Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Helps Fund Restoration of Rothkos at Harvard


NEW YORK, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at MIT Media Lab and Harvard University have restored five Rothko murals, stained over the years by light, smoke and cocktail debris. The unprecedented restoration method has an astonishingly accurate effect based on testimony from Rothko's own son, Rothko's other works and original photographs.
 
Critical funding for MIT Media Lab's innovation, came in part from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, which sponsors science research and established the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard with a $35 million dollar gift. Its founder, Jeffrey Epstein, is an avid supporter of MIT's Media Lab and MIT AI founder, Marvin Minsky.
 
The five murals were painted by Rothko in 1962 for Harvard's Graduate School of Design's dining room. Although Rothko insisted on fiberglass curtains to protect his work, excessive light flooded through the large windows and over the years, the murals were sloshed with cocktails, smoke and even graffiti. By the late 1970's, the murals were finally put into storage.
 
The innovative restoration was achieved with light projectors onto the paintings, restoring not the paintings themselves but capturing how they were originally viewed. The approach appeals to many art conservationists because the artist's elusive hand is left untouched. Leading the effort was Ramesh Raskar, Head of MIT Media Lab's Camera Culture research group. Raskar's team developed software that recorded the mural's original colors pixel by pixel. The original pixels came from digitally restored Ektachrome photos of the murals taken in 1964 and from a sixth mural that never made it to Harvard's dining halls. The original pixels were compared to contemporary photos of the murals and with the use of algorithms, the software created compensatory pixels to bridge the gap. The compensatory image was then projected onto the murals revealing their original splendor fifty years ago.

The extraordinary exhibit is currently on display at Harvard until July 2015.
 
"Although light projection is not new in art conservation, MIT Media Lab's ability to digitally and mathematically capture the difference between the faded paintings and the original sets an exciting precedent for art restoration around the world," Jeffrey Epstein noted.

SOURCE:
www.jeffreyepstein.org


               

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Artificial Intelligence Site...

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has launched a new website about our support of Artificial Intelligence around the world. Please visit us at: www.jeffreyepstein.net
 
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

Visit us at the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University.
 
 

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Blog: Launching Radical Emotional Software

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Blog: Launching Radical Emotional Software: http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2013/10/02/science-funder-jeffrey-epstein-launches-radical-emotional-software-for-the-gaming-indu...

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Blog: Launching Radical Emotional Software

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Blog: Launching Radical Emotional Software: http://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2013/10/02/science-funder-jeffrey-epstein-launches-radical-emotional-software-for-the-gaming-indu...

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Blog: Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Funds Critical Resea...

Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Blog: Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Funds Critical Resea...: From Reuters: NEW YORK , March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Crohns and Colitis Disease is a chronic disease of the lower intestinal tra...

Wild Aid and the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation Defend the Ban on Elephant Ivory

The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation, Along with Wild Aid, Applaud China's Largest Embargo on the Ivory Trade. The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation is proud to put its support behind WildAid Inc. and China's first real campaign to stop ivory poaching. Approximately a year ago, the Chinese government destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory in the city of Dongguan near Guangzhou. The elimination was the biggest crackdown on the Chinese ivory market to date. The embargo came directly after WildAid Inc.'s persistent efforts to raise awareness throughout China. To support Wild Aid, Prince William and football star, David Beckham among others, appeared in a TV broadcast message across on China.



Today, China is ivory's biggest market, so the crackdown is critical to saving wildlife in Africa, notably the elephant and Rhino. Wild Life statistics in Africa are still dismal: more than 35,000 African elephants die every year due to poaching and the illegal wildlife market continues to generate more than $10 billion in revenues.
 
Wild Aid Inc. was established by Peter Knights and Steve Trent in San Francisco more than ten years ago. Their unique mission is to eliminated the commercial demand for ivory, shark fin, whale blubber and all other elements that lead to the destruction of wild life and endangered animals. Using a vast network of celebrities and high media partners and outlets throughout the world, the organization produces high-impact campaigns leveraging more than $200 million a year, reaching more than 1 billion people per week. In 2006 for example, WildAid Inc. launched the first and tremendously successful multi-media campaign to reduce the demand for shark fin soup in China. Their message has always been is simple and direct: when the buying stops, the killing will too.
Jeffrey Epstein International and the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation continues to be a fervent advocate and supporter of Wild Aid Inc. and their high impact work reaching audiences and governments around the world.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Wild Aid Herald China's Embargo on the Ivory Trade.