A huge and happy 4th to everyone! Now get to it. Stop checking email…and Snapchat. Beers don’t drink themselves.

A little love letter for where most of us live Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Not by us but by these great people: photography by Jack Davidson, Joe Picciolo, Steve Roeder, Patrick Haley and Frankie Latina. Editorial by Michael Vollmann

The boss decided to drop in last night around midnight on the office ramp.

Ocupop meeting doodles.

Does a 196 mile relay race from Madison to Chicago sound fun? What about 12 smelly people sharing 2 vans? How about getting lost on the final leg in downtown Chicago? We thought so. Congrats to Michael and Nick who ran in the Ragnar Relay Series!

Wind is wonderful. 


Windswept by Charles Sowers

Though we cannot physically hold wind or see its swirling forms around us, we can definitely feel it.

In order to help visualize wind-currents, artist Charles Sowers created a kinetic installation consisting of 612 aluminum weather vanes called “Windswept” (2011). These were then meticulously placed on the side of the Randall Museum in San Francisco. Through this installation, we are able to see the patterns in the wind; where the currents go, how they turn, and sometimes how wind can abruptly change direction. This gives us a visual representation of the natural, invisible, force which moves around us, and sometimes with enough force, pushes and pulls us.

As the artist states:

Our ordinary experience of wind is as a solitary sample point of a very large invisible phenomenon. Windswept is a kind of large sensor array that samples the wind at its point of interaction with the Randall Museum building and reveals the complexity and structure of that interaction.

This sort of installation creates a better understanding, and appreciation, of the wind. It is not just one large gust; a single wave can be made up of smaller currents, going in their own directions from the main flow. A dialogue begins to form between the building and the wind, the weather vanes acting as translators.

-Anna Paluch

Go on. Geek out. 


Seismic Activities

Continuing the topic of last week’s post on earthquake inspired art, this post will highlight two more artists whose works are inspired by fault lines and our Earth’s movements.

Juan Geuer was an artist whose works resulted from a harmonious blend of art and science. The artists’ most well-known piece is “Al Asnaam” (1979), which permanently resides at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

The piece includes a highly sensitive horizontal pendulum, which reacts to movements on the Earth’s surface, later translating those movements through a laser-light which pierces the space to project itself onto the opposing wall. The room in which the piece resides becomes part of the installation, and the people walking around the piece inside the room help create very minute ‘earthquakes’ with every step they take; or what the piece reads as earthquakes. It is known as a “people participating seismometer”, which in turn helps audiences become aware of the effect that our daily movements have on the Earth’s surface.

Ken Goldberg is a professor and artist whose collaborative work “Bloom” (2013) utilizes his geographic location, almost a kilometre and a half away from California’s Hayward Fault line, to create an “Internet-based earthwork”. This work tracks the low-level movements of the fault line, showing that even when there is no massive quake, the ground below us is constantly moving, pulling different ways, and grumbling away unnoticed. The webpage that supports this work, broadcasts these movements live, translating them into bursts of vibrant colours.

The works of these two artists, help us to understand both how we impact our own Earth’s movements, and just how unpredictable those movements can be.

-Anna Paluch

How Google responds to government requests. Informative and creepy.

I think making art is about bringing into being things that you want to be … If I don’t make them, I won’t see them.

It’s Monday.