Flesh Love

Flesh LoveDesignBoom.com has some great posts about art and design. At the moment I particularly like Horst Kiechle’s torso with removable body organs completely made out of paper and looking like a computer graphics rendering. I am also a big fan of Tokyo photographer Hal’s Flesh Love series of photographs of vacuum sealed couples. It would be interesting to watch the artist in the process of taking these photos. Due to the fact that the couples are vacuum sealed in plastic, they have to hold their breath during the shoot, which obviously can only be for a few seconds.

I enjoy the richness of the colors and costumes in this set, and the tangled intimacy of each couple’s embrace, particularly the one with the guitar which is quite amusing. If you want to see more of this series you can even get the iPad application.

Christopher Baker’s Hello World video diary installation at the Saatchi gallery is another favorite. Thousands of video blogs from Youtube were used to create this animated display wall. The faces and superimposed voices of so many ordinary people broadcasting their lives out into the world and hoping for a connection makes for a disturbing experience.