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04.22.15 Aymann Ismail

Environmentalist Christopher Swain had the best intentions when he set out to the swim the entirety of the highly toxic Gowanus Canal on Wednesday afternoon. Due to some poor planning, logistical issues and an overly concerned NYPD, the event was delayed by over an hour. Although he eventually took a dip in the historic waterway, […]

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03.05.15 Aymann Ismail

As noted by Curbed, famed music venue Roseland Ballroom is currently suffering a slow and painful death before it reincarnates into a bunch of condos. ANIMAL took a drone to site of urban gloom and doom to witness the erie beauty of exposed beams firsthand. The skeletal structure looks like an iced-over, abandoned Noah’s Ark. […]

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01.30.15 Bucky Turco

The meltdown of Chernobyl was not a good thing, but nearly three decades after the catastrophic disaster, it seems to have left behind some beauty too. Apart from the human tragedy, mutated animals, and radioactive wasteland it created, the site of the world’s largest nuclear accident and surrounding areas, provide ruin porn of the highest […]

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09.02.14 Aymann Ismail

No definitive date has been given for the completion of the third and final phase of the High Line, dubbed Section 3, but the elevated park is expected to open sometime this fall. UPDATE: opening day is September 21. “We haven’t made a public announcement of the opening date yet, but it’s forthcoming,” wrote Christian […]

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08.26.14 Aymann Ismail

On Monday, we flew our remote controlled flying camera — call sign ANIMAL Three (RIP ANIMAL One RIP ANIMAL Two) — over 5 Pointz to take one last look at the mammoth aerosol complex where graffiti artists have been painting legally for over 20 years, before it’s reduced to rubble. The official demolition began last week, when a […]

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09.04.13 Andy Cush

As if Jim O’Rourke’s oeuvre wasn’t daunting and complex enough already, here are eight albums the Tokyo-via-Chicago noise maven dropped surreptitiously and simultaneously on Bandcamp this week. Titled Steamroom 1-8, the series is comprised of either material that was previously unreleased or saw very limited initial release, and is now available for free streaming or a […]

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08.26.13 Andy Cush

From artists Elizabeth Veldon and Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt comes For Chelsea Manning, a tribute in drone to the recently-convicted Army leaker. “Chelsea Manning is a queer hero,” reads the description of the album by Veldon’s record label, Queering the Black Circle. “She is a role model for socially and politically engaged queer people.” The two-track album […]

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08.22.13 Kyle Petreycik

Google Glass has only been available for a few short months now, but developers have been as busy as ever testing the limits of the device. So naturally, someone made it possible to pilot a drone using Google Glass. Blaine Bublitz ,developer and co-founder of IcedDev and hackPHX  has done some pretty intensive coding, making it now possible […]

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06.24.13 Kyle Petreycik

Artist Sterling Crispin’s newest project uses a quadcopter surveillance drone, but in a fresh and, perhaps, humanizing way. Crispin has tracked the movements of the small drone based on its responses to his movement. The drones eyes were cameras. Its entire intelligence was completely artificial. Then, after gathering its flight information using a simple motion capture system Crispin utilized a 3D […]

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08.20.12 Andy Cush

“DroneScape is an homage to the landscape of oscillations New Yorkers move through every day,” says Canal Street’s Clocktower Gallery of its new installation by New York-based sound artist Peter Edwards. “As every ventilation system, jackhammer, car alarm or revving engine we encounter possesses its own unique drone.” Edwards, who performs and creates circuit-bent instruments […]

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