Saturday, August 10, 2013

10/8/2013: WLASze Part 1: Weekend Links on Arts, Sciences and Zero Economics

Due to travels, I will be posting shorter versions of WLASze: Weekend Links on Arts, Sciences and zero economics this week and next.

Here's the first post for this weekend. Enjoy!

Performance art meets actual art: MOCA Grand Ave hosts RETINA:


On allegorical (and humorous, or rather perhaps sardonic, though not sardonicistic… oh, ok, just elevated sarcastic… ): Chris Berens' "Lady of the Cloth"

His site: Oh, do smile...

More whimsical, ironic… plain fun: Gregoire de Lafforest via

And another (near-)classic: Artist's site:

Lovely retrospective - of secondary in ranking, but not in quality works - on the theme of "Workman and Collective Farm Woman" or "Рабочий и колхозница" - worth a scroll through the slide show from this March 2013 exhibition:

And while on the Russian art theme, we are now almost one month away from 17th Art Moskva show:

I wrote before ( James Turrell's Guggenheim (NYC) show and here are some stunning photographs from it:

Amasing imagery of the Russian Far-North - destroyed social and environmental landscapes, but also space of raw beauty too by Justin Jim:

The full project site is here:

Science-meets-art bit: A cool app from Oxford Uni gets you to track - on a mobile - high energy particle collisions directly from the Large Hadron Collider, while lounging in your chair at home or on a date in, say, a restaurant, "making it simple to understand what's going on at a glance." Now, I am not so sure about that "simple to understand" bit, but I bet rolling out a "Higgs Boson in your hand" mobile app from CERN at a bar to a hot-looking brunette will be a great ice-breaker… or an insight in the Titanic's experience… either way - hardly an indifference generator.

Now, in case you've missed what Higgs boson thingy is, here's a popular primer:

And for the 'laugh your pants off' bit this week around: El Pais has reported that the 200 metre-tall Intempo tower in Alicante, an apartment block of immense ugliness to start with, "has been built without a working elevator above the 20th floor. Per "It was originally designed with 20 storeys, but developers later decided to extend it to 47 storeys - offering 269 homes. However they neglected to allow the extra room required by a lift ascending over twice as far." Gas, man!
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