Let’s be honest, a modern art museum can only hold a kid’s attention for so long. I’m guessing this awesome (unofficial) audio tour created by kids will make everything a bit more relatable. “Each piece of art is analyzed by experts aged 3-10, as they share their unique, unfiltered perspective on such things as composition, the art’s deeper meaning, and why some stuff’s so weird looking.” Brilliant.
If you’re a fan of fun and happiness, you’ll likely also be a fan of Lullatone. This video pretty much sums up their playful spirit. The Japan-based duo are cranking out ear and eye candy at an inspiring pace.
Their music will transport you. Need an alternative to Brian Eno’s Music for Airports to help your baby drift off to blissful sleep? Their Looping Lullabies will do the trick. Also nice, they let you pay what you want, so if you’re on a budget, you can still enjoy their work. Like true artists, they just want to be able to keep doing what they’re doing. And we hope they succeed.
I was both delighted and horrified to learn about this interactive exhibit at MoMA. Delighted because, well, it just seems great. And horrified because we didn’t learn about this in advance so we could have arranged to have Wee See projected on one of the walls! We’re so happy MoMA sells our DVDs, but man, what a missed opportunity. Anyway, looks like a worthwhile activity for the kids if you’re in New York sometime before the end of August.
Original stories by charming children. 50 new ones added each month. Hopefully this evolves, it’s a really fun idea. Perhaps the kids could compliment their stories with original drawings so it feels a little less robotic? Of course, reciting their stories from memory would be the best solution, but I probably couldn’t even do that myself.
As if I wasn’t already aching to visit Berlin, check out these amazing See Saws designed by DS Landscape Architects. And just when I thought wee saw would never get to post about a see saw… Oh happy day!
Babies is a beautifully filmed documentary, set to release next year, that follows the lives of “four of the world’s newest human inhabitants” (from Mongolia, Namibia, San Francisco and Tokyo). I think this serves as further evidence that, at least at the beginning, we’re all really not that different.
For convenience I’ve embedded the trailer here, but to give the imagery justice I recommend watching it from here.
We were honored to be asked to screen Wee See during The Polyphonic Spree’s performance at TED.
The audio gets a bit swallowed on this video shot from all the way back in the sound booth, but trust me, it was booming, and beautiful. It was interesting to see how something as slow and deliberate as Wee See could share the stage with such a bombastic display. Fun.
If you’re not familiar with TED, you might want to spend a few hours getting acquainted. While their gatherings are exclusive, invite-only affairs, the endlessly fascinating talks are made enthusiastically available on their website (and handy iPhone app). Here’s a taste of just how good they get.
From birth, our daughter has gone to sleep to a rather untraditional lullaby, Ambient 1: Music for Airports, composed by the brilliant Brian Eno. The four pieces are ‘evolving soundscapes’ designed to approximate the emotional effect of visual art. To us they always have felt like the soundtrack to an amazing dream. We love it. -> iTunes.
Another wonderful creation of Eno’s (in collaboration with musician & software designer Peter Chilvers) is an iPhone app called Bloom. By echoing back patterns you create with simple taps on the screen, you’re able to produce lovely ambient melodies. Most definitely something for every age. Available on iTunes.
We Choose The Moon is an interactive recreation of the historic Apollo 11 mission to the moon. The site is made up of CG sequences depicting 11 “mission critical” events of the voyage, as well as 450 archival photos and videos from NASA and the JFK Library. 40 years later, it’s still just as amazing. We humans are pretty awesome.
Our daughter recently turned three, so to celebrate we decided to have a good ol’ fashioned bubble party. Shown above is the e-vite we sent out which includes a little bit of Photoshop magic that even we were a little surprised we managed to pull off. Below are some highlights from the big day.
We were inspired to put the kids inside of their own bubbles after reading this post on Katie Rich’s awesome katie did blog. We even managed to do a few of the adults!
Slovakian artist Roman Ondák “turns the domestic custom of recording children’s heights on door frames into a public event” with her performance-based art piece Measuring the Universe at MoMA in New York. The exhibition runs from June 14 – September 14. Swing by and see how your family stacks up. Details here.
Just wanted to say thanks to all of you that came out to the Wee See launch parties in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. It was great seeing everyone and we appreciate your support. Spread the love!