See also: animals and death
Erick Swenson, Untitled, 2004
Idots (Afke Golsteijn and Floris Bakker), Getting into science, 2009
Daniel Firman, Wursa, 2008 (at Fontainebleau Castle, Paris)
Cai Guo-Qiang, Heritage, 2013
Roman Opałka was a French-born Polish painter who painting numbers in horizontal rows, counting from one to infinity. The final number he painted was 5607249. Source: Wikipedia
Swiss artist and photographer Fabian Oefner (1984) is a curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. His images capture in unique and imaginative ways natural phenomena that appear in our daily lives, such as sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, or the unique properties of magnetic ferroliquids. His exploration of the unseen and poetic facets of the natural world is an invitation, as he says, “to stop for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us.”
A bursting ballon filled with corn starch. For a tiny amount of time, the starch still keeps the shape of the balloon, forming this blossom-like structure, before it collapses.
Black Hole is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by centripetal force. Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures.
The combustion of alcohol. A flame is stopped in time as it travels through a glass bottle, containing whiskey and oxygen.
Fabian Oefner’s TED Talk
When photographer Nick Brandt discovered perfectly preserved birds and bats on the shoreline of Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, he took a detour from his usual work.
“I could not help but photograph them,” he says. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”
The lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Here, this has come from volcanic ash, accumulated from the Great Rift valley. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.
Scientists from the Senckenberg Research Institute used sophisticated methods to form 27 model heads based on tiny bone fragments, teeth and skulls collected from across the globe.
Dan Petrovic from http://dejanseo.com.au morphed the images:
Life before death (2008) is a series of powerful portraits taken by German photographer Walter Schels of people before and after they had died. His partner Beate Lakotta conducted interviews with the subjects in their final days.
“I wonder if it’s possible to have a second chance at life? I don’t think so. I’m not afraid of death — I’ll just be one of the million, billion grains of sand in the desert…” – Klara Behrens, 83
“No one asks me how I feel, because they’re all shit scared. I find it really upsetting the way they desperately avoid the subject, talking about all sorts of other things. Don’t they get it? I’m going to die! That’s all I think about, every second when I’m on my own.” – Heiner Schmitz, 52
“Death is a test of one’s maturity. Everyone has got to get through it on their own. I want very much to die. I want to become part of that vast extraordinary light. But dying is hard work. Death is in control of the process, I cannot influence its course. All I can do is wait. I was given my life, I had to live it, and now I am giving it back.” – Edelgard Clavey, 67
“My whole life was nothing but work, work, work, does it really have to happen now? Can’t death wait?”
– Gerda Strech, 68
Via The Guardian
To develop a unique identity for the Sound House Noise, Noise International first explored what noise looks like…
Measuring the Universe from Royal Observatory Greenwich on Vimeo.
Acclaimed evolutionary psychologist Paul Bloom reveals how certain universal aspects of the human mind explain our curious desires, tastes and pleasures.
“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”
― Charles Bukowski
What are the odds that you exist, as you, today? Author Ali Binazir attempts to quantify the probability that you came about and exist as you today and reveals that the odds of you existing are almost zero.