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Alien Aqueducts: The Maps of Martian Canals

Tuesday 8 June 2021 at 14:12

Observing the visible features of Martian landscapes, Giovanni Schiaparelli began seeing things almost immediately — shapes that resembled dim lines, crisscrossing the extraterrestrial desert.


Clouds of Unknowing: Edward Quin’s *Historical Atlas* (1830)

Thursday 27 May 2021 at 09:53

Unique series of maps showing a particular empire’s knowledge revealed through a mass of broiling black cloud.


Photographing the Tulsa Massacre of 1921

Thursday 27 May 2021 at 09:10

On the evening of May 31, 1921, several thousand white citizens and authorities began to violently attack the prosperous Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Karlos K. Hill investigates the disturbing photographic legacy of this massacre and the resilience of Black Wall Street’s residents.


The Zodiac Man

Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 15:36

In zodiac man illustrations, astrological signs appear alongside the parts of the body they were thought to influence.


A Deeper Dive into *Affinities*, Our New Book of Images

Tuesday 25 May 2021 at 14:27

Editor Adam Green answers some questions about Affinities, offering a sneak peek at its inner workings and the idea behind it.


On the Road: *The Woman and the Car* (1909)

Thursday 20 May 2021 at 07:46

Dorothy Levitt’s practical, how-to guide for those who wanted to take to the roads, but did not quite know how.


An Archaeology of Surf

Wednesday 19 May 2021 at 10:31

At the intersection of surfing and medieval cathedrals, from the contents of a suitcase, Melissa McCarthy stages a plot that walks its way across paranoia, language, and the pursuit of knowledge.


Visualizing Migraines: The Attempts of Hubert Airy and Others to Depict Scintillating Scotomata

Tuesday 18 May 2021 at 08:36

In a 1870 paper, Hubert Airy became the first to attempt to explicitly visualise the scintillating scotomata of his migraine.


The Art of Making Debts: Accounting for an Obsession in 19th-Century France

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 11:31

Being in debt was once an artful promenade — the process of eluding creditors through disguise and deceit. Erika Vause explores a forgotten financial history: the pervasive humor that once accompanied the literature and visual culture of debt.


A Remembrance of Aerial Forms: Odilon Redon’s *À Edgar Poe* (1882)

Tuesday 11 May 2021 at 12:51

A series of six lithographic dreamworlds inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe.