Siegfried Woldhek sketches TEDGlobal

At TEDGlobal 2011, portraitist Siegfried Woldhek sat down in the Autodesk Café with an iPad and some special drawing software, and proceeded to sketch, with lightning speed, anyone who took a seat in front of him. You can see his work in his iPad Portraits Flickr set — attendees, TEDx hosts, Coffee Common baristas, and … Read more

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Playlist Be here now

(TED is on its annual two-week vacation. During the break, we’re posting playlists from the TEDTalks archive. We’ll be back with new talks on August 29th.) Some moments sparkle, and in their brevity lies their beauty. We look at the sheer joy of a glorious (and sometimes transcendent) moment, captured. Derek Sivers: How to start a movement: [ted id=814] Naturally 7 beatboxes a whole band: [ted … Read more

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The art of wearable communication Kate Hartman on

Artist Kate Hartman uses wearable electronics to explore how we communicate, with ourselves and with the world. In this quirky and thought-proviking talk she shows the “Talk To Yourself Hat”, the “Inflatable Heart”, the “Glacier Embracing Suit”, and other unexpected devices. (Recorded at TED 2011, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 9:06.) [ted id=1222] Watch Kate Hartman’s talk … Read more

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Filming democracy in Ghana Jarreth Merz on

Jarreth Merz, a Swiss-Ghanaian filmmaker, came to Ghana in 2008 to film the national elections. What he saw there taught him new lessons about democracy — and about himself. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 8:37.) [ted id=1233] Watch Jarreth Merz’s talk on, where you can download it, rate it, … Read more

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Art asks, not dictates. Thoughts from Brooklyns Inside Out Project group action

Curious about starting your own Inside Out Project group action? Over at, they’re interviewing people from around the world who’ve been inspired by the artist JR and his TED Prize wish to photograph and paste the faces of their community. In this Q&A, meet Dana Eskelson of Brooklyn, New York, who organized one of the Inside Out Project’s first group actions, on the stoops of Park Slope.

IOP: Was this your first foray into exhibiting your art on the street?

DE: I am not a visual artist. I have never done anything like this before.

What was the pasting experience like for your team?

One of my favorite moments from the entire experience was at the end of the day we were pasting. My neighbors had started to come home from work; they all walk from the train and take the same route and have to head up the block. And as they did, they saw us and what was happening, and they gathered and shook hands and introduced themselves and stood around talking and watching together. Neighbors on one end of a Brooklyn block don’t often know the others at the opposite end, and on that day, the project had shrunk the size of a Brooklyn block to a smaller and more personable expanse. It was not something I had really thought about at all — I was only focused on celebrating the local, longtime shop owners. In the end, it was not only a beautiful repercussion of participating in the project, but something that would have a long-term positive influence on the people who live here — long past the time when the posters dissolve and fade away.

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Weekend gem The painter and the pendulum, from Tom Shannon

Each weekend, we’re surfacing a great talk from the TED archives that you might have missed … TED visits Tom Shannon in his Manhattan studio for an intimate look at his science-inspired art. An eye-opening, personal conversation with John Hockenberry reveals how nature’s forces — and the onset of Parkinson’s tremors — interact in his … Read more

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My mushroom burial suit Jae Rhim Lee on

Here’s a powerful provocation from artist Jae Rhim Lee. Can we commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death? Naturally — using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms. Yes, this just might be the strangest TEDTalk you’ll ever see … (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: … Read more

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Art made of storms Nathalie Miebach on

Artist and TED Fellow Nathalie Miebach takes weather data from massive storms and turns it into complex sculptures that embody the forces of nature and time. These sculptures then become musical scores for a string quartet to play. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 4:19.) [ted id=1252] Watch Nathalie Miebach’s talk … Read more

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Occupy. Inside. Out.

99 faces. 99 stories. 99 reasons why they are the 99%. Late last week, a group of everyday Americans used art and the Inside Out Project platform to stand up and declare that they are the 99%. Occupy. Inside. Out. is an effort to document the people behind the Occupy movement and to share their … Read more

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Stories cut from paper Béatrice Coron on

With scissors and paper, artist Béatrice Coron creates intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells. Striding onstage in a glorious cape cut from Tyvek, she describes her creative process and the way her stories develop from snips and slices. (Recorded at TED2011, March 2011, in Long Beach, California. Duration: 18:16.) [ted id=1257] Watch Béatrice … Read more

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