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QR codes offer guided tour of new museum

Bruce Own, The Winnipeg Free Press, 24 August 2011


“ A good smartphone and about half an hour is all it takes for a self-guided tour of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights construction site. Just click a photo of one of five Quick Response code signs attached to the fence around the massive site at The Forks and you can hear what workers are building on the other side. How much the QR code signs appeal to people will help the museum's staff develop a similar interactive tour when the $310-million museum opens in about two years, spokeswoman Angela Cassie said Tuesday after taking the Free Press on a QR exterior tour. "But we don't want technology to be a barrier to anyone," she added. The five QR code stations outside the museum's work site provide an explanation of its design and architect Antoine Predock's intention to create a building that swirls upwards like a cloud.

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In Brightest Africa

Holland Cotter, The New York Times, 1 September 2011


The Brooklyn Museum is doing some territorial reshuffling on its first floor. What has long been the gift shop will soon be a new cafe, while the shop itself will move into a former exhibition gallery nearby. The change will give the museum’s two primary social and commercial attractions a gain in size or visibility, but in the process art is taking a bit of a hit. As part of the revised floor plan the African galleries, which once claimed a privileged spot right off the lobby, have already been relocated a distance away. They’re now smaller than before, and they’re not fully enclosed, so they have a transient, work-in-progress look. But there’s good news. Within limitations the new permanent-collection display, titled “African Innovations,” is effective. It eliminates the graphic overkill of the former installation, sets out work with an easily graspable logic and over all shows the African holdings to decent advantage. It would be pretty hard not to. The stuff is spectacular, an institutional treasure …”


TIFF turns classy live theatre into movie palace

Martin Knelman, thestar.com, 30 August 2011


TORONTO – “Let’s hear it for one of the biggest stars making a splashy debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Movie lovers, meet the Princess of Wales Theatre. The place is already known and loved by patrons of live theatre, having played home over the past 18 years to Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Hairspray, Lord of the Rings, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and, just this summer, Hugh Jackman in Concert. Next week, just after the opening of Toronto’s 36th fall film orgy, the P of W joins the exclusive club of large-capacity culture palaces that have been used for TIFF galas and special presentations …”


Fords seek to revise waterfront plan that was years in the making

Elizabeth Church, Globe and Mail Update, Monday, August 29, 2011

TORONTO – “Waterfront Toronto is defending its plan for the port lands – which involved years of consultations – following the revelation that the Ford administration has a plan of its own, and is seeking to put control of the development solely in the hands of the city. The existing plans for the 1,000-acre site, which received unanimous approval last year from the former city council, took years to hammer out, along with investment from three levels of government, said Marisa Piattelli, spokeswoman for Waterfront Toronto, the agency created by the federal, provincial and city governments to oversee revitalization of the eastern harbor and Lower Don Lands. …”

Doug Ford’s waterfront vision

Robyn Doolittle, thestar.com, 30 August 2011


TORONTO – “In Doug Ford’s Toronto: A wide-eyed tourist arrives at Union Station, camera in hand, and jumps on board a newly built monorail (not operated by the TTC, by the way). Our visitor could head west to Ontario Place, checking out a soccer game at BMO Field or spend a day wandering around the water park, but let’s assume they’re looking for something a bit more exciting: like a ride on the world’s largest Ferris wheel. For that, they would head eastbound, past the Toronto Star building at the foot of Yonge St., taking in views of the Toronto Island, before hanging a right turn on Cherry St. Cross the Keating Channel, then Ship Channel, and there’s Toronto’s bigger and bolder version of the London Eye. It would be a “cash cow” for the city, Ford said Tuesday. …”


