Weekly Update: Descent into Limbo Edition

The best links of the week, from an unlikely art gallery accident to a new AI camera.


Our Weekly Update is here to bring you our favorite links from the past week: art and design news you might have missed, must-see stories, and the best new contests and calls for entry.

Gallery visitor falls into hole at Anish Kapoor installation

Jokes abound in the reporting of a gallery goer’s recent mishap at an Anish Kapoor show in Porto, Portugal. Per The Guardian: “A visitor to a Portuguese gallery found deeper meaning in Anish Kapoor’s 1992 work Descent into Limbo. If there were any doubt at all that … Descent into Limbo is a big hole with a 2.5-metre drop, and not a black circle painted on the floor, then it has been settled. An unnamed Italian man has discovered to his cost that the work is definitely a hole after apparently falling in it. “What can I say? It is a shame,” said Kapoor, reacting to the news of the unfortunate accident at the Serralves contemporary art museum.”

Heatwave reveals secret archaeological sites in England

Some fascinating archaeology news via Hyperallergic: “This summer’s dry heat in England has led to the discovery of hidden archeological sites across the country. The recent heatwave that has persisted over the last few months has been drying out the soil, which allows aerial archeologists to more clearly see the cropmarks across landscapes.

New Zanele Muholi book sheds light on the photographer’s captivating work

At Artsy, Alina Cohen considers a new photo book on the work of black and white photographer Zanele Muholi: “A new monograph by Aperture, Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness, explores the tension between artist and persona, reality and fiction. If the areas of stark, saturated hues first capture the viewer’s attention, the eye quickly moves to the regions in between—where light settles on, and ultimately illuminates, Muholi’s skin. The self-portraits ask viewers to reconsider not just the individual, but a larger, more complicated (and often damning) history of viewing black bodies.

Researchers at work on smart camera that has AI built right in

Digital Trends reports an interesting update on some of the latest explorations in the field of AI-enabled cameras. Definitely worth a look for those into AI and digital photography: “The camera is the eye for many automated devices and the computer is the brain — but researchers at Stanford University recently combined the two in an attempt to make smart cameras more compact. A team of graduate students recently created an artificially intelligent camera that doesn’t need a large, separate computer to process all the data — because it’s built into the optics itself.”

Call for entry: Travel Photographer of the Year

The tenth annual edition of the Travel Photographer of the Year photo award sees over $40,000 in prize money and a deadline of October 1. If travel photography is your specialty, start getting ready to enter now.

Call for entry: Have your work made into a book with FotoRoom Open

The latest edition of the photo platform’s ongoing contest series offers the chance for the winner to have their photography published in a photo book via independent press Gnomic Book. Entry is open until September 30.

Call for entry: Format Picks August

Head to our Instagram for details on how to enter #formatpickshome, our latest contest.

Cover image: Anish Kapoor’s Descent into Limbo.

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