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Energy Producing Home

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I just recently heard about a home designed by architect Rolf Disch that produces five times the energy it consumes.  The rotating home, dubbed “Heliotrope”, is designed for optimal use of the sun’s energy and an in home water purification system recycles gray water and rain water collected in a rooftop basin.

The video bellow offers a tour of the home.  For those of you who don’t understand German, narrator is saying that the house is awesome.


Written by Aaron Nee

August 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm

The BBC Wants Your Sounds

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I find myself strangely inoculated to pictures.  It is not that I don’t appreciate pictures.  I have a great fondness for images, but they do not easily transport me to another time or place.  I imagine my condition is not unique to me.  A picture has the handicap of being framed by other sights which remind you that you are only looking at a picture.  We have also, for the most part, become sophisticated enough about pictures that we can see it not merely as a representation of something that exists or existed in space and time, but we evaluate it’s qualities as a picture: the framing, the color balance, the resolution, exposure, etc… which detaches us from the reality of the thing represented.

Sound is quite a different experience for me and I would wager others as well.  Perhaps the most notable reason is that if one closes their eyes and places headphones over their ears, there is considerably less sensory data to alert the mind to the fact that one is not where the ears suggest.

All this to say that the BBC is compiling a “Sound Map”.  They are collecting sound submissions from all over the world and placing them in their respective positions on a global map.  It does not take much imagination to come up with a great many  sure to be rejected submissions.  I am not sure what the filtering process is.  The BBC’s stated objective is not only to provide a way for visitors to experience the world, but also to preserve sounds that are going extinct.  So if you are looking to experiencing a little bit of the world while relaxing on the couch, or if you have some sounds that represent where you are, pay the sound map a visit.

Written by Aaron Nee

April 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm

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Moon Base Built With Printer and Moon Dust

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A friend of mine is one of the first kids on the block to be doing 3D scanning in Los Angeles and also partners with a company to do 3D printing, which has allowed me the pleasure of hearing about many of the advances being made in 3D scanning and printing technology.

Previously at Knosha, I posted about a printer that prints functional organs.  Today I would like to share with you another 3D printer that the European Space Agency is rumored to be considering for lunar construction.  The printer would use lunar regolith to construct a moon base.

There are several significant construction advantages a 3D printer presents. Curved structures that would be difficult and costly to make using conventional construction means are produced easily with the printer.  Not only can it produce more complex structures, but it can build four times faster than the normal building process and the building material does not need iron reinforcing.

Printed buildings could spell significant cost savings and environmental benefits, not to mention the fact that we may finally see the end of these miserably unimaginative box structures being propped up all over the place.  Here’s hoping.

For more on the printer, check out the article at

Written by Aaron Nee

April 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

Viral videos

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I’ve been really enjoying the posts here lately, so I thought I’d give back a bit with a few things I’ve been looking at too.  One of the more intellectually productive things I’ve been doing lately is having a weekly reading group with three friends of mine.  Their own interests have really made me start to think about the real political and social possibilities in art and performance, something I’ve never taken seriously before.  These two sites below are like the anti-matter to the matter of YouTube viral videos — peruse them whenever you’re tempted to watch piano-playing cats. I want to laugh and punch this guy. Which can only mean something interesting.

If it didn’t make me sound like my mom, I’d say right here: “fun!”

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April 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Posted in Art, Uncategorized

Mashing Sagan

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A brief perusal of youtube will turn up numerous video mashups using Carl Sagan’s partial audio recording of Pale Blue Dot and video ransacked from other sources. The other day I came across what was by far the most ambitious Pale Blue Dot mashup.  The video is 40 minutes long and meant to only be the first part in a series. Drawing on a vast collection of footage from other productions, the mashup does a nice job of accenting and even at times commenting on Sagan’s words.  If you like Sagan, I think you will find the video an enjoyable addition to his legacy.

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more about “Mashing Sagan“, posted with vodpod

Written by Aaron Nee

March 25, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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Exhibit Focuses on Propaganda Art

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Interesting Article on Art and China’s Revolution Exhibit in the WeeklyStandard.

Taken from the exhibit’s website: “Art and China’s Revolution reflects upon one of the most tumultuous and catastrophic periods in recent Chinese history⎯the three decades following the establishment of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949. During this time, the government led by Mao Zedong sought to modernize China across all aspects of society, a process that included suppressing or destroying much of traditional culture. The government also sought to create a new visual culture to communicate its goals and ideology to the Chinese people.

Artists were encouraged to create art that reflected the revolutionary spirit of the time, in Mao’s words, to create art for the people. The impact of this directive on artists and art making was enormous. Oil painting in a socialist realist style replaced ink paintingwhich had been one of the most revered art forms in China for over one thousand yearsas the preferred painting style. Revolutionary heroes, such as workers, soldiers, and peasants replaced traditional subjects such as landscapes, birds, and flowers.”

Artists who forsook Mao and continued to work in the tradition of ink paintings where persecuted and subjected to physical and mental torture. The exhibit also features their work as well as a collection of the more impersonal, mass-produced Mao memorabilia items such as tea pots, cigarette packs, and buttons.

Another interesting exhibit: Rethinking Cultural Revolution Culture – Picturing Power: Art and Propaganda in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976)

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November 30, 2008 at 3:00 am

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