Archive for the ‘art’ Category
I saw this movie a few nights ago. A fun experience, feeding my curiosity and excitement about however consciousness will unfold.
Click on the picture to see a fascinating never-ending zooming image.
The Unexpected Source That Inspired Whole Foods, Apple’s Sleek Design and The White Album
excerpted from the Huff Post “The Third Metric,” Nov 20, 2013:
Mindfulness and meditation are some of the most popular practices among leaders in fields as disparate as business and the arts. But even before meditation entered the mainstream, a few public figures quietly credited the practice with their greatest ideas and successes.
Research has demonstrated that meditation can in fact boost focus and creativity. A2011 study found meditation to boost both divergent thinking, which helps new ideas to be generated, and convergent thinking, which is linked with effective problem-solving. With more and more research proving meditation’s extensive cognitive benefits, increasing numbers of artists, writers, musicians, athletes and business innovators are turning to the practice to tap into their deepest creative potential.
“Ideas are like fish,” the filmmaker David Lynch wrote in “Catching the Big Fish,” a book on meditation and creativity. “If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
Here are six brilliant ideas and institutions that came about as a result of meditation. (more…)
Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It’s run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC, Mac, Android, or iPad. When these computers “sleep”, the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as “sheep”.
Anyone watching one of these computers may vote for their favorite animations using the keyboard. The more popular sheep live longer and reproduce according to a genetic algorithm with mutation and cross-over. Hence the flock evolves to please its global audience. You can also design your own sheep and submit them to the gene pool.
The result is a collective “android dream”, blending man and machine to create an artificial lifeform. Learn more about it.
|From artist’s website alexruizart.deviantart.com:|
I’ve often wondered about how the night sky looked to Van Gogh when he painted ‘Starry Night.’
This is an homage to him, and to his painting, one of my all time favorites. We see him standing here, looking up at the night sky…probably in awe, as he wondered how he would capture the beauty he saw. As well, this was the view from the sanitarium he was staying at, as it’s well known that the poor guy was quite mentally troubled. (For the record, it’s believed he painted this from inside the sanitarium, but I didn’t want bars on my image!)
I wanted this piece to be somewhat magical and fantastic, not just a normal night painting. Hence the large moon, large stars, transparent clouds etc., yet keeping a mostly realistic feel to it.
If you see the original painting, you see so much motion…it’s as if he saw the vibration on all the objects, and that he captured the wind!
Done in Photoshop in about 7 hrs using matte painting techniques, and painting over.
ORIGINAL “STARRY NIGHT” by Vincent Van Gogh: