Winter to Spring. Ancient and Contemporary. Science Art for Happy Chinese New Year!

February 7, 2016 § 1 Comment

2016-Spring-Festival

The marking of season’s or year’s change is possibly the most global and ancient manifestation of human “culturetech,” or integrated science and art. Tracking the patterns of lunar, solar, and seasonal cycle was among the earliest “scientific” works of man, yet also a key prompt for cultural sense-making and expression, from monuments to festivities.

Three days ago was Lichun (立春), or Start of Spring, the first of 24 Solar Terms on the East Asian lunisolar calendars. (For those scientifically-inclined, it is when the Sun is at the celestial longitude of 315°.)

Tomorrow Spring Festival(春节)will arrive, marking the beginning of a new lunar year, this time welcoming the Monkey.

As my family and I rush to finish house cleansing and get ready for dumplings, red lanterns, New Year’s Eve TV show and WeChat greeting storms, I would like to share the festivities with you by presenting a group of unique arts, courtesy of creators around the world. « Read the rest of this entry »

Science & Technology Artisan Gifts for the Holidays

December 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Whether you are kicking back having completed your holiday shopping, or are still in need of last-minute ideas, here is something fun you may want to do – take a survey on these science and technology-inspired artisan collections we are featuring this season, as unique, special gifts that are both delightful and educational!

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LAST Festival Art Expo Highlights

October 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

The 3rd installation of the L.A.S.T. Festival, organized by Thymos Foundation and originally conceived by Piero Scaruffi, took place over the weekend of October 16 to 18, at Stanford University.  The L.A.S.T. Festival celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences that are transforming sociality and experience in the 21st century.

The Festival featured four programs:

  • Interactive multimedia art installations that break the “Do not touch!” taboo of the traditional museum and are meant to let people experience something they never experienced before
  • Inspirational talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science, including Artificial Intelligence, Synthetic Biology, Nanotech, Space Exploration, and Neuroscience
  • Live performances
  • Interactive workshops or talks by artists

Click to watch video recordings of the talks.

And here are some photos of the art installations.  Click on the images to learn more about each installation. « Read the rest of this entry »

“Science In Surrealism” At Gallery Wendi Norris In San Francisco Explores The Scientific Influences Of This Avant-Garde Movement

July 23, 2015 § Leave a comment

By Joe Ferguson for SciArt in America

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Victor Brauner, “Indicateur de l’Éspace,” c. 1934. Oil on canvas 17 7/8 x 21 3/8 inches (55.8 x 54.3 cm)


The term SciArt may have been coined in the 1980s, but the intermingling of science and art is much older. Early Greek statuary portrayed anatomy in representations that could have only come from careful examination. Italian Renaissance painters practiced human dissection as early at the 15th century. Many French impressionists explored the latest discoveries of visual science in their paintings. One movement, however, is rarely talked about–the surrealist painters and the influence of early 20th-century physicists. « Read the rest of this entry »

A Birthday Dreamscape | Act I: Digital Gods and A Voyage to the Edge of the Universe

July 10, 2015 § Leave a comment

Synopsis:

Amidst birthday blues, a middle-aged woman contemplates humans’ digital trajectory, the Age of Data, and her own destiny, as she samples arts reflecting artificial intelligence, quantified self, virtual reality, lifelogging and other digital advances,  in a series of reveries.

Act II – Quantified-self, lifelogs and someone else’ mindscape

Act III – The hybrid Here and Now

Epilogue – The comfort of my cake


April.  My birthday was coming.
Perhaps as a defense mechanism against the anxiety of putting on another year, my mind wandered far and wide.

Act I –  Voyage to the edge of the Universe

Sapiens bookcoverFirst it scans the entire humanity’s creation and evolution, as narrated by the brilliant Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari in his brilliant new book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind”.  Homo sapiens (of whom I am one) came to dominate the Planet through three great “Revolutions”: the Cognitive, the Agricultural, and the Scientific, he posited.  We conquered the world because of our affinity for myth-making and stories. Our fictions allow us to cooperate.    We buy into universally accepted “imagined realities” that bind us together and have given us power: Religion. Money. Nation states. Corporations…  We are now so powerful we can trump nature and be our own intelligent designers.

Harari’s framework makes perfect sense to me.  His wit, sarcasm and subversive humor are very much to my taste.  However, more than how we got here, I am on an emergency to know where we are going.  Hence, I cannot help but skip 70,000 years to jump to the last chapter: “The End of Homo Sapiens”. « Read the rest of this entry »

X-Ray Flora And Fauna Come Together As Art

July 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

By Andrew Nunes, originally published in The Creators Project Blog

Fairly uncommon among the visual arts canon, X-ray artworks certainly do pop up from time to time, ranging from colorized X-ray portraits to digital digital X-ray mirrors. While fauna— and sometimes even animal-human amalgamated hybrids— can be the subjects of these works, very rarely have flora been X-rayed for artistic purposes.

Arie van ’t Riet, a Dutch physicist who specializes in low-energy radiology, decided to intersect X-rays with plant and animal life forms in a series of works that bring art together with science in a refreshing manner. The works show X-rays of a variety of animals including iguanas and ducks, amongst an even more variegated group of plants. Certain portions of the flora and fauna are colorized through Photoshop, resulting in fantastic polychromatic fragments amongst the traditional monochromatic tones of X-rays. « Read the rest of this entry »

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