Context is everything. The same photographs and paintings of airport terminals and train compartments and subway platforms that seem so cold and forbidding in contemplation of one’s traveling out into the world, somehow become reassuring in their hard functionality and durability – when thought of as the pathway to the journey back home. Faces of travelers photographed in airports often exhibit muted “Mona Lisa smiles,” masking the direction (to or away from home) that they are headed.
“Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you're giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.”
– Caroline Kennedy
“And when the day arrives I’ll become the sky and I’ll become the sea and the sea will come to kiss me for I am going home. Nothing can stop me now.”
– Trent Reznor
“Going home and spending time with your family and your real friends keeps you grounded.”
“England is my home. London is my home. New York feels like, if I have to spend a year living in an unfamiliar city, this is a pretty lovely one to spend a year in, but I will be going home at the end of it, certainly.”
– Daniel Radcliffe
“When I come home, I say I’m coming home to Dublin. When I'm in Dublin, I say I’m going home to New York. I’m sort of a man of two countries.”
– Colum McCann
Cosplay Friday: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings
Cosplay Friday: My Precious
The ring bearer by SusaStrawberry
The characters in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been enticing readers for over 60 years.
Today fans are able to journey to the magical realm of Middle-earth through the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s revolutionary six film cinematic adventure.
Jackson ushered in the age of the modern day movie franchise by questionably shootin
Andrew Goldsworthy: An Artist's Celebrations
Andrew Goldsworthy: An Artist's Celebrations of the Natural World
By simon1214, ellenherbert
Speed Portrait: Andy Goldsworthy by FeralFinch
Nature is a cruel mistress. As pioneering filmmaker Werner Herzog once wrote about the dangers of explorers heading off into the wilderness seeking enlightenment:
I believe the common denominator of th
Animals Within, Spirit Animals
Animals Within Spirit Animals
Hanuman by molee
There has always been this obsession with the others we share this planet with.
We communicate with them on certain basic levels and yet they inhabit a plane so different from ours: savage, instinctive, a life of sheer survival. At the same time they can do things beyond human abilities: fly through the skies, swim the oceans, apply t
Jane Austen's Prevailing and Perpetual Prose
Forever Austen Jane Austen’s Prevailing and Perpetual Prose
Becoming Jane by discret
First Edition of
Pride and Prejudice (1813)
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
—Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The opening line of Jane Austen’s
Our guest editorialist, the nameless one, founder of Realm-of-Fantasy is known on DeviantArt as alltheoriginalnames and he is the Keeper of the Realm—that Realm being the renowned Realm of Fantasy Group, the largest fantasy and science fiction group curation on the web. He is the Administrator for poseraddicts, a dA group for 3D artists and the founder of Creationarium. The editors of depthRADIUS would like to encourage you to visit the DA destinations of alltheoriginalnames, Creationarium, and Realm-of-Fantasy for further mind expansion.
A human with extraordinary capabilities that far exceed that of an ordinary human.
Throughout the years so many unique and interesting characters, and many alternate realities and universes have been created in graphic novels and comic books. Many iconic superheroes and villains are known today throughout the world.
The superhuman superheroes leapt from comics to anime, cartoons and live action Hollywood blockbuster movies. Youthful audiences thrilled to the experience of enjoying their comic heroes on screen, as films such as Superman and Batman were joined by The Crow, Spawn, Watchmen, Constantine, Sin City, Hellboy, The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, X–Men and Avengers.
So what is it to be a Superhuman? And is it possible that they exist today?
From as far back as at least 7,000 years ago,
…Civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China and Greece told tales of beings with powers and abilities capable of extraordinary feats.
Are these legends the original inspiration for our modern day Superheroes?
Japan speaks of legends of Shinobi (Ninja)
…Capable of feats of amazing agility, stealth, and evasion. Unseen assassins and masters of espionage, the Ninja and their amazing abilities have reached mythical proportions. Legends and folklore speak of feats such as invisibility, the ability to run on water, scale walls, shape–shift and even fly.
Did the Shinobi simply excel at training and the art of deception, or was it something more?
From seers such as Nostradamus to mystics
…Like Rasputin to illusionists like Harry Houdini, history has abounded with tales of humans who could tap into astounding powers and abilities. Were these men practitioners of genuine precognition, premonitions and magic?
Or were they masters of manipulation, misdirection, and illusion?
In Star Wars, both Jedi and Sith are able to feel and use the power of the Force.
This Force is accessed through harnessing the power of midi–chlorians, microscopic bio–organic symbiotic entities that reside in the cells of all living things. This “midi–chlorian” is actually based loosely on the very real mitochondria, a cellular power plant found in the cells of almost all known life forms.
Mitochondria even have a genome independent of the host cell’s DNA. They control a cell’s life cycle, from growth to death, and contain a vast amount of energy. What if we could tap into the power of the human mitochondrial genome?
Could we unlock unknown true potential powers?
Is already upon us. Do we possess a mutant gene that is responsible for our next step?
In the Marvel Universe there is the X–Gene, and those with this gene start exhibiting enhanced and extraordinary powers and abilities by adolescence.
Many characters in the Marvel Universe believe this is the next step in human evolution, thus being categorized as Homo Supremus rather than Homo Sapiens.
What if Homo Sapiens are actually evolving in to Homo Supremus?
Now that we have broken the DNA code, we can now begin to alter it.
Genetic manipulation is now common practice, within reason. From livestock, to fish, to insects, to crops all altered for various reasons. Sheep have been cloned, mammals and reptiles DNA code spliced and altered. They have even created a glow in the Dark Rabbit by Splicing its DNA with that of a Jelly Fish, thereby adopting bioluminescent qualities.
What if genome research lead to genetic manipulation with humans?
In Comic Books Peter Parker was bit by a radioactive genetically enhanced spider, thus adopting certain Spider attributes and becoming Spiderman.
Splinter and 4 turtles come into contact with a man made green ooze (Mutagen), subsequently changing their DNA into Anthropomorphic Superhumans and becoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film “Splice” follows the story of Dren, of whom is a genetically engineered human–animal hybrid. While this may all seem like fiction, reality may not be far off.
Science is reaching a point where in the near future we will be able to alter the DNA of humans. Through the technique known as Crispr, this gene editing allows detailed and specific alterations to any part of 23 pairs of human chromosomes in DNA.
This could have health benefits, curing certain disabilities, handicaps and illnesses. Eventually this technique might be able to target specific genes, and thereby customize humans entirely. From the pigment of our skin, eyes and hair, to even possibly targeting codes responsible for genetic traits such as being artistic, having a higher I.Q., or even strength, speed and agility.
Movies such as “Universal Solder”, and Video games like “Metal Gear” explore the subject of Genome Soldiers, their enhanced abilities and the consequences of genetic manipulation.
Will we manipulate and dictate our own evolutionary path?
Will superhumans actually be created through genetic manipulation?
Science and technology have allowed us to do some incredible things in the age of computers and the internet.
From access to vast amounts of knowledge at ones fingertips, and to communicate with people across the globe, and create 3D models and blueprints that have real world applications. Video Games allow us to become someone different with incredible abilities, and experience an alternate virtual world.
In “The Matrix” trilogy of films, people jack into the matrix, a virtual world reflecting the 21st century, and are able to do incredible feats that physical limitations in the real world would not allow. These characters essentially become superhumans through a virtual matrix mainframe construct.
In the movie “Tron,” The Master Control Program, an Artificial Intelligence that becomes self–aware, traps Kevin Flynn in the ENCOM mainframe. He must then fight programs that represent their creators in a virtual digital world. Because he is a “user” from the real world, he can manipulate reality in this digital existence in a way no program can.
Will computers, video games and the internet be the next step in humanity’s evolution to becoming Superhuman?
Technology may create the next superhumans through real life applications.
Engineering and Technological advancements are being made every day. Artificial organs such as a Total Artificial Heart, and Prosthetics such as the Spring Foot are now common place. Animatronics are advancing everyday, creating more and more lifelike artificial robots—machines with human–like appendages that are stronger and faster than their human counterparts. A combination of these two concepts as Cybernetics could be the next step.
Being able to replace failing organs and lost limbs with cybernetic upgrades that improve performance, strength and speed. Our video games could be windows into a quickly approaching new human existence. Genetic and cybernetic enhancement of the abilities of characters like Raiden and Grey Fox in “Metal Gear” are presently far beyond human capabilities. But the horizon is ablaze with evolving possibilities. Exo–suits will be capable of enhancing our abilities far beyond what is now capable of flesh alone. There might be cybernetic surgically installed exo–skeleton suits (like Max’s in the film “Elysium”). There might be powered suits worn by the likes of the bounty hunter Samus in “Metroid”, or the Spartan Master Chief John–117 in “Halo”, or Tony Stark’s “Ironman” creation.
Ordinary people are capable of amazing feats of strength, reaction and speed when in fear for their life or the lives of others.
Fear stimulates the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus sends out a chemical signal to your adrenal glands, which releases adrenaline and noradrenaline hormones. This allows us to think quicker and react faster, while enhancing physical strength and endurance, and even dulling sensitivity to pain. Our heart rate increases, our pupils dilate, our respiration increases, pumping more oxygen to our muscles, shaking with the surge of Adrenaline.
