“New York has closed itself off to the young and the struggling. But there are other cities. Detroit. Poughkeepsie. New York City has been taken away from you. So my advice is: Find a new city.”
So you’re making your weekend plans in New York, and you can’t decide between taking in some art or going to an open-source hackathon. Dear reader, I sympathize; we all have these dilemmas. Art and technology center Eyebeam have teamed up with internet technology giant Mozilla, and they have you covered. From Eyebeam: “Open(Art) is a joint initiative launched by Eyebeam and Mozilla to support creativity at the intersection of art and the open web.” Their exhibit runs from July 12 – August 10, 2013, with an opening reception on Friday, July 12 from 6-8pm and workshops on Saturday, July 13 from 12-3pm. The workshops are free, but registration is required. (Want more? There’s a Mozilla Maker Party for teens on July 15th from 10am-3pm. The Moving <img> Storytelling workshop will cover stop-motion animation, rotoscoping, pixilation, and several types of animated GIF.)
Watching the Beck’s Edison Bottle reminded me of a short doc I saw a while back at IFP’s Film Week – Up There is a twelve-minute short doc on the fading art of hand-painted billboard signs in New York.
It was written by the filmmaker and funded by Stella Artois, but they’re never mentioned in the film. Instead, they’re the subject of the handpainted sign we see the painters working on. This is branded content as truly valuable content in its own right, where the filmmaker rather than the brand crafts the message, and both come away happy. When I saw the makers of this doc interviewed at IFP, you could see the funding model opening up whole mental vistas of possibility for all the starting doc filmmakers in the audience, but this is a tough gig to find, and the right funder and the right content is a tough match to make. Continue reading
I’m a sucker for two things in particular: interesting ways of projecting sound and light, and projects that mix scientists and artists, preferably in bizarre and idealistic ways. (Anyone can make digital art. It’s making magic happen that’s hard.)
Urban Word NYC is a literacy group bringing poetry to New York City teens. Ideas City is a festival celebrating the arts and urban creativity. The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund puts money in the hands of projects that combine scientists, artists, educators, and kids outside the classroom. Stick them in a blender. Mix well. What you get is the Words on Walls project at the Ideas City Festival, where teen poets work with software to project their words onto the walls, steps, and surfaces of the city as they read their work. Continue reading