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Mapping the memory landscape

This is an installation by New York-based artist Janice Caswell, called Competitive Races: The View from the Netroots. My drawings and installations represent mental maps, an investigation of the mind’s peculiar ways of organizing memories. I attempt to trace the edges of recalled experience, plotting the movement of bodies and consciousness through time and space.…

Modern art, circa 9000 BC

This wall painting was discovered by a team of French archaeologists working at Djade al-Mughara, a Neolithic site in Northern Syria. The red, black and white painting measures 2 square meters, and has been dated to around 9,000 BC (making it the oldest known wall painting). Team leader Eric Coqueugniot says, “It looks like a…

Horses for courses

Left lateral view of the whole horse skeleton, from the Handbook of Animal Anatomy for Artists (1898, 1911-25), by Wilhelm Ellenberger, Hermann Baum and Hermann Dittrich. From the Veterinary Anatomical Illustrations at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections (via BibliOdyssey). I’ve just submitted this fantastic post about the evolution of the horse, by Brian Switek,…

Can you hear this painting?

Yellow Red Blue, by Wassily Kandinsky. After attending a performance of Wagner’s opera Lohengrin in St. Petersburg, Kandinsky said, “I saw all my colours in spirit, before my eyes. Wild, almost crazy lines were sketched in front of me.” Kandinsky was describing his experience of a condition called tone-colour synaesthesia, in which sounds elicit visual sensations.…

This drawing is a 4-year-old boy’s depiction of Hurricane Katrina. It is one of 50 drawings, photographs and sculptures that went on display yesterday at the New Orleans Museum of Art, as part of an exhibition called Katrina – Through the Eyes of Children. Involved in the exhibition is Karla Leopold, one of a team…

The art of brain waves

Bill Scott uses electroencephalogram (EEG) data to create computer-generated images like this one. (Via Dr. Karen) 

From a comic book called What are Cosmic Rays, by researchers at the Solar-Terrestrial Evironment Laboratory at Nagoya University in Japan.

“Anatomy as Art” auction at Christie’s

  These illustrations by Jacques Fabien Gautier d’Agoty are part of a collection which is to be auctioned off at Christie’s in New York on October 5th. The auction, which is called Anatomy as Art: The Dean Endell Medical Collection, has 229 lots, including the first edition of De Humani Corporis Fabrica, by Andreas Vesalius,…

A caricature of me

A caricature of me, aged about 4, by Bahgat Osman (1931-2001). Osman was Egypt’s most prominent political cartoonist during the 1960s and ’70s. He was a close friend of my father’s, and I have vivid memories of him from my early childhood in Cairo. I even vaguely remember posing for this portrait, which was completed…

John Banister: Skeleton, brain, nerves

Skeleton, brain, nerves, from John Banister’s Anatomical Tables, c. 1580. From the Anatomy Acts Exhibition website (via Morbid Anatomy).