Atomium Escalator: Travelling through hyperspace in the Belgian tourist attraction
As part of the marketing campaign for Choc Edge's latest printer – the Choc Creator V2.0 Plus – I've been creating a series of videos. Some are instructional, others just show the machine in action.
After studying what other 3D printing YouTubers were doing I decided to keep it simple, adding the Choc Edge branding and speeding the video up in the middle - making it a more watchable length while allowing the viewer to see the whole print.
I had an idea of how I wanted the music to sound in my head, a sort of ambient beepy-boopy vibe, so got out my mini MIDI keyboard and created a short piece which had the right feel. The video is just the first in a series which will showcase the ability of the printer to create 2D, 2.5D and 3D chocolate designs.
Earlier this year I went to Prague and though the real-life Disney princess castle architecture was a bit overwhelming I did find a few things I enjoyed photographing – chief among them these yellow plastic penguins.
Situated outside the Kampa museum they're an art installation by The Cracking Art Group and are made from recycled water bottles from landfill sites. They also light up at night, though I didn't get chance to go back and take the same picture in the dark (I think it could have been trippy with some shutter speed experimentation).
Check out the Cracking Art Group's other work in their gallery, seems they've created some equally colourful and cool plastic animals in other parts of the world too.
Although I had no intention of going to Dismaland, despite finding the concept intriguing, I was encouraged to go when my flatmate suggested a last-minute trip there on the weekend. We decided to try our luck getting tickets on the day, and as it turned out the five hour wait to get to the ticket booth was the perfect start to one very strange experience.
Grumpy security guards, moody staff in Mickey Mouse hats, and a theme park that looked like it was built by Steptoe & Son formed the surface of an experience that was a broken emotional ferris wheel ride – amusement, anxiety, fear, sadness, and disillusionment looping round like the twangy country muzak that blared through tinny loudspeakers between feedback.
Welcome to Dismaland
A fairground-style game called “Topple the Anvil”, where you paid £1 for three ping pong balls, and £7 pizzas that were deliberately bad were at the amusing end of the scale for me. At the opposite end of the scale was what waited inside the castle – wrapping the experience up in a bow of social commentary that made me feel like I'd been sucker-punched by Gaston.
I still haven't decided what it all means, only that what it means makes me feel bad in a funny way. The irony of it makes your head spin – children happily walking round this entertainingly unsatisfying experience, people buying expensive souvenirs of a work of art that yells about the emptiness of commercialised experiences (and Dismaland appears happy to commercialise itself in order to prove its point), and people (myself included) taking pictures of things that mock you for taking pictures of them.
Modern art doesn't usually do much for me, and while previously I've found Banksy's work appealing and iconic I wouldn't have called myself a fan of his either. After visiting Dismaland I'd call myself a convert in both cases, having never been so affected by something that called itself art before, and wasn't a movie or a piece of music.
I didn't go home and cry myself to sleep, but since visiting I've been pre-occupied by trying to untangle the whole experience and its meaning. And just like the real Disneyland (which I'm also a fan of) I'd definitely go back – though I'm not sure why.
Although the last time I watched LOST was in 2010 the show has left a deep imprint in my mind in a way only a few other shows (mainly Twin Peaks and The Simpsons) have. Its legacy in my brain includes seeing 'the numbers' everywhere and wanting to grab a stick of dynamite any time I see a mysterious looking hatch.
Recently though I came across a building worthy of the Dharma Initiative down at Berry Head in Brixham while on a coastal walk. It's actually a VOR/DME beacon used for air traffic control but looks like it belongs on the Island, especially with the addition of a few DI Logos...
Mark is a freelancer who specialises in creative copywriting. He's experienced at putting his copywriting skills to work on a variety of subjects and can easily turn his hand to different styles. In addition to being a copywriter and a hard-working wordsmith Mark had also forged other forms of content for the web and print including photography, video and illustrations.
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