Sputnik Observatory

Jonathan Harris, creator of We Feel Fine and the lovely I Want You To Want Me (shown in MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind show last year) sent out an invitation today to his latest piece, the Sputnik Observatory for the Study of Contemporary Culture.

The Sputnik Observatory collects video interviews of many leading thinkers on a broad range of topics, and enables viewers to follow a stream-of-consciouness path through the themes that link the conversations together.

 
For example, cartoonist Scott McCloud talks about facial recognition:

 
which could lead to physicist Janna Levin discussing chaos and disorder:

 
and then to neuroscientist Edmund T. Rolls explaining how bacteria can decide who we get it on with:

Jonathan says:

The central premise of the Sputnik project is that everything is connected to everything else, and that topics and ideas that may seem fringe and even heretical to the mainstream world are in fact being investigated by leading thinkers working in fields as diverse as quantum physics, mathematics, neuroscience, biology, economics, architecture, digital art, video games, computer science and music. Sputnik is dedicated to bringing these crucial ideas from the fringes of thought out into the limelight, so that the world can begin to understand them….There are about 200 videos on the site today, and there will be thousands more added over the coming weeks, months, and years.

I could waste hours learning here…if i didn’t have freelance work to attend to. Back to it…

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