The Hippopotamus Chair, A Massive Black Chair Shaped Like a Life-Sized Adult Male Hippo_

Spanish artist Maximo Riera has created the Hippopotamus Chair, a life-sized sculptural replica of an adult male hippopotamus that also happens to be a chair. The piece is part of his Animal Chair Collection.

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Kitchen Towels Designed to Look Like Sushi When Properly Rolled_

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Designer Jenny Pokryvailo has created a series of kitchen towels that look like sushi when properly rolled. The design was submitted to Ototo, which previously produced Pokryvailo’s design for the Nessie Ladle, a soup ladle that resembled the Loch Ness Monster.

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A Countryside Sliding Glass House Designed by dRMM_

Appearing as an oversized red barn, architecture and design studio dRMM‘s Sliding House has a much more complex facade than its doppleganger’s A-frame design. The project encompasses three separate buildings (house, garage, and guest annex), and was built with the intention for the owners to grow food, entertain, and enjoy the landscape from the structure. Each segment of the Suffolk, England property is connected by a 20 ton, motor-driven enclosure which slides up and down the buildings to create constantly changing coverage for the home, and exposes open-air living areas.

An escape from static architecture, the house gives its inhabitants endless options for living comfortably and freely during each season. There is even the option to extend the roofing system beyond its current length to cover a swimming pool if the owners want to add one down the line.

The innovative residential project was completed in 2009, and was the 2009 winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects East Award, and winner of “Best New-Build” and “Home of the Year” at the 2009 Grand Designs Awards.

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Nicolas Jaar Remixes Florence and the Machine’s “What Kind of Man”_

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Nicolas Jaar has turned “What Kind of Man”, the single from Florence and the Machine’s forthcoming album How Big How Blue How Beautiful (out June 2 in the US via Republic and June 1 in the UK via Island) into a 12-minute epic. Listen to it HERE:

Florence and the Machine: “What Kind of Man (Nicolas Jaar Remix)” (via SoundCloud)

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Banksy Creates Street Art Among the Ruins in War-Torn Gaza_

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Street artist Banksy traveled through a series of hidden tunnels, making his way to the fenced-off Gaza region of Palestine, to leave his mark on a wall amidst the area’s warn-torn ruins. The anonymous artist left behind a series of instantly recognizable graffiti and documented the trip with the short video, “Make This The Year YOU Discover a New Destination,” a faux travel film aimed at highlighting the plight of Gaza citizens.

A local man came up and said ‘Please–what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website–but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.

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World’s First Baby Wooly Rhino ‘Sasha’ Found in Siberia_

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A hunter/businessman in Siberia recently uncovered what experts are calling the world’s first baby wooly rhino.

It’s permafrost-preserved body was found last year near a stream in the the Sakha Republic by a man named Alexander “Sasha” Banderov, who named it after himself.

“The find is absolutely unique,” said mammoth Albert Protopopov. “We can count a number of adult woolly rhinos found around the world on fingers of one hand.”

Scientists at the Academy of Sciences in Yakutsk will examine the remains and attempt to extract DNA, but initial estimates say Sasha was only about 18 months old when he died.

The species went extinct about 10,000 years ago, and up until now, researchers have only discovered adult wooly rhinos.

Here’s what one of them probably looked like when they were still alive and thriving:

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Crucified ‘Cheetos Jesus’ Parody On SF Muni Bus Stop Raises Eyebrows_

While the image could be viewed as a case of viral marketing taken too far, it appears the 18th and Mission sight is a “parody” — with art students suspected by most as the likely culprits.

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Running Women_

High definition digital art by South Korean artist Minha Yang features a woman running in slow-motion, distorted beautifully with algorithms:

“Running Women” is the artwork made of numerous motion vectors that is generated by mathematical and physical algorithms. The moving image was taken by high speed camera and transformed into 129,600 vectors. These vectors are capable of controlling 2 million lines containing color characteristic values of rasterized moving images.

These regenerating and recombining processes applied exquisite visual modifications to the original video. The length of original video is 5 minutes long, and it is produced in 4K and 8K resolutions.

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Q-Learning_

Browser-based demonstration of artificial intelligence, where the bot is learning by trial and error the game dynamics of the situation it is in:

R2D2 has no knowledge of the game dynamics, can only see 3 blocks around and only gets notified over a reward block (green) or a pubishment block (black). Over time, R2D2 will learn to understand that green blocks are good, learn how to move out of the way of a black block and how to optimize for green blocks. Learning takes time, but eventually, it becomes clear that RD2D has mastered this game.

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YACHT Design “Kanye, Am I a Real Artist?” Website_

Wondering whether Kanye West thinks you’re a real artist? Well, YACHT have created Kanye.am, a website that tells you whether to keep strumming that uke or give up on art school.

“I built this site the day after the Grammys but forgot to tell anyone about it,” YACHT wrote on Tumblr. “It’s a magic 8-ball, ask Kanye if you’re real artist and load it. Then refresh if you want a different answer.” The site incorporates Kanye’s own quotes into its answers. (“No, but we’ll still go play basketball and stuff.” “No. I’m going to talk in third person like I’m a crazy person — but it’s very hard for Kanye West to not be very true and vocal to what he feels.”)

Kanye, if you’ll remember, had a lot to say about “real artistry” following the Grammys, where he nearly interrupted Beck’s acceptance of the Album of the Year award. “If the Grammys want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us,” he told E! “We ain’t gonna play with them no more. ‘Flawless,’ Beyoncé video. Beck needs to respect artistry and he should have given his award to Beyoncé, and at this point, we tired of it.”

He continued, “When you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration.”

Watch YACHT perform “Summer Song” on Pitchfork.tv:

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