Archive of: art
Irene Posch used historic gold embroidery materials and knowledge to craft a programmable 8 bit computer.
Solely built from a variety of metal threads, magnetic, glas and metal beads, and being inspired by traditional crafting routines and patterns, the piece questions the appearance of current digital and electronic technologies surrounding us, as well as our interaction with them.
And for me, 25 years on, what I love about this is being able to give this to somebody and say, “See, this is what I mean by comics.” It is not a genre. It is simply a medium. And it’s a medium that you can do anything with.
The Big Picture looks at abandoned and incomplete housing developments in South Florida.
Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There’s an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the “Aha.” Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we’re in — the one that we think is reality.
Found Functions is a short series of photographs by Nikki Graziano that overlay mathematical functions and graphs over shapes in nature. Such a simple idea but executed beautifully: what mathematicians see when they look at the world.
Nikki can also be found on Twitter throwing out wonderful little thoughts such as this.
has anyone ever really stopped and thought about ∑ n=0 to n=∞? “add up all the stuff there is between nothing and everything.” shit.
Well it made me laugh, must be a maths geek thing.
From today (or actually from six months ago if you were sniffing around some of our new novels on the Penguin website) you can download the opening chapter (or chapters) of all Penguin’s new fiction for free. Yes, that’s right. FREE. For nothing. In pdf form – which you can print, email, view on your PC screen or a Blackberry, Palm or iPhone – these Tasters offer you the very beginnings of Penguin’s latest novels. You can get your mitts on some great stories without having to give a jumped-up calculator the keys to your bank account. It’s an entirely risk-free way to discover new authors, to read new stories (and to pass them on to your literate friends).
I’ve been quite effusive in my praise of Penguin before, but I think deservedly so. They seem to relish in experimenting with what it means to be a publisher in this day and age, and it’s a joy to watch them innovate.
Now this is a stroke of genius. Penguin are starting a new series of classic books, but with plain white covers, giving everyone the opportunity to create their own design.
According to consumer research conducted on what factors matter to people when they decide whether or not to pick up a book in a bookshop, the cover design comes out as most important. So this might be the stupidest thing we’ve ever done.
These “naked” covers will be made of art quality paper and shrink wrapped to stop them getting dirty before purchase, there is also an associated gallery for people to submit their creations.
The first six to be released are:
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- Magic Tales by The Brothers Grimm
- The Waves by Virginia Woolf
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- Emma by Jane Austen
I’ve always had a soft spot for Penguin, I feel they’ve been a genuine innovator in publishing ever since their inception in 1935 (the history of the company is a fascinating read), and this latest idea is right up there with their best.
By a complete coincidence I’m right in the middle of The True History Of The Elephant Man, their presence in my book collection is that pervasive.
Hat tip: BoingBoing