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Artists Discover the Art of Crunching Numbers
By V.L. HENDRICKSON

Most artists want nothing to do with numbers, and they certainly don't want their work quantified in a spreadsheet. But several data pioneers are working to convince the city's art community that number-crunching isn't only a crucial tool—it's got sex appeal.

"There is mystery in data, anticipation, adventure, even sensory gratification," said Ian Moss, the research director of Fractured Atlas. "There's a whole world out there of numbers to explore, and we in the arts are just starting to map it out. To be involved in that effort is to feel like a pioneer, in a way..."

 

What is it that some music is a hit while other tunes make us cringe?

A new exhibit at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City tries to help us answer the question by looking at the science of music and biology. The free show, “Biorhythm: Music and the Body,” launched earlier this month and includes exhibits that let people interact with sound and participate in research on the human body’s response to music.

Below, a few of the exhibits:

 

Remember Diana Eng, the mathematician-turned-fashion designer from Project Runway’s Season 2? Eng made a return to the runway last night with her first runway show in New York City.

 
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