September 28, 2012 The New Shock of The New — Robert Hughes In 1979, the late Robert Hughes' TV series The Shock of the New changed the way people thought about modern art. A quarter of a century on, he returned to the story - and found a world overtaken by money and celebrity.
September 27, 2012 The Art of the Metaphor — Jane Hirshfield How do metaphors help us better understand the world? And, what makes a good metaphor? Explore these questions with writers like Langston Hughes and Carl Sandburg, who have mastered the art of bringing a scene or emotion to life.
September 26, 2012 IRIS by HYBE (2012) IRIS is a unique media canvas with matrix of conventional information display technology - a monochrome LCD. Through the phased opening and closing of circular-segmented black Liquid Crystal, IRIS can create various patterns and control the amount (size) of passing lights. IRIS is an interactive medium for visual simplicity which uses the passage of ambient light, not emission of light itself.
September 25, 2012 Asteroid Discovery: 1980-2012 The latest update to the asteroid discovery video, now at UHDTV resolutions and with a voiceover explaining what's going on. Thanks to the Lowell Observatory and Minor Planet Center for supplying the data used to create this.
September 19, 2012 The Book Monger Patrick Kelly was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. When he finished university, he decided to move to London and, at the age of 30, opened a second hand book shop in Brixton called, Book Mongers. This May, saw the shop have its 20 year anniversary and afforded the opportunity to find out what made this university graduate from across the pond become, The Book Monger.
September 17, 2012 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately. The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.
September 14, 2012 The Truth About Dishonesty Are you more honest than a banker? Under what circumstances would you lie, or cheat, and what effect does your deception have on society at large? Dan Ariely, one of the world's leading voices on human motivation and behaviour is the latest big thinker to get the RSA Animate treatment.
September 13, 2012 Parhelia — Finale Evolving geometric forms gradually increase in speed and complexity in direct relationship to a mechanized sound-scape. A Parhelion (plural Parhelia, from "beside the sun", also called a 'Mock Sun') is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.
September 12, 2012 1000 Melting Men At Berlin: Global Warming Awareness 1000 little ice men recently made an artistic stand against global warming in Berlin, Germany. Such a show had previously been performed in Brazil where Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo carved 1000 little ice men as a project for the World Wildlife Fund. It has also been replicated in France, Japan and Italy, but this is the first time that the public has been allowed to participate. The short time taken to melt the little ice men brings across the message that the consequences of global warming are very real and could easily affect each and every one of us.
September 7, 2012 Slavoj Žižek: Don't Act. Just Think. Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of The Essential Žižek, and many more.
September 5, 2012 Flap Book Anatomy These videos portray books included in Animated Anatomies, an exhibit on display in the Perkins Gallery, Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, from April 6-July 17, 2011, and in the History of Medicine Gallery in the Medical Center and Archives Library from April 13-July 17, 2011.