Alien Threat in Pop CultureCould the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity's unity? Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film's story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to discover that an imminent alien invasion may soon wipe out all human life.
:icontechgnotic: Jun 6, 2012 by $techgnotic
Could the alien invasion film phenomenon be an expression of the hope for humanity’s unity?
Prometheus, the highly anticipated prequel to all the Alien films (which also features the return of original Alien director Ridley Scott) opens Friday. The film’s story involves a team of astronauts sent to deepest space to investigate the origins of human life, only to di
Humans Becoming Robots, Robots Becoming HumanOn March 1, 2012 the Nevada DMV issued the first license for a “Google Driverless Car.” The idea behind this innovation is that one day soon new technology will drive cars safer and more skillfully than humans, thus saving lives and billions of dollars in car crashes. How well this idea catches on is a bit questionable, given the powerful “romance” of driving one’s car, but it’s certainly an indicator of things to come in the daily intersection of human and artificial intelligence and mobility. There have always been those who have dreamed of stepping into a mechanical exo-skeletal-type “suit” and letting the engineering do the work, instantly increasing limited human speed, strength, endurance and accuracy.Humans Becoming Robots, Robots Becoming Human2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Muse AbidesAsk any artist about “emptiness” and they’ll tell you about the constant recurring nightmarish emptiness they must face down almost every day as a part of their vocation: the blank space that they must fill. Whether he’s a painter facing a blank canvas or she’s a poet facing a blank computer screen, the blank space awaiting transformation at the hand of the artist can be the loneliest and cruelest place on earth.The Muse Abides2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: May 23, 2012 by $techgnotic
Ask any artist about “emptiness” and they’ll tell you about the constant recurring nightmarish emptiness they must face down almost every day as a part of their vocation: the blank space that they must fill. Whether he’s a painter facing a blank canvas or she’s a poet facing a blank computer screen, the blank space awaiting transformation at the hand of the artist can be
Infinity Seven Takes On the Coming Zerg InvasionStarCraft II is the hot tournament videogame that just may breakthrough as the harbinger of the esports phenomenon and one of the great cultural game-changers of all time. Midnight in Anaheim. Caffeinated casters boom rapid fire commentary rattling the packed hall. Elite StarCraft players from around the globe execute complex strats that would have made Rommel the Desert Fox himself proud. 15,000 are in attendance, on the edge of their seats, and cheering as loudly as any soccer match as they watch the 30-foot screens hanging from the rafters. Another few hundred thousand are watching the streams live. The feeling is that of an NCAA Final Four game, set in a European soccer stadium, somehow shoehorned into a casino showroom in Las Vegas. It’s all of the skill, the fan devotion and the spectacle anyone could possibly ask for.Infinity Seven Takes On the Coming Zerg Invasion1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Jun 15, 2012 by :devtec
What Superheroes Should Today's Tech Inspire?We got to interview a visionary futurist with an eye on technology about what would inspire today's comic book writers to create our next superheroes with knowledge of real technological and scientific advancement.What Superheroes Should Today's Tech Inspire?2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Should Today's Technologies Inspire?
April 25, 2012
We got to interview a visionary futurist with an eye on technology about what would inspire today's comic book writers to create our next superheroes with knowledge of real technological and scientific advancement.
