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ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT (EPK) Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art

ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT (EPK) Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

WCA International Caucus; Half the Sky: Intersections in Social Practice Art follows on the heels of Woman + Body, our October 2012 collaboration with Hye-Seong Tak Lee and women artists in Seoul and Gwangju, South Korea. In March 2013, The International Caucus of the Women's Caucus for Art was invited by the Wei Er Shen, President of LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China to create an art-based cultural exchange and exhibition between artists and essayists juried through WCA and women artists curated in China. This will be held at the LuXun Academy April 15-30, 2014. In addition to the exhibiiton, Half the Sky: Intersections of Social Practice Art will include a sixteen member delegation of selected WCA members, who will travel to Shenyang for the opening of this exhibition and to participate in 2-3 days of interactive events with the Chinese artists and students of the Academy.


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Turn Your Bike into an Electric Hybrid with MIT’s “Copenhagen Wheel”

Turn Your Bike into an Electric Hybrid with MIT’s “Copenhagen Wheel” | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
Originally created by researchers at MIT, the Copenhagen Wheel transforms ordinary bicycles quickly into hybrid e-bikes. It allows bike riders to capture the energy dissipated while cycling and braking and save it for when you need a bit of a boost.

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Thermoformable bio-plastic developed - Materia

Thermoformable bio-plastic developed - Materia | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

A mock-up of a bio-plastics façade has been created that is made of 90% bio-plastics. This project leads the way towards new levels of both recycling and renewability in façades. A consortium of designers, researchers and academics developed the material, called ArboBlend, and a triangulated façade material from it, the ArboSkin.

 

The project took place at the ITKE, a research department at the University of Stuttgart, where the team developed a new thermo-formable material for façade cladding made primarily from renewable resources. The material was developed to suit the building industry’s need for renewable and free-formable materials. The ArboBlend bio-plastic, a development byTecnaro, comprises over 90% bio-polymers, and a little under 10% is a mix of inorganic mineral compounds. These minerals help protect the material from UV light. The bio-plastic contains no halogens, chlorines or bromines. Oil-based components and additives are also kept to a minimum, meaning that recycling is both easier and cleaner than normal.

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Disney Research » Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding

Disney Research » Paper Generators: Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
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PPaper Generators are based on electrets: materials that hold quasi-permanent electric charge. Our implementation makes use of PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) sheets, commonly known by the brand name Teflon®. When the PTFE sheet is rubbed with ordinary paper, opposite-polarity charges accumulate on the surfaces of the paper and the PTFE due to the triboelectric effect, forming the electret (Figure a). Because PTFE has a lower electron affinity than paper, charge on the PTFE is negative. When the PTFE sheet is stacked with conductive layers that serve as electrodes, such as silver coated polyester sheets or paper with printed conductive ink, the charge on the PTFE attracts free charges of opposite polarity, which then accumulate on the surface of the conductors, as shown in Figure b. This structure forms the basis of Paper Generators.

 

The operation of the Paper Generators relies on the movement of the two conductive sheets relative to each other and the electret, PTFE. Energy is created when a user moves electrodes. As the relative positions of the sheets change, the distribution of the induced charges, the electric field, and the total capacitance between the conductors change, resulting in an electric potential difference between the conductors (Figure c). Hence, the movements of the sheets and the field source are converted into electrical potential energy that can do work.

 

The same principle of operation applies to the horizontal movement of the top electrode (sliding). It is also possible to replace the top electrode with the user’s hand. In this scenario, the user holds and rubs the PTFE sheet on and off the bottom electrode, while touching the other end of the voltmeter with his free hand. The circuit is completed through the users body. These different Paper Generator configurations and structures allow for energy generation using different user gestures, such as tapping, rubbing, touching, rotating and sliding.

 
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Conductive Paint Turns Plain Old Paper Into Playable Instruments

Conductive Paint Turns Plain Old Paper Into Playable Instruments | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

Handing a trumpet to a child and expecting some Louis Armstrong skills is a tall order, but it’s possible to get them producing basic tunes with a simple sheet of loose leaf. MusicInk allows kids to paint—and play!—a plain old piece of paper like a musical gizmo.

