The Lazy Foodie

March 12, 2015
/   Entertainment

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, make your food drunk, Irish, or both with these easy (and cheap) recipes.

Exploring “Europe’s Most Expensive Chapel”

August 24, 2014
/   Arts & Culture

Lisbon’s Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch) sports a deceptively plain white facade, but the interior of the 17th-century building is home to some of the most prized (and allegedly expensive) Catholic art and architecture in all of Europe.

Pzzzt – The Buzz from Albania

July 29, 2014
/   Art Review

The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.

Compasses Not Maps

September 11, 2014
/   Technology

Speculative Design shies away from design for mass consumption, which relies on generalizing about groups of people to create one profitable solution. Charlesworth explained her past jobs in design consulting and service design as something she found “ethically difficult.”

Alternative Art Spaces in Chicago

August 5, 2013
/   Feature Stories

Where They Began and Where They Are Now


With identities as diverse as the neighborhoods they occupy, alternative art spaces operate on the same basic premise: to share contemporary art not exhibited in Chicago’s established art institutions.

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October 2, 2009
/   From The Print Edition

<!– by Nick Briz –> February 18, 2009: Kanye West introduces his new video for the song “Welcome to Heartbreak” on his blog by writing, “This is not the next single, ‘Amazing’ is the next single. This is the video we’ve been working on for the last month. We know there is another video out

CHANGE comes to the Arts?

February 5, 2009
/   From The Print Edition

No other candidate presented a program that went into as much detail as Obama’s, and if he manages to implement some of his campaign promises the outcome could be very encouraging for both art education programs and working artists.

Words are beautiful, ugly, complex and dull. They are all-encompassing. Sometimes they provide answers, and sometimes their presence only stifles a situation. I have always had a love-hate relationship with words, which is why I study them so intently.

The way that language behaves in space is hardly as static as its presentation on paper. The sound, gestures, and environments that accompany a spoken word play into its meaning, casting it anew each time it is used. In this sense, words are dynamic. I envisioned them as chemical reactions: cascading through space and responding to the atmosphere.

Transelemental is a study of language through chemistry. Here, I used the abbreviations found on the periodic table of elements in order to spell out words. Each word then became a combination of elements that took on different behaviors.

Al2O3Ne was the first word I studied. I was drawn to it because it is so of- ten used as a negative word. Nobody wants to be Al2O3Ne. But, I was curious to see how that word actually behaved in space. Would it be bland or spectacular? Would it smell weird? How would it sound?

To find answers, I went to The University of Chicago and worked with scientists to combine the elements within Al2O3Ne and create a reaction. Through its chemical tendencies, Al2O3Ne revealed some surprising characteristics. Its reaction as paired with its etymology does not make it out to be as tragic a word as most assume.

An Analysis of Al2O3Ne

Al2O3Ne is a word comprised of aluminum, oxygen and neon. When energy is added, the reaction is subtle. Aluminum and oxygen bond to form a compound, which creates a solid layer. Neon disperses because it is forced into an atmosphere that it does not want to be part of.

Neon flees from other elements for a reason: its outer shell has all the electrons it needs. It cannot fit anymore; therefore, it does not have the room to share a bond with anything else.

When neon was forced into the Al2O3Ne atmosphere in the lab, it took up space that would have normally been filled with more oxygen. Although neon does not try to bond with other elements, it still had an effect in the space. The formation of the aluminum oxide layer became more sporadic, generating tiny crystals.

The crystals were quite beautiful. Separated, they each stood out and shone brighter than the unified layer they would form without neon.

Neon is considered chemically stable. Although it only interacts with the environment for a fleeting moment before shooting in the opposite direction, its presence leaves a mark.

As the aluminum oxide crystals continue to be submerged in neon gas, the neon particles that have long since drifted away continue their trajectory, completely uninterested in bonding even with their other neon companions. Each atom floats on, complete on its own, infinitely Al2O3Ne.

Unlike neon, aluminum and oxygen seek bonds with elements around them. In Al2O3Ne, aluminum and oxygen bond with the application of energy: a new entity that would never exist if they had remained apart.

Aluminum and oxygen complete one another. The crystallized compound they form is glimmering and structural.

Al2O3Ne comes from the combination of “all” plus “one,” an origin that seems to suggest that something that is Al2O3Ne is stable but comprised of multiple parts.

The reaction of Al2O3Ne leaves us with two scenarios of completeness.

Alexia Casanova

Marseille - London - Mexico - Chicago. Arts Editor of F Newsmagazine. Arts Management Grad Student at SAIC.

Jessica Barrett Sattell

Design & Tech Writer. Web Editor of F Newsmagazine + Arts Journalism Grad Student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Troy Pieper

A writer and editor based in Chicago, Illinois. I provide fresh, compelling arts and culture content to a variety of publications and write powerful, targeted copy for a range of institutions.

Alyssa Moxley

Alyssa Moxley graduated SAIC with an MFA in Sound. Using multiple voices, microphone techniques, field recording, music, sound design, and speaker placement, she plays with memory as both a personal and shared medium.

Sarah Wheat

Sarah is the Social Media Manager for F Newsmagazine as well as a graduate student in Modern and Contemporary Art History at SAIC.

Kimia Maleki

Kimia Maleki is a master’s candidate in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at SAIC.

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