ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH. THE DOCUMENTARY

At the intersection of art and science, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch witnesses in an experiential and non-didactic sense a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact. A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch is a four years in the making feature…

BOOK OF THE BEASTS: THE BESTIARY IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD

A kind of encyclopedia of animals, the bestiary was among the most popular illuminated texts in northern Europe during the Middle Ages (about 500–1500). Because medieval Christians understood every element of the world as a manifestation of God, the book largely focused on each animal’s religious meaning. The bestiary brought creatures both real and fantastic…

ATLAS OF ECONOMIC COMPLEXITY | DIGITAL GLOBE

  Scale the world economy. Visualize the 15 trillion dollars of trade. Growth Lab @ Center for International Development @ Harvard University The raw trade data on goods are derived from countries’ reporting to the United Nations Statistical Division (COMTRADE). The trade data on services are from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Direction of Trade Statistics database,…

MELTING MEMORIES: DATA SCULPTURE

  comprising data paintings, augmented data sculptures and light projections media artist refik anadol’s large scale works melting memories takes viewers inside the human brain. a media artist, designer and spatial thinker, Refik Anadol is intrigued by the ways in which the transformation of the subject of contemporary culture requires rethinking of the new aesthetic, technique and dynamic perception of space. Anadol…

BREATHING EARTH: REAL-TIME CO2 SIMULATION

  http://www.breathingearth.net/ Welcome to Breathing Earth. This real-time simulation displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates. I made this website back in 2006, and have updated the data every couple of years, though being a Flash-based website, it’s now showing its age. Though the data…

CLOUD CITIES: STILLNESS IN MOTION

“Stillness in Motion—Cloud Cities is about becoming airborne, not to fly but to float in the air at the speed of solar aerostatics, from cumulonimbus cities to the cosmic web,” said Saraceno. “Aerocene is an invitation to shape a post fossil-fuel epoch, in a cloudscape of interconnected spheres of practices that include open, participatory platforms of knowledge…

CROSSINGS: IMMERSIVE ARCHITECTURE

“Crossings” (1995), a project investigating the potential of landscape architecture using  the Internet, created by Stacey Spiegel and Rodney Hoinkes. It explored the boundaries of VR representation techniques and the potential of 3D interactivity and navigation on the World Wide Web. As an artwork crafted from the software tool set called ‘Polytrim’ developed at the Centre…

CICADA 3301 : PUZZLE | CRYPTOGRAPHY

“THE MOST ELABORATE PUZZLE IN THE INTERNET AGE”   The Puzzles On January 4, 2012, an image was posted on 4chan’s /b/ and /x/ boards. The image contained text challenging those who read it to find the message hidden within it. Users were quickly able to find the message by opening the image into a…

POLAR UMBRELLA : SKYSCRAPER | ICE CAPS

COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH POLAR UMBRELLA SKYSCRAPERS  B.J. MURPHY As the polar ice caps reduce in size due to anthropogenic climate change, new and innovative ways to combat environmental degradation are being considered, embracing a future of positive change. One of the many winners of eVolo’s Skyscraper Competition, the Polar Umbrella Buoyant Skyscraper, is designed to not only…

OLOGYWORLD : ENCYCLOPEDIC | FANTASY SERIES

each of the books is given a fictional “author,”and purport to be “lost” journals of fictional investigators. Since the books follow an encyclopedia format rather than a narrative, Steer has said that, “It’s slightly different from traditional reading. Readers can dip in and out, but the essential story is told in a linear way.”  …

“UNCONFERENCE” : ALTERNATIVE | GATHERING

An unconference is a participant-driven meeting. The term “unconference” has been applied, or self-applied, to a wide range of gatherings that try to avoid one or more aspects of a conventional conference, such as fees, sponsored presentations, and top-down organization.         – Builds community? – Unleashes initiatives? – Helps solve problems?   What Unconferences…

AIREAL : GEOSPATIAL | AUGMENTED REALITY

Aireal is an augmented reality platform that enables people to design, discover and experience (2D, 3D, Video and Interactive) content that is super-imposed over their real world environment and is visble through the use of mobile and wearable technology.     Unlike the current status quo of augmented reality that requires marker-based recognition, Aireal’s patented…