Orange Trump blimp flys over London’s parliament

A giant helium filled  balloon effigy of the President of the United states of America hovers over the house of commons,  earthed down by nipple retaining strings.  the Blimp is an oversize oval soft rubber balloon pumped with helium yellow haired with keys features which include:  a painted over safety pin , and over gesticulated mouth and a toy “blue phone”

The  6 m blimp depicts Mr Trump as an Orange toddle with his iPhone phone in hand — a reference to his frequent tweets. approved by the London mayor, and greenlited to fly during the Official  Uk visit the ‘Trumpbaby” took over $16,000 in crowd funded financial support to make.

The Orange blimp was created by UK designer Leo Murray , who seeks to use it as a tool to protest  the president’s policies. But it has gathered a lot of criticisms on ‘crossing the line’  and been too aggressive with the message it aim to pass across.

 

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Black Panther: Design symbolism and African art on display

the black panther, a marvel  cinematic fleck about a warrior king in a fight for his throne  feature several significant array of cultural emblems ;  and arty elements  of  the futuristic state.  the over 120 mins display featured colors and designs; motifs predominate to equatorial, and southern Africa, and unique elements of African cultures. bringing to limelight an articulated level of detail and an in-depth coverage of the continent.

Wakanda, the fictional African nation in which Ryan Coogler’s film unfolds, is thoroughly captivating—a seamless blend of ancient and modern:  of tribal tradition objectives and ultra-high-tech glossiness. That balance is perhaps nowhere more apparent than in the costumes and architecture.

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the splatters of matte, and infusion of tradition with futurist technology is the joint work of :  Ruth E. Carter, an award winning costume designer;  with a lengthy list of  costume works–  Malcolm X, Jungle fever and Selma. 

I went into  my interview with Ryan Coogler with a lot of images from Africa, Afropunk, and art images. We were able to extrapolate a story with those based on what he wanted to do. There was a bible created by him that explained where people belonged. Certain people were a part of our merchant tribe, others were a part of Lupita [Nyong’o]’s tribe, the river tribe. There were eight or nine areas of Wakanda that needed to be explore..

Ruth told  thefader . working jointly with  Hannah Beachler  the primary production designer for Black Panther. On the fashion and styles of the imaginative universe,

…Ryan Coogler was no different, in that he wanted us to all think of this fictitious world of Wakanda as a place that was never colonized by the Dutch or the English. What would that look like?…. ” and We had an enormous number of boards that outlined the costume looks of each district of Wakanda. 

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architecture and technology of Wakanda also draw richly from the African norms.  in some instances, exact facsimiles were made with only few variations; the Jabari mountainous tribe of Wakanda inspired by a similar  Dogon tribe were exact copies with a slight altering. the north-eastern clans were adaptions of Tuareg — sub-Saharan desert dwellers of Africa– and the Niger basin tribes, morphed into the richest, and mostly  merchant group. others include:

The distinctive red earth rammed floor on the palace floor and on the hairs and skin of the one of  the council chiefs was inspired by the Himba people of north-western Namibia.

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“otjize”, is the distinct red earth coating applied on their skin and hair to keep them moist and protected from the arid desert climate.

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Zulu headdress., seen here on Queen Ramonda, mother of the warrior king It’s reminiscent of the reed Zulu flared hats or “Isicholos.”

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The Zulu headdresses are traditionally worn by married women for ceremonial celebrations.

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The  mouth Lip dish from the water tribe are from the Mursi and Surma of Ethiopia.  these  form  parts of  a ritualistic, ceremonial body modification of the Mursi, and their neighboring Surmi tribes.

While many cultures use them ( Papua New Guinea)  they’re best known with  Surma and Mursi tribes in Ethiopia. Who also follow the tradition of  body mutilation, or indentation.

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The army and all female royal guards — the Dora Milaje — featured outfits with a prominent ring layered collars,  laced  with colorful  ornaments. And   gets its roots with the South Ndebele peoples of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The overall costume is quirky blend of the traditional Ndebele rings , a touch of the Masai fashion and the generic sci-fi clothing ordinance.

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The Masai use spears exclusively.

