Two men are living in a spinning hamster wheel house for ten days

Think it's tough living with a roommate? These two fellows are sharing a house that spins like a hamster wheel—one on the inside and one on the outside—forcing them to coordinate their daily routine. » 3/06/14 1:20pm 3/06/14 1:20pm

Horse_ebooks proves that humans yearn to be friends with bots

Normally, we worry that Twitter accounts and dating profiles are run by bots — sophisticated algorithms that pretend to be humans. But now, thanks to the Horse_ebooks Twitter account, we have to be on the lookout for humans luring us in by pretending to be machines. » 9/24/13 3:30pm 9/24/13 3:30pm

Now you can buy a $1.3 million Japanese mech over the internet

Remember Vaudeville, that imposing 12-foot-tall, Microsoft-Kinect-controlled mech that was supposed to bear nothing scarier than a mop? Well, Suidobashi Heavy Industry — the Japanese hobbyist collective behind the project — has redubbed their creation "Kuratas," and added such bells and whistles as a H₂O rocket… » 7/30/12 3:45am 7/30/12 3:45am

And now, 80 Teddy Ruxpin dolls strapped to a wall, screaming the…

Like some sort of hellish oracle that evokes Minority Report by way of Hasbro, the art installation T,E.D. (Transformations, Emotional Deconstruction) corrals the inchoate hive mind of the internet and uses eighty yammering ursine dolls as a mouthpiece. » 6/26/12 5:25pm 6/26/12 5:25pm

This deathbed robot is like having GLaDOS for a nurse

We live in an era in which androids are being considered for hospice care, so artist Dan Chen has created a machine that eases the dying into the great beyond — with the brutal efficiency of an ATM. » 6/08/12 11:15am 6/08/12 11:15am

For Extreme Artist Stelarc, Body Mods Hint at Humans’ Possible Future

Legendary Australian performance artist Stelarc is known for going to extremes, from aggressive voluntary surgeries and robotic third arms to flesh-hook suspensions and prosthetics. For more than four decades, he has used his body as a canvas for art on the very edge of human experience: He once ingested a "stomach… » 5/21/12 3:00pm 5/21/12 3:00pm

Artist attempts to teach geese to fly to the Moon. Adorableness ensues.

The year 1638 saw the publication of The Man in the Moone by English bishop Francis Godwin. In this utopian fantasy tale, humans travel to the Moon by harnessing a flock of specially trained, especially hearty geese, vacuum of space be damned. » 3/26/12 2:40pm 3/26/12 2:40pm

Smoke-bending artist flies through the air on a bright pink cloud

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...a flying monk? Artist Li Wei defies gravity in his performance art pieces, apparently taking to the sky on a cloud of pink smoke. But there's more to Li's work than incense-powered rocket shoes. » 3/24/12 3:30pm 3/24/12 3:30pm

This is what a week-long car crash looks like

At an installment for the AV Festival in Newcastle England, an automobile accident is unfolding at the thrilling rate of 7 millimeters an hour, thanks to extremely slow hydraulics. This doomed VW Golf is the brainchild of Jonathan Schipper, who previously crashed two muscle cars over a span of six days. » 3/19/12 7:20am 3/19/12 7:20am

Watch a bunch of dead frogs dance an underwater zombie cyborg ballet

Holy hell, this is like if Doctor Frankenstein joined forces with Busby Berkeley. Artist Lu Yang has built a contraption that allows dead frogs to dance in a grim chorus line, courtesy of a MIDI controller and some well-timed electrical shocks. » 3/06/12 1:30pm 3/06/12 1:30pm

Facebook ID cards foresee a future where Zuckerberg is your evil…

Given how absurdly ubiquitous Facebook has become (and how they ultimately give fuck-all about your privacy in the grand scheme of things), the folks at FB Bureau have gone ahead and begun printing Facebook identification cards. Quick, jump on the bandwagon before the Like Police come a-knocking! » 2/27/12 3:05pm 2/27/12 3:05pm

Meet Vermin Supreme, the presidential candidate who will fund time…

For the last several decades, boot-headed performance artist Vermin Supreme has been running for political office on the platforms of zombie awareness and mandatory dentifrice for all Americans. » 1/08/12 3:25pm 1/08/12 3:25pm

Giant smiley face tower broadcasts the mood of German town

This may seem like a sinister social engineering experiment conducted by a dystopian sugar-shocked dictator, but it's just the Fühlometer, a performance art piece by Julius von Bismarck, Benjamin Maus, and Richard Wilhelmer. Explains Wilhelmer's website: » 12/12/11 5:45pm 12/12/11 5:45pm

This Piano Catapult = Poor Range, But Grand Psychological Menace

You may remember French puppeteering group Royal De Luxe's mechanical elephant, but here's an even more deliciously absurd contrivance. This is the piano catapult, a musical siege weapon that was recently shown off in the city of Nantes. It's not particularly effective, but at least we'll know what to expect if Billy… » 12/12/11 6:40am 12/12/11 6:40am

Triffid chic: Indonesian bikers wear potted plants as helmets

To call attention to the environmental toll of fossil fuel consumption, a group of motorbikers/performance artists in Yogyakarta, Indonesia strapped weighty shrubbery to their heads and tooled around town. This is a smashing look for the incognito Hell's Angel looking to masquerade as office foliage. Explains the … » 12/06/11 7:35am 12/06/11 7:35am

Unlike those in Futurama, the real-life suicide booth used lots of fire

You may be familiar with the suicide booths of Futurama fame, but the automated death machine was perfected 20 years earlier. This is Erik Hobijn's 1990 performance art piece "The Delusion of Self Immolation," a machine that requires the participant to get sprayed in flames (and fire-resistant gel, of course). And no,… » 12/04/11 2:10pm 12/04/11 2:10pm

Sleep No More = LARP + Shakespeare + Absinthe + Orgy Masks

Since March, Punchdrunk theater company's immersive Shakespeare adaptation Sleep No More has converted an entire Manhattan loft building into a 100-room abandoned hotel from the 1940s. » 11/13/11 3:40pm 11/13/11 3:40pm

Antennae-like headphones allow human ears to "blink"

Human ears are fine and dandy, but they lack the ability to blot out any aggravating noises. To rectify this morphological oversight, designer Alex Braidwood has designed charmingly goofy tube headphones that allow humans to block out offending din. » 10/08/11 11:00am 10/08/11 11:00am

The human enclosure at the Edinburgh Zoo

Standing in front of enclosure 99 at Edinburgh Zoo, we looked in as the animals were stretching and bending together, moving rhythmically about the space. In one corner, a pair patted and poked each other as if testing what they could get away with. They seemed to be playing. » 9/03/11 9:30am 9/03/11 9:30am

Game Play, NYC's premiere videogame theater festival, opens next week

On July 9, the second annual Game Play festival begins at Brooklyn's non-profit Brick Theater. For 2010, Game Play features Ovid by way of Grand Theft Auto, the theoretical physics of Game Boy, and hard dramatic readings of Donkey Kong. » 6/28/10 11:13am 6/28/10 11:13am