“Languages as diverse as English, Russian and Hindi can trace their roots back more than 8,000 years to Anatolia — now in modern-day Turkey. That’s the conclusion of a study1 that assessed 103 ancient and contemporary languages using a technique normally used to study the evolution and spread of disease. The researchers hope that their findings can settle a long-running debate about the origins of the Indo-European language group.”
AN : an innovative approach to determining liguistic roots….
via A Turkish origin for Indo-European languages : Nature News & Comment.
“The creative act is not performed by the artist alone.”
In 1964, Arthur Koestler penned his celebrated classic The Act of Creation, a fine addition to other notable hypotheses on how creativity works and where good ideas come from. Seven years prior, in April of 1957, French Surrealist artist Marcel Duchamp spoke at the Convention of the American Federation of Arts in Houston, Texas, addressing the same subject in a short paper he presented, entitled The Creative Act. The session included two university professors, an anthropologist, and Duchamp himself, listed in the program as “mere artist.”
A decade later, Aspen Magazine recorded Duchamp reading the paper, and the audio is now available as part of a fantastic compilation featuring several Duchamp readings and interviews.The full transcript, found in Robert Lebel’s 1959 tome Marcel Duchamp (public library, can be read below, with highlights.
via The Creative Act: Marcel Duchamp’s 1957 Classic, Read by the Artist Himself | Brain Pickings.
AN : do listen to the audio reading…
“Stock Logos has compiled a list of famous logo designs and the price that was paid to design them.
The list features iconic logos from brands such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, Twitter and Nike.”
AN : logos are indeed “a picture that speaks a thousand words “. They are not the entirety of a brand but are the key, pithy visual pivot.
via Famous Logos And The Cost Of Designing Them – DesignTAXI.com.
“Korean artist Lee Kyu-Hak creates beautiful mixed-media paintings (mosaics?) by wrapping small wooden wedges with colored newsprint that mimic the brushstrokes of famous artists. Lee’s artworks appear mostly to be reinterpretations of pieces by Vincent van Gogh, but I think I see a few original compositions as well. See much more over at Yesong gallery.”
AN : a plethora of imagination. Re-creation of some well known art pieces in a very innovative fashion…for that matter, the entire blog that this comes from has a vast canvas of artistic creativity….
via Colossal | A blog about art and visual ingenuity..
“In the mid-19th century, during the early days of photography, it was a common practice to have your portrait made with the tools of your trade, hobby or passionate interest. Today, these images tell a wonderful story of trades and occupations during the growth of our nation. Most of these images (as noted) are from the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection of early photography, which was just sold to the Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) for a record $15 million. The museum is in Toronto, Canada. This exhibition was assembled by my (author of this blog piece :John Foster ) friend Alan Griffiths, of Luminous Lint, a website dedicated to the history of photography.”
AN : an interesting practise to show the tools of your trade in a picture. Wonder what we would show if our tools are more cerebral than manual ?
via Accidental Mysteries, 08.12.12: Occupational Photographs: Observatory: Design Observer.