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Ndebele Neck Rings are worn as part of their traditional dress and as a sign of wealth and status.

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The Basotho Blanket worn by the border tribal leader — W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) —  around their necks. comes from tribes around the foot of the Table mountains in South Africa.  the Lesotho people  are one such tribe, but the movie costume added  patterns from the Sesotho people.

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And lastly, Zuri — Forest Whittaker– the spiritual leader of Wakanda,  is dressed in Agbada,  or Babariga  a flowing robe mostly predominate with Yoruba clans of the lower Niger, and Berber tribes North Africa.
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astrocyte living architecture systems is a dream state installation

Can architecture integrate living functions? How can we design kinetic, living architecture that engages with visitors during extended interactions and enhances human experience in an immersive environment? How do humans respond to these evolving interactions, in a process of mutual adaptation?

Can architecture integrate living functions? Could future buildings think, and care? The Living Architecture Systems Group brings together researchers and industry partners in a multidisciplinary research cluster dedicated to developing built environments with qualities that come close to life— environments that can move, respond, and learn, with metabolisms that can exchange and renew their environments, and which are adaptive and empathic towards their inhabitants.

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Supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funding and contributions from numerous partners, LAS is focused on develop­ing innovative technologies, new critical aesthetics, and integrative design working methods, helping equip a new generation of designers with critical next-generation skills and critical perspectives for working with complex environments.

The research of LAS has the potential to change how we build by transform­ing the physical structures that support buildings and the technical systems that control them. Intelligent controls, machine learning, lightweight scaf­folds, kinetic mechanisms, and self-renewing synthetic biology systems are being integrated in prototypes, exploring how these different systems might be fully integrated into new generations of buildings. Specializations are in advanced structures, mechanisms, control systems, machine learning, human-machine interaction, synthetic biology, and psychological testing. The combined expertise of the group offers unique integrated design, prototyping and public demonstration facilities.

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EDIT is a ten-day festival for design, innovation and technology in toronto and produced by design exchange, whose overarching theme for its inaugural edition is ‘prosperity for all’. a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory is transformed into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges. held from september 28 to october 8 2017, the festival explores a world where crickets can combat global hunger, medical supplies are 3D-printed in outer space, drones deliver blood to remote communities, and shipping containers are the future of farming.

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3D Art Canvas with real human subjects : Alexa Meade

Media : AlexaMeade  : Facebook : Twitter :  Tumblr : Instagram 

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Perspective-bending artwork makes the 3D world look like a 2D painting. In her latest project collaboration, Alexa Meade’s art acts as a medium for the visual storytelling of Color of Reality. 

Alexa Meade is an artist who uses humans as her canvas. She turns them into living, breathing portraits. The effect is quite astonishing as her technique harnesses optically dis-illusion and tricks the senses into a 2d perception  for what is a live portrait painting ; with human subjects.

Speaking in 2008, she had said “I started covering  things in paint, from trees to blades of grass. I wanted to reference  what was directly beneath the paint, and capture the shadows dripping on  the landscape.”

From there she had  moved on to painting Human subjects where she is free to splash and blend colours .  Meade has exhibited her live installations and photo prints at the Saatchi Gallery in London, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Ivo Kamm Gallerie in Switzerland, and Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Germany.

Mercedes-Benz, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, and MINI Cooper commissioned her to create large-scale live installation experiences in public spaces in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Madrid. Her portrait subjects include such individuals of note as triple-Grammy Award winner Gotye.

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She has given lectures at CalArts, UC-Berkeley, National Geographic London, Adobe, and WIRED. Her TED Talk titled “Your Body Is My Canvas” has been viewed over 2 million times.

Meade’s artwork has been featured in

  • The Wall Street Journal,
  • The Washington Post,
  • The London Telegraph,
  • The Guardian,
  • CNN
  • The Today Show,
  • Al Jazeera,

Nippon Television, NPR, NY Arts Magazine, Slate, Juxtapoz Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Details Magazine, Esquire Magazine, and Italian Elle Magazine.

