Sunday, March 28, 2010

Biomimicry - Design at the forefront of solutions

a great interview about biomimcry

I think I have the sound embedded - but if not here's the link

Mid-morning on MPR described him as:
"A radical architect has ideas on promoting environmentalism in cities with stackable cars and homes built into trees. He also says "sustainable" is not a good enough word to describe his goals for buildings.

* Mitchell Joachim: is an architect and Co-Founder at Terreform ONE (is a non-profit design group that promotes green design in cities) and Terrefuge (Ecological Design Group for Urban Infrastructure, Building, Planning, and Art). Currently he is on faculty at Syracuse and the University of Toronto.


* About Joachim
* Green design contest for cities   "  

*all of this was taken from Minnesota Public Radio's website and is not my own.


Monday, March 22, 2010

April 5th - 14th, On line Symposium about Art and Evolution: via the National Academy of Sciences

All Images and Information taken from the site:  
which you must VISIT for more information about this symposium!

there's a BLOG!
And a POD CAST you can sign up for! 
If you can't be part of the party - you can watch it from a distance like me...  longingly...  lustfully...  uggg..  I can't believe I just found out about this. 
You will know you'll be on the right page when you see this image... and now that I've seen Tracy's work, I'll write about her later too.... 

The Key Note Speakers are Eduardo Kac - Who's works I've referenced before and gave a talk about his "Eduina" piece at the Wiseman Art Museum.  (*links and follow up information will be posted)
I will write more and add more images about him in a bit.

& a personal hero of mine:

E.O. Wilson who is not only one of the most adorable scientists of all time, but was known for his revolutionary studies with insect colonies and evolutions.  He's amazing, and I must find the video with him and the fire ants for you to really understand both this guy's genius and genuine excitement and love of science!

Expect more information, links and pictures coming up.
I promised my dog 30 minutes ago that were were going for a walk,  - but checking my e-mail, i discovered this - and stop the presses! 
Image taken by Aaron Fenster.
......................She's giving me this look right now.... it's not a happy one.

What a great day!  

I took this image and information directly from the National Academy of Science's website and none of what is written or pictured is of my own origin.  This is just to pass on the news for students, teachers and art-scientists -enthusiasts alike and not for any personal gain other than to make sure people check it out because it's Soooooooooooooooo cool!:


                     Tracy Hicks
                     Moose (Detail of a site specific installation from Reflections on Darwin  
                     a group exhibition curated by Ben Montague and exhibited at Wright State
, November 1, 2009 January 10, 2010)
                     Mixed media and collected object (#31309.005 thru .021 - Alces alces
                     shiraz,  3/4 year old cow moose bones collected: Montana: 21 July 09,
                     with glass scientific vessels)
                     Visit Tracy Hicks' Web site

Visual Culture and Evolution Online Symposium

Monday, April 5 through Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Click here to follow the Visual Culture and Evolution Online Symposium" 

Join a group of more than 30 international experts - including artists, scientists, historians, ethicists, curators, sociologists, and writers - as they discuss the intersections between the visual arts and evolution. This past year, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book, On the Origin of Species, a number of conferences were held around the world focusing on the impact of the concept of evolution.  This symposium will be a platform to discuss both the ideas generated from those activities and the present impact of evolutionary thought on visual culture.
 Visit to follow the discussion.
Kevin Finneran, editor in chief of Issues in Science and Technology, will moderate the discussion. Issues is the quarterly policy journal published by the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and University of Texas at Dallas.
Visual Culture and Evolution: An Online Symposium is co-sponsored by Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS); the Center for Design, Art, and Visual Culture (University of Maryland, Baltimore County); and Johns Hopkins University's Master of Arts in Museum Studies Program.
The content and opinions from the symposium speeches, presentations, blogs, wikis, and/or feeds reflect those of the authors and presenters, and are not those of the organizing institutions that include: the National Academy of Sciences, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Johns Hopkins University; or any of their affiliates or schools. The organizing institutions neither endorse nor oppose the content and opinions from the symposium speeches and presentations, or the opinions of the authors and presenters."

Sunday, March 21, 2010

'Creation' - the Movie about Darwin's love affair with his wife, and the mechanisms of life
This film I have been bouncing up and down waiting for it to come to the states...  but apparently American audiences find concepts like "truth and Facts" - too controversial.  

Darwin's discovery  - no matter how important and as important as the creation of the number 0 or the calculation for gravity and how quickly it pulls things to Earth, this is all mild whimsy of interest in comparison to his blazing love for his wife.  What he would have been willing to give up for her....  I doubt many couples could say the same.  

To a great discovery, science and love.
Thank you Charles Darwin

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Physics and Art in Action!

Magnetic Art: Sachiko Kaodama & Minako Takeno "Protrude and Flow" 2002

Anti-Gravity TedTalk Tom Shannon: Gravity-defying sculpture inspired by the sun, the earth, the moon Part 1

Biomimicry Design - Bone as "light" seating, and other examples

 image taken from:

When I saw this structure it was immediately recognisable to me as an object with a biological influence or inspiration.  This piece, called Osso Buco, means in Italian "Bone with a hole in it".  

Bone tissue is netted like this - giving it great strength, the ability to spread out the force of impact equally  - making our bones both shock resistant (mostly), flexible,, and light weight.   

                                             image taken from:


 Ninna Helena Olsen is a Danish based designer and architect - who's work ranges from sculptural to functional with varying degrees in between.     You can check out her work at: 


Now her work isn't typically about biomimicry  - but other scientists are working to change the design world by looking to nature to find examples and source material for these concepts.  In these 2 videos, Janine Benyus shares her ideas and the key concepts to this process:

• Janine Benyus shares nature's designs

Thursday, March 4, 2010

a little self promotion

On Wed, March 10th at 2:00 - I'm doing a lecture about Art, Science, and my work. 

I'd love to see your artistic - scientific faces there.

Video Bar for Art and Science discussions