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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …

Remembering the Great Sci-Fi Artist Jean ‘Mœbius’ Giraud

French comic artist Jean Giraud succumbed to cancer on this day in 2012.<p>Better known to the world by his pen name “Mœbius”, Giraud began illustrating …

The Truth About How Hard It Is to Work in the Art World

Aspiring artists, you deserve to know the truth.<p><i>This article was originally written by Anna Louie Sussman for Artsy.net. Artsy covers the lives, movements, works, and stories that make up the history of art, and serves as a platform to discover and collect art.</i><p>Naiomy Guerrero, 26, goes to at least …

Landscapes of the mind

Hercules Segers was an artist unlike any of his Dutch Golden Age contemporaries. A new exhibition at the Met in New York reveals a mind of startling …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

This Is What Happens When Humans Use Animals to Make Art

'Animal Intent,' an exhibit at NYC's apexart, incorporates interventions and creations made by animals.<p>Though defining exactly what art <i>is</i> is a near-impossible art all its own, human involvement seems to be an essential tenet, whether it's in creation or conceptualization. Yet nature and the wide …

Streetwear

Yayoi Kusama pumpkin damaged by person taking a selfie

A visitor to <i>Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors</i> has damaged one of the Japanese artist’s signature pumpkins, days after her show opened in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.<p>Kusama’s <i>All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins</i> (2016) has proven popular with visitors for selfies: …

Modern Art

A Clockwork Orange Author Anthony Burgess's Favorite Dystopias

Although he was an accomplished playwright, literary critic, and essayist, author Anthony Burgess—who was born 100 years ago today—is best known for …

Books

Remembering Ren Hang

Yesterday afternoon a photographer reached out with news that Ren Hang had reportedly committed suicide. I could see tributes beginning to form on Twitter, but, I thought, it can’t be true. But when publisher Pierre Bessard announced “Mon ami Ren Hang left us this morning” on his website and …

Art

The Met Digitizes its Collection, Releasing 375,000 Images for Free

Art

The Orwell Essay That's Even More Pertinent Than '1984' Right Now

Put down that sci-fi novel and pick up "Politics and the English Language."<p>In the three days since Kellyanne Conway described White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s lies as “alternative facts” on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” people around the country have been searching for ways to deal with the …

What Is Art’s Role In A Time Of Political Turmoil?

Artists speak out<p>Art can be a scary word. It’s entertainment, but it’s also arresting. It’s a vehicle for thought and can be a catalyst for rebellion. Times of political turmoil have spawned and been influenced by seminal works of art, like Eugène Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People,” Roberto …

Man Ray’s New Photo Art Book Is a Surrealist’s Delight

A comprehensive retrospective of the iconic Surrealist documents an artistic career, all in monochrome.<p>The Dada-ist and Surrealist, Man Ray initially harnessed photography to make copies of his art. Born Emmanuel Radnitsky, the artist became a major leader of the America born-and-bred art era.In …

Art History

Meural is a screen that brings fine art to your home - CNET

Most people (me included) don't have the money to collect art. But for art lovers and collectors, there's nothing quite like hunting down the perfect piece to hang behind that love seat or over the mantle. Meural is a device for those in between: the people who might not have the time or money, but …

Is the modern art world complete bullshit?

Maybe you’ve been to an art opening, or an art fair. You’re clutching a flute of lukewarm champagne (could be cava), you’re staring at <i>this thing</i>. People are not just saying they love it, they’re saying why they love it, <i>how</i> they love it. Everyone works in a gallery (who knew there were that many?), …

Streetwear

One nation, under no god: Atheists, more than any religion, have been excluded from the election

Religious affiliation remains a litmus test, and the idea of an atheist in office gets religious zealots up in arms<p>I am an atheist. I do not advertise this fact often or shame those who are religious. Occasionally I may poke fun at the concept of an invisible omnipotent guardian in the sky, but I …

The letter 111 top designers wrote the Supreme Court in Apple’s defense

Design luminaries including Calvin Klein, Dieter Rams, and Norman Foster are schooling the US Supreme Court in the laws of design. They’re rallying behind Apple, in the first design patents case to be heard by the court in over a century.<p>In 2011, Apple sued Samsung for all its profits from sales of …

Product Design

The Complex World of Art Copyright, Explained

Design

Paper Peep Shows Were The Virtual Reality Of The 19th Century

The fragile artifacts immersed their viewers in scenes of contemporary entertainment, much like VR promises to do today.<p>Long before Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the paper peep show–a small, layered diorama that expands like an accordion to create the illusion of depth–was a way for audiences in the …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Sanjay Puri uses weathering steel to create layered facade for The Crescent office block

Overlapping angled fins clad in pre-rusted steel extend from the front of this crescent-shaped office building in Surat, India, by Mumbai architect …

A Movement in a Moment: Brutalism | Architecture | Agenda

In the winter of 1955 the 33-year-old critic Reyner Banham set out to describe a new cultural movement. Banham, a graduate of London’s Courtauld …

5 modern design updates of ancient Indian crafts | Design | Agenda

It was the cradle of bronze-age Indus Valley Civilisation, and is today home to the world's third-largest internet user base, and the world's second …

How Marcel Breuer and his bike changed the chair | Design | Agenda

Few things go together as well as a young university lecturer and a bicycle. Yet fewer still shared as productive a relationship as Marcel Breuer and …

Furniture

Banksy Swat van to be sold at London auction

Vehicle spraypainted with heavily armed agents and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz has guide price of £200,000 to £300,000<p>Van for sale: one careful owner, full service history, no tax, no MoT, but unique with incredible story. Offers in region of £250,000, can be picked up from Mayfair.<p>The van in …

This man may be the closest we have to someone living on Mars

Alex Menzies may be the closest we have to someone living on Mars.<p>He's the software lead for augmented and virtual reality (VR) development at NASA's …

Space Science

Researchers Make Malware That Steals Data by Spinning Your Computer's Fans

A new paper shows how data can be extracted from computers without an internet connection or audio hardware.<p>A team of researchers claim they've developed malware that can extract data from an isolated computer with no internet connection, camera or audio hardware—all by using sounds generated by …

Ben-Gurion University

When Leaving Religion Costs You Everything

Despite the rapid growth in the number of atheists, losing your faith can also cost you a job, your friends, and your family.<p>In the first week of …

Faith

Russia aims to develop 'teleportation' in 20 years

It’s a question that physicists, philosophers, and science fiction writers have pondered for decades: how to travel from one place to another without travelling through the space in between.<p>Now a Kremlin-backed research program is seeking to make the teleportation technology behind Captain Kirk’s …

Russia

Sketch Intricate Designs with A Hand-Cranked Drawing Machine

Joe Freedman combines art and geometry in his multi-gear drawing machines.<p>Almost all of us played with some kind of rinky-dink Spirograph toy at one point in our childhoods. The concept was simple—you stuck your pencil into one of the holes in a gear-shaped disc and dragged the disc around the …

Fine Art

How Do Theories of Cognition and Consciousness in Ancient Indian Thought Systems Relate to Current Western Theorizing and Research?

Almost unknown to Western academic psychologists, there is a huge collection of ancient Indian thought systems that attempt to describe and explain …

Consciousness