In August 1962, Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) began making silkscreen paintings of popular icons, including a series of images of Marilyn Monroe that he began a month after her death. He went on to experiment in portrait making with public photo booth machines, which automatically take four exposures several seconds apart and print them in a strip, like a sequence of film frames.
Combining the seriality of these silkscreen and photo booth portraits with the ephemeral quality of the filmed image, between 1964 and 1966 Warhol shot approximately 500 rolls of film: several-minute silent portraits of acquaintances, friends, and celebrities, including many of the artists musicians, poets, actors, models, playwrights, curators, collectors, critics, and gallerists who composed New York City’s avant-garde scene. Some subjects were invited to the artist’s East 47th Street studio, known as The Factory or The Silver Factory, to sit for their portraits; others were captured spontaneously.
Now it’s your turn. Switch on that webcam and make your own screen test, upload it to Flickr and become a part of the MoMA exhibition! You can find instructions for recreating the Warhol effect at the Project Home, under the Create Your Own Screen Test tab. Have fun and let us know if your video is chosen!
Strange Random Screen Test Quote:
“After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled: “She can’t talk! She can’t act! She’s sensational!”” – Ava Gardner
- Exceptional Complete Portfolio of Mao by Andy Warhol Offered on artnet Auctions (prweb.com)
- Warhol Self-Portrait Fetches $38M In ‘Longest Lot In History’ At Christie’s New York Auction (exitbusiness.wordpress.com)
- Andy Warhols self-portrait to be sold in NYC (theglobeandmail.com)
- ‘What Andy Warhol Did’: An Exchange (nybooks.com)
- Dean and Britta compose the 13 Most Beautiful for Warhol’s screen tests (charlestoncitypaper.com)
- Elizabeth Taylor portrait sells for about $27 million (cnn.com)
We’re celebrating our 125 birthday in style. We’ve got a spectacular building illumination featuring some of the most amazing Coca-Cola moments of the past 125 years. As a way to thank you for being the best fans in the world, we’re even going to light up some of your amazing photos from Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and more. Stay tuned for special highlight coverage, and thank you for the past 125 years.
Visual design and projections were created and executed by Obscura Digital
Strange Random Coca-Cola Quote:
What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it. – Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: (From A to B and Back Again) (1975)
- CLOT x James Jarvis – Coca-Cola 125th Anniversary Collection | Hong Kong (thehiphopdiaries.com)
- Coke Celebrates 125th Birthday With Largest Building Illumination Ever (adweek.com)
- Illumination – Coca Cola 125 years (happyhealthyhome11.wordpress.com)
- Coca-Cola: 3D 125th Anniversary Illumination (adsoftheworld.com)
- Coca-Cola Coupon Book (mommysdeals4u.com)
- Coca-Cola Celebrates 125 Years With Epic Projection Mapping Campaign (socialtimes.com)
You can see a lot more examples on the Flickr group – http://www.flickr.com/groups/lego_album_covers/pool/ – but for the moment here are some of our favourites. And yes, before you ask, we are old enough to have owned the original vinyl …
Strange Random Rock ‘n’ Roll Quote:
- Academy Awards Best Picture Nominees in LEGO (techeblog.com)
- Andy Pescovitz’s custom videogame LEGO Minifigs (boingboing.net)
- Lego album covers quiz (telegraph.co.uk)
- Lego sliding block “15″ puzzle (makezine.com)
- Lego ghost trap replica (makezine.com)
- Logan’s Run depicted as a giant LEGO diorama [Lego] (io9.com)
If you’re looking for a particular colour picture to go with your document, blog post or website, this can be a frustrating and often long process (trust me, I know). Over at idée Labs, they’ve created a tool called Multicolr, which analyses photos from Flickr and serves them up according to the colour you choose from the palette on the right. Not only that, but you can choose up to 10 colours to include in the search, repeating certain ones to give them more prominence.
We didn’t go that far, but we did start with a navy blue (left) and then, perhaps in a sudden rush of patriotism, added a white and a red – et volià!
Whether you’re looking for something very specific or just a bit of colourful inspiration, give Multicolr a try!
Strange Random Colour Quote:
Man needs colour to live; it’s just as necessary an element as fire and water – Fernand Leger
- The Ultimate Guide to Getting Inspired with Flickr (blueglass.com)
- 7 Image Search Tools That Will Change Your Life | Brain Pickings (brainpickings.org)
- The Sociability of Colour (semionaut.net)
- FlickrExport for iPhoto and Aperture updated to version 4 (tuaw.com)
- Your Best Shot 2010 (flickr.net)
For this last post of the week, we take a look at the work of one William Hope, paranormal investigator and pioneer of “spirit photography“. He claimed to be able to contact the spirits of deceased relatives of his subjects and his work became especially popular in the years following World War I, as people searched for clues regarding their family members lost in the conflict.
In 1922, however, Hope’s work was proven to be nothing more spiritual than double exposures. Despite this setback, he retained a good following and his fellow spiritualist, author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, refused to believe that Hope was fraud and even wrote a book (The Case for Spirit Photography) attempting to clear his name.
Enjoy and have a spooky time!
Strange Random Ghost Quote:
- Halloween Worldwide at Flickr – Halloweek part 4! (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
- Keep that wolf at the door with Halloween recipes – Halloweek part 2 (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
- Halloween Music 2 – Halloweek part 6! (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
- Haunted Highline: Where To Find “Real” Local Ghosts And Hauntings (b-townblog.com)
- Halloween by Gaslight (goodcomics.comicbookresources.com)
- The First Photographs of Ghosts [Image Cache] (gizmodo.com)
- Spirit Photography of William Hope (boredpanda.com)