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Human Tetris

Everyone’s favorite Soviet block video game has been brought to life using a roomful of people, taking on the roll of the various colored geometric shapes from the game. The stop-motion video by Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond of NotSoNoisy creative agency is the latest in his series of video game inspired clips, which first gained popularity with Human Space Invaders and Human Pong, and more recently, Human Pole Position.

Arthur Mole’s Extraordinary Mass Photography

Published on 4/14/2008 under Art – 56,844 views

Almost a century ago and without the aid of any pixel-generating computer software, the itinerant photographer Arthur Mole (1889-1983) used his 11 x 14-inch view camera to stage a series of extraordinary mass photographic spectacles that choreographed living bodies into symbolic formations of religious and national community. In these mass ornaments, thousands of military troops and other groups were arranged artfully to form American patriotic symbols, emblems, and military insignia visible from a bird’s eye perspective. During World War I, these military formations came to serve as rallying points to support American involvement in the war and to ward off isolationist tendencies.

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Living Portrait of President Woodrow Wilson, for which 21,000 troops assembled at Camp Sherman in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1918, is the best-known of Mole’s photographs. The image is characteristic of Mole’s work in that it wavers between the compositional effect of the whole (i.e. a portrait of Woodrow Wilson) and the desire to focus upon the obscured individuals who constitute the image, thereby undermining the optical illusion of the totality to a degree.

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Arirang in North Korea

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In this photo provided by Korea Central News Agency via Korea News Service, opening of 2008 mass games, featuring 100,000 performers, is seen at May Day Stadium, Pyongyang, Monday, Aug. 4, 2008. North Korea launched a series of mass performances in Pyongyang as part of the celebrations surrounding North Korea’s 60th anniversary of nation’s founding. Korean words read “Eternal Sun, Aririang”

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