TED Talks: Sunni Brown – Doodlers Unite!

Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting?  Sunni Brown, co-author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen.

Igor Skaletsky: Collage


Russian painter/collage artist Igor Skaletsky studied at the Surikov Moscow State Academic Art Institute and began his adventures in collage only a few years ago.

Skaletsky works as an illustrator and when possible he makes it a part of his professional work. He works in both digital and analogue techniques, but prefers traditional collage because it gives him the ability to mix it with painting.

“Collage for me is a technique that widens possibilities to express myself. I think photography and painting perfectly complement each other and combining them, one can achieve an effect which is impossible in ”pure” traditional technique. Collage is unique in its ability to organically combine things which, at first glance, are absolutely incompatible and do not represent any artistic value in themselves. I like the moment when isolated pieces of paper suddenly start “playing” with each other when I put them in the common living space of collage.”

Recently, Skaletsky and drummer Evgeniy Labich, along with Russian indie animation team Self Burning, teamed up to make a stop motion animation film called “Piece” that represents the stages of making a collage.

To see more of Igor Skaletsky’s intriguing work, visit his profile (igorska) on Deviant Art.

Sources: Cut and Paste

PBS Offbook: Art in the Era of the Internet

Another great video from PBS Offbook: Art in the Era of the Internet. “The Internet has intensfied connections between people across the planet. In this episode of OFF BOOK, we take a look at the impact of the this new interconnectivity on the art world. Traditional funding models are dissolving, new forms of expressing ownership have arisen to accomodate for remix culture, and artists are finding ways to connect physical art experiences and traditions to the Internet. In the digital era, the experience of art from the perspective of the artist and the art audience is shifting rapidly, and bringing more people into the creative process.”

Watch Off Book: Art in the Era of the Internet on PBS. See more from Off Book.

TateShots: Kusama’s Obliteration Room

Yayoi-Kusama-Obliteration-RoomRecently showing at the Tate Modern, Yayoi Kusama’s interactive Obliteration Room began as an entirely white space, furnished as a monochrome living room, which people were then invited to ‘obliterate’ with multi-coloured stickers. After a few weeks the room was transformed from a blank canvas into an explosion of colour, with thousands of spots stuck over every available surface. It was conceived as a project for children, and was first staged at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2002.  Check out more videos from the Tate at Channel.Tate.org.uk.