There’s fog in Doug Ford’s waterfront vision

Robyn Doolittle, thestar.com, August 31, 2011

TORONTO – “Councillor Doug Ford tried to clarify his waterfront vision Tuesday, but ended up further confusing officials about the city's intentions for the Port Lands. The uncertainty is in the geography. Ford hopes to lure private investors to build a monorail system, world-class shopping mall and a gigantic Ferris wheel on a barren portion of land south of the Don Valley Parkway known as the Port Lands. Specially, these “very preliminary” projects are slated to be built south of the Ship Channel, below a section of land known as the Lower Don Lands. The Lower Don Lands make up the northwest portion of the larger Port Lands and is where Waterfront Toronto has completed plans for a mixed-use community …”

Don’t kill waterfront neighbourhood, urban designer says

Daniel Dale, thestar.com, 30 August 2011


TORONTO – “Councillor Doug Ford frequently says he would like the city to conduct itself more like a business. But Toronto would be squandering millions if it chooses to pursue his vision for the Port Lands instead of the existing plan for a mixed-use neighbourhood, says a prominent urban designer involved in the planning. “I’m looking at this with a certain amount of disbelief,” urban designer Ken Greenberg said Monday. “I find it hard to believe that such a thing would actually happen.” Greenberg was part of the team that won Waterfront Toronto’s international competition to design the area known as the Lower Don Lands. On Tuesdsay, after Ford elaborated on his vision, Greenberg added: “This flies in the face of common sense in so many ways.” …”


[For more commentary on this issue, see also Port Lands councillor Paula Fletcher slams ‘backroom’ planning, by

Elizabeth Church, From Wednesday's Globe and Mail, Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 9:53PM EDT, Last updated Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 6:13AM EDT, Ford’s 'abrupt and odd' move to take control of Port Lands denounced, by Elizabeth Church, From Tuesday's Globe and Mail, Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 3:00AM EDT, Last updated Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 10:04PM EDT and The not-so-funny truth about Toronto’s Ferris wheel idea, by Siri Agrell, From Thursday's Globe and Mail, Published Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 8:29PM EDT, Last updated Thursday, Sep. 01, 2011 4:58AM EDT]


Mandel defends Alberta Museum designs

CBC News, Sunday, August 28, 2011

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – “Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel is defending the designs for the new Royal Alberta Museum. The province plans to build the museum at 103A Avenue and 99th Street in downtown Edmonton — but the four designs recently released have drawn criticism from the public and a city councillor. Mandel said the backlash is uncalled for. “People have overreacted to four schematics that can be dressed up and changed and looked at in a different way,” he said. “I’m not going to comment anymore than [to say I’m] really pleased the province is building the new museum downtown. The Royal Museum is going to be a great asset to our city of Edmonton [and] the province of Alberta.”…”

If it’s September, it must be Venice: but Europe’s film festivals face a new threat

Celebrities will grace the Lido's red carpet this week but the magic of the world's oldest film festival is fading. Big stars with eyes on Hollywood awards now seek plaudits at the upstart in Toronto as a better proving ground for success.

Jason Solomon, The Observer, guardian.co.uk, 28 August 2011


“As holidaymakers fold up the sunloungers and head back to Milan and Rome, they are rolling out the red carpet on the Venice Lido and dusting off the gold leaf lion statues that line the processionary route. The Venice film festival not only extends the travel industry's summer season, it kickstarts the film industry's awards season frenzy. For some, that first red carpet of the season may stretch from Italy all the way to the Oscars in Los Angeles next February. […]For its 68th manifestation, Venice has wrested back some much-needed stardust and artistic heft. However long-established the eleven-day event has been (it is the world's oldest film festival, founded at the behest of Benito Mussolini – understandably, they don't make too much of this connection any more), it has been in danger of losing lustre to the upstart Toronto festival, which begins only nine days after Venice starts …”


New museum mustn’t build more walls in city

Adam Kasa, edmontonjournal.com, 27 August 2011


EDMONTON, ALBERTA – “The new Royal Alberta Museum is not just a building; it's going to be a huge piece of our city. The question we have to ask ourselves is not just what kind of building excites us architecturally, but what kind of city we want to build. Over the next five years the arena, museum and other projects just north of downtown will see over $1 billion going into a few small city blocks. If we think the surrounding neighbourhoods will remain unchanged we're either extremely clairvoyant, or disastrously naive. Since we know it's a lot harder to change a piece of a city once it’s built – think South Edmonton Common – we’ve got to get this the right first time around …”


