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Media Spotlight: Creators

Creators is VICE’s arts and culture platform, covering every aspect of the creative process. Its mission is to make art more accessible to a wider audience with diverse voices reporting on emergent arts and artists.

From sculpture and light projections to street art and dance, the platform’s curators and contributors immerse themselves in cultural hotbeds and travel to the far corners of the globe to explore the spectacle and color of making art today. Read more

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Artists: Submit to The Blooom Award by Warsteiner by 31 July

You don’t have to be a fan of beer to love Warsteiner, Germany’s largest privately owned brewery, which has now been owned and operated by the Cramer family for 264 years. Brauerei Warsteiner has had a close relationship with the arts for more than thirty years – starting with Andy Warhol, who immortalized the Warsteiner Pilsner glass to help launch the Warsteiner Art Collection. In 2010, Warsteiner established The Blooom Award to offer young creatives in Germany a chance to get their start in the international art market. Since 2012, the competition has been opened up to artists all around the world in the fields of art, design, urban art and film. Applications are due by 31 July. Read more

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150 Media Stream Experiential Installation Debuts in Chicago, Calls for Future Artistic Submissions

Featured artist: Kurt Kaminski. Photo credit: Nick Ulivieri, http://nuphoto.com

CHICAGO – Having opened its doors in Chicago on Feb. 13, the 150 North Riverside Plaza has unveiled the 150 Media Stream, a digital art installation unlike anything in the United States.

The lobby of Riverside Investment & Development (Riverside)’s stunning, 53-story office tower designed by architect Goettsch Partners will serve as 150 Media Stream’s permanent home. A transit-oriented development located alongside the Chicago River in the West Loop, the award-winning project’s flagship tenants include the global headquarters of renowned investment bank William Blair and Company, iconic hotelier Hyatt Corporation, Navigant Consulting, as well as the Chicago office of Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli. The project also includes a dynamic restaurant concept by Four Corners Tavern Group and restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff.

Commissioned by Riverside and curated by Creative Director Yuge Zhou, 150 Media Stream’s display concept and physical structure were designed by McCann Systems in cooperation with media firm Digital Kitchen. McCann Systems then led the design-build process, with specialized creative agency Leviathan engaged to produce the initial artistic content. Read more

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Mark your calendar: High-value events coming soon to NYC, Boston, LA, beyond

I hope May is off to a great start for you. Here’s what I’ve gathered for you in this new edition of my 12x Learning Optimizer series, which provides timely information on upcoming, highly valuable business opportunities for thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, creatives, producers and artists. Read more

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Art Basel keeps bringing artwork to the global stage

Starting soon and running through 6 Dec., Art Basel returns to Miami Beach for its 14th edition, extending the renown for Switzerland’s Art Basel which over the past 41 years has become the world’s most prestigious art show. The Miami Beach event will once again unite top galleries in its very special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design spread throughout the Art Deco District. Altogether, it’s a thrilling, immersive experience allowing art lovers to discover new developments in contemporary art in the presence of rare, museum-calibre artworks.

Looking ahead to 2016, this premier international art show will land in Hong Kong 24-26 March, then return to Basel, Switzerland, 16-19 June. Details for all events are available at http://artbasel.com.

Also worth noting, Art Basel recently launched a crowdfunding initiative in partnership with Kickstarter. Read more

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October 2015 desktop calendar


Featured Image: “Scarecrows of the Desert” Scottsdale, Arizona, by imagemaker Tommy Ewasko.

Tommy writes: “It is always quite an education to photograph the desert, a place where you quickly gain a huge respect for both wildlife and nature itself. All around Scottsdale, the Saguaro seem like sentries guarding the desertscape. Some may have been there for more than a century. Read more

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Celebrating the late, great DUMBO Arts Festival

Back in 1997, a very ambitious dream came to life at the hands of Joy Glidden and Tyson Daugherty, who were residents of the DUMBO or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass area of Brooklyn. Thanks to their dedication, the first D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival kicked-off, using the neighborhood’s unique urban landscape and its gifted occupants to vibrantly showcase new art and ideas. Since then, the highly successful event has been presented every year in late September, thanks to Glidden and Daugherty’s stewardship via the DUMBO Arts Center through 2009, and thanks to Two Trees Management Company since then.

While the DUMBO Arts Festival grew to welcome more than 200,000 visitors each year for its eclectic and popular mix of film screenings, live music, fashion shows, performances, open studios and arts-centered activities for all agees, from all appearances, its time has now passed. The event’s official website http://dumboartsfestival.com refers to the festival’s closure after 2014. Read more

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Best-case scenario: Kathryn Hempel, Cutters Studios

Generally speaking, on the best days, my job breaks down to a careful balance of art and craft. I’m hoping that this art/craft angle will be an interesting way to talk about some others I admire, and what we’re achieving together. Due to the uncommon success of our joint efforts, I’m choosing Kathryn Hempel and all her colleagues at Cutters Studios as the perfect subjects to explore a new variation on the classic case study, which I’m calling a “Best-Case Scenario.”

With love to director Brad Tucker for putting us all in contact, a lot went into making Cutters Studios a solid fit for me when we joined forces last year. The very first “Cutters” commercial editorial facility had opened in Chicago 34 years earlier, but by January 2014, the parent Cutters Studios group was also operating studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and Tokyo… spanning all aspects of commercial production, post-production and creative development. Relatively soon after partnering up, I learned about the Always #likeagirl campaign that Kathryn was editing for Leo Burnett and Chelsea Pictures director Lauren Greenfield, and I had a chance to counsel everyone on all the ways we might use PR to promote the work and everyone behind it.

By then, I already had a very good sense of what sets Cutters apart: Read more

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