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This is what Kerry Adams-Hapner, Director of City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, wanted everyone to know at the convening on creative placemaking at City Hall last Friday. The event, titled Platform: Building Networks to Catalyze Creative Urban Culture, brought together artists and arts-rooted businesses to talk more about creative urban culture and placemaking.
Creative placemaking, according to Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa, “animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired.” Markusen and Gadwa authored a white paper for the National Endowment for the Arts on creative placemaking, which cited San Jose’s Zero1 Biennial as a successful case of creative placemaking.
With the support of the National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, we're starting a new project called Loyalty Lab to change that. In the Loyalty Lab, we will develop a series of low-tech, low-cost strategies and systems for small institutions to track, celebrate, and act on personal interactions with visitors. I'm not talking about RFID chips for every visitor or a Nike+ system to track their every move. I'm talking about human-scale, simple, delightful ways to acknowledge people's involvement and encourage them to go deeper. It could be loyalty cards. It could be charm bracelets. It could be free hugs. We want to be as creative as possible in exploring the options.
Our goals are to:
Measure and increase membership acquisition and renewal
Measure and encourage repeat visitation
Increase participant perception of the MAH as a friendly place with
In the last few weeks, the LA Times, the NY Times and every visual arts and museum blog in America has been hashing and rehashing the situation at LA MOCA and the recent resignation/firing of Chief Curator Paul Schimmel. I've been following this story with great interest, not least because it encapsulates so much that is good, bad and complicated about running a nonprofit arts organization - of any sort - in today's world. Without going into the details, which are readily available to you on Culture Monster and any number of other arts blogs and/or web sites, let me make an observation.
Opening party: Wednesday, September 19 at 6:00 p.m.
The initial thought that often comes to mind upon hearing the word “Silicon Valley” is that of tech booms and electronic empires. However, Silicon Valley offers a depth beyond this that is frequently unseen. In partnership with San Jose’s ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network, SPUR and Hipstamatic invites you to go behind the digital veil with some of the Bay Area’s most skilled photographers as they present their personal interpretation of the theme of the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, "Seeking Silicon Valley", a proposal that contemporary art practices can re-imagine the idea, the place and the experience of Silicon Valley. Sponsored by Hipstamatic.
"The edgiest little media festival in the world!" -Joseph DeLappe, Director , Prospectives '12
Prospectives '12 International Festival of Digital Art highlights the work of graduate and Phd candidates working across all disciplines utilizing experimental digital media in their creative endeavors.
ZERO1 Alumni Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao will be exhibiting the fabulous new tent dress at Montalvo Arts Center on July 20th.
Also Geo Homsy will showcase Organograph, the winner of the San Jose Climate Clock Initiative. He will activate and discuss the sculpture during the evening.
This multidisciplinary event will feature newly-commissioned installations and works on loan, a spectacular projection on the historic Villa by Spanish artist Daniel Canogar, live performance, and music and dancing on the Great Lawn!
We are happy to announce that the exhibition for the 4th Biennial of Chilean Design, designed by MagiaLiquid, was included in the 2011 I.D. Annual Design Review. This is a very significant award and we're thrilled that the judges chose to recognize it in a field of entries that included amazing projects from agencies representing countries from all over the world.
As an organization focused on collegial collaboration—celebrating the best practices within educational institutions and private enterprise, we believe that FastForward 2012 will be the most stimulating and productive gathering we have hosted as we look ahead to the future of media, culture and arts education. In looking toward the trends and issues of the next ten years as a starting point, we are very pleased to announce David Gallo, Director of Special Projects, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, will be one of our keynote speakers at FastForward 2012 in Miami.
David Gallo is Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology from the State University of New York at Albany and a Doctorate degree in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. In 1987 he joined Robert Ballard’s team at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as Assistant Director of the Center for Marine Exploration.
For the past 25 years David has been at the forefront of ocean exploration. He has participated in expeditions to each of the world’s oceans and was one of the first scientists to use a combination of robots and submarines to create detailed maps of deep-sea mountain ranges. Most recently he was co-expedition leader on a mapping mission to RMS Titanic and co-leader of the successful search for the missing aircraft, Air France 447.
David is passionate about exploring planet earth and about the relationship between humanity and the sea. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally to audiences ranging from K to CEO including 10 TED and TEDx presentations. In addition he has participated in numerous documentaries and news programs including CNN’s Larry King Live, Bloomberg TV, and the PBS program Need to Know. He was recently featured in the History Channel television series, Underwater Universe.
Aromapoetry is a new kind of poetry in which the compositional unit (the poem) is made up of smells. The poet "writes" the smells by conceiving the poem as an olfactory experience and then employing multiple chemical procedures to achieve his poetic goals. It goes without saying that, as in any kind of poetry, the reader is an active participant that interprets and thus ascribes his or her own meanings to the poem beyond the writer's original motivations.
In my book Aromapoetry, the first book ever written exclusively with smells, readers find twelve aromapoems that range widely in their material structure and semantic resonance. While I composed some of my aromapoems with only one or two molecules, most of them are composed of dozens of molecules each. In some cases, a single poem has distinct olfactory zones on the page—each comprised of dozens of molecules each. In other words, the level of molecular intricacy of the works in Aromapoetry varies from the very simple to the extremely complex.
I composed the twelve poems in Aromapoetry so as to provide the reader with a broad field of aromatic experiences. The titles simultaneously delineate and open up the semantic sphere of each work. Each poem is a distinct and self-contained composition. At the same time, the book has a dynamic internal rhythm produced through the alternation of different or contrasting smells.
