Name Name

title
descript
Username:
Password: *
Remember me
* Forgot your password? Click Here

SEARCH

14 results for "karl burkart"
Page
1

Will FarmVille save the world?

read
Zynga’s massively successful Facebook game proves social media technology could have a major hand to play in the new digital economy.

Seeds of ChangeA few years ago I made a pronouncement on a social media panel that digital goods would redefine the way we do charitable giving online. Needless to say, there were snickers. After all, how could "throwing a beer" at someone or giving someone a "fluffy kitty" for their birthday really amount to anything, especially at a $1 price point? But now, thanks to Zynga,......read more

Ars Natura: Genesis

read
In his inaugural SHFT post, Karl Burkart explains why the hell a renowned green-tech blogger is writing a column on art and nature.

This is the first in a series I’m writing for SHFT called Ars Natura: art in nature, nature in art. Though I typically blog abut media and technology I have become increasingly aware that the problems our civilization faces are not going to be solved by technological ingenuity alone. Yes I believe we can solve the energy problem and perhaps even find a way to deflate the planet’s overheated......read more

Ars Natura: Lea Turto

read
Finnish artist's felted trees unlock the mystical past of her homeland.

The Finns are a thoroughly modern people. They are world-famous for their uber-modern design aesthetic and are wont to include any historical references of any sort in their architecture or design. And while the country revels in its modern history, it is next to impossible to find any information on the ancient roots of the Finnish people. In contrast to Norway and Sweden, Finland is not......read more

Ars Natura: Cathedral Energy

read
Helsinki Cathedral to house new hi-tech source of energy

The cavern beneath Helsinki's beautiful Uspenski Cathedral will soon shelter a brand new server farm for local technology company Academica and along with it, a new source of heating for homes in the area. The waste heat from the IT center will be captured and channeled into Helsinki's district heating system. It is estimated that the IT sector accounts for as much as 3% of total......read more

Is Silicon the new Lithium?

read
Lithium-ion battery may just be a thing of the past.

During the final week of the Copenhagen climate talks, Bolivian president Evo Morales emerged as one of the most outspoken opponents of the UNFCC climate negotiations and its free-market, capitalist approach. In the past such socialist provocations would be ignored, but there is a reason everyone is listening to Evo now. If it weren't for Bolivia, the electric car industry wouldn't even......read more

Ars Natura: Adam Wolpert

read
New abstract paintings by California artist/environmentalist capture power and mystery of natural world.

Many years ago I visited a magical place in northern California called the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. It was founded in the 70’s as a think tank for environmental innovation (cum heirloom seed bank) and one of its founding directives was to promote the arts as a means for exploring the natural world and visioning a sustainable future for humankind in which prosperity and......read more

Ars Natura: The Art of Reflection

read
Yunior Marino reflects on the rhythms of nature.

A small but influential gallery in Mexico called MYTO, which helped launch Fabian Pena to MAD fame (amazing exhibit through October in New York), represents several other inspiring Latin American artists. One of my newfound favorites is Cuban Yunior Marino. Marino creates “photographic paintings” framing, cropping and assembling simple photographs of nature into epic mental......read more

Ars Natura: Top 7 Climate Stamps

read
Karl Burkart rates his favorite designs from last year's climate stamp collection.

Mostly missed in the U.S. press but last year (even I just discovered it) was this innovative campaign led by the government postal services of Finland and Chile calling attention to the need to ‘Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers.’ Over 30 more countries joined in and some of them produced some spectacular collectible stamp sheets. Here are my 7 favorites: 7. AlandThe tiny cluster of......read more

Ars Natura: Brand Apocalypse

read
Karl Burkart on 'Logorama,' the Oscar winner for best animated short.

Precious, Up in the Air, Inglorious Bastards, Avatar – we all know the big budget, big name pictures that were celebrated by the Academy on Sunday. But perhaps the most visionary and socially momentous film made in 2009 was not to be found in the feature film category but in the animated shorts category – Logorama. The French film directed by H5 (Ludovic Houplain, Francois Alaux, Herve......read more

Ars Natura: Beautiful Bogeyman

read
In this week's Ars Natura column, we check in on Chicago artist Nick Cave and his wonderfully freakish Soundsuits.

If Gumby had gone on a mystical journey through space and time – starting perhaps in an ancient Congolese village, making a left turn in King Louis XV’s court, rolling through an Andy Goldsworthy installation and ending up at an all night Mardi Gras bash – he might end up looking like one of Nick Cave’s freakishly beautiful “Soundsuits.” On display at the Fowler Museum in L.A. until......read more

Page
1