Surreal paintings by the late Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida, who sadly committed suicide in 2005. Would have loved to see lots more work from him. More images below.
This video makes me proud to be Japanese. Hebocon was a contest held last year in which 31 “technically ungifted” Japanese people built robots and pitted them against one another in a sumo-style tournament. The crappier a robot was, the more respect it was given. One girl forgot her robot on the train, on her way to the tournament, and went and had a beer instead. She was praised for her ” act of supreme crappiness”.
Robots that made it to the venue to battle were actually penalized if they were deemed too high-tech, and there was a trophy, designed by a third-grader, for the most low-tech robot. The winner of the tournament ultimately felt ashamed for trying too hard. Watch the video below, at the end you can see all the robots in action (I love their names).
Terrific animated gifs by Japanese illustrator Daisuke Nimura. More below.
The end of this video is one of the most insane things I’ve seen. I was positive it was faked with computer effects but apparently it was all filmed with a special drone, at half speed, to allow the dancers to move as precisely as possible. Even at half speed the effect that’s created is mind-melting. According to Billboard, by the end of the video the drone is actually filming from nearly half a mile away.