V.23 No.28 |
Now Hear This, Vol. III
Consumers of my dancing-about-architecture reportage are probably aware of my frequent use of the adjectival "blackety-black." It's really just an overly precious synonym for: atramentous, ebony, jet, obsidian, onyx, pitch, slate, sloe and the like. But thanks to British scientists at Surrey NanoSystems, there's now an honest-to-goodness blackety-black. It's called Vantablack (or super black), and it's record-breaking darkness absorbs all but .035 percent of light. It's so damn black that the human eye has difficulty discerning its dimensions. Like a freaking black hole. Its primary intended applications are terrestrial, space and air-borne optical instrumentation. But now hear this: The Little Black Dress will never be the same.
Dead Can Dance - "Black Sun"
The Daily Mail reports that it's created using carbon nanotubes—"which are 10,000 thinner than human hair and so miniscule that light cannot get in but can pass into the gaps in between"—and if that isn't enough, it's 10 times stronger than steel and conducts heat seven-and-a-half times more effectively than copper. Yeah. Owing to my obsessive-compulsive nature, themes prove irresistably attractive, so here are my favorite songs that pay tribute to blackety-black, er, Vantablack. Share your favorite black-centric tracks in the comments, fellow darklings.
The Sandwitches - "Black Rider"
V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
The nekkid eye
Journey into the exposed heart of Burque’s artworld with a celebration of the body, a drama about family and poetry to scare zealous patriots.
V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
Pigments and Ailments
Group exhibit grapples with illness and survival
Tenacity and optimism shine from the dark heart of artwork inspired by life-threatening disease.
Ipso facto X-Acto
Any way you slice it, nothing’s quite like paper art. Traditional papel picado is a cheerful, humble Mexican papercraft often used to adorn and embellish public spaces. But ¡Papel! Pico, Rico y Chico, opening at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) on Friday, June 20, at 6pm, proves the form’s wondrous flexibility.
V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
photos by Elizabeth Shores
Tuning In to the City
The Lomas On-site Listening Station
Ghostly transmissions along Lomas Boulevard reflect Burque back on itself.
Shebangs in the Fe
SHEBANG! offers an arts celebration 35 years in the making. And while you’re in Santa Fe, catch a couple other fantastic exhibits.
V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
Albuquerque artsworld wonders get their due in Culture Shock, from a poetic convergence to that pony you’ve always wanted.
V.23 No.21 | 5/22/2014
Their Hearts Into Art
Incarcerated students’ work exhibits ingenuity and passion
Where Juli Cobb teaches, the school uniform is orange, the attendance rate is almost perfect, and the atmosphere can be stressful, to say the least.
V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
Honoring the Hidden
Crypto-Jewish identity and tradition shine in new exhibit
Celebrate the intersection of Crypto-Jewish and Hispano life that has persevered for centuries behind New Mexico’s dusty backdrop in a lush new exhibit.
The London Jungle Book
“An artist goes where there is work.” Gond artist Bhajju Shyam went to London and saw it like it’s never been seen before.
Fractal Frequencies with Kate Star Cherry • trance, dance at Blackbird Buvette
Man'sgiving at Altitude Sports Grill
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