Small cooling ventilators continuously inflate three large balloon-like forms, causing the soft, translucent surfaces to tremble slightly.The thin plastic sculptures share a space with large-scale images of varying degrees of glossy black paint on paper on Level 1 of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.The sculptures and drawings are part of “Pneuma(tic) Bodies,” which opens today with a 6 p.m. dance performance featuring Jill Johnson. The exhibit continues through Feb. 21.Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe installation was created by Silvia Benedito, an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and architect C. Alexander Häusler. It is an extension of the GSD conference “On Atmospheres: Spaces of Embodiment.” The conference explores the relationship of the body, objects, and architectural space through the enveloping medium of air.Integral to the project is the collaboration with the Carpenter Center, GSD, the Dance Department, and the Harvard University Studio for Electroacoustic Composition (HUSEC). The exhibit opening not only includes feature Johnson, a dancer, choreographer, and director of dance, but also Hans Tutschku, composer and director of HUSEC. The two will “simultaneously respond through bodily, sonic, and sensorial engagement with the objects and space.”Movement is fundamental to the installation. The globular forms, or “bodies,” as Benedito and Häusler call the balloon sculptures, move subtly in response to shifting air currents caused by visitors coming and going, doors opening and closing. Additionally, the drawings, though installed on the flat surface of walls, encourage physical interaction from viewers. Their shifting surface properties become visible only when moving from various angles and distances.Scale matters, too. The drawings are about 6½ feet tall, ranging in width from 9 to 11 feet, as if exposing the scale and reach of the human body. In addition to the drawings, the large sculptures also challenge scale. The Carpenter Center was designed by master architect Le Corbusier, who developed the concept of “Modulor,” an ideal system of proportions relating the human body to the architectural environment. Here, relating the body to the sculptures creates a sense of space rather than a rigid architectural schema.For more information, check out the Carpenter Center’s website.
H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine updates, infected Northern Ireland pigs, advice for sick preschoolers
WHO praises pandemic vaccine donationsThe World Health Organization (WHO) today applauded the donation of the United States and eight other developed countries of pandemic H1N1 vaccine to poorer nations. The donation announcement yesterday shows a commitment to fairness, the WHO said in a statement. Given that demand will exceed the global supply of vaccine, the WHO noted that the country donations, plus those previously announced by some manufacturers, will ensure vaccine for nations that lack resources for their own stockpiles.http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2009/pandemic_vaccine_donations_20090918/en/index.htmlSep 18 WHO statementWHO lowers pandemic vaccine estimateThe WHO has scaled back its projection of how much pandemic H1N1 vaccine that will be produced globally, spokesman Gregory Hartl told the media today, according to the Associated Press (AP). Output will be “substantially less” than the WHO’s previous forecast of 94 million doses a week and 4.9 billion doses in the next year, Hartl said. Estimates are lower because some companies are still making seasonal vaccine, and some have experienced production problems.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32911603/ns/health-swine_flu/Sep 18 AP storyPiglets in Northern Ireland test positive for H1N1Some piglets in Northern Ireland have tested positive for the novel H1N1 virus, the jurisdiction’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs announced yesterday. A BBC News report said the finding is the first such case in Europe. “Given that this virus is currently circulating in humans this finding is not unexpected,” the department said in a news release. Officials did not list the location of the affected farm.http://www.northernireland.gov.uk/news/news-dard/newsdard-170909-test-results-indicate.htmSep 17 Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture statementAustralia approves CSL’s H1N1 vaccineThe Australian government has approved a pandemic H1N1 vaccine made by CSL Ltd. for use in adults, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported today. The government has bought 21 million doses, which Health Minister Nicola Roxon said will be enough for all adults, and doses are expected to be available starting Sep 30. The government is awaiting clinical trial results before approving the vaccine for use in children. The virus has killed 172 people in Australia.http://www.theage.com.au/national/national-rollout-as-swine-flu-vaccine-approved-20090918-fuyz.htmlSep 18 AAP storyMinnesota says to keep ill preschoolers home longerThe Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says that children up to age 5 who have flu should be kept home from day care and school for 7 days after they get sick or 24 hours after symptoms resolve, a more cautious approach than the federal one, the Star Tribune reported. The CDC recommended in August that children be kept home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the help of medication. Minnesota, which now has widespread flu activity, still uses that advice for older children.http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/health/59650722.html?elr=KArks7PYDiaK7DUvDE7aL_V_BD77:DiiUiacyKU7DYaGEP7vDEh7P:DiUsSep 17 Star Tribune story
(Washington, DC) — Americans could be self-isolating at home until May according the President’s latest coronavirus update on Sunday evening.The White House’s social distance recommendations are being extended through April 30th. President Trump said the peak of coronavirus deaths could hit in the next two weeks. He previously hoped that the country would be re-opened for business by Easter, April 12th. However, now he predicted that the country will be getting back on track by June 1st.Dr. Anthony Fauci says there could be up to 200,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S.which currently has the most confirmed cases in the world. Currenty there are 141,812 confirmed cases and 2,475 deaths in the U.S. Keep track here.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases added that the number of cases will go into the millions. On a more positive note, Dr. Fauci said there’s a window of opportunity to slow the spread of COVID-19 in parts of the country that don’t have that many cases yet.