Posts Tagged: ‘art’

What do you do when a sculpture is deemed “overweight?” You put it on a diet, of course.

I’m not trying to make an obtuse joke (although I fully recognize that it isn’t all that funny) here. Canadian artist Geordie Lishman is having to slim down four prospective sculptures that will be installed this spring outside the Audley Recreation Centre in Ajax, Ontario, a stone’s throw from Toronto.

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While adult humans generally avoid puking as much as possible, a good upchuck is just another biological function for other creatures. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie and I present a vomitory smorgasbord of cud-chewing monkeys, acid-puking spiders, corpse-hurling vultures and even human mothers who chew food for their babies.

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Not since Wim Delvoye’s Cloaca robot first pooped onto a conveyer belt has a work touched me with such a wonderfully bizarre mixture of performance art and science. Behold “The Body is a Big Place,” in which Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor use a heart perfusion system to reanimate to a pair of fresh pig hearts* — all set against a surreal underwater backdrop complete with an ambient soundscape created by Gail Priest.

Let’s watch…

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If you’ve never experienced the wonders of Jim Trainor’s animation, then you’re in for a treat. I love a great convergence of art and science and that’s just what you get in thees short films. Trainor anthropomorphizes his subjects just enough to engage our human minds, but retains the basic instincts that define the actual animals — be it the urge to eat, the urge to mate or… well that’s mostly it for animals, isn’t it? You’ll find no cartoon mice piloting steam boats here.

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A woman in a museum stares into your soul.

A man surgically implants a cybernetic ear on his arm.

A dog starves.

In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie dive into the world-changing and confrontational world of performance art, discussing the works of such notable artists as Marina Abramovićand and Stelarc.

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So what are Julie and I up to this week? Well, in addition to recording episodes on personhood, milk and mermaids, we also published two exciting episodes that should expand your mind on the topics of human creativity, machine intelligent and the processing power of the human infant. So here are the breakdowns as well as the embedded feeds for each episode.

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It’s hard to believe it, but in 1949, people thought it was OK to walk to the edge of California and throw their trash out into the Pacific. This Fort Bragg beach was a public dump — full of everything from old cars to glass bottles. Eventually, in the 1960s, the powers that be decided that throwing trash into the ocean wasn’t a good idea, and the North Coast Water Quality Board created a new, more appropriate dump (that wasn’t the ocean).

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On April 1, 2012, artists gathered in Tottori, Japan, to construct sand castles that look an awful lot like the city of London.

The sculptures are meant to honor the 2012 Summer Olympic Games; therefore they represent Great Britain’s greatest icons — from William Shakespeare and the Tower of London to the London taxi and the imperial guards. The sand art exhibit will be open to the public at the Tottori Sand Dunes on April 14, 2012 and will remain through January 2013.

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This is pretty cool: The folks at NASA compiled a bunch of data they collected on ocean currents (between June 2005 and December 2007) to create a very artistic image of Earth — one that looks a whole lot like Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”

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Imagine a work of art so breathtakingly beautiful that it causes your heart to beat faster and your head to swoon with hallucinations. You’re falling into the painting, through the painting, touching the limits of emotional experience… and then you faint. This Stuff to Blow Your Mind episode dives into the surreal world of Stendhal syndrome. What’s the science behind this psychosomatic illness? How much of it is mere travel shock and how do Rubens Syndrome, Paris Syndrome and Jerusalem Syndrome factor into the mix?

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