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The Ballet game Bound is already sashaying into our hearts

There is a certain ballet to game design. Perhaps not in the visual sense, but in the dedication—the blood, sweat, and tears it takes to pull off even a simple movement. Like a game designer, a ballerina must work night and day, while knowing every aspect of what goes into the beauty of her art, both inside and out. From the high level concepts to the granular, from the emotion of the piece to the soles of the shoes that help her execute it. A ballerina must make a world erupt from the rigid structure of her body, creating by pushing the natural limitations of her canvas. Just…

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Stunning art exhibit reminds us that nature cannot truly be replicated

A video of a landscape: trees dance as what might be wind sings. The sound becomes more intense, revealing itself to not be wind but rain, though the image does not at first reflect it. It carries on, and as the branches move, they blur, as if they were never video but rather paint that has not dried and cannot withstand the added water. It shifts from photographic clarity to an impressionistic style that mirrors Monet, then further still, until the once crystal clear image is just a series of abstract colors. to explore the tension between the real and…

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Get mind-blasted by the twirling interactive art of Iridescent Configurations

Your mind probably exploded the first time you discovered the iTunes visualizer. Hopefully, you were alone, unsuspecting, and casually perusing your library on an uneventful night. Then, one accidental keyboard press later—BOOM. There you are, with a Pink Floyd light show on command at the tips of your fingers, allowing you to make the lights implode, divide, rejoin—all with the flick of your wrist. According to creator Oliver Garcia-Borg, Iridescent Configuration was “designed to give an unusual sense of agency,” allowing players to influence the strange behaviors of eight different “experiments in motion, interaction, colors, shapes, and nonsense.” he interactions…

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This web app picassofies your pictures into abstract cubist collages

Few visual art styles are as dramatically influential as Cubism. Pioneered by the likes of Picasso and Braque, Cubism jettisoned the notion of realistic depictions of nature and sparked an aesthetic revolution that would impact every modern art style throughout the twentieth-century. Inspired by this movement, web artist William Ngan has created browser-based app Kubist that allows users to upload their own personal photos to create modern collages of geometric oddity. The app uses algorithms that map points, either randomly or through specific collision detection, to generate corresponding shapes to the photo. Colors are then detected and mapped to associate with…