Help me out if you can.
Before 2000, the US "scrambled" GPS signals available for civilian use to make sure that the US military could have much more accurate GPS data than...anybody but the US military. An executive order had them turn off that function and gave us all the same sort of accuracy.
I remember reading about one of the unintended consequences of the move. A museum had a giant boulder, and they also had a screen showing the GPS location of the boulder. While the physical rock was clearly still in one place, the map showed it moving magically around the building. But unscrambled GPS ruined the joke. Or something like that, but I don't remember the details. Can anyone find the work I kinda remember from 13 years ago?
Until then, here's some GPS art that uses very accurate data.
An Object of Beauty. Although I don't really recommend it as a great work of literature, the book does give an insightful history of the past few decades of the "Art World." Martin, who knows a lot about art and collecting, demystifies the ongoings of galleries, collectors, and dealers. It's even got illustrations.
has apparently been fooled by a glass tower.
Renzo Piano's super-ultra-high-tech roof for the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas is fine tuned to the exact longitude and latitude of its site. If only allows in soft light from the south and no harsh light from the north. But the new condominium building next door is reflecting light so harshly from the north that it's ruining the system. Read the story in D Magazine here.
When we cover surrealism, we usually only cover the Big Men: Dali, Magritte, and the like. I'm at least as guilty of this as the others. But LACMA reminds us that there were plenty of women surrealists, too.
I've mentioned a few times that China has become a major force in the international art industry. Thanks largely to a charismatic and highly-educated Sheikha, Qatar is also securing its place in the world. Here is a profile of Sheikha Mayassa al Thani and Qatar's plan to move from a oil economy to an information economy. Also check out the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha.
The Google Art Project, which had virtual tours of 17 collections with high-resolution images, just added 134 new collections.
Is this a good thing, because it provides more access to high-quality art? Is it a bad thing, because it turns more and more pictures into Mona Lisas, pictures we see so many times we don't actually look at them?