 

The prototype kits made a recent appearance at Maker Faire Rome. Visitors could test things out by out filling in the instrument-shaped stencils with a few coats of specialelectronically conductive pigment, then connecting their creation to an Arduino Duemilanove board and Sparkfun MPR121 controller housed in a good looking wooden box, which is linked via bluetooth to a smartphone app.

 

Up to 12 electrodes can be attached to different works of art at a time, which then perform like capacitive sensors (reacting to taps and swipes in the same way your iPhone might), each producing a sound sampled from the Philharmonia Orchestra. Check out the vid below to see the a group of youngsters having fun with the process—it’s pretty impressive to see the little guy tapping out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

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Tools for Green Living | Your Source for Solar Photovoltaic Technology News, Information And Analysis

Tools for Green Living | Your Source for Solar Photovoltaic Technology News, Information And Analysis | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

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Is this a novel type of architectural design in Canada? A collection of eye-catching stained glass installations by a Toronto artist is generating solar power in three provinces, and one of them is in the process of being hooked up to the Saskatchewan grid.

"Lux Gloria" by Sarah Hall, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, is currently being connected to Saskatoon Light & Power's electrical distribution network. The artwork, which consists of solar panels embedded in brightly colored, hand-painted art glass, had just been re installed and upgraded after breaking and falling into the church last year. Once it is connected, the cathedral will be able to use the solar power produced by the art installation to offset its own power consumption from the regular grid.

These solar panels are expected to produce about 2,500 kilowatt hours annually or about a third to a quarter of the 8,000 to 10,000 kilowatt hours consumed by a typical home in Saskatoon each year. All of this solar power is expected to be used by the cathedral itself, although there may be times when the church system feeds power back into the grid. This installation will become Saskatchewan's first building-integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV), where solar panels are embedded directly into walls, windows or other parts of a building's main structure.

It's a trend that is expected to grow in the future as the traditional practice of mounting solar panels on rooftops isn't practical for many city buildings, including some churches.  Because the solar cells aren't transparent, a high-tech "dichroic" glass is added to the back of the cells in some cases to make them colorful and reflective. "Water-glass" also incorporates heat-mirror glass in order to reduce heat leakage into and out of the building. New solar technologies for windows that would allow them to be transparent and generate solar energy, such as spray-on photovoltaic coatings, are currently under development for use in building-integrated photovoltaics

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Salvaged Solar Light

Salvaged Solar Light | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

Where do you get Solar Lights to Salvage? - I ran one over with a lawnmower, my nephew got aggressive shoveling snow and smashed one, and I find these lights typically stop working because water gets in and rusts up the connections and/or the batteries just wear out..All these variations can be up-cycled via this Instructable!

Broken down solar lights require some or all of these extra steps:
 - cut off the excess broken plastic
 - replace worn out corroded battery
 - clean rusty connections on the battery holder
 - resolder disconnected wires. Fortunately the circuit boards for these lights were very simple and were marked

+b (positive from the battery)
-b (negative from the battery (typically black)
+s (positive coming from the solar cell)
-s (hmm, I'm starting to see a pattern here)
-CDS - only found this on one light I repaired ...it's where the light censor gets connected (orientation doesn't matter) (CDS stands for Cadmium-Sulfide Sensor (aka a photocell))

 
Otherwise everything else is the same as the steps for a New Solar Light.

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Reflections on CO2 Edenburgh from Creative Carbon Scotland

Reflections on CO2 Edenburgh from Creative Carbon Scotland | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

Project Summary


CO2 Edenburgh arose out of the opportunity to collaborate with ecoartscotland, Art Space Nature, artists Tim Collins and Reiko Goto and programming professional Chris Malcolm on an exhibition in the ECA Tent Gallery during the Edinburgh Art Festival 2013. Broadly the project sought to uncover the invisible effects of Edinburgh’s festivals on the city’s CO2 levels, engaging audiences in local CO2 levels affected by various factors; topography of the city, traffic, audiences breathing out, green spaces etc. The project used cutting edge technology to capture CO2 levels provided by two Scotland-based companies, Gas Sensing Solutions and Envirologger.

