cross-connect

cross-connect:

Jeppe Hein (b 1974, CopenhagenDenmark) is an artist based in Berlin and Copenhagen. Hein is widely known for his production of experiential and interactive artworks that can be positioned at the junction where art, architecture, and technical inventions intersect. Notable in their formal simplicity and frequent use of humor, his sculptures and installations engage in a lively dialogue with the traditions of Minimalism and Conceptual art of the 1970s. Hein’s works often feature surprising and captivating elements which place spectators at the centre of events and focus on their experience and perception of the surrounding space.

Hein is a organizer and curator of Circus Hein, a group show inspired by Alexander Calder’s circus project and including 35 works of contemporary artists dealing with the topic circus.

www.circushein.com

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artandsciencejournal

artandsciencejournal:

Guy Laramee

In these works Guy Laramee makes landscapes from books. In his artist’s statement Laramee analyzes our feelings towards material objects,

We are currently told that the paper book is bound to die. The library, as a place, is finished. One might ask so what? Do we really believe that “new technologies” will change anything concerning our existential dilemma, our human condition? And even if we could change the content of all the books on earth, would this change anything in relation to the domination of analytical knowledge over intuitive knowledge? What is it in ourselves that insists on grabbing, on casting the flow of experience into concepts?”

In many ways, Laramee is interested in how humans are in essence primitive, and that all our ideas of progress will eventually turn to dust. As the artist states of his landscapes, “Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply is. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.” Ultimately, we are all human; we will all fade. For more information of Laramee’s work click here.

- Lee 

nabokovsnotebook

nabokovsnotebook:

The wings of wasps and flies contain stunning, built-in reflective patterns that can only be seen against a black background. Called wing interference patterns (WIP), they are the result of membranes that are thicker in some parts and thinner in others, which allows for the reflection of different colors without any pigments. So far, we think that WIPs may serve as signals between the insects. Entomologists and taxonomists can also rejoice, because WIPs are species-specific —a useful piece of knowledge that has already led to the discovery of several new species within those we already (thought we) knew.

Read the paper (here)

(Check out Ed Yong’s Not Exactly Rocket Science for more.)