Meet Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ibrahim_Salahi1Hello All,

Hope you have all been enjoying the glorious sunshine this past week in London, New-york, Paris and everywhere else in the world where the rays from that big ball of fire and light has touched.

This post is short and sweet and it is also not hugely scientific so a slight cheat, although like I said everything started with science including art! and this is my blog, so I am allowed to cheat once in a while especially when it is to big up one of my own.

I feel proud to tell you that the first Tate Modern exhibition dedicated to African Modernism traces the life and work of Ibrahim El-Salahi, a Sudanese artist. Sudan stand up. I am super excited to have the opportunity to support this great man from my home country.

“This major retrospective brings together 100 works from across more than five decades of his international career. The exhibition highlights one of the most significant figures in African and Arab Modernism and reveals his place in the context of a broader, global art history” Quote taken form the Tate site.

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We learn about Mr El-Salahi’s journey from Sudan in the 1950’s, his education in London and how he returned to Sudan in 1957 as a pioneer in the Art scene. His story is amazing, he shares his life, his joys, his deep spiritual faith and his dreams with you in his work and I urge you all to go and see it. It is showing from 3 July – 22 September 2013, do not miss it geeks.


Click on the video below and meet the man himself.

Also, while you are at the Tate you should also go see Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art also showing from 3 July – 22 September 2013.

Since the theme is Sudan here I’m going to introduce you to these beautiful young ladies who have re-created some of our cultural songs which I used to hear my grandmother and great aunts sing around a coal burning coffee pot. I absolutely love this rendition of this song and I hope you do too.

Thank you for reading, please share the information and have a great weekend everyone.

Eyman

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Science In Art- Antony Gormley and his Model

Hello All,

Firstly, I wanted to say thank you for all the messages off support :-). It means so very much to know that people are enjoying being a part of this experiment (and it’s not failing). I am sorry for the lack of lustre in posts recently and I know I owe you more than this quick post. I’m putting things into place to help up the speed and consistency of my posts for next year. I’m excited.

As it is still hot in the press, I thought I would follow suit and make sure that my fellow geeks knew about the new Antony Gormley exhibition at the White Cube, Bermonsdey London.

Antony Gormley has over the past 30 years explored his art through the human form using sculpture.  His art aims to investigate and explore the body as a place of memory and transformation. “I am interested in the body”, he says, “because it is the place where emotions are most directly registered. When you feel frightened, when you feel excited, happy or depressed somehow the body registers it.”

You may know him as the artist who designed The Angel Of The North.

Or you may remember him from his fourth plinth project ‘One and Other’, where 2400 people from across the UK got to stand on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for an hour at a time. Below is a short video with the man himself explaining that project.

His latest piece is called Model and is created from large sheets of Corten steel. It is a gallery-engulfing, pared down body, laid out on the ground. It is also a building, a series of conjoined stacked boxes. As “investigators” we can walk through it, entering by the bottom of what is described as its left foot (there is no right foot) all the way up-to the head or brain which is a vastness of light and dark shadows.

Gormley regards this piece as the culmination of decades of work, some kind of summary of all that he has been trying to say and do about the relationship between sculpture, architecture and the human form.

Interestingly, it does remind me of Miroslaw Balka’s giant ship’s container in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern which I recently visited and is also immersive, enveloping, walk-through experiences. Make your way over to the White Cube if you are in London and see what you think of the experience for yourself.

That’s all for now, short and sweet but I hope you enjoyed the read.
Eyman

Geek Out: Reggie Watts

Hey Geeks,

Hope you are all well and have been enjoying the Olympics so far. The energy is amazing in and out of the events arenas, on sofas, in parks and just about anywhere and everywhere in London Town.

I came across this video a week ago and I geeked out and now I’m sharing it with you all. Reggie Watts is thoroughly entertaining to watch and has an amazing career. Click on this Wiki Link to find out more about him. Check out his music composition for Louis CK’s show, Louie. The dude has many skills. He is an utter geek.

I love the way he uses scientific words in this piece to make you listen and laugh all at the same time. He really does disorient you in the most entertaining way. Hope you enjoy it too.

Share it, Re-blog, Tweet and all that good stuff.

Thank you for reading.

Eyman

The sound of colour

Hi guys,

Its been a while since I posted. I decided to put up a quick post of an interesting video I came across a couple of weeks ago.

The video below is of a man called Neil Harbisson who was born completely colour blind. He suffers from a condition called achromatopsia causing him to see no colour at all, only black and white. That was until he was fitted with an eyeborg. This is a headmounted camera that picks up colours and translates them to real time soundwaves. The eyeborg consists of a camera, an antenna and a computer chip that converts light into sound. The chip is mounted in the back of his head transmitting the vibrations directly into his skull. He memorized the different frequencies and now is able to tell the difference between colours very easily. It’s fascinating that different colours emit different frequencies. Neil even produces art! He calls himself a cyborg because it’s a ‘union between the software and his brain’. He has created the CyborgFoundation, an organization to help humans become cyborgs by creating and applying cybernetic extensions to the body. He has donated eyborgs to blind communities and taught colour blind children to use the device.

Science never ceases to surprise me and it makes me curious of what is yet to come especially with how quickly technology is advancing.

Have a peep at the video, and his cool colour clashing fashion sense. He is truly and interesting human being.

Lukeki

War of the worlds- Death of a Tumor

Hello Everyone 🙂

It has been a while. I miss you. Good news is that it is all systems go again. This post is short and sweet but it feels like it is just right.

Without going into too much detail, I have been busy looking after my father who has/had cancer. I say had because he is now doing well following a life saving operation to remove the tumor (with god’s grace and blessings). I also say has because cancer is one of those diseases that comes back and Drs. are still working hard to understand why and how to beat it once and for all.

