Infrastructure as art: Jacob van Ruisdael, ‘Windmill at Wijk bij Duurstede,’ c. 1670.
Are facilities that produce necessities like energy and clean water doomed to be ugly? Not when artists and landscape architects help design them.
There’s a creeping conformity taking place on the web.
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Design bloggers have long had creeping suspicion of a more monolithic web, so a team of researchers decided to analyze the aesthetics of nearly 10,000 websites.
Students wear Guy Fawkes masks during a protest on November 5 in Hong Kong.
From Chile to Lebanon and Iraq to Hong Kong, the same masks have become a common language to register dissent.
‘Psychedelic,’ an image created by the algorithm AICAN.
An algorithm named AICAN has been 'taught' the entire canon of Western art history – and now produces, titles and sells works of its own.
The number of people going under the knife for a big bum is increasing – but it carries the highest risk of death in any cosmetic surgery.
Take off time.
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The changing aesthetics of protest allow many more voices to be heard.
Detail from Emily Kam Kngwarray, Anmatyerr people.
Yam awely 1995
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
150 x 491 cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of the Delmore Collection, Donald and Janet Holt 1995 © Emily Kam Kngwarray.
Today, beauty counts for little in the judgement of works of art. But our felt experience of beauty connects us with an object's maker, revealing a pure moment of humanity.
Tommy Wiseau clutches a football in ‘The Room,’ the 2003 film he wrote, produced and starred in.
Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature.
‘The Dictator’ (2012) by Sacha Baron-Cohen plays on the fact that kitsch is used by dictators and fundamentalists to redefine our world.
Kitsch has slowly become the main cultural reference for all that surrounds us, and thrives in propaganda.
A fern repeats its pattern at various scales.
Fractals are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine magnifications. They turn up in the natural world and in artists' work. Research suggests they contribute to making something aesthetically appealing.
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Whether the ubiquity of fiction has devalued truth or enhanced morality has been in doubt for over 2,000 years.
Fractals in stone by Jami Masjid.
Are you sceptical about maths being stunning? Let this brave academic try to change your mind.
Great Britain’s Mo Farah celebrates winning the gold in the men’s 5000m at the Rio Olympics.
Watching sport is more than just an entertaining experience. As the 2016 Olympic Games again highlighted, it can enrich and improve our lives in many more complex ways.
Cosmetic surgery booms are happening around the world. Here are some key augmentations.
The Economic Freedom Fighters recently launched their manifesto in Soweto. Party leader Julius Malema (waving) is the master of political theatre.
Red berets, hard hats, overalls and domestic workers’ uniforms have become a prominent part of South African politics. But these are more than just props for the EFF political party.