Tagged with “art” (13) activity chart

  1. 99% Invisible - 114: Ten Thousand Years


    In 1990, the federal government invited a group of geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers to the New Mexico desert, to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. They would be there on assignment.

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) is the nation’s only permanent underground repository for nuclear waste. Radioactive byproducts from nuclear weapons manufacturing and nuclear power plants. WIPP was designed not only to handle a waste stream of various forms of nuclear sludge, but also more mundane things that interacted with radioactive materials, such as tools and gloves.

    WIPP, which is located deep in the New Mexico desert, was designed to store all of this radioactive material and keep us all safe from it.

    Eventually, WIPP will be sealed up and left alone. Years will pass and those years will become decades. Those decades will become centuries and those centuries will roll into millennia. People above ground will come and go. Cultures will rise and fall. And all the while, below the surface, that cave full of waste will get smaller and smaller, until the salt swallows up all those oil drums and entombs them. Then, all the old radioactive gloves and tools and little bits from bombs –all still radioactive– will be solidified in the earth’s crust for more than 200,000 years. Basically forever.

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  2. The Web Ahead #75: Design for the Web with Andy Clarke

    Has how we approach web design become too formulaic and rote? Are we missing the opportunity to truly communicate a site’s purpose and meaning? What about web design have we lost, or maybe haven’t yet found? How can we understand our work as designers whe


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  3. A History of the World in Maps - Late Night Live - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    Throughout history, maps have always been as much about their creators and their worldviews as about reproducing an accurate replica of the world. Early maps were also about the unknown and how to display the borders of the known world. Monsters in illustration were often used to represent what lay beyond the edge of the world, and cartographers competed to create the best and scariest monsters on their creations.

    Professor and BBC documentary presenter Jeremy Brotton has produced a study of the cultural values embodied in maps and collected them in a book called A History of the World in Twelve Maps.


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  4. ‘MetaMaus’: The Story Behind Spiegelman’s Classic : NPR

    Cartoonist Art Spiegelman’s epic Holocaust graphic novel, Maus, was published 25 years ago. Spiegelman’s new book, MetaMaus, explores that signature work through interviews, answers to persistent questions and examples of his early drawings.

    When cartoonist Art Spiegelman published his epic Holocaust graphic novel, Maus, 25 years ago, a lot changed. He received a special Pulitzer Prize and became a contributor and cover artist for the New Yorker.

    Maus blends the stories of Spiegelman’s trying relationship with his father and a horrifying tale of Auschwitz, as seen through his father’s eyes. Spiegelman drew the Jews as mice and the Germans as cats.

    But Maus has continued to haunt him.

    MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus is the story behind Spiegelman’s signature work, complete with interviews, answers to many persistent questions and examples of his early drawings.

    "Me and my mice, we weren’t dressed for success," Spiegelman tells NPR’s Neal Conan. "Originally we assumed we would self-publish Maus. … I didn’t believe it would be read beyond … about 10,000, 15,000 people. And when it got bigger, I felt littler."


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  5. Graphic Novels Panel: Art Spiegelman, Chip Kidd, Jessica Abel, Charles Burns & David Heatley


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  6. Denis Dutton: A Darwinian theory of beauty

    TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton’s provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

    Denis Dutton is a philosophy professor and the editor of Arts & Letters Daily. In his book The Art Instinct, he suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.


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  7. Robert Crumb in Conversation with Francoise Mouly

    The famed illustrator discusses his work with the art editor of The New Yorker, including his new book, an illustration of the "Book of Genesis", from the Creation to the death of Joseph.


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  8. Lawrence Weschler on David Hockney

    Lawrence Weschler talks about Hockney’s longtime interest in new technology and his recent paintings, which will be on view at PaceWildenstein this fall.



    From http://www.nybooks.com/podcasts/

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  9. The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks

    As part of their sci-fi season, BBC Radio 4 present a dramatisation by Paul Cornell of the short story The State of the Art by Iain M. Banks.

    A spaceship from The Culture arrives on Earth in 1977 and finds a planet obsessed with alien concepts like ‘property’ and ‘money’ and on the edge of self destruction. When Agent Dervley Linter decides to go native can Diziet Sma change his mind?

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  10. Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi in conversation

    Last week graphic novelists Marjane Satrapi and Chris Ware spoke with the New Yorker Art’s Editor Françoise Mouly at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts as part of the the three-day festival of New French Writing. They tackled big topics like storytelling and autobiography. via http://blogs.wnyc.org/culture/2009/03/05/talk-to-me-marjane-satrapi-chris-ware/

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