Van Gogh, Lady Gaga and the implications of eccentricity (study)

Attn. artists! Can you get a higher appraisal for yourself and your art by behaving more eccentrically? Say, by hacking off your own earlobe or “cavorting around in little more than a thong”? Such questions have been examined in a new study from Dr. Eric R. Igou (University of Limerick, Ireland) and Dr. Wijnand A […]

“Intellectual Sewing”: Keeping Proust in Stitches

A new academic sub-discipline is born: “Sewing Proust: Patchwork as Critical Practice,” Rhiannon Williams [pictured here], Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Volume 1, Number 1, November 2013 , pp. 43-56. (Thanks to investigator Neil Martin for bringing this to our attention.) The author, at the University of Derby, explains: “I describe my own […]

Giving a talk: should you read it from paper? (phallic ballerina)

When you do a talk for a group of people, should you read the words from a piece (or a stack) of paper? To read and speak, rather than simply speak, risks making the talk feel dull and stilted. Here’s an example of reading from paper. The DanceWorkBook web site offers this description, and full […]

Progress in academic maggot painting (part 1 of 3)

Alison Bockoven is currently a Ph.D. Student at the Entomology Department of Texas A&M University. When she’s not investigating the extent, mechanisms and consequences of genetic variation in foraging traits in the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), she finds time to create artworks using maggots covered in (non-toxic) paint. The video above shows how […]