Previews: Photograph Magazine – Jan/Feb 2023

Cover: ©Uta Barth, Thinking about…“In the Light and Shadow of Morandi” (detail), 2018. Courtesy Getty Museum

Photograph Magazine – January-February 2023:

A Career-Spanning Survey of Uta Barth’s Rigorous, Seductive Photographs

The German-born photographer’s precise work, on view at the Getty Center, explores what it’s like to see and perceive our surroundings.

Mary Ellen Bartley

The photographs in Mary Ellen Bartley’s series Morandi’s Books – meditative still life compositions in muted colors transformed by collage elements – are gently disorienting despite their formal precision. 

Cover of Twenty-five Years Ago, by Joan Lyons (Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1998)

World Economic Forum: Top Stories – Jan 6, 2023

World Economic Forum – Top Stories (01/06/23):

0:15 Global Recession 2023 – Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s Managing Director, says 2023 will be ‘a difficult year for the world’. The European economy has been severely affected by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Half of the EU will go into recession in 2023, Georgieva says. While for the first time in 40 years, growth in China – the world’s second-largest economy – is not likely to exceed global growth.

2:02 Japan’s worldbeating health system – For more than 50 years, Japan has offered healthcare without restrictions to anyone living in the country for 3 months or more whether or not they are Japanese. Payments are decided on a sliding scale depending on age, residence and income status.

3:26 These pipebots stop water leaks – The tiny bots patrol the inside of pipes. They’re small enough to avoid blocking the pipes and are fitted with sensors, cameras and a microphone. They take pictures and listen to the pipe to detect any faults and weaknesses before these develop into leaks.

4:48 Ukraine uploads their treasures to the cloud – Volunteers use the Backup Ukraine app to scan cultural artifacts – from statues and paintings to buildings, mosaics, and monuments – to preserve the country’s heritage and history from Russian theft, vandalism, and bombing. Backup Ukraine turns these symbols of Ukrainian culture into 3D models, which take their place in a digital archive, safe from Russian attacks.

As of 12 December 2022, UNESCO had verified damage to 227 cultural sites in Ukraine. Russian troops had removed the bones of Prince Potemkin from Kherson, stolen priceless relics of the Scythian Empire, and allegedly stripped thousands of pieces of art from local museums. Backup Ukraine is a collaboration between UNESCO, Blue ShieldDenmark, and the media group Virtue. Watch to learn how Ukrainian culture is being impacted. _____________________________________________

The World Economic Forum is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change.

Future Of Health: Lancet Magazine At 200 Years

The Lancet (January 2023) – For our 200th anniversary year we have identified five Spotlight subjects of particular importance. Watch as Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, and other Lancet Editors around the world outline these Spotlights and discuss priorities for the future of health.

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This year, we draw attention to the most critical issues impacting health globally, the extraordinary people involved in tackling them, and the voices of those most impacted. For five Spotlights, we will run a programme of activities to bring these issues to life and convene the right people and resources in order to drive change in these areas.

Spotlight on Universal Health Coverage
Ensuring all populations globally have access to affordable, quality health care

Spotlight on Research for Health
Prioritising evidence to guide and inform decision making

Spotlight on Child and Adolescent Health
Prioritising the health needs of children and adolescents now

Spotlight on Health and Climate Change
Tackling climate change through the lens of human health

Spotlight on Mental Health
Implementing sustainable global mental health in a fragmenting world

Automobile Technology: BMW Unveils ‘iVision Dee’

CNET (January 5, 2023) – BMW i Vision Dee is the futuristic mid-size sedan with a new and pared-down design language. The name “Dee” stands for Digital Emotional Experience – and that is precisely its aim: to create an even stronger bond between people and their cars going forward. Future digital functions will go far beyond the level of voice control and driver assistance systems we are familiar with today.

The BMW Head-Up-Display extends across the full width of the windscreen, providing a glimpse of the next vehicle generation. From 2025 onwards, this innovation will be available in the models of the NEUE KLASSE. The BMW Group has also refined its use of colour-change technology. Having unveiled the BMW iX Flow Featuring E Ink, with the ability to change from black to white, at the last CES, BMW i Vision Dee can now curate its exterior in up to 32 colours. 

Winter 2023 Views: Snow Monkey Park In Japan (4K)

The Snow Monkey Park was established in 1964 as a facility where wild Japanese macaques can be observed in an environment without fences or cages. All this while providing others with the chance to learn about primate behavior.

The park also aimed to keep the monkeys in the area and away from their other great love, pillaging the neighboring farmland. Staff at the park have fed the monkeys daily ever since its opening. They live in the surrounding mountains, but come down for the free meals.

The monkeys visit the park year-round, and can be seen soaking in the hot springs in winter. December to March is usually the best time to witness them bathing.

Research Preview: Science Magazine – January 6, 2023

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Science Magazine – January 6, 2023 Issue:

China is flying blind as the pandemic rages

Official death tolls are impossibly low, and some worry new variants may escape detection

Did ancient tentacled microbes kick-start complex life?

New studies suggest early Asgards evolved into eukaryotes

Once banned, spending earmarks see resurgence

Lawmakers can’t resist steering cash to universities and research projects back home

Ancient points suggest Asian roots for early American tools

Finds may support coastal route hypothesis for first settlers

Virus hunters test new surveillance tools

Ropes, drones, insects, and dust cloths could make monitoring faster, safer, and cheaper

Headlines: West To Send New Weapons To Ukraine, U.S.-Mexico Border Policy

January 6, 2023 – We discuss the West’s renewed efforts to send weapons to Ukraine. Plus: the US president, Joe Biden, announces a plan for the Mexican border, a flick through the day’s papers and Singapore Art Week.

Front Page: The New York Times – January 6, 2023

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House Adjourns Without a Speaker as McCarthy Offers Concessions

The California Republican signaled he would give in to more demands from hard-right rebels in a frenzied effort to win enough support for the speakership but continued to lose ground on vote after vote.

‘Nobody Is in Charge’: A Ragged G.O.P. Stumbles Through the Wilderness

With no unified agenda or clear leadership, Republicans face the prospect that the anti-establishment fervor that has powered the party in recent years could now devour it.

Church Lays Benedict to Rest, if Not Its Divisions

An extraordinary period for the modern church ended with Francis presiding over the funeral of his retired predecessor. Some conservatives found the ceremony too modest for their standard-bearer.

‘We’re Going to Need Everybody’: Recordings Captured Response to N.F.L. Crisis

When Damar Hamlin’s heart stopped during a game on Monday night, medical personnel can be heard responding to the kind of emergency the league hoped it would never face.