Mapping It Out: An Alternative Atlas of Contemporary Cartographies

Edited by Serpentine Gallery's Hans Ulrich Obrist, the hardcover features thought-provoking abstractions from artists, designers, scientists and more

A few years ago, an unusual map of Africa began gaining traction throughout the internet. It showed that the continent is, in fact, larger than the United States, China, Japan, India and all of Europe combined. This realization surprised the many people who had grown up using the popular Mercator projection (a variant of which is also used by Google Maps), which depicts Africa’s size …

Fashion X Technology: Ying Gao

The experimental fashion designer creates technology-driven clothing that responds to sounds, voices and human presence

Montreal-based fashion designer Ying Gao merges a poetry in craftsmanship with technological curiosity. After attending university at the Haute cole d’arts Appliqus in Geneva, Switzerland and pursuing a Master’s Degree in Multimedia at L’Universit du Qubecwhere she currently holds a professor positionGao has grown to focus her technically-charged efforts on merging clothing with technology. All in the hopes of capturing the elusive elements of nature. …

Cool Hunting Rough Cut: DJ Spooky at the Met

A look at the inaugural performer in the museum's new artist residency program

This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York developed its first artist residency program, kicking it off with DJ Spooky‘s live string quartet and video composition exploring the elements in its title, “Of Water and Ice.” We jumped at the chance to interview Paul D. Miller AKA DJ Spooky on the occasion of the live performance. Combining areas such as architecture, live music, …

Aeroshot Pure Energy

Calorie-free caffeine inhalers with more kick than a strong cup of Joe

In an age when medical marvels such as inhalable vaccines are becoming more widely available, it’s only logical that this convenient medium converges with the global energy drink boom. While increasingly smaller forms span shot-like bottles (R.I.P. Nos) to dissolving strips, Aeroshot’s inhalable caffeine has some notable advantages. This new paradigm packs B vitamins and 100 milligrams of caffeine, equivalent to that in a large …

Open Score

The U.S. Open of art: Rauschenberg's 1966 performance pairing tennis and technology

Think branded interdisciplinary content is a recent phenomenon? In 1966 a unique project was hatched when conceptual artists and Bell Labs engineers collaborated on a series of live installations inside a National Guard Armory in New York City. One of those, “Open Score” by Robert Rauschenberg, pitted artists—including minimalist painter Frank Stella—against each other in a live game of tennis with rackets wired to switch …