As long as automobiles have been around, drivers have been speeding. In India, reckless driving is especially common – India has the largest number of traffic accidents and road-related deaths in the world. Although speed bumps and signs have been used in the past, India’s Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari hopes that 3D paintings may lead to fewer deaths.Gadkari proposed the use of these paintings, some of which look like pedestrians from a far, to influence drivers’ reckless habits. Although it becomes apparent to drivers that they are merely paintings, Gadkari hopes that drivers wonder “what if that painting was a person?” On Twitter, he reiterated his support of the paintings. “We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers,” he said.Not everyone shares Gadkari’s enthusiasm, however. Some of the paintings have caused drivers to swerve out of the way, causing accidents – but a solution is needed. Earlier this year, India decided to remove all speed breakers from the highways in India, saying they posed a threat to high-speed drivers. But with these barricades out of the way, Gadkari and other concerned Indians are scratching their heads – can 3D paintings save India from a car-related catastrophe?
Category - Art
On August 4, the Chicago Architecture Biennial announced that a diverse group of artists – ranging from designers to performers – will be taking over five venues across Chicago in the upcoming months. The purpose? To put a contemporary perspective on historic locations throughout the city.
The Garfield Park Conservatory will host Francois Perrin, who will present his architectural experiment Air Houses: Design for a New Climate. The tropical microclimate of the Palm House will be transformed with Perrin’s fabric structure, which offers a perspective on the current ecological crisis. The Conservatory will also house SO-IL and Ana Prvački’s poetic collaboration, L’air pour l’air, a musical piece that will highlight mask and shelter enclosures inspired by the plants of the Conservatory.
(A video of Ana Prvački preforming)
In downtown Chicago, the Water Tower arts space will host a video installation by performance artists Gerard and Kelly. The piece, two chapters from Modern Living, were staged at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and highlight homes that shelter relationships as profound as their designs. The space will also feature James Welling’s colorized images of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s campus.
On September 16, performances of a piece by artist Nick Cave and architect Jeanne Gang will begin at Navy Pier, and will involve performers wearing soundsuits interacting with audience members and highlighting Chicago’s creative spirit. All of the instillations are joined by a city-wide series of programs sponsored by over 100 partner organizations.
While the topic of the acceptance of ones physic has recently became one of the major themes in contemporary photography, each artist chooses to express it differently. Some use provocative, bold images, other prefer subtle allusions or concentrate on gender identity. Greek photographer Kostis Fokas incorporates all of the above principles in his oeuvre, adding to the mixture a bit of humor and some surrealism. His main aim is to show the true capacity of the human body, the possibilities and the means of expression it could externalize. In order to do so, we should totally accept our own corporeality with all the faults, fears and desires. Kostis Fokas photography shows people in a special state of mind, conscious of their own sexuality while also not taking themselves too seriously. This mentality gives a feeling of liberation by acknowledging ones needs and your fears, and with the help of artist’s creative mind and colorful Greek visual heritage the outcome is quite amazing.
Fokas’s works are unique in their ability to create surreal image by merging the human body, or even just parts of it with the surroundings, digital or natural. A clever game of shadows, shapes and light helps to accomplish this task.Frequently there are no human faces in his photos, sometimes eliminating the “humane” factor from it. We just observe bodies transforming into weird forms or mimicking with the environment. Moreover, the faceless images helps viewing the human body as an endless source for self-expression and creativity, which is accessible to anybody who is willing to liberate themselves.
Kostis Fokas photography is erotic and sexually-charged, but at the same it is very warmhearted and tolerant, pushing us to create and be creative, to accept and be accepting. He offers the viewer a surreal reality with the main focus on physicality, but his touch on this topic has a revealing quirkiness and humorous note. His subtle approach to such serious and controversial theme is a unique example of photography that manages to construct surreal realities while successfully reflecting serious social issues. This valuable and rare skill proves Fokas’s oeuvre to be a fine example of contemporary photography.