 

What did we do?

For the duration of the exhibition Creative Carbon Scotland moved their office to the Tent Gallery to invigilate the exhibition and make the most of the public presence of CCS during the festival.

The project consisted of four main elements:

The Tent Gallery exhibition with real-time data displays for stationary CO2 monitors placed in various outdoor locations including Princes St Gardens and Arthur’s Seat and indoor venues such as Fruitmarket Gallery and National Gallery of ScotlandGuided tours of the city with portable CO2 sensors and LED displays led by Carbon Catchers Catriona Patterson and Dave YoungFour discussions curated by ecoartscotland asking the question –Can art change the climate?An online blog and summary of discussions.
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Autumn – Winter ’13 Training Programme Dates Announced

Autumn – Winter ’13 Training Programme Dates Announced | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

Part of Creative Carbon Scotland’s mission is to support arts organisations, artists and audiences to be as environmentally sustainably as possible. To achieve this we provide artists and arts organisations with all of the practical training, tools and support they need to begin reducing their environmental impact through a year-round training programme across the country and one-on-one support via phone and email.

 

This enables individuals and organisations to get ahead of climate change regulationsand make the most of the financial savings,artistic opportunities and market advantages to operating in more sustainable ways. Our training programme and website provide staff in any role in cultural organisations with the necessary skills and knowledge to identify where their key environmental impacts lie and implement actions to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;Communicating with their audiences;Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

Our workshops cover all the areas of environmental impact you need to consider when it comes to measuring and reducing your carbon footprint. They are suitable to all levels and staff in any role in cultural organisations.

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Progress and challenges for reinventing food packaging for sustainability

Progress and challenges for reinventing food packaging for sustainability | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
Nature has provided the food industry with the perfect packages to imitate in the drive to embrace a new genre of sustainable packaging material, according to new research.

 

Industry data indicate that use of sustainable packaging diverted about 1.5 billion pounds of paper, plastic and other packaging material from landfills between 2005 and 2010 in the United States alone. Plastic wrap and cardboard boxes may seem like feather-weights. But along with other food packaging, they account for about one-third of the 250 million pounds of solid waste that people in the United States produce annually.

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Although it completely reusable packaging is always the best, lets explore ways of package innovation. How can this be used in Art Practice?

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Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage

Models of Sustainability: Sweden Runs Out of Garbage | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma.


They have run out of trash. Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills. By contrast, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills.


Because the Swedish manage waste so effectively and then use what remains to partly power their country, they are now living an environmentalist’s dream; a shortage of garbage. - See more at: http://www.pachamama.org/blog/models-of-sustainability-sweden-runs-out-of-garbage#sthash.cFrN5dQ5.yqrZGjtM.dpuf

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Graphene Paint to Power our Homes?

Graphene Paint to Power our Homes? | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

Something straight out of a science fiction film is fastly becoming an exciting reality as scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered a material which combines graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides.

 

The material is thin and flexible, and it can absorb sunlight to produce electricity at the same rates of existing solar panels.

This could be potentially used to coat the outside of buildings to generate power required to run appliances inside.

 

'We are excited about the new physics and new opportunities which are brought to us by heterostructures based on 2D atomic crystals. The library of available 2D crystals is already quite rich, covering a large parameter space.'

Professor Kostya Novoselov, the University of Manchester

 

The material is composed of transition metal dichalcogenides layers sandwiched between the two outer layers of graphene. The graphene acts as an extremely efficient conductive layer, and the TMDC acts as a very sensitive light absorber.

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Joe Biden's 2016 business plan? | Sustainable Industries

Joe Biden's 2016 business plan? | Sustainable Industries | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

"It is possible that you missed it.

 

You didn't notice the rumble last week--or perhaps you dismissed it as local construction work, or maybe a mild earthquake.

