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Datamancer Steampunk Laptop now Available for Preorder in US

Datamancer Steampunk Laptop now Available for Preorder in US

Richard Nagy wowed us when he created the Datamancer steampunk laptop a while back. Those wishing to add a Victorian flair to their PC need not wait longer. Pre-orders are now being taken for these eclectic works of art. The pre-order price is $5,500, which is pretty steep for a laptop, but this is not just a laptop. The brass and copper workings of gears and sprockets actually work.

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Exhibit at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin gets people drunk

Exhibit at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin gets people drunk

I've been to a few museums in my day and generally, they end up being boring paces where you can't touch anything. In Germany when you visit a museum that has contemporary art not only can you touch some of the stuff, you can get wasted on some of the exhibits. The pic you see below is the before shot of an exhibit that was on display at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. If you can’t quite make out what those blue cubes are, I'll give you a hint.

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Cotton Balls, DC motors, and cardboard boxes make art

Cotton Balls, DC motors, and cardboard boxes make art

My daughter is in kindergarten and she is always bringing home some sort of art project she made at school. The last one was a chick made from cotton balls that were pulled apart to make the little chick look fuzzy. That is the only art I think of when you say cotton balls are involved. An artist called Zimoun that is known for using cardboard and DC motors to create sound and art installations has used those materials with some cotton balls attached to create the latest installation.

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Starts with V paintball machine uses 840 barrels to make instant art

Starts with V paintball machine uses 840 barrels to make instant art

I have played paintball before and the gun is used wasn't that accurate. Anything more than a few feet from me may or may not be hit. I am sure some of it may be the fact that I can't shoot straight though. If you are a fan of the V Energy Drink or paintball, in general you will get a kick out of this contraption that puts 840 barrels of paintball madness onto the back of a truck with some other gear to make a giant paintball art project in one messy go.

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Light-Painting Visual Art Reveals WiFi Signal Topography

Light-Painting Visual Art Reveals WiFi Signal Topography

Here's an interesting visual art project that reveals the invisible landscape of our WiFi networks and explores the effects that these intangible phenomena have on how we experience products and cities. The "Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi" project was created by visual artists Timo Arnall, Jorn Knutsen, and Einar Sneve Martinussen.

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Solider in Afghanistan Uses Recycled Materials to Make Awesome Action Figures

Solider in Afghanistan Uses Recycled Materials to Make Awesome Action Figures

PFC Rupert Valero, stationed at Khandahar, Afghanistan, has been using his spare time to build robots and action figures out of found recycled materials. He uses things like bottle caps, microwavable soup containers, yogurt cups, and even Dr. Scholl's foot powder containers to assemble his creations.

In an interview with the blog Another Limited Rebellion, Valero said: "I love to improve 6” super-articulated action figures. I have an engineer’s mentality, so nothing is ever perfect enough. So I am big on tweaking and at time breaking and rebuilding toys. The use of found items is based on what is available to me out here. Slowly, I have amassed more resources like paint and hobby tools. Assemblage has really grown on me to the point I will continue to build from found items." Continue after the cut to see more of his super-fantastic action figures.

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No kidding? Skull Implanted Camera Gives Professor a Headache

No kidding? Skull Implanted Camera Gives Professor a Headache

NYU professor Wafaa Bilal had a camera implanted in his skull last fall as part of a year-long art project, and now it is giving him a headache. The camera apparatus was installed by a body modification artist at a Los Angeles tatoo parlor. It consists of a titanium base fixed between Bilal's skin and skull. The camera is then attached with three posts. Bilal was undergoing antibiotic and steroid treatment, but his body still rejected the device and he was in constant pain. One of the posts has been removed, but the remaining two and the base are intact.

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Embedded head camera project in trouble as artist’s body rejects implant

Embedded head camera project in trouble as artist’s body rejects implant

NYU assistant professor and would-be artist Wafaa Bilal has encountered a new problem with the embedded camera attached to the back of his head: not only are there arguments about whether it counts as art, his body is rejecting the implanted mount. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, one of the three titanium posts has had to be removed, after failing to respond to medication.

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