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March 2021 Opportunities: Open Calls for Artists

March 9, 2021

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…this spring. It offers $3,000 in prizes, including a $1,000 best of show prize, $500 second prize, $300 third prize, and six additional $200 honorable mentions. Deadline: April 15, 2021. Driving the Human Open Call Driving the Human invites designers, artists, scientists, initiatives, and agents from any field of expertise and anywhere in the world to join in shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and the arts in a trans-disciplinary and collaborative approach. Deadline: April 9, 2021. RITES OF PASSAGE: National Emerging Artists Exhibition The Cincinnati-based nonprofit arts organization and gallery Manifest invites juniors, seniors, and recent…

 

 



History Science

Researchers Digitally Unfold a Renaissance-Era Letter Using X-Ray Technology

March 4, 2021

Grace Ebert

…and Spanish, never reached their recipients. Head to Vimeo to watch Unlocking History unfold replicas of infamous and fictional correspondence—the collection spans from Mary Queen of Scots to Harry Potter to Beethoven—and dive further into the practice on the group’s site, where you’ll find folding guides, a lengthy history, and an entire archive of discreet missives. (via Science Alert) Update: This article originally stated that the letter was written six centuries ago, not three. The scanned letter from July 31, 1697 Digital rendering of the letter as it unfolds The trunk at The Hague that contains hundreds of letterlocked notes…

 

 



Photography Science

A Remarkable Short Film Dives into a Vancouver Lake to Document Tadpoles' Evolution

February 5, 2021

Grace Ebert

During the course of four years, Maxwel Hohn submerged himself in a remote lake on Vancouver Island to record the otherwise unseen life cycles of western toads. The hours of stunning footage culminate in the award-winning short film, “Tadpoles: The Big Little Migration,” which chronicles the tiny amphibians’ evolution from bulbous swimmers—Hohn notes how the critters look like they’re smiling constantly at this stage—to fully formed toads. Because the ecosystem is incredibly fragile, the Canadian videographer details his precautions to not disturb the environment, which include passing through lily pad trails made by beavers and floating at the surface to…

 

 



Art Design

An Innovative Installation Embeds Lights into a Five-Acre Field to Spur Crop Growth

January 22, 2021

Grace Ebert

…blueprint for similar works. The Netherlands is the second-largest agricultural exporter in the world—the U.S. is first—and is known for innovating more sustainable technologies. With some shifts in the combination of lights and placement, this singular project could have wide-reaching implications for crop production around the world. “Grow” took Roosegaarde’s studio about two years to complete and is part of Rabobank’s artist-in-residence program. It’s slated to tour 40 countries in the coming months. For more of Roosegaarde’s work that falls at the intersection of art, design, and science, head to Instagram.   All images © Daan Roosegaarde, shared with permission…

 

 



Art

60,000 Bees Recreate the Nefertiti Bust and Other Classic Sculptures in Wax with Artist Tomáš Libertíny

January 15, 2021

Grace Ebert

…of its simultaneous ephemerality and durability—Libertíny’s sculptures have the potential to remain intact for thousands of years if maintained properly—a duality he’s been exploring since he began the Made by Bees series in 2005. “A beeswax candle is for me the best example of pure design. Absolutely nothing is styled about it. Everything about is a science of keeping the flame burning,” he says, explaining that the candle served as a catalyst for the ongoing series. If you’re in Amsterdam, “Eternity” is currently on view as part of Libertíny’s solo show at Rademakers Gallery through January 30. Otherwise, follow the…

 

 



Art History

This Warty Pig Painting Is Thought To Be the Oldest Cave Art in the World

January 14, 2021

Grace Ebert

Deep within Leang Tedongnge, a cave tucked away on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, archaeologists discovered this mulberry-hued painting of a warty pig and two hand silhouettes potentially belonging to the artist, which is now believed to be the oldest figurative work in the world. A study published in Science Advances this week says the impeccably preserved rendering is at least 45,500 years old, which predates previously discovered depictions of mythical creatures in the region. Those prior findings date back about 43,900 years. Questions remain about the exact age of the work and who made it. Archaeologists from Griffith University,…

 

 

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