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Finding art in the ordinary

Published 13th April 2017

CNN

What If Picasso Had Rendered His Art, Instead Of Painting It?

Pablo Picasso’s paintings are masterpieces of two-dimensional form. But what would it look like if Picasso had lived today–and had used 3D modeling and digital rendering tools instead of paint and canvas?<p>The Pakistan-based designer and artist Omar Aqil set out to reimagine some of the most iconic …

Art

Museum of Modern Art Releases Free Online Archive of Every Exhibit Since 1929

Since the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) started its collection in 1929, thousands of worthwhile projects have made their way through its doors. Now, …

B.C. photography duo Our Wild Abandon gave up a home address to document their lives on Instagram

Kyla Trethewey and Jillian Mann are intrepid. They have to be, because they're constantly travelling to new places, living out of their mobile …

British Columbia

Moby Lets You Download 4 Hours of Ambient Music to Help You Sleep, Meditate, Do Yoga & Not Panic

Back in May, I wrote about the damaging effects stress has on the body, and the scientifically-validated power of yoga and meditation to undo them. …

Hear Michel Foucault’s Lecture “The Culture of the Self,” Presented in English at UC Berkeley (1983)

Michel Foucault’s time in the United States in the last years of his life, particularly his time as a lecturer at UC Berkeley, proved to be …

A Neural Network Rendered Kubrick’s '2001' in the Style of Pablo Picasso

Bhautik Joshi added a few more layers to that crazy feeling of venturing into the unknown.<p>2001: A Picasso Odyssey from Bhautik Joshi on Vimeo.<p>Mash Stanley Kubrick's <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i> with Pablo Picasso's cubist style, run the whole thing through some deep neural networks, and what do you get? A …

Pablo Picasso

Bertrand Russell’s Ten Commandments for Living in a Healthy Democracy

Bertrand Russell saw the history of civilization as being shaped by an unfortunate oscillation between two opposing evils: tyranny and anarchy, each …

Photoshop Trick: How To Replicate A Victorian Wet Plate Portrait

<i>Practical Photography is the world’s best magazine for photographers who want to improve their camera skills. Whether you’re an absolute beginner,</i> …

Watch the Years-Long Process of Turning a Tree Into a Bowl

The adage goes, “measure twice, cut once.” Frank Howarth’s projects are a little more complicated than the average woodworker’s, so he measures a …

Woodworking

Explore the Street Art and Murals of Tokyo’s Tennozu Isle

the largest of the murals can be seen from the other side of the shore<p>Tennozu Isle is a small island in Tokyo Bay that was built over a period of 14 …

Museum Of London reveals design concepts for New Museum at West Smithfield

<b>The Museum of London</b> <b></b>has today revealed the design concepts from <b>the six architectural teams</b> shortlisted in the international design competition for …

Martin Scorsese Sends a Sweet Video to the Young Creator a Kubrick/Scorsese Mashup

If you're a veteran reader of Open Culture, you may remember a 2010 video tribute called "Kubrick vs Scorsese." To make the video, Leandro …

Mashups

The Top 6 Accidents That Have Ravaged Artwork in Museums

Analysis<p>It says "Do not touch" for a reason.<p>,<p>There is a reason why some people feel uptight about visiting museums and galleries: they are packed …

Frida Kahlo Writes a Personal Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe After O’Keeffe’s Nervous Breakdown (1933)

<i>Click for larger image</i><p>Important twentieth-century painters, as every student of art history learns, didn't tend to sail smoothly through existence. …

John Cage’s Intensely Beautiful Love Letters to Merce Cunningham

“i would like to measure my breath in relation to the air between us.”<p>Composer, writer, artist, and Zen Buddhist <b>John Cage</b> (September 5, 1912–August 12, 1992) pioneered the aesthetics of silence, but he was animated by a clamorous inner life. When he was twenty-two, while dating another young man, …

Literature

35 Cool Photos of Cat Ladies We Want To Be Friends With

A long time ago, the phrase “cat lady” was used to poke fun at women who chose to be single, growing old and devoting all their care and attention on …

Oxford’s Free Course Critical Reasoning For Beginners Will Teach You to Think Like a Philosopher

When I was younger, I often found myself disagreeing with something I’d read or heard, but couldn't explain exactly why. Despite being unable to …

These Are Strange And Unique Crocheted Organ Sculptures

Michigan artist Anne Mondro has always been fascinated by human anatomy, and it really shows in her work. Because of this interest, Mondro creates …

Sculpture

Werner Herzog Teaches His First Online Course on Filmmaking

One hears much, these days, about the missions of new tech companies to "disrupt" existing industries, from retail to publishing to taxi cabs to …

Yale Launches an Archive of 170,000 Photographs Documenting the Great Depression

During the Great Depression, The Farm Security Administration—Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) hired photographers to travel across America to …

The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal: Two Succinct Sentences

Euler's conjecture, a theory proposed by Leonhard Euler in 1769, hung in there for 200 years. Then L.J. Lander and T.R. Parkin came along in 1966, …

Mathematics

Fans Reconstruct Authentic Version of Star Wars, As It Was Shown in Theaters in 1977

I watched <i>Star Wars</i> for the first time in 1977 at the tender age of four. And like a lot of people in my generation and younger, that first time was a …

Walter Benjamin’s Philosophical Thought Presented by Two Experimental Films

Literary theorist and scholar Walter Benjamin was part of a small but incredibly significant cohort of German-Jewish intellectuals who fled the Nazis …

Ayn Rand Issues 13 Commandments to Filmmakers for Making Good Capitalist Movies (1947)

A couple Christmases ago, we featured the story of how Ayn Rand helped the FBI "identify" <i>It's a Wonderful Life</i> as a piece of communist propaganda, …

Los Angeles

Ansel Adams Reveals His Creative Process in 1958 Documentary

Today marks what would be the 111th birthday of Ansel Adams, the American photographer who captured the sublime power of the wilderness, taking …

Noam Chomsky Talks About How Kids Acquire Language & Ideas in an Animated Video by Michel Gondry

These days Noam Chomsky is probably most famous for his consistent, outspoken criticism of U.S. foreign policy. Yet before the War on Terror and the …

The Unexpected Math Behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

If you've taken a good art history course on the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, you've inevitably encountered Vincent van Gogh's 1889 …

A Look Inside Hannah Arendt’s Personal Library: Download Marginalia from 90 Books (Heidegger, Kant, Marx & More)

It does seem possible, I think, to overvalue the significance of a writer’s library to his or her own literary productions. We all hold on to books …

Martin Heidegger

How to Spot Bullshit: A Primer by Princeton Philosopher Harry Frankfurt

We live in an age of truthiness. Comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word to describe the Bush administration’s tendency to fudge the facts in its …