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The Smallest Museum In The World…

Art that is small in size but large in thought…




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The Mµseum” (or “Micro Muscuem”) is too small to have a real address. In fact, at only eight inches deep and sixteen inches wide, this New England art installation is dwarfed by the “We Make Our Own Bread” sign glaring from the Subway sandwich shop next door.


The self-proclaimed “smallest museum in the world” is the culmination of three years of work for head curator Judith Klausner. “I’ve always been attracted to small,” Klausner told Boston’s local NPR radio station. “With a small piece of work, your attention is pretty inherently intimate because you’re getting into its space and it’s getting into your space.” Klausner, a local Somerville artist, has always had a passion for the small and the overlooked. From her website: “I hope to change the way people see the small and often disregarded ephemera of life.” Klausner inserted the Greek letter “µ,” a symbol which represents the scientific figure “micro,” into the museum’s name as a visual pun…”


For more, click here.


More micro art here.




The Hidden Subway Station From 1904

If you take the Downtown 6 train you may spot something mysterious and beautiful from long, long ago — and if you are brave and adventuresome, perhaps you will find a way to see evidence of the The Underbelly Project


New York City’s Hidden Subway Station (


“Deep in the belly of New York’s subway system, a beautiful untouched station resides that has been forgotten for years with only a limited few knowing of its existence. Stunning decoration with tall tiled arches, brass fixtures and skylights run across the entire curve of the station, almost a miniature imitation of Grand Central Station… But it sounds like something straight out of Harry Potter, right?



It was opened in 1904, with the hope of making it the crowning glory of the New York subway system in elegant architecture and a place for commemorative plaques to honour the work that had resulted in such a successful underground mass transit system. It was to be the original southern terminus of the first ‘Manhattan Main Line’; however the station was closed and boarded up in 1945. The gem of the underground began gathering dust, forgotten by the general public, as passengers were forced off at the Brooklyn Bridge Stop before the train continued on to the terminus to make its turnaround…”


For more photographs and information about this gorgeous place, click here.


More on The Underbelly Project here.



The Prospects of Human Life Extension

The Long Now Foundation’s Seminars for long term thinking are always wonderful fodder for deep thought — this one is particularly good…




Michael West — “The Prospects of Human Life Extension”


This talk was given at Conference Center in Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California on Friday November 12, 02004.




“Our germline cells (eggs and sperm) are already immortal. What if the rest of the cells of our body could acquire the same ability? Tissue by tissue, one degenerative disease after another, it could gradually happen in the course of one or two human generations. When it does happen, what we mean by “generation” changes completely…


Will it really happen? If so, how soon?


Michael West has been in the thick of cures for human aging since his work on telomerase and the founding of Geron in the 1990s. Now, as chair and CEO of Advanced Cell Technology, he is a leader in the use of embryonic stem cells and cloning for the regeneration of aging tissue and organs. He is author of The Immortal Cell: One Scientist’s Quest to Solve the Mystery of Human Aging.”


— by Stewart Brand


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