Kudos for three great art shows in Canada

Martin Knelman, Toronto Star, 26 August 2011


“Call it a tale of three cities and a tale of three stunning exhibitions that have been drawing art lovers all summer. As autumn looms, all three are shifting into last-chance mode. But it’s still possible to catch all three if you plan your schedule carefully. First to move into the going-going-gone stage is the one closest to home. The Art Gallery of Ontario’s landmark Abstract Expressionist show from New York’s Museum of Modern Art will close on Sunday, Sept 4 after a 14-week run. This is one of the most thrilling exhibits the AGO has ever had. It would be a crime to miss it …”


Esther Gordy Edwards, founder and the driving force behind Motown Museum, dead at 91

Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 August 2011


DETROIT – “Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. and the driving force behind the museum that continues to preserve the label's legacy, has died at age 91. The Motown Historical Museum, which Gordy Edwards founded in 1985, announced her death on Thursday. …”


Bytown Museum director takes new post

Kristy Nease, Ottawa Citizen, 24 August 2011


OTTAWA – “The director of the Bytown Museum is moving on to a new job after three years of shaping the museum’s “new community focus” and forging a strong relationship with the city’s arts community, the museum announced Wednesday. Mike Steinhauer served his last day on Friday after accepting a new position at the Department of Canadian Heritage, said Francesco Corsaro, the museum’s development director. …”


Takeaways from "Act Locally/Think Globally" Symposium

Ericka Hedgecock, ESI Design, August 17, 2011


“If there is one key takeaway from this year's Society for Environmental Graphic Design Exhibition and Experience Design Symposium it was this: Work your networks. Starting or expanding your business abroad is a complex, if not daunting, endeavor. Developing a network of international partners, fabricators, vendors, and resources requires trust and faith – trust in the value of your ability and services, and faith that you can work together to produce your vision to exceed the expectations established between you and your client. How and where to start? Held annually since 2004 at the extraordinary Cranbrook Academy of Art, the 2011 Symposium topic was "Act Locally/ Think Globally". SEGD is a global community of people working at the intersection of communication design and the built environment. In addition to a robust conference and workshop schedule, SEGD provides advanced learning and leadership to a community of 1,600 members. This year's symposium brought valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities of establishing yourself in the international marketplace. Below are highlights from our discussions:

1. Develop cultural intelligence.

Though your clients may seem Westernized, their cultural assumptions vary. Brad King, VP of Lord Cultural Resources maintains that attention to your process and expectations are essential to success. Communication is filtered through culture, and being aware of cultural context can limit misdirection and misunderstanding. Invest in your firm's cultural literacy and adapt your processes to reflect your understanding of the local culture. Relevancy isn't just about showing up …”





Benghazi museum shows scars, triumphs of Libya revolt

Alexander Dziadosz, Reuters, 1 September 2011


BENGHAZI, LIBYA – “Free for the first time to make art about whatever he wants, veteran Libyan sculptor Ali al-Wakwak chose gnarled mortar shrapnel, bullet casings and shattered gun barrels as his medium. "I saw the ammunition around, and so I thought I'd make something nice with it," the stout, bearded 63-year-old said as he sat sipping espresso outside a new art museum displaying his works near Benghazi's port. As with many of the exhibits at the museum, housed in a monarchy-era palace, Wakwak's motifs revolve mostly around war, testament to the scars the six-month old uprising against Muammar Gaddafi has left on the North African country. But the fact the new museum exists at all is a triumph for local artists, and many see it as evidence of the creative and open future they hope awaits their country despite its fractious politics, beleaguered public services and glut of heavy weapons …”


