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Posts from 2009

world’s largest daylight viewable 3D display

Niles Creative Group and Barco have collaborated to create the world's largest daylight-viewable 3D display.

Since its grand opening in June 2008, The Comcast Experience goal has been to transform a public transportation hub into the city’s artistic focal point. For this year’s Christmas Spectacular, Comcast enlisted the talents of the New York-based Niles Creative Group to take the presentation to the next level ‚Äö√Ñ√Æ specifically, 3D. For David Niles, founder of the Niles Creative Group, the task was challenging on many levels: how to produce a show in 3D at five times the resolution of high-definition television, how to switch the LED wall between 2D and 3D playback, and how to achieve the level of brightness and contrast required to properly display 3D in broad daylight.

With standing-room-only crowds in attendance at Philadelphia’s Comcast Center, the 18-minute 3D Christmas Spectacular runs hourly through the end of the year.

To see video of projects on the wall, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSRcDrCse7c

babelgum metropolis art prize videos screening in times square

Times Square Alliance presents a free public screening across three Jumbotron monitors in Times Square of the nine winning art videos from the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize. The prize is an international search for the best and edgiest artists sponsored by Babelgum, the independent web and mobile content provider.

The proceedings will be started by Isabella Rossellini, the actress and video artist, who served as chair of the jury for the contest. She will be alongside an antique electric chair to herald the premiere of Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair, an art video short co-directed by the actress and Guy Maddin.

The event is the latest innovative effort by the Times Square Alliance to make art more accesible to the people of New York. The screening with be followed by an awards presentation at Chelsea’s Jonathan Levine Gallery, where SweatShoppe, better known for their street side video painting performances, will be turning the white walled gallery into a dark room featuring holographic 3D video mixed in real time.

To view the videos, see: http://www.babelgum.com/metropolisartprize

To view the event in Times Square see; http://www.babelgum.com/browser.php#play/SEARCH,channelID:180484,hint_no_featured:1,order:MOST_RECENT/1,4021263

snorks by loris greaud in times square

The dark abyss of the ocean is the place on Earth that we know the least about. It is populated by photo-luminescent creatures that flicker to the rhythm of their environments sound frequencies to produce undersea ‘light-shows', a behavior that inspired the concept behind French artist Loris Greaud’s ambitious new project.

Snorks by Loris Greaud is a Performa Premiere developed in collaboration with Performa, MIT Sea Grant College Program, and Carnegie Mellon. This ongoing project launched on November 19, 2009, in Abu Dhabi with breathtaking fireworks designed by the internationally acclaimed pyrotechnicians Groupe F that will recreated the bioluminescence of deep-sea creatures, featuring the experimental hip hop group Antipop Consortium.

This was followed by the New York premiere of this presentation (recorded in HD and 35 mm) presented on the Times Square LED screens of News Astrovision by Panasonic, NASDAQ and Thomson Reuters as part of the Performa 09 biennial.

Loris Greaud is a cross-disciplinary artist whose fields of interest and activity range from architecture to quantum mechanics, from experimental film to electronic music (he has founded both a movie studio and a record label). His work, is oriented toward ideas and processes rather than finished forms, frequently involving collaborations with scientists or experts in various disciplines. Greaud was born in 1979 in Eaubonne.

View the video of Snorks by Loris Gerard at; http://www.youtube.com/user/TimesSquarePublicArt#p/a/u/1/YEEXt5u9Sb8

toronto passes billboard tax for the arts

Toronto city councillors have approved a new tax on billboards in the city. The Council voted 29-12 to accept a recommendation to implement the tax, which is expected to generate about $10.4 million for the city.

Part of that money is expected to be used to pay for arts programs in the city. City staff, Mayor David Miller and artist advocacy groups all welcomed the move.

Devon Ostrom, who is part of a group called beautifulcity.ca, took up the cause to introduce the tax as a means to raise money for public art and improve the city’s visual landscape. He said council’s decision to support the tax is a major win.

“Most other forms of advertising give something back in exchange of attention,” he told CBC News. “If you look at TV, you get 45 minutes of content for 15 minutes of advertising. With magazines, it’s about 50-50, and with newspapers it’s the same.”

But that rule doesn’t apply to billboards and he feels the new law helps to rectify the balance.

Council will still have to make a final decision during next year’s budget process on how to spend the new money and Coun. Rob Ford said supporters of the tax shouldn’t count on all the money being spent on the arts.

Some members of the billboard advertising industry feel the tax is unfair, and are considering legal action.The new tax takes effect next April.

Source: CBC News

Another issue highlighted during this process was the widespread illegal use of signs in the area

Changes to the zoning variance process will make approving new signs more difficult which will hopefully work to the more considered use of screens and signage in public spaces.

In Toronto Rami Tabello, who runs IllegalSigns.ca estimates that about half of the city’s billboards were illegal.

Toronto certainly isn’t alone in tackling the tide of illegal signs. Andrew Pask, director of the Vancouver Public Space Network, says that his organization has been running a billboard survey similar to the one at IllegalSigns.ca. He estimates that half of Vancouver’s billboards are not compliant with the city’s most recent bylaws, despite an expired five-year sunset clause

For an overview of one rationale for billboard tax see; http://www.beautifulcity.ca/bcbf/BC-WhyArts.pdf

urban screens toronto – call for submissions

Call for Interactive Media And Video Art

Explore what is possible with creative access to interactive, locally and globally connected screens; real-time, content-rich experiences on digital screens in our public space.

The exhibition I am here; what can we do? is part of Urban Screens Toronto 2010, an international urban screens conference and exhibition taking place between September 24th-30th; produced in collaboration with the International Urban Screens Association (IUSA).

Urban Screens Toronto 2010 will promote a multifaceted approach to exploring the growing appearance of moving images in urban space and the global transformation of public culture in the context of networked forms of urban screens. It will build on the successful events held in Amsterdam, Manchester, and Melbourne and will be the first international Urban Screens conference held in North America.

Through an integrated program of keynote lectures, panel sessions, workshops, curated screenings and multimedia projects, it will bring together leading Canadian and international artists and curators, architects and urban planners, designers, ad agencies and brand managers, screen operators and content providers, academics, activists, policymakers, technology manufacturers, software developers and public intellectuals.

I am here; what can we do?

Public Call For:

New or existing experimental, interactive artwork suitable for urban screens.

Short-format video works relevant for presentation on urban screens.

Interactive Design & advertising works created for urban screens including past commercial interactive work from advertising agencies and designers.

Student work interactive and video work by students from any institution worldwide.

Themes include, but are not limited to: The meeting point of the real and the virtual; work that incorporates media technology and contemporary building/architectural technology; user-generated content; multi-site, networked projects; work that addresses public spaces and civic engagement.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Submission deadline: MARCH 1 2010

Submission format: Please submit PDF files only, no larger than 3 MB.

Proposals should include:

1) Brief 50-word summary of your artwork

2) Full proposal or description of the project (maximum 2 pages)

3) Maximum 10 images, URL where work can be found online

4) Documentation of this work if it has previously be exhibited, or of another exhibited work by the artist.

3) Detailed list of technical requirements

4) Curriculum Vitae (maximum 3 pages)

Fees: There is no entry fee. Reasonable presentation fees will be paid, for new and existing interactive work and videos. Fees will not be paid for design & advertising work. Students will not receive a fee, but will be automatically considered for a prize. Please note that we cannot fund the creation of new work.

Submit: In the subject line: URBAN SCREENS PROPOSAL

Email to JURY at: urbanscreenstoronto@gmail.com

The jury will be comprised of Toronto Urban Screens committee members Michelle Kasprzak, Janine Marchessault, Gabe Sawhney, Suzanne Stein and Sharon Switzer.

Notification: April 1, 2010

submit polaroids for a billboard in times square

To raise awareness for The Impossible Project's cause to save analog Instant Photography, Clear Channel Spectacolor has generously offered The Impossible Project space on a billboard in Times Square, NYC. As the public's passion and talent are the inspiration for the cause, they are asking for submissions of Polaroid photos to display that in some way references Edwin Land’s quote ‘Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible'.

Send whatever comes to your mind. Selected images (no violent or “mature” content will be considered) will be presented in a spot on the billboard as well as on the website. Requirements as follows;

- Polaroid photo including frame (.jpg, minimal width: 1000px / scan at 300dpi)

- a corresponding statement

- the credit you would like to indicate (name/ alias / homepage / anonymous)

Submissions must be received by December 20th, 12.00 pm CET sharp at: timessquare@theimpossibleproject.com

For more information about the Impossible Project, see; http://www.theimpossibleproject.com

polaroid

season of light, helsinki

Helsinki will celebrate the beginning of the year 2010 with two light-art installations by Mikki Kunttu in the Season of Light event.

