Willoughby Windows: Vacant Brooklyn Block Becomes Street Art Gallery
Rather than have an entire block of empty boarded up storefronts, local arts group Ad Hoc Art and non-profit community development organization Metrotech BID partnered to transform the row of stores into a gallery for street art. Over 15 artists were invited to create site specific installations in the windows, many of which nod to the former businesses they inhabit.
Eyebeam’s Reclaim the Streets
Art and technology incubator Eyebeam will be hosting an interesting series of workshops next week, that will teach how to curate instant outdoor art exhibits. Eyebeam resident artist Christina Kral will help participants reclaim the streets and incorporate street art and everyday elements into an ad-hoc outdoor exhibition. Helping to lend participants a critical eye to their neighborhoods, the program is “an exercise in public intervention, curatorial practice, documentation, and locative media”. Reclaim the Streets is free, and happens November 3, 5 & 7th at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
BBH has unveiled ‘Wetagyou’, a tongue-in-cheek ‘analog photo tagging platform’. Reversing the usual tagging process, where photos are taken and then tagged online, BBH asked partygoers to first tag themselves with geek speak stickers and then have their photo taken. With a choice of over 150 nonsensical tags, ranging from memelord to lolcat to pedophile, partygoers could then search for their photo at www.wetagyou.com.
Sleeveface, The Book
What a bloody good idea. Beautifully simple, and especially pertinent to those of us old enough to remember the joy of 12″ vinyl sleeve art.
For those of you not familiar – sleeveface is a popular online meme that encourages participants to obscure a portion of their body with a record sleeve so as to merge the image with reality. Thousands of people have tried their hand at the optical illusion and there are loads of great images filling up flickr pools. There is even a youtube video tutorial. (Of course!)
Now someone has had the brilliant (I wish I’d done that!) idea of making a 192 page book out of it. It comes out on the 17th of November (two days before my birthday, folks!).
Art, Design and Technology for Obama
Of the many history-making aspects of Obama’s run for President, the art and design that’s come out of it isn’t insignificant. From the identity of the campaign itself to Shepard Fairey’s pioneering grassroots poster, the Obama brand has taken on a life of its own.
(tags: technology president politics obama design culture creativity socialmedia)