Get curated editors’ picks, peeks behind the scenes, film recommendations and more.
The US artist Catherine Chalmers creates work at the intersection of nature and culture, often centring on humanity’s complicated relationship with the insect world. Antworks is a unique artistic collaboration between Chalmers and a colony of leafcutter ants found on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. For the short film, Chalmers captured these ants cutting, stripping and carrying leaves from a colourful plant that she had set them upon. Per Chalmers, these resulting leaf fragments looked like ‘tiny Abstract Expressionist paintings’ once separated from their source. The resulting short is an amusing, strangely riveting contemplation of the minds – and perhaps even aesthetic sensibilities – of these fascinating creatures.
Director: Catherine Chalmers
Even in modern secular societies, belief in an afterlife persists. Why?
Nature and landscape
Take a serene hike through an ancient forest, inspired by a Miyazaki masterpiece
Design and fashion
The mundane becomes mesmerising in this deep dive into segmented displays
A song of ice, fire and jelly – exploring the physics and history of the trumpet
Tour the European architecture that dreamed of a wondrous, fictitious China
Trek alongside spiritual pilgrims on a treacherous journey across Pakistan
Thinkers and theories
Photographs offer a colonialist window to the past – one that must be challenged
How a curious question about colouring maps changed mathematics forever
The rise and fall of Kowloon Walled City, Hong Kong’s infamous urban monolith