Monthly Archives: March 2012

Are Gaia and Hierarchical Patch Dynamics compatible?

Gaia and Hierarchical Patch Dynamics are proposed as different ways of understanding Earth as a dynamic system. One difference is that, for some people, Gaia is conceived of as a living organism, like our selves (within which homeostasis exists).  But … Continue reading

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Myriad couplings

What is the purpose of the paper Myriad couplings: Towards an Information Aesthetic of Climate Change? It’s form resembles an academic paper and yet it evades support for its assertions. The concept for the installation reviewed is interesting and the … Continue reading

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Artist’s models

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Living Data Installation 01: An animated model of the global ecosystem: A floating screen with satellite displays A floating screen is illuminated by animations that combine stories, data and iconography shared by scientists and other artists since 2003. Like a … Continue reading

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Pedestrian puppet

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Jane Hartnell gives a Bunraku puppet making and manipulating workshop. Banraku is a form of traditional Japanese puppet theatre, founded in Osaka in 1684. Jane and I subverted the form to make a puppet that resembles the figure in the … Continue reading

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Simplest visual explanations

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We talk about How we understand climate change. ‘We’ are artists and scientists who use different methods to make sense of the world. What did you already know from what was said? What was news to you? For me the … Continue reading

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Data deluge

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DATA DELUGE Michael Najjar at BALLROOM MARFA, TEXAS, USA 2 March – 8 July 2012 “lehman_80-08, 137 x 137 cm | 52 x 52 in and 67 x 67 cm | 26.3 x 26.3 in, edition of 6 The ongoing … Continue reading

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Australian National Science Communication conference

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  This week at the Australian National Science Communication Conference, Australian federal and state chief scientists speak about the need for science education to be more experiential and less about rote learning. I was impressed that they described their interactions … Continue reading

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Artistic connections

Stephen Mushin is a designer who makes animations. His Love in shadows is a dance of shadow puppets. It’s mellow tones and music bring to mind  The Geographical Adventures of Jasper Morello by Anthony Lucas.  It’s choreography flows left to right, … Continue reading

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