For a kitty that might be dead, he sure keeps busy.
photo via Cheezburger.com
Every movie villain worth his salt schemes to control the weather; now that experience is available to New York City museum-goers. The Museum Of Modern Art’s Rain Room, open from May 12 to July 28, is a “large-scale environment” which will allow visitors to “experience how it might feel to control the rain.” The work, by design group Random International, consists of a structure that pours down water like rain, except when its sensors detect the presence of a human body.
MoMA says that the piece “also invites visitors to explore what role science, technology, and human ingenuity can play in stabilizing our environment.” Well maybe – although I doubt that creating blatantly fake environments which allow humans to “control nature” does much to advance our thinking about our real relationship with, say, weather and climate. Let’s just call it an undoubtedly cool piece of techno-art that will be a magnet for New Yorkers and tourists alike this summer.
Today is World Migratory Bird Day! Kittehs love to watch the birdies. For science, of course!
As for the related subject of bird-assisted coconut migration, it’s a simple question of weight ratios:
As I prepare for a big three-artist show in January, I’ve been trying some new materials and techniques, including ink and water on different surfaces. I was so enthusiastic about some of the results that I was tweeting pictures as I painted, and Glendon Mellow (aka @Flyingtrilobite) asked me to write a post for Scientific American’s Sci-Art blog, Symbiartic. Buy one here.
The eastern part of the US is bracing for hundreds of millions of visitors this spring – the Brood II cicadas, which emerge from underground only every 17 years. The “coming frenzy of sex and death,” as the Washington Post put it, is the largest since Brood X emerged in the summer of 2004. That year, many artists from the area used the cicadas’ discarded carapaces, which lay on the ground in thousands all over the region, in their artwork. So I went to look for cicada-based art, and found a few interesting things. Continue reading