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Miniature Fantasies: Paolo Ventura

L’Automaton #06, 2010 Paolo Ventura (zoom view available here) Artist-photographer Paolo Ventura constructs and photographs miniature, dreamlike scenes. His Winter Stories represent the reminisces of an old circus performer. Above, a scene from the Automaton series captures a mysterious, half-built android. Who is the android’s creator? When and where is this happening? Ventura’s work is…

What with all the buzz surrounding Bjork’s Biophilia project, science films are so hawt right now! Don’t know what I’m talking about? Then check out this weirdness: Yeah. . . okay! Anyway, some other science/film folks, the crew over at Imagine films, reached out to ask me to remind you that the deadline is approaching…

A CSPO webcast entitled “New Tools for Science Policy” asks an interesting, if somewhat odd, question about science and art: “Can art and religion serve as methods for governing emerging science and technology?” More details: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 5:30 p.m. EDT (webcast will be here) Participants: Dr. Greg Graffin, Recent author of Anarchy Evolution,…

Animated Anatomies, a new show at the Perkins Library at Duke University, explores the tradition of fold-out or pop-up paper anatomical diagrams: Animated Anatomies explores the visually stunning and technically complex genre of printed texts and illustrations known as anatomical flap books. These publications invite the viewer to participate in virtual autopsies, through the process…

Alienation often accounts for a macabre sense of the marvellous. At the entrance to “Savage Beauty,” there is an evening gown conjured entirely from razor-clam shells. Antelope horns sprout from the shoulders of a pony-skin jacket, and vulture skulls serve as epaulettes on a leather dress. There are angel wings made out of balsa wood,…

Call for NeuroDataViz!

Daniel Margulies of the NeuroBureau, an open neuroscience community, shared this opportunity: The Brain-Art Competition 2011 Submission Deadline: 11:59PM CDT, Sunday, June 5th, 2011 Award Notification: June 28th, 9PM at the Cirque du Cerveau Gala (OHBM Annual Meeting), Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec. In order to recognize the beauty and creativity of artistic renderings…

Stop torturing me, MIT!

Now this is just cruel: yesterday the Cambridge Science Festival kicked off – a week of science, sciart, sci-journalism and sci-education activities at MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science, and surrounds. Am I going to be hanging out all day with my fellow-geeks in the sun (which finally came out a few days ago, right…

Recently, IP scholar and government corruption critic Larry Lessig gave a talk at CERN in which he talked about the mismatch between the goals of copyright and scientific publishing. I was excited to watch it, but . . . well, I fell asleep partway through. (It’s a long talk.) I haven’t been well lately (thus…

How do you get kids to master science, math, and engineering? Ask them to make a video game that teaches it to other kids. Check it out: One of these kids wrote a video game to teach himself his multiplication tables. Another calls his elementary school cousins his “user test group.” I clearly am way,…

Hack for Colbert! And education!

Calling all dataviz peeps: you know you want to meet Stephen Colbert. All you have to do is win DonorsChoose’s version of the Netflix Prize. It’s a contest called “Hacking Education”. DonorsChoose explains, “We’ve opened up [our] data, and invite you to make discoveries and build apps that improve education in America. Help to shape…