You never know when it’s going to happen – that otherwise quotidian moment when you suddenly realize your entire thought process has just been tripped up and cast down a cerebral rabbit-hole destination unknown. Little did I know that what began as a typically pleasurable lunch w
Authentic CitizenshipOnce Again, The Room Fell Away. The prodigious artistic and cultural exchange that we have all committed ourselves to building, to participating in and to sharing with each other every day at deviantART often occurs in RL on the decks of HQ as well. One of the best aspects of being in my position here at deviantART is the privilege to curate salons with artists of every medium and success level imaginable, art appreciators, writers, and educators from all points of light within the deviantART community inviting them to make the trek to HQ for what always manifests as an inspiring, thoughtful, educative, and enlightening dialogue. But sometimes, sometimes, things rise to a whole other level. You suddenly find yourself magically reaching that special deviantART "destination" that is a connection point of art, life, community and communication that has no specific Office # designation. The room falls away…Authentic Citizenship1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Film Poster as Imagination's PortalFor many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.The Film Poster as Imagination's Portal2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
The Film Poster as Imagination's Portal
Thu Mar 29, 2012, 7:00 PM
For many of us, the first “art gallery” to command our attention (and constant, even daily, monitoring) in our
lives existed within the pages of the local newspaper. It was called “the movie section” and its ever-changing movie
advertisements were like little frames that rarely contained less than pure magic for young imaginations.
The Film Poster has existed since the
Authentic Citizenship: Part 2As promised here is part two of our interview and conversation with Chris Copeland and Jeff Wamester. The sequel to part one keeps the art love rolling with these two artists revealing even more fantastic tips for new artists on the rise as they reveal their favorite deviants of all time.Authentic Citizenship: Part 21 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Fearured Artist Chat!
Join our featured artist chat with *jeffwamester and *chriscopeland on Friday, June 29th at Noon Los Angeles, CA, PDT time. Chat room opens at 11:30am.
Read Part 1
The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong ResonanceA thousand years tradition of scaring children at bedtime continues for children of all ages. News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago [link] in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in the lives of human societies worldwide. My worry, have fairy tales been marginalized by modernism?The Fairy Tale, A Lifelong Resonance2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: May 30, 2012 by $techgnotic
A Thousand Years Tradition of Scaring Children at Bedtime
Continues for Children of All Ages
News of the discovery of 500 “new” fairy tales collected over 150 years ago in Germany and locked away in a forgotten archive has me thinking about the enduring importance of these narrative treasures in t
Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent CinemaMovies featuring the latest in high tech digital effects, eye-popping CGI environments and ear-splitting surround sound, are often described as “pushing the envelope.” But they’re mega-million-dollar productions that are delivered back to the studios by the filmmakers precisely as pre-ordered. Rarely is there danger of disaster, so what envelope has been pushed?Brian Taylor: Outlaw of Independent Cinema2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Outlaw at the Bleeding Edge
of Independent Cinema
Wed Apr 11, 2012, 07:00 PM
Movies featuring the latest in high tech digital effects, eye-popping CGI environments and ear-splitting surround sound, are often described as “pushing the envelope.” But they’re mega-million-dollar productions that are delivered back to the studios by the filmmakers precisely as pre-ordered. Rarely is there
Comics Are ArtComic-Con Journey to the Heart of The New Summer VacationComics Are Art1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Americans have a long summer vacation tradition of visiting the foreign capitals of the world and being sure to spend at least one day in each nation’s most iconic art museum. In Paris, we visit the Louvre. In Madrid, the Prado. In Rome, the Borghese. We feel far more comfortable in identifying the different peoples of our planet through examples of their greatest art works than we do about identifying ourselves as being represented by any one iconic “American” art museum or artist. Maybe the country is just too big for one musuem and so it has always fallen to our pop arts to carry the true visual narrative of what’s going on in the hearts and minds of the masses.
Comic-Con has become the new arts and culture go-to in domestic summer vacation destin
The Age of DiscernmentThe Age of Discernment1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 1, 2012 by $techgnotic
With great access comes the great responsibility of discernment.
→ This article was inspired by the conversation in the comments generated from last week’s Suggestivism article.