Museums Get Creative with Their Permanent Collections

Benjamin A. Snyder, Hyperallergic, 1 September 2011


“Every time a museum comes up with a creative and intelligent way to take advantage of their own permanent collection, an angel gets its wings. Do not get me wrong; traveling blockbuster exhibitions are not all bad. But, bear in mind that when they hop from museum to museum, countless masterpiece works from esteemed permanent collections are shuttled off to dark storage rooms hidden far from public view. In recent years, the economic downturn has made expensive traveling exhibitions less appealing to (or, in some cases, flat-out unfeasible for) a number of museums. One recent high-profile victim of this trend was Jeffrey Dietch’s popular (if not popular with the critics) mega-display “Art in the Streets” at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, which was set to travel to New York next year but was scratched by the Brooklyn Museum, who cited “unfortunate” budget concerns relating to the show’s high price tag. Instead, museums are turning more, and with more creativity, to their own permanent collections. Is necessity the mother of invention once again, or is there a common interest among museums to breathe new life into their own holdings? (Or both?) Either way, the public is reaping the benefits …”


Christchurch museum ready to re-open

Hamish Clark, 3 News, 1 September 2011


CHRISTCHURCH, NZ - One of Christchurch's oldest buildings is opening its doors again, six months after the February earthquake. The Canterbury Museum escaped the quake relatively lightly, with minor damage and fewer than 200 exhibits affected. Conservator Shasha Stollman has been restoring the museum’s priceless porcelain back to its original condition. One French vase was mounted inside a wire bracket in the Mountford Gallery when the quake hit. “We have got 12,000 objects on display and of that less than 200 were damaged and we think that is a fantastic result,” says acting museum director Nigel Tecofsky …”


Fort Worth museum celebrates 50 years of art

Rachel Peel, The Rambler.org,  31 August 2011


FORT WORTH, TEXAS – “Amon Carter Museum of American Art captured an audience of 4,000 people Aug. 13 in Downtown Fort Worth. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art celebrated its 50th anniversary with free food, live music and an ARTinteractive opportunity for the community. Amy Gabaldon, Keller resident, said she has been to the museum before, but when she received an email about the event she and her family decided to attend.  "I don't know if they do this every year or not, but it's awesome," Gabaldon said. "My favorite part about the event was the free dinner." Andrew Walker, director of the Amon Carter, came to Fort Worth in April 2011 and said when he came to the museum the plans for the 50 Fest had already been made. The 50th anniversary is a year-long celebration …”


Catherine Pégard, d’un château à l’autre

Artclair.com, 31.08.2011


PARIS – “La nomination de Catherine Pégard à la présidence du château de Versailles a été confirmée mercredi 31 août. Une nomination très politique qui sonne comme un cadeau pour services rendus. « La grande culture, les qualités d’organisation et le talent avéré en matière de communication » sont-ils des qualités suffisantes pour diriger une institution aussi lourde que le Château de Versailles ? Il semble que le ministre de la Culture, Frédéric Mitterrand a se creuser la tête pour faire l’éloge de Catherine Pégard, dont la nomination à la Présidence de l’Etablissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles a été confirmée mercredi 31 août en Conseil des ministres …”


Museums waging war on exhibit-eating bugs

BBC News, 31 August 2011


“Collections of irreplaceable and valuable artefacts in many of Britain’s museums and heritage properties are under threat from a growing army of insects, particularly moth and beetle larvae. Can we stop them munching away on our precious relics? "If you have ethnographic objects from around the world which were collected maybe 200 years ago, maybe some of these people are no longer producing these objects, maybe some have even died out... you can't just go and get another one." "Bug man" David Pinniger, an entomologist and renowned heritage site pest control consultant, knows how important it is to put an end to an infestation before the damage becomes irreversible …”


London philanthropists support Middle Eastern art

Eislers launch foundation to fund shows at the Tate and British Museum

Gareth Harris, The Art Newspaper, Web only, Published online 30 August 2011


LONDON – “Husband-and-wife philanthropists Maryam and Edward Eisler have launched a new foundation that will fund curatorial posts, acquisitions and major shows at institutions such as the Tate and the British Museum (BM). The latter has acquired modern and contemporary Iranian works through the new foundation ...”


