Making Art and Staying Active

I have been thinking a lot about the place I’ve been working for over a year now, Spiral Q. It’s an off campus community arts organization that I was working at while we campus was still open. They’ve been keeping a strong social media presence and have a lot of different ideas for accessible art…

Making Art in Isolation

I’ve been listening to Dua Lipa’s music for years now, and the release of her album during the pandemic was something I looked forward to a lot! This article talks about how she’s developed a way to perform in isolation. I thought it was a cool approach, as it talked about how her videos for…

Isolation and online relationships

This op-ed in the NYT was pretty cool! The title line is about nude selfies, but it also goes into the history of nudity in art and the dynamic that gender has played throughout it. I always thought it was cool to see how the traditional reclining odalisque figure has changed throughout art history, and…

Minecraft art show!

I’ve enjoyed playing Minecraft since middle school, and it’s been really interesting to see how it’s emerged as more of a virtual space during the pandemic. I found this article in the NYT about a Minecraft-based exhibition space. Every time I see something about Minecraft in the news it feels very surreal to me, and…

Celebrating the life of a charismatic mathematician

John Horton Conway was an English mathematician who passed away recently from the COVID-19 virus. He was very influential in his field, and also made some really interesting ideas in recreational mathematics. One really interesting, visualization-based invention he made was a cellular automation called the Game of Life! It’s a fun tool to see how…

Can you own a font?

According to Barbara Kruger, no! Kruger’s most famous piece is a spoof on the famous “I think, therefore I am” quote from Descartes: “I shop, therefore I am.” This strong, anti-consumerist message would later be brought up again in a much more ironic context, decades after she made it. Her style of using a white…

Using rice to visualize wealth on TikTok

I was really surprised to see this article talking about one TikTok user using rice to show just how wealthy Jeff Bezos is. Especially now, in times of crisis where our vast income inequality is really showcased, I think having such an accessible visual to demonstrate it is really important. It also accesses a fairly…

Early version of Photoshop

Today is the 30th anniversary of Adobe Photoshop, and I found this video of Photoshop in its first stage. It really put how far thirty years has taken the program into perspective! Here it is!

Using new technology in conservation!

This is an explanation of emerging techniques used to hopefully conserve paintings, such as Edvard Munch’s. It brings up an interesting idea of the limitations of making physical pieces with materials that will inevitably degrade, and also gives some cool insight into how science is used in the conservation world! Here it is!

Sustainable building!

This article is about a growing potential for mass timber to be used in sustainable building! While there a variety of different types of mass timber, it typically consists of large slabs of wood that have been glued together. This material is claimed to have the potential to “reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the…