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The Rain Room

The Rain Room by Random International
The Rain Room.

The Museum of Modern Art is famous for so many different art displays its hard to keep track of all the fabulous talent that has graced the New York museum. One art display, Rain Room, has fans so eager to experience the unique art display that they wait outside in line for several hours, just to experience 10 minutes inside the Rain Room.

The Rain Room is a temporary installation in which water magically rains down all around visitors as they walk the exhibit; everywhere that is, except in the areas where sensors detect people. These sensors give visitors the illusion of walking between the drops in the rain and this is what has captivated so many people and kept them coming back for more. There have even been several reports of couples proposing inside the Rain Room.

The Rain Room was created by art collective Random International and first appeared in 2012 in London. At the London location  people waited in line for nearly 12 hours to get inside the exhibition.

The magic of water falling all around you, yet never touching the viewer caused quite the stir on social media networks and also drew mixtures of reviews from art critics. Some critics of the Rain Room said it wasn’t, in their opinion, art, while others disagree and felt the Rain Room brought them a unique experience unlike anything they had ever had before. Others complained that they didn’t like hours and hours required waiting in long lines to enter the exhibition. Some were not happy that they could not spend longer in the rain room.

The creators insisted that the visitors never be put on a time constraint but due to the enormous popularity, people are encouraged to spend no more than 10 minutes in the display at a time. The 10 minute suggestion is a “courtesy timeframe” to show consideration to the people whom are still outside waiting to get in; some of which who may have waited hours in line. While this upset some people, it didn’t stop them from coming to the show and some then there were those visitors who just completely ignored the courtesy time suggestion and stayed 45 minutes.

Most recently announced Art Collector Budi Tek has announced that he will be bringing the Rain Room to his private museum in Shanghai in September 2017.

The Rain Room Art Exhibit Experience
Image courtesy of  Random International
Top Image courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York



Photomicrography Art Competition 2014

Caterpillar Proleg with Circle of Gripping Hooks by Karin Panser

This years winners have been selected for their placement in the 2014 Nikon Photomicrography Competition.The photomicrography competition recognizes excellence in photography with optical microscopes and is a worldwide art competition.

Artists from all over the world submit their artist photography works for consideration in this event.The prestigious competition truly sheds light on the beauty of science.

Photomicrography is the art of photography using optical microscopes.  A photomicrograph is a technical document of great significance to science or the research industry. A good photomicrograph becomes a work of art when it’s structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to various levels of comprehension and appreciation.

Artists who enter in the photography competition are not restricted to specific types of subject matter and are free to use any type of light microscopy techniques to create their art.  Examples of the different types of light microscopy techniques range from phase contrast, polarized light, fluorescence, interference contrast, darkfield, confocal, deconvolution, and mixed techniques.

All art entries are judged by an independent panel of experts recognized for their professional authority in the areas of photography and photomicrography. Competition winners are selected based upon their entries’ originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.

The top 20 photomicrography competition winners are exhibited at numerous museums and science centers throughout the US and Canada. Selected images are also featured on the covers of prestigious scientific and industrial journals.

A few of this years photomicrography winning entries are below:

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells by Dr. Muthugapatti K. Kandasamy
Rhombohedral Cleavage in Calcite Crystal by Alessandro Da Mommio
Caterpillar Proleg with Circle of Gripping Hooks by Karin Panser





About the Competition

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. The competition is the leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

The Nikon Small World Gallery provides a glimpse into a world that most have never seen. It is a window into a universe that can only be seen through the lens of a microscope. Included in the Small World Gallery are images from the most recent competition and winning photomicrographs dating back to 1977.

The Nikon Small World galleries are also featured on Nikon’s MicroscopyU, an educational forum for all aspects of optical microscopy, digital imaging, and photomicrography. Together with the scientists and programmers at Molecular Expressions, Nikon microscopists and engineers are providing the latest state-of-the-art information in microscope optics and imaging technology including specialized techniques such as fluorescence, differential interference contrast (DIC), phase contrast, reflected light microscopy, and microscopy of living cells.


All Images Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Contemporary Art Scene Coming Alive in Hong Kong

Kung Fu film star Bruce Lee statue, The Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, AsiaHong Kong is settling back down after the unrest and pro-democracy protests that shook its communities several months ago. It seems that Hong Kong can now entertain more fulfilling lifestyle activities, which is evident in the thriving contemporary art scene that has been slowly growing in popularity.
Soon, in the spring of 2015, Art Basel Hong Kong will return for the third time on March 15th through the 17th. Art Basel Hong Kong is a contemporary art exhibit with hundreds of international galleries and thousands of highly acclaimed artists. Some very well-known New York Artists along with their art galleries have opened at the event in Hong Kong; Gagosian, Pace, Galerie Perrotin and Lehmann Maupin are a few.

A recent article in the New York Post quotes David Maupin as saying that Hong Kong historically is a place “where cultures collide, do trade and meet. There’s a lot of potential for it to continue to grow into an international art center.” In the past Hong Kong has struggled to keep pace with Mainland China’s contemporary art scene but recently has seen quite the growth in art expansion. Galleries, studios, and “creative incubators” fill the Hong Kong neighborhood with artistic culture.

Presently a contemporary arts center, M+, is being built in Hong Kong. The art museum spans nearly 200,000-square-foot and will cost around $3 billion when complete. The contemporary art center will be completed in 2017. M+ is the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, as part of West Kowloon Cultural District, focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design and architecture and moving image.



Image Courtesy of: NY Post