December 16, 2010
"Codec/X: New British Video & Sound Art" (video review)
© Lee Patterson and Pharmakon
A compilation of the latest work in video and sound, Griffiths and Jordan have created a straightforward presentation of the latest works of artists working in northwest Britain. With no narration or explanations, they allow the unique combinations of videos precedence. Progressing steadily from one clip to the next in a mesmerizing sequence of sound, image and light everything from film to photography to animation is used in conjunction with musical instruments, sounds from nature and machinery. Featured artists and musicians include Carl Turton, Suki Chan, Joe Devlin, Happy Fingers, Mark Pilkington, Illuminati and others along with the curators themselves. Some fun and some abstract, the clips involve sparklers, balloons, and baby dolls, often pairing the discordant with the rhythmical for distinctive explorations in art.
December 14, 2010
Visual Elements Periodic Table
© Murray Robertson and John Emsley
"Places & Spaces: Mapping Science is meant to inspire cross-disciplinary discussion on how to best track and communicate human activity and scientific progress on a global scale. It has two components: the physical part supports the close inspection of high quality reproductions of maps for display at conferences and education centers; the online counterpart provides links to a selected series of maps and their makers along with detailed explanations of how these maps work. The exhibit is a 10-year effort."
License Plate Map of USA
© Kevin Hutchinson
December 09, 2010
"The Techniques of Ryan Church" (video review)
© Ryan Church and Gnomon Workshop
The Techniques of Ryan Church: Volume 3: Hi-Tech Architecture
A joint production of The Gnomon Workshop and Design Studio Press
A digital illustration lecture given by Ryan Church as he creates a digital painting using Corel Painter, this film gives useful insight into the illustration process. For this volume Church focuses on the mood and the appearance of an architectural scene, designing a painting resembling a film shot and demonstrating his techniques step by step. He explains the tools he uses as well as the differences between them, his drawing methods and compositional tactics. A clear and comprehensive look at digital art production, Church sets a good pace for the film, working within the realistic time constraints common to his field and demonstrating the quick and effective techniques necessary for such situations. The film is an excellent resource for beginners and experienced alike, providing useful tips and ideas. Bonus features include notes from the lecture, information on various digital media resources such as Gnomon, DV Garage, and Design Studio Press, and a gallery featuring other works by Ryan Church.
December 07, 2010
"Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries"
Detroit Institute of Arts
November 21, 2010 - April 10, 2011
Now featured at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the exhibition Fakes, Forgeries and Mysteries investigates the authentication and misidentification of art from around the world. Displaying the fakes and forgeries in a show of their own, the DIA presents the clues and methods used to discover the origins of a work of art. An interactive exhibit, it includes an investigation lab that emphasizes the relationship between science and art and invites viewers to make their own discoveries. The exhibition provides an inside view of the workings of a museum and a tantalizing look at the art mysteries that remain unsolved.
December 01, 2010
© Kenneth Libbrecht, Caltech
Kenneth Libbrecht, a professor of physics at California Institute of Technology runs a website devoted entirely to Snow Crystals which is also visually impressive.
It contains all you need to know about snowflakes including the physics of snowflakes, a guide to the different types of snowflake crystals. You can see how scientists grow snowflakes in the lab, find projects you can do with ice and snow, and much more.