BBC Culture

Eight amazing pictures of the week

  • Winging it

    Music video director Chris Milk’s interactive triptych draws inspiration from prehistoric cave paintings. As viewers move in front of its panels they are transformed into giant birds, before being assailed on screen by a marauding flock. The work is on show at a new exhibition celebrating digital art at the Barbican Centre in London, (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images for Barbican Art Gallery)

  • Atmospheric lighting

    Designer Richard Clarkson has created a lamp that doubles as a speaker, playing music from any Bluetooth device. When no music is playing, The Cloud can be switched to ‘storm’ mode, with the sounds of thunder and rain; LED bulbs send flashes of lightning around the room. According to Clarkson, it is part of “a new breed of smart objects” catching on in the design world. (Rex/Richard Clarkson)

  • Box rocking beats

    Death metal band Unfathomable Ruination play inside a sound-proof steel cube as part of the Sculpture in the City Festival in London. For the artwork by João Onofre, called Box Sized Die, they are sealed inside the cube and perform until the oxygen runs out. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty)

  • In the fold

    An exhibition showcasing the work of Japanese designer Issey Miyake has just opened at the Design Museum Holon in Israel. Called Gathering, the show also features pieces by more than 70 designers from around the world including Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Tord Boontje, and Arik Levy. Bringing together traditional crafts with modern technologies, it has been co-curated by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort. (Itay Benit)

  • Chip off the old block

    Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto (known as Vhils) started out in graffiti before developing a carving technique in which he chips the surfaces of walls to create chiselled portraits. His new show, Dissection, at the Museum of Electricity in Lisbon takes the technique further and features works made using explosives and welding tools. (Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Riot of colour

    Krizia Robustella’s show at Barcelona Fashion Week featured some eye-catching balaclavas. The Spanish label sent its models out to interact with the audience rather than marching them down the catwalk. The collection, called ‘Miami Riot’, included beach dresses, tracksuits and sandals in acid colours. (Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Curveball

    A cultural centre in Azerbaijan by architect Zaha Hadid was declared Design of the Year by London’s Design Museum on Monday. The Heydar Aliyev centre features Hadid’s signature curving forms, and was described by one of the jury members as being “as pure and sexy as Marilyn’s blown skirt”. Yet the decision was criticised over concerns that local people were evicted by force to make way for the building; the Design Museum’s director Deyan Sudjic told Dezeen that the prize was about architecture, not politics. (Iwan Baan/Zaha Hadid)

  • Snap happy

    Artist Mario Santamaría has collected screenshots that show Google’s roving cameras reflected in mirrors as they photograph art galleries around the world. His photo blog The Camera in the Mirror captures the Street View robots at work for the Google Art Project, cataloguing museums and accidentally snapping selfies at the same time. Mounted on trolleys, they roam the halls of 250 institutions globally, covered in silver sheets to minimise reflections. (Google)