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Puppetry in the age of technology: Brian Henson on creatures, CGI and spontaneityPuppetry in the age of technology: Brian Henson on creatures, CGI and spontaneity

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

“Spontaneity is the most delicious part,” says Brian Henson in a master class at TED2014, hosted by Syfy. “There’s something about letting a moment happen. Your best-laid plans cannot exceed what happens spontaneously.” Henson, a master puppeteer and the chair of The Jim Henson Company, says that a love of spontaneity deeply infused his father’s […]

Entertainment

The daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3DThe daily battles of life, cut from paper and animated in 3D

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Béatrice Coron doesn’t so much tell stories, as cut them. At TED2011, the French-born artist shared how she creates intricate, fantastical worlds by slashing paper into beautiful silhouettes. During a party at TED, held in the rotunda of Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific, Coron ran into James Stewart, the Canadian film director who pioneered digital […]

Design

How to tell a great story, visualizedHow to tell a great story, visualized

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation. So, uh, how do you tell one? Andrew Stanton, […]

Health

Illuminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer BreaIlluminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer Brea

Posted By Karen Eng

Three years ago, Jennifer Brea, then a PhD student in political science, was struck down by what appeared to be a severe flu. It turned out to be the beginning of a long illness — including neurological dysfunction and extreme exhaustion — that she has yet to recover from. Discovering that the medical community did […]

Film

Voices of violence: Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein captures narratives of violence in Chicago’s South SideVoices of violence: Photojournalist Jon Lowenstein captures narratives of violence in Chicago’s South Side

Posted By Karen Eng

What is the effect of violence on a life’s narrative? TED Fellow and photojournalist Jon Lowenstein has lived in the South Side of Chicago for about a decade — first working as a teacher, photographer and community liaison at an elementary school and subsequently engaging with his African American neighbors to document life in this […]

Film

TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”TED Fellow Negin Farsad opens film “The Muslims Are Coming!”

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Negin Farsad’s new documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, churns hilarity out of a not-so-funny subject: Islamophobia. The film follows Farsad, a TED Fellow, and a group fellow Muslim-American comedians (Dean Obeidallah, Aron Kader, Preacher Moss, Kareem Omary, Maysoon Zayid and Omar Elba) as they tour the United States and hold comedic interventions to show conservatives, […]

Art

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. […]

Entertainment

9 classic movies about memory manipulation, and how they inspired real neuroscience9 classic movies about memory manipulation, and how they inspired real neuroscience

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Total Recall, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inception. In today’s talk, MIT neuroscientists Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu admit that their latest study — in which they located a specific memory in a mouse’s brain and designed a system to activate and deactivate it at will — might remind people of these movies. And there […]

Entertainment

Julie Taymor and other creative minds share how they workJulie Taymor and other creative minds share how they work

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Julie Taymor, the director behind Frida, Across the Universe and the Broadway reimagining of The Lion King, creates productions that tickle the senses. Filled with saturated colors, offbeat imagery, stacatto movement and big sound — each of her productions shares her unique style, yet manages to be completely distinct. In today’s talk, Taymor shares with […]

Entertainment

How do you film a School in the Cloud? Q&A with documentarian Jerry RothwellHow do you film a School in the Cloud? Q&A with documentarian Jerry Rothwell

Posted By TED Guest Author

By Courtney E. Martin What do sperm donation, marathon runners, disabled rockstars, and yacht racing have in common? They’ve all been subjects of the careful eye and artistic vision of British director Jerry Rothwell, the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award, who has received $125,000 to spend the next 18 […]

Entertainment

Filmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata MitraFilmmaker to make documentary about TED Prize winner Sugata Mitra

Posted By Jamia Wilson

Sugata Mitra’s TED Prize story may soon be coming to a theater near you. Today during the TEDGlobal 2013 session “Exquisite, Enigmatic Us,” curator Chris Anderson named British director Jerry Rothwell as the winner of the first annual Sundance Institute | TED Prize Filmmaker Award. Rothwell earned a $125,000 grant to follow Sugata Mitra over the next 18 months as he builds […]