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: http://www.digitalretna.com/
On allegorical (and humorous, or rather perhaps sardonic, though not sardonicistic… oh, ok, just elevated sarcastic… ): Chris Berens' "Lady of the Cloth"
His site: http://www.chrisberens.com/home Oh, do smile...
More whimsical, ironic… plain fun: Gregoire de Lafforest via http://www.itsliquid.com/birdcage-table.html
And another (near-)classic: http://design-milk.com/a-lamp-that-you-pump-up-olab-by-gregoire-de-lafforest/ Artist's site: http://www.gregoiredelafforest.com/#
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: http://www.iskusstvo-info.ru/exhibition/item/id/52
And while on the Russian art theme, we are now almost one month away from 17th Art Moskva show: http://www.art-moscow.ru/#
I wrote before (http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2013/06/2162013-weekend-reading-links-part-1.html)about James Turrell's Guggenheim (NYC) show and here are some stunning photographs from it: http://design-milk.com/james-turrell-resculpts-the-guggenheim-with-light/james_turrell_guggenheim_1/
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: http://justinjin.com/reportage/arctic/
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. http://collider.physics.ox.ac.uk/
Now, in case you've missed what Higgs boson thingy is, here's a popular primer: http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/shortcuts/2012/jul/04/how-explain-higgs-boson-discovery
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 Dezeen.com: "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!