The Biggest Organism on Earth

By: MinuteEarth
Via YouTube | September 17, 2013

One aspen tree is actually only a small part of a larger organism. A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system. Before a single aspen trunk appears above the surface, the root system may lie dormant for many years until the conditions are just right, including sufficient sunlight. In a single stand, each tree is a genetic replicate of the other, hence the name a “clone” of aspens used to describe a stand.
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Aspens grow all the time—even in winter. Beneath the thin, white outer bark layer is a thin green photosynthetic layer that allows the tree to create sugars and grow when other deciduous trees would otherwise be dormant. During hard winters, the green, sugary layer provides necessary nutrients for deer and elk. Throughout the year, young aspens provide food or a variety of animals including moose, black bear, beaver, porcupine, ruffed grouse and rodents.

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CGI Short Film “Extinguished” by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann

CGI Short Film “Extinguished” by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann

Authors: Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann
Via YouTube | July 23, 2017

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“Extinguished” by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann In a world where flames represent love, it’s easy to get your heart burned.

Running time: 03:43

Created at Ringling College of Art and Design
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Ashley Anderson – ashleyanderson.squarespace.com

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David Lynch – Making ‘The Big Dream’ (Documentary)

David Lynch – Making ‘The Big Dream’ (Documentary)

Autor: David Lynch
Vía YouTube | Julio 15, 2013

Video recomendado por Sandra Gael, colaboradora de México para Replicación de Arttextum

The Big Dream es el segundo álbum de estudio del director y músico estadounidense David Lynch, publicado en julio de 2013. Sacred Bones Records se encargó de su distribución en Norteamérica y Sunday Best en Europa. El disco fue grabado y producido en su propio estudio en Los Ángeles, California en 2012 junto a Dean Hurley, colaborador frecuente del artista.

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La fama, la muerte y el arte. Exposición de Andy Warhol “Estrella Oscura”

La fama, la muerte y el arte. Exposición de Andy Warhol “Estrella Oscura”

Autor: Fabián Muhlia
Vía Fabián Muhlia | Junio, 2017

Artículo escrito por Fabián Muhlia, colaborador de México para Replicación de Arttextum

Podría comenzar el escrito con descripciones didácticas y aburridas, pero mi propósito es resaltar lo emocional y humano de la obra de Andy Warhol en la exposición Estrella Oscura, curada por Douglas Fogle y que actualmente se expone en el Museo Jumex, ubicado en Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra en la colonia Granada de la Ciudad de México.

Si hay un miedo que persigue y atormenta al ser humano, es la certeza de que la muerte llegará algún día, muchas veces de la forma menos esperada. Si a este miedo le sumamos el  vivir en función de lo que el mundo capitalista tiene establecido, nos da como resultado una gran crisis existencial, en donde todo tiene que ser ahora: la fama y el éxito deben llegar rápido.

Andy Warhol
Cow Wallpaper (Pink on Yellow)
[Papel tapiz con motivo de vaca (Rosa sobre amarillo)], 1966, (reimpresión 1994)
Serigrafía sobre papel tapiz
Rollo (cada uno): 457.2 x 71.1 cm
Imagen (cada una): 116.8 x 71.1 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
Andy Warhol
Cow Wallpaper (Pink on Yellow)
[Papel tapiz con motivo de vaca (Rosa sobre amarillo)], 1966, (reimpresión 1994)
Serigrafía sobre papel tapiz
Rollo (cada uno): 457.2 x 71.1 cm
Imagen (cada una): 116.8 x 71.1 cm
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh

Menciono lo anterior para abordar la serie de accidentes y suicidios que inspiraron a Warhol para su serie de “desastres” la cual le sirvió de medio para anunciar la muerte del movimiento de expresionismo abstracto, liderado por Jackson Pollock. Es una metáfora muy bien lograda , en donde muestra lo real y lo popular en la cultura y desafía lo establecido en el mercado del arte de aquel tiempo.

