Cnest / Cubo architects

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Architect Hitoshi Saruta of CUBO Design planned his own house in Kanagawa, Japan, as a floating birdhouse with a pointy delta-shaped roof, hanging from a big tree.

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the birdhouse was fixed as if hooked on a block of RC, which was embedded into the ground. The cantilever with a 4m x 13m flat surface, which supports the floating birdhouse, is supported by an RC slab and narrow steel-frame branches

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Neurocam

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The Neurocam is an experimental wearable camera system, that uses a headband to sense brainwaves and record five-second GIF video clips. When brain’s electrical activity passes a certain threshold, the Neurocam triggers your iPhone to record what you see in your visual field, without having to lift a finger, or even consciously think about it.

The prototype is a concept by Japanese company Neurowear – that also invented the amazing necomimi ears.

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iPhone SAR values here + the best bluetooth headset there

The Rite of Love and Death

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In his memoir Confessions of a Mask, the great Japanese writer Yukio Mishima (picture above by Eikoh Hosoe) shares the precise circumstances of his first orgasm: It arrived when he saw, browsing a volume of art reproductions in his father’s study, Guido Reni’s “St Sebastian”.
Apart from this first sexual awakening, the painting seems to have indicated a full-blown obsession with death and sadomasochism, that would inevitably lead, decades later, to Mishima’s own ritual suicide (harakiri) in 1970, after a failed attempt to lead a military uprising.
The following 1966 film Patriotism (or The Rite of Love and Death) directed by and staring Mishima himself, is based on the almost unreadable short story of the same name.
It is essentially an elaborate and idealized rehearsal for the way he would later meet his own death.

Via dangerous minds. Link to video.

the outer limits of sexual obsession / Toshio Saeki

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Artworks on erotica, violence, and perversion by Japanese artist and mangaka Toshio Saeki.

Saeki has a unique method for adding color to his work: in collaboration with a print-maker he uses overlays, to create the exact colors he wants. He calls this method chinto printing — the picture is complete only after it has been printed- a modern version of the Ukiyo-E, a genre of Japanese woodcut prints.

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An original color guide by Saeki, used by the printer per his instructions in the collaborative process of creating the actual print.

His work has received warnings from the Japanese government, though it has never been officially banned. Since Saeki’s page is of at the moment, scroll down for more  (NSFW )

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the downward spiral

he couldn’t believe how easy it was
he put the gun into his face
bang!
(so much blood from such a tiny little hole)

problems have solutions
a lifetime of fucking things up fixed in one determined flash

everything’s blue
in this world
the deepest shade of mushroom blue
all fuzzy
spilling out of my head

(Nine Inch Nails, 1994)

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spiral3spiral2spiral5 On decay and abandonment: a Russian Missile factory,  a theater in Chicago, the House of the Communist Party in Bulgaria, a power plant in Ultrecht  and a dreamland in Japan  are going down the downward spiral.

Listen to the downward spiral here.

Images via the Idialist.

22141231 / Nosigner

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Light sculpture/ mirror designed by Japan-based design firm Nosigner, for the Taro Horiuchi fashion shop.
The diffused LED light is created by a special kind of aluminum foil which allows to reflect varying projections, so that you will never see the same light pattern on the wall. 22141231 is the title of this work, that was named after the perfect solar eclipse that will appeare about 200 years later

 

Previously: Olive project by Nosigner

Straw Mammoth

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Site-specific straw sculpture by the Musashino Art University on Shodoshima, one of the five islands in Japan participating the Triennial Setouchi Art Festival. The mammoth was made of rice straw donated by local farmers after the harvest and displayed in the same fields, in 2010.

Straw art is one of the most popular parts of  this festival, where artists collaborate with local residents to create large scale sculptures, like this mammoth. Check out the Light of Shodoshima, a giant straw dome by Wang Wen-chih here.

Photos by artist Michelle Kuen Suet FUNG

Previously: Father Memory installation by Chiharu Shiota @ Setouchi Art Festival