How an opera gets made

How an opera gets made

This is Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor extraordinaire, rehearsing one of the most challenging pieces in opera today. For six straight minutes, he and his fellow castmates have to sing the word “ah.” That seems easy enough, right? Until you watch it. [Sings “ah”] It’s an extraordinary feat that happens roughly one hour into Akhnaten, an

It’s time to draw borders on the Arctic Ocean

It’s time to draw borders on the Arctic Ocean

I’m on an island near the North Pole and I’m here to find out who owns the Arctic. As the ice melts more and more in this region, you can see just how dramatic the ice has been shrinking. One of these countries has shown that they’re willing to fight for it. Russia’s making a

How an MS Paint artist made this picture

How an MS Paint artist made this picture

I’ve always been an artist, I’ve always drawn pictures, and when it comes to digital art and Microsoft Paint, I’ve taught myself completely. My name is Pat Hines, I’m from Boston, I’ve lived here my whole life. I’m sure you can hear my accent. The sad thing is I didn’t even know I had it

The origin of the ’80s aesthetic

The origin of the ’80s aesthetic

If we were to make a mood board for each decade… It would probably look something like this, right? Even if we didn’t live through the ‘50s, ‘60s, and the ‘70s… We can pretty much agree on the defining look of the time. This is my favorite—the ‘80s. And minus the questionable hairstyles… the ‘80s

Why these all-white paintings are in museums and mine aren’t

How “Instagram traps” are changing art museums

There’s a warehouse in Brooklyn that feels like stepping into a dream. It’s an art exhibit but the only picture frames you’ll see are right here, on smartphones. This exhibit is part of a new generation of pop-up art experiences designed to look good in person and here on Instagram. There’s the Museum of ice

The Shoals – Binary [Visualization Video]

The Shoals – Binary [Visualization Video]

Whatever, you know, I was just trying to help. You said, you didn’t specify. That would be like, oh let’s talk about computers. Let’s do it! Yeah that’ll be fun! That’s how its going to start. That’s a nightmare waiting to start! That’s what it spells… Yeah! That’s what it spells… We’re talking Computer language.

Why knights fought snails in medieval art

Why knights fought snails in medieval art

We’ve all been there: after a long day at work, you sit down and binge-read some Arthurian romances. They’re called “illuminated manuscripts” – because they’re illuminated with illustrations in the borders, colorful drawings, and very … special doodles in the margins. But among all those steroidal rabbits and this hooded person laying literal eggs, there’s

Why we really really really like repetition in music

This is a picture of a song. Its fingerprint. Its visual identity. It was generated by a tool that visualizes matching data. And it reveals something really cool about how a song can be structured around lyrical repetition. By the way, this is Vince Staples “Yeah Right”, and it’s been stuck in my head for

Why we still need courtroom sketch artists

Why we still need courtroom sketch artists

What do P Diddy, Donald Trump, and Martha Stewart all have in common? Christine Cornell. She’s a courtroom artist who’s captured all of them at their trials. I’ve been covering trials for the last 1,000 years, which is about 1975. I did Woody Allen and Mia Farrow. I’ve drawn Mick Jagger a couple of times.