Every poem in the book Aromapoetry employs nanotechnology by binding an extremely thin layer of porous glass (200 nanometers thick) to every page, trapping the odorants (i.e. the volatile molecules) and releasing them very slowly. Without this nanotechnology, the fragrances would quickly dissipate and the smells would no longer be experienced after a few days. To ensure even greater longevity, a set of small bottles is integrated into the book, allowing the reader to recharge every individual page. With an eye to the distant future, the book’s summary presents key molecules used in the production of each poem.
Los visitantes del sitio www.arlab.gob.mx encontrarán "podcasts", tutoriales y foros, en los que diferentes artistas invitados, desde los más jóvenes, hasta los que cuentan con una gran trayectoria, muestran a través de un formato digital, cómo los adolescentes pueden realizar un proceso creativo por sí solo
Platform: Building Networks to Catalyze Creative Urban Culture Friday, September 14, 2012 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA 95113
The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs invites you to attend a two-part convening aimed at:
Building support for creative entrepreneurs and arts-rooted businesses by providing opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange, and
Providing a forum for participants to learn and engage in dialogue about creative placemaking.
Who should attend
Artists of all disciplines, civic leaders, creative entrepreneurs, arts-rooted businesses, grantmakers, urbanists, local arts agencies and arts organizations. There is no fee for this event, and you are welcome to register for either or both sessions.
Platform A: Creative Entrepreneur Forum & Resource Fair 10:30 am -1:30 pm Platform B: Creative Placemaking Forum 1:30 pm -6:00 pm
Opening Reception 6-10:30pm in the Million Fishes Gallery
In the Bay Area we are part of a culture of technological use and development that is driving subtle and ever deeper integration of computation into everyday life. As we do so, we are colonizing virtual reality, shaping its bits into our own likenesses. It in turn shapes us by altering our ways of thinking, our processes for doing, for creating art: our own “virtual” creations remake us in their likeness. An infinite recursion of increasing velocity has emerged between us and our once-virtual creations.
Physio/Logical presents artworks that engage with and examine the dissolution of notional boundaries between virtuality and reality: software finding physical manifestation, hardware (in the broadest sense of non-digital media and even human bodies) being subsumed by code, and artistic processes being refactored as algorithms.
Nicole Aptekar, Mary Franck, Gray & Justin Warren, Ian Smith-Heisters, Benjamin Jarrett and Mateo Lugo, KADET, Conner Lacy, Erin Malley, Marius Watz, and Michael Zbyszyński.
When: July 31st at 7pm Where: University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall - Maier Room 110 Free and open to the public
Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia, a center of excellence in Biological Arts, will be passing by San Francisco, and we invited him to give a presentation of Symbiotica, an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning and critique of life sciences.
SymbioticA, established in 2000 by cell biologist Professor Miranda Grounds, neuroscientist Professor Stuart Bunt and artist Oron Catts, was the first research laboratory of its kind, enabling artists to engage in "wet biology", with access to scientific laboratories and staff in a university biological science department.
Oron's presentation will be followed by a panel on BioArt with Chemistry and art specialist Tami Spector (USF), Art historian and artist Meredith Tromble (San Francisco Art Institute), Bioartist Phil Ross, Cultural historian Piero Scaruffi (www.scaruffi.com), Plant scientist Anna Davidson (UC Davis).
Oron Catts is an artist, researcher and curator whose work with the Tissue Culture and Art Project (which he founded in 1996 with Ionat Zurr) is part of the NY MoMA design collection and has been exhibited and presented internationally. In 2000 he co-founded SymbioticA, an artistic research laboratory housed within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia. Under Oron's leadership, SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) and became a Centre for Excellence in 2008. In 2009 Oron was recognised by Thames & Hudson's "60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future" book in the category "Beyond Design", and by Icon Magazine (UK) as one of the top 20 Designers, "making the future and transforming the way we work". More about Oron Catts:
The panelists (in no particular order): * Meredith Tromble is an artist and writer who teaches at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies specializing in the intersection of art, science and technology. In addition to fifteen years of broadcasting, she has authored hundreds of interviews, essays and commentaries, and she was a founding editor of Art Contemporaries.
* Tami Spector is a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of San Francisco and serves on the Board of Leonardo the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. She has written on the intersections of chemistry and art as well as nanoscience and art. http://www.usfca.edu/facultydetails.aspx?id=4294969795 * Phil Ross is a practicing bioartist whose living artworks are grown into being over the course of several years, integrating traditional manufacturing techniques with practices and technologies from disparate fields. His recent work includes the growing of a building composed of living fungus. http://philross.org/ * Anna Davidson is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis studying plant ecophysiology. She teaches found object and sculpture for the Art Science Fusion program at UC Davis. She is also an active bioartist, currently working on sculptures using fungus. * Piero Scaruffi is a cultural historian, blogger, poet and cognitive scientist who has published several books on music, science and history. He organizes the Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASERs) at USF and Stanford, and the SMMMASH at Stanford (Stanford Multidisciplinary Multimedia Meetings of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities) http://www.scaruffi.com
UC Berkeley, Department of Art Practice – Assistant Professor in New Genres ANNOUNCEMENTS Seventh Annual Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 8 (1998) – Theme: "Ghosts and ...
Call for Exhibitors We are now accepting entries for the second Bay Area Science Festival. Over 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations from across the Bay Area will present the fun and excitement of science through hands-on, interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment. We will be offering two Discovery Days events (10/27 at Sonoma County Fairgrounds and Festival Finale 11/3 at AT&T Park), each with opportunities for exhibitors and performers.