Headlines: Asteroids, .GIFs, and The Met
People are still up in arms over the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s logo change. Amid insults and jokes by critics and everyday museumgoers alike, the New York institution released a statement about the new branding, which will go into effect on March 1st. The museum claims that its new logo reaches a wider possible audience than its old one, which comprised a stylized “M” amid geometric shapes. The new one does, admittedly, include the museum’s name in a simpler format – one that the Vulture’s Justin Davidson claims look like a “red double decker bus that has stopped short[.]” Like it or not, it sounds like the new logo is here to stay.
NASA wants you to send art to an asteroid! The OSIRIS-REx mission is sending a probe to the asteroid Bennu in the hopes of collecting samples of the rock, and NASA is now requesting artworks which, if chosen, will be sent to the asteroid on a USB drive. The space agency is asking artists to create work in response to three questions about what space exploration means to us and how it has and will continue to benefit Earth. Submissions are open on Twitter and Instagram until March 20th (or until the hard drive fills up.)
Fashion design house CuteCircuit has unveiled a series of high-tech parkas that are the best thing for keeping warm in the internet age. Embedded with EEG machines and other tech that measure heart rate, body temperature, brainwaves and other physical indicators of emotion, these parkas measure the wearer’s emotional state in real time and project animated .GIFs onto their surface that reflect those emotional states. Basically, it’s like wearing your Tumblr feed whenever you go outdoors. Designer Nayana Malhotra calls the parkas “neocoture,” and despite the somewhat silly notion of wearing an animated .GIF on your body, so far they seem to be some of the most practical examples of wearable tech we’ve yet seen.
The online art database ArtUK is beginning the process of documenting and archiving all of the publicly owned artworks in the UK, so they can eventually be made available to the general public through the database website. This is exciting news for people who are bored with oil paintings, as previously that was all the works that were available on the website. The updated collection will millions of works on paper and over 100,000 sculptures.
The Chinese government is fed up with bizarre architecture, Hyperallergic reports. And, to be fair, this article certainly makes it clear that there are a lot of bizarre and interesting buildings in the country. According to the South China Morning Post, the State Council released a statement on Sunday claiming that from this point forward all newly erected structures should be “suitable, economic, green and pleasing to the eye.” Though the state’s dissatisfaction with the pervasive weirdness in architecture has been clear since 2014, this is about the least vague statement that has yet been made about it – “pleasing to the eye” is a pretty subjective term, and it could certainly apply to some of the photographic examples in that link.