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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Join DNA of Creativty and Stay smarter longer

In a recent article in the New York Times (Jan 2012) titled A Sharper Mind, middle age and beyond we took this quote:

"When the Midus team put their data together, they noticed other similarities among people with the strongest cognitive skills. Senior citizens who performed as well as younger adults in fluid intelligence tended to share four characteristics in addition to having a college degree and regularly engaging in mental workouts: they exercised frequently; they were socially active, frequently seeing friends and family, volunteering or attending meetings; they were better at remaining calm in the face of stress; and they felt more in control of their lives. "

By joining a DNA of Creativity team you can exercise your brain and work with a team....then if you have a college degree and get some exercise, you are in luck, aging wise.

Read the entire article

Thanks to Linda Nimmerritchter who sent us the link to this article.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A new MA program where you can combine your love of film, literature, photography, theatre, and the arts (and sciences!)'s here! at SDSU.... check out the MALAS program

Applications due February 1, 2012 (with all support materials due, March 1, 2012)... MALAS, the MA in Curiosity @ SDSU!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Art and Science by Alan Davey

This article was published in the Huffington Post and recommended by Kira Corser.

It was while listening to Professor Brian Cox on Desert Island Discs that it came to me.

Cox, megabrain, poster boy for the sexing up of science and once a member of synth band D:Ream, said that whenever he saw the prime minister he would ask: "how can we ensure that Britain is the best place to do science?"

It's a pertinent question, and one that mirrors the question I'm continually asking government ministers: "how can we ensure Britain is the best place to do the arts?"

Essentially we are both asking how we can make Britain more innovative and creative, which led me to question how science and the arts could work together to bring this about.

The big scientific questions of our time are already occupying artists, from choreographer Wayne MacGregor, whose work frequently emerges from his study of neuroscience by exploring connections between the brain, body, perception and movement; to Simon McBurney and Complicite's A Disappearing Number, an absorbing and brilliant drama about string theory or Constellations, a play about quantum multiverse theory currently being performed at the Royal Court.

But what links scientific and artistic practice goes beyond artists adopting scientific themes.

Both art and science require a great deal of work to acquire the skills required to be good at them. Both depend on challenging accepted ideas, on pushing back the boundaries of truth and uncertainty and exploring the unknown. Both involve changing the world around us and presenting the public with something they couldn't have imagined.

The cutting edge of the arts, like the cutting edge of science, may seem obscure and abstruse. But out of this research and development come remarkable discoveries that can have an impact on artistic practice and how those who encounter the work see and experience the world. The kind of art the Arts Council funds, developed in, say, the Battersea Arts Centre or the studios of the National Theatre, will have an impact on standard artistic practice for years to come.

Overall, what connects art and science is that they are - or should be - about realising something marvellous, possibly beautiful, that was previously unknown. They are both about challenging orthodoxy and furthering human endeavour and understanding. With a leap of imagination and the coming together of great scientific and creative minds I believe the potential is there to unlock and expand our understanding of maths, music, physics, dance, perception, and the explanation of who we are in the universe.

So I'd like to see scientists and artists get together more, not only to explore new ideas but to make a joint case to the government and the public about how together we contribute to the sum of human knowledge. How together we could turn the UK into the home for new ideas and in turn change the world. Would eminent scientists join with eminent artists to make the case for science and the arts? Perhaps it's worth a try.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Contour Crafting

This info comes from John Chalmers. Love the video.

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They say they are the home of the future. check out all sort of neat stuff.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Artists used natural crystals grown with the vibrations of music

Tokujin Yoshioka received the award of now! design à vivre 2012 Creator of the Year by Maison & Objet, Paris.

Each year, Maison & Objet gives this award to one creator who is acknowledged as the most influential and who has made an impact on world's creative scene.

Tokujin extends his sincere appreciation to all people and companies who have been giving the warm encouragement and kind support, which have been a source of his creative inspiration, and have realized the reception of this award.