Caminar por las salas de exposición y contemplar la belleza de “Orange Disaster #5” en donde Warhol multiplica por 15 la imagen de una silla eléctrica, es maravilloso.

El artista acentuó en dicha obra lo tétrico de la pena de muerte en Estados Unidos, manipuló la imagen como los grandes maestros, transformando algo horroroso en algo estético. Implícitamente la obra nos señala a los verdugos y a los condenados: la obra es de una teatralidad increíble. Algo que ayuda al impacto de la misma es su gran formato.

A lo largo de su producción, Warhol nos habla de una sociedad de consumo y de la gran soledad a la que están sujetos los artistas pertenecientes a Hollywood, para este selecto grupo las puertas se abren hacia un camino donde todo es fácil, instantáneo y grandilocuente, pero también muy cruel.

Los retratos de Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley y Mao (este último en un formato monumental) nos muestran una realidad más accesible, libre de exageración y apasionamiento por parte de los narradores de la historia. Warhol nos brinda seres coloridos, populares y alcanzables por las masas.

Andy Warhol
Jackie (sonriendo), 1964
Pintura de polímero sintético y serigrafía sobre tela
50.8 x 40.6 cm
La Colección Jumex, México
Andy Warhol
Jackie (sonriendo), 1964
Pintura de polímero sintético y serigrafía sobre tela
50.8 x 40.6 cm
La Colección Jumex, México

La genialidad de la concepción de sus obras se ve empatada por la ejecución impecable de las mismas, ya sean instalaciones, serigrafías y técnicas mixtas.

Los invito a ver esta exposición más allá de los retratos, a concentrase en la parte oscura de la fama, en la trampa consumista en la que caemos día a día y que nos hace olvidarnos de las cosas que realmente importan.

Es alentador que se presente una exposición tan completa de Andy Warhol en nuestro país, con un costo muy accesible y con una excelente museografía. A todo esto, hay que añadirle la belleza del museo, diseñado por el arquitecto inglés David Chipperfield.

Stephen Shore
Andy Warhol, 1965-1967
Fotografía blanco y negro
32.4 x 48.3 cm
© Stephen Shore, cortesía 303 Gallery, Nueva York
Stephen Shore
Andy Warhol, 1965-1967
Fotografía blanco y negro
32.4 x 48.3 cm
© Stephen Shore, cortesía 303 Gallery, Nueva York

No puedo dejar de mencionar que resulta irónico, pero también muy divertido, el que no se puedan tomar fotos de la exposición, ya que en nuestro tiempo, los medios nos presionan para compartir nuestra vida en tiempo real, ya sea por medio de selfies o por las diferentes plataformas y redes sociales.

La exposición estará hasta el 17 de septiembre de 2017.

Imágenes amablemente facilitadas al autor por Andrea Gil -Museo Jumex.

Imagen de portada: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait [Autorretrato], 1964, Acrílico, pintura metálica y tinta de serigrafía sobre lino 51.1x41cm, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution Dia Center for the Arts.

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In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Court Finds that Approval of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated the Law

Author: Earth Justice
Via Earth Justice | June 14, 2017

Victory: Ruling: Trump administration shortcut environmental review; Court seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline!

Washington, D.C. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.

A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.

In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.” The Court did not determine whether pipeline operations should be shut off and has requested additional briefing on the subject and a status conference next week.

“This is a major victory for the Tribe and we commend the courts for upholding the law and doing the right thing,” said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II in a recent statement. “The previous administration painstakingly considered the impacts of this pipeline, and President Trump hastily dismissed these careful environmental considerations in favor of political and personal interests. We applaud the courts for protecting our laws and regulations from undue political influence and will ask the Court to shut down pipeline operations immediately.”

The Tribe’s inspiring and courageous fight has attracted international attention and drawn the support of hundreds of tribes around the nation.

The Tribe is represented by the nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice, which filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a permit for the pipeline construction in violation of several environmental laws.