World’s first Jackie Chan museum to open in Shanghai

The kung fu superstar will soon host his own movie studio, art gallery and Avenue of Stars beside Suzhou Creek

CNNGo, August 30, 2011


SHANGHAI - “Jackie Chan might just be the most famous Chinese in the world. He's certainly one of the most talented. The 57-year-old multilingual Hong Kong-born celebrity is a kung fu master, stars in and directs movies, croons pop songs and organizes charity events. Now the world's first museum bearing his name is set to open in Shanghai. The Jackie Chan Museum, built inside a revamped factory, is expected to open later this year, reported Shanghai Daily. […] The Jackie Chan Museum is a part of Shanghai Putuo government’s plan to redevelop its 14 kilometer-long Suzhou River bank area. More than 10 other museums are planned to open along Suzhou Creek in Putuo by the end of 2013, including Shanghai Textile Museum, Shanghai Brand Museum and Shanghai Matchbox Museum, all of which will be located in old factory buildings …”


Art Gallery of Hamilton announces new design space

Recent News, artdaily.org, Monday, August 29, 2011


HAMILTON, ONTARIO – “The Art Gallery of Hamilton will unveil a storefront dedicated to design and incorporating retail, event and performance space on the ground floor of 118 James Street North in Spring 2012. The generously-sized space is located in a 20th-century commercial building and features exposed brick, hardwood floors, a pressed tin ceiling and large windows. “We were approached by the owners of 118 James Street North to partner as tenants on the ground floor of this revitalized building. We were impressed by their commitment to downtown and to maintaining the integrity of the building,” says AGH President and CEO Louise Dompierre. “The unique space offered the Art Gallery of Hamilton the opportunity to expand its retail and Art Rental and Sales operations, to develop a memorable event venue, and to host various Gallery performances, screenings and other activities.” …”


$4 Million Raised for Arkansas Arts Center; Debt Erased

Jan Cottingham, arkansasbusiness.com, 8/29/2011 3:33:42 PM


LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – “Warren Stephens, chairman of the Arkansas Arts Center Foundation, on Monday announced that the foundation had raised $4 million for the Arts Center, eliminating the center's troublesome debt. The gifts included two challenge gifts of $1 million each made by two donors who wished to remain anonymous, Stephens said. All the foundation directors, as well as others, then chipped in, raising the additional money - $2.17 million in total - to match the challenge …”


An Explosion of Visual Arts

In Edinburgh, Festival Exhibitions and a New Museum

Paul Levy, The Wall Street Journal, 26 August 2011


“One of the most cheering aspects of the 12 Edinburgh summer festivals is that they are finally beginning to cooperate with each other and coordinate events—for their own benefit and for that of festivalgoers. The best example is the Edinburgh Art Festival's many events. There has been an explosion of the visual arts in the city this summer, with the Edinburgh International Festival even partnering two exhibitions and devoting three pages of its official brochure to them.  And if that is not enough, Edinburgh's completely transformed National Museum of Scotland (www.nms.ac.uk/scotland) has just reopened its doors, with its revamped display of 20,000 objects in 36 galleries. You'd never guess it from the museum's foursquare building on Chambers Street in the center of town, but the inside is a delicate Victorian cast-iron set of galleries around a vast open space, and with superb overhead natural lighting. The restoration, by the Scottish firm Gareth Hoskins Architects, has made possible the display of some of the museum's holdings in the way originally intended: by daylight, in a floor space with light, elegant overhead arches and slender columns. The collection poses plenty of problems, however, and these are not so successfully dealt with by the American museum exhibition design firm Ralph Applebaum Associates …”


VMFA, VCU announce record $115 million cash gift

Holly Prestidge and Michael Paul Williams, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Published: August 25, 2011, Updated: August 25, 2011 - 11:43 PM


RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – “With Champagne flutes held aloft, the leadership of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Virginia Commonwealth University toasted bequests totaling $115 million — the largest cash gift in each organization's history. In an announcement made Thursday afternoon in the museum's Marble Hall, they said nearly $70 million will go to the VMFA to create a restricted art purchase endowment and to support the museum's recent expansion …” [see also Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, VCU and 13 charities to receive $125 million bequest

Recent News, artdaily.org, 26 August 2011]




Libeskind returns as architect for Jewish Museum Berlin annex

Silke Bartlick, DW-World (Deutsche Welle), 01.09.2011


“The Jewish Museum Berlin is getting a somewhat unlikely annex - a nearby industrial hall. Star architect Daniel Libeskind has planned to incorporate an existing museum motif of crooked cubes in his new design. The building across from the monumental Jewish Museum Berlin has hardly stood out, hidden behind shrubs and a wall. Flowers and other little goods were sold there until early May 2010, when the one-time market began its transformation into a new and modern space. The Berlin city senate was responsible for approving the appropriation of the building for cultural purposes. "An academy, archive and library will be established in the new building, the realization of an academic program that will take up questions of integration, immigration and tensions among the Jewish and Islamic communities," said Börries von Notz, managing director of the Jewish Museum …”


The Death and Life of a Great American City

Architectural Record, September 2011


NEW YORK CITY - “This special section of our website is unabashedly devoted to New York City. We are not just commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11. We want to give the city its due as a 21st-century design capital. There are more architects here than in any other U.S. city, but for decades, New York didn’t construct many innovative buildings. The city was a think tank for architecture — with its schools, institutes, and critics — a crucible for big ideas that got built elsewhere, if at all …” [contains articles under the following subsections: New York City: 2001 - 2011 | The City Rebuilds | The City Redefined | The City Reimagined]


Going for Green

London aims to break records with its ­sustainability plans for the 2012 ­Summer Olympics. With less than a year to go, are those ambitious goals still on track?

Will Jones, Azure, September 2011


LONDON - “Fundamentally, I believe staging the Olympics is unsustainable,” says Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 and a man known for his straight talk. He is heading up the Olympics’ independent environmental watchdog, the first of its kind. He considers himself the “critical friend” to both the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and his job is to ensure the Games go down in history as the greenest ever – a goal that seemed almost impossible from the get-go. “Constructing lots of new buildings and then flying people around the world to put on a one-time sporting event can be seen as environmentally irresponsible,” he says matter-of-factly, “unless – and this is a big ask – we can demonstrate that the net good outstrips the damage we cause.” …”


National Maritime Museum \ Architectural Resources Group

Jimmy M., +mood, August 30, 2011


“The National Maritime Museum Building is the most fully developed example of Streamline Moderne nautical style in San Francisco. Designed by local architect William A. Mooser III and constructed during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration, the building was originally intended to serve as a bath house at the center of the city’s Aquatic Park, one of the largest-scale WPA projects in California. Mostly unaltered since its completion, the building consists of an aboveground structure and two subterranean wings with public showers and dressing facilities for bathers …”


When object blends into landscape... : landform architecture for new Taipei museum by Budapest-based practice

World Architecture News, 25 August 2011


“Inspired by varied and complex geographical environment of Taipei city and in order to fit to playful topography and landscape of the provided site, this entry proposes a land form architecture where the building with its striking form not only blends into the existing landscape and paths, but also works as an attractive centre point and organizes the site with optimal consideration of given parameters. This organic and natural approach manifests a welcoming image and encourages the public to engage and celebrate ‘art as lifestyle’ and ‘lifestyle as art’ …”


meterbuilt: new taipei city museum of art

Designboom, August 2011


los angeles based practice meterbuilt has submitted a proposal for the 'new taipei city museum of art international design competition' to be located south of taipei city, taiwan. a grand stair set within the landscape leads visitors towards the bridge like structure spanning a plaza with outdoor sculptures. another tier of stairs introduces visitors into the elevated interior galleries while a vegetated roof top provides additional park space …”




The Mind's Eye

Long preoccupied with technology, David Hockney is exploring a new artistic medium that uses high-definition cameras, screens, software, and moving images to capture the experience of seeing.

