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The US filmmaker Conner Griffith specialises in making absorbing, deeply original digital art from images of the ways we move around in and shape our world. His imaginative animation Auto toys with people and automobiles, walkways and highways, forming an impressionistic and enchanting collage of everyday scenes. Whether it’s in service to a riff on the perpetual motion of modern life or simply a means of providing a jauntily enjoyable ride, Griffith’s craftsmanship is wonderfully clever and full of visual delights.
Video by Conner Griffith
The key to geckos’ unrivalled climbing skills isn’t sticky feet. It’s subatomic
Technology and the self
Greetings from Green Bank – the small town where modern technology is banned
Stories and literature
What makes John Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ so enduringly powerful?
Far from frivolous, cuteness is a powerful – and still mysterious – force of nature
Dance and theatre
How a Noh mask-maker summons a lifelike face from a single block of wood
The ancient world
What wine vessels reveal about politics and luxury in ancient Athens and Persia
David Goldblatt captured the contradictions of apartheid in stark black and white
In the search for life, might alien ocean worlds be a better bet than Earth-like planets?
Love and friendship
When drawing your muse hundreds of times becomes an exercise in love