Robbie Thomson’s Spectacular XFRMR (Transformer)

The Glasgow-based artist on performing live with an electrifying Tesla Coil

Imagine the spectacle of a summer thunderstorm—with its smell of ozone, flashes of lightning and the charge of electricity in the air. What if you could somehow control the power of the lightning and harness it to create an artificial performance that evokes that same awe? Glasgow-based artist Robbie Thomson’s work “XFRMR (Transformer)” does just that. For the sonic performance, Thomson works with a Tesla …

Chen Tianzhuo’s Picnic

Stoned astronauts, neon lights and religious iconography combine in this artist's striking works, on display now in Shanghai

An indolent psychonaut walks onto a stage in a brightly colored outfit and loads his bong with the ritual gestures of a tea master. He puts on a helmet—complete with a weed leaf-shaped halo—and as the bowl burns, a cloud of thick smoke fills the headgear. He sits between two flags, between two philosophical mantras: the Latin motto, “Ordo ab chao” (meaning order from chaos) …

Run in Style with Ciele Athletics’ GoCap

Montreal's handsome contribution to functional, performance running gear

As the interest in functional, well-designed sports gear continues to grow, many forward-thinking brands are moving in parallel; delivering just what you need to perform at your top level—or at least look like an athlete. The latest to take on the specialized area of apparel is Montreal’s Ciele Athletics. With a direct focus on performance and protection, the brand launches today, 15 August 2014, with …

Cool Hunting Video: Magician Doug McKenzie

Street magic meets technology with mind-bending performances from this contemporary illusionist

For the second video from our Lincoln Hello Again Series, we spent several days with an enchanting man. Doug McKenzie (who has produced magic for the likes of David Blaine) is one of the world’s premiere close-up magic artists. But Doug’s interest in the illusion goes far beyond typical street magic; he has made it his mission to incorporate new technologies into his work, making …