Jay-Z’s Life & Times made a video about Alexa’s creative process that also captured a sneak peek at one of her side projects: transforming her Los Angeles home into a Funhouse. Other passion projects include turning her garage into a camera obscura theater, designing tessellating shape tiles, and making a jigsaw puzzle for the blind. Scroll below for some of her works:

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Alexa is currently working on a couple of tech collaborations playing with augmented reality as well as virtual reality. She’s creating some tessellating shape tiles as a design toy that helps build spatial intelligence.

Mexico’s Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead  is central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Catholic holiday called All Soul’s & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones.

They believe that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

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Celebrated throughout Mexico  colorful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honor specific family members who have passed on, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillasand big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto.

The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.

 

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10+ Traditional weddings across the globe

For most western cultures ; Europe , America and back here in Australia, brides traditionally wear a white dress on their wedding day. But beyond the west however and a large variety of attires exist for that special occasion and it differs with culture preferences and  across countries too.

Although for most parts of the western world and now China , it’s  a bit rare to find a wedding dress that isn’t white. However, in many cultures, especially in Asia , south America and Africa, the most couples opt for traditional ornamentations .

Since not everybody upholds same traditions , and couples wears on their Big Day,  show interesting amount of diversity. This list compiled by Ausquerry provides a  “matted insight” into the different ways people around the globe celebrate this same occasion.

 

 

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Traditional Wedding Costumes In Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Russia has over 185 different ethnic groups, and many of these have their own separate wedding traditions. However, many Russian weddings last for at least two days and some go on for as long as a week.

Traditional Wedding Costumes In Veliky Novgorod, Russia

Korean Traditional Royal Wedding Costumes

The Korean national costume is called the Hanbok, and a variation of this can be worn at traditional weddings. According to ancient tradition in, the groom should carry his wife around the table on his back. This is so the bride knows that her husband is reliable.

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While some brides adorn themselves in colorful garments, others paint their hands and faces in accordance with local traditions, and some hide their faces completely behind layers of jewelry or veils.

 Malay Wedding

Most weddings in Malaysia are held according to the Muslim tradition. Brides often wear wedding dresses that include colors such as purple, violet, and cream.

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Balinese Wedding, Indonesia

Traditional Balinese wedding clothes are often vivid and richly decorated. The bride and the groom often wear crowns of gold on their heads during the ceremony.

Balinese Wedding, Indonesia

Weddings In Jakarta, Indonesia

As in other parts of Indonesia, traditional wedding attire in Jakarta includes plenty of gold, intricate patterns, striking colors and ornate head wear.

Weddings In Jakarta, Indonesia

Palembang Wedding, Indonesia

Palembang is the second-largest city on Sumatra island in Indonesia. In traditional weddings brides wear what’s called an Aesan Gede, which is a rich and striking costume that evokes the grandeur of the Srivijaya empire.

Palembang Wedding, Indonesia

Sami Wedding

The Sami are the indigenous people living in the far north of Europe. The area is called Sápmi and it stretches across parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and the Kola Peninsula. Their traditional dresses explain a lot about the wearer. For example, single people wear belts with circular buttons, while square buttons mean a person is married.

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Polish Wedding From The Lowicz Area

A Polish bride will traditionally wear a white dress and a full veil (welon). The groom will often wear a buttonhole flower to match his bride’s bouquet. If you notice a bride subtly moving a part of her wedding dress to cover the top of the groom’s shoe, she may be following a traditional belief that this will give her a position of dominance in the relationship.

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Traditional Wedding In Ghana

Traditional weddings in Ghana are often very colorful, and each family has its own cloth pattern that features on the bride and groom’s wedding outfits.

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#7 Scottish Wedding

Men in Scotland traditionally wear the kilt of his clan for his wedding. After the ceremony, the bride wears a shawl emblazoned with her new husband’s clan colors to signify her transition into his family.

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Chinese Wedding

In China the colour red is considered to symbolize good luck. The colour is also believed to keep away evil spirits. It’s therefore no surprise that traditional Chinese wedding outfits almost always feature the colour red.

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Indonesian Wedding

Indonesia has over 17,000 islands and so weddings here vary greatly depending on where people live and which of the 300+ ethnic groups they belong to.

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