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“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffet
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Sticky Art – A Giant Human Head Covered in Thousands of Pieces of Used Chewing Gum

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Canadian novelist and artist Douglas Coupland organised a colorful, albeit sticky, art project in May this year – he invited people to stick chewed up wads of gum on a seven-foot fiberglass statue of his own head.

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Burning Man and Ephemeral Geographies

"An aerial perspective on Burning Man 2013, in Black Rock Playa, NV"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 9, 2014 12:31 PM

This annual arts festival with a strong counter-cultural ethos literally is an experiment in producing alternative urban and cultural geographies that reject normative regulations embedded within societies. These geographies created last only about a week, as an escape from the regular strictures of society. Burning Man celebrates alternative spiritualities and creates monuments to impermanence while allowing people to wear zany costumes. Many feel that in leaving behind ‘the real world’ they find their true home at Burning Man. The ephemeral alternative geographies then fade back into the desert but not without creating a visually remarkable place. Some feel that the festival has become too popular and famous to be what it truly was intended to be as the rich and famous descend on the playa as well.


Questions to Ponder: Part of Burning Man’s success is due to its impermanence; if this community were created to exist year-round, would it still work? Why or why not? Why do festivals like this attract so many? What does it culturally say about the participants and the societies that they leave behind?


Tags: communityplace, architectureimages, art, landscape.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, September 13, 2014 11:58 AM

Fascinating topic for research...connect it to ecology themes, economics, psychology...what else?

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World Map Made from Recycled Computers

World Map Made from Recycled Computers | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

While this image does not show the whole work of art, I wanted to show a close-up so that the circuitry could be seen.  Susan Stockwell is a cartographically inspired artist, who has frequently used maps as both medium and theme of her artwork.  With e-waste being a growing concern, the meanings behind this installation expands our understands of this piece.  For more of her work, see: http://www.susanstockwell.co.uk/


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Furniture designed to Maximize Space

Amazing design and stylish furniture...

 

While I typically focus on the geospatial, this is an excellent example of (non-geo) spatial thinking.  The design in this furniture reminds me of the work of urban planners--mixed use areas to satisfy the needs of many populations. 

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Jon Neill Creates the Most Amazing Pumpkin Carvings You’ve Ever Seen

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Hollywood artist Jon Neill’s pumpkin carvings are so scary they might just give you nightmares this Halloween.

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The World is all about Money

The World is all about Money | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"A world map used by Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag to visualize economic markets. The map contains approximately 3,000 coins and every continent is built out of its countries’ currencies. Used in various medias during 2009."  If you look closely you will notice that the coins are from the region that they are cartographically representing.  To see more by this artist, visit: http://www.penser.se/


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How to Make a Human Arabesque

This film and photographic experiment set out to prove The Power of X by attempting an Ideas Worth Doing for TEDxSUMMIT. The project fused architecture, danc...

 

This is a great demonstration of spatial thinking extending far beyond 'just' the discipline of geography.  Using spatial thinking, we can create truly breath-taking works of art.  To see more about this on the TED-ED site, see: http://ed.ted.com/on/AOxez5KX  


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 28, 2013 3:38 PM

 

This is a great demonstration of spatial thinking extending far beyond 'just' the discipline of geography.  Using spatial thinking, we can create truly breath-taking works of art.  Read more about this on the TED-ED site.

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The Geography of the Year in Music

The Geography of the Year in Music | INTRODUCTION TO THE SOCIAL SCIENCES DIGITAL TEXTBOOK(PSYCHOLOGY-ECONOMICS-SOCIOLOGY):MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list (Wisconsin punches far above its weight in pop music - Eau Claire & Madison best NY, LA, London on per capita basis - http://t.co/YdfboCAg...)...

 

Where is popular culture produced?  Why are these cities on the list?  Any surprises? 


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