Cow: the digestive system’s complex mysteries
Nova Jiang is an artist and UCLA alumna who makes work that connects different fields and encourages audience participation. One of her recent projects was done for the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum. ’Cow’ is an interactive mechanical wood sculpture that kids can place a ball in it’s mouth and watch it travel a simplified version of the digestive cycle.
Cow from Nova Jiang on Vimeo.
It actually took me several seconds to realize what was going on.
This is another one of those things, where I’m not sure why I’m so excited about it, but I am. Here it is: layers of the earth made into a cake. Check it. Also, it looks delicious. I would eat the shit out of that cake.
Israeli artist and jazz musician Michal Levy is a synesthetic: When she listens to music, she sees shapes and colors as different tones, pitches, frequencies, harmonies, and other elements of the melody unfold. Her fantastic animated film, Giant Steps, captures this unique experience, visualizing the iconic John Coltrane masterpiece as Michal sees it in her mind’s synesthetic eye.
This has been making the rounds on the interwebs, and I found it unexpectedly moving. As I began scrolling through the years, I was so struck by the faces of these ordinary women. In the early pictures when they are young, they look like they have no idea what life has in store for them, they are just young, pretty women. And as they aged, I found myself wondering, are they happy this year? Who is married this year? Who is divorced? Who is sick? Are they secretly competing with each other? What are their worries?
And each year you can see their youth fading, and I thought, that’ll be me. These ladies look like they lived, perhaps not extraordinary lives, but with the richness that comes from ordinary lives.
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Do you ever feel the need to look at pictures of cool, old stuff? Check out Vintage Everyday. I could seriously spend all day on this website. Like, here’s a gorgeous series of photos. They’re so bizarre, and yet so beautiful.
“In the late 19th century, ‘tightlacing’ among women was in vogue. Polaire was famous for her tiny, corsetted waist, which was reported to have a circumference no greater than 16 inches.”