Marting Gayford, Technology Review (Published by MIT), September/October 2011 [MIT has opened access to the last 14 years of their online magazine content; non-subscriber access expires on the last day of Emtech MIT (October 19, 2011)]


“One of your basic contentions, I say to the British artist David Hockney, is that there is always more to be seen, everywhere, all the time. "Yes," he replies emphatically. "There's a lot more to be seen." We are sitting in his spacious house in the quiet Yorkshire seaside town of Bridlington. In front of us is a novel medium, a fresh variety of moving image—a completely new way of looking at the world—that Hockney has been working on for the last couple of years. We are watching 18 screens showing high-definition images captured by nine cameras. Each camera was set at a different angle, and many were set at different exposures. In some cases, the images were filmed a few seconds apart, so the viewer is looking, simultaneously, at two different points in time. The result is a moving collage, a sight that has never quite been seen before …”


Adobe Museum of Digital Media Announces New Exhibitions

Museum Publicity.com, 1 September 2011


“The Adobe Museum of Digital Media (www.adobemuseum.com) is announcing its 2011 fall exhibition schedule. On Nov. 9, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EST, AMDM will launch Journey to Seven Light Bay, a new exhibition by Mariko Mori, curated by Tom Eccles, executive director of the Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies, Annandale in Hudson, NY. This marks AMDM’s fourth major exhibition since opening in October 2010. A trailer for Journey to Seven Light Bay is on view today at www.adobemuseum.com/TidaDome. On Sept. 13, 2011, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, AMDM will launch InForm: Turning Data into Meaning, curated by Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired Magazine. This is the inaugural exhibition of AMDM’s Curator-in-Residence (CIR) Program, a new initiative that invites guest curators from the arts, culture, media and technology fields to use the museum’s online exhibition spacetoexplore groundbreaking digital work and illustrate how digital media shapes and impacts today’s society …”


How Augmented Reality Is Going Viral in the Art World, From the Omi Sculpture Park to a 9/11 Memorial

Kyle Chayka, ARTINFO, August 31, 2011


HAMILTON, ON – “Right under our noses, or perhaps under our fingertips, a new art medium has been springing up. Augmented Reality (AR) refers to smartphone, tablet, and computer applications that mix the real with the digital, using mobile devices' built-in cameras to take an image of a user's physical surroundings, and adding in digital graphics or information on the viewing screen (it's important to note that this differs from "virtual reality," as AR depends on a physical environment to function). The concept is simple: download the appropriate application, point your iPhone, and the environment, as glimpsed through the screen, appears to be "augmented" with virtual works of art. An ordinary space becomes extraordinary through digital wizardry …”


QR Codes in Museums

Judd Wheeler, The Mobilists, August 30, 2011


“Mobile barcode usage in museums is just now starting to take shape. I’ve put together a sampling of some uses ranging from audio tours to augmented reality. There have been some miscues along the way, like laminating the QR code or putting it behind glass so that when the light hits it at the right angle, it’s impossible to scan correctly. Oops! But there have also been many successful implementations. QR codes are a great way to enhance the visitor’s experience. They can bring life to exhibits, allow communication between visitors and educate at all levels …”


Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Announces Website Extension

Museum Publicity.com, 26 August 2011


KANSAS CITY, MO – “A multi-media hub of the Nelson-Atkins website has launched. Studio 33 features videos, audio entries, interactive content and social media portals that allow visitors to learn about a favorite work of art, respond to a Museum blog post, listen to artists discuss their creative process and discover more about exhibitions and special programs. But Studio 33 is not a static entity; it will continually grow and evolve to accommodate various platforms. A mobile-friendly device version is also in the works and will be made available in the future …”


Art and Culture


Artists and Dealers Place a Bet on D.C.'s Fledgling (e)merge Art Fair — But Will It Be a Capital Gain?

