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June 09 2017

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June 08 2017

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Juno: South pole of Jupiter, December 11th 2016

This enhanced color view of Jupiter’s south pole was created by citizen scientist Gabriel Fiset using data from the JunoCam instrument on NASA’s Juno spacecraft. Oval storms dot the cloudscape. Approaching the pole, the organized turbulence of Jupiter’s belts and zones fades into clusters of unorganized filamentary structures, streams of air that resemble giant tangled strings.

The image was taken on Dec. 11, 2016 at 9:44 a.m. PST (12:44 p.m. EST), from an altitude of about 32,400 miles (52,200 kilometers) above the planet’s beautiful cloud tops.
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verschwoerer: Don’t forget that what they want us to be afraid of is the least of our worries. This graph is reality.

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June 07 2017


Three-Dimensional Landscapes Formed with Layered Acrylic Photographs by Nobuhiro Nakanishi

Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi creates sculptural works that attempt to preserve a singular moment in the natural word, capturing deeply pigmented sunsets and brightly-lit forests in a series he’s titled Layer Drawings. To produce the three-dimensional installations, Nakanishi first photographs an environment over a period of time. He then mounts selected images from his documentation on panels of acrylic in chronological order, allowing slight variation from frame to frame.

“We are all subject to the passing of time, yet each of us feels and perceives it in our own way,” says Nakaniski, “Time itself has no shape or boundary and cannot be fixed or grasped. When we look at the photographs in these sculptures, we attempt to fill in the gaps between the individual images. We draw from our physical experiences to fill in missing time and space, both ephemeral and vague. In this series, I attempt to depict time and space as sensations shared by both viewer and artist.”

Nakaniski is represented by Kashya Hildebrand in London. You can see more of his layered works on his website. (via Tu Recepcja)

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So somebody on my Facebook posted this. And I’ve seen sooooo many memes like it. Images of a canvas with nothing but a slash cut into it, or a giant blurry square of color, or a black circle on a white canvas. There are always hundreds of comments about how anyone could do that and it isn’t really art, or stories of the time someone dropped a glove on the floor of a museum and people started discussing the meaning of the piece, assuming it was an abstract found-objects type of sculpture.

The painting on the left is a bay or lake or harbor with mountains in the background and some people going about their day in the foreground. It’s very pretty and it is skillfully painted. It’s a nice piece of art. It’s also just a landscape. I don’t recognize a signature style, the subject matter is far too common to narrow it down. I have no idea who painted that image.

The painting on the right I recognized immediately. When I was studying abstraction and non-representational art, I didn’t study this painter in depth, but I remember the day we learned about him and specifically about this series of paintings. His name was Ad Reinhart, and this is one painting from a series he called the ultimate paintings. (Not ultimate as in the best, but ultimate as in last.)

The day that my art history teacher showed us Ad Reinhart’s paintings, one guy in the class scoffed and made a comment that it was a scam, that Reinhart had slapped some black paint on the canvas and pretentious people who wanted to look smart gave him money for it. My teacher shut him down immediately. She told him that this is not a canvas that someone just painted black. It isn’t easy to tell from this photo, but there are groups of color, usually squares of very very very dark blue or red or green or brown. They are so dark that, if you saw them on their own, you would call each of them black. But when they are side by side their differences are apparent. Initially you stare at the piece thinking that THAT corner of the canvas is TRUE black. Then you begin to wonder if it is a deep green that only appears black because the area next to it is a deep, deep red. Or perhaps the “blue” is the true black and that red is actually brown. Or perhaps the blue is violet and the color next to it is the true black. The piece challenges the viewer’s perception. By the time you move on to the next painting, you’re left to wonder if maybe there have been other instances in which you believe something to be true but your perception is warped by some outside factor. And then you wonder if ANY of the colors were truly black. How can anything be cut and dry, black and white, when even black itself isn’t as absolute as you thought it was?

People need to understand that not all art is about portraying a realistic image, and that technical skills (like the ability to paint a scene that looks as though it may have been photographed) are not the only kind of artistic skills. Some art is meant to be pretty or look like something. Other art is meant to carry a message or an idea, to provoke thought.

Reinhart’s art is utterly genius.

“But anyone could have done that! It doesn’t take any special skill! I could have done that!”

Ok. Maybe you could have. But you didn’t.

Give abstract art some respect. It’s more important than you realize.

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Glaube an allmächtige russische Hacker als Religion anerkannt

Berlin (dpo) - Sie wohnen in jedem Computer auf der ganzen Welt und lenken die Geschicke der Menschheit: Der Glaube an allmächtige russische Hacker, die den Lauf der Weltgeschichte bestimmen, ist heute offiziell als Religion anerkannt worden. Besonders in den USA, aber auch in Deutschland erfreut sich die Glaubensgemeinschaft immer größerem Zulauf. Anhänger des sogenannten Russohackismus sind fest davon überzeugt, dass geheimnisvolle Computerexperten aus Russland hinter nahezu sämtlichen größeren Ereignissen stecken, für die es sonst keine zufriedenstellende Erklärung gibt. Dazu zählen nicht nur klassische Hackerangriffe unbekannten Ursprungs, sondern unter anderem auch Falschmeldungen, überraschende Wahlergebnisse, Strafzettel, Hexenschuss und verknotete Kopfhörerkabel.  Wir besuchen einen russohackistischen Gebetskreis in Berlin-Wedding:
"Russische Hacker sind allmächtig. Sie bestimmen, wer Präsident wird, sie beeinflussen die Bundestagswahl, sie veröffentlichen Nacktbilder von Promis", beschreibt Frank Grebbler (44) nach dem gemeinsamen Gebet seinen Glauben.  Aus der Kirche ist der ehemals gläubige Katholik ausgetreten: "Ich habe den falschen Götzen abgeschworen, um mich ganz der Verehrung russischer Hacker hinzugeben. Codes Gnade sei mit uns!" Ob Wladimir Putin mit den heiligen Wesen in Verbindung steht, wird unter Russohackisten kontrovers diskutiert. Während manche den Präsidenten Russlands für einen Propheten halten, ist er für andere nur ein Scharlatan, der sich im Glanz der unsterblichen Hacker sonnt.  Auch die Frage, welches Ziel russische Hacker mit ihren allgegenwärtigen Attacken verfolgen und warum sie etwa den Iran-Verbündeten Katar bloßstellten, ist laut Grebbler unklar. "Wir können und müssen nicht alles wissen. Es wäre anmaßend, ihrem allmächtige Wirken irgendwelche kleinlichen Motive zu unterstellen. Die Wege der russischen Hacker sind unergründlich."
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