The economists via business control the world and the future climate too it seems.
Where does my body end?
When do my bodily excretions and deposits, both those visible and those unseen, not stay mine?
The boundaries between the world and ourselves are not as distinct as some imagine, for we constantly leave traces of our presence – a unique calling card – to be discovered. The characteristics of these deposits manifest differently; including the obvious as in excrement, the discreet but still clearly tangible as in hair (one loses about fifty hairs a day), ear wax or skin flakes and the less visibly defined in saliva and sweat. What spray of microscopic human detritus explodes from a scratch?
Who owns these ‘sheddings’ – the imprints of ourselves?
Each shed particle is loaded with DNA – blood and semen are DNA rich with every millilitre containing 30,000 nanaograms whilst saliva contains a tenth of that. Perspiration leaves 11.5 nanograms per millilitre of DNA on a touched object, which is enough to identify a person. These abandon traces are obviously highly valuable evidence for the forensic scientist in his quest to uncover the hidden passages of people’s lives.
From a legal, ethical and philosophical position are these parts still us and if so who owns them?
Image shows a dust particle on a synthetic carpet magnified 3000 times using a scanning electron microscope at University of Central Lancashire – who does it belong to?
Ooooooooooo – soon to collaborate with Dr Park and maybe get to see this exciting tool in action
C-MOULD is the world’s largest collection of microorganisms for use in art and design. We are pleased to announce that we have just acquired a Nikon Eclipse Ni-U Differential Interference Contrast Microscope with 10x, 20x. 40x and 100x DIC objectives and a D5100 camera system. This amazing microscope is now available for the use of collaborating artists.
” So in a single drop of water the microscope discovers, what motions, what tumult, what wars, what pursuits, what stratagems, what a circle-dance of Death & Life, Death hunting Life & Life renewed and invigorated by Death … a many meaning cypher” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Painter Sam Peacock and Curious Duke Gallery present Unseen Landscape. In Peacock’s first solo show, he’s unleashed a new collection of 26 signature paintings on steel. Running from 3rd – 19th October, the collection focuses on blurred lines, travel and speed; these industrial art works ooze captured emotions and memories.
Birds nests are generally amazing structures, (regular readers will know of my fascination with this particular shelter as a symbol of home – see other ‘Home’ posts) but all are eclipsed by those made by Philetairus socius – the sociable weaver bird who builds gigantic communal nests from sticks and grass. If there are no trees around, as demonstrated in this shot of the Kalahari Desert, then telegraph poles will make adequate substitutes for this little feathered creature. The structures can last for decades with generations of weaver birds, often around a hundred pairs in a nest, harmoniously living together including sharing the raising of young. The avian shelters are designed to adapt to the extremes of desert temperatures by having a thick thatched roof to screen out the scorching sun, whilst able to retain heat through the cold nights.
This wonderful photograph is by Dillon Marsh – please follow the link to see an insightful record of life in southern Africa by this interesting photographer.
Grass under your feet and…
This is way beyond your typical Chia Pet.
Mathilde Roussel is a French artist who created amazing sculptures of human figures. Made of metal and covered with growing grass, the figures are shaped in various positions. Roussel is very interested in the relation between the human body and nature, and the sculptures she built symbolize a transformation of these.
What is the value of drawing?
I have been invited to deliver a seminar, followed by tutorials, about the value of drawing in my art practice, to MA Architecture students at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.
I love drawing – the task consumes me completely – the daily grind disappears when magic happens in my hand. Transposing traditional drawing skills to the computer tablet, with my initial reservation dissipated, as the electric pen becomes both marker and eraser, has not eclipsed my passion. Drawing is really about looking and communicating effectively – not a casual glance but an intense seeing into the depths of something and understanding its relationships within itself and its surroundings – a kind of drawing out followed by editing. Analysis of what elements to record and how to execute them is as fundamental a skill as the quality of seeing.
As a sculptor I harness the process of drawing to understand my subject better – to start the relationship by looking – thinking – looking and looking again, before putting a mark down. There is real joy felt when the visual research narrates the subject as my brain configured it – practice is my ally.
Drawings above – two rope studies in fine liner and two pig studies in charcoal.
The growth in interest, documenting and reporting collaborations between artists and scientists is ballooning. Here’s a link to another fabulous publication SciArt in America – do you know of any?
What happens inside your brain?
This is discussed in issue 5 of the art/science journal IONIC – out now.
I was invited to illustrate A Moment of Clarity, an article by scientist Simon Hazelwood, that discusses progress towards answering the question of what happens inside our brains BUT without cause for incision- it makes fascinating reading.