Posts tagged ‘art’

Artists are the interface between revolutions and life. Artists bring in the human factor to revolutions that get their start in technology and science. We’re used to thinking that progress comes from the technology, science, and financial sectors. Culture brings, in truth, a slower, more sustainable, more holistic and trustworthy kind of progress.

Paola Antonelli on her new role as MoMA’s first director of R&D. Also see Antonelli on design as the interface between progress and humanity and the communication between people and objects.

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A – This is why it’s important to establish a culture of scientific acceptance and education. Because otherwise, it’s going to be pretty slow going.


Primal Trails

When the worlds of art and science collide, inspiration sometimes strikes in the sparks. Artist Roshan Houshmand creates a new perspective on the world of particle physics through her paintings, transforming physics into art. The paintings are based on the tracks of subatomic particles through bubble chambers, which are one of many kinds of detectors in particle accelerators designed to track particle movements. Bubble chambers are filled with superheated liquid, and the charged particles boil the liquid as they race through and leave a trail of bubbles behind. These compellingly beautiful patterns inspired Houshmand to create her series of ‘Event Paintings’. “I loved the sophisticated, simple playfulness of lines depicting charges, energies, speeds, mass and so much more,” Houshmand says. “There is something so pure and primal and universal about the movement of the trails and swirls and dancing lines against the black, which exist for less than a breath of time before they disappear.”

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Freshwater diatoms




Several of Seattle’s street corners are marked by these detailed images of (mainly) microscopic life, often with a short fact. Way cool.

(via Quaoar Power Zoo)


Ferrofluid Art

Sachiko Kodama, a Japanese physicist and artist worked on a ferrofluid art project that she named “Protrude, Flow”. The dynamic movement of liquids is the theme of this project.

A ferrofluid is a liquid which becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field.

Be sure to also check out her video with ferrofluids in action..more than a little mind-boggling.

Then also check out these candlesticks that are made with a ferrofluid/resin mix.


Finding the ‘Beautiful Evidence’ of Science

New York-based artist Thomas Allen’s upcoming exhibition, Beautiful Evidence, is the product of many hours spent digging through the stacks of old bookstores and leaning over cheap purchases with his scissors. On display at Foley Gallery, the show displays old science books in new ways.

Photo: Thomas Allen/Courtesy Foley Gallery.

Definitely cool, check them out!


Galaxies of Genetically Modified E. coli

Zachary Copfer, the same bioartist behind those bacterial radiograph portraits of famous scientists, also created a series of galaxies drawn with E. coli expressing fluorescent proteins.

Here are his bacteriastronomical renditions of the Milky Way and M81 galaxies. Bacteria, some of the oldest life forms on our planet, recreating the star stuff they were seeded from, a pretty neat reminder that even in our individual bodies they are as numerous as the stars in a galaxy.

Universes inflating, expanding and separating from a vast multiverse membrane on an vertical timeline

The Solar System shown on 3 proportional tiers with the inner planets magnified at the top

Large Hadron Collider, Quarks and the elusive Higgs Boson

A fountain of dark energy in space around a galactic body

A Black hole engine that might be at the centre of the Milky Way galaxy

Waves of dark energy flowing within a young star nursery

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A field of dark matter and energy

The play of light and dark matter around a sun

A solar body falling into a black hole and disappearing beyond its event horizon


Illustrations by Moonrunner

About Moonrunner:

Moonrunner is primarily known for its science-based illustrations, especially in such fields as astro-physics, cosmology, dark energy, black holes, the solar system and such stellar phenomena as quasars, star nurseries and pulsars. We have worked with Stephen Hawking, as well as with the scientist/authors of the National Geographic and Scientific American magazines, and also those publishing with Dorling Kindersley, Weidenfeld & Nicolson and Weldon Owen.

Click on the images to see what they represent.

These are pretty trippy, and are definitely great for visualizing what may be happening during certain cosmic events. Just remember that these aren’t actual representation, and most of this is largely invisible for humans without the use of filters. 

Astounding nonetheless. I especially love the the multiverse one at the top.