I wanted to share with you this amazing illustration, aptly named Death of a Tumor courtesy of E. Paul and Q. Paul, Echo Medical Media, and R. Gamble.

Green, T-shaped drug molecules fight “scary-looking, tentacled” breast cancer cells. The drug—called TRA-8—locks into the cancer cells’ “death receptors,” so that the cells eventually die. He used photos of real breast cancer cells showing how scientists are working on drugs to kill off only the cancer, leaving healthy cells alone.

Paul describes his inspiration for the illustration as;

“The image was created to evoke a feeling of War of the Worlds, with the fight against breast cancer being waged by novel weapons like TRA-8.”

That’s all for now but I will be back soon.

Eyman

Made With Molecules- Art, Science and Dope Jewelry

Hello Geeks,

Anyone that knows me, knows I am a huge fan off jewelry, especially Silver. So you can imagine how hard I geeked out when I came across this jewelry designer who uses molecules as inspiration in a artistic and creative way. I LOVE THESE DESIGNS.

You must check out Made With Molecules, click here to get onto the site for the full collection, but here a few of my favorites.

This one makes you happy 🙂 and I love the way they explain the significance of the molecule.

You cannot tell me these earrings are not cool. No you cannot. I am a geneticist.

For the chocolate lovers. I know a few.

Gentleman, do not worry, they have something for you too. These are the greatest cufflinks I have ever seen. I would most definitely swoon if you approached me wearing these #just saying. lol.

Share the goodness geeks. Thank you.

Ex

Leonardo da Vinci- Anatomist

Hello Again 🙂

Continuing the Science in Art theme, I wanted to make sure to let you know about the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which recently opened at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham palace, called the Anatomist.

Leonardo da Vinci is more famous for his Mona Lisa and is well known around the world as one of the great artists of the “Renaissance” period. However, not many know he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy. He intended to publish his work in a treatise on anatomy to add to European knowledge of the subject. However, he died in 1519 and the drawings remained amongst his private papers for almost 400 years. This exhibition is the largest ever of Leonard da Vinci’s studies of the human body and is among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures.

It is definitely worth a visit, if only to admire the breadth of this mans gift and minds work. The gallery also present regular free exhibition talks at 12:00 and 15:00 on selected Fridays in May, June, July and September. The exhibition runs from 4th May- 7th October. Visit www.royalcollection.org.uk for further details or call 0207 766 7324. If you buy a ticket directly from them, you get FREE RE-ADMISSION FOR A YEAR. And if that is not enough to sway you and it should be, here are a few images to help you along. Remember, he had a books worth of work and these are not the cream of the crop. I’m just saying.

Please share the post if you enjoyed it.

Enjoy the exhibit.

Eyman

Vintage Hearts

Hey All,

I keep apologising for the delay in my posts, so I am not going to do that again until I can somehow work out how to make the week longer or pause time during the day so I can catch up on my to-do list.

People say that Art and Science do not go together, I say they do and the next two posts are an attempt to high-light two well known artist who also say they do.

The Human Body: What It Is And How It Works is a stunning vintage anatomy book, depicting and explaining in more than 200 vibrant mid-century illustrations the inner workings of the body. Originally published in 1959, this colorful gem was inspired by German artist and researcher Fritz Kahn, who in his 1926 classic Man as Industrial Palace described the human body as “the highest performance machine in the world” and used industrial metaphors to illustrate its remarkable capacities.

My favorite quote from the book is:

“Two hearts could provide enough energy to drive a truck around the world in two years.”

Here are a few of my favorite illustrations

Hope you enjoyed the images

Ex

Magnetism at The British Museum

Hey Geeks

Hope you are all having a great weekend so far. I wanted to share with you this piece of Art I saw at the British Museum at the Hajj Exhibition.

The piece is called Magnetism, by Artists Ahmed Mater (b.1979) and is a Photogravure etching of a cubic shaped magnet and iron fillings (similar to what is used in schools to teach the science of magnetism). It Represents pilgrims circulating the holy Kaaba in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

I Love this Image and hope you enjoy it too, please share it.

E

Do you want more? Scientist tackle male baldness

Hello Geeks,

I came across an interesting article reporting that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have analysed which genes are switched on when men start to go bald. Do you know what that means? To put it bluntly, it means that scientist now have a shot at the prospect of treating, stopping or even reversing the thinning of hair aka male baldness.

I want you to know that when I read this, I let out a sigh of relief that I didn’t even fully recognise I had internalised. As a woman, I have to say that a full head of hair on a man is far more attractive to me than a not so full head of hair. Maybe not all the ladies reading this will agree, but I know for a fact that all my male friends who are starting to go bald are willing these scientists on. Most men start to go bald in middle age, but I’ve a friend who went bald in his early 20s! His pain and panic was definitely visible.

The rest of my male friends are trying to keep the last-dignified runs of full heads whilst yearning (secretly or openly) to keep a full head like Quest Loves immortalised in this beautiful piece of art, which you can pick up and order from United80, details below.

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Onto the science. In studies of bald men and laboratory mice, US scientists pinpointed a protein that triggers hair loss. They found higher levels of the protein in the cells of hair follicles in bald patches compared with hairy areas. Drugs that target the pathway are already in development, they report in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Great news for all, especially the scientists who are sure to earn themselves a few bobs, and make a lot of hairdressers happy too.

Click here to read more or press play for the hardcore science which gave me the new statement follically challenged lol

It might take a longtime but it could be coming back, right from the Roots (not bad eh? lol)

Share the good news with your boys, boyfriends, brothers, fathers, uncles, godfathers and all male members.

Ex