Sunday, 14 November 2010

The brain

Print screen of webpage showing short animation about the brain. Click on the image to take you to the animation.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Frank Kunert

Departure Gate

 Outside Toilet

Sliced or Whole?

Info about artist:

'Kunert has spent weeks, sometimes even months, working with deco boards, plasticine and paint, in order to model his thoughts in 3D. With an exceptional eye for detail, he has constructed faultless models, and created scenes that look just like the real thing. Kunert never flicks on his studio lights and reaches for his large-format camera until he feels that his models have reached a state of perfection -- until they have become little worlds of their own.

And, it is true, these intricate models could very well stand on their own. But by taking photographs of them, the complexity of these elaborately staged worlds (as well as the intended visual illusion they create) is made manifest. For Kunert, photo montage and computer animation do not come into question. He has no interest in getting fast results, or of achieving a perfect high-gloss surface. In his mind, it is not only perfectly acceptable that viewers of his large prints can detect that these are pictures taken of models; they should actually be aware of this fact. The "analogue look" of his photographs is intentional -- Kunert's answer to digitalization is creating images of the tangible.'

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Friday, 12 November 2010

How to make yourself hallucinate

Found this article here :, while searching for images of a brain

Text by Johan Lehrer, graphics by Javier Zarracina

"DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn't it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or mescaline, it's easy to fling open the doors of perception without them: All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works.

The first thing to know is that the mind isn't a mirror, or even a passive observer of reality. Much of what we think of as being out there actually comes from in here, and is a byproduct of how the brain processes sensation. In recent years scientists have come up with a number of simple tricks that expose the artifice of our senses, so that we end up perceiving what we know isn't real - tweaking the cortex to produce something uncannily like hallucinations. Perhaps we hear the voice of someone who is no longer alive, or feel as if our nose is suddenly 3 feet long."

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sarah Herman Tools of the Trade

I came across this on the Guardian website

It kind of reminds me of how I feel when we get projects. Unfortunately I don't share her enthusiasm of giving presentations but it's a nice way of thinking about it.


We had to do a 30 second Powerpoint, I did mine on the Theory of Relativity but though I enjoyed trying to piece together what it was and who came up with it (it wasn't just Einstein you know!), I think I might struggle with it during the project.

So I thought I'd change it to:
Brain Plasticity!

I'm reading a book called, 'The Plastic Mind' by Sharon Begley. It begins with a foreword written by the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso who was the first to introduce Science into the monastic curriculum. There is a lovely story of the Dalai Lama as a young boy growing up and his curiousity as to how the objects in the palace's chambers worked. He would take them apart and put them together, this was, to him much interesting than philosophy.

Brain Plasticity or Neuroplasticity as it is also known as is the ability of the brain to remodel itself in response to experiences. The neurons are able to make 'new'/alternative connections to compensate for an injury or disease.

Fiction- Unfinished final piece

I'm annoyed for not finishing them on time but I didn't want to end up rushing, after spending so much time drawing it.

During the crit it was mentioned that the difference between the End of The World and Hard-boiled Wonderland is not clear as it was with the A3 drawing I made (need to put that up on here!). I'm not sure if this is because it's not finished or because of the way I was drawing the images, as I mentioned drawing carefully and 'neatly' as I could. I was advised that creating models might have helped me draw things in better perspective and use lighting to add shadows.

I am going to try and spend some time finishing it off, I have begun to paint a forest scene on the top left corner of the 1st image.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Steve Johnson- Where Good Ideas Come From


The article discusses whether innovative ideas come about through random eureka moments from the mind of the lone scientist or whether it is a more collaborative process. Steve Johnson argues that it's the latter.

Animation was created by Cognitive Media to promote the book.