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The Environment of the Unconscious

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Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota contemplates the connectedness of things...visible and not.

Chiharu Shiota's spatial installations underscore the guiding principle behind nature: connectivity between things. Peter Fischer (via We Find Wildness) characterizes Shiota's work of the Osaka-born, Berlin-based artist as occupying a space between two extremes, “On the one hand, in her installations she creates a world of her own, a world delineated as a spatial entity divorced from......read more

Strange Worlds

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Meticulously detailed model landscapes by Matthew Albanese.

Matthew Albanese's landscapes are so real looking, it's hard to believe they're not photos of real life scenes. The New Jersey photographer creates meticulous small-scale models that are as dramatic as any Romantic landscape painting. The strikingly realistic images are achieved through the use of various household materials - cotton for clouds, salt for waterfalls, tile grout for......read more

The Ice Woman Cometh

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From melting ice caps to volcanic hot springs, Roni Horn's art is inspired by Iceland's shifting landscape.

New York artist Roni Horn makes sculptures, drawings, photographs, and books informed by her frequent excursions to Iceland. The island nation's volatile geology, the volcanoes and the hot springs, the ice and the sea, suffuse Horn's work, which deals with metaphors of climate change and shifting identity. In one piece, columns of glacier water harken the core samples drilled by climate......read more

Nick Cave's Soundsuits

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Chicago artist discusses body of work made from found, recycled, and natural materials.

For more, check out the SHFT review of Nick Cave's Fowler Museum show....read more

Crayon Rocks

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Natural, soy-based coloring tools designed for kids with special needs. $27.00

Since a child's first writing tool is usually a crayon, it should encourage him or her to use a proper tripod writing grip. That's what makes Crayon Rocks so great. They take very little effort in applying great swaths of color to the paper, helping little fingers to grow strong as they spill their creative ideas on to paper. Founded by a veteran special needs teacher, Crayon Rocks are......read more

Sea of Glass

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The coastal landscape of West Wales provides the setting for this little dreamlike gem.

Animation, music and photography are juxtaposed to explore the liminal space between land and sea. A short and beautiful film by Sean Vicary....read more

The Balance

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Hypnotic CGI video envisions audio waves in space.

What if we could see sound? What would it look like? If this mesmerizing CGI video from motion design maestro Rimantas Lukavicius is any indication, then it looks like an outer space acid trip. A fascinating and hallucinatory short film from the talented Lithuanian animator. ...read more

Macro Kingdom

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A exploration of the microscopic world around us.

Photos, left to right: The warming Arctic (Global Warming Images/Alamy); steam and smoke seen over a coal power plant in Gelsenkirchen, Germany (Martin Meissner/AP); a storm brews over a beach at Cancun, Mexico. ...read more

Terrain

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Hallucinatory London landscape with mellifluous music.

Foreign shapes envelop and blend with London's landscape creating a surreal unity. A wonderfully visual confection with a great track to accompany it. The piece is by Irrum K and Jeremy C. Music by Beach House - Take Care (Sub Pop). ...read more

Leaked Document Exposes Obama's Climate Strategy

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Confidential memo outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey at UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

The Guardian has published the text a leaked document revealing the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. The document was left on a European hotel computer and passed to the British newspaper. The text unveils the Obama's administration's hardline, "take it or leave it" approach to the agreement, signaling that the US intends......read more

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