Sunday, September 27, 2009


Taken from the "must see" (in my opinion) -  Saatchi Gallery wildlife exhibition: The Art of Thriving

Protusts like Electromagnetic forms - Geometry in Art

Ernst August Haeckel Art Forms in Nature

 ooohhh - I stole these images from this great blog - what an amazing collection of art / science.  I have a virtual crush on this girl / blog now:

Proteus 2004 

 Ernst Haeckel - Kunstformen der Natur


 Other amazing Forms - not living - but magnetic electric:

Image from this AMAZING SITE:

Art  / science piece by Sachiko Kaodama & Minako Takeno from their wild video "Protrude and Flow"  2002

and for another video

Electromagnetic Sprials


Great Articles on Bio-Mimicry

Biomimicry is a new discipline that studies nature’s best ideas
and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.

(All taken from (*even the font and everything) from the AMAZING SITE

Technology and the world has finally stopped trying to re-invent the wheel, and is starting to look at the source for new ideas that are truly sustainable, and god forbid - actually work.  By looking at Evolution - you are studying a 3.8 Billion year process of trail and error that has defied what we understand as physics.

(* so long as you understand the process of evolution.  Then again - there are others - who ... ummm... Lets just say as I understand it - Dinosaurs are related to birds, and from around 250 million years ago to 65 million years ago really had this whole life thing down.  Others - have their own version... and make coloring books about it:

There is a color called "Flesh of Christ"? ewwww...  isn't that bread?  (sorry, latent Catholic joke.)

A Dinosaur's size, the strength of a spider web, the heart of a humming bird...  it is all so beautiful and quite refined.  The Universe may be elegant - but life is EXCEPTIONAL!

Here are some great recent articles of artists and scientist applying living concepts to what they do.  Some of these will be repeats of things I have posted before - but some of these are just not worth missing.

BIOMIMICRY – Bio Based Engineering - Links to TED Talks about the event.:
• Robert Full on engineering and evolution

• Janine Benyus; “Biomimicry in Action”  <-- She's the one who originally wrote about biomimicry and I HIGHLY recommend this one

• Janine Benyus shares nature's designs

• Another Biomimicry speech by Golan Levin

Wake Forest University computer science professor Errin Fulp works with graduate students Brian Williams (center) and Wes Featherstun (far right), who worked this summer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developing a new type of computer network security software modeled after ants.
(Photo Credit: Ken Bennett/Wake Forest University) 
Taken from the article:

Ants vs. worms: looking at nature for new computer security This has some seriously annoying pop-ups - but if you can read around them - see how scientists are using the way ants move in their colony to help sort out computer viruses.  I'm not much into the tech part, but I like the concepts.  You computer people will dig this big time.


Artists who use biomimcry:

I would argue that the work of Tom Shannon's Anti-Gravity Sculptures is an art example of bio-mimicry -->  or at least physics - but physics is biology, and so is chemistry -  they are all interlinked - so it counts

 The interactive sound-fed ecosystems of Theo Watson are something else.  Looking at the idea of what Fritof Capra describes as 'Models of Self-Organization" (self-sustaining systems - like a biome), Here is an artistic application of this concept  - beauty, sound, and science!

 The Art of Helen and Newton Harrison --> whom I mention so many times on this blog - it's just worth hitting up their site for a look. They were doing this WELL before it was cool

Image taken from their web site:

In the same vein - my hero - MEL CHIN

(You can see all these images, and the video etc on

My favorite work of his was the "Revival Field" (1990) - done in Pig's Eye, MN - one of the top Ten most toxic sites in North America. Whoo Hoo!  Lets here it for the home front!

(*here's what it looked like)
 What he did was plant plants that extract heavy metals from the ground and retain these metals in their leaves.  You then harvest the leaves, collect the heavy metals from them - thus reusing these rather than

Where I took these few images from)-->

More to be added soon!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Beauty in the eye of the genetisit

on A more positive Note - Another reason why genetic variation is AMAZING WONDERFUL (thank you Ryan for sending this to me:

Anyway -->  back to the original post

This is the sort of biological quirk that is perfect - just perfect.
This is a vestigial structure - back from the junk DNA.

I feel really horrible when people see this as an omen of something wrong - the frogs are something wrong - missing limbs - something wrong - a third of the population with the same deformity - something wrong.

But this
this is just something beautiful.  Just DNA showing us something we all have hidden in our junk DNA  - little histories hiding and ready to unfold.

