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02 Feb 12

Pretty amazing, when you think about it: a house built from shredded decommissioned European currencies, a protest against the Euro being foisted on Ireland...
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A cheap flood of credit at the introduction of the single currency caused an extensive property bubble in the early 2000s. However, following its rapid decline, the euro has left Ireland amassed with derelict and empty building, and faced with a deep recession which forced it to accept a humiliating EU bailout last year.
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14 Dec 11

Brilliant! :-)
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...the urban emoticon accurately communicates its host city’s gefühlszustand according to “mood data” obtained using integrated software which analyzes photos of the faces of passing pedestrians and processes emotions out of them. Mechanical armatures modulate the face’s expression in real-time, making it appear by turns happy, sad, or apathetic with corresponding gestures (smiley, frown, and blank).
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27 Oct 11

Terrific article by G. Roger Denson on Claudia Hart.
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It's a prejudice that signals many of us are largely unaware that the pinnacle of artistry has, with the use of the computer and virtual effects software, turned a full 360 degrees in shifting, first from hand-eye coordination in painting, then to automatic reproduction in photography and film, and now back to the hand-eye coordination of 3D computer animation and virtual effects. Whether or not this means that CGI and 3D animation will become the dominant future mode of painting is to be contended. But Hart's 3D projected paintings suggest that were Goya, Rubens, Delacroix and Ingres alive today, CGI would be their medium of choice.
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02 Oct 11

Strange idea (given historical notions of patronage), but interesting: selling public art that's no longer wanted to private buyers.
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This is an idea that’s taken hold in the Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, where large-scale sculptures are installed for temporary display in a local park. Known as Patricia’s Green, the park plays host to a variety of art pieces, most of them brought about through the support of the Black Rocks Art Foundation, a group run by the organizers of the Burning Man festival. In coordination with the Hayes Valley Art Coalition, the group arranges for sculptures built for the Burning Man event to take on temporary residence in the park. Ranging from a few months to a few years, these residences end and new sculptures are installed.
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05 Jul 11

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Harvard has no glassy campus pond or placid central green, like many universities do. The Yard, which is the closest thing to a traditional campus green, is dotted with buildings. The tight-knit closeness of the University’s structures, the breadth of their styles, the pocket greenery, and the bustling, untamed public square at Harvard’s core make it an unusual campus, one where faculty and students have to interact regularly.
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“The future intellectual direction of Harvard will be linked to its physical planning and architectural path,” Mostafavi said.

“When there is more and more discussion around collaboration and transdisciplinary practices, the question is: What kind of space do you need for that work?” he added.
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11 May 11

Do you have a (personal) manifesto?
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Manifestos are a powerful catalyst. By publicly stating your views and intentions, you create a pact for taking action. (Movements from the American Revolution to Dogme 95 film to the Firefox web browser were all launched by manifestos.) If you want to change the world, even in just a small way, creating a personal or business manifesto is a great place to start.
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21 Feb 11

Fascinating; not exactly art + biomimicry (something I thought about a lot in years past), but resonant, nonetheless.
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Duprat, who was born in 1957, began working with caddis fly larvae in the early 1980s. An avid naturalist since childhood, he was aware of the caddis fly in its role as a favored bait for trout fishermen, but his idea for the project depicted here began, he has said, after observing prospectors panning for gold in the Ariège river in southwestern France. After collecting the larvae from their normal environments, he relocates them to his studio where he gently removes their own natural cases and then places them in aquaria that he fills with alternative materials from which they can begin to recreate their protective sheaths. He began with only gold spangles but has since also added the kinds of semi-precious and precious stones (including turquoise, opals, lapis lazuli and coral, as well as pearls, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds) seen here. The insects do not always incorporate all the available materials into their case designs, and certain larvae, Duprat notes, seem to have better facility with some materials than with others. Additionally, cases built by one insect and then discarded when it evolves into its fly state are sometimes recovered by other larvae, who may repurpose it by adding to or altering its size and form.
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02 Sep 10

Great piece by 4culture about storefrontseattle.com putting artists and art into (currently empty) storefronts downtown. Times are tough and the retail landscape looks sh*tty, but that's no reason to give in to looking crappy all around. Also, a strong argument here for keeping arts funding where it belongs (with the arts) versus giving everything over to social problems:
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...given the current levels of state, city and county spending on the arts, even if every culture dollar was reallocated for housing, we would not end homelessness. One should not be pitted against the other. A civil society is characterized by its ability to adopt policies and make investments that alleviate suffering, while at the same time encouraging activity that breeds increased creativity and economic growth.

