I first stumbled on Stephen Gill’s work through his gorgeous photographs of lipstick-stained cigarette butts. He concentrates on objects, places and people which go unnoticed and uses decay, the elements and sometimes collage to create images which are astonishingly beautiful, poignant, often funny and completely fresh. His new book, Coexistence, about a pond in an industrial waste site, comes out this week.
A powerful credit-card-sized computer for $35, developed by eggheads at Cambridge University specifically to remove the don’t-mess-with-my-expensive-machine preciousness of computers, encourage kids to tinker, and thus improve the calibre of their computer science applicants. As you would expect, kids are doing mind-bending projects with them, like brain-controlling their Lego robots.
For eight years, Jason Evans has been uploading one nice photo every day to his site. One page, one picture, replaced with another the next day, no archive. It’s a deceptively simple, timeless, peaceful project, a bit of a tonic if you’re low, and a beautiful reminder of the plain honest niceness of looking for […]
I’m a little obsessed with Julia Pott at the moment. Her new short, The Event, is a tale of togetherness during the last days of the world, a beautiful blend of live-action and line animation, and a stunning accompaniment to Tom Chivers’ poem. Pott’s exploration of our dark places and her use of colour and […]
I was possessed this year by the story of Lord Howe Island’s stick insects; it’s so gripping I’m compelled to tell it to everyone. Since I’m an animator, once I ran out of people to tell, making a film was the obvious next step. The result? Sticky! a short animated documentary, and a love song […]
Fiona Dalwood is finishing up production on her claymation short, Good Grief, which will screen at Melbourne’s ACMI in December before heading off to the festivals. Dalwood uses wonderfully emotive insects, animals and vegetables to bring her interviewee’s voices to life, and explores with a light touch what’s to be gained from losing what you […]