After collecting the larvae from their normal environments, Hubert Duprat relocates them to his studio where he gently removes their own natural cases and then places them in aquaria that he fills with alternative materials from which they can begin to recreate their protective sheaths. He began with only gold spangles but has since also added the kinds of semi-precious and precious stones (including turquoise, opals, lapis lazuli and coral, as well as pearls, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds) seen here. See a movie of the bugs in action here. (Courtesy of Cabinet Magazine.)
The UK hit, Derren Brown, Mind Control, made its premiere in the US the other night on the SciFi channel. All-in-all a pretty entertaining show. One of the more interesting bits was when Brown got two “members” of Saatchi & Saatchi to come up with an ad campaign in 20 minutes. Only to reveal that he had accurately predicted what they would come up with before they had actually done it. The best part is when he explains how this was done.
Or, you can watch him do the exact same thing to two other poor sods in the UK version of the show:
(It’s also funny to note the differences in wardrobe between the two episodes. We assume SciFi channel was trying to distance this from the usual Criss Angel-style shows currently out there.)
We can’t help but wonder what this says about our industry, if anything. Here are four creatives at the top of their game who are unable to come up with anything but a basic rehashing of what they’ve seen in the last 20 minutes. Are we creators of culture or simply its most highly paid regurgitators? (Which in turn can’t help but remind us of this classic clip from the Ali G Show:)
Each year, farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture create works of crop art by growing a little purple and yellow-leafed kodaimai rice along with their local green-leafed tsugaru-roman variety. This year’s creation will be visible until the rice is harvested in September. It’s not Homer Simpson, but it’s beautiful just the same. (Courtesy of Mental Floss.)