Today is a historic day in astro science: NASA is crashing its $4 billion Cassini spacecraft into Saturn.
Instead of being left in orbit, and possibly crashing into one of Saturn’s moons, contaminating any life(!) that might be there, NASA has chosen this spectacular suicidal dive into Saturn’s atmosphere. After more than four years beyond its expected life time the spacecraft has no fuel left to adjust its course any longer.
At around 14 o’clock MET the Cassini spacecraft, which spent 20 years in space and has sent us amazing views of the Saturn system, will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending final data for as long as possible before burning up like a meteor.
We all, working in our studios all day (and certain nights of course), may use a microwave oven to heat up a noodle soup or some sweet potatoes. While some of my caring friends insist I should not, I enjoy the convenience. But is it really save!?
Diana Scherer grows and cultivates her art by “planting oat and wheat seeds in soil, and then carefully, meticulously, warping the growth pattern.”, wired writes.
Organic growth transformed into aesthetic outwordly systems, structures, and patterns: “I think that people, they cherish nature, but on the other hand they are really quite cruel with nature,” Scherer says. “Like the gardener is telling us he loves nature, but the garden has to look like what he wants it to in his mind. He has to crop and prune and use poison.”
In our daily lives we just see what’s above the soil: leaves, stems and shafts, blooms. But Diana’s art shows us new grounds and worlds.
"Our modern understanding of light and color begins with Sir Isaac Newton and a series of experiments that he published in 1672. He was the first to understand the rainbow — he refracted white light with a prism, resolving it into its component colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.
Artists were fascinated by Newton’s clear demonstration that light alone was responsible for color. His most useful idea for artists was his conceptual arrangement of colors around the circumference of a circle, which allowed the painters’ primaries (red, yellow, blue) to be arranged opposite their complementary colors (e.g. red opposite green), as a way of denoting that each complementary would enhance the other’s effect through optical contrast." Still today Newton's color system is used in fine arts.
But coming back to light: One of the contemporary artists who is using light as a medium for art is the American Stephen Knapp. His huge installations are made only of coated glass and light. The visible color on walls is reflected and affected by the angle of the glass to the light source – usually a halogen light. The glass reflects in two directions and the colors shoot around, overlap and create new color mixes.