In spirit of Curie's mission to promote undiscovered but exceptional content, we wish to use this weekly section to provide an author showcase for some of the outstanding authors who received Curie upvotes in past week. Curie curators and reviewers nominate authors for inclusion in this showcase and author approval is sought and attained.
Featured Author: @vadimlasca
Sndbox Summer Camp Photography/Filmmaking - Task 2 (Ori)
Images used with permission from @vadimlasca
Venezuelan filmmaker @vadimlasca has a beautiful daughter named Oriana (Ori). He posted previously about her skin condition called vitiligo. In this video Ori tells her own story in a strong, vibrant and self-aware voice. Ori wrote the script and did the voice acting, giving us the perfect description of vitiligo: It is something that makes me look unique and different.
Music by @vadimlasca's brother Chapis Lasca provides uplifting accompaniment to the original footage, which is skillfully edited to bring Oriana's words to life. The quality in every facet of this video production is as high as I have ever seen posted on Steem blockchain: https://steemit.com/sndboxquest/@vadimlasca/03rd5p7p
As filmmaker I am better with images than words, but I will try to make a brief review of who I am. I was born in Moscow, Russia, 42 years ago. Son of a Venezuelan female singer and an Uruguayan violinist. When the time came to decide a career, it was clear that I should continue with the artistic theme. At that time I thought it would still be music, but as a parallel career I decided to study Filmmaking, to have the tools to film my own music videos... and the day I stepped on the film school I forgot the music, I decided that this should be my career and my life.
Featured Author: @gokhan83kurt
Schrödinger's Biggest Cat: "Quantum In Real Life"
Fractal By Varsha, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Images used with permission from @gokhan83kurt
@gokhan83kurt tackles an ambitious topic, first providing a background overview of quantum mechanics and a discussion of the challenges of observing quantum effects at the macro (non-atomic) level, then reviewing a recent experimental approach that did succeed in producing a quantum state (oscillating and not oscillating at the same time) in a super-cooled strip of resonating metal.
This is well researched and thorough, and the copious illustrations and diagrams are very helpful in understanding the material. This isn't a light read but it is well worth your time: https://steemit.com/steemstem/@gokhan83kurt/schroedinger-s-biggest-cat-quantum-in-real-life
I am Physics Engineer in Turkey. And I am very interested in science and technology since my childhood. I am keen on playin' guitar and drums due to my interest in rock and metal music. I love gardening and plants especially palm trees. I also love to make charcoal drawings and some animations.
Featured Author: @the-beard
Homemade Blood - A tutorial for renegade filmmakers!
Images used with permission from @the-beard
And now for something completely different. If you have ever wanted to cover yourself and your kitchen in blood, without hurting yourself or anyone else, you will definitely want to watch this video! @the-beard gives us an original recipe for special effects blood and some great deadpan humor. Even if you don't personally have a need for fake blood in your life, this is a hilarious watch that is well worth your time. Although maybe not if you are super squeamish, I suppose :) https://steemit.com/art/@the-beard/o3mw0jmf
My name is Valerio. I’m 33 years old and I live in Switzerland. I’m a live TV director with a passion for cinema. I have a wife, two kids, one dog, two cats and not enough hours to cultivate all my interests. My blog will be mainly about art projects that involve practical effects. I’m currently working on a miniature model of a city made with junk. The goal is to create a miniature city reminiscent of Blade Runner.
I have also started a series of weekly gifs where I kill myself trying to exorcise the hipster that is in me. It’s supposed to be funny :) but I realize as I write this that it sounds very dark.Hmm, no that sounds like good wholesome fun to me. You should definitely check out the latest hipster sacrifice as well and remember to leave your suggestion in the comments for an upcoming hipster death!
Featured Author: @evostruct
Art Explosion | Beyond Imagination
Images used with permission from @evostruct
@evostruct has for some time been creating sculptures of wire, bent and joined in such a way that they form 3-dimensional shapes which can also be easily folded and compressed to take on a flat shape (reminiscent of a fractal mandala). His earlier posting has explored many variations of a family of wire sculptures that share similar characteristics in terms of the base shape they can be folded down into. Inspired by the #artexplosion contest week 33 theme "Surreal", he started with one of his wire sculptures, folded it down, illuminated it with colored lights and took pictures of it to use as the basis of a new work of art. After digitally manipulating one of the photos he printed it and then used spray paint and the original scupture as a (negative space) stencil to layer color on top of the print, with layers of clear laquer between layers of spray paint.
If this sounds like a complicated process, I am actually seriously abbreviating it here. I am not doing what really happened any kind of justice, this post is an amazing combination of philosophical ramblings on the nature of creativity and the surreal, detailed art process explanation, and a series of process pics that are each one works of art by themselves. You have to experience this for yourself to understand:
You know, the way I develop those structures and shapes and maybe even whatever I do could be called some kind of artistic research. Actually, I mainly work on transformable sculptures and looking for dynamic potential to keep generating unexpected side-effects that would likely lead to new functions. This post now illustrates quite well how the basic methodological approach is continuously evolving and not at all related to only one of various fields that are separated. If anything, they are being linked together. So I also keep connecting it to traveling: There are different kinds of focus, like for example where you go to and what you see. Now you could let wherever you go to limit what you can see – but you can also turn that around and let whatever you see define where you go to. If you keep doing so you will for sure end up at places you could never imagine.
Featured Author: @edward.demin
The most spectacular religion rite on Bali (video)!
Images used with permission from @edward.demin
There is no text to digest, no voice-over to listen to. @edward.demin serves up footage of the Balinese Ogoh-Ogoh parade, artfully plated with carefully selected music, and you do not need anything else to be satiated. This is a master chef at work - the video editing is really creative, the pans and cuts dancing back and forth with a frenetic energy that heightens the already surreal (almost hyper-real) imagery of the giant demons floating above the crowded streets:
After you watch the video, make sure to check out the accompanying post of photography from the parade (the image above is from this post).
Here's my manifest for Steemit: I dedicate my life to creation: video and photo content. I promise to share what I produce, and constantly try to improve quality of my work. No more alcohol - I need as much health to fulfill my goals. Instead of alcohol I choice sport - investment to physical and mental health (sometimes I'll post photo and video of me, one of my goals is to become an actor). I appreciate any fair criticism of my work - it's the only way to grow up.