 

Whether you felt it our not, a seismic shift occurred July 17, and it may very well prove to be an inflection point in history. Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, signed into law a piece of legislation that provides the framework for businesses to legally structure themselves as "benefit corporations" in their pursuit of the triple bottom line – people, planet, and profits.

 
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Graphene the new plastic?

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My concern with using #Graphene is how is it sourced? What is its environmental effects? Im not sure if I trust anything that Lockeed Martin does. Let's see. Worth watching.

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Oakland Museum's resident 'de-bugger' saves art

Oakland Museum's resident 'de-bugger' saves art | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

John Burke recalls a 19th century recipe he found in the files of the Oakland Museum of California for fumigating Indian baskets collected in the field.


"Take a wooden box, fill it full of gasoline, throw in so many cups of mercurial chloride, then dunk the stuff in there," says Burke, a gentlemanly conservator who witnessed other toxic methods of debugging museum objects in use until the 1980s. That's when he helped create a relatively simple, cheap and entirely nontoxic way of snuffing out protein-loving insects such as carpet beetles and moths that can devour an Eskimo parka, Persian rug or spotted owl before you can say "infestation."


"We were basically having mercury contamination on ethnographic material. Or they would use DDT, all kinds of toxins," says Burke, director of the Collections and Information Access Center at the Oakland Museum. It's the go-to place for museums across Northern California - including the Asian Art Museum and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - in need of preventive or emergency insect services. Who else are you gonna call?

 

Burke and a student helped craft the now widely used insect eradication method called modified atmosphere treatment, which drains the bugs of oxygen, in loose collaboration with the Getty Museum and UC Riverside entomologist Michael Rust. Therese O'Gormanwas an art conservation graduate student of Burke's at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda (and later a museum staff member), working with a Getty grant to develop microclimates for museum objects using the inexpensive foil-like material, impermeable to gases and moisture, that NASA created to store stuff in space. The Getty was also working with Rust to design large enclosures for killing insects with nitrogen, an inert gas.

 

Seeing his team's cool vapor-barrier microclimates, Burke says, "the people at the Getty said, 'Whoa, what's this stuff? Why can't we use this to deal with the bugs?' "

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Press Release: Free Training to Help Arts Organisations Reduce CO2 Emissions

Press Release: Free Training to Help Arts Organisations Reduce CO2 Emissions | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

At our November 4th open meeting Imagine a Different Future: The Arts Shaping a Sustainable Scotland we announced a new training programme for arts organisations that want to measure, report and reduce their carbon emissions. Free workshops throughout Scotland from January to March will provide arts organisations with the tools and knowledge to measure and reduce carbon emissions from energy, water, waste and travel.

 

The project follows the arts funder Creative Scotland’s announcement that it will invite arts, screen and creative industries organisations to report their carbon emissions as part of its contribution to achieving Scotland’s climate change targets. As a Public Body, Creative Scotland is updating its own environmental sustainability policy. From 1 April 2014 it will measure its own carbon emissions and ask organisations and individuals that it funds to provide information about their own environmental impacts.

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Design Fractal Art On The Supercomputer In Your Pocket

Design Fractal Art On The Supercomputer In Your Pocket | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
Frax a new iOS app leverages the computational oomph in your new iPhone to make dizzying detailed mathematical art.

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Art Cities of the Future - Now

Art Cities of the Future - Now | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it

The book just launched: Art Cities of the Future: 21st Century Avant-Gardes showcases today's international artistic frontiers: where communities of like-minded artists are producing exceptionally experimental work.


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New materials could be a boon for hydrogen fuel cells | Hydrogen Fuel News

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have discovered a new family of materials that could provide enhanced performance of a reaction known as oxygen evolution. This reaction is key in effective energy storage and delivery and a better understanding of this reaction could lead to major benefits in fuel cell energy systems and lithium-air batteries. The materials discovered by researchers are called double perovskites.

