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Fine Art

S-Town never justifies its voyeurism, and that makes it morally indefensible

John B McLemore’s agonies are laid out for our entertainment, with scant reflection by the podcast’s reporter as to the ethics of what he’s doing. Journalism requires a purpose beyond telling a ‘good’ story<p>Warning: contains spoilers<p>My daughter makes podcasts, and I spoke to her about how disturbing …

Serial (Podcast)

Is How I See Color How You See Color? Four Games That Test Your Color Vision

Photographers typically spend a lot of time thinking about color, everything from editing in Photoshop, calibrating a screen, or lighting with gels …

Aesthetically Stunning Cinematographs by Chloe Aftel

<b>Chloe Aftel</b> is a talented 37-year-old photographer and filmmaker currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Chloe received his MFA in Film Production …

It's all in the decomposition: everyday items are transformed into eerie-looking 'fossils'

Daniel Arsham's art takes you back in time to the present from a far-flung future. The Brooklyn-based<br>artist fossilises contemporary items - cameras, …

Art

Five technologies that will change how we live

1. Biotech<p>Since the early 2000s, the cost of sequencing a human genome — determining the precise order of nucleotides within DNA molecules that …

Artificial Intelligence

4 Composition Lessons Raphael Can Teach You About Photography

I’m currently inspired by a lot of painting, and trying to figure out how I can improve my compositions in photography from the masters of art, …

These animated sculptures are freakishly hypnotizing

Some mathematicians will tell you that patterns exist all around us.<p>For John Edmark, an art lecturer at Stanford, patterns found in nature are the …

Surreal Portraits of the Human Form Hiding Behind Reflections of Nature

Up-and-coming American photographer Loreal Prystaj is making waves with her new, conceptual photography series, <i>Reflections of Nature.</i> Shot in Finland, the enchantingly surreal set of photos sees the fine art photographer laid out in nature, with just a mirror covering her head and torso.<p>The results …

Photography

The universe may be a giant broken hologram

For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is — or once was — a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us.<p>As you can imagine, it's not an easy hypothesis to prove, but physicists say they now …

Physics

The Burrow by Franz Kafka review – a superb new translation

Ranging from a single paragraph to 40-odd pages, these stories of strange animals and clerks oppressed by bouncing balls are richly rewarding and thought-provoking<p>Or rather, “The Burrow” and other stories, newly translated by Michael Hofmann, and taken from the many stories that were published …

Literature

A Comprehensive Color Theory Guide for Photographers

We talk about composition a lot, but have you ever really dived into the subject of color theory and thought about how it applies to your …

AirPods review: the best non-isolating wireless earbuds, but only for Apple

Apple has cut the cable from its EarPods, improving sound, fit and connectivity – but the AirPods lack noise-cancelling and easy controls<p>When Apple removed the traditional headphone socket from its latest iPhone, part of the rationale was that wireless headphones were now coming into the …

Consumer Tech

Over Two Decades of Charting the Various Movements of Snails by Photographer Daniel Ranalli | Colossal

<p>For more than 20 years photographer Daniel Ranalli has been actively collaborating with the ecology of Cape Cod, with one of his most collaborative …

Los Angeles

Otherworldly Mixed-Media Plants Sprout Like Creatures from a Dr. Seuss Book | Colossal

<p>In her ongoing sculptural series titled “<i>The Marriage</i>,” Malaysian artist Noreen Loh Hui Miun merges elements from real and fictional plantlife to …

Art

Sylvania smart light bulb talks to Siri without a hub

If you've set up smart light bulbs like Philips' Hue, you've probably had to link your bulbs to a central hub -- and if you didn't, you may be making-do with only basic control. Sylvania is trying to do better. It's introducing a Smart Multicolor A19 bulb that doesn't require the hassles of setting …

Edward Hopper’s Iconic Painting Nighthawks Explained in a 7-Minute Video Introduction

If any one painting stands for mid-twentieth-century America, <i>Nighthawks</i> does. In fact, Edward Hopper's 1942 canvas of four figures in a late-night …

Art

The New Yorker Cover Department's Greatest Rejects

Françoise Mouly, <i>The New Yorker</i>’s art editor since 1993, doesn’t have normal relationships with the artists who draw the magazine’s covers. “Think of …

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

Physics

Bogota Is a Painting in Slow-Motion Footage From the Back of a Pickup Truck.

The 2,500 frame-per-second scenes show what it's like to see as a bee.<p><i>Calle 22</i> isn’t just a lively city street in Bogota, it's also the name of conceptual artist Julius von Bismarck’s latest art film project screening at the Alexander Levy Gallery. No stranger to guerrilla art-filmmaking actions, …

Art

The amazing botanic woman

If traditional botanical drawings capture a flower’s scientific qualities then Rosie Sanders’s paintings celebrate its visceral beauty.<p>Back-lit and blown up out of proportion, they are the sensual stars of Sanders’s canvas, ripe with colour and movement. While meticulously realistic in execution, …

Why Kandinsky chose to make abstract art

With his abstract forms and bold colors, Wassily Kandinsky was a revolutionary. Hated by the Nazis, he not only painted, but taught other artists to …

Australian Photographer Captures the Maelstrom of Gigantic Waves, and All You Can Say is WOW!

Luke Shadbolt is a photographer who specializes in action sports, lifestyle and fashion. But his real passion is water photography, as you can see …

The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Buy: 100 Secrets of the Art World

With a list of contributors as long as its title, "100 Secrets of the Art World: Everything You Always Wanted to Know from Artists, Collectors and Curators, but Were Afraid to Ask," is an impressive book full of information from powerful players in the art world. From Jeff Koons to Marina Abramović …

Leonard Cohen on Moonlight, the Mystique of Creativity, His Influences, and Why He Loves It When People Cover His Songs

“It’s also very difficult to untangle influences because you represent the sum of everything you’ve seen or heard or experienced.”<p><i>“If I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often,”</i> <b>Leonard Cohen</b> (September 21, 1934–November 7, 2016) famously quipped in a 1992 conversation about …

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Goethe’s Graphically Daring Diagrams of Color Perception

How a misguided refutation of Newton inspired artists and philosophers with a new visual aesthetic.<p><i>“To harmonize the whole is the task of art,”</i> Wassily Kandinsky wrote in 1910 as he contemplated the spiritual element in art and the three tasks of the artist. This notion of harmony was more than a …