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1945-1998: Nuclear Tests In The World

Animated Map of 2,053 Nuclear Explosions Between 1945-1998 by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto.

The Village

The Tilt-Shift Village – Image: Daniel Espírito Santo | Camera: João Botas | Editing: Pedro Sousa.

Watered Down by Mike Eisenberg

“An urban archaeology expedition into the abandoned Splash Down Dunes in NW Indiana. We learned that the two owners of this park had insurance issues.

There were no NO TRESPASSING signs, so we spent a couple of hours roaming the grounds and encountered some intriguing sights, a ton of mosquitoes and a lonely deer.”

Made by Mike Eisenberg || Song: Last Rites by Caspian.

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Origin Of The Motorized World

“The footage from the factory is from the oldest motor plant in the world. It was founded in 1864 by Eugen Langen and August Otto. Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach worked here from 1876 in a management position.

Here is the origin of the motorized world. Now the building should be demolished to create space for a new cable factory…” s_11 by Benjamin Sichert.

Let The Arts Roam

“Wherever they go, they try to make something that makes sense for the neighborhood, and the community. And they always make something positive, something the artists hope people can enjoy — regardless of whether life has greeted them with great fortune. Armed with a vision and their cans of spray paint, El Mac and Retna will transform a forgotten wall into a piece of art.

El Mac and Retna are street artists, born in LA. They use building walls as blank canvases for their imagery, and the duo has collaborated to create murals all over the world. El Mac and Renta have very different styles, and have been collaborating the last few years. They combine their artistic forces in a specific way: El Mac creates huge lifelike portraits and Retna, calligraphic brushwork and decoration. The result is striking imagery that is unique and recognizable as theirs. It’s not uncommon for street art fans and documentarians to gather to watch the progression of an El Mac and Retna work in progress.”

El Mac and Retna art feels appropriate for the street because the artists themselves embrace the city streets, the different neighborhoods, and the blend of cultures and backgrounds of the people that fill them. Street art, including the work of El Mac and Retna, also reflects a new attitude about accessibility to art in our environments. “Why not see all the walls painted,” says Retna. “Let the Arts Roam!” Created by Joris Debeij & Terence Loos.

Crack The Surface: Episode I

The first in a series of short documentaries focusing on the culture of Urban Exploring, those who risk it all to access and infiltaite closed or forgotten spaces. Watch it for yourself.

Bikelordz: Stunts & Styles from Ghana

Bikelordz is a short documentary about the self-taught, self-invented bicycle culture which young people in Accra have created and passed on to their younger contemporaries over time. It follows crews of these young bicycle gurus as they try and use their skills to make money, gain recognition, and live on their own terms.”

The Building And Time

Film made by Lina Chajkovskaja.

Fracture & Neptune: Andy’s Shop

Fracture & Neptune – Mini-Documentary Pt.2: Andy`s Shop.

Andy Westbury is a record collector and digging enthusiast from London, England. He has a shop called Eldica Vinyl in Dalston, East London. This is a short film about record shops, digging for breaks and samples and how old sleeve design still influences today’s record labels.

In part two of two mini documentaries Fracture and Neptune take you to their favourite record shop and unearth some beats and bobs. Their album ‘Retrospect – A Decade of Fracture & Neptune’ is released on Astrophonica on 30th May 2011.

Diving Through Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Palau is a special place. Film / Edit: Sarosh Jacob.

Jellyfish Lake is located on Eli Malk island in the Republic of Palau. Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded. With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, they evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability as they no longer had to protect themselves. They are harmless to humans although some people with very sensitive skin may get a minor irritation from them.

These fascinating creatures survive by sharing a symbiotic relationship with algae that live inside of them. At night, the jellyfish go down to the depths of the lake where the algae feed on nutrients. During the day, the jellyfish come back to the surface and follow the sun across the lake in a massive migration. The algae convert the energy of the sun via photosynthesis into a sugar that feeds the jellyfish.

It is not possible to scuba dive in this lake because the nutrient rich layer at around 50 feet and below contains hydrogen sulphide which is highly toxic to humans. If a scuba diver was to swim in that layer, the toxins would enter the body through the skin and that exposure could be fatal. Snorkeling however, is perfectly safe and if you ever find yourself in Palau one day, you should make your way to this special place. The experience of swimming through millions of jellyfish is quite surreal and Palau is the only place in the world where you can do just that!

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