Fire fighters, soldiers, parents and even children have performed incredible superhuman feats during life–threatening situations.
Does Fear Make us Super Human?
Trained Olympic Athletes are breaking more records now than ever before.
Usain Bolt with blinding speed in the 100m and 200m events, winning 6 golds in 2 Olympics. Michael Phelps winning 8 Gold Medals in one year, and 22 Medals over the course of 3 Olympics. Was this due to hard work, dedication, physical conditioning, training and technique? Or are these athletes, and many like them, actually superhuman?
Why does the idea of “superhuman” fascinate? As children we daydreamed of teleportation, of flying, of lifting incredibly heavy objects (perhaps only with our minds), of reading others’ thoughts or seeing into the future, being invisible and, of course, living forever. Is it simply our desire to be “more?” Or is it the freedom of being able to do anything, without limitations?
Or is it the duality of Superheroes that attracts us? Does it speak to our desire to create an alter ego in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Does it speak to that part of us, our true self, that we must keep secret so that other people may not judge or fear what they do not understand about us?
Do we love our superheroes because they are so different than us, or do we relate to them because we are so very much alike?
If superhumans were discovered to exist, would they be honored as the next generation of our evolutionary heritage, or hunted and killed and captured as an alien threat?
You’ve had a lifetime since childhood to decide, so here’s the question: What is the ONE super–power you would choose to possess (and why)?
Will there always be a separation between A.I. androids and humans, even if it’s virtually impossible to distinguish between without an autopsy? Could androids supersede humans as the next evolution of humanity? Or, just the opposite, if androids are forever officially designated as machines, will they be abused in “slavery” scenarios?
Are all–powerful ever–vigilantly protecting superheroes simply the fantasies of powerless common citizens despairing of ever finding peace or justice in our dysfunctional system of laws, cops and courts?
Are superheroes simply the expression of our in–born instinct to strive to be the most we can be, mentally and physically?
Round #02 1200 points give away, winners announcedScroll down for the winners <3< you may join both
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DeviantART announced a month ago that through a new organization, Dadotart we applied to manage a new Top Level Domain (TLD) called “.ART.” We are committed to having the .ART TLD — the Internet addresses that could end in .ART — organized and distributed with the full participation of the global art community.
We need your help to show public support for the Dadotart application. The application process to manage a TLD is long, arduous, and intricate. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because we aim to have .ART be home to everyone in every one of the arts.
There are a number of ways for you to support the Dadotart campaign.
Write a comment about your support of Dadotart’s application in this journal and we will pass your comment on to ICANN. Tell them how a .ART TLD might serve you as an artist or art lover.
Tell others! Help us spread the word by posting a Journal, updating your Facebook status, tweeting, or using any other means of social media to get others to join in. People who are not members of deviantART can e-mail messages of support to: email@example.com.
We also urge you to post a message of support to ICANN’s “Submit an Application Comment” page. This process isn’t for the faint of heart and takes a few minutes longer as it requires you to create an account and verify an e-mail address. Still, if you do this, you are assuring ICANN that you are an impassioned and vocal supporter of the arts community and of Dadotart’s application.
Well-formulated, respectful, and intelligent comments will be the best approach to showing ICANN and the world why Dadotart, Inc. will be the best manager of the .ART TLD.
A landslide starts with a single pebble. This is a worldwide effort at every level — from a single artist to a small group of craftspeople to an international association of museum directors. The support of one is the support of all. But hurry! This is a time-sensitive effort. All comments must be submitted by August 13th, 2012 to be eligible. Help us gather as a true art-centric community. And please spread the word to everyone who loves the arts or is part of the arts because
we aim to have .ART be home to everyone in every one of the arts.
Please note this doesn't mean that deviantART.com would change to deviantART.art (or deviant.art). The .ART TLD would service all of the arts, including art forms that deviantART doesn't handle -- like the theater, music, dance, and so on -- and would allow people to have individual identities associated with the arts without going through a community like deviantART or YouTube.
How would you use a .art address?
If all the arts had a special address like .art, how would it improve your use of the Web?
Do you think it's important for the voices of a community to come up with the guidelines for the use of a .art address?
Let ICANN know in your comments and support Dadotart!
Many of you have been in this community for a long time, but whether you’ve just joined or you’ve been a member since day one, this is your first impression of the new DeviantArt.
Change is not something that we take lightly, because it affects our collective identity. It was important for us to define who we are and what we’re made of at our core before we changed anything. We all have our own understanding of what that means, but the process of getting that core story down on paper took almost a year.
