Tuesday’s Art Notes

BY Arts Desk  March 2, 2010 at 10:49 AM EST

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Zebra Finches fly to and from an electric guitar at an art installation in the Barbican’s Curve Gallery, London. The installation is a walkthrough aviary in gallery space inhabited by 40 birds, created by French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. The birds fly freely from bass guitars, guitars and cymbals as they feed and perch creating sounds as they move along the instruments which amplify the sounds through loudspeakers. Photo by Carl de Souza/ AFP/ Getty Images

Watch a video of Boursier-Mougenot’s installation on Eye-Teeth.

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Monday would have been Frederic Chopin’s 200 birthday, and to celebrate, there were concerts and the inauguration of a new Chopin museum in Warsaw. NPR has a roundup of great pianists playing works by the composer.

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Listening to Chopin won’t help you live to 200, but the Los Angeles Times picks apart myths about the effects of music on the brain in a health series on Monday.

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Hollywood film directors have evolved in their approaches to editing to create movies that are much more lifelike, or similar to the way we experience the world.

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A letter by the philosopher Descartes mysteriously turned up at Haverford College after being stolen more than a century ago.

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Two stories rethink the future potential of the architecture on waterways of major American cities. In San Francisco, a proposal to use the old Bay Bridge as the basis for a renewable energy structure. And in New York, visions for keeping the city dry despite rising tides.