In honor of this award, Tokujin Yoshioka's exhibition is held at Maison & Objet.

Crystalized pieces adopting the randomness or unexpectedness of nature surpasses human's imagination.

Started since 2007, the "Crystalized Project," on the reflection of "Relationship between power of nature and human beings," tries to create and reveal a new portrait of nature.

In the exhibition at Maison & Objet, new pieces, which have not been exhibited before, are presented along with a crystalized chair "VENUS - Natural crystal chair," and crystal paintings grown by the vibration of music.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture

Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes

Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes

January 21–April 15, 2012

The Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

“Please DO NOT touch” is the message that we are all used to seeing on signs near works of art in most museums. This is necessary to preserve the art, but we all want to touch! This focus show invites you to touch…and hold, and stroke and to think about why and how physical contact with works of art can be so satisfying. As a continuation of the Walters’ partnership with The Johns Hopkins University Brain Science Institute, this installation incorporates 12 works of art from the collection and 22 models for visitors to touch and rate. This melds research interests of Steve Hsiao, a John Hopkins neuroscientist specializing in the many facets of touch, with those of Joaneath Spicer, Walters curator of Renaissance and Baroque art, exploring the new importance of touch in the Renaissance, specifically the popularity of collecting statuettes and other objects, including new hand-held technology.

Visitors will learn about this new interest on the part of Europeans around 1500, in art that was pleasurable to hold—such as a statuette of Venus the ancient goddess of love that nestles into your hand—and objects apparently made to fit in the hand such as the earliest watches or the evolving shape of the personal firearm.

The special appeal of this installation, however, will surely be the opportunity to join in comparative experiments with statuettes (replicas) and other thought-provoking hands-on touch comparisons. What types of surfaces do you prefer? Does knowledge of the subject of a sculpture influence how you react to it? What happens to our satisfaction in a piece if something about it changes? What is the impact of sight on the sense of touch? Visitors will register their preferences through “touch pads,” thereby reminding visitors of yet another aspect of touch as a vehicle for communication. To extend an awareness of touch and how painters have taken advantage of our sensitivity to touch, photographic details of paintings and sculptures throughout the museum will provide visitors with incentives to explore the topic further on their own. With the assistance of the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, all text materials will be available in Braille and visits by the visually challenged can be scheduled.

Touch and the Enjoyment of Sculpture: Exploring the Appeal of Renaissance Statuettes has been organized by the Walters Art Museum in partnership with The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Brain Science Institute (BSI), which has also provided generous support for the project. The BSI’s mission is to solve fundamental questions about brain development and function and to use these insights to understand the mechanisms of brain disease and health.

General museum information: 410-547-9000 or

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Augmented Reality Tshirts and business cards

In our sample DNA of Creativity application we give a link to Elipse augmented reality. You can use your phone to see added featured on images that are processed to be recognizable by the camera of your smart phone.

One example is Tshirts
Augmented Reality Tshirts

Another is business cards
Augmented Reality Business Cards

There are many many other applications. Perhaps a billboard could be overlaid with your art image viewable only to those with the app on their phone.

Jill Bolte Taylor My Stroke of Insight

If you have not seen this TED video before, then take a look, or just watch again as a reminder of the magic of science and art. I was reminded of this video by a new local acquaintance Ellen Stiefler who is in the process of making a movie of the life of Jill Bolte Taylor.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Scientist Figure out how to cloak time at Cornell U.

My 91 year old mother actually found reference to this article in the Local Palm Springs Paper.

CBS News WASHINGTON - It's one thing to make an object invisible, like Harry Potter's mythical cloak. But scientists have made an entire event impossible to see. They have invented a time masker.

Think of it as an art heist that takes place before your eyes and surveillance cameras. You don't see the thief strolling into the museum, taking the painting down or walking away, but he did. It's not just that the thief is invisible - his whole activity is.

