The Magic of London

The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, the newest novel in the Peter Grant/Rivers of London series, called to mind displays in the Museum of London. I've been to this museum so many times, but I was inspired to explore how the Rivers of London series would influence my experience of re-visiting the museum. The magical version of London captured in …

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Palimpsest

Stanley William Hayter (1901-1988) Palimpsest, 1946 Sugar lift, soft-ground etching and scorper Plate: 8 7/8 × 6 7/8 in. (22.5 × 17.5 cm) Sheet: 13 1/8 × 10 3/16 in. (33.3 × 25.9 cm) Stewart S. MacDermott Fund, 1983 Accession Number: 1983.1141.1 © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York A palimpsest is defined as: writing material …

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Robots, Science Fiction, and Humanity

Science fiction has had a preoccupation with robots and the social and moral implications of a more mechanized world. Within the genre, authors frequently play out the moral and ethical implications of artificially intelligent machines as a way of addressing aspects of what makes us human. The Science Museum’s exhibition Robots: The 500 Year Quest …

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Quote of the Month

Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver. -- Diane Ackerman Explore Further Diane Ackerman's Goodreads page Keep an eye out next week for my blog post about the Science Museum's Robots exhibition, ending September 3rd!    

Object of the Month

Untitled 2 (from Note to Self) This photograph is from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art in the Brooklyn Museum. It shows the artist Mary Coble's legs after a staged performance entitled Note to Self during which the first names of 438 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender victims of hate-crime murders were tattooed without …

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Simeon Solomon, Infamous Jewish Pre-Raphaelite — A R T L▼R K

  On the 14th of August 1905, English Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon died in London. He is famous for his dreamy paintings with subjects which often included scenes from the Hebrew Bible and genre paintings depicting Jewish life and rituals. Infamously, in 1873, at the age of 32, his career was cut short when he …

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