These installations will shroud both the Senate Square and the Parliament House in a multitude of colours, turning the Helsinki city centre into a scene of a bright event that contrasts with the darkest season of the year.

At the Senate Square, ‘Reflections' will be a journey to the past and fantasy. The square and its surrounding buildings will return to 1852, when St. Nicholas' Church (today Helsinki Cathedral) was inaugurated. History blending with fantasy, vines will grow on the cathedral's pillars, and the cathedral walls will be the backdrop to an interplay of lights, colours, shadows and textures. The visual effects will be accompanied and enhanced by sound effects created by composer and sound designer Kasperi Laine.

‘Oratoribus' at the Parliament House will highlight the timeless and venerable character of the building, exploring its details and accentuating the building's special place in the Finnish psyche.

Reflections and Oratoribus will debut on Friday, January 1, 2010 at 8 pm (20:00). On subse-quent days through January 6, Reflections will play at 30-minute intervals from 5 pm to 11 pm (17:00-23:00) and Oratoribus nonstop from 4 pm to 9 am (16:00-9:00).

The Season of Light pays close attention to energy consumption, primarily making use of the energy efficient LED technology. With the event, Helsinki seeks to become the city of light of the Baltic region.

The Season of Light is organized by the City of Helsinki in cooperation with Helsinki's Energy company Helsingin Energia. More at http://www.seasonoflight.fi

babelgum metropolis art prize videos screening in times square

Times Square Alliance presents a free public screening across three Jumbotron monitors in Times Square of the nine winning art videos from the Babelgum Metropolis Art Prize. The prize is an international search for the best and edgiest artists sponsored by Babelgum, the independent web and mobile content provider.

The proceedings will be started by Isabella Rossellini, the actress and video artist, who served as chair of the jury for the contest. She will be alongside an antique electric chair to herald the premiere of Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair, an art video short co-directed by the actress and Guy Maddin.

The event is the latest innovative effort by the Times Square Alliance to make art more accesible to the people of New York. The screening with be followed by an awards presentation at Chelsea’s Jonathan Levine Gallery, where SweatShoppe, better known for their street side video painting performances, will be turning the white walled gallery into a dark room featuring holographic 3D video mixed in real time.

To view the videos, see: http://www.babelgum.com/metropolisartprize

urban screens reader launch – review

YMag review of the launch of the urban screens reader

http://www.ymag.it/2009/12/07/urban-screens-trouw-amsterdam/

media facades festival call for submissions

MEDIA FACADES FESTIVAL EUROPE 2010 is calling for creative people such as artists, media producers, interaction designers, filmmakers, software developer, urbanists and digital poets to develop site-specific contents which also function in a European context.

While the 2008 MFF explored the social and cultural potential of urban screens, the Media Facades Festival 2010 will connect Europe-wide urban screens and media facades in joint broadcasting events from 27 August to 3 October 2010.

The public audience will be involved in an intercultural dialogue and exchange via digital screens in the cities of Berlin, Helsinki, Liverpool, Brussels, Linz, Budapest and Madrid. The festival encourages art projects that create a dialogue to connect the local public virtually with the other places through the networked infrastructure of digital screens and media facades.

As well as the MFF, works will be presented at the Liverpool Biennal and the Nuit Blanche in Brussels at the end of September / beginning October 2010.

The Media Facades Festivals are initiated by Susa Pop and Mirjam Struppek / Public Art Lab. The MFF 2010 is supported by the European Union / Culture 2007-13 Programme, DKLB Foundation and Senate for Economy, Technology and Women / Project Future Berlin and realized in cooperation with m-cult / Helsinki, FACT / Liverpool, iMAL / Brussels, Ars Electronica Futurelab / Linz, Kitchen Budapest and Medialab-Prado / Madrid.

Deadline Jan 06 2010. For compete call details see; http://www.mediafacades.eu/mff2010_curatorial_call.pdf

For futher informations, please contact Susa Pop / Public Art Lab / Berlin info@mediafacades.eu