“Er Xi” (or “child’s play”) sees Ai Weiwei take on ancient Chinese folktales and traditional kite making techniques for the Le Bon Marché in Paris. The whimsical display covers three areas of the iconic department store, helping the contemporary (and sometimes controversial) artist/activist reach a different kind of audience. In addition to the storybook motif, Ai Weiwei incorporates narrative elements from various artistic movements, historical events, as well as his past body of work. Images below!
In “Historic Present,” Korean artist Sungseok Ahn combines past and present by shooting old images of historical locations on screens that line up perfectly with the present-day. Creating such a stark overlap, Ahn’s work explores issues of memory, the rapid passage of time, as well as the way history is treated. More images from his series below.
For his installation, “Tube,” New York-based artist Zilvinas Kempinas stretched strips of VHS tape to create an 80 foot long walkway. More hypnotic images below!
“Miara Pokoju” or “Quantum of Peace” is a kinetic installation by new media design group, panGenerator. On display at Poland’s Warsaw Rising Museum, the visually striking “infosculpture” uses thousands of bullet shells, pneumatic actuators, neodimium magnets, and industrial-grade transmission belts. The falling bullet casings form sets of numbers that relate to actual statistics from the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, an event which marked the city’s revolt against Nazis occupation and subsequent invasion by the Soviets. Watch the installation in action in the short video below!
Floral designer Lisa Waud bought an abandoned house in Detroit, Michigan for $250 and, with the help of 3 dozen fellow florists, replaced the garbage that once filled it with 36,000 flowers.
The project took a year to plan but was only on display for three days. Aside from the artistic appeal, the temporary installation was part of a broader desire to raise awareness around issues of sustainability and the repurposing of neglected properties in the area. See more images below!
“La Isla Plastica” (or “The Plastic Island”) is a giant, 32 x 49 foot glowing sculpture that floats in the Cascais Bay in Portugal. Luzinterruptus, the guerilla art group responsible, hopes the installation will draw attention to the ever-growing issue of ocean pollution in a way that can’t be ignored. See more images below!
São Paulo-based artist duo Ygor Marotta and Ceci Soloaga (a.k.a. VJ Suave) have come up with a unique way to showcase their drawings, animations, and poetry on the streets. These audiovisual tricycles, or “Suaveciclos,” are fully equipped with speakers and projectors that operate in real-time, allowing them to interact with the specific audiences and backdrops they come across. See more images and video below!