[July 23, 2015] Pluto sends a breathtaking farewell to New Horizons. Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15. This global portrait of the atmosphere was captured when the spacecraft was about 1.25 million miles (2 million kilometers) from Pluto and shows structures as small as 12 miles across. The image, delivered to Earth on July 23, is displayed with north at the top of the frame.
Text by Tricia Talbert
Toyoi Yuuta’s subtly immersive animations perfectly capture the dichotomy of Japanese culture.
Part of the beauty of Japanese culture is the integration of the modern with the traditional. Bullet trains, robotics, and some of the most cutting-edge technology being developed in the world exist alongside feudal architecture and age-old customs. Even inside the brightly buzzing cities, there’s an underlying sense of tranquility in Japanese lifestyle and aesthetic.
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Plane spotter TopFelya captures a MiG-29 pulling off a spectacular vertical climb shortly after takeoff.
The Mexican government recently teamed up with Germen Crew—a youth organization and group of street artists—to revitalize Palmitas, a village in Mexico’s Pachuca district, through art.
The idea was to bring the community together by painting the exteriors of more than 200 homes, comprising a surface area of more than 20,000 square meters. Local youths pitched in to help and the project has been hailed a huge success for not only beautifying the area, but leading to a decrease in crime and violence in the neighborhood.
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2. Priming the houses
This amasunzu hairstyle, is indisputably one of the most incredible haircuts we’ve ever seen. While the photo was taken in 1923, amasunzu is still worn today by young Rwandans, and not just because it looks like good – it’s also a sign of cultural pride and has a long lineage of significance that can be traced back for generations. Chosen for AnOther Loves by this week’s winner,…
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Not only is Rune Fisker one half of the independent animation studio he started with his brother, Benny Box, but when he’s not storyboarding, focusing on character design or working on title sequences for TV and advertising, the Danish Design School graduate is busy building a portfolio of distinctive drawings. Working mostly in black and white with occasional experiments in colour, each of his illustrations is like its own self-contained world where strange, suited figures with shadowed faces struggle through tilting angles and windswept interiors. The Copenhagen-based illustrator’s angular style puts an emphasis on line, playing with geometry and shading for his chaotic but clean compositions, and with their elongated shadows and strangely placeless settings, Rune’s drawings remind me of Italian surrealist Giorgio de Chirico’s haunting paintings.
If you remember Hunting for Hockney, a gentle, reflective ode to grief and to the Yorkshire moors created by Alice Dunseath a while back, I’d put money on you being equally enamoured by the newest piece to emerge from her audiovisually inclined brain. Entitled You Could Sunbathe in This Storm, the film is a mixed media animation “where space, forms, colours and sounds symbolise a recognisable world,” she says. “New beginnings put an end to familiar patterns and the viewer is left to wonder whether they shape as much as they are shaped.” As a gently rustling soundtrack lulls you into a sense of security, and a man’s timeworn voice reads out a section of The Old Men Admiring Themselves in the Water by W.B. Yeats, you find yourself slowly slipping into an endlessly tactile, subtly meditative alternative reality. Unsurprisingly, it’s been doing the rounds at film festivals and gallery screenings this summer – I can only imagine what it looks like projected to the size of a small house and watched in a dark room with the volume turned right up.