Off Book

Off BookOff Book is a PBS web series about cutting edge arts. It discusses: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye, The Evolution of 8-Bit Art, The Culture Of Reddit, Lego Art, Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity, The Art of Film & TV Title Design, Tattoos: Pop Portraits, Japanese Traditional, American Eclectic, The Evolution of Music Online, Book Art, Product Design, Generative Art - Computers, Data, and Humanity, Video Games, Street Art, Light Painting, Typography, Hacking Art & Culture with F.A.T. Lab, etc.

Seeing Beyond the Human Eye. Technology defies the boundaries of human perception. From photomicrography to astrophotography, size and distance are no longer barriers, and through slow-mo and timelapse, we are allowed to see time and humanity in a new light. Through our curiosity and thirst for the unknown, the beauty of the universe can now be explored beyond the limits of the naked eye.

Lego Art. LEGO blocks are one of the most beloved toys in the world, playing a role in many a person's childhood. But for some creators, LEGO has evolved from toy to art form. In this episode, we talk to three LEGO artists who have made beautiful mosaics, amazing stop-motion videos, thoughtful sculptures, and have turned these tiny building blocks into a true artistic medium.

Fan Art: An Explosion of Creativity. The fan art community is one of the most creative and active online. Taking pop culture stories and icons as its starting point, the fan community extends those characters into new adventures, unexpected relationships, bizarre remixes, and even as the source material for beautiful art. Limited only by the imagination of the artist, the fan art world is full of surprises and brilliance.

Watch the full documentary web series (playlist - 2 hours, 33 minutes)

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  • apaulocreed

    The longest AD I've ever seen!

  • http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/about/ Vlatko

    @apaulocreed,

    What are they advertising?

  • dewflirt

    Lots of good stuff here, the reddit bit was interesting, love the lego and the fan art. The Japanese tattoos are delicious, I do love tattoos. I could just list it all.
    @ apaulocreed
    I can see why you see it as a string of adverts, maybe think of it as slices of inspiration instead? People showcasing their art :)
    Long, worth watching :)

  • Guest

    Every hospitals should have boxes of Lego blocks that can be offered to adults and kids (of course) to play with during those long stays. My brother once had his leg crushed by a log, he was in the hospital for a week. I showed up with my kid's lego box, every day he would build something new. Sure beats watching TV, which you have to pay for in most hospital.
    If you have a loved one in a hospital right now...don't bring roses and chocolat, bring Legos and go play with him/her.
    Cool doc, anything art always pleases me.
    az

  • Guest

    The film title design of Blue Valentine is superb! Makes me want to make a bowl of popcorn and sit on the couch.
    az

  • wald0

    Very cool documentary- all about different and abstract art forms that have condensed out of the chaos. So far I am lovin the eight bit stuff and of course the science/art imagery at the begining. What is really cools is how creative someone had to be inorder to even concieve such art forms- thinking of using a gameboy as a musical instrument for instance, or making a replica of the Mona Lisa in eight bit yet also in an analog format. I am impressed with these younger artists who grew up in the digital world.

  • dewflirt

    Saw a snippet of a game called Machinarium. Very beautiful and puzzling. I think you can play part of it online. If you like strange games, check out submachine. Odd. So much in this doc, etsy is a great place too. So many ways now for artists to get their work seen. This really shows the good side of the Internet. It opens up so much of the world. ;)

  • Guest

    Love the idea of Kickstarter. The net is growing and reaching out like never before.
    az

  • LIVEFROMLIMBO

    i would say the reddit part kinda felt like a commercial for reddit, they must have said it a hundred times in that section. but the rest of it was fuckin awesome. the lego stuff was unreal, reminded me of an exhibit i saw as a kid (at ontario place). the lego these days are different, mainly templates with instructions. i can appreciate the creativity and scale of the works shown in this doc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.brohan Paul Brohan

    this is just like writing s*upid s*it on the toilet walls in school. The internet gives them the reassurance they need to continue inflicting their 'comedy' on the world .Can't believe how important they think they are.