Unconventional art: Today’s TEDTalks playlist

(TED’s on its annual two-week vacation; during the break, we’re posting new playlists from the TEDTalks archive.)

Today’s playlist exhibits art that transcends the museum wall. These speakers, all artists or creators, talk about their unusual means to remarkable ends. Jonathan Harris creates digital artscapes out of Eskimo feasts, balloon wishes and the Internet’s feelings:

  • Robert Lang revolutionizes a centuries-old paper pastime through simple (or maybe not-so-simple) mathematics.:

  • Vik Muniz finds art supplies in unlikely places — dirt, chocolate, diamonds, clouds …

  • Miru Kim explores massive abandoned underground places — and then photographs herself in them, nude, to bring these dark spaces into sharp focus

  • What are your favorite stories about art in the TEDTalks archive? Add your suggestions for this playlist to the comments below, or email with the subject PLAYLIST: ART. (Jog your memory with the TEDTalks spreadsheet.)

    And look for fresh TEDTalks starting August 16.

    Curator of this playlist: Rachel Tobias