art: August 2011 Archives


Forget planking, or even owling, they are both so July 2011… nowadays all the cool kids are taking part in the new must-do web photo craze 'Horsemanning'.

Horsemanning, for the uninitiated, is when two or more people pose for a photo to make it appear as though they've been beheaded - one hiding their head, the other hiding their body.

Inspired by a 1920s image of two young girls who posed on a park bench to make it look like they were one girl who'd be decapitated, horsemnaning is now proving a hit on sites like Facebook.

And if you can get through this video from Horsemanning.com without wanting to get our your camera, your a better person than us.


Last year Aardman Animations - the folks behind Wallace and Gromit - created 'Dot' the world's smallest stop-motion character, now they've set their sights on a bigger record.

Specifically the record for the world’s largest set for a stop-motion film, which they set when creating Gulp - using a 11,000sq ft stretch of a Welsh beach.

The minute and a half long animation took a week to create on the shore at Pendine Sands in South Wales and was filmed using Nokia N8 smartphones from a cherry picker 36m in the air.

Designers created a life-sized fishing boat for the movie and while the fish, seagulls and sea were created with rakes, the fisherman was a real person… a real patient person.

275x250.jpg Airports are normally the place people pick up a trashy novel to read on the beach, but author Tony Parsons will be basing himself at Heathrow for a week in a bid to write one.

Appointed as writer-in-residence, Parsons will live amongst passengers and airport workers for one week from today and chat to travellers and airport staff including pilots, air traffic control officers and immigration officers.

During the residency, he will also roam the terminals to unearth the stories of the people that pass through its doors, with the events inspiring the plotline and the passengers its characters.  

He will then write a book 'Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow' capturing the many stories and emotions of departures and arrivals… we wonder how many characters will be moaning about Ryanair.




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