Category Archives: Arts

A German artist regrows Van Gogh’s ear


It’s not often that we get an article that covers all our main categories, Science, Technology, History and the Arts. But I think this one comes very close – Deskarati German artist Diemut Strebe made a replica of Vincent van Gogh’s ear using genetic material from one of the artist’s living relatives. Convincing Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s beloved brother Theo van Gogh, to donate a few cells for an art project was easy. Lieuwe and Vincent share one … Continue reading

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The Road Where Cars Roll Uphill

There is a road in Scotland where bicyclists have to pedal hard to ride downhill… but then coast uphill. Why?

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Featured Artworks – The Lady of Shalott – John William Waterhouse


The Lady of Shalott is an 1888 oil-on-canvas painting by the English Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse. The work is a representation of a scene from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s 1832 poem of the same name, in which the poet describes the plight of a young woman, loosely based on the figure of Elaine of Astolat from medieval Arthurian legend, who yearned with an unrequited love for the knight Sir Lancelot, isolated under an undisclosed curse in a tower near King … Continue reading

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London’s Greatest Scientific Experiments

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As a few of you might know, I am ‘down under’ in Melbourne Australia for the next week or so. But I am not shirking my responsibilities, I am spending time checking out all the latest news about science, technology, history and the arts for your enlightenment. On the arts front, today I met with Adam Bull the principle dancer of the the Australian Ballet. I must say he is one of the nicest guys you could meet and I’m … Continue reading

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Mind Your Step

Mind your step is a street illusion at Sergels torg in Stockholm. It is created by photographer Erik Johansson and this video summarize the first three days. Hey, it was filmed in full-HD, so why not watch it in full screen mode.

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Elite Syncopations

“Elite Syncopations” is a 1902 ragtime composition by Scott Joplin, originally published by John Stark & Son. One of his more popular works, it is one of a handful of Joplin rags for which he recorded a piano roll. The cover of the original sheet music prominently features a well-dressed man and lady sitting on a treble staff, looking down upon a cherub clutching a cymbal in each hand, which reflects plainly the title of the piece. In 1974, the Royal Ballet, under director Kenneth MacMillan, created … Continue reading

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A Marionette in Manhattan

Everyone remembers the first time they met Stix. Curiously wondering as they approach from a distance, “Is that some kind of …miniature man..dancing around over there with a bunch of people crowded around?” Some puppets are made for fun, some to be playful and goofy, but Stix is just a person like all the rest of us.

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Awakening – Timelapse

Part I/IV of a timelapse series through the always changing landscapes of New Zealand. Shot over 4 month, travelling through amazing landscapes, sleeping under the stars, hiking on mountains and exploring remote roads. Locations in this video where at Fjordland NP, Mount Cook NP and Arthurs Pass NP, Mavora Lakes and Lake Ohau.

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Ferrofluid Art

Thanks to artist Natasha Durley-Boot for bringing theses great pictures to our attention. Fabian Oefner is a Swiss investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. The shapes, you see above are only about the size of a thumbnail. They are created with the aid of a very peculiar material: ferrofluid. This liquid has a very unique property. It is magnetic, caused by the millions of nano iron particles in it. When put under a magnetic field, the particles … Continue reading

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Do you have a flag?

Eddie Izzard gives us a lesson on 20th century history – Deskarati

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Featured Artworks – The Sistine Chapel Ceiling – Michelangelo

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Click to see a beautiful large picture of the masterpiece The Sistine Chapel ceiling, painted by Michelangelo between 1508 and 1512, at the commission of Pope Julius II, is a cornerstone work of High Renaissance art. The ceiling is that of the large Papal Chapel built within the Vatican between 1477 and 1480 by Pope Sixtus IV after whom it is named. The chapel is the location for Papal Conclaves and many important services. Central to the ceiling decoration are nine scenes from the Book of Genesis of which the Creation of Adam is the best known, … Continue reading

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Edward Tufte Celebrates Richard Feynman at Fermilab


The gulf between art and mathematics is not nearly as wide as one might think. Beginning on Saturday, April 12, famed statistician and artist Edward Tufte will prove it with an installation at the Fermilab Art Gallery titled The Cognitive Art of Feynman Diagrams. The exhibit features Tufte’s three-dimensional steel sculptures, built in the shape of Feynman diagrams, the data visualization tool devised by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman in the 1940s. Feynman diagrams are used in every analysis made … Continue reading

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Wonderful London – Then and Now

In 1924, Harry B. Parkinson and Frank Miller documented London in a fantastic series of short films, known as “Wonderful London”. Over the last few months, Simon Smith has stood in their foot-steps, recapturing their shots exactly, and has blended the two together creating a window through time.

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Coming face-to-face with a Leopard seal


Paul Nicklen describes his most amazing experience as a National Geographic photographer – coming face-to-face with one of Antarctica’s most vicious predators – the Leopard seal.  Image credit - Paul Nicklen

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Spinning Illusion

Only one of these disks is actually spinning, can you see which one? Click here to reveal answer

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Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks

A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks. The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore – creator of the Amiga computer. Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of the Amiga 1000. A painstaking three-year project was required to recover the images which were saved in an obscure data format. The digital images were discovered and recovered by staff … Continue reading

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Let the bright seraphim

2009 Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) concert featuring Danielle De Niese. Song from Handel’s Samson (featuring the AVRO broadcasting corporation music centre players and 17-year old trumpeter Floris Onstwedder).

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The Kelpies Light Up


Scotland’s biggest art installation has been lit up as part of a spectacular launch event. At the first of two night-time events, artist Andy Scott’s 300-tonne, 30m high Kelpie horse heads were brought to life by a light, sound and pyrotechnic display. It was staged by Groupe F, a pyrotechnic outfit which lit up the Eiffel Tower at the Millennium. The Kelpies, near Falkirk, officially open to the public on Monday. Via BBC Here is a video explaining how this … Continue reading

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Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies


Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says. Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude. The 1967 novel sold more than 30m copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez had been ill and had made few public appearances recently.

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Map of Australia found on Mars!

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NASA’s curiosity rover, whilst exploring a part of Mars called ‘The Kimberley’ after the Western Australian region, actually found a map of the country. What a coincidence!!!! It was reported over on the Discovery Channel – Deskarati

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