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Annalisa Crannell, a professor at Franklin & Marshall, has a great essay at Inside Higher Ed on the math of perspective. Crannell, who thinks her students are generally more scared of drawing than they are of math, uses the “fencepost puzzle” to get her students working through the proportions that create realism: We mathematicians tend…

This little video from Abebooks is the closest I’ve ever gotten to flipping through a copy of the Codex Seraphinianus. What a truly weird book. I particularly love it when the staid narrator reveals his “favorite” illustration – a roller skater murdered by a monstrous pen. What?! The Codex reminds me of If You’re Afraid…

Amy Stewart’s new book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army & Other Diabolical Insects takes a fairly trivial concept – a collection of historical anecdotes and icky factoids about dangerous insects – and executes it remarkably well. The book is well-written and has a non-cloying sense of humor (“she’s just not that into…

This 1967 IBM propaganda film, “Paperwork Explosion,” couples an eerily deadpan refrain of “more time on paperwork,” with a creepy pseudo-country neighbor* urging us to embrace Progress. The film’s frenetic soundtrack and abrupt transitions embody the familiar hysterical nervousness of an increasingly automated era, while striving the whole time to convince us that technology will…

. . . let the table settings do the talking (and the grossing out) for you! These Consumption Dinnerware plates by Leah Piepgras “are a map of the digestive tract, from mouth to anus:” I’m trying to decide if these plates have a future as a diet aid.* Visualizing the eventual chyme-ish fate of a…

Thanks to Coilhouse, I just learned that artist Theo Jansen is producing 3D printed baby versions of his amazing strandbeests – wind-powered kinetic sculptures that “walk” on their own. If you don’t remember Jansen, here he is with his eerie, lifelike beests, which he calls “new forms of life:” Of course you want one, right?…

More anatomy dresses!

Scapular Art Dress Rachel Wright I’m about to go back offline again because I don’t feel up to blogging, but I had to share this find from my friend Shana – she does know what belongs on BioE! These are one-of-a-kind art dresses by artist Rachel Wright (Toolgrrl Designs on etsy). Wright says, This piece…

Artists who invent (and patent)

I’ve been remiss in not recommending my temporary Scienceblogs scibling “Art and Science Learning” to those of you who are, like me, interested in the sciart intersection. However, I have to say I am not 100% behind its latest (and quite popular post), by Robert Root-Bernstein. It starts, Most people are at a loss to…

Haute Macabre found artist Celina Saubidet on etsy, where she sells silver-plated bronze “osseous jewelry” from her shop Joyeria Osea. I think this skeletal hand is pretty over the top, but hey – sometimes you need a little drama. Check out her fingerbone rings for a more subtle anatomical statement.

While we’re on the bioanimation topic, I recently heard from Jess at Nervous System, who sent me links to some animations of their new jewelry line, hyphae, “growing” in virtual space. Check it out: Hyphae – growth of the Vessel Pendant from Nervous System on Vimeo. They explain, Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed…