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A Gun that Shoots Images onto your Pictures

Pope with "NO" projected above.

 

The Image Fulgurator is a projector disguised as a camera. When it detects a flash from a real camera, it projects an image onto its target for an instant. The fleeting projection might not be noticeable to the naked eye, but it appears in the picture that was taken at that moment. It won the 2008 Golden Nica, and was created by Juilius Von Bismarck, who has an awesome name.

Here’s a video documentary about the device. It’s a long, languid video, but it’s good, and there’s a clear demonstration of the Fulgurator at the 12:30 mark.

Fully Automated Butchering Robots

Look at these automated butchering machines. Especially crazy is the knife on the robotic arm at 4:30. It’s as if David Cronenburg directed that Björk video with the necking robots but it’s real and it goes on tirelessly, probably 24 hours a day, making sure you are never lacking lamb sausages.

Kids Dropping the Camera Turned Sublime

I have a feeling YouTube is 95% incoherent noise made by people who’ve never used a camera before. This video by Chris Beckman shows how brute-force editing, combined with a clever conceit, can take the noise and turn it into something sublime. Oops won the experimental category at the 2011 Vimeo Awards. See also Christian Marclay’s The Clock.

Full House Trip Out

What I like about this video by Michael Robinson is not just that it’s super trippy – it’s mostly noise and colors – but that it is set up in such a way that the viewer is nudged to impose a narrative on it. When that plane/boat/island sequence kicks off you wonder what will happen next. It’s also funny. It’s also scary.

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