Sunday, May 29, 2016

Space

     




     Science has always been a theory followed by a hypothesis but not space because it’s one of the least knowledgeable aspects of science. Space is all about the unknown, which tend to be all about . The astronomer that comes to mind about these theories is Nikolaus Copernicus. Copernicus is from Poland who also is known for being a mathematician. He is the astronomer that put the earth at the center of the galaxy rather than the sun. Copernicus called this the heliocentric solar system, which is one of the most famous models of all time. Copernicus believed that the size and speed of each planet's orbit depended on its distance from the sun. The Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos was there to figure out the Copernicus’ heliocentric model was incorrect and changed to that the sun is the center of the solar system. This idea of models also relates back to art because of the design of the planets and stars. This art releases the wonders of the universe because there are many hidden secrets among the solar system. Going back to the mathematics within the universe with Copernicus, the only way to calculate the solar metrics is with the power of 10 according to Professor Vesna. This creates a simpler range of numbers that calculate facts in the solar system. This is how the subjects of math and art relate back to the aspects of space.


















Sagan, Carl. "A Pale Blue Dot Quotes." Good Reads. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 May 2015.

"SFMOMA | SFMOMA | Explore Modern Art | Our Collection | Robert Rauschenberg | Space (Tribute 21)." San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 May 2015.

Rauschenberg, Robert. Stoned Moon. Digital image. Rauschenberg. Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 May 2015.

Vesna , Victoria, dir. Space Part 1. 2012. Film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2O5C0Iv6ROo#

Vesna , Victoria, dir. Space Part 5. 2012. Film. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WnSUHMXBmdg#

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is the most up and coming art form in today’s generation, because about 25 years ago this type of technology wasn’t even around. Everything is based off of the Nano scale to degree of measurements of science, engineering, and technology. Dr. Gemzewski’s video dissects Richard Feynman’s view on Nanotechnology which was, “The principles of physics, as far as I can see, do not speak against the possibility of maneuvering things atom by atom…put the atoms down where the chemist says, and so you have the substance” (Richard Feynman) This explains that atoms are not only the bases of the Nano scale but all of life. This also relates back to how art and Nanotechnology are related in which is that both of these concepts are merely innovative processes that happen naturally.

Nanotechnology is seen throughout our daily lives and can be found in the environment, electronics, consumer good, sporting goods, and most importantly art and medicine. Medicine has been known for containing nanoparticles through heat and light in certain drugs, which are known for killing cancerous cells. It also brings us a new concept of Nanoart which has been becoming more well known because of the combination of art and information. This shows how the development of Nanotechnology can help many people around the world.

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Event 3

Fowler Event
            During the Fowler event I learned a lot more about robotics and their significance in today’s world. The technology of robotics is a lot more advanced than the average person may assume. One of the main points that interested me the most were the different types of robots and their purpose. The first type of robot we learned about is the humanoid, which is a robot that doesn’t quite look like a human but is in the shape of one, while an android is a robot that looks and acts like a human person. My favorite is the tele-operated robot that answers calls, which is called the telenoid. All of these different types of robots are becoming more and more realistic every year.
                         

      One of the more interesting points is the Robot Asimo, which is one of the first robots ever that are able to walk down stairs. Asimo also relates to another robot Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro because of how advanced they are because this robot looks so much like a human, you couldn’t notice unless you’re with about 25 feet.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Event #2

The Getty Museum 
     The J. Paul Getty is one of the most well known museums on the west coast, it was founded in Malibu and it is directed by Timothy Potts. They Getty over looks Westwood Village from up in the hills.

     One of the more interesting sections that I found within the museum was the Robert Mapplethorpe gallery. One of the more interesting topics that I found was the development of Hardwiring Art, which became based of Mapplethorpe's idea of basing his art of the wiring infrastructure of cities. Artists started noticing the increased wiring would be great for a new art form. This wiring also brought new light prospectives in thee artists pictures, which helped Robert Mapplethorpe become a successful artist. He also influenced many other people, for example Kunie Sugiura based many of his wiring arts off of Mapplethorpe's pieces.
 

     One of my favorite pieces of art found in the Getty is the Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Terrace because of the smooth design and unique shape it brings a different output on art showing that any random design can turn into a beautiful piece. This piece is also placed in front of the beautiful Getty garden, which perfectly resembles my experience there.



Sunday, May 15, 2016

     
     The human brain is one of the most complicated scientific arts in the world. Neuroscience technology is seemingly becoming more advanced through robotics, but it some other cases we might becoming “slaves to machines” Professor Vesna. This is because as machines memorization becomes stronger ours can stay the same without noticing the lack of memorization use, because everything seems to be at the touch of our fingertips with the Internet and books. Another interesting aspect to look at with the brain is dreaming, because “95 percent of what we dream is forgotten” (Professor Vesna) and one of the main questions Professor Vesna asks is where does all of this information go.




The unconscious brain is a mystery to many, because what we know about the brain is only a fraction of what’s inside. This also brings me to question what happens to the people’s brains that are in a coma, because the body is asleep but the mind is awake. I always wondered this because of some personal experiences that I have been apart of. My friend’s father has been in a coma for a couple years now; it’s a very sad circumstance that has affected many people, but one of my wonders is where does the mind go during that stage. I guess it would be a parallel circumstance to when we sleep, because the mind ponders with no control.
 Vesna, Victoria. "Neuroscience + Art Lectures." Desma 9 Lecture. Los Angeles. 11 May 2015. Lecture. Online

               "Day of the Dead - Dia De Los Muertos - Contemporary Altar - Azcentral.com." Day of the Dead Altar. N.p., n.d.                 Web. 17 May 2015.

               "Neuroscience." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 17 May 2015. 

              Vesna, Victoria. “Conscious / Memory (Part 1).” Lecture. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?          feature=player_embedded&v=DLVQIwOn7o8>

              Vesna, Victoria. Lecture. “Conscious / Memory (Part 2).” <http://www.youtube.com/watch?   feature=player_embedded&v=Xlg5wXHWZNI>

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Biotech

Biotechnology is seen more and more throughout in today’s time then ever before, as in hybrids between animals and the GMO in our food. It represents the cellular importance of our body and the life it brings. What stood out to me personally was the bio-art, because it helped bring out the importance of designs, “It was simple; instantly you can explain the idea to anyone.” Professor James Watson. This quote explains the concept of biotechnology, which is the manipulation of cells, which regenerates the same genetics.

The first experiment then comes to my mind is the fluorescent bunny done by Eduardo Kac. He tries to make an exact replica of a rabbit, because he wants to see how far this science can take him. Even though this concept seems to be pretty cool, tend to disagree with this because it serves know other purpose other than exploration. The new manipulations of rabbits cannot be used as food because the proteins are inedible due to being unnatural. The audio microscope, created by Joe Davis, it “allows the user to image particular living cells while simultaneously listening to their greatly amplified - and species-specific - microacoustic signatures” (Davis). This invention helps people look at the insides cells of animals without affecting it. It helps bring us more knowledge on the science of these certain animals. These experiments help prove the importance of biotechnology amongst our lives, because the more we know the better.




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Davis, Joe. "Audio Microscope." Viewingspace.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2015. <http://www.viewingspace.com/genetics_culture/pages_genetics_culture/gc_w03/davis_audio_scope.htm>.

Kac, Eduardo. "GFP Bunny." Ekac.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2015. <http://www.ekac.org/gfpbunny.html>.

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Agapakis, Christina. "Communicating With Aliens Through DNA." Scientificamerican.com. Scientific American, 18 Aug 2012. Web. 10 Nov 2013. <http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/oscillator/2012/08/18/dna-code/>.