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Watch | The Diatomist

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THE DIATOMIST is a short documentary about Klaus Kemp, master of the Victorian art of diatom arrangement.

Diatoms are single cell algae that create jewel-like glass shells around themselves. Microscopists of the Victorian era would arrange them into complex patterns, invisible to the naked eye but spectacular when viewed under magnification.The best of these arrangements are stunning technical feats that reveal the hidden grandeur of some of the smallest organisms on Earth. Klaus Kemp has devoted his entire life to understanding and perfecting diatom arrangement and he is now acknowledged as the last great practitioner of this beautiful combination of art and science. THE DIATOMIST showcases his incredible work.

Soundtrack by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bernard Herrmann and Cults Percussion Ensemble.

MATTHEW KILLIP is an English filmmaker living in New York. His documentaries have been broadcast on UK television and exhibited in festivals including Sundance and True/False.

Thanks Aeon.


Look | Calculation by Rafael Araujo

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Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space without the help of a computer, using only a pencil, ruler and protractor for his series ‘Calculation’.



Look|Great gifs

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Wonderfully hypnotic, colourful, pulsating gifs by Hungarian/German graphic designer David Szakaly.


Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation

Where Art Meets Gif: The Hypnotic Animated Gifs of David Szakaly gifs animation



Thanks Colossal 

Watch | Milton Glaser on Creativity, Technology and Life

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Milton Glaser is a New York Designer who co-founded the New York Magazine and is widely considered to be one of the greatest graphic designers alive. You might not know his name but you are extremely familiar with his work, he created this logo.


He has many wise words to say, well worth the watch. I particularly like what he has to say about technology;

The computer is dangerous because it shapes your capacity to understand what’s possible. The computer is like an apparently submissive servant that turns out to be a subversive that ultimately gains control of your mind. The computer is such a powerful instrument that it defines, after a while, what is possible for you. And what is possible is within the computer’s capacity. And while it seems in the beginning like this incredibly gifted and talented servant actually has a very limited intelligence — the brain is so much vaster than the computer. But, the computer is very insistent about what it’s good at, and before you know it — it’s like being with somebody who has bad habits, you sort of fall into the bad habits — and it begins to dominate the way you think about what is possible. … [Counter this] by doing things that are uncomfortable for it to do.

Another Brainpickings discovery.

Read | How Wonder Works

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One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?

Watch | The New York skyline from memory

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Stephen Wiltshire is autistic and is an artist savant. After a 20 minute helicopter trip over New York he went home and drew what he saw entirely from memory – its pretty impressive.

Watch | M.C. Escher Documentary

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Find out about the man and his art. Fascinating stuff.

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