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November Edition II: Ultimate Events Happening Soon

With each new day, you can guarantee that some very bright people are planning get-togethers designed to have massive impacts for everyone involved. The settings can be musical, artistic, creative, academic or business-focused; these are events you hear about before saying, “that sounds awesome,” and “sign me up.” This actively researched and updated blog series is my answer to helping people learn about ultimate events on a timely basis.

Follow this link to the official Events listing for this year’s Live Design International (LDI) Show, running 13-19 November: http://www.ldishow.com Read more

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2017 Sundance Film Festival


Welcome to another year where I will be viewing all the excitement of the Sundance Film Festival from afar. What happens in Park City between Jan. 19 and 29 is sure to define the sensational in independent film for the immediate future. It’s been awhile since I attended, but I’m confident it’s still a whirlwind of snow, screenings, parties, great meals, skiing, and distribution deals. Now, thanks to Twitter, the Festival news stream is at our fingertips. Read more

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Leviathan and V Squared project Drake and friends

Following the success of several recent live performance projection mapping feats, design-focused, Chicago-based production studio Leviathan partnered once again with its frequent collaborator VJ Vello Virkhaus and V Squared Labs… this time for platinum selling, Grammy nominated recording artist Drake’s sold out OVO Festival, which took place in Toronto in early August. The stage’s structural set consisted of gigantic columns with retractable scrims, upon which a barrage of animated type, colorful patterns and ambient effects were projected. To highlight performances by musical guest Stevie Wonder, the team utilized a Kinect sensor to capture a surreal point-cloud avatar of the artist, which was projected live on the set for more than 16,000 fans in attendance.

Updated news on Drake, announcements on his forthcoming album release and his live concert appearances are available at facebook.com/drake and on his website at octobersveryown.blogspot.com.

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Sharing secrets: Kinect hacking

The fascinating video featured with this story was just released in May, and it’s already aging. It ran with the Wired story “Six Months Later, Kinect Hacks Flourish” to coincide with a presentation by computer scientist Johnny Chung Lee at Wired’s Disruptive by Design business conference, and since then, the phenomenon has literally taken the tech and creative worlds by storm. The author of that article is Dave Mosher, who also interviewed Mr. Lee at Disruptive by Design — and has a new feature in this month’s Wired entitled “Kinect Hackers Are Changing the Future of Robotics.” This subject is quickly making headway in many industries. For example, at the recent Creativity and Technology (CaT) business conference, Sam Travis Ewen pointed to it as one of three areas of technology that are impacting the art of engagement. Don’t miss Alexandra Bruell’s detailed Ad Age story on Mr. Ewen here: “How Kinect Hacking, Augmented Reality Is Changing Marketing.” In case you’re wondering, the two other developments he put the spotlight on were augmented reality and projection mapping.

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