Nathalie Du Pasquier, Paper, 1983
The Borobudur Temple | Hengki Koentjoro
Borobudur is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. Founded by a king of the Saliendra dynasty, it was built to honour the glory of both the Buddha and its founder, a true king Bodhisattva. The name Borobudur is believed to have been derived from the Sanskrit words vihara Buddha uhr, meaning the Buddhist monastery on the hill. Borobudur temple is located in Muntilan, Magelang, and is about 42 km from Yogyakarta city.
…a species of venus clam (veneridae) that occurs throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Like other members of the genus Pitar P. lupanarai posses an unusual series of curved spines on the posterior slop of each valve, their exact function remains unknown. Like other bivalves P. lupanaria is a filter feeder and will filter the water around it for organic material.
“The Sloughi was originally bred by the Berbers of North Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) to hunt game such as hare, fox, jackal, gazelle and wild pigs. Its exact origins date too far back to be completely known and remain speculative. In its countries of origin, the Sloughi is the only dog treated as family and allowed into the tent. It is also bred and selected with the same care as an Arabian horse” (source: http://www.akc.org/breeds/sloughi/index.cfm)
Lampyris noctiluca is a firefly species from Europe (Coleoptera/Lampyridae). These beetles use their bioluminescence to attract mates. The adult females are mostly famed for their glow, although all stages of their life cycle are capable of glowing.
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THE ART OF MICROFLUIDICS
Research in fluid dynamics at the micro level produces amazing images. Colored dyes are used to track liquid flow, and the result can produce beautiful photographs. Even the lab setups are beautiful!
The underlying science is that fluids in micro-channels cannot present turbulence: they exemplify laminar flow. The friction of the walls of the channels becomes very important causing fluids to behave much like honey in a coffee cup.
Albert Folch’s lab at the University of Washington has created their own microfluidic art gallery using images from their research. You can even order photocanvases of their work (all proceeds go back to the lab to fund more art). The group has exhibited their art in Seattle and in Barcelona.
Before Disco… the Cheetah nightclub in New York City, 1967
I have been known to give this answer to people who ask me what I want to do with my life.
I have my answer to everything for the holiday question rounds.
Let’s Talk Teen-Agers…The Good Ones
"They tool up their cars with triple carburetors, blast off to the drag strip, eat fried broccoli [!] sandwiches, and drink Coke mixed with ginger ale. They like the lights low, the tempo hot, a real "bop beat" that lets the girls swing out and swirl their skirts. They cut their hair flattop or pony-tail style, wear leotards and button-down sports shirts, trade bobby pins and football letters when they’re going steady. It’s Zorch! It’s crazy! It’s teen-age life."
Newsweek November 23, 1959
Portrait of Elizabeth Murray
England (c. 1650)
Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm
I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.
Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens
ALL. THE. TIME.
Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.
Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.
Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.
Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?
Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:
The actual painting:
Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:
The actual painting:
PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):
But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.
These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.
I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.
The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:
Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.
This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.
If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.
I just learned things.