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Few things are as exciting as the idea of travelling somewhere else. But the reality of travel seldom matches our daydreams. The tragi-comic disappointments are well-known: the disorientation, the mid-afternoon despair, the lethargy before ancient ruins. And yet the reasons behind such disappointments are rarely explored.
 philosophy travel Alain De Botton art
It called for the demolition of museums and libraries, contempt for women and the glorification of war, "the world's only hygiene". It promoted "the beautiful ideas which kill" and claimed that beauty exists only in struggle - so why is the art world celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Futurist Manifesto? ... Love of danger, Energy and fearlessness, Courage, audacity and revolt, Aggressive action, Love of...

2009-02-20

 future art revolution Futurist Manifesto
It is not widely recognized in the cultures beyond the direct influence of Islam the extent to which aesthetics is valued there, whether in the form of poetry or song.

2009-02-19

 art Islam politics poetry
A study of medieval Islamic art has shown some of its geometric patterns use principles established centuries later by modern mathematicians. Researchers in the US have found 15th Century examples that use the concept of quasicrystalline geometry. This indicates intuitive understanding of complex mathematical formulae, even if the artisans had not worked out the underlying theory, the study says.

2007-02-23

 art Islam mathematics architecture geometry
A design student made a battered old Skoda "disappear" by painting it to merge with the surrounding car park...

2009-05-02

 art invisibility
How different are these from many so-caled "modern art" pieces? Tomáš J. Fülöpp...
 artificial intelligence art modern art
Joshua Bell is one of the world's greatest violinists. His instrument of choice is a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius. If he played it for spare change, incognito, outside a bustling Metro stop in Washington, would anyone notice? ... This one I loved and talked about it with many friends. It resonates with one of my older ideas - that what is cheered by people is not necessarily the admirable. So many things need also be considered, such...

2007-04-08

 culture taste recognition psychology advertisement marketing art music violin busking philosophy superficial

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