Mad Quickies

Mad Quickies: The Space Oddity Edition

When you make a list of personal heroes—true artists who crossed lines and changed everything—David Bowie surely has to be at the top. At least he is for me. Jon Pareles gives us this memoriam on how Bowie transcended music, art and fashion but I submit to you it was more that he did. Much more. He was constantly ahead of the curve, producing provocative art until he died. I’m sure the internet will be all things Bowie today…and I’m good with that. Let’s start these Quickies with…

…Helen Green’s gif on The Thin White Duke’s hairstyles through the ages.

Much like Oliver Sacks’ approach to death, David Bowie’s last release, Lazarus, was a ‘parting gift’ for fans in a carefully planned finale. HT Carl Zimmer

The New York Public Library invites a deep digital dive.

Here’s what happens when you mashup ‘Star Wars’ And ‘Calvin And Hobbes’. Addendum: And here’s another cool mashup image from Brian Kesinger’s instagram. Via Critical Dragon

The Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard is filled with 2,500 Pigments Collected from Around the World.

Your discarded Christmas tree is becoming part of a suspended forest in NYC.

These 3D shapes look superimposed but they’re actually painted surfaces.

Pop culture moment on David Bowie: Friends and stars pay tribute.


Commander Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” recorded…in space

from the page
Rest in peace, Starman.

A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Composition: “SPACE ODDITY”
Written by David Bowie
Published by Onward Music Limited


“Painting in the Dark: The Struggle for Art in A World Obsessed with Popularity”

Found at io9.

from the page

“Adam Westbrook has […] put together a really interesting look at Vincent Van Gogh’s work ethic in an era obsessed with popularity.”


Featured image is a still from Commander Hadfield’s Space Oddity video.



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