The recent collection of paintings from Louisiana based artist Amy Guidry brings the surreal so certainly into existence it seems to easily step off the canvas into reality. Her work is filled with animal and human figures, often taking center stage in what appears as a bleak and beautiful southwest american landscape. This highly ambitious imagery – from detailed rock formations, to skeletons and variously dissected creatures – would be arresting on its own, but it also explores concepts more profound: the rich layers of connection in the cycle of life. [Read more...]
The US has been waging war in the middle east for over 10 years now, making the combination of conflicts in the region the second longest war in our history. This is due, in part, to something new to our war making stategy: drone attacks. These non-manned flying machines allow the government to wage war without the risk of losing American military, while at the same time lowering the financial cost to wage such a conflict due to fewer deployed soldiers. Their are hidden costs to these tactics however, as this shockingly affective interactive graphic from Pitch Interactive makes abundantly clear. [Read more...]
I recently had the pleasure of attending a talk by the provocative philosopher John Gray as he discussed his new book – The Silence of Animals: On Progress and other Myths. During the engaging talk (which you can listen to here) he made a strong case for the idea that, while technology has progressed substantially over the last centuries, society and human behavior has not. Are we all just animals with mobile phones and machine guns? As we’ll see from this excellent graphic detailing the major causes of death in the 20th century, John Gray may be on to something. [Read more...]
Justin Lovato’s paintings reside within the primordial ooze of dreams, which see his subjects always shifting, always changing. A working artist from Sacramento he finds himself currently residing in Berkley, California. Of his latest show This Too Shall Pass he waxes poetic: “The temporary nature of all things seen, a certainty among an environment of discord and antagonistic uncertainty on the great blue dot, earth [Read more...]
Around the world unsanitary water leads to the deaths of more than 3.6 million people annually, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. According to the United Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide than war. While many in high income countries see no effect on their water supply or quality, many people in developing countries face arduous daily hikes to find even the most marginal water. This graphic, created in a collaboration between Good.is and Column Five, puts revealing numbers to this expanding crisis. [Read more...]
To bring awareness to World Water Day on March 22nd, Solidarités International is launching a campaign to shed light on the tragic state of drinking water in the world and the many lives it takes. A little known fact, due to pollution and unsanitary conditions, water kills more than 3.6 million people each year, 1.5 million of which are children under 5. This makes it the worlds leading cause of death.
Solidarités International and its agency BDDP Unlimited created the video below, using pure water to create images that are only revealed with the symbolic pollution of black ink. Make sure to stop by solidarites.org for much more information on this little known but very important issue.
WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES OF DEAD BODIES
There is an area, above 8,000 meters elevation, where your body will no longer replenish its oxygen store. No matter how much you breath, no matter how much you have prepared, with an oxygen concentration only 1/3 of that which is at sea level, you have at most 48 hours before you run out. Only 14 mountains in the world allow you to step past this elevation, called the death zone. Everest is one.
Because at this elevation each individual climber is struggling for their own existence, most climbers reach a realization that if anyone is injured, they will have no way to help. An even more sobering realization is that if you make any mistakes, no one else will have the strength to help you.