The trailers and clips for Ghost in the Shell present a cold, neon-blazed city in distress, reminiscent of Blade Runner and other iconic dystopian sci-fi. However, some recently released design work hints at a world we could have had.
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Video: Emma Allen calls short film Santiago an "animated self-portrait" — not just of the artist and performer herself, but of the human race. It starts with images of the smallest water-dwelling organisms, moves on to mammals, and then envisions an endpoint, or perhaps a new level, that looks decidedly robotic.
Video: Last year, artist Neil Mendoza turned a hamster running in a wheel into a talented sketch artist. This year he's pulled off an even more amazing feat by turning inanimate rocks into a talented (literal) rock band that plays a surprisingly decent cover of The Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun".
Ever since seeing Princess Leia's floating hologram in Star Wars, artist Joanie Lemercier has worked to design and realise animations that appear to float in mid-air. His latest experiments are reminiscent of the interactive computers used in the movie Minority Report, but also include one of the most impressive ghost effects we've ever seen.
Video: It's a simple idea for an art installation: Fill an entire giant room with glowing lamps from floor to ceiling. On paper it sounds an awful lot like your grandma's living room, but walking through teamLab's Forest of Resonating Lamps exhibit feels a lot more like drifting through a giant swarm of jellyfish.
In our minds, there was no better genre film last year than Arrival. There are lots of reasons for that, but the main one is the film's dual nature. The first time you watch it is completely different than the second time, once you know its secret.
Video: Jerry McNamara's Day By Day is a short documentary that focuses its lens on artist George Rocha of Iris Skateboards in San Francisco. Rocha takes stacks of old, unrideable skateboard decks, glues them together, grinds 'em up and then transforms them into functional objects like furniture, tables, tap handles and, yes, even "new" skateboards.
Image Cache: Josh Smith is an aerial photographer with a message, and a mission - how can everyday Australians learn more about the work that goes into food production in our country? How can he best show the scale and beauty of what they do with our land?
The answer, he hopes, are these images - which also help to show the farmers themselves the striking beauty of what they are working with.
If you were to stumble across this freaky ring of hairs hanging on a wall you'd probably dismiss it as another confusing piece of modern art. But if you were to give it more than just a passing glance, you'd notice that some of its hairs were moving, because it turns out this piece is actually a functional clock.
Video: Here's a nice little portrait of artist Alan Williams and how he turns random metal parts like the keys of a typewriter or a bicycle pedal into these intricately designed sculptures of animals. It's cool to see him work and transform recycled man-made machine parts into creatures that exist in nature. You get to see how his art connects one world with the other.
One of the many reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain and everything in between is simply memorable and captivating. Everyone has their favourites and if your favourite is Gandalf, this is going to knock your socks off.