LOOK: Top 5 Moments from TEDActive Conference, Day 2
By Elise Hennigan; Photos by James Duncan Davidson on March 1, 2013
Day Two of TED Talks played host to plenty of provocative ideas, live performances and rally cries. Here are FILTER’s Top 5 moments from the TEDActive conference's second day in Palm Springs, CA.
1. Solo artist and one half of The Dresden Dolls Amanda Palmer [pictured above] lays out her belief that artists can and should be directly supported by fans via a patronage model.
2. “Sometimes I feel like I have already died,” Northeastern Chinese mouth harp musician Wang Li says solemnly into the microphone, effectively silencing the room. Li produces a dubby electronic beat that impossibly comes only from his mouth and the kouxiang.
3. Yu “Jordy” Fu fuses art, design and architecture. Images of her work were so stunning, a speech may not have been necessary.
4. South Central LA’s Ron Finley is a renegade gardener. Like 26.5 million Americans, Finley lives in a food desert—an area without adequate access to fresh fruits and vegetables. His solution: grow your own food. “Gardening is the most therapeutic and defiant act you can do, especially in the inner city,” Finley says. “Plus, you get strawberries.”
5. 15-year old Jack Andraka describes how he created a paper pancreatic cancer censor that costs three cents — about 26,000 times less expensive than the current pancreatic test. The test takes five minutes.
Coming up: Peter Gabriel is building an inter-species Internet (read: Internet for animals), Argo director Ben Affleck makes a surprise appearance at TED and Hyeonseo Lee, a North Korean refugee, talks about her arduous escape from her country.