April 29, 2016 Franz Kafka Franz Kafka is a guide to some very dark feelings most of us know well concerned with powerlessness, self-disgust and anxiety. This literary genius turned the stuff of nightmares into redemptive, consoling art.
April 28, 2016 The Instrument That Lets You Play the (Electromagnetic) Field It's the only instrument in the world that you play without physically touching it, and its siren call has lured Hollywood and musicians alike in pursuit of its eerie, otherworldly sound. The Theremin, named for its inventor, Leon Theremin?, is a synthesizer controlled by electromagnetic fields. Pamelia Stickney is one of its best players.
April 26, 2016 Zenga Brothers | Tall Bike Tour Premiering at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, Tall Bike Tour: Part 1 - Visions and Dreams, introduces Zenga Bros upcoming documentary in which they bring their eccentric brand of creativity to the streets while traveling and living on tall bikes.
April 25, 2016 BALANCE We humans we create, we work, we stay busy from birth to death and never rest. We build, aim higher, work harder, accomplish more, and to what end? "Balance" takes an abstract look at our modern world, the full and the empty spaces and time in which we live and choose to make our lives.
April 20, 2016 Joel & Ethan Coen - Shot | Reverse Shot How do you film a conversation? Most likely, you’re going to block the actors, set up the camera, and do shot/reverse shot. But where do you put the camera? What lens do you use? And how do you cut back and forth? Today, I consider the Coen brothers — Joel & Ethan — and see how these choices lend a particular feel to their version of shot/reverse shot.
April 19, 2016 Martin Scorsese on Framing In this new episode we have a previously unheard conversation with legendary director, Martin Scorsese, on how he's framed his movies and his life. The early foray into making a movie as a kid, toying with becoming a priest, and where his parents fit into all this. And wouldn't you like to see a Scorsese Western?
April 14, 2016 The Next Rembrandt Blurring the boundaries between art and technology, ING, Microsoft, TU Delft, Mauritshuis, and Rembrandthuis set out on a challenge to see if the great Master can be brought back to life to create a new painting.
April 13, 2016 Temple Grandin On Her Search Engine "Everything in my mind works like a search engine set for the image function." - Temple Grandin in 2008, from an oral history at Colorado State University
April 12, 2016 The Town That Took on the Taxman For some of the UK's biggest companies, paying corporation tax seems to be optional. Using devilishly complicated - but completely legal - accounting techniques, they can run rings around HMRC. Now, the small businesses of one Welsh town are fighting back. The local traders of Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons are embarking on a mission to copy the techniques used by their multinational rivals, and to set up a DIY tax avoidance scheme of their very own.
April 6, 2016 Where Did the Ampersand Originate? Developed from the Latin et (“and”), the ampersand, formerly the twenty-seventh letter of the alphabet, is a character with a cult following among students of typography.
April 4, 2016 How Do You Make Memories? What if you couldn’t remember anything past 30 seconds? Let us introduce you to a man named Henry Molaison who was diagnosed with anterograde amnesia. He couldn’t form new memories.
April 1, 2016 The Prisoner's Dilemma The prisoner's dilemma is a canonical example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two purely "rational" individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so.