135 posts tagged art
Freaky 3-D Scanning Turns Human Skin Into Art
The most startling thing about the music video for British band Duologue’s song Memex isn’t the ghostly way the slow-panning camera turns human skin into a landscape. It’s not how the model, actor Beryl Nesbitt, manages not to blink. And it’s not how at 3:30 in, with just a change in the lighting, the tone of the video abruptly gets dark and sinister. Rather, the most startling thing about the Memex video is that none of those hyper-realistic shots are photos. It’s a virtual 3-D scan of a human body, in this case, British actor Beryl Nesbitt. The knowledge that it’s virtual reality makes watching the video a little like seeing a Chuck Close for the first time: Your eyes initially registered a black-and-white photograph of monolithic scale, and it takes a few beats before you can believe that it’s a painting. London-based creative studio Marshmallow Laser Feast—great name!—made the video for the band (and their friends) Duologue as an deep dive experiment into filmmaking for virtual reality. Hollywood has been using various kinds of 3-D scanning technology for years—films like Avatar, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, relied on it. But for the Memex video, the creators used 94 cameras, whereas some Hollywood studios have been reported to use seven, to capture Nesbitt’s glowing skin in the most microscopic detail possible. (via Freaky 3-D Scanning Turns Human Skin Into Art | WIRED)
brilliant work, exploring new frontiers..
Antonio Damasio, M.D., is a professor of neuroscience and the director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He is a pioneer in the field of cognitive neuroscience and a highly cited researcher. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to the understanding of emotions, feelings and decision-making, and he has described his discoveries in several books.
Walking the halls here at the Brain and Creativity Institute, I see art works from your personal collection, and downstairs there is a theater that is also used as a recording studio. How are you furthering the understanding of the connection between the brain and the arts?
As you come through the lobby, if you turn right, you go toward a laboratory of electrophysiology and a state-of-the-art 3-D MR brain scanner. If you turn left, you go into a small, state-of-the-art auditorium. Its acoustics were designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, who is responsible for the sound of some of the greatest music halls around the world from Tokyo to Hamburg, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall here in LA, a landmark collaboration with Frank Gehry. What we wanted when we created this complex is to literally force people to say, “What an odd combination. Why?” So here is the answer. On the one hand, we have the most modern form of inquiring into the brain-making mind, and, on the other, we have the oldest. Because when people were beginning to do theater, music and recitations of poetry, say, in an arena in Greece, they were in fact inquiring about the human mind in very probing ways. Great culture — philosophy, theater, music — gave us some of the most remarkable first entries into the human mind. We wanted to have these two approaches together to force those who work here as well as visitors to see that they’re not that different — that the mission we pursue now is not that different from the mission that Sophocles or Aristotle pursued. We need to bridge the two approaches and keep respecting the achievements of the past. The idea that by just doing neuroscience or advanced cognitive science, one can understand everything about the human mind is ridiculous. We need to bring past efforts in the arts and the humanities into the mix and also use the current contributions of artists and philosophers to understand this most complicated process that is the human mind.
Giuseppe Agnello, Anima e corpo, Resina poliestere, elementi naturali, Dimensioni al vero, 2011, photos courtesy of the Giuseppe Agnello
The beauty of mathematics – in pictures
The book 50 Visions of Mathematics is a collection of 50 short essays by 50 maths writers and a foreword by Dara O Briain. Launched on Wednesday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, it also contains 50 images supplied in response to an open call from the worldwide maths community. Here are my favourites (via The beauty of mathematics – in pictures | Alex Bellos | Science | theguardian.com)
The Original Star Wars Concept Art Is Amazing
Incredible illustrations by artist Ralph McQuarrie. Not a trap.