The result is “Bleed and Breed Art.” This is our center of gravity and our reason for getting out of bed in the morning.
It is the guide and the justification for everything, including our business partnerships, the development of the new app and the design of our new identity. Anything and everything we create is in service of our innate calling to Bleed and Breed Art.
This is who we are at our essence. When I say “we,” I mean you, too. We are not a company or a brand or a website—we are a community united in our love and support of art and artists. Our new look is not designed to compete or keep up with other companies, brands or websites—it’s designed to tell our story and showcase our art and artists in the best possible way. We are DeviantArt.
— Angelo (spyed), CEO
We are where art starts, but that is only the beginning. We are a community for the creative in everyone to develop and heighten their personal sense of taste, but that’s not where it ends. We are the movement for the liberation of creative expression.
We believe that art is for everyone, and we’re creating the cultural context for how it is created, discovered and shared.
Artists love us because we are an inclusive and supportive community. We help them find their identity through self-expression. We provide the tools, resources and exposure to enable them to become better, more successful artists. We inspire people to create art by feeding their creativity.
We provide endless entertainment and inspiration. This is where you see it first. This is where whatever you’re into, no matter how niche, is embraced and expressed by a dedicated community of likeminded creatives. This is where the global undercurrent of creativity feeds the future of popular culture.
There’s no other place like DeviantArt. We are an unapologetically addictive experience. Our world is a prolific orgy of originality where creatives enjoy freedom of artistic expression. We are the deviation of creativity that shatters the confines of expectation. We can’t help it—it runs through our veins and compels us to nurture it in others. This is DeviantArt.
Our new logo is symbolic of everything we believe. It is an audacious and inspired evolution of our original dA mark—literally turning the art world upside down. We love it because, like DA, people might not get it right away and, like all great art, it challenges perceptions and perspectives. Most importantly, it elevates DeviantArt and our artists.
The construction of our brand mark is a combination of our symbol and a completely customized wordmark, all of which use the angle of 62 degrees to cut the letter forms.
These are the five preferred lockups of our logo and wordmark.
There is no question that DeviantArt is green. Like art, it is in our blood. We considered every shade of green imaginable before deciding unanimously on the bold, vibrant “DeviantArt Green” you see now. Most importantly, we’ve defined a system for using it selectively rather than pervasively.
As well as DeviantArt Green, we’ve established a neutral color palette of greys chosen specifically for their qualities to showcase art. Now, DA is represented in DeviantArt Green and our art can represent itself in the best light.
Our typeface is called Calibre (not Calibri) by a type foundry called Klim. We use caps whenever possible and give it a custom treatment by cutting off the first and last letters of words and/or sentences with the diagonal angle of our logo.
Another great thing about our symbol is that it can tessellate to form a beautiful pattern. It is particularly powerful because, when the symbol tessellates, it allows the two “A”s to become more clear.
Our identity is as much yours as it is ours, so we wanted you to have all of the pieces to bring it to life in your own ways. Download, share and create as you see fit.
If you haven’t met Fella, he’s our mascot, and he’s not going anywhere. Fella’s look has changed over the years, and those changes have always been made by the community. That’s not going to change. He is yours and yours alone. Here he is with the new logo.
We spent months together, at one point even locking ourselves in repurposed warehouse space in downtown LA for an intensive 12 hour workshop. Every voice was heard. Everything was put on the table. We were exposed—stripped back to our essence and forced to reconcile our past with our future.
Tough questions were asked and answered. What does it mean to be a deviant? What is the nature of art and of artists? What are the universal truths about DA? Who are we, really?
Design sensibilities were explored exhaustively. Colors, textures, patterns and typefaces were examined and discussed extensively.
Moving Brands are pros, and their guidance was invaluable in filtering through the myriad of insights, impressions and opinions to find the common threads. It’s how we got to “Bleed and Breed Art,” which informed everything else from logo and color choices to the layout of the website and the functionality of our amazing new app.
Bleed and Breed Art is more than a tagline. We’re using it to guide all of our decisions. In other words, before we add a feature or design an app or make a business partnership, the question, “will this Bleed and Breed Art?” is the first thing we ask of ourselves. If the answer is anything but an emphatic “yes,” we go back to the drawing board.
In many ways, “Bleed and Breed Art” is the most important piece that came out of this journey. It has always been true and will always be true.
There will be more changes and new additions in the future as we continue to grow. Some may have obvious benefits, while the reasoning behind others may not be so immediately apparent. Whatever the case may be, know that the motivation behind everything we do will always be to Bleed and Breed Art—for our 32 million registered members, for the new artists and art lovers of the future, and for the world.