Venice is one of the most unique and interesting places in the world. It is popular with holiday makers for many reasons. Beautiful historical buildings attract many visitors. The entire city is in fact listed as a World Heritage Site. Many examples of historical artwork and architecture can be seen all over the city. Venice is located in Italy and it covers 118 small islands. The islands are linked via bridges and the famous Venetian canals. Venice is renowned for it’s beauty and rich history. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance periods The Republic of Venice flourished and was widely known as a maritime power. Here are 10 Amazing Photographs Of Venice that you will love.source
Beautiful isn’t it? Many photographers from all over the world have chosen to photograph this amazing city. You can buy posters featuring photographs of Venice for less than the price of a cup of coffee. There are thousands of different images to choose from. Cleck “Check it Out” to see them.
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Inventing a flying machine was once a fantasy and now that it is a reality the challenge is changing. The designers of aircraft now compete to reach different targets. One of those targets is speed. New planes constantly usurp older designs by going faster and faster. Here is a list of some of the fastest planes in the world. The Top 10 Worlds Fastest Planes reach amazing speeds that almost defy the imagination. Can you imagine how astounded the early inventors would be if they could see some of these planes in action. We are so accustomed to seeing amazing vehicles that we take it in our stride. Many people do not even stop to think about how awesome these planes really are! ^ This is the Falcon HTV-2 it can travel at speeds of up to 13 000 miles per hour.^ The NASA X-43A is capable of reaching maximum speeds of more than 7000 miles per hour.^ Here is the X-15 a rocket powered aircraft that set both speed and altitude records during the 1960s. Capable of reaching speeds of up to 4520 miles per hour.^ The SR-71 Blackbird was designed to be a long range reconnaissance aircraft. Able to reach a speed of 2200 miles per hour.^ This is the Russian MiG-25 Foxbat. A jet fighter with the ability of flying at up to 2000 miles per hour.^ The Bell X-2 Starbuster was a research aircraft which could reach a speed of 3370 kms per hour.^ Here is the The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie, a prototype strategic bomber with a top speed of 2056 miles per hour.^ The MiG-31 FoxHound was built to replace the MiG-25 FoxBat. It has a top travelling speed of 1860 miles per hour.^ The twin engine F-15 Eagle first flew in July of 1972 it has a lot of stand out features and reaches a top speed of 1660 miles per hour.Here is the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark featuring a peak speed of 1650 miles per hour.
* Recommended Reading*
X-15: The World’s Fastest Rocket Plane and the Pilots Who Ushered in the Space Age (Smithsonian Series)
SR-71: The Complete Illustrated History of the Blackbird, The World’s Highest, Fastest Plane
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Marni Kotak is off her meds. At least, she’s aiming for that. Prescribed a potent mixture of psychotropic medications in 2012 for her port-partum depression, Kotak’s latest work of performance art, “Marni Kotak: Mad Meds,” features her attempt to wean herself off medication.
Kotak’s 2011 work, “The Birth of Baby X,” was the literal progenitor of “Mad Meds,” culminating in the birth of Kotak’s son Ajax in front of an audience in the gallery space. This controversial exhibition was meant to “convey the authentic experience of [her] life as it is being lived, simultaneously engaging with audience members who become active participants in the actual events unfolding,” Kotak says. “The Birth of Baby X” was followed up by “Raising Baby X” (2011-ongoing), “Postpartum Depression” (2012), “Raising Baby X: The First Year” (2012), “Ajax’s First Birthday Party” (2012), “Raising Baby X: Playtime!” (2013), “Raising Baby X: Family Jam Session” (2013), and “Raising Baby X: Little Brother” (2012-ongoing). Is involving her son in her performances from literally the moment of his birth exploitive? What will it be like for Ajax when he’s old enough to realize that his childhood has been a public spectacle in the name of art?
“Mad Meds” does not involve other people in the performance, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not without its own complex issues.
The 6-week durational performance exhibition and installation finds Kotak addressing her personal struggles with her own mind, the US medical system, and the pharmaceutical industry as she attempts to withdraw from psychiatric medicines prescribed as follow-up treatment for post-partum depression more than two and a half years ago. (Source)
Depression can be agonizing; depression after childbirth can be especially isolating in its opposition to the socially acceptable construct of happy new mommy. Of course, Kotak is completely within her rights to wean herself from her medications if she feels that they’re not working correctly, or if the side-effects have become too overwhelming, or if she just wants to. Naming the 10-foot trophy in the work “Med-free and Happy,” though, has implications about psych meds and depression that go far beyond her performance. If Marni Kotak is able to publicly stop taking psychiatric medication as a work of art, that would be a personal act that she has chosen to share, as she did the literal moment of her son’s birth. If Marni Kotak is using her art to suggest that it is some kind of achievement to stop taking meds, the many, many people who are thankful every day that they are functioning and whole and able to live their lives because of the medication they take may have a different point of view.
