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CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

February 21, 2015

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Christopher Jobson

…endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered…



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New Text Drawings Formed by Letters From Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

New Text Drawings Formed by Letters From Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

Sep.6.16

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Kate

…d spacing in the sentences she forms. Recently her text drawings have become a bit more figural, forming feet, scarves, and niqabs on paper with thousands of sourced letters. “The labor-intensive aspect of my work is a meditation practice as well as an exploration of the various forms of devotion,” said Hitchcock in an artist statement. “A long history in evangelical Christianity formed my core beliefs about God and…



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Ephemeral Rugs Formed From Oklahoma’s Red Earth by Rena Detrixhe

Ephemeral Rugs Formed From Oklahoma’s Red Earth by Rena Detrixhe

Mar.19.17

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Kate

…hydraulic fracturing,” said Detrixhe in her artist statement. “There is immense beauty and pride in this place and also profound sorrow. The refining and sifting of the soil and the imprinting of the pattern is a meditation on this past, a gesture of sensitivity, and the desire for understanding. It is a meticulous and solitary act.” By using this fleeting form Detrixhe questions the permanent decisions that have been made to…



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A Ring of Fire Blazes in the Middle of the Swiss Alps

A Ring of Fire Blazes in the Middle of the Swiss Alps

Feb.14.17

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Kate

…he piece is a sculptural and performance-based tale of the lonely traveler, as well as a call and response between the two artists involved in the piece. Tschiember built the circular fire, and as a reaction to her landscape meditation, Gordon installed a sound piece. The howling work is meant to trigger primal fears of dangerous animals and the dark woods, drawing visitors closer to the warm fire. As close as you can for as long as it lasts is…



Art Design

If a Tree Falls in the Forest… These Megaphones Will Amplify Its Sound

If a Tree Falls in the Forest… These Megaphones Will Amplify Its Sound

Sep.23.15

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Kate

…ording to interior architect Hannes Praks the three-metre diameter megaphones will act as a “bandstand” for the environment around it. “We’ll be placing the three megaphones at such a distance and at a suitable angle, so at the centre of the installation, sound feed from all three directions should create a unique merged surround sound effect,” said Praks. The structures will not only be available for solo meditation, but also…



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Breath: A Stunning New Collection Film Exploring How We Breathe

Breath: A Stunning New Collection Film Exploring How We Breathe

Jan.28.15

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Christopher

…ar objects, ideas, or actions are gathered into a video montage. If you haven’t seen Words, Ball, or especially Symmetry, I recommend spending the next 20 minutes of your life doing that. Their latest film is Breath, a meditation on the myriad ways in which people breath. While it may not sound like much in a description, the short packs an emotional wallop, bouncing between the extremes of life and death to fear and passion. Directed and…



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Murals Created with Thousands of Buttons, Pins and Beads by Ran Hwang

Murals Created with Thousands of Buttons, Pins and Beads by Ran Hwang

Jul.23.12

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Christopher

…ons such as a Buddha or a traditional vase, using materials from the fashion industry. The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen. Starting July 26th Hwang will be exhibiting with Leila Heller Gallery at Art Southampton, featuring one of her newest works,…



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The Balanced Rock Sculptures of Michael Grab Rely Solely on Gravity

The Balanced Rock Sculptures of Michael Grab Rely Solely on Gravity

Dec.3.12

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Christopher

…ic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection. Almost all of the works you see here were completed this…



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Meditating Machinery: Mechanical Buddhas and Other Religious Icons by Wang Zi Won

Meditating Machinery: Mechanical Buddhas and Other Religious Icons by Wang Zi Won

Mar.1.13

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Christopher

South Korean artist Wang Zi Won constructs intricate mechanical figures of Buddha and bodhisattva that appear to be lost in meditation or enlightenment. The electrically-powered figures are fused with numerous mechanical components which at times resemble halos or lotus flowers and simultaneously move the humanoid figures through repetitive motions (see videos above). The artist says his intention is to examine a future where humans and…



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A Peek Inside the Galleries and a Playlist of Short Films Showing at Banksy’s Dismaland

A Peek Inside the Galleries and a Playlist of Short Films Showing at Banksy’s Dismaland

Aug.22.15

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Christopher

…ent here, and Evan over at Juxtapoz managed to get an exclusive interview with Banksy before the event. Lastly, here are links to the 24 short films included in the hour-long Cinema program I helped with. F*ck That: A Guided Meditation by Jason Headley; Bottle by Kristen Lepore; New York Park by Black Sheep Films; Symmetry by the Mercadantes; Magic Hats by Jake Sumner; Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers by Wayne Unten; Walking…