“This decision marks an important turning point. Until now, the rights of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been disregarded by the builders of the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Trump administration—prompting a well-deserved global outcry,” said Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman. “The federal courts have stepped in where our political systems have failed to protect the rights of Native communities.”

The Court ruled against the Tribe on several other issues, finding that the reversal allowing the pipeline complied with the law in some respects.

The $3.8 billion pipeline project, also known as Bakken Oil Pipeline, extends 1,168 miles across North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois, crossing through communities, farms, tribal land, sensitive natural areas and wildlife habitat. The pipeline would carry up to 570,000 barrels a day of crude oil from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois where it links with another pipeline that will transport the oil to terminals and refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Image: Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota. LUCAS ZHAO / CC BY-NC 2.0

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Shhhh, We’ve Got a Secret: Soil Solves Global Warming

Shhhh, We’ve Got a Secret: Soil Solves Global Warming

Author: George Spyros
Via Tree Hugger | June 28, 2007

Article recommended by Mick Lorusso from the USA / Italy, collaborator of Arttextum’s Replicación

 

In the seven-minute video after the jump, QuantumShift.tv turns its lens to the carbon emissions caused by large-scale farming practices used in growing much of the food in the United States, Canada and the UK. According to the video Soil: The Secret Solution to Global Warming, land farmed organically, using such methods as “no-till” and the planting of winter cover crops, absorbs and holds up to 30% more carbon than conventional agriculture. Converting all US farmland to organic would reduce CO2 emissions by 10%. The UK version of the video states that such a conversion would result in a 20% per year reduction in CO2 emissions (although the on-screen graphic still reads 10%, ostensibly because only the voice-over has been changed from the US version). The extra carbon in the soil also increases food nutrients, which could greatly reduce health care costs. Dig a little deeper after the jump.

The land-based carbon cycle works as plants take CO2 out of the atmosphere and convert it to organic material by photosynthesis. The oxygen in the molecule is released back into the air and the carbon becomes part of the plant’s structure and eventually the soil. Plowing churns up this organic matter and introduces oxygen which expedites its decay. That is, the exposed carbon recombines with oxygen and is released into the atmosphere as CO2, a principle greenhouse gas. The organic farming practice of no-till greatly reduces this large-scale break-up of soil by cutting small slits that are just large enough to accommodate the planting of seeds, thereby conserving the amount of carbon stored in the earth. From a policy perspective, it is most accurate and I think effective to refer to such storing as “agricultural carbon sequestration” in opposition to the industrial catch phrase “carbon sequestration” which refers to the business of going to impractical lengths and assuming a high degree of risk to bury CO2 in the earth’s crust. According to the USDA, U.S. agricultural soils have lost, on average, about one-third of the carbon they contained before wide-scale cultivation began in the 1800s, but more on that later. The video also points out that less tillage also decreases C02 emissions from farm machinery since the equipment makes fewer runs over the field. Also, the benefits of no-till sequestration are tripled when combined with the planting of winter cover crops which are used in organic farming to maintain a healthy soil.

Much of the data in the video is based on a 27-year comparative study conducted by the Rodale Institute in Pennsylvannia which also dispels the myth that chemical fertilizers are needed to provide better yields. Today I spoke briefly with Dr. Paul Hepperly who’s featured in the video in an on-camera interview, and he told me that the data from the study has been taken up by Kyoto Protocol signatories Great Britain, Germany and the Netherlands as a component of their climate roadmaps for reducing atmospheric CO2 levels. Notwithstanding that good news, petitions are available which have the goal of pushing leaders to shift existing agricultural subsidies from conventional to organic farming. Go here to sign for the US, Canada or ROW (rest of world).

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50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything | Short Film Showcase

Author: National Geographic
Via YouTube | April 24, 2017

 

Almost 50 years ago, fried chicken tycoon David Bamberger used his fortune to purchase 5,500 acres of overgrazed land in the Texas Hill Country. Planting grasses to soak in rains and fill hillside aquifers, Bamberger devoted the rest of his life to restoring the degraded landscape. Today, the land has been restored to its original habitat and boasts enormous biodiversity. Bamberger’s model of land stewardship is now being replicated across the region and he is considered to be a visionary in land management and water conservation.

