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Data researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired itData researcher Jean-Baptiste Michel made his first piece of art … and the Whitney Museum acquired it

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Jean-Baptiste Michel has sold a small sculpture to the Whitney Museum of American Art. A major museum acquiring a piece—that’s a big moment for any artist. But this sculpture is the very first piece of art Michel ever created. Michel is the data researcher who showed what you can learn using Google’s Ngram Viewer at TEDxBoston in […]

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Not a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operatorsNot a bug splat: This massive portrait is a message to drone operators

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

This portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they […]

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Unnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signalsUnnumbered sparks fly through the sky, created by cellphone signals

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“It looks like it’s holding up the clouds.” “It’s like a sky jellyfish.” “I love how the light moves across it along with the sound.” These were some of the comments heard at TED2014 about Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. This monumental sculpture stretched […]

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7 ways to have fun with DNA7 ways to have fun with DNA

Posted By Jessica Gross

When TED Fellow Gabriel Barcia-Colombo saw an extraction of strawberry DNA for the first time, he was smitten. “I’d never thought about DNA being a beautiful thing before I saw it in this form,” he says in today’s talk, given at the TED Fellows Retreat. Barcia-Colombo was inspired to join the public biotech lab Genspace, […]

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Janet Echelman begins installation of 745-foot aerial sculpture in Vancouver: A making-of galleryJanet Echelman begins installation of 745-foot aerial sculpture in Vancouver: A making-of gallery

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Janet Echelman is installing her new sculpture as we speak. Not in a gallery or on a pedestal, but instead soaring over the middle of downtown Vancouver. The installation involves cranes, hard hats and anchor points engineered atop two buildings: a 24-story hotel and the Vancouver Convention Centre where TED2014 will be held. “After three […]

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How to build a micronation: Fellows Friday with artist Jorge Mañes RubioHow to build a micronation: Fellows Friday with artist Jorge Mañes Rubio

Posted By Karen Eng

TED2014 Fellow Jorge Mañes Rubio is an artist and perpetual tourist who investigates invisible, forgotten places — Chinese cities submerged by the Three Gorges Dam Project, a little-known Pacific island paradise destroyed by mining. He creates art that reimagines and revives these sites as attention-worthy destinations. Here, Rubio describes to the TED Blog his latest […]

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Gallery: Beautiful words from TEDxMet, immortalized as artGallery: Beautiful words from TEDxMet, immortalized as art

Posted By Nadia Goodman

When the lights went down at TEDxMet, a TEDx event hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in October, anyone looking very closely could see a tiny light in the first row, casting a dim glow on a lucite desk. The desk was created for artist Alice Attie, who sat with a piece of paper […]

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Everything You Are Looking For: TED Fellows Ryan Holladay and Alicia Eggert have a conversation about their new exhibitEverything You Are Looking For: TED Fellows Ryan Holladay and Alicia Eggert have a conversation about their new exhibit

Posted By Karen Eng

Alicia Eggert makes kinetic sculptures that investigate the nature of language and time. Meanwhile, Ryan Holladay is a musical artist who creates sound-specific installations and GPS compositions as part of the duo BLUEBRAIN. Just a week before TED2013, Eggert and Holladay made contact for the very first time. See, Holloday is a curator of new media at Artisphere. And he was […]

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An interview with a part-time superhero who has Tourette’s syndromeAn interview with a part-time superhero who has Tourette’s syndrome

Posted By Nadia Goodman

Jess Thom wants you to know that it’s okay to laugh. “You’re going to hear the words ‘biscuit’ and ‘hedgehog’ a lot in the next few minutes,” she says at the beginning of her talk from TEDxAlbertopolis. That’s because Thom has Tourette’s syndrome, a neurological condition that causes involuntary movements and noises commonly referred to as […]

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From abstraction to the vibrant female form: Fellows Friday with Sharmistha RayFrom abstraction to the vibrant female form: Fellows Friday with Sharmistha Ray

Posted By Karen Eng

Artist Sharmistha Ray has spent her life moving between India, the Middle East and the United States, discovering, layer by layer, her own sense of self, sexual identity and artistic vision in contrast or harmony with each new environment. Now, as her latest exhibition Reflections + Transformations is set to open at the Aicon Gallery in […]

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Spectacles of shadow: Fellows Friday with Christine MarieSpectacles of shadow: Fellows Friday with Christine Marie

Posted By Karen Eng

Imagine 20-foot-tall shadows — animated by live performers — that pop out right next to you. TED Fellow Christine Marie creates an immersive, experimental theater of shadows that layers textured, colored light into wordless storytelling. But while her productions involve 3D stereoscopic effects and feel amazingly cinematic, it’s all done without the aid of computers or projectors. […]