Anti-Paparrazzi Collection

Fashion project from Chris Holmes and Aaron Koblin to develop clothing which is resistant to flashing cameras:

After wearing reflective clothing to several performances, I noticed that photos from the shows always looked odd because the flash that bounced off my clothing would wash out the rest of the photo.

While I wasn’t thrilled that many of these photos were ruined because of my clothing, it gave me the epiphany that perhaps I could use this technology for a greater purpose. That’s what lead me to create the Anti-Paparazzi Collection, which uses reflective threads to render paparazzi-shot photos worthless — perfect for those who don’t want their picture taken.

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From March 15 to March 22, a spectacular sight greeted residents of downtown Vancouver: a monumental net sculpture floating in the sky, spanning 745 feet between buildings. Created for the TED Conference’s 30th anniversary, the installation called Unnumbered Sparks is the result of a collaboration between artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin.

Woven from braided fibers, the ethereal net ripples and sways in the sky. At nighttime, the sculpture comes alive with illumination that is choreographed by visitors who gather beneath the net. By making small movements on their mobile devices, visitors can paint spectacular beams of light that streak across the sculpture’s surface in real time.


This 745-foot aerial sculpture stretched along the Vancouver waterfront at TED2014. The net-like design, created by artist Janet Echelman, was made from a fiber called Spectra, which is 15 times stronger than steel. 

Passersby could use their cell phones to manipulate the lights, a trick set up by Google’s Aaron Koblin. “The lighting on the sculpture is actually a giant website,” he says. “It’s one huge Google Chrome window spread across five HD projectors." 

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“Light Echoes,” created by Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank, features the light of a laser (attached to a train) across various settings.

The video ends with the quote, “Every moment of light & dark is a miracle,” reminding us that everything in our lives, of light and dark, heavy and light, is precious in itself.


Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks

Sculptor Janet Echelman and Data Artist Aaron Koblin created this magnificent piece of artwork. It is esentially a giant website in the air. It uses 5 HD projectors spread across to transmit these LED lights from a browser. Not only is this a technological and scientific masterpiece, it is also interactive. People can tap and swipe on their phone to change the pattern of the sculpture.


The Interactive page can be found HERE


Data can be a great storytelling tool, as Google’s Aaron Koblin explains in his 2011 TED Talk. However, it’s the interface, and how we get to comprehend and massage the data that determines how useful it can be.

19th century culture was defined by the novel, 20th century culture by cinema, 21st century culture will be defined by the interface. 

Cute project from Google Creative Lab artist, Aaron Koblin (he of The Johnny Cash Project and The Wilderness Downtown.) This is personal work, commissioned by auto insurer, Progressive and created in conjunction with bitforms gallery and Mr.Doob. Simply go to TheSingleLaneSuperHighway and contribute a drawing of a car (spinning wheels are included.) The supporting idea: to “reflect the personal bond people have with their automobiles.” Not sure how many people jump to thinking about stinky cheese when considering their relationship with their car, but hey, whatever floats your, er, boat.


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by Aaron Koblin

…is a collection of 10,000 sheep made by workers were paid 0.02 ($USD) to “draw a sheep facing to the left.” Animations of each sheep’s creation may be viewed at TheSheepMarket.com.

“’If you please–draw me a sheep …’
When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey. Absurd as it might seem to me, a thousand miles from any human habitation and in danger of death, I took out of my pocket a sheet of paper and my fountain-pen. But then I remembered how my studies had been concentrated on geography, history, arithmetic and grammar, and I told the little chap (a little crossly, too) that I did not know how to draw. He answered me:
‘That doesn’t matter. Draw me a sheep …’”

-Le Petit Prince


Light Up the Skies

When two artists with different aesthetic backgrounds collaborate, they often create stunning pieces, and the collaboration between artist’s Aaron Koblin and Janet Echelman is no exception.

Janet Echelman, who has been featured already on Art & Science Journal, creates fishnet-like aerial sculptures that look as if they were floating entities in the sky. The nets’ shapes are manipulated to form anything from funnels to winged creatures. Aaron Koblin is an artist and designer who focuses on data and digital technologies, how this information relates to cultural trends and how people react to changing technologies.

These artists collaborated together on March 15, 2014 at TED 2014 to create “Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks” outside the Vancouver Convention Centre where the TED talks were being held. TED is integral to this installation, as the two artists met at TED 2011 after their talks. In order to make such an installation possible, Echelman needed the expertise of Autodesk, a 3D design engineering software that specializes in working with interesting design problems. The amazing feature about this outdoor installation is that passersby can choreograph the lights on the web with their smartphones, controlling the aesthetic nature of the piece through technology.

If you would like to see how a sculpture of this magnitude was imagined, and then installed, TED blog has a ‘making-of’ gallery.

The installation will be up in Vancouver until the 22nd of March, 2014.

-Anna Paluch

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Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity

The interface is the message


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Participants are invited to create a drawing that is woven into a collective tribute to Johnny Cash, set to his song “Ain’t No Grave.” The project was inspired by the song’s central lyric, “ain’t no grave gonna hold my body down,” and represents Cash’s continued existence, even after his death, through his music and his fans.

A collaboration with director Chris Milk.

“The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project, and we would love for you to participate. Through this website, we invite you to share your vision of Johnny Cash, as he lives on in your mind’s eye. Working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, you’ll create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny. Your work will then be combined with art from participants around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a music video for "Ain’t No Grave”, rising from a sea of one-of-a-kind portraits. Strung together and played in sequence over the song, the portraits will create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon.  What’s more, as new people discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait will continue to transform and grow, so it’s virtually never the same video twice.“