November 21, 2012 |
Artist Trevor Paglen has quite literally launched an exhibition of global - and intergalactic -- scope. He sent an archival disc of photographs -- called “The Last Pictures” -- into outer space Tuesday, meant to orbit Earth for billions of years. Paglen consulted with scientists, artists, philosophers, historians, astronomers, physicists and cultural theorists to whittle down human history into 100 photographs that make a cultural statement about our civilization. He then micro-etched the images onto a disc that was encased in a gold shell designed at MIT and Carleton College.
August 13, 2013 |
With the exception of 2004, director Christopher Nolan has had a movie come out in every even year dating back to the 1990s. That will continue with his ambitious sci-fi project “Interstellar,” due in November 2014. A random bit of trivia, to be sure, but a timely one as domestic distributor Paramount and worldwide studio Warner Bros. announced he's begun shooting the new film in Alberta. Even before the first camera whirred on, plenty has been written about the project, which concerns a group of human explorers jumping through space.
July 8, 2013 |
When I read Monday that it was the 66th anniversary of the notorious report of a flying disk crashing to Earth on a ranch near Roswell, N.M., sparking endless theories that it was an alien spacecraft, I couldn't help but remember my own summer years ago looking for life in outer space. My search, though, didn't involve hunting down reverse-engineered spacecraft or photographing the sky for strange forms. Instead, I sat at a desk in an astronomer's office at the University of Chicago running a routine data reduction program on radio telescope data and cataloging the basic descriptions of the stars that telescope had been pointed at. And it was more thrilling than scanning the night sky for little green men because this project carried the possibility of really finding something legitimately extraterrestrial.
June 12, 1988 |
As with any project involving Steven Spielberg and his Ambling Ent., there's extreme secrecy regarding exactly what happens in the Pepsi commercial that begins shooting in L.A. later this month featuring the famous visitor from outer space, E.T. But we have gleaned a few tidbits. * According to Ambling spokesman Marvin Levy, E.T. will speak in the ads. * The spots will promote "E.T." videocassettes, which MCA Home Video puts on sale Oct. 27.
HOME & GARDEN
January 24, 2009 |
Architecture aficionados sometimes liken Bart Prince's soaring, layered residential designs to the work of John Lautner and Frank Lloyd Wright, but drive by one of his projects in a pleasant, tree-lined South Pasadena neighborhood, and you'd never suspect what hides behind the unassuming exterior. Perhaps the biggest clue is the entrance, set at the far side of the house, recessed under the roof and tucked behind an elegant curved-stone planter filled with blossoming bird of paradise.
February 6, 2014 |
"Performing in space is such an honor. " Who else but Lady Gaga could utter such a phrase and still be taken seriously? "I want to challenge myself to come up with something that will not only bring everyone together but will also have a message of love that blasts into the beyond," she says in the March issue of Harper's Bazaar , referring to her planned one-song performance on a Virgin Galactic flight, which was announced back in November....