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The art of suminagashi or Japanese paper marbling

Watch artisan Tadao Fukuda as he creates beautiful handmade marbled papers, an art called suminagashi (墨流し) in Japanese. From echizenwashi.jp: Mr.Fukuda is in his eighties and very energetic to have had his marb...

Sampuru: How is Japanese fake food made?

Whenever we go to a Japanese restaurant, the first thing we do is marvel at the fake food in the front window. So real, so fake, so detailed! Restaurants throughout Japan display these plastic food replicas as a sort ...

Karl Sims’ Evolved Virtual Creatures (1994)

Karl Sims is a digital media artist, computer graphics research scientist, and software entrepreneur. His influential artificial life computer animations, like this one from 1994, were progra...

The traditional Turkish paper marbling art of Ebru

Paper marbling is not only a fun DIY, but it’s also an ancient art. This artist in Istanbul, Turkey demonstrates ebru, how the floating colors can be shaped and then transferred onto paper. From TurkishCulture.org: ...

Bus Station Sonata: Commuters play Beethoven

At the Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle, UK, commuters were invited to play a Beethoven sonata with pianist Andy Jackson of the Cobwebs Orchestra. Most of the commuters say that they have never even touched ...

A horse sculpted from hot molten glass in less than 90 seconds

Recorded during a glass-making tour, this Italian glass blower sculpts a horse from hot molten glass in less than 90 seconds. Thanks, @mamagotcha. Update: Via Reddit, here's another artisan creating a simi...

Handspring Puppet Company’s War Horse at Sandown

From the Handspring Puppet Company, their War Horse puppet at Sandown Park Racecourse. Spend a few minutes really watching this one… especially the head movement around 2:30-2:45.  via N...

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 ...

Kuratorium: A Mouth, Arm, and Eye, Rube Goldberg-style

Commissioned by Kuratorium Aargau (who, I believe, provide grants for work in the visual arts) and directed by Crictor/Rafael Sommerhalder, these three cause-and-effect mini-productions are great little anticipation b...