April 5, 2009
Thursday, April 30 at 7pm
PANEL: IS DETROIT REALLY THE NEW BERLIN?
This panel discussion will focus on “New Urban Models” and how Detroit may be a unique incubator for those ideas. The successes and failures of models presented by other cities, and how they may be implemented in the city of Detroit today, will be explored by a panel including:
Anirban Adhya — SYNCH Research Group, College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University
Luis Croquer — MOCAD Director and recent New York transplant
Catherine Kelly — Publisher of The Michigan Citizen newspaper
Gina Reichert — Design 99 and Detroit Unreal Estate Agency
Jim Yanchula — Manager, Urban Design & Community Development City of Windsor
for more information visit these links:
College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University
The Michigan Citizen
Windsor, Ontario Urban Design & Community Development
March 22, 2009
I must admit that I am skeptical of this idea of ‘New Beauty’.
My question is, if we are talking about ‘new’ beauty, does this imply that we are sick of the ‘old’ stuff? Do we need a flex-fuel version to update our taste for Dave Hickey’s customized muscle car beauty? Or instead that we at some point lost contact with beauty and are now ready to become friends again?[or maybe we can simply ‘follow’ each other]
I am personally more compelled by the issues of gifts brought up yesterday. Although I would argue that Lewis Hyde’s The Gift now trumps Mauss as the appropriate text. Importantly, Hyde notes that in terms of art traits of gift exchange and commodities can exist simultaneously-and that they are not mutualy exclusive. It is a matter of emphasis which is crucial. Also, a ‘gift which cannot be given away ceases to be a gift’. So in what ways can we give our work away? Is the making/ presenting of it enough? Should we show up on the doorsteps of strangers sculptures in hand? Do we need to modify our practices to make them more conducive to gifting?
My suspicion is that some notions of beauty can be found through the unpacking of questions such as these.
February 4, 2009
“Ideas Worth Spreading” is the catch phrase for the TED conference, which is taking place this week in Long Beach, CA. The annual conference is designed to allow those who are changing the fields of science, technology and/or art in a significant way an opportunity to present their work to an audience of brilliant, well connected and often wealthy folks. I became interested in TED after learning that Rosie O’Donnell ( a genius in my mind) was trying to figure out how to gain access to the TED Talks. These “talks” are a series of lectures that are presented in rapid succession on varying topics such as turning your Wii controller into a digital whiteboard or how the E8 pattern might well destroy String theory, which much of our theoretical physics is based on.
I bring this up for a few reasons, first TED made the talks accessible via the Internet for free (Dues for TED are $6,000/yr), so everyone should be checking them out. I would highly recommend:
I also bring this up because this week is the conference! So, we will soon see a new batch of videos that I am very excited sort through and find the jewels. Also this Thursday TED will be presenting the TED prize live.
Lastly, since I am so excited about information sharing I will add-on a link to Edward Winkleman’s blog on which he has generously broken down some serious tips for those looking to work with a commercial art gallery at some point in their career.
peace out cub scouts