CREATORS

Cambodian-born self-taught illustrator Visoth Kakvei and his extremely detailed, ornamental style are the things of Instagram dreams. His swirling, intricate designs literally jump off the page, creating 3D optical illusions worthy of all the acclaim and followers he is receiving. His secret to success? He tells Creators: “Every work I do, I have to make sure my heart and my hand reach an agreement. It means, I love what I'm going to do, and the hand is pleased to do it as well. This won't get you stressed out. And the patience occurs when you love what you're doing.” There you have it, folks, love and patience are the key combo in creating a magical 3D world out of 2D drawings! Check out more of Visoth Kakvei's mind-boggling sketched work over on Creators!

Artist Morgan Blair takes digital experiences - our filtered images, posts, blogs, shares, likes, clicks, etc. - and creates paintings out of them, making our online personas into jumbled, cluttered, eye-catching art. And then she appropriately makes them clickbait with titles like: "30 Most Shockingly Gorgeous Stars Who Became Monsters After Learning This One Trick That Could Change Everything About The Way You See This Video: Hot Wife Cooks What For Husband After Sees Him With These Top 30 Celebrity Tummy Tuck Nightmares, Your Jaw Will Drop!" She tells Creators: "We compulsively feed our realities into social media, YouTube, Craigslist, and blogs, and what gets regurgitated back to us is this hilarious algorithmic Human Experience Derivative Product...It's just absurd on every level, taking the form of spam emails, click-bait articles, fake news, advertisements—a whole slurry of pernicious fantasy." At once familiar and abstract, nothing really makes sense…or does it? Is that the irony of both Blair’s work and our online existence? “What I'm learning is that I make weirder decisions when I fly by the seat of my pants, and the painting feels more personal and interesting to investigate in the end when everything isn't so consistent and predictable." Bizarre, twisted and totally fun, check out more of Blair’s paintings over on Creators now! You won't believe what happens next!

In ‘Light Barrier’, a new installation by artist duo Kimchi and Chips, a light show uses a “beehive” of mirrors to create holographic light drawings seemingly floating in mid-air! How does it work? Eight projectors shoot beams of light onto a grouping of concave mirrors that reflect the light back into the air. Adding fog brings dimension to the reflected light, allowing it to appear as different manipulated shapes and drawings. Every mirror is controlled electronically to form different groups that concentrate those beams of light into various images. ‘Light Barrier’ is experimenting with a new concept of “viewer-less” images, “creating painting outside of perspective”. We love the idea of exploring news methods of audience viewing, whether with film or just with a few hundred mirrors and some light! Check out more about Kimchi and Chips' third and largest iteration of ‘Light Barrier’ via Creators now!

Ah, remember the good ol’ days, when 2017 was to be heralded the year of virtual reality? It seems we’ve still got a ways to go, with sales of VR hardware falling below forecasts and many overseas startups already going bankrupt. With so many challenges facing the growth of the technology on the consumer-level playing field, it seems the tech is still fighting the good fight. Every new industry faces these “growing pains”, according to Clayton Doherty, co-founder and president of the World VR Forum, held last week in Switzerland. But with every setback is an unforgettable experience behind a headset. Creators put together a list of 5 reasons the tech will continue to survive and thrive: from being used as an empathy tool to its potential in other industries, such as healthcare, check out the full list here!

Ever wonder what watching a CGI cyberpunk inspired operatic video performance would be like? How about watching a CGI cyberpunk inspired operatic video performance featuring an AI having a complete mental breakdown? Yea, we haven’t either. But now that the idea has been planted in our heads, it sounds totally up our alley. And looks like we are in luck because Italian artist and musician Datacode has created this very concept! His 35-minute B&W audiovisual experience titled ‘Wraithmachine’ is what he calls a “cyberpunk operetta of the postman age”, following an AI’s “birth and sudden sentience”. The first chapter of the experience, ‘Chapter 1: Origin’, was released on a limited edition USB stick that sold out within hours. However, Datacode has released pieces of the full version, rearranged to track remixes by different artists. These “Reworks” follow in the spirit of the AI’s awakening. Datacode told Creators: "Wraithmachine concerns a particular data error that gives rise to the first 'choice' that the machine has to take. Soon the number of choices grows and the machine finds itself having to 'think' differently and autonomously, thus creating a true artificial intelligence trapped in its limited and inorganic body. A sentient entity as a wraith within the machine.” Scrap equipment and circuit-bending gave birth to the visuals and sound design in a totally new way. Be warned, the hyperactive glitch/strobe effect here is not for the visually senstive. Head over to Creators to learn more about the philosophies and technologies behind 'Wraithmachine' and its inception and to watch some examples of Datacode’s Reworks! 

Ah, virtual reality. So many opposing opinions on the technology and what direction its future is headed. However, attend any successful or up-and-coming film festival and you’ll see something about VR in all of their programs. Certainly, there’s still something to enjoy about the tech and people want to experience what all it can do. Take, for example, the smells wafting through the VR Arcade at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Three VR films at the festival incorporated smell into their experiences with, guess what?, success! Triggering yet another level of immersion in an already immersive field, Kathryn Bigelow & Imraan Ismail's "The Protectors: Walk in the Ranger's Shoes", Milica Zec & Winslow Porter's "Tree", and Marshmallow Laser Feast's "TREEHUGGER: WAWONA", all smell like....dirt. In a good way. Merging the possibilities of virtual reality and environmental awareness is transforming and tapping into something totally new and exciting. Head over to Creators to learn more about what’s 'smelling' fresh at Tribeca Film Festival this year!

So, what happens when you allow 165 street artists to take over an entire building in Berlin? Described as part haunted house, part adult fun house, the result is a 5 floor maze of graffiti and art created by street artists from over 70 different countries! Once a former bank, the temporary gallery is set to be demolished in June in order to make way for new apartment buildings. However, for now, people are waiting in line for hours in order to explore the labyrinth of indoor street art while it lasts. The project is titled THE HAUS and was imagined by a trio of creators from the Berlin art scene. A range of invited international artists worked from January through March to create this insane explosion of temporary works. No fees to get in. No phones allowed. It’s all about the visceral urban street art experience…indoors. Want in on the action? You better book that flight to Berlin ASAP as THE HAUS is set to be destroyed at the beginning of June. For more info and a sneak peak at some of the artwork, head over to Creators now!

Wanna turn your videos inside out with the quick use of an app? Well, great video filter apps are actually hard to come by - so, this is where Hyperspektiv comes in. An iOS app created by Justin Boreta of The Glitch Mob (with help from music producer Dean Grenier and programmer Allan Lavell), Hyperspektiv is being billed as a “reality distortion” app. From psychedelic effects to glitches and more, all you gotta do is simply walk around, point your phone at pretty much anything and let the trippy, out of this world effects do all the work. Head over to Creators to learn more about the creation of Hyperspektiv and get a sneak peak at some of the awesome, mind-blowing tricks you can perform with a few of its filters.

If you weren't following graphic designer Pete Majarich’s now completed year-long project, “A Movie Poster a Day”, you should definitely stop what you’re doing and check it out now! 365 redesigned, minimalistic movie posters, wrapped up nicely in video form, all for your viewing pleasure. An absolute legend of time management, Majarich’s posters will excite the film lover in us all! Head over to Creators to see a sampling of a few of the posters and watch his compilation video below!