'Low Pixel,' a ceramic art series by Toshiya Masuda

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For his Low Pixel ceramic sculpture series, Japanese artist Toshiya Masuda “pixelates” common objects. Soda cans, flowers, liquor bottles, all are reduced to low rez video game style facsimiles.

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Fantastic science/art/wonder enamel pin

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Our pals at surreal clothiers Imaginary Foundation bring us this fine enamel pin emblazoned with an essential insight of the ages, captured by a simple Venn diagram. Just $10! Read the rest

INTERVIEW: Hip Hop Family Tree's Ed Piskor on the weird old tools of classic comics

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Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree (which debuted right here at Boing Boing) shared with us some of the ancient artistic tools that inspires his unique technique.

While drawing a splendid Happy Mutant, he takes us through his "war chest": zip-a-tone sheets, letraset, a Leroy lettering gadget, risography, and the immortal spirit of great cartooning.

He also muses on what it's like to teach students who know every corner of a Wacom tablet, but recoil in horror when the only undo level is a splodge of white-out.

Enjoy the 35-minute visit to his studio! And keep an eye out for the Happy Mutant you see below—we'll be auctioning them for a good cause soon. Read the rest

Hollow rock turns into a router full of survival info when you build a fire beside it

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Keepalive is Aram Bartholl's fake hollow boulder in the woods of Neuenkirchen, Germany. It conceals a thermoelectric generator that powers a router configured to serve documents related to wilderness survival. The router switches on if the rock is sufficiently warmed, say by a blazing campfire adjacent to it. Read the rest

Epic Pokemon portrait in colored beads—and it's only half-done

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Nete, from Denmark, created this astonishing perler-bead pixel-art portrait of the 151 first-generation Pokemon. The design has so far required 45,544 beads, is 1.27m wide and 87cm high, she writes. Once complete, it'll be more than twice as high, with 115,200 beads.

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Call for submissions: SHARE electronic art festival, curated by Bruce Sterling

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The ninth Share Festival, held in Turin, Italy in May 2016, awards a "Share Prize" for best electronic art on the festival's theme of "House Guests," which raises a series of questions about everyday living and the Internet of Things, inspired by Casa Jasmina, a human-centered model IoT home: Read the rest

'The Art of a Political Revolution' for Bernie Sanders

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In Los Angeles but ending this weekend, you can check out an #ArtistsForBernieSanders show in support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. My beautiful friend Souris Hong is one of the curators/organizers/promoters, and you should really read her personal story of involvement. “I live in a country where I can come from a refugee camp and end up on the campaign trail,” she writes. Included in the exhibition are artists and performers we've blogged about here at Boing Boing over the years--Kozyndan, Ron English, and Shepard Fairey among them. The organizers plan to take the show on the road to more cities, when the Los Angeles kickoff closes.

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Monkeys make surprisingly terrible random-number generators

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Back in 2002, artists at England's Plymouth University teamed up with Paignton Zoo to see if monkeys could write Shakespeare. Read the rest

Chelsea Manning interview: DNA, big data, official secrecy, and citizenship

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Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portraits from DNA samples, usually working from found samples -- chewing gum, cigarette butts -- of people she's never met. But this year, she's done a pair of extraordinary portraits of Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower currently serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth for her role in the Wikileaks Cablegate publications.

Air Bonsai: mysterious floating trees for your home

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Air Bonsai are mag-lev Bonsai trees that float spookily over their elaborate, Japanese-designed pots. Prices start at $800 and go way, way up. The plants are real—you can even transplant your favorite to the setup—and most of the materials traditional. Read the rest

Boneless simulated human tumbling through endless giant LEDs

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Can't get enough of nude, 3D-modelled humans with the internal physics of bags of jelly interacting with physics simulations? We've got you covered with Albert Omoss's Plug Party 2K3. (via JWZ) Read the rest

Real-time fractal zoomer on the web

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Following up on yesterday's fractal fun, here's a real-time fractal zoomer on the web.

Use the arrow keys to pan, A and Z keys to zoom, S and X keys to change the threshold.

It's by Jonathan Alpers, using WebGL and Three.js, and was featured on Chrome Experiments in November. Read the rest

Replica weapons made from thousands of cut and stacked post-its

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Rome-based sculptor Marco Ecroli's "Army" project turns stacks of patiently cut, colorful post-it notes into full-sized three-dimensional replica weapons: a Colt six-shooter ("i Love Ammerica"), a machine-gun ("Tenere Lontano dalla Portata dei Bambini") , a hand-grenade ("Bomba non Bomba") , and a katana ("Daily Samurai"). He's also made a full-sized post-it car ("The Sheep Stand Far From The Rainbow"). Read the rest

Old payphones becoming "masturbation stations" in NYC

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Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into "GuyFi" stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of "stress relief." Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named "Hot Octopus"…

The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day last week. Of course, public masturbation is illegal—and a rep from Hot Octopuss told Mashable, "We may be insinuating that these booths could be used in whichever way anyone would like to 'self soothe,' [but] the brand is not actively encouraging people to masturbate in public as that is an illegal offense." No word on how fast the Internet connection was, or whether there would be any efforts to help women "self soothe" at a rate equal to men in the workplace.

An armed society is a polite society: Snopes.

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Fractal fun on the web

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You like zoning out in front of fractals, right? Of course you do!

FractalJS is the easiest fractal zoomer yet: just pinch-zoom or scrollwheel and watch it go. There are several sets to choose from, a smoothing option, lots of color schemes, and it's all open-source.

Alternatives: Calvin Metcalf's Leaflet has Google Maps-style controls and Alson Kemp's WebFract3D renders sets in three dimensions for an especially bizarre experience.

Bonus: Here's a Mandelbrot set being generated on a 50-year-old IBM mainframe.

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How a psychedelic sex GIF animator went viral after getting banned on Facebook

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Jean Francois Painchaud, aka PHAZED, is Canadian animator/producer who works on the PBS kids show, Wild Kratts. He also makes trippy, NSFW Gifs and posts them to his accounts on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook. Shogofawafa recently interviewed PHAZED about his work, and how he deals with the censorious bluenoses at Facebook.

Your work became viral after it was banned on Facebook. Did Facebook inadvertently do you a favour?

In a way, yes. Soon after I started posting my art online, I found out that there are people out there who are very sensitive when it comes to the female body. Some get particularly upset when they see a nipple. No matter how much I censor my work, I still get reported. It’s ridiculous.

So, whenever they take down my art or censor me, I make a big deal out of it, hoping that we might be able to change this culture of incessant censoring over time. That’s the main thing I learned from practising Judo – to use whatever people throw at me, against them.

How did mushrooms affect your work?

Mushrooms didn’t only help my art develop; they changed my entire life. Using mushrooms helped me overcome my depression, my insecurities and my anxiety. Most of that anxiety came from negative experiences with my father and being bullied at school.

Before I found shrooms, I was making art to improve my skills. It was as if I was trying to impress myself or show off.

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Guns filled with guts: Anatomy of War

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Noah Scalin's "Anatomy of War" sculptures are polymer clay cutaway guns filled with colorful, wet-looking human viscera. Read the rest

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