Tag Archive | Industrial

Surface Tension Bubbles Lamp By Front

Four Bubbles
All Photos By Gail

Swedish design firm Front’s Surface Tension Lamp (2014) was the result of a collaboration with the Dutch design firm Booo. Asked to create a light that used LED technology, the group took a counter-intuitive approach.

Three Bubbles Long Shot

LED bulbs last an extremely long time, so [they wondered] could the lampshade itself be temporary? Front came up with a perfect symbol of ephemerality: the bursting soap bubble

Three Bubbles Different Angle

The three members of Front, Sofia Lagerkvist, Charlotte von der Lancken and Anna Lindgren met while studying industrial design at Konstfack, Stockholm’s leading art school. As a trio of women, they have attracted attention in an industrial design world still overwhelmingly populated by men, but they do not feel that gender is necessarily a part of their work’s content.

Two Bubbles
Three Bubbles

On display at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle, Manhattan, the Surface Tension Lamp produces bubbles intermittently throughout the day.

Fallen Bubbles

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Video Clip of the Week: Killing Joke, “I Am The Virus”



When it comes to making dangerous music that reliably brings the Sturm Und Drang while also maintaining a tenuous grip on melodic pop sensibilities, nobody beats Post Punk/Industrial legends, Killing Joke. While we are not super fond of the current phenomenon known as the Lyric Video, when you have a chance to post new a Killing Joke video, you put your personal preferences slightly off to the side, just as we have long since forgiven Jaz Coleman for allowing one of his band’s most menacing anthems to be used as the theme music for a Short-lived TV Sitcom. Yes, it happened.

I don’t know what to say about “I Am The Virus” except that it provides solid evidence that Killing Joke refuse to compromise on their sound, ever. There is no rap/metal Killing Joke and there is no EDM Killing Joke; there is only hard, fierce aural terror that comes from guys who also know how to play their instruments. What other band that’s been around for over 3o years can you even say that about? I ask yez.

“I Am The Virus” comes from the group’s sixteenth studio album, Pylon, releasing October 23rd, 2015 via Spinefarm Records. Enjoy, bitches.

Killing Joke 2015
Still With All Original Members! Geordie, Jaz Coleman, Youth, and Big Paul

Video Clip of The Week: Temple Invisible, “Everything From Above”



There are certainly equal measures of intense, captivating beauty in both the aural and visual aspects of this week’s featured video clip, “Everything From Above” from Temple Invisible, the trip-hop/Industrial musical project of Irina Bucescu, Costas Ivanov and Daniel Olteanu – three multi-instrumentalists from Bucharest, Romania. I’m a huge fan of trip hop, but I also watch a lot of Science Fiction films, and I can hear this song on the sound track, or perhaps played over a powerfully disquieting end-credits — of a film like Ex Machina or Europa Report — or any film where the Robots are smarter than the Humans, or a perceived paradise is not quite the Shangri-La it appears to be.

The computer-generated video, created by Dutch artist Julius Horsthuis, who specializes in creating fractal environments, is so richly detailed, you can watch it almost endlessly, as it continues to draw you further into the song’s rich fantasy landscape. The band describe the song and video concept below:

“Seeing everything from above doesn’t necessarily indicate towards a high standing point from which you can observe what happens bellow, though partially it does. Mainly, it is about going deep inside — entering the space which offers one the whole perspective and exploring the subconscious mind.”

“Everything From Above” can be found on Temple Invisible’s expanded edition of its EP, Enter, out now. Welcome to The Machine. Enjoy!

Temple Invisible