Hagia Sophia ‘time tunnel’ linked Ottoman and Roman Empires

Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history art religion society-and-culture beliefs

Book: The FBI used ‘dirty tricks’ to target Black artists

For decades, the FBI kept tabs Black writers, artists, and activists, with agents reading their work closely and even creating their own misleading works.

Liam Otten-WUSTL • futurity
June 19, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history art literature surveillance government society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity

Experts: Spotlight on art is one upside of lockdowns

Whether taking in art or making it ourselves, long stays at home during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to a new appreciation of the arts.

Andy Ober-U. Arizona • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 art television books society-and-culture creativity movies

Wasp nests reveal the age of ancient Aboriginal rock art

The pigment in Gwion Gwion style rock art makes radiocarbon dating impossible. Instead, researchers used mud wasp nests to date the paintings.

U. Melbourne • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: art wasps indigenous-people featured society-and-culture

Stamp collection gives rare glimpse inside North Korea

Check out a huge online collection of stamps from North Korea to get a peek inside the insular totalitarian country and the face it wants to show the world.

Jack Wang- U. Chicago • futurity
Dec. 30, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: history art north-korea featured society-and-culture

3D-printed ‘David’ is just 0.1 mm tall

3D-printing has created two tiny versions of Michelangelo's "David," one 1 mm tall, and the other just one-tenth the size of that.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Dec. 18, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: art 3d-printing metals featured science-and-technology copper

Hunter-gatherers heated lake gunk to make ochre paint

Ancient artists used ochre, one of Earth's oldest materials, as a red paint, but researchers have only now figured out how they made it.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: hunter-gatherers archaeology art colors society-and-culture paint

Pollock paintings avoid a curly physics problem

Jackson Pollock created his masterpieces by pouring paint right onto canvases. New research reveals the careful physics of his technique.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Oct. 30, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics art society-and-culture paint

Average people can discern the beauty of math

The beauty of math isn't lost on the average person, according to new research that compared reactions to mathematical arguments, sonatas, and paintings.

Kendall Teare-Yale • futurity
Aug. 15, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics art featured society-and-culture

Algorithm writes better endings to automated stories

A new automated storytelling algorithm goes beyond the competition's generic sentences to create better endings for bot-generated stories.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
Aug. 9, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: language art algorithms science-and-technology

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