I’m pretty sure I would never get tired of playing around in zero gravity. Here’s another video of the astronauts of the International Space Station testing out a crazy idea… underwater video in space.
From NASA: “During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman — along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst — explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size of a softball and recorded the activity with a 3-D camera.”
You may remember this sweet Snow Surfer video that Jacob Sutton created back in 2012. Well, now it’s the skiers turn to shred the powder in ethereal LED glowing suits.
This is even what I wrote back in 2012:
“The film is haunting. I like to imagine this is what snowboarding in the future will look like — sculpture in motion. I hope a skiing video is soon to follow.”
Well, thank you Philips TV and Atomic Skis for making my wish a reality.
From the creators:
“From the depth of the creative visuals to the groundbreaking, never-been-done-before scale of the shoot, Afterglow is being hailed as one of the most cinematically profound ski movies ever made. Deep pillows and Alaskan spines, all filmed at night, with massive lights, custom made LED suits, and a national governments worth of logistics, planning, and civil engineering.”
On October 19th, you can find the full 12 minute video here.
Watch the video! What a wonderfully animated short by the Irish filmmaker, Eoin Duffy. I’m not surprised “The Missing Scarf” took home top awards in virtually every film festival in the world. It was also shortlisted for the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
The story starts out following a squirrel’s journey to find his missing scarf, but it evolves into something truly astronomical! The animation technique is exquisitely polished. It’s a beautiful way to use motion graphics — each new design was well timed and added to the scene. And not to mention… George Takei is narrating, so this short is really great by all accounts.
To find more from Eoin Duffy or congratulate him on a job well done, here’s his website.
Hydrolab Training, I.S.S., Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center [GCTC], Star City, Zvyozdny gorodok, Russia, 2007.
Class Room, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center [CGS], Kourou, French Guiana, 200
“The Space Project” is an incredible series of photographs by Vincent Fournier, who hails from the little known country of Burkina Faso in West Africa. Vincent traveled around the world to capture space training facilities which were left mostly in a state of abandonment. You may have noticed that most countries seem to have shifted their interests away from manned space programs in recent years. After the lunar landing on July 20th, 1969, we just haven’t collectively wanted to exhaust the resources need to journey to Mars and beyond…
These photographs capture some of the beautifully faded glory of space programs around the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
Apollo Control Room, John F. Kennedy Space Center [NASA], Florida, U.S.A., 2011.
Ergol #4, S1B clean room, Arianespace, Guiana Space Center [CGS], Kourou, French Guiana, 2011
Space Helmet, Extravehicular Visor Assembly, John F. Kennedy Space Center [NASA], Florida, U.S.A., 2011
Mars Desert Research Station #2 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008
Mars Desert Research Station #1 [MDRS], Mars Society, San Rafael Swell, Utah, U.S.A., 2008
Plateau de Bure Observatory #3 [IRAM], Grenoble, F 78 French Alps, 2006
There are many more gems from “The Space Project” that you can find at Vincent’s website, here. I think he may be my new favorite photographer. If you are in Amsterdam before October 31st, definitely check it out.
Santiago Betancur Z is a Colombian visual artist who has done creative work for animated short films, TV commercials, and video games. These wonderful psychoactive photographs were made by placing soap bubbles against dark surfaces to generate prismatic light in the shape of spheres. Giant gas planets, Jupiter or Saturn, seem to emerge from the images.
On his website, Santiago lists directly under his name, “Art is the science of beauty,” something we can appreciate greatly here at RobotSpaceBrain.
Moebius, also known as Jean Giraud, was a world-renowned French artist, cartoonist, and writer. Back in 2011, he created this series of fantastical illustrations for the clothing botique, Hermès. The series, titled Voyage D’Hermes, never actually appeared in any advertisement for the company’s perfume line (possibly because they contain absolutely no reference to the Hermès brand). But who cares, these otherworldly scenes are simply incredible! The work features soft pastels, floating orbs, and alien creatures to create a sort of “Space Western” environment.
Moebius, who passed away back in 2012, had a wonderfully productive life. He contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction and fantasy films, including Alien, Willow, Tron (1982), The Abyss (1989) and The Fifth Element.
If you are unfamiliar with his work, I suggest checking out a few of his books. Both Arzach and The Incal are highly recommended, but his most famous work is probably the Blueberry series, created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier, which features one of the first anti-heroes in Western comics.
Hope you enjoyed these. I’m sure they will inspire many creative types for years to come.