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Notation Knives: Listen to Cutting Edge Music From the Renaissance

July 18, 2017

Christopher Jobson

…they were reserved only for special ceremonies or holidays. Kristen Kalber, a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum where some of these knives are kept, lays out a few theories in the video below. Luckily for us the V&A’s Medieval & Renaissance Galleries approached the Royal College of Music to create recordings of what the music on the notation knives sounds like when performed by a choir. Here are examples of a benediction and grace from one knife, but you can hear additional recordings on the V&A website. (via My Modern Met, Open Culture, WQXR) https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/a-notation-knife-grace-version-1.mp3   https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/a-notation-knife-benediction-version-1.mp3  …

 

 



Design

Observe the Aurora Borealis From Snøhetta's Swedish Treetop Cabin

January 24, 2017

Kate Sierzputowski

Gazing up, the first thing you notice when viewing the 33-foot tall cabin, The 7th Room, is its base, an aluminum covering featuring black and white images of the pine trees that surround the structure. Used as camouflage, this exterior panel immerses the treetop cabin into its environment, blurring the boundaries between the building and forest. Designed by architecture firm Snøhetta, the structure is also intended to bring visitors closer to nature, built with a suspended net at its center, and several floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for multiple viewpoints of the Aurora Borealis overhead. The 7th Room is one of…

 

 



Art

VW Cars Compressed into Perfect Spheres and Cubes by Ichwan Noor

August 13, 2016

Christopher Jobson

…the immediate familiarity that initially attracted Noor to using the cars as a medium in the first place. “I see the VW Beetle as one of the most successful designs, one that people will always be familiar with,” he says about the ongoing sculpture series. The artist most recently exhibited a new Beetle Sphere at Art Stage Jakarta 2016, and you can see more of his recent artwork on his website. Installation view of Ichwan Noor’s Beetle sphere, 2015. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Ichwan Noor. Beetle Sphere, 2016. Redbase Art. Beetle Box, 2011. Aluminum and original VW parts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nsQbqxas4c…

 

 



Art

Ghostly Portraits Painted Onto Layers of Netting by Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew

March 14, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

…at Silpakorn University in Bangkok after a stray speck of paint landed on a mosquito net in his studio. Witnessing the dimensionality the surface afforded the paint, he began to explore new ways in which to paint on the utilitarian material. For each piece Nimmalaikaew begins with a digital drawing which he then prints life-size to determine the subject’s form and texture. He then begins to paint the layers with oil paint in a style that he calls “tulle-painting style.” In an 2014 interview he explained, “Over time, I have learnt that the tulle demands a different way of creating…

 

 



Design

A Picturesque Mountaintop Skywalk in the Czech Republic with a 330 Foot Slide Down

January 4, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

…With a subtle slope and wide pathway, the structure also accommodates those in wheelchairs and strollers who want to explore the top. Unlike glass-bottom feats of architecture like China’s Haohan Qiao bridge and Chicago’s Willis Tower, the Sky Walk features a far more terrifying mesh floor that allows brave visitors to lay at the peak of the structure. In addition to this daredevil net, the walkway also features a 330 foot slide within its core, a streamlined metal chute that’s nearly 18 stories tall. You can read more about the Sky Walk’s concept on Frànek Architects’ site here. (via Dezeen)…

 

 



Art

Riusuke Fukahori's Lifelike Goldfish Painted in Acrylic Between Layers of Resin

November 20, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Kingyo Sukui (The Ark). Wood, net, aluminum, epoxy resin and acrylic, 2015. 73 x 75 x 38 inches. Courtesy Joshua Liner Gallery Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori (previously) returns to Joshua Liner Gallery this week for his second solo show, Goldfish Salvation. Fukahori has become widely known for his depiction of aquatic life painted with acrylic within layers of resin, most frequently the forms of goldfish as they swim through small wooden boxes or inside bamboo hats. He references dozens of live fish kept in aquariums in his studio as he works, with some pieces taking several months to gradually complete,…