Interactive Visual Art Database

An online computer application residing in a dedicated web site to teach art history: especially stylistic connections and influences between broad art historical periods and among individual artists and schools.


For example, a person enters the name of Rembrandt. A visual cluster of his works appears, arranged by different media or chronologically. Then, when the user clicks on an individual work, a different cluster would appear with that work at the center--self-portraits, for example. Clicking on any of the self-portraits in the new cluster would deliver references to articles, or it could be "tuned" to show works that influenced the portrait or which it influenced. The user could follow these new paths to learn about other works, other artists, periods, movements. Unexpected relationships would emerge.

I have identified the technology. I can assemble the database at my own expense (I have edited major art textbooks for McGraw-Hill) but I need funding to purchase the technology.

Car culture and suburbs grow right-wing populism, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Pixabay
Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
Keep reading Show less

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

Flickr / 13winds
Think Again Podcasts
  • Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
  • What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
  • Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
Keep reading Show less