I'm so sad it was killed.
This snake would have been my friend.

Julia's recipe for primordial soup

For my mom

Work that uses electromagnitism to defy gravity!

Ted Talk about:   Tom Shannon's anti-gravity sculpture

Image taken from:

Art that defies gravity, uses electromagnetic fields, talks about space (sun in relation to the earth, and moon, Alchemy, Bucky Fuller, and MORE!!) 

Geek out people and love it!

check out his site:  

Mind blowing.


Mini-sculptures - art on the almost atomic level

Willard Wigan: Hold your breath for micro-sculpture

 I love this Ted Talk so much.  Willard not only will amaze you with his pin-head sized sculptures on the head of a pin - but he describes Browntonian Molecular Behavior really well, AND - he's totally the most adorable man EVER! 




images taken from:


Friday, September 18, 2009


Here are some sites and resources to help you with your Space / Time projects

the latest from Hubble: 

My shero Mae Jemison -Astronaut, Art Collector and Dancer.

Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together Astronaut, dancer and art collector talks about how both the arts and sciences in education are fundamental for the health of our nations future.  (

Beauty and truth in physics: Murray Gell-Mann on Amazing talk from a Nobel Prize Theorist who explains particle physics, the strong and weak force, electromagnetism, and gravity  - and the beauty of a simple equations makes the universe a more than amazing place, but profoundly elegant.  ( 

from a GREAT site with Killer COOL videos about how galaxies form etc, etc - a MUST -->





Michio Kaku's own Website  - one the most visual physicists I know. 

Listen on line to Michio Kaku: Theoretical physicist and author talks about possibility of forcefields, time travel, and how science fiction becomes fact over time, and where the next changes will come from"Physics of the Impossible,"

(MN public radio)


 Science Friday's interview with Lisa Randel about hidden dimensions, which is needed to explain string theory.  What would life be like in these dimensions.

Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything  

On supercolliders:

This is the best example of what CERN is --> 

Particle hunting at the LHC:  by Ben Allanach   the CERN homepage


 Brian Cox on CERN's supercollider take a virtual tour of the CERN supercollider and learn what we can understand from particle physics, matter and anti-matter... and more.

and here's the latest update on what is going on with CERN.  i.e.:  Why did we need to fix it... etc.

SciFri Radio: Particle Hunters
Researchers announced this week that they've detected the production of single top quarks at Fermilab. We'll talk about the find and the search for...

SciFri Radio: Trouble at the Large Hadron Collider
A breakdown in a magnet system during testing of the Large Hadron Collider last week may have the massive physics experiment off-line until next...

SciFri Radio: Looking forward to LHC
Physicists around the world are looking forward to the startup of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN later this year. We'll talk about the project,...

image taken from:

Patricia Burchat sheds light on dark matter     (on Ted.Com)

"Patricia Burchat studies the structure and distribution of dark matter and dark energy. These mysterious ingredients can't be measured in conventional ways, yet form a quarter of the mass of our universe."  (


Brian Greene on string theorythe guy known as "the guy seen on Nova's 'Elegant Universe'.  


Richard Dawkins on our "queer" universe      This is all about if you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you really don't.  What are the limitations of the mind to understand it.  But not really.  Definitely, a fun one for fans of Deleuse an Guittari.  Browninian motion (chaos and fractals)  (

 Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe  


George Smoot on the design of the universe  understanding what the universe looks like.  What does dark matter, dark energy etc  look like.  


Michio Kaku On Aliens On Physics 

Michio Kaku - 'Physics Of The Impossible' [1/2]  His interview on AlJazeeraEnglish

Links to WNYC Radiolab on the topic of Time:
· For an interesting conversation between an artist and a physicist:

Artists or sites dealing with space and/or time in interesting way:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

When social networking become an portrait art show.

Nexus Art gallery  is currently showing their experiment about turning social networking into a portrait art show, using the networking system to generate the art for the show.  Its in Philadelphia  - and if you are in the area, it will be up through October. 

What do you think?
from the show at Nexus Gallery, PA.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Architcture and Evolution

And here are some more amazing renovations  that you can find at the site:

 buildings that could help grow crops and foods - using their surface area for growth!

- like zoos




Ted Talks: "Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed architecture tales"


I like this one because they use the model of evolutionary diversity to represent the new outgrowths in Architecture.  The guy is smart - funny - and has an overwhelming accent.  


Video Bar for Art and Science discussions