Posted in biology

Sewing Kit Features Endangered Animals To Help Kids Learn – PSFK

So cute while also learning about animals.

Mirim Seo, a recent MFA graduate from Tyler School of Art elevated her love for animals to create ‘S.E.W’ Saving Endangered Widlife, eco-friendly and sustainable kits for learning hand-sewing techniques. Beyond the stock pile of thread, buttons, and needles, the kit includes eight animal pieces including the three-toed sloth, toucan, sea turtle and golden lion monkey.

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High-Tech Dance Project Turns Performers’ Bodies Into An Augmented Nervous System | The Creators Project

Creepy yet cool.

Controlling the human nervous system: just a dream from scientific eras gone by? Not quite. Japanese artist Daito Manabe has already shown the world his talent as a “human body hacker.” By applying electrical stimuli to the muscles of his face, or by using a pair of motion-reading “slave fingers”, Manabe is able to link the human nervous system to sound-generating apparatus, creating music. Today, this experimental practice has become a favourite of artists seeking to change, or at least question, our perception of how technology affects our spirit, our actions and our interactions, by using the human body as an artistic medium. That’s the experimental nut that French interdisciplinary art collective Le Clair Obscur has been trying to crack since 2011 with @, a multimedia research lab comprising several projects.


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Posted in chemistry, design and architecture, museum

6 Wondrous Clouds Float Inside Museum Walls

You may have heard of indoor clouds – even happening in your own car due to the air conditioner suddenly changing temperatures. Artist Berndnaut Smilde has taken this phenomenon indoors for all to see.

Anyone who has tried drawing or painting clouds knows that they’re incredibly difficult to reproduce in pictorial form. Well, that can’t actually be tougher than making them, right? In the last few years, artist Berndnaut Smilde has made a name for himself as a sculptor of clouds. His Nimbus series captures the fleeting “manmade” cloudage that he has created inside old gallery halls. They last for a moment, and then, just like that, they’re gone.

Smilde’s magical powers are little more than elementary science. “It’s not a high-tech process at all,” he tells Co.Design. After settling on the initial idea (“Would it be possible to exhibit a raincloud?”), he experimented with several materials, including aerogel, a porous substance that has been likened to “frozen” or “solid” smoke. It wasn’t quite right, though. Eventually, Smilde found himself working with a smoke machine after realizing that it created vapor that had a visual resemblance to clouds–and that the results were relatively easy to control.

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Posted in communication and networking, design and architecture, electronic imaging and displays

Bringing Art to Everyone | The New York Public Library

I LOVE this! The New York Public Library has made a good majority of their art collection available to view online. Accessing art has never been easier!

The Art Collection: Serving students, professionals, amateurs and anyone engaged in artistic pursuits, the Collection also hosts two exhibit series, Art Wall on Third and Art in the Windows. Also available in the Art Collection is a set of vertical files on artists, with exhibit catalogs and brochures (particularly suitable for information on contemporary artists).

The Picture Collection: An unparalleled visual resource for creative people in any medium, the Picture Collection contains original prints, photographs, posters, postcards and illustrations from books, magazines and newspapers, classified into 12,000 subject headings. Users may borrow up to 60 pictures at a time on any subject with a library card. Color and black & white copiers are available as well.

The Picture Collection is also Digital. More than 38,000 images are now in the NYPL Digital Gallery, and the number is growing fast.

A statue outside of the New York Public Library.
A statue outside of the New York Public Library. Image via Wikipedia

check out the Art and Picture Collections | The New York Public Library.

Posted in biology, communication and networking, design and architecture, electronic imaging and displays, medical imaging

The Eyewriter: software that allows paralyzed artists to draw using their eyes

GRL Graffiti research Lab
GRL LED throwies (Image via Wikipedia)

This is an amazing program – a computer program that helps paralyzed people draw with only their eyes:

One year ago, TEMPT1 teamed up with a group of artists and hackers from the Graffiti Research Lab, OpenFrameworks and Free Art and Technology communities to develop free and open source eye tracking and drawing software that has helped him make art again for the first time since being hospitalized. Not only is he drawing again, but he’s creating new and complex letter forms, designing font libraries and evolving a brand new style using new and old technology in ways no one could have imagined. After seven years of paralysis, TEMPT1 has again become a pioneer in a new community of creative individuals who refuse to let neuromuscular diseases stop them from expressing themselves through art.

This Kickstarter campaign is an attempt to raise the money TEMPT1 needs to create a new collection of original TEMPT1 artwork and merchandise using the EyeWriter 2.0 software, robotic technology, traditional print-making techniques, as well as his community of friends, fans and peers. Supporting this campaign will not only allow TEMPT1 to continue to make art and express his ideas, but it will give him a chance to again become a professional artist, independently support himself and his family, pay for his medical bills, and make a contribution to the contemporary art world.

Even though they have already met their initial fundraising goal, they are still taking seed money. At least check out the eyewriter site:

Posted in design and architecture, electronic imaging and displays

Storytelling using all sorts of tools

We all tell stories. Jonathan Harris collects them.

Artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris makes online art that captures the world’s expression — and gives us a glimpse of the soul of the Internet.

At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discussed his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers’, and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing “We Feel Fine.”

Since then, Harris works on different projects and shares them on his website, and is documenting his life with one photo a day.