Australian artist Andy Thomas creates what he describes as “audio life forms,” specifically 3D animations that respond to audio input. For these latest pieces he used archival bird recordings from the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (in addition to one of his own recordings) to create these new digital sound sculptures that animate in different ways in reaction to the songs of each bird. Thomas uses more software tools than we could reasonably share here, but you can learn a bit more over on his website.
The naturalist’s cabinet: containing interesting sketches of animal history; illustrative of the natures, dispositions, manners, and habits of all the most remarkable quadrupeds, birds, fishes, amphibia, reptiles, [etc.] in the known world on Flickr.
By Smith, Thomas, 1775 or 1776-1830
Publication info [London]Cundee,1806-1807.
Gerstein - University of Toronto
As the death toll rises in the war between Israel and Hamas, TIME LightBox profiles two photographers who have spent weeks covering the opposing sides: Oliver Weiken of European Pressphoto Agency and Getty Images’ Andrew Burton. (Photo by Oliver Weiken—EPA)
Eadweard Muybridge comenzó trabajando en la encuadernación y venta de libros. Más tarde se interesó en la fotografía y, en una visita a los Estados Unidos en 1860, aprendió sobre el proceso del colodión húmedo (una especie de barniz que se aplicaba a las placas sobre el cual se extendía la emulsión química fotosensible). En 1867, con el nombre comercial de Helios, se dio a la tarea de registrar el escenario del lejano oeste con su habitación oscura móvil, The Flying Studio (El estudio volador). Produjo notables vistas estereoscópicas y más tarde panoramas, incluyendo series importantes sobre la ciudad de San Francisco.
Translated extracts from the letters:
Small pear tree in blossom (1888), and letter to his brother Theo (images 3 and 4): ”…The small pear tree has a purple trunk and white flowers, a large yellow butterfly on one of the clumps.
On the left, in the corner, a little garden with a border of yellow reeds and green bushes and a flowerbed. A small pink house.
So there are the details of the decoration of orchards in blossom, which I was intending for you.
But the last 3 canvases exist only in a provisional state, and are supposed to represent a very large orchard with a border of cypresses and large pear trees and apple trees.”
Field with flowers near Arles (1888), and letter to his brother Theo (images 5 and 6): "…If they don’t mow the meadow I’d like to do this study again, because the subject matter was really beautiful and I had trouble finding the composition. A little town surrounded by countryside entirely covered in yellow and purple flowers. That would really be a Japanese dream, you know."
Detail from The Sower (1888) with van Gogh’s letter to his brother Theo (images 7 and 8): "…Here’s a croquis of the latest canvas I’m working on, another sower. Immense lemon yellow disc for the sun. Green-yellow sky with pink clouds. The field is violet, the sower and the tree Prussian Blue."
The Green Lion Devouring The Sun' is a popular alchemical symbol. On a chemical level this is a metaphor for when a green, liquid sulfate called “vitriol” purifies matter, leaving behind the gold within the matter. Very pure vitriol is an acid that eats through practically anything, except gold.
In contrast, when the green lion eats the sun in a person on a higher spiritual path (for example, an alchemist), the person allows the green lion to eat them in order to be purified — to become spiritually golden.
I’ve posted these separately before, but I need to pick five of them to go in an upcoming show at the Hoyt, so if anyone has opinions about which to include (or leave out), lemme know?