Monthly Archives: April 2010

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time (1991) by director Errol Morris is a film about the life and work of cosmologist Stephen W. Hawking who, despite his near total paralysis, is one of the great minds of all time. The audio quality is a little lacking, but this is a hard-to-find gem nonetheless.

Astounding lyre bird

David Attenborough presents the amazing lyre bird, which mimics the calls of other birds (and chainsaws and camera shutters) in this video clip from The Life of Birds. This clever creature is one of the most impressive and funny in nature, with unbelievable sounds to match the beautiful pictures. From the BBC.

Radical Nature

The book Radical nature draws on ideas that have emerged from Land art, environmental activism, experimental architecture and utopian thought-ideas that propose a new "radical nature" to reconcile the earth’s needs with those of humankind. Works by pioneering figures such as the architectural collective Ant Farm, visionary architect R. Buckminster Fuller and artists Joseph Beuys, Agnes Denes, Hans Haacke and Robert Smithson plus many others.

Shown above is 59 Steps to be on Air by Sun Power/Do it Yourself  a set of instructions for making a geodesic solar balloon by artist Tomás Saraceno Saraceno notes that hot-air balloons were first developed during the French Revolution, motivated not only by desire to evade conflicts on earth but to seek out a different set of ruling conditions by which to live.This is feaured in the fantastic boo

jenny holzer projections

American conceptual artist Jenny Holzer escorted common type into the realm of the avant-garde with her typographic-based works that utilize street posters, light projections, public LEDs, video installations, and other sources of media. Since the 1970s, Holzer’s use of words and ideas in public spaces has sparked controversy and debate over topics ranging from violence and oppression to sexuality and power. Below is the first in an archive of her work with city projections.