Alright, it’s been a little while but we’re back with Weekend Round-Up. In case you forgot, this is a weekly digest of the best non-watch stories from around the web, including the articles you need to read, the videos you need to watch, and the podcasts that should have you reaching for your headphones.
The color blue is as ubiquitous as the sky, but for much of human history, capturing it and using it in art was an undertaking that was both expensive and dangerous. In Renaissance art it was so expensive and so rare that artists were sometimes unable to finish a painting; Vermeer went deep into debt thanks to his lavish use of the blue pigment “from beyond the sea.” Find out more in this story from the Paris Review.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
This short film is a fascinating look into the printer’s process and philosophy. Not only is it beautifully shot – and a visually compelling subject – but in describing what he does (who really knows what screen printing is, anyway?), Lichtenstein also raises interesting questions about how we all define ourselves and our work, and how we are defined by others.
– Will Holloway, Director of Content
Amidst the snowy landscape of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang stands the darkest building on Earth. British architect Asif Khan coated the 10 meter high structure with Vantablack VBx2, a chemical substance that absorbs over 99.96% of light. The building’s exterior is illuminated by thousands of lights to appear like a window looking into the depths of outer space.
– David Aujero, Digital Producer
Cockroaches are legendary for their speed and evasiveness, but science shows their ability to withstand extreme shocks might be the ultimate evolutionary trump card. The roach’s ability to slam into a wall and change course without being any worse for the wear may influence the next generation of robot design, according to this story in the New York Times.
– Jon Bues, Senior Editor
For most people, figure skating is one of the centerpieces of the Winter Olympics, and this year’s events have come with that mix of competition, beauty, and controversy that make for some seriously compelling TV. This article looks at how figure skaters craft their routines and the unusual challenges that arise when balancing sport and art.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor