Author: Natalie Dixon

fold-it-protein-game
Boomeranged Metaphors

Gamers Solve Enzyme Riddle

In a vivd example of the blur between culture and nature, players using an online game called Foldit have helped solve complex questions for researchers about enzyme models. The solution, which eluded…

Read more

Schiphol Park

Parks & Planes

Along with a library and museum, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport recently added a park to its list of attractions. Officially opened by Princess Irene, the first Airport Park in the world offers a…

Read more

dog_bicycle_edit

Backseat Driver

There’s hardly a shortage of animal lovers following the trend site Coolhunter.net, often generating thousands of “likes” on their Facebook fan page for images of cutesy pugs and great danes frolicking in…

Read more

reindeer
Hypernature

Hallucinogenic Reindeer Moments

Can art change perceptions more than drugs? An art project which was on show in Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof allowed 12 free-roaming reindeer in the former railway station creating a seemingly bucolic Northern…

Read more

panda
Biomimicmarketing

Why Do We Love Pandas?

They remind us of ourselves We love their dexterity – thanks partly to that “pseudo thumb”, which functions as a sixth digit. It’s in the eyes We love their big eyes because…

Read more

Orogenesis-Pollock-2002-C-Joan-Fontcuberta
Hypernature

Next Landscapes

Quoted in a recent interview about his work, Landscapes without Memory, artist Joan Fontcuberta asked, “Could a natural nature exist? The answer is no, or at least, not anymore: man’s presence makes nature artificial.”

Often concerned with the ambiguity of truth, reality and virtuality Fontcuberta’s latest exhibition at photogallery Foam in Amsterdam consists of an expansive series of dramatic 3D landscapes. On first glance the images resemble something like eerie, almost empty Lord of the Rings stills. These aren’t photos but rather images produced by Fontcuberta using software developed for the U.S Air Force.

Originally cartographical data was fed into the programme to produce 3D landscape images, Fontcuberta however, fed the programme visual data – images from great masters like Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne and Turner – producing entirely unique 3D landscapes. (The image above was originally a Pollock). “The representation of nature no longer depends on the direct experience of reality, but on the interpretation of previous images, on representations that already exist. Reality does not precede our experience, but instead it results from intellectual construction.”

Read more

future grocery shopping
Food Technology

Shopping in 2015?

A panacea Yoghurt? Cures athlete’s foot, acne and dandruff! Triple irradiated Spinach? Three-week shelf life! Funa sushu? Asian carp fresh from Lake Superior! Minority Report sequel? Fake or Real? Neither. It’s futuristic…

Read more