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OBJEKT V ╳ Max Negrelli, Jonas Wiese & URBANSCREEN

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February 4, 2014

Art Blog - Max Negrelli, Jonas Wiese - Empty Kingdom
OBJEKT V is a physical / virtual collaborative effort by Max Negrelli, Jonas Wiese, and post-production studio URBANSCREEN. Together they blend the realms of VFX, 3D projection and 3D printing into one visually perplexing experience that bends the brain.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

TOP 100 2013
[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Dear Esther ╳ The Chinese Room & Robert Briscoe

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December 28, 2013

Art Blog - The Chinese Room, Robert Briscoe - Empty Kingdom
Rarely do I post about video games here on EK, but once in a rare moment there is that one exception. And this time it's name is Dear Esther. Filmic and captivating from start to finish. Developed and envisioned by The Chinese Room and Robert Briscoe.
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Midnight Moment: Eye Test ╳ Times Square Arts & 2×4

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November 10, 2013

Art Blog - Times Square Arts, 2x4 - Empty Kingdom
A culmination of artistic imagery covering the theme of the human eye project onto electronic billboards during the Midnight Moment event in New York’s Times Square. A beautifully crafted feat founded by 2x4 in association with Times Square Arts, TSAC and AIG/NY.
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av@ar ╳ Manfred Borsch

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November 7, 2013

Art Blog - Manfred Borsch - Empty Kingdom
Audio-visual Artist Manfred Borsch (previously featured for his visually enticing work Limbic) dives into another experimental realm of digital identity with his latest installation av@ar. With a musical score by Johannes M. Arend.
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Box ╳ BOT & DOLLY, Tarik Abdel-Gawad & Bradley G. Munkowitz

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October 18, 2013

Art Blog - BOT & DOLLY, Tarik Abdel-Gawad, Bradley G. Munkowtiz - Empty Kingdom
A feat of mechanical, computer-programmed and human choreography encompass the 3D-mapped performance project Box. Heralded by BOT & DOLLY, with creative / technical director Tarik Abdel-Gawad and design director Bradley G. Munkowitz.
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Full Turn ╳ Benjamin Muzzin

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October 11, 2013

Art Blog - Benjamin Muzzin - Empty Kingdom
Benjamin Muzzin utilizes old school filmmaking techniques mixed with modern day technology to generate the analog animated installation Full Turn. In association with the Media & Interaction Design Unit / Visual Communication Department at ECAL / University of Art and Design Lausanne.
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EK Interview: Jean-Paul Frenay

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August 25, 2013

Art Blog - Jean-Paul Frenay - Empty Kingdom
Jean-Paul Frenay is a visual artist currently based in Brussels, Belgium that has touched upon a healthy palette of media bases such as: film, VFX, performance pieces, interaction installations, experimental video, photography, and even music (I, The Phoneix). With such a busy schedule, we here at EK were more than appreciative to have him take the time and divulge us about the mindset behind his varying projects, and what continues to artistically drive him forward to this day. Check out the full spread of Q&A after the jump. Enjoy!
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Parametric Expression ╳ Mike Pelletier

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August 18, 2013

Art Blog - Mike Pelletier - Empty Kingdom
Interactive artist and technical director Mike Pelletier mathematizes the human money-maker in the experimental project Parametric Expression. Accompanied by music by Colleen.
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Classical Greek Sculpture GIFs

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August 11, 2013

Zach Dougherty
Zach Dougherty is an artist based out of Portland, Oregon who animates and digitizes classical greek sculptures to GIFs. Be sure to visit his tumblr hateplow, which features a variety of other wicked GIFs.
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EK Interview: Defasten

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July 21, 2013

Art Blog - Defasten - Empty Kingdom
Montreal-based motion-VFX-filmmaker Patrick Doan (running under the name of Defasten) presents a bulk of his work through geometrical layers of abstract subject matter. Our conversations with the artist helped us reveal how computer graphics become a tool for storytelling and expression. Check out the Q&A interview after the jump!
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Magma ╳ The Vein & Dvein

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May 22, 2013

Art Blog - The Vein, Dvein - Empty Kingdom
Intriguing music video Magma by The Vein paints an abstract geological terrain filled with swirling floods of color and smoothly embedded facial landscapes. Constructed and envisioned by Dvein (previously mentioned on EK here).
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Musical Laser Forests… ╳ Marshmallow Laser Feast

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May 1, 2013

Art Blog - Marshmallow Laser Feast - Empty Kingdom
What better way to create new and interesting forms of technological art, than to combine all of our pre-existing ones? Meet studio Marshmallow Laser Feast, with their amazing showcase of Musical Laser Forests, Light Painting, and Quadcopters. In association with The Creators Project
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Anthony McCall

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April 8, 2013

Anthony McCall - Empty Kingdom - Art Blog
Anthony McCall is a British-born American avant-garde artist specializing in the power of light, projected film, and cinema. His works are simple projections that emphasize the sculptural qualities of a beam of light. Be sure to catch his current exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London, UK.
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Riot ╳ Leonard Mechiari, Mattia Traverso, & Ugur Ister

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April 5, 2013

Art Blog - Leonard Mechiari, Mattia Traverso, Ugur Ister - Empty Kingdom
The crowd-funded political activist simulator Riot, brings our most recent and ongoing societal strifes to the multiplayer masses. The gameplay has been leveled, allowing no bias and instead immerses its participants to see things from both sides of the story. Developed and realized by Leonard Mechiari, Mattia Traverso, and Ugur Ister. Joined by compositor Simon Michel, and sound designers Eric Wegener and Rolando Nadal.
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Choros

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February 24, 2013

Art Blog - Michael Langan, Terah Maher - Empty Kingdom
Choros experiments with the historical beauty of chronophotography, where the simplest of movements become stretched, extrapolated, echoed, and decayed in a single passing moment. Created and directed by Michael Langan and Terah Maher.
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EK Interview: Philipp Artus

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February 15, 2013

Art Blog - Philipp Artus - Empty Kingdom
Physics and mathematics are the underlying mechanics that seem to drive the natural wonders around all of us. They are also the key forces of aesthetic influence to well-versed artist Philipp Artus. Check out the in-depth Q&A spread after the jump!
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Everything You Wanted

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February 12, 2013

Forwards or backwards, the future / past has been predetermined, according to Clubfeet's latest music video entitled Everything You Wanted. Produced by Oh Yeah Wow, with direction / VFX by Josh Thomas.
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The Centrifuge Brain Project

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February 10, 2013

Human centrifugalization and its vast untapped power to cure all of mankind. Curiosities unraveled in Till Nowak's The Centrifuge Brain Project. More info after the jump.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012

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January 31, 2013

art blog - Lauren Treece - empty kingdom
[Photo by: Lauren Treece] The beginning is, in fact, finally here. After shifting through exactly 1470 posts for the entire 2012 calendar year, a dozen pots of coffee made, several holes punched in the drywall during heated deliberations, and several concussions suffered from office supplies hurled at each others' heads, we proudly present the third annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2012!
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