Friday, October 29, 2010

Just a Minute in October

It's not every day I'm inspired to post by a feminine design and art blog. However, today is one of theose days. A recent blog post by good friend, Daydream Lilly, has set the continuation of a meme started by anotheer blogger of a similar genre, August Street.

The idea, the meme, is to post a monthely update at the end of each month on exactly what you have been Making, reading, watching, listening to or whatevering. This has proved quite popular among thee feminine design and art blogs, but I think it could be equally interesting if the process was to cross over to the science blogging world. Who wouldn't want to know what they're favourite physicists, biologists or chemists etc have been making, watching, listening to etc.

So as someone who enjoys both science and art and who also perceives this meme as some sort of cultural experiment, I figured I'd help out and try and start sometheing that tastes a bit like science.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Finding Geek Ink

Back in 2007, The Looms blogger Carl Zimmer chanced upon a scientist friend with a rather geeky DNA tattoo. On enquiry he discovered that the DNA art etched into the epidermal layers of his Drosophila fly gene studying friend encoded the his friends wifes initials "EEE".

Then, remembering he had previously noticed the geeky skin art of other scientist friends, Zimmer bemused,

"have I bumped into the tip of a vast hidden iceberg, or do I just happen to know the few scientists with tattoos of their science"

The Tree of Life--carbon, glucose, light, DNA, and the golden rectangle. A tattoo by Kevin Riley. On the chest of a PhD student in molecular biologyThat Covers It | The Tree of Life--carbon, glucose, light, DNA, and the golden rectangle. A tattoo by Kevin Riley. On the chest of a PhD student in molecular biology | Copyright Carl Zimmer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Right Now! Display Your Wares @ The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Well, not my work. But your work could be, if you have any. That's the idea behind the MyWorkIsInTheAustralianCenterForContemproaryArt project.

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art is offering earth's public to submit their art to the HP ePrinter and have it displayed within the gallery's halls and online for all to see.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense (PToIN)

If you haven't already heard about it, you should have. I know that I am very Irrational at times, but i also have the ability to laugh at myself - which is why I find Crispian Jago's PToIN so very clever and humorous.

Copyright Crispian Jago

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dreamy Science Experiments with Art

Since Aristotle first claimed that "a person awakes from sleep when digestion is complete", the act of shut eye has been a very misunderstood phenomenon. It took Sigmund Freud arching back to ancient Egyptian and Greek times who believed dreams could be interpreted to reveal hidden meaning to revolutionalise our thoughts on sleep.

However since the 1970s our old ideas have begun to crumble in the face of harder scientific theories. Thus the question begs, should we shed our earlier notions and put our trust in the new regime? Is hard science the only way forward? Does imagination, invention and art not get to play a role?

Somnolence Structures | Copyright Lisa Carrie Goldberg

Friday, October 15, 2010

Physics Photowalk Winners Announced

On the 7th of August five of the world's leading particle physics laboratories in Asia, Europe and North America welcomed more than 200 amateur photographers from around the world for some happy snaps of each facility for the purposes of the 1st Physics Photowalk. The submitted photos were judged globally by a jury and the people leading to the peoples choice awards and the global jury's choice awards.

Winners of the 1st annual Physics Photowalk have now been announced.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Latest Work From Chris Bathgate

Chris Bathgate creates art by experimenting with mechanical engineering.

If you can cast your mind back about 2 weeks, You'll remember that I introduced Chris's work with my Chris Bathgate is Engineering Art blog post. Little did I know he was just about to unleash a new beauty.

Today I bring you Chris's latest work, fresh off the home made lathes and with the milling lubricant still steaming.

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Commentary of Josef Kristofoletti's LHC Mural

Normally I wouldn't cover a story already covered by the larger more active blogs, but my large passion of street art and fondness for the science of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has over ruled my ambition to stay positively unique.

The above time-lapse video depicts the creation of mural featuring the ATLAS experiment of the LHC @ CERN. Titled, "Angel of the Higgs Boson", the mural features the impression of a collision between two particles travelling at near the speed of light that are assumed to produce the Higgs Boson: an as yet to be discovered theoretical elementary particle.

Josef Kristofoletti painted this mural in 2008 for the Redux Contemporary Art Centre as part of "The Sun Machine is Coming Down" exhibition. It was this mural that attracted the attention of ATLAS communicator Claudia Marcelloni who subsequently invited Josef to paint the walls of the real thing - or at least a service building of the real thing.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Remember AIDS?

The following posters were kindly donated by James Lapides to Elizabeth Resnick, Professor and Chair of Graphic Design @ Massachusetts College of Art and Design who has organised the Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010.

Bellow are four of my favourite posters.