1. Flying in Two Dimensions


    from Manu Prakash Added 181 1 0

    Diversity and specialization of behavior in insects is unmatched. Insects hop, walk, run, jump, row, swim, glide and fly to propel themselves in a variety of environments. We have uncovered an unusual mode of propulsion of aerodynamic flight in two dimensions in Waterlilly Beetles \emph{(Galerucella)}. The adult beetles, often found in water lilly ponds, propel themselves strictly in a two-dimensional plane on the surface of water via flapping wing flight. Here we analyze the aerodynamics of this peculiar flight mode with respect to forces exerted on the organism during flight. The complexity of 2-D flight is captured by accounting for additional forces beyond gravitational, thrust, lift and drag, exerted on the insect body in 3D flight. Understanding this constrained propulsion mode requires accounting for viscous drag, surface tension, buoyancy force, and capillary-wave drag. Moreover, dramatic differences exist in the magnitude of the resultant forces in 2D vs. 3D flight. Here, in this fluid dynamics video, we discuss this unusual 2D flight mode via kinematic and non-dimensional analysis comparing it to 3D flight and draw generalized lessons towards understanding surface skimming based origin of flight in insects. Manu Prakash and Donald Kim

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    • Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement - Q and A Three


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      ART & SCIENCE Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement Panel Debates -- Can science-inspired art lead to a new culture in the 21st century? Arthur I. Miller (Chair), Katharine Dowson, Andrew Carnie and Annie Cattrell 1. Can collaborations between artists and scientists bring us any closer to understanding creativity? 8 July - 24 September 2011 Artists Susan Aldworth, Davide Angheleddu, Andrew Carnie, Annie Cattrell, Oron Catts, Katharine Dowson, Helen Pynor, David Marron, Nina Sellars, Stelarc, Ken + Julia Yonetani and Ionat Zurr. Curated by Robert Devcic and Arthur I. Miller GV Art would like to thank all the artists in the show and in addition for all their help : Charles Gollop, Annabel Huxley, David Gollop, Frances McGonigle, Gloden Scott, Frances Nutt, Anne-Laure Condat, Kate Paulin and our Interns Bojana Popovic, Blanca Fernandez-Canivell Giner and Jenny Tipton. Audio Visual services provided by Ivano Darra, Walter G. Reed and Martin A. Smith © GV Art, London 2011

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      • Merging Art & Science to Make a Revolutionary New Art Movement - Debate Three


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        Part 1 of the last and final debate in the series 'Can science-inspired art lead to a new culture in the 21st century?' That took place in GV Art's gallery on Thursday 22 September 2011. Arthur I. Miller (Chair), Katharine Dowson, Andrew Carnie and Annie Cattrell These days some of the most innovative artists are fusing art and science to create a brand new art movement inspired by science. Striving to visualise the invisible and what it must mean to be human in the future, they create images and objects of stunning beauty, redefining the notion of aesthetic and of what is meant by art. Does this herald the rise of a new culture driven by science? Does it bring us any closer to understanding creativity? This exhibit explores such key issues of the 21st century.

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        • Skrunda Signal


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          Artistic research on the mythical past of a Soviet early-earning Radio Location Station (RLS) operating from 1967 – 1998 near Skrunda, Latvia. Internationally known as "henhouse" radars, these powerful transmitters – emitting impulse type signals, detected in the West as "woodpecker" – were allegedly responsible in the nineteen-seventies for shutting down radio transmissions all over the world on at least two occasions for up to seven minutes. Authors: Raitis Smits, Rasa Smite, Martins Ratniks, Linda Vebere, RIXC

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          • Mapping the Empire (excerpt), 2011


            from Christina Nguyen Hung Added

            This piece was presented at ISEA 2011 in Istanbul http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/.hung In Mapping the Empire v.1, four HD video cameras are strapped to my wrists and ankles as I traverse a rock formation. A “map” of the terrain emerges from the process that suggests a mode of perception that is distributed, and polyvalent. This work is inspired in part by Umberto Eco’s essay, "On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1" The “map” I create nonsensical -- more accurate as a record of motion defined by the logic of living flesh, rather than a systematic grid-like construction of space and time.

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            • Fugue clip 1


              from gordana novakovic Added 28 0 0

              Fugue interactive installation

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              • Imagine/Ce que la vie doit à l'imaginaire


                from Jérôme Meyer Added 422 1 0

                "Ce que la vie doit à l'imaginaire" (what our life owes to the imagination) is a performance multimedia by the choreographers duo from The Hague, Jérôme Meyer and Isabelle Chaffaud. "Ce que la vie doit à l'imaginaire" examines the powerful influence between technology and man in the world of dance performances. Wireless technology, algorithms, performers mingle together: do they play or control each other? Who is influencing whom? Ultimately, their point of departure is how the mind and/or machines create motion and emotion through technology. Together with the software artist Marcus Graf, they developed applications and tools for this project to enable the performer to control sound and image kinetically through a wireless network. The trio Meyer, Chaffaud, and Graf present with this performance an ode to the power of imagination, a holographic image of a unique poetic world.

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