Artist Walead Beshty turns shipping process into art

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In this intriguing sculptural series spanning 2005 to 2014, LA-based artist Walead Beshty packaged his artworks in FedEx boxes and shipped them across the country to exhibitions and galleries. But unlike most artists who utilize every bit of care to protect and pad their artwork from the inevitable rough handling of mail carriers, Beshty designed his pieces to break. For his famous FedEx works he constructed laminate glass objects that fit seamlessly within the dimensions of standard size shipping boxes. Through the “normal” handling the objects would inevitably crack and shatter and it was up to curators and gallerists to carefully remove each piece for display. The fragile volumes were then given titles that specifically mention the date, tracking number, and box size of shipment.








Exciting news from our partner Campo Santo about their incredibly beautiful video game that is nearing completion…..




“Circle February 9 on your calendar, gather your friends, and put your camping trips on hold:Firewatch is coming to Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4. At the same time!



Right now we’re still polishing, optimizing, writing, and developing the last bits of the game, but we can’t wait to put it out there for you to play. Our goal is a worldwide simultaneous release!



We’ll have much more to say in the lead-up to February 9, as well as some opportunities for folks to get an early hands-on. Keep an eye on the @camposanto Twitter feed for more, and feel free to toss us questions there or in the comments right on this blog.



In the meantime, enjoy a few new screenshots of Firewatch!”



What is it all about?


Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.


In Firewatch you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind.


But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.





Q and Abe, wizard haxxors of sous vide, have launched a super exciting new product via Kickstarter called Nomiku. Joining the duo on this project is professional chef and industrial designer Wipop Bam Suppipat.
This thing is really amazing – check it out and be the first to get in on a really innovative way to bring science and deliciousness into your kitchen NO MATTTER HOW TINY! We love this!



Congratulations Bam, Q and A, on a wonderful project!

Tagstand brings NFC technology to the mainstream at the New York Public Library

Our partner Tagstand is helping attendees at The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, New York’s biggest cocktail party, actually talk to each other instead of fumble with their phones.


It’s the opening night gala at The New York Public Library and using a cool bracelet embedded with NFC technology, you can keep track of every cocktail you sample and get a list emailed to you with all the recipes. You can also link up your NFC bracelet to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to instantly upload pictures taken at photo booths, check in on Facebook Places and send Tweets from the Library’s walls – all with a simple tap of the wrist.


Read more about The Manhattan Cocktail Classic.


Check out an article about Tagstand and the technology behind the event in TechCrunch here.


New partner Tagstand featured in TechCrunch

One of our newest partners is Tagstand, a company that makes Near Field Communication (NFC) tags and stickers which allow mobile phones to interact with the real world. Many new Android phones have the technology to read NFC — and Tagstand has embedded the chips in a variety of stickers and tags, as well as created software for managing NFC and hardware for hackers to do their own programming.


Check out this article about the relaunch of their Android app NFC Task Launcher in TechCrunch.



NFC business card demo from Kulveer Taggar on Vimeo.