February 28, 2013 Moving the MFO Building In May of 2012, engineers came up with a way to move the MFO Building in Zurich, Switzerland about 200 feet. Originally scheduled for demolition due to the expansion of a rail station, a public petition saved the 6,800+ ton building.
February 27, 2013 How To Make a Butter Candle Most people wouldn't think of butter as a flammable substance, but in this project they are. We're making emergency candles that burn for hours .. using some toilet paper, and a bit of butter.
February 26, 2013 Chris Burden — The TV Commercials In the 1970s, Chris Burden produced a landmark series of late-night television commercials that blurred the worlds of entertainment, advertising and conceptual art. Appearing as idiosyncratic interruptions to the station's regular programming, Burden's sometimes shocking, sometimes dryly humorous advertisements reveal how easily notoriety and stature can be bought, manipulated, and subverted through popular media. In this video, Burden shares the motivations and logistical complications behind his four historically significant ads: Through the Night Softly (1973), Poem for L.A. (1975), Chris Burden Promo (1976), Full Financial Disclosure (1977).
February 22, 2013 Obey This is a film based on the book "Death of the Liberal Class" by journalist and Pulitzer prize winner, Chris Hedges. It charts the rise of the Corporate State, and examines the future of obedience in a world of unfettered capitalism, globalisation, staggering inequality and environmental change.
February 21, 2013 Center for Advanced Urbanism The MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism’s objective is to become the world’s pre-eminent cultural center about the design of metropolitan environments, by articulating methods and projects to integrate separate disciplinary agendas in architecture, landscape, ecology, transportation engineering, politics and political philosophy, technology and real estate through a most eloquent design culture on scales ranging from the complex infrastructural intersection, to that of a neighborhood, on to the scale of an entire regional system.
February 19, 2013 Hans Rosling: The River of Myths Hans Rosling shows how measurement reveals incredible progress in saving the lives of children in what were once labeled "developing countries." If the few countries that still have high child mortality rates can follow the path of Ethiopia, preventable child deaths may be history by 2030. We must continue to closely measure this progress.
February 13, 2013 J.S. Bach — Crab Canon on a Möbius Strip The enigmatic Canon 1 à 2 from J. S. Bachs Musical Offering (1747), The manuscript depicts a single musical sequence that is to be played front to back and back to front.
February 11, 2013 Full Transit of Venus A short film created with data from the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) as it captured the 2012 transit of Venus. The footage includes multiple wavelength channels, each of which provides a glimpse into a different region of the solar atmosphere. Several elements of the musical score are driven by SWICS-SWIMS-V3 level 2 solar wind data.
February 5, 2013 Li Hongbo — Pure White Paper What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo.
February 4, 2013 Life of an Astronaut - Jerry Carr Astronaut Jerry Carr knows space. As commander of Skylab, he spent over 2000 hours in space, orbiting the Earth over 1000 times. Recounting his life story, Carr remembers the enchanting years he spent at NASA.
February 1, 2013 silenc – visualization How much of a language is silent? What does it look like when you take the silence out? Can we use code as a tool to answer these questions? silenc is a tangible visualization of an interpretation of silent letters within Danish, English and French. One of the hardest parts about language learning is pronunciation; the less phonetic the alphabet, the harder it is to correctly say the words. A common peculiarity amongst many Western languages is the silent letter. A silent letter is a letter that appears in a particular word, but does not correspond to any sound in the word’s pronunciation. A selection of works by Hans Christian Andersen is used as a common denominator for these “translations”. All silent letters are set in red text. When viewed with a red light filter, these letters disappear, leaving only the pronounced text.