They do not say “Only in New York” for no reason. Case in point: the group Improv Everywhere recently staged a reenactment of the first Princess Leia and Darth Vader scene from Star Wars on the 6 subway line in New York City.

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Gorgeous and colorful eye-popping photography from Matthias Heiderich. They have a 1960′s Poloroid quality.

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If you have never heard of Takeshi Murata, watch his trippy animated video art and you will never forget him.

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Takeshi Murata born 1974 in Chicago, he graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 with a B.F.A. in Film/Video/Animation. He has had previous solo exhibitions at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC (2007), gallery.sora, Tokyo (2007) and The Reliance, London (2007) and currently at the Ratio 3 Exhibition in San Francisco.

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His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2007) the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2007), Deitch Projects, New York (2007), Foxy Productions, New York (2007) and Gladstone Gallery, New York (2006).

The TechnoCFRAFT Design Exhibition at YBCA explores how the boundary between the role of the designer and the consumer is disappearing. Curated by acclaimed designer Yves Behar, the exhibition traces the current trend in design away from fixed objects toward open “design platforms” that invite people to participate in the creative process.

Selected works span the spectrum from intentionally collaborative (such as platforms where individuals can customize their products) to outsider hacks, where “finished” products are adapted or modified by the user.

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If you were wondering what the guy was doing with that sledgehammer in the above video, he was creating a Droog Do Hit Chair. With the hammer provided you shape the stainless steel box into whatever you choose it to be. After a few minutes or hours of hard work you become the co-designer of Do hit. Check out the video…

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At first this table looks quite plain. Nothing special about it. However, when you inspect the legs on this ‘Pixa 1‘ table from designer Martin Shmitz at Hellauf, you’ll see just how unique it really is. The legs are made of different levels of blocks, which can easily be moved and rotated out of position. So there is always a new variation of the table legs to be had. The inner portion is colored red for interesting contrast.

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Set in the future in deep space aboard a maximum-security psychiatric prison center called Dante 01, a new special “prisoner” Saint Georges (Lambert Wilson from The Matrix) is brought onboard and is thrown in with the general population to be watched.

Elisa (played by Linh Dan Pham) is a psycho-geneticist who unbeknownst to resident doctor Persephone (Simona Maicanescu), was placed onboard to conduct nano- technological DNA patch procedures on the inmates.

Saint Georges mysterious powers enables his removal of Elisa’s placement of DNA patches within the prisoners and eventually causes not only unrest amongst the prisoners which causes a rebellion, but also dissonance amongst the crew.

When I learned that co-director Marc Caro of The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen directed the French science fiction film Dante 01, I decided to invest the near hour and half of my time to enjoy it.

Au contraire. In the beginning and scattered throughout the movie, we follow Saint Georges point of view with an erratic camera shiftiness and macro imagery to convey disorientation and subconscious memories, in conjunction with every science fiction sound effect one could possibly imagine. His encounters with the handful of bald sinewy prisoners are marred by his inability to speak and the constant need to be held up by someone. Must be his runner legs. I think he speaks about three sentences in the entire movie.

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If you like weird and bizarre you will enjoy this animated short titled ‘Bat Milk’ from the Sundance Film Digital Shorts Channel Animation Bizarro.

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