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Letting environmental art speak for itself is no longer enough Cynthia Hooper is constantly dancing. At least, this is how the Californian film-maker describes balancing the two halves of her practice. Yes, she makes works of art; but she also tries to raise awareness of environmental issues. Her films of energy infrastructure, waste landscapes and agricultural spaces are often stark and hypnotic – even strangely alien and futuristic – when presented on their own. A couple of weeks ago, Hooper presented some of her work as a guest in the Infrastructure Aesthetics series at New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Advertisement Exportadora De Sal from Cynthia Hooper on Vimeo. The first piece she showed was Exportadora de Sal (2007), which perfectly sets the tone for her style of work. Geotérmoeléctrica Cerro Prieto from Cynthia Hooper on Vimeo. Geotérmoeléctrica: Cerro Prieto (2012) was again filmed in Mexico, this time at one of the country’s largest geothermal energy fields. More on these topics: energy and fuels

SR X. STENCIL MADE IN XIXÓN El Sr. X es un artista urbano, que por encima de todo práctica el stencil. Sus obras se pueden apreciar en paredes, muros, puertas y rincones de ciudades como Gijón, Londres, Madrid, asi como en algún espacio de Croacia, Brasil, o Alemania. Contando con la mayor parte de sus trabajos en espacios públicos, también ha sabido trasladar sus imágenes al mundo del taller y de las exposiciones a un nivel más tradicional, o al menos más normativo como es el de galerías o centros de arte, destacando sus intervenciones para Arenas Movedizas, festival de arte de LaBoral (Gijón). L: También es normal escuchar que stencil y graffiti comparten muchos puntos en común. L: Aunque consta que el stencil también puede ser una técnica que represente otros mensajes. Entrevista por Lara A.

Poppy Dandiya- Poppy Dandiya Poppy Dandiya is a studio jeweler living between Jaipur and England. Poppy was born in 1955 and by 1975 he completed his formal education at St Stephens College in Delhi. This education was designed to pave his way into the Indian bureaucracy, but he started biking and backpacking across India and Europe instead. To pay for his travels he bought pieces of old silver jewellery from pawn shops during his biking trips around the Thar desert, and sold it to friends, and later boutiques. Little did he know then that he was setting up the foundations of his new career. By 1980, Poppy found himself in London, taking evening classes in jewellery-making and gemmology at Sir John Cass, honing the jewellery instincts he had inherited from his jeweler grandfather. Finally, since around 1996, Poppy started sharing his time again between Jaipur and the UK, first in Cambridge and later in Devon.

info : Lunar New Year Photographer encounters forgotten Chinese city covered in lush vegetation Whenever new photographs arise of manmade structures gone untouched for years, it's hard to look away. Some photos are haunting and eerie, yet these lush, green-shrouded buildings on Gougi island, in China’s Yangtze River, are anything but eerie. Instead, they reveal a tranquil sense of what happens when nature reclaims the land. Related: Buy your very own gold rush ghost town on Craigslist! Gouqi island is located in the Shengsi archipelago of about 400 islands. Each discovery of abandoned cityscapes is captivating, but one covered in beautiful ivy and greenery surely enchants in its own way. Via Bored Panda and Images via Jane Qing

Vegan Bunnies Beautiful fractal landscape seems like eerie, epic ruins / Boing Boing "Poetic Fractals," writes Julius Horsthuis. "I use fractals for developing skills – they are exercises in framing, composition, typography, color and style." In this four-minute journey through a computer-generated world, we see landscapes and massive fractal structures that seem eerily reminiscent of abandoned human places. The music is "Reaching Land" by Patrick O'Hearn; the software used to render the world is Mandelbulb3D—available free of charge! Real-time fractal zoomer on the web Following up on yesterday’s fractal fun, here’s a real-time fractal zoomer on the web. Fractal fun on the web You like zoning out in front of fractals, right? Fractal gears webtoy Liabru’s Fractal Gears is a beautiful webtoy that draws randomly meshed gears of descending ratios, with a set of sliders you can use to tweak their parameters. Safely store your data and save 94% with 2TB of Genius Rescue cloud backup If you’ve been blessed enough to avoid them yourself, you’ve definitely heard the horror stories.

SANTI BURGOS yourshot.nationalgeographic Lucky for some of you that I’m not such a stickler for technical perfection—some of the frames I’m marking would never make it past my colleagues. I’m such a sucker for beautiful statues and paintings, but you can’t just walk up and document the art; your image has to transform it in some way—you have to add your voice, or I might as well buy a postcard. Love when you are imaginative like this—using reflections, shooting up or down to get a different perspective. These are the random thoughts that flew through my mind as I edited your faith images. Over the course of the assignment I selected over 600 images I liked, so it was tough to bring the published count down below 30. What did I look for? Thank you for sharing your intimate images and generous, heartfelt insights with all of us.