The SKOR Codex is a printed book which will be sent to different locations on earth in the year 2012. It contains binary encoded image and sound files selected to portray the diversity of life and culture at the Foundation for Art and Public Domain (SKOR), and is intended for any intelligent terrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find it. The files are protected from bitrot, software decay and hardware failure via a transformation from magnetic transitions on a disk to ink on paper, safe for centuries. Instructions in a symbolic language explain the origin of the book and indicate how the content is to be decoded. La Société Anonyme noted that “the package will be encountered and the book decoded only if there will be advanced civilizations on earth in the far future. But the launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about art on this planet.” Thus the record is best seen as a time capsule and a statement rather than an attempt to preserve SKOR for future art historians. The SKOR Codex is a project by La Société Anonyme.
La Société Anonyme is an artist’s collective born from the ashes of the Dutch 2013 funding cuts to the arts.
I can never get enough of Ryoji Ikeda’s work. I count myself very very lucky to have been in a position to visit Hobart for MOFO festival to see him perform live. Can’t wait another month or two for him to be in Sydney!
Ryoji Ikeda - “data.anatomy” three screen projection
See-Through Brain Made Possible by Neuroscientists
Biology Guild: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains: You take the brain out of the mouse, soak it in chemicals for a couple of days, and voila! It becomes transparent.
That’s not just a parlor trick. It lets scientists see both anatomical and chemical details in their natural, three-dimensional setting. And how big of a deal is that?
During the development of the process called CLARITY, “I burned and melted more than a hundred brains,” said Kwanghun Chung, the primary author of the Stanford paper. Now “I have a transparent liver, lungs and heart.” The team was lead by bioengineer and psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth.
This research was conducted at the Deisseroth Lab at Stanford University.
Photos, video stills and original paper: Nature Journal
I had the pleasure of visiting 13 Rooms last night - it’s on at Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay in Sydney, and has been put on by the Kaldor Public Art Project.
Some of the rooms were great, some were okay.
The Marina Abramović work Luminosity was absolutely awesome.
I highly recommend visiting.
My other favourite rooms were:
Xu Zhen, In Just a Blink of an Eye, 2005
When Neuroscience becomes art.
Neuroanatomy and neuroscience were never so interesting, especially when you don’t have to “visualize” them on an atlas, but you can admire their beauty and perfect organization in an Asian sumi-e style.
These paintings represent, in order:
- Synaptogenesis - Formation of synapses between neurons, cells electrically excitable, that allows information’s transmission.
- Hippocampus - Important part of the limbic system, correlated to the consolidation of information from short-term memory to long-term memory. In Alzheimer’s disease, it is the main region of the brain to suffer damage and waste.
- Retina - A light-sensitive layer of the eye, with neurons interconnected by synapses.
- Cortex - The outer surface layer of the cerebrum, composed of gray matter. It is so advanced in humans that it is organized in “gyri”, achieving maximum mass with minimum volume. Cortex develops memory, attention, thought, language and consciousness.
Neuroscience art is realized by Greg Dunn.
Photos Source: http://www.gregadunn.com/.