Friday, June 22, 2012

The Happy Show


I went to the Institute of Contemporary Art here in Philadelphia recently to see what was showing.  And so I caught Stefan Sagmeister's The Happy Show.

I'm hoping to get some work done today, so I won't go into detail.  But the exhibition title tells the truth.  Sagmeister has created a number of contemporary art pieces which are all about happiness -- ways to become happy, and things that will make you happy.  One of which is video'd above:  A stationary bicycle hooked up to an inspirational message.

The messages are pretty much the sort of thing people post on Facebook when they're trying to cheer themselves up.  But the art is genuinely witty.  I had fun with it.

The Happy Show runs through August 12.  You can read about it here.

And speaking of science . . .

Have you heard of Cambridge's E.chromi project?  No?  Probably that's because it involves human feces.  But it's a pretty cool hack.  Bioengineered bacteria in the presence of specific diseases produce bright color dies, so that diagnosis can be performed by a quick visual of the patient's stool

You can read about it (and see their nifth sample case) here.


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