As we traverse the final phases of maximum raw information accumulation, potentially equipping us for jacking in to the promise of the Singularity, the contents of many lifetimes’ worth of knowledge, art, education, and history are now at our fingertips. More and more Universities, libraries and arts institutions have swung open their digital doors and granted access to their lectures, courses and curricula free of charge to anyone in the world with a connection to the web. Access to education is fundamentally shifting our society towards
Wayne White: An Embarrassment Of TalentsWayne White: An Embarrassment Of Talents1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 29, 2012 by $techgnotic
I am bringing your attention to a documentary, Beauty is Embarrassing, that
deeply inspired me after a screening last week. The life wisdom and positive
philosophy unfolding over a lifetime of living as an artist was deeply motivating.
I invited Wayne White, the subject of this documentary, to join deviantART afterwards.
I thought this would be something you would enjoy no matter where you might be at
on your own personal journey as an artist. While watching this I was also reminded
of the heartfelt explanations by many artists of what it means to choose the life of an Artist.
"Do what you love, It's going to lead where you want to go."
Please stop and say hello and welcome *seewaynewhite in his first week at deviantART.
A strange thing happened at a local café called Fred 62, a sudden sense
The Magic Dust of Child ArtistsThe Magic Dust of Child Artists1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Sep 12, 2012 by $techgnotic
When recently asked how his political candidate would explain certain positions taken during the
nomination process with contrary positions to be taken during the general election, the campaign chief
replied that stated political positions were “like an Etch A Sketch,”—meaning they could simply be
flipped over, erased and begun over from scratch.
Were it that adult life were as simple as a happy Etch A Sketch memory from childhood.
(The campaign chief took heavy heat for his flippant, if truthful, statement.) The incident made
me wonder how many of us had early experiences as “sketch artists” with that incredible red toy that
has become almost standard issue for so many children still to this day.
For those unfamiliar with the magi
The Future of Storytelling Has ArrivedThe Future of Storytelling Has ArrivedThe Future of Storytelling Has Arrived2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Ninja Turtles by ~lukekeith
Mon Apr 3, 2012, 01:00 AM
The recently announced changes to the core mythos of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the backlash
from fans over the ending to Mass Effect 3 have ignited an incredible discussion about the rapidly evolving
“collaborative” relationship between producers and consumers of videogames, movies, and similar “products.”
Now it’s exploded beyond the secure borders of top news publications, gaming and entertainment websites.
Looks like this long-bubbling cauldron of traditional ways and means, modern tech, web economics, core beliefs
and future shock has finally boiled over...
Should you listen to your audience?
Keep Calm And Comic-ConKeep Calm And Comic-Con1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Keep Calm And Comic-Con
Wed Aug 8, 2012 by $techgnotic
This year was especially important to me personally and was a milestone of sorts on
multiple levels and for deviantART as a whole. Many of the reasons why will become clear
over the next few months as announcements are made and new ideas are shared with everyone
in the community.
s the multi dimensional, pop fueled, color exploded dream like haze that was Comic-Con begins
to fully dim and fade from accurate remembrance, I can’t shake the feeling that this year was s
SuggestivismSuggestivismSuggestivism1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Birth of a New Category or Beginning of the End of Categories?
:icontechgnotic: Jul 26, 2012 by $techgnotic
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another “ism” on the art world horizon, what with the growing accessibility of all
art technique and technology rendering all the “schools of art” equally available and doable and therefore making impossible the dominance
or even existence of any current art “movement” … comes “suggestivism,” the “ism” best summing up what art is in our lives today, defined
more by what it is not, rather than what it is.
