Posts on May 2010

“British Granny DJ Ruth Flowers Is Taking the French Party Scene By Storm”

Check out this amazing story by the BBC, in which they document 69-year old DJ, Ruth Flowers as she pumps out “some massive chunes” in Paris, France.

You can learn more about Flowers, also known as  Mamy Rock or DJ Mamy here:

www.mamyrock.com

www.myspace.com/ruthflowers

Ajani Charles

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A Portrait of Recording Artist, DJ Mamy
A Portrait of Recording Artist, DJ Mamy

Trailer, “Bouncing Cats” By Photographer And Filmmaker, Nabil Elderkin

The trailer to the documentary that I have featured below (via Respect Magazine) summarizes ne of the most inspiring Hip-Hop-related stories that I have ever taken in, and it is an ideal example of the positivity that Hip-Hop culture brings into the lives of literally millions of people — especially when it comes to youth in the developing world.

Uganda has been called one of the worst places on earth to be a child. In the South, children face the threat of poverty and disease. In the North, these threats are enflamed by a brutal, mindless war inflicted by The Lord’s Resistance Army (L.R.A.) that has divided families, displaced millions, and led to the abduction and mutilation of tens of thousands of children resulting in the deterioration of identity and culture.

“Bouncing Cats” is the inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda by using the unlikely tool of Hip-Hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdance.

In 2006, Abraham “Abramz” Tekya, a Ugandan B-Boy and AIDS orphan created Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.).

The dream was to establish a free workshop that would empower, rehabilitate and heal the community by teaching youth about B-Boy culture. Based in Kampala, Uganda, B.P.U. has recently expanded to include permanent classes in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Abramz teaches classes three times a week to more than 300 kids from all parts of the country.

Many of the children are homeless, victims of war and poverty, and few can afford proper schooling yet they walk from miles away to attend the B.P.U. classes. As Abramz says, “This is where many people’s pride is. It’s a skill that no one can take away from us.”

Crazy Legs, one of the founding members of the seminal Rock Steady Crew visited Uganda after receiving an invitation from Abramz to teach b-boy classes.

What he discovered upon his arrival was both heartbreaking and inspiring. Traveling throughout Uganda, from the southern slums to the war-torn North, Crazy Legs encountered a passion for Hip-Hop and desire to learn amongst the most squalid conditions.

“Bouncing Cats” follows Abramz, Crazy Legs, and Breakdance Project Uganda on a journey to use Hip-Hop culture for positive social change. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will-I-Am, and K’Naan.”

More information on Nabil Elderkin, his inspiring documentary and also about Breakdance Project Uganda can be found here:

vimeo.com/nabilelderkin

www.blurphoto.com/index.php?photog=nabil

www.featureshoot.com/2009/03/nabil-elderkin-los-angeles

vimeo.com/4030379

www.myspace.com/breakdanceprojectuganda

www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=35545399424

Ajani Charles

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The ALPA 12 TC Camera By Design Studio, Estragon

Last year, esteemed Swiss design studio, Estragon was commissioned to create their own rendition of the 12 TC Camera by ALPA.

The original 12 TC Camera is considered to be the ultimate traveling camera by a number of professional photographers.

In fact, the acronym “TC” stands for “Travel Compact”.

“Some see the ALPA 12 TC as the digital successor of the defunct Hasselblad SWC, but in any case, it is the smallest and lightest 6×9 roll-film camera for professionals.

At the same time it is also the smallest and lightest digital camera with more than 60 MP.”

The 12 TC is fully integrated into the ALPA platform and all lenses, from the extreme 23-mm wide-angle to 250?mm focal length can be used.

Accessories can be attached on all four sides of the frame: for example a viewfinder, a small finger grip, a massive hand grip, a flashlight, a spirit level, a small exposure meter or whatever else is required.

The entire ALPA range of accessories is available together with many accessories from other manufacturers.”

An image of the camera (via Hypebeast), as well as a video presentation on it can be viewed below.

You can learn more about the amazing 12 TC Camera, ALPA and also about Estragon via these URLs:

www.alpa.ch

www.estragon.ch

Ajani Charles

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An Image of The ALPA 12 TC Camera By Design Studio, Estragon
An Image of The ALPA 12 TC Camera By Design Studio, Estragon

Installation Series, “Chewing In Venice” By Visual Artist, Simone Decker

Luxembourg-born and Frankfurt-based visual artist, Simone Decker has received quite a bit of admiration recently for her “Chewing In Venice” series, which involved the artist creating giant-sized pieces of bubble gum throughout one of my favorite cities to visit — Venice, Italy.

I really liked the stark contrast between the historic architecture of Venice and Decker’s colossal pieces of gum, and I also thought that her installations were very accurate recreations of bubble gum (in various states) — an incredibly challenging accomplishment, considering the size of the “Chewing In Venice” installations.

