When Greg Dunn finished his Ph.D. in neuroscience at Penn in 2011, he bought himself a sensory deprivation tank as a graduation present. The gift marked a major life transition, from the world of science to a life of meditation and art.
Now a full-time artist living in Philadelphia, Dunn says he was inspired in his grad-student days by the spare beauty of neurons treated with certain stains. The Golgi stain, for example, will turn one or two neurons black against a golden background. ”It has this Zen quality to it that really appealed to me,” Dunn said.
Dance, tiny robots, dance! The best moments from Bruno Maisonnier’s TEDxConcorde robot dance-off — IN GIFS!
Just now, session 1 of TED2013 ended, but not without first introducing the TED audience to a whole mess of neat robot inventions, from a robot butler to a smartphone pet that makes the Tamagotchi seem ancient.
One of the highlights was this clip from Bruno Maisonnier’s TEDxConcorde talk, during which he had his tiny humanoid robots — called Nao — do a synchronized dance routine even the coolest b-boys would envy.
Below, we GIF the best moments from the tiny Naos breaking it down on stage:
We call this one: Air Fiddle:
Still not sure whether these guys should be touring with Daft Punk or featured in Will Smith’s “Welcome to Miami” video:
Some fancy leg work:
And last, but certainly not least — dramatic robot:
It’s never this obvious:
12 Façade planes/208 windows/3 Kiosks/3 Phone booths/6 posts/2 temporary shelters/3 bins/4 stairs/ 2 main accesses/1 panoramic window/1 temporary girl scout post/38 down lights/1 mosaic art piece/2 elevators/3 US Flags/3 clocks/call for arrivals every 3 minutes/3 bins/4 electrical stairs/5 yield lines/10 buying ticket booths/11 ticket access booths/1 sets of stairs/42 steps/8 buses/1 advertisement kiosk/1 assistance booth/1 red ribbon across the wall/1 news stand/1 doughnut shop/1 cart/1 bus access/7 bus lines/1 T Line/1 honey roasted nuts stand/1 clothes stand/1 donut stand/1 gigantic backpack.
Everyday I pass through Harvard Square, and I’ve taken the subway station many times. The square is also a common checkpoint place for people in the area, and has a unique personality, but when I was analyzing it as data, it seemed very ordinary, something you could find in any station.
So, what makes this public space recognizable among others? These objects could be part of any subway in the US.
How is it that we perceive a location, how do we define this space, and give a meaning to it? Is it the texture, the colors, the smell, the people, the space itself, the weather, or a combination of all inside our brain that is doing an appropriation of it, conquering, unfolding and folding again the space until we feel confortable on it?
I still don’t know what I will find in the space, everything seems so new and I am trying to map the most. One object that catches my sight is a gigantic backpack with a tag that says “its never this obvious”, (well I had never seen it before, if that is what their point was) and relevant to the topic, what is never obvious in a space? Everything! We just pass, but we don’t look. Nothing should be obvious ever. But still it is for most of us.
Harvard Square was obvious, but while analyzing the data, all turns new and suspicious.
My data collection was through senses, mainly visual, kinesthetic and by ear, and by exploring all the area, focusing on patterns of movement and sounds, analyzing the objects placed on it, photographing them and taking videos.
Also I was interested on the fact that we had 12 facades, 208 windows, those are considered as public space since it may affect the public visual landscape, but many times they are not seen as such. We forget the potential of this vertical surfaces surrounding a space of power.
I also did some experiments with mobility, trying to block the electric stairs with my body to se people’s reactions. Those I guess, where the only ones obvious.