The World’s Largest Artistic Billboard Made of Post-it Notes

Post-it, Publicolor, and The Office‘s Angela Kinsey unveiled the world’s largest billboard artwork created entirely of Post-its today at Grand Central, in honor of the stationery company’s 30th anniversary. The billboard features the designs of two high school seniors who won a national student art contest; conceptual artist Eric Daigh, famous… Read More

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The Betty White Cultural Invasion

Ever since Betty White’s gig hosting Saturday Night Live (for which she is now nominated for an Emmy), she has been experiencing a massive revival. The Betty White love-fest has graduated from Facebook gag to full-blown invasion of the proverbial airwaves. Somewhere the joke went too far, and now it’s funny just to cast Betty White in unorthodox roles or provide coverage to her most mundane appearances. What is fueling the Betty White phenomenon? Is it a desire to laugh at an old woman with a crude sense of humor, or are people who had otherwise forgotten about her acting ability truly remembering how entertaining she could be? (Or is it simply that she’s adorable?) After the jump, we round up some of the biggest Betty White news since her SNL appearance. … Read More

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Sleeper Cinema: 10 Freaky, Funny, and Fantastical Dream Sequences

With all of the positive critical buzz, we can’t wait for this weekend’s release of Christopher Nolan’s mind-bender Inception, which promises to be a dream-fueled film that blurs all distinctions between reality and what happens inside the mind. Inspired, we’ve decided to explore one of the most interesting cinematic conventions: the dream sequence. Dreams, unrestrained by any visual logic, tend to be where movies are at their most creative, and these classic clips exemplify that point. They range from funny, to cryptic to just plain scary and over the top. Which one’s your favorite? … Read More

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Photo Gallery: Escape From New York Art Show

The title says it all. Earlier this month art blogger turned curator Olympia Lambert staged the opening of her new show Escape From New York in the suburbs of New Jersey. Housed in an abandoned three-story warehouse in Paterson, the exhibition showcases the works of 43 contemporary artists every Saturday for the next month — including a new media response to Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present cheekily titled The Artist Is Kinda Present. … Read More

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Interactive Alternatives to 3D Film

Recently, James Cameron stated that he believes 3D will replace 2D in less than 25 years. Considering that every single film announced recently is set to be released in 3D, he may be right. But many people remained skeptical. One of the most outspoken critics is Roger Ebert, who has said he believes filmmaking should be about “story, not gimmicks.” Francis Ford Coppola has also stated that it’s just another way “to make you pay more money.” (Considering that many 3D films are converted retroactively rather than being shot in the actual format, this appears to be true.) However, there are alternatives. While 3D is simply the illusion of an interactive world, many filmmakers are trying to deliver the real thing. … Read More

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Video of the Day: The Google Job Experiment

Finding a job can be more of a job than a real job. How do you differentiate yourself from everyone else who is struggling to land the same gig? How do you scream to those professionals who have the power to make or break your life, “I have the skill! I have the determination! Hire me! Me, Me, ME!” Copywriter Alec Brownstein decided to do a little experiment. He bought Google ad words for the creative directors’ names at Google (for a measly $6), so that when they Googled themselves, they got a message from him asking for a job. Click through to found out what happened. … Read More

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Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, Illustrated

Drawing comparisons to both Dante’s Inferno and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian is a work of genuine madness, and one of the most violent books in contemporary literature. Zak Smith (who previously illustrated each page of Gravity’s Rainbow), and five other artists (Sean McCarthy, John Mejias, Craig Taylor, Shawn Cheng, and Matt Wiegle) have taken on the daunting task of illustrating every page of the grizzly tale. The styles range from hauntingly vivid to extremely abstract, each image complemented with a quote from the source material that served as its inspiration. … Read More

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Social Currency Turned Twitter Art: Don’t Tell Ashton

Talk about a crowdsourced work of art: The Interactive Communication class at Berghs School of Communication has begun work on an interactive project called “Don’t Tell Ashton,” the world’s first physical artwork created entirely out of Twitter users. How does it work? Participants tweet about the project, then their profile picture appears in the portrait. The more followers you have, the bigger your picture will appear. You see how this might appeal to certain users’ vanity, no? … Read More

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Can Foursquare Save Lives?

Today for the second time in less than a week Times Square had to be evacuated due to suspicious activity. Thankfully, this time it was a false alarm and the suspicious container in question was filled with books and a bottle of water. Probably one of the most interesting stories to develop from… Read More

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Video of the Day: Top 40 Violin Mashup

So have you ever sat and thought, “I wonder what ‘Telephone’ would sound like played on a violin?” How about Ke$ha’s “Blah Blah Blah”? Well, wonder no more, thanks to Paul Dateh, a classically-trained violinist who attended the University of Southern California’s Thorton School of Music for Jazz Studies. Selecting songs from the iTunes Top 40, Dateh offers up a unique take on the art of the remix — a video collage of him playing different parts of each song and layering them on top of each other. … Read More

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