This was a fantastic TED talk! Funny, moving, and very inspirational.
JR, a "semi-anonymous" French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out.
"Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things, but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy.” - JR
ALSO: For a one-year follow-up on his InsideOut art project, see this short video.
In 2008, James Plakovic spent six weeks composing this score for 37 instruments — woodwinds, pianos, brass, and strings. “Every land mass has been transformed into musical notation,” he says.
Watch this one minute video, and literally see the world "emerge" in musical notation.
An exhibition of photographs taken by the visually impaired has just opened in the Alliance Francaise Cultural Centre in Delhi. Here are some of the surprising photos taken by photographers who use other senses - such as their hearing to track movement - instead of relying on sight to compose their pictures.
If you've never seen the Google Art project, check it out. It's an amazing collection of artwork from 156 museums all over the world - some of which provide "video tours" of the museum's interior. You can save all your favorites into galleries, and learn about individual paintings.
Be prepared for an interface that's minimalist to the point of being cryptic - but overall, very worthwhile!