It’s Friday again, folks. The first week of the new year has come and gone, and it’s reflection time – how have you been doing with those resolutions? If you’re like me, a few of them have fallen by the wayside (I knew I couldn’t live without my salt shaker!). One of them has stuck, however – my commitment to get to the gym, walk the pooch every night, sign up for the Pittsburgh Marathon, take the stairs when I can. Basically, I’m making sure I move more in 2009.
In honor of my resolution, this post is all about movement.
Keep reading for all the Shake, Rattle, Rock and Roll you can handle!
Shake – Award-winning fashion photographer Nick Knight realized that, for over three centuries, we’ve been viewing our clothing primarily through the flat medium of print. We see our fashion in frozen, 2-D images instead of the moving, shifting garments they truly are. In order to “further investigate the representation of clothes through sound and motion,” Knight founded SHOWstudio, an online fashion broadcasting company. ‘Moving Fashion‘ is SHOWstudio project that examines fashion in motion through a series of mini films produced by leading figures in the fashion industry such as Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Lily Cole, and Linda Evangelista. The movie shorts include models twirling, running on treadmills in heels, dragging chains, rushing through crowded streets, and lounging seductively. Don’t miss the footage of Snoopy dancing to Paninaro by the Pet Shop Boys wearing Miu Miu.
(Rat)tle – My primary motivation for getting into better shape is Brain Storm the mouse. She is my agility role-model, and her obstacle course triumph has made me determined to run a marathon. When I get a little nervous about completing 26 miles, I just think of Brain Storm, deftly navigating the “worlds longest and hardest mouse agility course.” Under the instruction of her 28-year-old Austrian trainer Marina, Brain Storm crosses tight-ropes, climbs cardboard ladders, squeezes through coffee-mug tunnels, and zigzags around pencils with focused precision. I’m totally inspired.
Rock – Artist turned scientist David Bessler, exploring the idea of how we perceive movement in cinematography as a series of isolated snapshots displayed in rapid succession, created the amazing Pipecleaner Dance. His adorable, fuzzy little fellow jams out to the pop song of your choice, while you control the hip-hop movements. You can pick from songs by OutKast, Kenny Loggins and the BeeGees, and use your keyboard or mouse to choreograph some killer pipecleaner boogie woogie. Warning – this is addictive!
Roll – I’ve been testing my traffic skills with this adorable online traffic jam game, but I’m still confused by the movement of traffic. Maybe I’m the only one in the world that is perplexed by traffic jams, but I just can’t figure them out. A study by Texas A&M University found that if we live in LA, we might spend as much as two weeks in our cars each year. Drivers in Detroit, Atlanta, Boston, Minneapolis -St. Paul, and San Francisco have it easier – they only spend a week waiting for the traffic to clear. Has there ever been a better excuse to get a really awesome car stereo?
Thanks for reading, and enjoy your weekend. Hope this post ‘moved’ you!