Folding bike helmet wins James Dyson design award

International prize goes to US designer who was worried about use bike-hire strategies without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28 -year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with […]

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International prize goes to US designer who was worried about using bike-hire schemes without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28-year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with the […]

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2016 brings a show by Citizenfour director Laura Poitras, a film by sketch show master Jordan Peele, two new museums in San Francisco and much more Its nice to win an Oscar, sure. But Laura Poitras a contributor to this newspapers Pulitzer-winning investigation of the NSA, and director of the groundbreaking surveillance documentary Citizenfour gets […]

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Antikythera shipwreck yields bronze arm- and hints at spectacular haul of statues

Arm points to existence of at the least seven statues from Greek shipwreck, already the source of most extensive and exciting ancient cargo ever found Marine archaeologists have recovered a bronze arm from an ancient shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, where the remaining at least seven more priceless statues from the classical world […]

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Stimulated in North Korea- a unique glimpse of life inside a closed society

Everyday objects, such as sweet wrappers and posters, will be exhibited for the first time outside the socialist republic at a new London show, writes Vanessa Thorpe North Korea The Observer Made in North Korea- a unique glimpse of life inside a closed society Sweet wrappers and posters are among graphic art to be shown […]

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Serge Attukwei Clottey: the artist urging African men to dress as women

Serge Attukwei Clottey strolled through Ghanas capital city in his dead moms clothes to honour her memory and to highlight injustice against women. It is the latest step in his art collectives mission to create social change A muscle-heavy man sits, gazing unsmiling at the camera, on a throne of yellow plastic water cans. His […]

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Ken Done: sell-out, one-hit wonder, or Australia’s most underrated artist?

In the 80 s it seemed like every Australian family owned at least one Ken Done handbag, mug or doona covering. But he still battles the prejudices of the Australian art establishment Ken Done believes a lot of contemporary art is shallow, pretentious and hardly worth looking at. Not all of it, he tells. Some […]

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Court orders Salvador Dali’s body be exhumed for paternity test

DNA study necessary to settle long-running claim by woman who says she is surrealist artists child, says Spanish ruling A Spanish court has ordered the remains of Salvador Dal to be exhumed from his grandiose self-designed last resting place in an attempt to extract DNA for a paternity assert from a woman born in 1956. […]

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