June 28, 2013 The Last Ice Merchant For over 50 years Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice of Ecuador’s Mount Chimborazo. His brothers, both raised as ice merchants, have long since retired from the mountain. This is a story of cultural change and how three brothers have adapted to it.
June 26, 2013 The Art of Ryan Matthew Cohn Prepare yourself for a world of skulls, mixed anatomy, shrunken heads, and mummies. Welcome to the home of collector and artist Ryan Matthew Cohn. Here he gives a charming account of his collection as well as the work he does. His apartment is overwhelming in its incredible design and expansive collection.
June 24, 2013 Inequality is Real Today, 1% of Americans are taking home nearly 20% of the country's total income and own nearly 35% of the country's wealth. This didn't happen by accident. As former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explains, we allowed it to happen.
June 20, 2013 Sen. Warren on Corporate Capture of the Federal Courts From Senator Elizabeth Warren's remarks at the 2013 American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention on the Corporate Capture of the Federal Courts. Speech delivered on June 13, 2013.
June 19, 201 How Did Feathers Evolve? To look at the evolution of modern bird feathers, we must start a long time ago, with the dinosaurs from whence they came. We see early incarnations of feathers on dinosaur fossils, and remnants of dinosaurs in a bird's wish bone. Carl Zimmer explores the stages of evolution and how even the reasons for feathers have evolved over millions of years.
June 12, 2013 Windswept Windswept is a wind-driven kinetic façade consisting of 612 freely-rotating directional arrows creating a large-scale observational instrument that reveals the complex interactions between the wind and the building. The wind arrows serve as discrete data points indicating the direction of local flow within the larger phenomenon.
June 11, 2013 Tokyo Dreams Tokyo Dreams is a short Zen-like film about sleeping commuters on the Tokyo subway. Shooting 12 hours a day for two weeks, UK director Nicholas Barker contemplates the stillness and vulnerability of his fellow passengers and wonders whether they will wake in time for their stop…
June 10, 2013 Urban Exploring: Chrysler Building Spire Urban Exploring with Moses Gates author of Hidden Cities. Climbed and scaled to the top of the Chrysler Building Spire in NYC to a space no bigger than 10 feet by 10 feet. You can't go any higher.
June 6, 2013 Sonic Water Sonic Water is a cymatics installation. Cymatics is the process of visualizing sound and vibrations through matter, such as for example sand or water. A sound signal is used to vibrate a speaker. On top of the speaker membrane we have applied a plate and on the plate we have then glued an ordinary bottle cap. The bottle cap (or the whole plate) is filled with water. The water works as a flexible three-dimensional sculpture mass, that translates the sound into pictures. The vibration of the speaker creates one of a kind water-sound-images in response to the respective sound impulse - from chaotic patterns to standing mandala-like waves. The camera films the speaker from above and basically shoots a macro mode live view of the bottle cap action which is projected onto a large screen.