Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Paesaggio Lunare" by Federico Strazzullo

"Paesaggio Lunare" means "Moon Landscape" in italian. It is a block of plaster of 60x40x10cm. 

When I was an adolescent, my dream was to travel to the moon. I sincerely don't know if one day in my life, life on the moon will be possible in a city, but if it happens, I would love to travel in space. We know it is already possible, but I hope there will be low-costs space airlines. 250 000$ with Virgin Galactic seems a little away from lots of people's budget... So here is this miniature landscape to materialize that dream. I usually love all that is related to space. 

Federico Strazzullo was born in Paris, the 31st of March 1982. He did different studies, but from 2005, decided to become an artist. Time passing by, he discovered and experimented with lots of art expressions. Since he became more at ease with painting in 2010, he exhibited in five galleries in Turin, Paris and London.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Romain Laurent is Weird...

...and funny. French photographer, his work is artistically humorous and entertaining. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Don't Read the Newspaper, Read Circa

...and Stickazine. You want the news. You check the NY Times online, but everything is so overwhelming, you barely know where to look and what to click on. All the articles seem important. And then, there are the curious looking ones that catch your attention, like "Top 10 [person, place or thing]" or "Why You Shouldn't [noun, adjective or verb]". In the end, you wind up leaving the website frustrated, upset at having wasted your time and log into Facebook. How will you ever know what's going on in the world?

  Keeping up with our quick-fast-and-in-a-hurry culture, the Circa app frees you of the burden of having to scan through the paper. Each news article is displayed as a snippet, describing only the key components of current events. Most recent stories, such as "Google paves way for user endorsement ads", "Instagram disables ability to stop autoplaying videos" or "New York Comic Con apologizes for Twitter hacking" can be clicked on for a more in depth read. Illustrated throughout, all articles can be shared and include linked citations. Now that is one creative source.

When it really comes in handy: know that Google updated their Terms of Use, but don't have time (or sufficient will) to read through the whole thing? The story is on Circa. Read on the go, in the bus, or on the metro. The clever choice of a blue and white color palette also make the experience far less stressful than large blocks of black and white text.

The downfalls: our attention span has slimmed to the point where we can no longer read the paper. Or rather, we are constantly being asked to perform tasks due by yesterday of last year, and are being fed vast amounts of information in such small amounts of time. Either way, the Circa app makes it easier to get work done because you're spending less time reading the news. This time allows the public to form their own opinion, do some fact-checking and even further research. Provided you use it wisely, this tool will keep you informed...and you've got to admit it's pretty cool.

is there an app you like that increases your productivity? Tell us about it in the comments!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Federico Strazzullo answers "Can Art Change the Economy?"

Federico Strazzullo sent an essay on "Can Art Change the Economy?"

Let's start by introducing some history of art. Since forever, there has been economy in art. For instance, during the Middle Age, painters were accredited for working in churches, representing as realistically as possible figures and scenes from the Bible. Every painter learned with conventional methods and techniques thanks to their respective master.

During the Renaissance, perspective was discovered and revolutioned painting, giving it a three dimensional aspect, so that representation was even more realistic. In these times, anatomy by dissecting human corpses was spread out but the Church looked for stopping these artists who were considered as necrophagous.

So from this point, the purpose of painting was not only for rich families and the Church, but for Science. This allowed medecine and doctors to make terrific progresses, thanks to the drawing precision of every part of the human body by Leonardo da Vinci (muscles, bones, nerves, etc.).

From the 20th century, we know all the changes there were thanks to industrial revolution (telephone, trains, etc.) which freed up people's minds, and so art expression drastically evolved, and also thanks to the States laicism.

Now, trying to give a precise answer on the other side is a tough one.

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