Images and news of the Israel-Palestine conflict have been circulating media for a few weeks now. The photographs that emerge out of this war are tragic and graphic. A handful of Palestinian artists have been transforming images of smoke and fire from the attacks on Gaza into portraits that reveal the very real and human cost of these rocket explosions. By inscribing faces and bodies onto images of destruction, these artists are reminding people from all sides that war takes its toll on an individual, human level, a fact that is often erased when the media creates its narratives. These simple, yet powerful, illustrations give these Palestinian artists a voice that they might otherwise not be given, a voice that tells a different story than the ones represented in the original photographs. (via demilked)
Featured artists: Tawfik Gebreel, Bushra Shanan, Belal Khaled
Although We Were Once a Fairytale (2007) begins slowly, with Kanye West stumbling drunkenly around a nightclub, the short film offers strange but rare insight into the celebrity/artist/god’s psychological complexes in a totally strange and successful way. He accomplishes this by stabbing himself in a bathroom, and producing a rodent from his guts. One of the main criticisms thrown Kanye’s way (other than pointing to his spectacular ego) is his inability to express himself coherently, but in his collaboration with Spike Jonze, Kanye seems to accomplish seemingly genuine and recognizable sentiment.
At first all of your assumptions about Kanye are affirmed: seeing him act like a shithead around the club, pitching back and forth barely able to stand, he is almost too easy to dislike. It’s about halfway through, when he ends up in the bathroom alone, that things begin to change. After he stabs himself, the vulnerable and repulsive creature he extracts from his streaming red-ribbon viscera creates an inner layer of Kanye most people are perhaps even unwilling to concede to him. Depending on how you look at it, it could be as cheesy/naive Bound 2 music video, but it’s difficult not to respect Kanye for the attempt to bare something deeper even when he is bashed so vehemently by pretty much anyone. The film defies direct interpretations. You have a sense of what the rodent represents: something living within, curious and grotesque, but it’s difficult to make sense of his relationship to the creature when he hands it a miniature knife. The final shot of Kanye’s expression maintains the ambiguity of the event, and keeps you thinking about it long after.
The goal of Japanese designer Takayuki Fukusawa’s work is “to create things that make people say , ‘he made another ridiculous thing.’” And that he did. His newest series of works is called Tanama Diver, and it features pendants that resemble human and animals who are poised to look like divers and climbers. They are positioned in a way that they appear as if they’re headed into the cleavage of whomever is wearing them.
The silly accessory includes figurines like a salaryman diver, a skydiver, an astronaut, and canyon climber. There’s even a sloth and wolf thrown into the mix. Alone, they look innocuous, but when around someone’s neck suddenly transform into provocative pieces of tiny, site-specific works of art that interact with your breasts. (Via Demilked and Spoon and Tamago)
Latest installation by Montreal-based media and entertainment studio Moment Factory invites visitors to explore the illuminated paths of an enchanted forest in Québec, Canada. Foresta Lumina, a 2 km long trail, meanders through the Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook full of colorful light installations, visual projections and chilling sound effects.
According to the creative studio, Foresta Lumina strives to reveal park’s natural beauties and mysteries. Along the nocturnal stroll through the forest, visitors are acquainted with the region’s fictitious heritage and forest mythology: fairies, spirits and other bewitched mythical creatures. “It’s all about goosebumps,” says Gabriel Pontbriand of Moment Factory.
The multisensory experience is achieved through a set of skillful arrangements. Colorful lighting compositions turn the forest into a glistening canvas, whereas video mapping brings natural elements to life. Dynamic visual projections accompanied by ethereal soundtrack escort visitors into the mystical world of fantasy.
The project has already become a major tourist attraction with an average of 500 to 1,000 visitors every night. Foresta Lumina is open to public until October 11th. (via designboom)
Even if you have limited space, you can still create a garden that is eye catching and beautiful. There are many unique ways you can do this by using things you may already have at home. You will be surprised at how amazing a tiny garden be. Here are 40 Creative Small Garden Ideas to inspire you. Even if you do not have some of the things used in these gardens or the same plants you can adapt these ideas. Almost anything can be used to enhance your garden in a way that shows your personal style. Old tyres, buckets, chairs, furniture, used kitchenware or hand painted plant pots are a few examples of the things you can use.
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TouchJet first revealed the Touchpico this year at the CES in concept form and it comes in the form of a projector that is said to be about the size of a phablet. The device is now ready to go into production.
The Touchpico is actually about the same as two large phablets that have been put on top of each other and it is small enough to fit into a pocket. While you can get it into your pocket it doesn’t mean that you won’t know that it is there, because you will.
The device doesn’t actually turn the wall into an actual touchscreen. Instead what it does is project a screen of up to 80 inches onto anywhere you choose to point it. The system comes complete with a stylus and this has a tip on the end that clicks and which acts as a touch device. You can tap the stylus on the place you are projecting the screen on and in turn this sends a signal via infrared to the projector. You have to use the stylus for it to work, if you try to touch the screen with your finger nothing happens.
During a demo shown recently of the Touchpico in action it was shown with different Android apps. The company showed how it could be used for a whiteboard, as a presentation device with slides, or how it could be used for playing games. Throughout the demo there were no visible signs of the system lagging, however the stylus does have to be held so that any shadow cast from your arm doesn’t cover the object that you want to click.
The Touchpico comes with a dual core processor that runs on stock Android. The tech is a Wi-Fi tablet that comes with a 150 lumen projector and it seems to be able to run any of the Android apps without any issue. No CPU power is used by the Touchpico and this means that, for now at least, the tech isn’t multi-touch.
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It does come with two speakers which are built into the unit and there is a fan for cooling the system. The system can run wirelessly for around 45 minutes and it then needs to be plugged in.
While TouchJet have finished with the engineering part and the design of the Touchpico they are raising money through Indiegogo for the first run of their product. Anyone who backs the project for $350 will get the Touchpico. The regular retail price will be $500 when the money has been raised and the campaign is complete.
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