Arts

Arts
4:22 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Archivists may want your old film, meeting in Seattle to talk about it

Hannah Palin, a film archives specialist at the University of Washington, hard at work. Archivists are meeting in Seattle this week.
KPLU News

Capturing and playing back video of your kid’s first steps or a few minutes of concert footage is almost too easy with smart phones. The immediacy kind of makes you forget how much effort it was to break out the Super Eight camera and project it later in your living room. 

This week as the Association of Moving Image Archivists hold their annual convention in Seattle, we are reminded that sometimes there is value in hanging on to outmoded technology. Hear to KPLU’s Monica Spain story by clicking the listen button above.

Da Vinci mystery
9:15 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Could this be an early 'Mona Lisa?'

A closeup from the portrait that a Swiss foundation says is an early "Mona Lisa" by Leonard Da Vinci.
Denis Balibouse Landov

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 11:41 am

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Photography
6:40 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Re-tracing the steps of a Civil War photographer on the anniversary of Antietam

Alexander Gardner captured the Confederate dead along the Hagerstown Pike at Antietam. One hundred fifty years later, sorghum lines what is now a paved road.
Todd Harrington and Alexander Gardner Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 10:31 am

Today's 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam got us thinking: What if Civil War photographer Alexander Gardner could revisit some of the original sites he photographed? If he used his equipment today, what would the images look like? That is: How have the landscapes changed — or stayed the same?

How These Work

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Arts
1:56 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Why build a wall out of Jell-O?

Jell-O brick wall under construction at the Seattle Center grounds near the Monorail station.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Just steps away from the Monorail station at the Seattle Center, a wall is being constructed out of Jell-O.  A lightweight mortar holds the raspberry, orange and blackberry fusion "bricks" in place.   

The Jell-O brick wall is the work of sculptors Lisa Hein and Robert Seng. It was commissioned as part of the 50 year celebration of the Seattle World's Fair.

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