Frederik De Wilde
Artist from Brussels inspired by science and technology in both form and production of art works:
Frederik De Wilde acts on the border area between science, technology and art. The conceptual crux of his artistic praxis are the notions of the intangible, inaudible, invisible. It is this interstitial territory that Frederik De Wilde explores in his various works. Sometimes on the side of the technological, and often in the perceptual, conceptual, social—human—register, De Wilde’s art is grounded in the interaction between complex systems, both biological and technological. Moreover, the indistinct, diffuse, ‘fuzzy’ arena where the biological and the technological overlap and commingle is a productive and favored ground for his projects/ projections.
More at his website here
[h/t - Data is Nature]
‘Serpentine’ by Mark Laita, Amazing Photographs Of Snakes With Gorgeous Graphic Patterns On Their Skin
a spring thaw in the north atlantic combined with winds, ocean currents and the coastal landscape result in intricate swirling sea ice pattens. though seemingly wispy, these glacial flows are actually made up of thousands of ice chunks a few metres across — large enough to make maritime navigation difficult.
the photos (click pics for sources and location) were captured by the m.o.d.i.s. instruments aboard nasa’s terra and aqua satellites, save third and eight pictures, which were taken by astronauts aboard the international space station.
as phil plait put it, “i am awed and moved when i see images like the one above. its beauty is transcendent, and was made possible by our curiosity, our desire to learn more about the world we live in — an urge so strong we invented science, and engineering, and then built satellites that can look back at us from space and show us how surpassingly beautiful our world is, and how we need to take care of it.”
the past several years have seen sea ice in the arctic below the 1979-2000 average, with this past september displaying the lowest volumes yet recorded. these photos speak to the effects of climate change, as warmer winter temperatures result in thinner ice, which creates more free drifting sea ice in the spring and summer.
For every mask that we take off there is always one more left on—an endless recession of masks, of depths of withdrawal. As long as there is life, there is the ability to recede further. The self is infinitely reductive and is never reduced to nothing. Alternatively, one can reach out and touch infinitely into the other person, the other thing, the outside, and having always to reach yet further.
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek and cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.
The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow—
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame;
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.
They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shrudder comes o’er me—
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee so well—
Long, long I shall rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.
In secret we met—
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?—
With silence and tears.
— Dinah Craik, A Life for a Life (via fables-of-the-reconstruction)
This pi may be old, but it’s still delicious.
Gah, I love vintage Coronet Instructional Films. You can watch the whole Coronet archive here, for free!
Happy OKKULT Pi Day
EXCERPTS >|< Meaning Of Pi (1949)
A series of Animated GIFs excerpted from Meaning of Pi (1949). The video Explains how pi denotes the ratio of a circle to its diameter, shows the use of circles in art, industry and commerce, outlines a procedure by which the numerical value of pi can be checked and reviewed, and describes the discovery and importance of pi.
We invite you to watch the full video HERE
Excerpts by OKKULT Motion Pictures: a collection of GIFs excerpted from open source/unknown/rare/controversial moving images.
A digital curation project for the diffusion of open knowledge.
Stefano Della Bella
Playing Card Prints Featuring Nations of the World
Italy (c. 1640s)
From Jeu de la géographie
Featured here are Brazil, Mexico, Chile, China, Armenia, Sumatra, Mauritania, The Barbary Coast, Numidia, and Canada.
Nations or continents were often personified this way in European art from the 1600s and 1700s, evolved from the trend of “Allegories of the Continents" and costume design books that were already popular. Over time, these depictions changed from viewing "far away lands" almost from a fantasy perspective during the Medieval Era, to those like the above which practically seem like ads for mail-order brides.
The representation of the these geographical regions as women, frequently partially nude and definitely sexualized, reflect how these regions were viewed in the European imagination-ripe for “conquer”. Many European artists in the 1600s and 1700s were commissioned to travel to various colonized nations and create works featuring the people, plants, animals, and attributes of the region in order to drum up enthusiasm, and more importantly, funding, for these “projects” overseas from the wealthy elite of Europe.
Female bodies being used to further these aims and promote the idea that these nations were full of sexually available women and opportunities to make unheard-of amounts of money can also be seen in the works of Albert Eckhout and his portraits of the peoples of Brazil. The peoples of Africa and the Americas were often also depicted as degenerate either morally or culturally, in attempts to also elicit the fervor of missionaries and other colonizing forces.
The Pinch is a
fucking coolsmall community center and library located in the mountain village of Shuanghe, China. Designed by John Lin and Olivier Ottevaere, the pinch features a curved roof which doubles as a children’s slide, an indoor library and a playground.
What the fuck is that, “act my age”?
What do I care how old I am?
The Ocean is old as fuck.
It will still drown your ass with vigor. ❞
— (via 122782)