’s a national treasure, and it was my first real job. It felt like everyone from my high school worked here. We hated it, but we all hated it together. To be honest, it was kind of the greatest feeling in the world.
The unique thing about the restaurant was that it had a tunnel with a conveyor belt inside it, which ran from the kitchen area, outside the building, across the lane, to the drive-thru window. It was meant for sending burgers and fries out of the restaurant at top speed, but the secret was there was a hole in the side of the tunnel, outside the back entrance. This meant on days when you weren’t working, you could stand on top of the planter, reach inside, and snag a hot bag before it made it to the drive-thru booth.
I remember I was always annoyed when people from my high school, that I barely knew, would come in and give me a nod that meant they wanted free food. So whenever that happened I loved to go into the bin of expired burgers and stick a bunch of really old ones in the microwave. Then I’d motion the guys over to the side of the counter like, “Here ya go fellas, this one’s on me.”
I still have the sacred McGold card, which I think got you incredible deals like 4% off jeans at Bootlegger in the mall. I also kept the little pin they gave me after reaching the 1-year mark as an employee. I quit soon after that. My last shift, I dropped two full baskets of nuggets into the fryer with 10 minutes to go, and I left with a takeout bag so heavy it probably would have halted the conveyor belt.
So this is my tribute to the #3 Road McDonalds, an ugly building perhaps, but one that will always have a special place in my heart.
You can see other people’s choices over here (click on the slideshow).
PS – McDonalds executives, if you’re reading this I wouldn’t be mad at free cheeseburgers for life, or like a nugget fountain for my apartment, thnx.
Open House is a New York-based jewelry project by my friend Monika Wyndham. She’s been making these great YES Rings and asked if she could give one away to you guys. She says, “It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever made, because of the actual positivity it stirs up in people by just seeing the word.” I love that.
So if you wanna snag a ring (it will be sized for the winner) all ya gotta do is leave a comment below and let me know in what ways you’re a YES person! I’ll let Monika pick a winner on Monday.