Tag Archives: Australia

A New Shark Deterrent Wetsuit

May 8th, 2014 | Brain

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I’ve always had an irrational fear of sharks. Every time I go surfing, I get this horridly vivid thought of a massive shark creeping below the surface, ready to pull me into the water. Hamish Jolly shares my fear. He’s an ocean swimmer in Australia, a country with 892 shark attacks on record since 1791, 217 of which have been fatal. He set out to create a suit designed to keep humans safe in the water, and the early results look promising! The designs work by using rather simple patterns that apparently confuse the shark just enough to avoid an attack.

I’ll definitely look into wearing one of these wetsuits next time I hit the open water.

You can read more about the project here.

-RSB

‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ by Tame Impala

November 15th, 2012 | Brain

Tame Impala Video

I’m pretty sure we are witnessing the resurrection of John Lennon in lead singer Kevin Parker from Tame Impala.  “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” is a single off of the band’s new album, Lonersome.  The music is described as psychedelic groove rock, which seems fitting.  And I will tell you, this is NOT one of those record’s with just one good song; the whole thing is fantastic, so I recommend listening to it from start to finish.

Also, the video is one of my favorites of the year (directed by Joe Pelling & Becky Sloan).  It looks like it was made with the Play-Doh color palette, which makes sense considering the video was created entirely with Plasticine collage.

I see bright things in Tame Impala’s future.

-RSB

World War Robot by Ashley Wood

August 14th, 2012 | Robot

World War Robot

World War Robot

Ashley Wood is an accomplished Australian artist who has worked with several companies including Dreamworks, Marvel Comics, and Konami.

The paintings above are from a graphic novel titled, World War Robot, which was released back in 2010.  Here’s the Amazon blurb:

It’s total robot war! In development to be a major motion picture, Ashley Wood’s World War Robot tells the tale of a dwindling band of humans and robots who face off in a battle that will likely end humanity as we know it – on Earth, on the Moon, and on Mars, too! Badass battles, really intense human/robot drama, and even a little black humor and political intrigue are the order of the day in this oversize epic that collects both previous books in one deluxe hardcover volume.

Sounds like a pretty cool story to me, and I’m a big fan of the muted colors and loose style he uses in the paintings.  You can pick it up here if you’d like:

-RSB

Micromachina

July 27th, 2012 | Robot

Micromachina ~ Decommission, 2011,
beetle, resin figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Race to Extinction, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Migration, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

Micromachina ~ Pre-Emptive Swarm, 2011,
beetle, plastic figures, found objects, 15cm x 12.5cm

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The Micromachina series above is by artist Scott Bain from Adelaide, Australia.  All of the insects you see in the images are real!

Here is a excerpt from the artist:

MICROMACHINA examines what makes the insect world tick, and considers our attempts to control nature and the consequences. Humanity’s blatant disregard for nature, where profit comes before life, will ultimately be our undoing. Pesticides, herbicides, genetic modification and massive urban expansion push the fine balance of life toward disaster. There has to be a point, when mother nature will say ‘too far’, and rid the earth of its biggest pest… us.

Once the stuff of science fiction, today flying and crawling insects are used by the military, fitted with audio and video devices. This exhibition experiments using real taxidermy beetles as mechanised shells, to show how we mistreat our fellow inhabitants, forcing them to do our will.

While Mr. Bain seems to be inspired by our negative effect on nature, I find our use of insects in new ways to be extremely exciting.  I think it would be great if we had some giant insects to fly us around (and not eat us!)…

-RSB

[via Behance]

The Mercenary

June 1st, 2012 | Robot

The Mercenary 1

The Mercenary 2

The Mercenary Saw

The Mercenary Deer

I would like really like to hire this mercenary model, fantastic!

These conceptual photographs are from Baldovino Barani, starring the Australian model, Morgan Hurst.

From Barani’s site:

Baldovino Barani’s photography has acquired somewhat of a cult status in recent years.  His often unsettling and fabulist allegories have interpreted the ever changing metamorphosis of the fashion seasons and showcased the work of this industry’s most talented designers.  Always striving to impose character driven stories, Baldovino Barani’s heroines have come to stand for a new type of editorial femininity: a seamless assimilation between orphic narrative and pure sartorial ecstasy.

This fembot is one intense assassin.  She’s really got it all – guns, fire, blood, a saw, and… antlers?  I’ll take two.

-RSB

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