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Thank You Internet...for this drawing of a unicorn that actually plays music

Catch up on the online art news you missed, because that made-in-Toronto MIDI unicorn is just the beginning.

Catch up on the online art news you missed, because that made-in-Toronto MIDI unicorn is just the beginning

Thank You Internet: Happy International Women's Day... Week!

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This is your required reading, viewing and sharing for the weekend. Phil Leung is our resident curator of artful web junk on Exhibitionists, and these are the five best things he's seen online this week. 2:15

Phil Leung curates the best of the web for Exhibitionistsand these are the five best things he's seen this week. Consider it required reading — viewing and sharing — for the weekend.

This is what a unicorn sounds like

Toronto YouTuber (and former Exhibitionist in Residence) Andrew Huang created a 22-second melody by drawing a picture of a unicorn in MIDI notes, and it sounds as magical as it looks. In the video, Huang even shows you how he put it together.

Get lost in a "Forest of Numbers"

Is this what time travel looks like? Architect Emmanuelle Moureau created this amazing installation, "Forest of Numbers," for the National Art Center in Tokyo's 10th anniversary. It fills a 2,000 square-metre space with more than 60,000 rainbow-coloured numerals, and each layer represents 10 years of time. It's a math-lover's dream — and an art lover's, too.

Installation view of Forest of Numbers by Emmanuelle Moureaux. (Photo: Daisuke Shima/www.emmanuellemoureaux.com)

This new smartwatch re-invents the "touch screen"

A South Korean developer spent three years creating The Dot, a gorgeous braille smartwatch designed for the visually impaired. And it has all the same technical features, including a Bluetooth connection, texting capabilities — and, best of all, open-source software to develop apps. Watch as people react to using this design wonder for the first time.

Halifax artist Pamela Ritchie wins Governor General's Award

The Halifax designer and NSCAD University professor received a Governor General's Award March 1 at Rideau Hall. Ritchie creates stunning jewelry inspired by breakthroughs in science history. You might think of jewelry as merely ornamental, but she discusses how a pendant or brooch can be a work of art in this Canada Council video. Take a look.

The best augmented-reality book ever?

After a successful campaign on Kickstarter, Australian artist Sutu is releasing Prosthetic Reality, a collection featuring 45 international artists and sound designers. The book is best-viewed using an app called EyeJack — and like a lot of augmented-reality books on the market, when you place your phone over the pages, the illustrations will come alive. But to Phil's eyes, Prosthetic Reality is the most innovative example of the tech he's ever seen, combining illustration, animation, engineering and a whole lot of mad genius.

Send Phil a tip for next week's Thank You Internet! Tweet him at @PhilLeungFilms.

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