Zoning out to this fixie's psychedelic flickering provides waves of delicious zen.

Hey, movie projectionist: The screen's too small! And – what the hell? – it's moving away from me at a speed of 20 m.p.h.!

OK, so this projection-mapped bicycle wouldn't be the best medium upon which to watch Bullet to the Head. But just zoning out to its psychedelic flickering provides waves of pleasant zen, like a good hacked TV from Nam June Paik. Spoiler alert: The bizarre "plot" of this mechanical movie mixes in images of the Malaysian national flag and passing traffic before culminating in a big ol' plate of messy food (because, I guess, you got to pack on those calories if you're riding a fixie up a hill).

The fantastical fixed-gear bike was studiously lit up by digital media artist Ibnu Ambara, who hails from Cyberjaya, the "Silicon Valley of Malaysia." Ambara created his crazy ride to celebrate the blossoming fixie scene in Kuala Lumpur, which to believe from a forums member at Velospace, has "absolutely gone insane." For his part, the artist says in a statement that the "fixed gear is an ideal topic to explore, because it is very current in our society now," especially "among the youngsters." He hopes this artwork will convey to all the "meaning of a fixed-gear rider in Kuala Lumpur."

I'm not so sure about that. But I do agree with the people attending this art show that the two-wheeled hunk of visual LSD is "awesome." Check out Ambara's blog for more information on how he created this piece (for edit-heads, he used Adobe Premiere and MadMapper). And if you want to know more about cycling in Malaysia's capital, this short documentary from the "positive change" grassroots campaign #betterkl might help. (H/t to Scott at Urban Velo.)

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Design

    The Curious Politics of a Montreal Mega-Mall

    The car-dependent suburb it’ll be built in wants to greenlight Royalmount against the city government’s wishes but it needs them to pay for the public infrastructure.

  2. Design

    There’s a Tile Theft Epidemic in Lisbon

    With a single azulejo fetching hundreds of euros at the city’s more reputable antique stores, these tiles, sitting there out in the open, are easy pickings.

  3. Design

    A History of the American Public Library

    A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.

  4. Multicolored maps of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tampa, denoting neighborhood fragmentation
    Equity

    Urban Neighborhoods, Once Distinct by Race and Class, Are Blurring

    Yet in cities, affluent white neighborhoods and high-poverty black ones are outliers, resisting the fragmentation shown with other types of neighborhoods.

  5. Amazon HQ2

    Without Amazon HQ2, What Happens to Housing in Queens?

    The arrival of the tech company’s new headquarters was set to shake up the borough’s real estate market, driving up rents and spurring displacement. Now what?