DronesApr 10, 2013by $techgnoticDrones8 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Choose any media or medium and there is no question that Drones have become the white hot center of debate for a multitude of deeply consequential concerns for the entire Earth Sphere. No matter the digital end point or theatre of conversation, whether it be politics, war, privacy, pop culture, or the rise of machines – Drones or UAV's (unmanned aerial vehicles) are the current catalyst du jour in any number of flashpoint discussions. From the front page headlines of news outlets around the world, to op-ed pages debating national security vs. non-juridical “just
The Dead Places: The Visual Delicacy of DecayIt’s easy to think of art in terms of what is instantly pleasing to the eye, of that which evokes a feeling of joy and hopefulness and blissful peacefulness or ecstatic exultation. This is the consideration of art as something that helps propel us forward through life – to out future great deeds, our career victories, or dreams of coming big events. But there is a peak to every life. At some point all people, and all places, and even all ideas have to begin the inevitable decline that is the other balancing half of a lifetime.The Dead Places: The Visual Delicacy of Decay2 years ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Pontiac by ~PionierUK
The Dead Places
The Visual Delicacy of Decay
Wed Mar 21, 2012, 7:00 PM
Witch Sorceress EnchantressWitch Sorceress Enchantress1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Oct 3, 2012 by $techgnotic
The Witchas Multifaceted Icon
Throughout history artists of every discipline have been fascinated, inspired and transfixed at every historical stage of the shifting perceptions of the “Witch” in any given time or society. The seams within every page of every chapter written against or in defense of the witch have been alternatively filled with oppressive sexism, blind eyed religious bigotry, occult doctrine, fevered and forbidden lustful sexuality, misplaced fear, and reams of wide eyed superstition.
Consequently, the colors, and lines within every stroke upon every canvas and visceral depiction, carry all the burdensome weight of the long intricacies of this subject. With respect to this much maligned, religiously and politically repurposed, perpetually misunde
Realm of Fantasy, The Anatomy of a GroupDecember 7, 2012by $techgnotic%Realm-of-Fantasy →Realm of Fantasy, The Anatomy of a Group1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
Realm of Fantasy
The Anatomy of a Group
The grey dressby *sakimichan
The special kind of dedication, spirit and discipline devoted to the assembly and construction of a successful Group within the vast technicolor ocean of artworks, artists and art appreciators that is deviantART might very well be the experiential epitome of what it is to be a part of the deviantART journey. From the very first conception, through the ten thousandth practical step, `alltheoriginalnames and his cadre of steadfast partners in artful curation have built a virtual sanctuary of the fantastical— %Realm-of-Fantasy. Housing the largest and most significant collection of exceptional fantasy ar
Legacy of The LensMar 22, 2013by $techgnoticLegacy of The Lens9 months ago in Art Features More Like This
A study in artistic diversity, Bernardo Medina embodies the renaissance spirit of the consummate artist, always inspired and inspiring artists around him to create and capture the rhythms of life and beauty in a
Odyssey II: That Which Can Be ImaginedOdyssey II: That Which Can Be ImaginedOdyssey II: That Which Can Be Imagined5 months ago in Art Features More Like This
Final Thoughts from Clive Barker
Odyssey. I can think of no better word to describe the journey that took place these past few months.
With the prologue, “They’re Mad, They Are,” I began work on a vessel that was not yet ready for sea. And on that holed ship, together we embarked over open waters towards an unknown destination.
What I then witnessed both touched and humbled me. You, the mighty crew of the HMS Ody
Mythical Cartography, The Artistry of MapsMythical Cartography, The Artistry of Maps1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
:icontechgnotic: Aug 15, 2012 by $techgnotic
"Scars can come in handy. I have one myself above my left knee that is a perfect map of the London Underground."—Prof. Albus Dumbledore
Early life becomes an exploration of invisible parameters, circles beyond circles, as one pushes out to test the boundaries of safety. There is one’s bedroom, one’s home, neighborhood, school and town, state and nation. Early on, maps become important documents – declarations of being and rights and privileges. In the art world, throughout history, maps have been a constant measure of human progress, from the Phoenecians recording their trade routes over 2000 years ago, or pre-Columbian t
Mayan DoomsdayDecember 19, 2012by $techgnoticMayan Doomsday1 year ago in DeviantART Announcements More Like This
December 21st Marks the End of Civilization
Muerte Aztecaby ~Zerj19
Who would you invite to your final deviantMEET or dinner party on that fateful day?
e are facing yet another grave prediction that we are in the