Amidst the bustle of Art Basel, a soothing and ethereal series of photographs
by Jonah Samson in Culture on 05 December 2013
As part of Art Basel's "Positions" program, selected galleries are invited to present the work of a single artist. As part of this year's program, Parisian gallery Gaudel de Stampa presented an ethereal series of photographs by French artist Dove Allouche, who is based in Paris. Allouche's inspiration evolved from a series of solar flare images made by astrophysicist Jules Janssen in 1903. As with many contemporary artists working with photography, Allouche creatively deconstructs the photographic process and explores the history of the medium itself.
Allouche reproduces Janssen's original 30 astral images using a historic photographic process called the physautotype, which was developed in 1832 by the very creators of photography, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre. The physautotype process creates a photographic image by using a camera obscura to expose a plate of silver, which has been treated with a mixture of lavender oil and ethanol. The result is a series of delicate and abstract projections that float on the mirrored silver plates, and transform as they are approached from different angles.
Allouche's images produce a tension between the negative and positive, and between the visible and the invisible. This subtle and tranquil exhibit—which can be found on the fringes of the frenzy of Art Basel Miami—should not be missed.
Photos by Jonah Samson
Their VP of Data partners with NYC artist Shantell Martin to bring sleep data to life
by David Graver in Tech on 05 December 2013
As noted before, not only is information useful, it's also beautiful. Recognizing this, the recently appointed VP of Data at sleep and health data tracking device Jawbone, Monica Rogati, has partnered with artist Shantell Martin to utilize all the information they've accrued through the brand's newest, the UP 24. This isn't Jawbone's first foray into data visualization, as they've released previous findings in collaboration with artist Peter Arkle on their Tumblr. With Martin, however, the focus is on work, play and sleep.
"We are tracking more than a century of sleep every day. We have never been able to see so much," Rogati explains to CH. "We can see how people are going about their lives. We are learning as much as we can and telling the world about it." As Jawbone has been building data products, they've been taking all data and turning it around to individual users. While the information users see each day is personalized, Rogati's UPxArt initiate helps individuals understand their data by placing it into global context.
The latest data set Jawbone has released reveals insights from the UP community correlating to lifestyle, geography and travel habits—all tied to sleep. In a way, each tidbit reinforces what we know from conventional wisdom, but placing it into context and allowing real data to support it, the entire community benefits and there are tangible results. According to the data: those who work hard tend to play hard, and sleep less. More specifically, "UP wearers age 18 to 24 go to bed the latest in college towns and active nightlife cities such as College Station, TX, Miami, Orlando and San Antonio." The value in such information stands as motivational, a tent pole of the UP brand. With awareness, users can adapt or make change. According to Jawbone, these correlations help us learn about our decisions and with such knowledge, we can better our wellness.
For Rogati, this is where creativity comes from and artistic collaborations just made sense. "To be a data scientist you can uncover stories and their patterns. I look for creativity in data and in that sense it is an art. It is being a detective and being exploratory in your work. You follow a lead and realize new things we can uncover. That's a very creative process." Martin's work is an extension of this. In a stream of conscious fashion, she progresses through information in the way we would through dreams.
While the art transforms data into a motivation tool, other elements in the latest product seek to do the same. The new sleep feature, when you meet your goal three days in a row, incentivizes healthy behavior and seeks to encourage further goal-hitting. With Rogati weaving data points into stories, an ever-growing user base contributing invaluable information and programs to make it even more exciting, UP's data network might be one of their most valuable assets.
Images courtesy of Jawbone
We chose our favorite wares to decorate your table for the holidays
by CH Editors in Food + Drink on 05 December 2013
'Tis the season to be entertaining. Once you've found the perfect recipe for your upcoming holiday brunch, we've got everything else covered—from what to drink to what to drink it in—to ensure that it will be a meal to remember. We've gathered a selection of unique wares for decoration and serving, all of which can be found either at ABC Carpet & Home's newly revamped website or their new artisanal marketplace, aptly called abcmkt.
La Boîte à Epice Bloody Mary Spice Master Collection
Welcome guests by taking a classic brunch cocktail and elevating it to the next level: Bloody Marys made from custom spice blends, a collaboration between Jim Meehan of popular NYC speakeasy PDT (Please Don't Tell) and Lior Lev Sercarz's biscuit and spice shop La Boîte à Epice. This set of three semi-secret, handcrafted blends—accompanied by Meehan's detailed cocktail recipes, down to the 0.25 oz—is sure to thrill even the most ardent Bloody Mary critics. From the grapefruit and green chili-laced B-Maria which pairs with tequila, to the B-Marlene, composed of gin botanicals like juniper as well as horseradish, wow your guests before they've even sat down. Each individual jar makes about 40 drinks. Available for $45.
Jan Burtz Tableware
If Connecticut-based ceramist Jan Burtz's tableware line looks familiar, that's because they are the same dishes used at ABC Kitchen. The farm-to-table restaurant's rustic aesthetic and organic mantra is complemented perfectly by the asymmetrical shapes of her dinnerware, with their thin, irregular edges. A more inviting alternative to fine china—yet just as classy—Burtz's tableware doesn't only function as eye-candy. Because each piece is handmade by Burtz, no two dishes are alike. Available from $25 and up.
Farm to Table Serveware
Exclusive to ABC, Farm to Table serveware adds even more fare to the table, as the ceramic pieces are crafted using handmade molds from real fruits and vegetables. The act of passing food becomes even more merry and whimsical when it's served inside a Butternut Squash Covered Dish, Fennel Pitcher or Cabbage Bowl. Painted a pastoral shade of cream, the serveware makes the natural colors of the cooked food pop even more. Available from $22 and up.
It's all in the details—and even tap water can look elegant when its poured out of this glass version of the ubiquitous plastic water bottle. The curves of the Glass Bottle (made from eco-friendly glass) are a distinguishing feature that set it apart from traditional smooth-all-over glass pitchers. It makes a subtle environmental statement, as well. Available from $24 and up.
Daniolo Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Those who live in the Mediterranean know best: Daniolo (a family-run business in Greece) sources its olives from Koroneiki trees, which make for a robust, zingy oil with very low acidity. High in antioxidants and polyphenols (which are purported to decrease risk of heart disease and cancer), Daniolo's organic extra virgin olive oil is a guilt-free way to add a flavorful punch to salad dressing or bread. Available from $15 and up.
Amagansett Sea Salt
Located in the Hamptons of Long Island, New York, Amagansett may be a popular vacation area in the summer, but year-round its seawaters produce rave-worthy salt with a mild, sweet flavor and a crunch that hits the perfect balance between hard and soft. The process is entirely natural, dependent only upon solar evaporation and ocean breezes, resulting in a briny, pure salt that's energy-conscious. Available from $12 and up.
Paper & Tea Herbal Tea
End the meal with a warm cup of top-quality tea. The Berlin-based specialty tea company Paper & Tea is finally making its US debut, exclusively through ABC. P&T uses 100% pure, whole tea leaves that are free from pesticides or growth agents—and the result is deliciously comforting. Available for $24.
La Boîte à Epice photo by Josh Rubin, tea image courtesy of Matthaeus Kruzynski, all other images courtesy of ABC Carpet and Home