British fashion house The Unseen has joined fashion and science for reals. The Unseen is three women, Lauren Bowker, Chista Leask and Jess Smith, who create exquisite wearable science using both cutting-edge technology and incredible tailoring. In fact, Bowker (The Unseen’s founder), studied both fashion and chemistry. Originally, she started down this path to help herself: she has a spinal condition and wanted to create materials that would signal a shift in her condition.
Nowadays, The Unseen cooks up heat-sensitive inks and hyper-conductive stones to come up with truly custom palettes that change color based on heat (including heat generated by brain activity), friction (!!!) and humidity. (So, yes, even the crazy-territorial fashionistas among us can be SURE no one will have on the same outfit….even if it is the same outfit.) This is what we call future-forward —- and the Unseen’s stunning, otherworldly silhouettes only make us love it more. (Oh, and BTW, they make non-clothing items too.)
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that science and smart are not sexy.
Some of you may be wondering: What ever happened to that sci-fi short film? Well, I’m here to tell you that Roxë15 is, indeed, alive and well.
Ohio-based editor Chris Croft and I have been working hard for the past several weeks….and (thank God!) the light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer and closer. I have had the great pleasure of editing sound effects (call me geeky or whatever, but I happen to LOVE editing audio). Anyhoo, the final pieces are coming into place. It has taken a while but as they say, good things come to those who wait — so stay tuned.
Also, I’m extremely excited and honored to announce that the feature-length screenplay of Roxë15 was recently selected to be a part of cultivEight, a national film development program sponsored by NEA Art Works! cultivEight is produced by PushPush Film and Theater in Atlanta, in partnership with BrandCinema in NYC and producer Alexander A. Motlagh. It’s an innovative, hands-on, filmmaker-centered incubator that develops out-of-the-box film projects over 8 months. The object is to thoroughly and thoughtfully develop projects, connect filmmakers with producers and get projects into (what?) PRODUCTION!
Feeling extremely thankful/grateful that both the long and short of Roxë15 are moving in the right direction…..ever forward!
From May to November of this year, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst was on the International Space Station. While hanging out in the stratosphere, he took thousands of snaps of Planet Earth with ultra-high-def cameras….and when he got back, he did what most techies eventually do: he made a video. But Gerst’s video is not your everyday mash-up — he edited 12,500 images of what the cameras saw from space into a stunning (and we mean stunning!) timelapse video. And he gave it a dope soundtrack.
This is Earth as extraterrestrials might see it.
SIDE NOTE: from 3:11 to 3:31, there is footage of space that is MIND. BLOWING. To say that it puts everything happening down here in perspective is an understatement.
We are moving ever forward with the sci-fi feature film called Godspeed. It’s not your grandmother’s science fiction but this project is coming together quite nicely.
We’ll let the pictures do the talking.
GODSPEED: an independent sci-fi feature film. Celia C. Peters, Writer + Director, Gina Charbonnet, Producer.
Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates exquisite, incredibly complex art using math as a foundation — but he doesn’t use electronics to create these pieces. He uses a ruler and a protractor to translate lines, spirals and helixes into haunting images that defy gravity and blast our sense of scale and space. That’s what’s up.
Architecht Zaha Hadid is the truth. She is a woman making her mark on the world, literally.
Hadid is an illmatic architect spitting out stunning, next-level, game-changing design on a global scale. Hadid, a 63-year-old Iraqi-born British citizen, has 950 projects going in 44 countries. 950 projects. 44 countries. (Think about that the next time you talk about how busy you are.) Her latest work is a set of futuristic “super-yachts” designed for German company Blohm+Voss.
The yachts are in addition to designing the Vitra Fire Station in Germany, Rome’s MAXXI Museum, the London Aquatics Center (built for the 2012 Olympics), Beijing’s Galaxy Soho entertainment/office complex and the Guangzhou Opera House, among many others.
Predictably, she has a rep for being “difficult.”
Says Hadid: “If you’re a man you’re seen as someone who’s tough and ambitious, but when a woman is ambitious it’s seen as bad. I think things have changed in the last 20 years. They’re better. But there’s still prejudice.”
So how did she make it happen?
“I never took no for an answer. I never sat back and said ‘walk all over me, it’s OK.'”
Just what we thought.