You can view some images from Decker’s latest installation series below (via Fubiz), and you can check out more of her work here: www.simonedecker.com.

Ajani Charles

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An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker
An Image of Installation Series, "Chewing In Venice" By Visual Artist, Simone Decker

Animation, “Visual Chinatown 3” By Visual Artist, David Ope

Visual artist, David Ope has revealed the latest installment of his “Visual Chinatown” series.

You can check out the artist’s very cool animation below (via Ffffound).

More information on Ope can be found here: www.davidope.com.

Ajani Charles

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"Visual Chinatown 3" By Visual Artist, David Ope
"Visual Chinatown 3" By Visual Artist, David Ope

Installation, “3D Beurs Van Berlage Amsterdam” By Samsung

Samsung has recently become the first corporation to create a large scale, 3D projection installation in the Netherlands.

Their installation was shown at he Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam, where onlookers also had the opportunity to try out and even win one of the latest Samsung 3D LED TVs.

You can watch the amazing “3D Beurs Van Berlage Amsterdam” below (via N4E1), and more information on Samsung and their 3D LED TVs is available here:

www.samsung.com

www.samsung.com/us/learningresources3D

Ajani Charles

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“Video Eye Gear” By Immortal

Immortal Glasses, also known as “Video Eye Gear” by Immortal are essentially sunglasses that allow one to record one’s surroundings through POV video and still images.

The glasses feature 4 GBs of storage space, a resolution of 736 x 480 (when shooting video), a 3 megapixel camera, two button controls, a built-in 500 mAh battery (for up to 2.5 hours of running time), and interchangeable lenses, as well .

“Video Eye Gear” has a lot of potential, in terms of benefiting visual artists, journalists, scientists, military personnel, athletes, educators and various other professionals on a global scale.

Can you imagine Immortal “Video Contact Lenses”?

Check out an image of these amazing glasses below (via Chase Jarvis Blog), and you can learn more about Immortal Glasses through these URLs:

www.immortal.co.uk

twitter.com/immortalglasses

Ajani Charles

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An Image of "Video Eye Gear" By Immortal
An Image of "Video Eye Gear" By Immortal

The UH-18SPW Hoverwing By Universal Hovercraft

The UH-18SPW Hoverwing is a $5,200 hovercraft with properties that are similar to an airplane.

The Hoverwing is powered by a 4-cylinder automotive engine which allows it to fly up to ten feet above waves and the wings of the vehicle can be rolled up for easy storage and easy transportation.

You can check out a demonstration video of the Hoverwing (via Like Cool) below, and more information on the UH-18SPW Hoverwing and other Universal Hovercraft products can be found here: www.hovercraft.com.

Ajani Charles

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“11 Sculptors And 50+ Hyper Realistic Sculptures”

I recently came across an article on 11 talented sculptors who produce(d) hyper realistic sculptures, and no matter how many times I view certain images of their work, it’s difficult for me to believe that their sculptures are not actually living, breathing human beings.

The article includes the work of well-known sculptors, such as Duane Hanson, Sam Jinks, Lisa Lichtenfels and eight others.

“11 Sculptors And 50+ Hyper Realistic Sculptures” can be viewed in its entirety (via Vectroave) here: vectroave.com/2010/05/11-sculptors-50-hyper-realistic-sculptures, and a few of my favorite sculptures from the article can be viewed below.

Ajani Charles

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An Image of a Hyper Realistic Sculpture By Visual Artist, Evan Penny
An Image of a Hyper Realistic Sculpture By Visual Artist, Evan Penny
An Image of a Hyper Realistic Sculpture By Visual Artist, Carole Feuerman
An Image of a Hyper Realistic Sculpture By Visual Artist, Carole Feuerman
An Image of a Hyper Realistic Sculpture By Visual Artist, Duane Hanson
An Image of a Hyper Realistic Sculpture By Visual Artist, Duane Hanson

Advertisement, “Write The Future” By Nike Soccer

Nike has done it again, with the release of their latest “Write The Future” soccer commercial and advertising campaign, which promotes the World Cup.

“Write The Future” is as over the top as one would expect a Nike commercial to be, and it features the most well-known soccer players in the world, as well as Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer and even Homer Simpson.

“Write The Future” can be viewed below (via The Smoking Section) and you can check out Nike Soccer through these websites:

www.nike.com

twitter.com/nikesoccer

www.nike.com/nikefootball

inside.nike.com/blogs/nikesoccer

Also be sure to check out this very cool list of “Nike’s 8 Best Futbol Commercials”: smokingsection.uproxx.com/tss/2010/05/nikes-8-best-futbol-commercials.

Ajani Charles

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A Still Image From Advertisement, "Write The Future" By Nike
A Still Image From Advertisement, "Write The Future" By Nike Soccer
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