Machinalia : Boris Artzybasheff’s Surreal Visions of Living Machines

Boris Artzybasheff (25 May 1899 – 16 July 1965) was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 1919 he arrived in New York City and began work as an engraver. He illustrated 50 books, many of which he wrote, and scores of magazines, including Life, Fortune, and more than 200 covers for Time. Continue reading »

Gundam-Styled Illustrations For Corporate Calendar 2019 For Gold Mining Company

According to artists: “Polyus is the largest gold producer in Russia with second largest area of explored reserves in the world. More than two million kilograms of gold, just imagine! Continue reading »

House Of The Forgotten Machines: The Superb Soviet Dieselpunk Concept Art By Andrey Tkachenko

Nizhiy Novgorod-based freelance artist Andrey Tkachenko (previously) created series of illustrations depicting Soviet cars as “dieselpunk” machines and robots. Continue reading »

Beachside Bathing Machines During Victorian Era

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These bathing machines were very popular in England at 18th and 19th centuries. They allowed people to change out of their usual clothes into swimwear and were directly lowered into the water. Continue reading »

“Rise of the Machines”, Part 2

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A dentist demonstrates on a dental patient robot at its unveiling ceremony at Showa University in Tokyo in this March 25, 2010 file photo. Three-fourths of robot installations over the next decade are expected to be concentrated in four areas: transportation equipment, including the automotive sector; computer and electronic products; electrical equipment and machinery. Labor costs have climbed in countries such as China that have been popular for outsourcing production, while technological advances for robots allow them to be more flexible and perform more tasks. (Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
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“Rise of the Machines”

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A man moves his finger toward the finger of humanoid robot iCub during the 2014 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots in Madrid, November 18, 2014. (Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP Photo)
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Robots that Create Art: Harvey Moon’s Drawing Machines

These robots can draw portraits, give visual form to a cricket’s movements, or interpret Google Earth as an abstract picture. New media artist Harvey Moon discusses how he surrenders control and artistic license to his robot collaborators in a new video from The Creators Project. Continue reading »

Crazy Japanese Vending Machines

Japan has the highest number of vending machines per capita, with about one machine for every twenty-three people. Japan’s high population density, relatively high cost of labor, limited space, preference for shopping on foot or by bicycle, and low rates of vandalism and petty crime, provide an accommodating environment for vending machines. While the majority of machines in Japan are stocked with drinks, snacks, and cigarettes, one occasionally finds vending machines selling items such as bottles of liquor, cans of beer, fried food, iPods, pornography, sexual lubricants, live lobsters, fresh meat, eggs and potted plants. Continue reading »