“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”
A continuation of the bee crisis – this note links with various posts of mine and contributes to the worrying plight of our pollinator friends
This work was inspired by the depressing news, released this week, that explains the massive die off of bees. Bees it would seem, like some kind of airborne swarm filter feeder, concentrate environmental pollutants, like pesticides and fungicides, and this makes them hypersensitive to a natural parasite called Nosema cerenae
With a nod to Ackroyd and Harvey, Roger Hiorns and to Ballard’s “Crystal World”, this work reflects the ability of bees to concentrate environmental chemicals and highlights fears for their extinction.
Algae saves the planet – well power anyway
Designer Gyula Bodonyi has harnessed the power of green algae in a light bulb. Algae projects have already been seen powering power entire buildings, but Bodonyi’s concept brings green power to the public on a more user-friendly scale. With the Algaebulb, algae powers a single LED activated by a tiny air pump and hydrophobic material able to create a teeny-tiny power house for light.
The tear-shaped bulb is made up of an air pump, LED, hidrophob container, PC Shell, and air outlet. The system sucks in carbon dioxide and water through the pump near the E27 screw-top, and as the air passes through the bulb, chlorella pyrenoidosa spirulina micro algae are fostered. While algae flourishes, it gives off oxygen, which in turn powers the tiny LED inside
When the AlgaeBulb is not illuminated, it appears to be a dark green; a result of the colony of microalgae living within. When…
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Fascinating insight into the science that shows the bacteria in our gut can actually be a positive relationship in more ways than we first thought.
We’ve been told for years that our body is composed of cells, human cells. We’ve also heard about the ‘good’ bacteria that inhabit our bodies and help us digest different types of food and can even provide us essential vitamins and nutrients. Most of this occurs in the small intestine where our food starts to become our poop. Pardon the pun, but what we’ve been told is grossly underestimated. First, they outnumber our cells…by a lot (10 to 1). That doesn’t include the overwhelming majority of genetic material in or on our bodies that is not ours (see infographic here).
More and more evidence is being presented showing the intimate relationship between man and his flora. First, these little guys provide more than just vitamins including some B vitamins and K. They also are able to absorb essential minerals, like calcium and iron, from our food for us…
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My namesake takes centre stage here and reveals my wonderful habits – erghhhhhh!
This exploration was inspired by the current hot weather and the thought that two other life forms seem to benefit from it.
The blue bottle fly, Calliphora vomitoria (the latin name says a lot about it) is a very common and cosmopolitan insect, with which we share many of our environments. This fly seems to be equally at home feeding on rotting bodies, faeces and our carefully prepared food and this, and other habits make it an unparalleled vector for transmitting disease. It prefers to swallow liquid food, and usually regurgitates ingested material in order to liquefy its meal and to facilitate digestion. In this manner flies can contaminate clean surfaces with approximately 0.1mg of food per landing. In addition, droplets of bacteria rich faeces may be deposited during feeding, about every four to five minutes. Finally, if a blue bottle has recently fed on faeces it may carry as many…
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If a painting is a movie running on a screen, a sculpture is a drama playing on a stage. Sculpture gives an audience and the artist more directions to evaluate. The audience can go inside a sculpture or come out of it to look at it. The artist’s message is a key for the audience to open their own door to experience the sculpture in 360 degrees. Sometimes, the audience will become part of a sculpture or participate in it. There is no limitation of the imagination of what a sculpture means to each individual audience. Sometimes, the imagination can pass through the timeline to see the elements from a different time or space.
Gong Yuebin in conversation with Jac Scott, 2013
(I created the photomontage above from original photograph of a derelict house in a village in Norfolk)
Chinese born, USA based, sculptor Gong Yuebin is just one of 28 extraordinary sculptors from around the globe that I am writing about in my new book about mixed-media sculpture. Find more of Gong’s work here http://www.gongyuebin.com/
Detail of Site 2801, Gong Yuebin
Scientists developing robotic bees as colonies dwindle – isn’t this missing the point???
Making sense of portable power.
The Window Socket is an idea so fabulously simple, it’s slightly amazing that we haven’t seen one before. Designed by Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, the charger sticks to a window and draws solar power to an internal battery, which enables one to either plug in small devices to the outlet right there and then, or save the stored power for use during night time hours.
This product is intended to enable you to use electricity freely and conveniently in a space restricted in the use of electricity, such as in a plane, a car, and outdoors. Thus, this product was meant to draw out a socket used indoors outward.
According to Yanko Design, Kyuho Song & Boa Oh “tried to design a portable socket, so that users can use it intuitively without special training.” It sticks to a window with a suction plate that encircles the solar panel, and…
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This is the truth of the world: it comes out of nothing, it is created, which means that it is unproduced, unformed, and not constructed. It is an alteration and a spasm of nihil. The world is an explosion and an expansion of an exposure (which can be called “truth”, or “meaning”). The chiasm of the body and of the world exposes exposure to itself—and with it, the impossibility to finally bring the world to the spirit, and bring meaning to significance. The body is a strangeness which is not preceded by familiarity.
Photograph July 2013 – Tide Out, Morecambe Bay, Cumbria
Dr Matt has been looking into unseen benefits of bacteria – making plastics now – what could sculptors do with that – endless possibilities!!!
I spend a lot of time on this blog illustrating and promoting the benefits of the things we can’t see, however, we can’t live without and finding new ways they can help us out. To focus on bacteria along for now, they are beneficial overwhelmingly more than they are hazardous. Lots of research is going into utilizing them in new arenas from ethanol to diesel and jet fuels.
Helping solve the forthcoming energy/climate crisis is not the only area these guys can help. Lots of bacteria, under certain environmental conditions, can and will produce huge internal polymers as carbon stores, especially when nitrogen supplies are limited. Think of this polymer like starch in plants and glycogen in mammals. Research is still ongoing into the mechanisms that regulate polymer synthesis and degradation.
The bacterial polymer is special, unlike the molecular make-up of starch or glycogen, this polymer is a class of
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More art and science – mineral patterns – for the home?