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‘dymaxion car #4’ at ‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

bucky fuller & spaceship earth is the title of a new exhibition looking at the work of buckminster fuller being held at
ivorypress art + books in madrid. the show is running from september 1 to october 30 and is curated by norman foster
and luis fernández-galiano. the exhibition features drawings and models including the recently completed recreation
of the dymaxion car. foster worked with fuller for the last 12 years of his life and explains that fuller  ‘had a profound
influence on my own work and thinking’. the new dymaxion car was commissioned by foster based on fuller’s own
drawings and prototypes. the prototype was built in east sussex by the car restoration company crosthwaite & gardiner.

‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

‘wichita house model’ at ‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

‘bucky fuller & spaceship earth’ exhibition at ivorypress art + books, madrid
© sebastian marjanov

dymaxion car #4
©gregory gibbons

dymaxion car #4
©gregory gibbons

dymaxion car #4

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Mikrokosmos by Bigert & Bergström are Molecular structures lit from inside of spherical photographs documenting space from a new perspective. I love it! Would love to see that kind of exhibition more often…

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Lisa Katayama

POSTED AT 8:00 AM January 5, 2010

• Japan • medicine • Mori Art Museum • science

da vinci mori.jpgThere’s a fascinating exhibit at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo right now called Medicine and Art: Imagining a Future for Life and Love. It showcases 150 works of art that represent our fascination with the human body, both as a living machine that we’re constantly trying to understand and as an artistic medium. The iconic example of this is Leonardo Da Vinci’s cranium drawings from the 15th century (pictured right), part of the Royal Collection belonging to Queen Elizabeth II.But there’s a lot more than that. Let’s just say this was the first time I’d seen a 1650 amputation saw, George Washington’s dentures, and a 19th century English male anti-masturbatory apparatus all in one place. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to explain it in words, so I’ll show you some images after the jump.

Warning: some of these images are graphic, possibly NSFW, and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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This Tibetan ink drawing shows three bodies and what is believed to be the wiring behind the five senses and the consciousness — including the vertebrae and the solar plexus. Tibetan medicine, which is over two thousand years old, aims to free individuals from both physical disease and ignorance. Watercolor drawings of the twelve great teachers of Tibetan medicine, robed and seated, sit atop the main illustration.
Three Tibetan Anatomical Figures; c. 1800; watercolour and black ink on white linen; Wellcome Library

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It was quite amazing to see these aged superheroes in Gilles Barbier’s L’Hospice (2002) — including Captain America on an IV and Wonder Woman with sagging breasts — in person.
Gilles Barbier; L’Hospice / The Nursing Home; 2002; six wax figures, television, various elements dimension variable; Courtesy: Galerie G.-P. & N. Vallois, Paris

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Glass eyeballs like you’ve probably never seen before. There are fifty in this wood-and-velvet case from early 20th century Liverpool.
E. Muller; Set of 50 Artificial Glass Eyes; 1900-1940 / Liverpool, England; glass, wood, velvet, leatherette; Science Museum, London

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The wooden cage on the far left is a shock therapy machine from the turn of the 20th century. At the time, the tech was super revolutionary and hospitals were desperately trying to get their hands on one.
Photo: Osamu Watanabe courtesy of the Mori Art Museum.

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The most provocative display in the exhibit was a series of before-and-after photographs showing people on the brink of death and again immediately after their passing. Most of the portraits were of adults, but there was this one of a 17 month old baby girl who was born with a tumor.
Walter Schels; Life before Death – Elmira Sang Bastian, 14th January 2004/23rd March 2004; photography

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This crazy-looking chair contraption is actually an early 1900s X-ray machine created by German Ernest Pohl.
Pohl Omniskop X-ray apparatus; 1910; German Science Museum, London

The exhibit runs through February 28.

Watch as Julian Voss-Andreae explores some of the worlds smallest molecules and turns them into large works of art. Producer – Vince Patton.


According to quantum physics, the world is fundamentally quite different than it seems. For example, matter can be demonstrated to have a wave-like quality associated with its motion. Quantum physics describes a moving object as consisting of waves oriented perpendicular to its direction of motion. Drawing inspiration from this aspect of nature, I created an image of a walking human as a quantum object. Made up of thin, vertically oriented steel sheets representing those waves, this sculpture is a metaphor for the counter-intuitive world of quantum physics. Symbolizing the dual nature of matter with the appearance of classical reality on the surface and cloudy quantum behavior underneath, the sculpture seems to be solid when seen from the front, but dissolves into almost nothing when seen from the side.


SPIN FAMILY (Bosons and Fermions), 2009

Series of five objects

Steel and silk; largest object 7” x 6” x 6” (18 cm x 15 cm x 15 cm)

Spin Family (Bosons and Fermions) playfully equates the two fundamental kinds of matter in the universe with the two human genders. Due to their difference in a quantum physical property called spin, fermions have a tendency to stay isolated whereas bosons tend to attract each other. Spin Family is a series of objects displaying the three-dimensional structure of the spin as it follows from the rules of quantum mechanics. A continuous silk thread representing the spin is woven in and out of tiny circular metal frames giving a diaphanous quality to the overall forms. The single, well-defined direction of the spin in classical physics expands in quantum physics into a continuum of possibilities.