The arts have long claimed to be an economic engine. There is ample evidence that the arts, heritage and culture spur increased economic activity. Economic impact studies conducted in our region over the past fifteen years quantify the jobs created and spending that results from attendance at festivals and theater, music and dance events, not to mention the inherent personal benefits to be gained by gathering with your friends and neighbors for a shared cultural experience.
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04 Jun 10

Interesting semi-permanent art project, by Miranda July (who's primarily a novelist):
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...a new public art installation, the comparatively terse “Eleven Heavy Things,” organized by Deitch Projects, which opened late last week in New York’s Union Square Park. (The installation will remain in the park through October 3rd.) The sculptures, many of which revolve around a line of text written in July’s own hand, prod the viewer into audience interaction. “What I look like when I’m lying,” reads one, a white tablet through which the viewer can stick his head. A trio of pedestals — labeled 'The Guilty One,' 'The Guiltier One,’ and ‘The Guiltiest One’ — asks participants to gauge (and flaunt) their general culpability. Three of the sculptures are wordless “headdresses,” decorative sculptures that July compares to the dialogue-free stretches of a movie: “The shapes are those parts of this piece.”
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21 May 10

Fine example of how LACMA leverages its web presence and uses it to connect to audiences.
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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has a reputation for being digital-savvy. Earlier this year, it was one of the first museums to bring exhibition catalogues online, beginning with out-of-print titles and moving on to include current material. Its blog, Unframed, is considered one the best museum blogs around; and now, in a move sparked by listening to what its audience wanted (“more images”), LACMA has launched a new all-collection landing page with an interesting “remix” option.
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04 Mar 10

Flavorwire's interview with Michael Sean Edwards, who moved to the East Village from Toronto in 1977 and has been documenting it ever since. A set of his images from 1978 to 1985 is now available on Flickr. Flavorwire also includes a slide-show with commentary by Edwards.

24 Feb 10

File this under amusing novelty?
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Chinese artist Shi Jinson created sculptures depicting baby accessories which would fit right in as toys for the Addams Family or for a future Terminator baby. Strollers, cribs, rattles, and walkers are made from razor-sharp blades, making a macabre and bizarre fine art collection.
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20 Feb 10

Interesting strategy: artists using billboards to counteract billboards and direct attention in other ways...

11 Feb 10

This sounds like a great initiative:
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Portland City Art is a public charity 501(c)(3) non-profit, whose mission is to serve the art community of Portland, by building upon the aspirations, vision and mission of the greater Portland art community and the businesses, organizations and individuals who support them, through organizing, creating and implementing solo and group art shows, art events, art forums and community art venues for the advancement of the arts and art community here in Portland.

The vision of Portland City Art is to bring together a diverse array of both local emerging and professional artists, in an environment and dynamic which positively facilitates their individual career paths and goals through art display, art sales and a community supported social function. Portland City Art will create an environment for which artists may successfully and easily connect with one another, share ideas, pursue collaboration and merge resources for which to sell their art and further their art career.

With the support of local businesses, charities, corporations, organizations and individuals who sponsor and contribute to Portland City Art events, we will successfully implement tangible, sustainable and comprehensive art shows, art sales and art careers for artists and the Portland art community at large, while also advancing, securing and investing in the future operations of Portland City Art as a charitable and resourceful non-profit organization.
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Something to model...

30 Jan 10

Wow... I love this! What an amazing piece:
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"In this interactive sculpture, thousands of recycled keyboard keys are embedded into a continuous textile. The keys spell out a line-by-line transcript of the email correspondence between the artist and fabricators regarding the creation of the artwork. As a result, the sculpture documents its own making. Viewers can also type their own messages on the active keys amid the first three rows of emails. These new messages are then projected onto the opposite end of the fabric, thereby continuing the virtual dialogue. The project speaks to the pervasiveness of email in our lives while commenting on the fact that, despite the modern technology of virtual communication, our written language is linked to the tactile sensation of moving our fingers over an outmoded typewriter system."
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23 Jan 10

Beautiful video of Aakash Nihalani creating his "tape art" interventiions in New York City's public spaces. By taking us with him (through his tape interventions) I think Nihalani is really re-imagining and re-seeing space, and that's an amazing gift to the rest of us.
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"When artist Aakash Nihalani moved from the suburbs to NYC he was compelled by its symmetry. As an organic response he started laying down tape on the streets and on buildings, creating brightly colored sticker tape boxes framing aspects of the city he wanted to show people, creating tableaus from real life. Both uncomfortable at potentially defacing property by using permanent materials, and enraged at the continued treatment of public artists as vandals, we join him as he brings 3D to his work for the first time, via use of mirrors and passers-by, and discuss why impermanence is important to the acceptance of street art."
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07 Apr 09

"MW2009 features speakers from around the world, presenting their latest work and research findings. Proposals have been peer-reviewed by an international Program Committee in a very competitive process. Selected authors should consult the Information for Authors."

07 Apr 09

Curators in Context dot CA is "art curators talk about curating." Page links to individual presentations. (Text and audio)

11 Feb 09

Portal page for Golan Levin, Pittsburgh artist & educator at Carnegie Mellon University. Runs Studio for Creative Inquiry.

03 Feb 09

Great website showcasing Ned Kahn's (typically public) art projects.

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