About Short Film Showcase:
The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners.

In Selah: Water from Stone by Fin & Fur Films, see how former Church’s Chicken CEO David Bamberger transformed a desert wasteland into a wildlife oasis.

Directed by Ben Masters: http://benmasters.com/

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SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220

Iván Puig, artista Arttextum

Author: The Arts Catalyst
Via SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1:220 | June 21, 2014

 

Artists Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene (Los Ferronautas) built their striking silver road-rail SEFT-1 vehicle to explore the abandoned passenger railways of Mexico and Ecuador, capturing their journeys in videos, photographs and collected objects.

In their first London exhibition, SEFT-1 Abandoned Railways Exploration Probe: Modern Ruins 1: 200, commissioned by The Arts Catalyst and presented in partnership with Furtherfield Gallery, in the heart of Finsbury Park, the artists explore how the ideology of progress is imprinted onto historic landscapes and reflect on the two poles of the social experience of technology – use and obsolescence.

Between 2010 and 2011, the artists travelled across Mexico and Ecuador in the SEFT-1 (Sonda de Exploración Ferroviaria Tripulada or Manned Railway Exploration Probe). In a transdisciplinary art project, they set out to explore disused railways as a starting point for reflection and research, recording the landscapes and infrastructure around and between cities. Interviewing people they met, often from communities isolated by Mexico’s passenger railway closures, they shared their findings online, seft1.com, where audiences could track the probe’s trajectory, view maps and images and listen to interviews.

The artists’ journeys led them to the notion of modern ruins: places and systems left behind quite recently, not because they weren’t functional, but for a range of political and economical reasons. In the second half of the 19th century, the Mexican government partnered with British companies to built the railway line that would connect Mexico City with the Atlantic Ocean – and beyond to Europe. This iconic railway infrastructure now lies in ruins, much of it abandoned due to the privatization of the railway system in 1995, when many passenger trains were withdrawn, lines cut off and communities isolated.

For this new exhibition, the artists are inviting British expert model railway constructors to collaborate by creating scale reproductions of specific Mexican railway ruins exactly as they are now. One gallery becomes a space for the process of model ruin construction. The room’s walls will show the pictures, documents, plans and other materials used as reference for the meticulously elaborated ruin construction. With this action a dystopian time tunnel is created.

The exhibition was held at the Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ, UK, 21 June to 27 July 2014.

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Leidenfrost effect- really cool maze of moving droplets at end

Leidenfrost effect- really cool maze of moving droplets at end

Author: SciFri
Via: Science Friday | November 21, 2013

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In the Leidenfrost Effect, a water droplet will float on a layer of its own vapor if heated to certain temperature. This common cooking phenomenon takes center stage in a series of playful experiments by physicists at the University of Bath, who discovered new and fun means to manipulate the movement of water.

Researchers test ridged surfaces in order to control the movements of hot water.

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School Replaces Detention With Meditation And Results Are Amazing

Author: James Gould-Bourn
Via Bored Panda | October, 2016

 

Robert W. Coleman School in Baltimore sounds like the best school ever. Why? Because there’s no such thing as detention at the Baltimore Elementary.

Yep, you heard that correctly. Instead they have a Mindful Moment Room, a brightly colored “oasis of calm” that looks about as far as you can get from the windowless detention rooms typically used to punish unruly kids. It’s part of an after-school programme called Holistic Me, an initiative that teaches children to practice mindful meditation and breathing exercises while encouraging them to talk to behavioral professionals. The programme works in partnership with a local non-profit called the Holistic Life Foundation, and the results so far have been pretty impressive. In fact, since first taking part in the programme two years ago, Robert W. Coleman hasn’t issued a single suspension.

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