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Art that’s slow, organic, and… nutritious

by Stuart Candy on August 5th, 02008

Each year, Japanese farmers in the town of Inakadate in Aomori prefecture, some 350 miles north of Tokyo, create “crop art” in the local rice paddies…

From Pink Tentacle:

This stop-motion video of the 2008 Inakadate rice crop art is composed of still images captured daily from June 1 to July 3, 2008 via. . .   Read More

Drawing out time’s layers

by Stuart Candy on May 29th, 02008

Here’s an amazing video by Italian street artist Blu: Muto, “An ambiguous animation painted on public walls”, painstakingly produced in Baden (02007) and Buenos Aires (02008), and full of astonishing transformations and lovely interplays between 2D drawn space and 3D, physical elements… Animation plays with how we experience time by constructing an illusory continuity. However, […]

Clock of the Wrong Now

by Stuart Candy on April 28th, 02008

I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every one hundred years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years. If I hurry I should finish the clock in time to see the […]

Before… and after

by Stuart Candy on April 18th, 02008

Online playpen colorwars is currently running a photo competition called YoungMeNowMe, which involves submitting a shot of yourself as a youngster, together with the closest possible recreation of the same setup and pose, today. Blogger and colorwars maestro Ze Frank posts an example: “The image to the left is me at my first showing of […]

California, get ready to rock

by Stuart Candy on April 17th, 02008

California is more than 99% likely to face an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater over the next thirty years, according to a new model which this week produced the first ever statewide forecast.

Associated Press reports:

New calculations reveal there is a 99.7 percent chance a magnitude 6.7 quake or larger. . .   Read More

Engineering a longer view in politics

by Stuart Candy on April 14th, 02008

Image credit: Christopher Sharp

Could the paucity of long-term thinking in the United States be due to a want of engineers in high places?

So suggests a report in EE Times, a long-running electronics industry newspaper, published earlier in the month. It argues that that engineers bring a valuable future-orientation and tendency. . .   Read More

Tagging the world

by Stuart Candy on April 4th, 02008

Computer artist Scott Blake recently launched an online project entitled “Every Barcode”, which we hereby add to our expanding gallery of long term art…

Blake’s “Every Barcode” (exhibited for the next few centuries at is an animated conceptual Net art piece representing every imaginable consumer product. Begun on. . .   Read More

Slowing down

by Stuart Candy on February 4th, 02008

This wonderful video posted online last week by New York-based performance art collective Improv Everywhere showcases their latest project, “Frozen Grand Central”, which mischievously targeted victims of the Big Apple’s notoriously short now.

At first I wondered whether this had anything to do with the campaign by Adbusters Media Foundation, a Vancouver-based. . .   Read More

The Long View abides

by Stuart Candy on February 1st, 02008

Long Now board member Peter Schwartz‘s The Art of the Long View has topped the list of the most important futures works ever, in a worldwide vote by members of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF). Congratulations, Peter! The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World was first published […]

Art by accident

by Stuart Candy on January 25th, 02008

Can art by accident be bred And if it were would art be dead? There is a classic thought experiment made famous by French mathematician Émile Borel, the “infinite monkey theorem“, which states — and I paraphrase — that with enough monkeys pounding away for enough time at enough keyboards (and sustained, presumably, by a […]