What scientists at Cornell University did was on a much smaller scale, both in terms of events and time. It happened so quickly that it's not even a blink of an eye. Their time cloak lasts an incredibly tiny fraction of a fraction of a second. They hid an event for 40 trillionths of a second, according to a study appearing in Thursday's edition of the journal Nature. We see events happening as light from them reaches our eyes. Usually it's a continuous flow of light. In the new research, however, scientists were able to interrupt that flow for just an instant.

Other newly created invisibility cloaks fashioned by scientists move the light beams away in the traditional three dimensions. The Cornell team alters not where the light flows but how fast it moves, changing in the dimension of time, not space. They tinkered with the speed of beams of light in a way that would make it appear to surveillance cameras or laser security beams that an event, such as an art heist, isn't happening.

Another way to think of it is as if scientists edited or erased a split second of history. It's as if you are watching a movie with a scene inserted that you don't see or notice. It's there in the movie, but it's not something you saw, said study co-author Moti Fridman, a physics researcher at Cornell.

Time hole

The scientists created a lens of not just light, but time. Their method splits light, speeding up one part of light and slowing down another. It creates a gap and that gap is where an event is masked.

"You kind of create a hole in time where an event takes place," said study co-author Alexander Gaeta, director of Cornell's School of Applied and Engineering Physics. "You just don't know that anything ever happened."

This is all happening in beams of light that move too fast for the human eye to see. Using fiber optics, the hole in time is created as light moves along inside a fiber much thinner than a human hair. The scientists shoot the beam of light out, and then with other beams, they create a time lens that splits the light into two different speed beams that create the effect of invisibility by being too fast or too slow. The whole work is a mess of fibers on a long table and almost looks like a pile of spaghetti, Fridman said.

Time-space cloak seen within reach
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Video: Science moves closer to invisibility breakthrough

It is the first time that scientists have been able to mask an event in time, a concept only first theorized by Martin McCall, a professor of theoretical optics at Imperial College in London. Gaeta, Fridman and others at Cornell, who had already been working on time lenses, decided to see if they could do what McCall envisioned.

It only took a few months, a blink of an eye in scientific research time.

New direction in science

"It is significant because it opens up a whole new realm to ideas involving invisibility," McCall said.

Researchers at Duke University and in Germany's Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have made progress on making an object appear invisible spatially. The earlier invisibility cloak work bent light around an object in three dimensions.

Between those two approaches, the idea of invisibility will work its way into useful technology, predicts McCall, who wasn't part of either team.

The science is legitimate, but it's still only a fraction of a second, added City College of New York physicist Michio Kaku, who specializes in the physics of science fiction.

"That's not enough time to wander around Hogwarts," Kaku wrote in an email. "The next step therefore will be to increase this time interval, perhaps to a millionth of a second. So we see that there's a long way to go before we have true invisibility as seen in science fiction."

Gaeta said he thinks he can get make the cloak last a millionth of a second or maybe even a thousandth of a second. But McCall said the mathematics dictate that it would take too big a machine - about 18,600 miles long - to make the cloak last a full second. "You have to start somewhere and this is a proof of concept," Gaeta said.

Still, there are practical applications, Gaeta and Fridman said. This is a way of adding a packet of information to high-speed data unseen without interrupting the flow of information. But that may not be a good thing if used for computer viruses, Fridman conceded. There may be good uses of this technology, Gaeta said, but "for some reason people are more interested in the more illicit applications."

The Third Act

This video was sent by Linda Nimmerrichter and no matter what you may think of Jane Fonda we can all certainly agree she is a surviver. Exploring the last 30 years of a life is an exciting opportunity for many of us.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Random Exhibition Title Generator

Here is a great link sent to us by Marti Kranzbert:

Here is a GREAT link from Kelley Padrick, a wonderful "Marketeer" who works with Mark Murphy in San Diego
Click here for the Random Exhibition Title Generator

For more about Marti Kranzberg: Breathing life into your words
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