Pervoskites are abundant

Perovskites are a variant of a mineral that is readily available in the Earth’s crust. Notably, these materials exhibit a strong ability to promote oxygen evolution by splitting water into its component parts of oxygen and hydrogen. Researchers believe that perovskites can be a benefit to solar and wind energy systems, but the material could also help in the development of a new, highly active catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells.

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Conscious-Materials

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Conscious materials for a more sustainable fashion future

We can all contribute to our vision of being a more sustainable fashion company. This might sound a bit abstract, but it really comes down to everyday actions – both large and small. One example of how we’re doing this is by using more sustainable materials in our collections.

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I'm particuarly a sceptic about this. H & M, a huge mult- million dollar company is claiming it uses low-impact materials. This is worth an investigation. 

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EERE News: Energy Department Launches App on Hydrogen Use

Energy Department Launches App on Hydrogen UseSeptember 12, 2013

As part of the Obama Administration's commitment to expand access to data and develop clean, domestic energy sources, the Energy Department today launched a new app to more easily provide best practices and procedures for safely handling and using hydrogen to power fuel cells.

 

Developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with support from the Energy Department, the app, Hydrogen Tools, incorporates a variety of resources and web-based content focusing on the safe use and handling of hydrogen for those involved in designing, approving, or using hydrogen fuel cell systems and facilities. Primarily geared towards hydrogen installation developers and permitting officials, the app includes information on the safe ventilation of hydrogen, safe distances and pressures for storing hydrogen, and best practices and lessons learned on handling hydrogen.

 

Hydrogen fuel cells, which produce no harmful emissions, are increasingly being used in many early applications, such as providing reliable emergency backup power and powering material handling equipment. The Energy Department has supported hydrogen and fuel cell R&D and resource development for more than thirty years, with many projects resulting in the materials that are now available through the Hydrogen Tools app, in addition to being available online.

 

Hydrogen Tools is available for the iPhone and iPad at no cost from the Apple App Store.

 

The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energyaccelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. Learn more about the Department's support for research, development, and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

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Lawrence Arts Center turns STEM education into STEAM to show linkage between subject matters

Lawrence Arts Center turns STEM education into STEAM to show linkage between subject matters | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
LAWRENCE, Kansas - When does STEM become STEAM? When the creative arts joins science, math, engineering and technology education.

 

For years, courses in science, technology, engineering and math — STEM— were grouped by educators and policymakers as a point of emphasis for economic purposes, highlighting the need to have more trained scientists, engineers and doctors.

 

However, educators have in recent years have added arts to the mix.

"In real life, things aren't separated out like that," Morris said. "Music involves physics and math. Sculpture involves all those different things."

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Spray-On Solar Cells Cheaper to Manufacture

Spray-On Solar Cells Cheaper to Manufacture | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta developed a cost-effective solar cell -- made with spray-paint like synthetics.
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Training Resources

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Training ResourcesHere you can find documents and links to state-of-the-industry education and training programs that are graduating and certifying top-notch candidates for energy efficiency occupations across the spectrum of the energy efficiency industry.  Confidence in these programs grows as candidates perform - don't miss the Resources for Recruiters to access these candidates. like:CSU East Bay    Integrated Energy Solutions Certificate Program

 

This is a graduate-level engineering program that serves a dual cohort: dislocated engineers and technical professionals who want to transition into energy efficiency careers, and incumbent energy efficiency professionals that seek additional development of skills and knowledge. The focus is an interdisciplinary approach to commercial, industrial, and agricultural demand-side energy efficiency technologies, solutions, financing and incentives, business case development, and sales development.  Graduates have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical science and prior experience in highly quantitative roles or complex systems.  This program is three courses.  Target positions include:  Project Engineer, Technical Solutions Engineer, Account Manager, Engineering Solutions Manager.

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Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

Inside The World's Most Ambitious Eco-City | @scoopit http://sco.lt/... | Art + Tech + Earth | Scoop.it
At first glance, Masdar City appears a mirage. From a distance it looks like a single multicolored building, standing lonely on the horizon.
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