By John Grade, some artists just have a natural flare and innate understanding of forms and textures, and how they interact with spaces—there is something about Grade’s work that just works so well on every one of these levels.
The book “On election to the throne …”. Cover and title page. Moscow Armory, 1672-1673. Masters Ivan Vereshchagin, Ivan Maximov “with friends”, Gregory Blagushin “and his comrades.” Paper (France, 17th c.), Silver, cloth, wood, painting, molding, stamping, engraving.http://viola.bz/ancient-book-covers-as-russian-jewelry-art/
Here are 10 photos (out of 22) from my series Racial Microaggressions. I have asked my friends on the Fordham University Lincoln Center campus to write down an instance of racial microaggression they have faced on a poster for me to take a picture of them.
wish i could reblog this 5,000 times this is REALLY IMPORTANT
i’m an arab-american (father of palestinian and turkish descent) who experiences this every day. here are a few samples of things that i have been called almost every day that i leave my house, and 99% of the time that my ethnicity comes up in conversation:
a “nice mix” (like a dog)
"part of the Taliban"
"from the Barbados"
"not as dark as your little sister/dad"
"not very Arab-looking"
"Indian" (usually followed up with "well, they’re almost the same")
"Muhammad Jihad" (????)
"Ganeesh" (mispronouncing Ganesha)
"like the princess from the Aladdin movie"
…just to name a few. also, “So, like, what are you?” happens to me often as well. so yeah this is really fucking important and thank you for making this
Promo put together by WIRED Italia shows a history of modern technology, with a file created on an early Apple gets transferred from machine to machine:
Innovation is not technology but culture. Something able to travel through time thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of people. Here’s the story of an information flow in its switching between different machines, different formats and file-extensions, different communication protocols and over almost 30 years of technology, from the ZXSpectrum of 1982 to the 3D printers of today.
This is how it works. A Macintosh SE/30 displays a file on its screen and saves it as WIRED.TXT on a floppy disk. The floppy is read using a serial peripheral device connected to an IBM Thinkpad. Changing the file-extension from .txt to .jpg, you are seeing the text for what it was originally: a barcode image, which you can open and display with dPaint. The barcode is interpreted by an app that uses a smartphone camera. It’s an http address. The address is copied and sent via SMS to an old Nokia5410i. This Nokia model was among the first to send emails, so it can transfer the SMS text to the email client of an iPad. The iPad activates the address which was written in the email. It’s a .htm page containing a link to a downloadable file: WIRED.WAV.
The file is played and connected with a mini jack to the audio port of a ZXSpectrum. The Spectrum detects it as a .TAP file, a faithful reproduction of audio cassette format which Spectrum used to play and save contents. The programme inside the WIRED.TAP file is a slideshow loading a single image: a QRcode. The QRcode is photographed using a small digital camera. The photo, stored in the SDCard, is read from a laptop and loaded into an album on Wired Facebook account. An eBook page appears in the browser mode. The eBook is scanned, the QRcode image is cropped and then printed on special paper for heat transfer and then ironed on a T-shirt. T-shirt is photographed with an iPhone that reads QRcode for the url it contains. The iPhone sends the address to a laptop: it’s a page containing the WIRED.STL file. The laptop uses this file to produce the Wired logo with a RepRap 3D printer. That’s it. Easy, right?
In 2006, Artists Lita Albuquerque led an expedition to the farthest reaches of Antarctica near the South Pole to create the first installment of her global work, Stellar Axis. The expedition was aided by a grant from the National Science Foundation and was the first and largest ephemeral artwork created on the continent. The resulting installation consisted of an array of ninety nine fabricated blue spheres. The placement of each corresponded to the location of one of 99 specific stars in the Antarctic sky above, creating an earthly constellation at the earth’s pole. As the planet rotated and followed its orbit, the displacement between the original positions of the stars and the spheres drew an invisible spiral of the earth’s spinning motion.
The Stellar Axis Expedition’s journey to the ice included a team of experts researchers and artists with Albuquerque at the helm. Their sole purpose was to pursue and materialize a sculpture and ephemeral event on a scale and in a place that was completely unprecedented.
The collection Thalie is based on a dialogue between an industrial process and an artisanal finalization. It is composed of a plate, a fruit bowl and a bread basket. Inspired by handcrafts like crochet or knitting, I approximated the characteristic of the metal sheet close to a textile quality. The chemical etching allowed to cut a sheet of spring steel in a very precise and fine manner in order to produce my patterns. These two dimensional elements are afterwards manually transformed into volumes with the help of a metal wire. Thus irregular and sensual forms result from a first very mechanic drawing.
edited by Artecnica material spring steel, small wire exhibition design parade 7, 2012 context ECAL, 2012
dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard discs.
USB-based drives can be inconvenient to use as the positioning and insertion of the drive in the USB slot needs to be done precisely. When the slots are at the rear of a device, as is the case for many desktop computers, this task becomes even more troublesome.
dataSTICKIES solve this problem by carrying data like a stack of sticky-back notes. Each of the dataSTICKIES can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the optical data transfer surface (ODTS), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, and so on. The special conductive adhesive that sticks the dataSTICKIES to the ODTS is the medium that transfers the data. This special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive is capable of being reused without leaving marks like a repositionable note. When the dataSTICKIES are being read by the device, their edges light up.