Julia Halperin, ARTINFO, 1 September 2011


WASHINGTON, DC – “Washington, D.C., has always been known as a historical museum city, but come fall, 80 up-and-coming artists and contemporary art galleries will shake things up a bit. The capital's second attempt at an art fair in five years, (e)merge recently released its exhibitor list, and the roster is a mix of local and international artists and galleries. But will they be enough to make the fledgling hotel fair a permanent fixture in Washington? Organized by Leigh Conner of Conner Contemporary Art, D.C.'s preeminent gallerist, along with her partner Jamie Smith and PULSE founder Helen Allen, the fair has capital city roots and a high-art pedigree …”


Artforum: September 2011 in Artforum

e-flux, 1 September 2011


FALL PREVIEW: A sneak peek at forty-five major exhibitions opening worldwide.

And: VENICE 2011. The Fifty-Fourth Venice Biennale—curator Bice Curiger's "ILLUMInations"—aims to move beyond the usual art-world name game, proposing instead an investigation of knowledge, reason, historicity, and vision. Artforum asked seven critics, curators, and art historians to take stock of the Biennale and the projects surrounding it, in order to decide whether these shows rose above the roster or are ultimately just another who's who …” [Artforum September 2011 issue available at http://www.artforum.com/inprint/issue=201107]


Two Canadian and two Indian photographers shortlisted for $50,000 Grange Prize

Recent News, artdaily.org, 31 August 2011


TORONTO – “Four photographers — two each from Canada and India — have been shortlisted for The Grange Prize 2011, Canada’s largest cash prize for photography. The winner of the $50,000 prize is chosen by public vote, which opens today and continues through October 23 at www.thegrangeprize.com. The winner will be announced at a gala reception hosted by presenting partners Aeroplan and the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) on November 1. …”


Creative Time announces 2011 Leonore Annenberg prize for social change winner

Recent News, artdaily.org, 31 August 2011


NEW YORK – “Creative Time announced that Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk is the winner of the 2011 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, which is generously supported by the Annenberg Foundation. The award will be presented at the third annual Creative Time Summit conference at NYU Skirball Center on September 23, 2011. Van Heeswijk, known for her intensive, long-term commitment to community organizing and social involvement as artistic practice, is the third artist to receive the Annenberg Prize, a $25,000 award given every year to an artist whose work has been devoted to instigating social awareness and harnessing the communicative power of art to engage communities around critical public issues. …”


Art San Diego aims to be West Coast’s top contemporary art fair

Lonnie Burstein Hewitt, La Jolla Light, 30 August 2011


SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – “Labor Day weekend is not just the end of summer. It’s time for art-lovers of all ages to celebrate the arts at a four-day extravaganza called Art San Diego. Back in 1970, a trio of Swiss gallerists started Art Basel, an annual international art fair that came to be known as “the Olympics of the art world.” In 2002, Miami jumped in with its own version, drawing more than 60,000 visitors last year. In 2009, two Del Martians, Ann Berchtold and Julie Schraeger, decided to put our region on the art map by creating Art San Diego. Their goal: to become the No. 1 contemporary art fair on the West Coast …”


Arts and culture can put a city on the map

Nick Rockel, Special to Globe and Mail Update, Published Tuesday, 30 August 2011 4:26 EDT, Last updated Tuesday, August 30, 2011 4:29 EDT


“In Stratford, Ont., the Stratford Shakespeare Festival plays a central role in the local economy. Launched in 1953 and now North America's largest not-for-profit theatre company, the festival sells $32-million worth of tickets during its April-to-November season. For each ticket sold, patrons spend $288 on local dining, shopping and hotels (30 per cent of festival-goers come from outside Canada). “There's a lot of activity that happens uniquely because there's a theatre here,” says Antoni Cimolino, the festival's general director. […] Increasingly, Canadian cities are striving to create a unique identity – and give themselves an economic boost – by making culture an integral part of their appeal. In recent years, they’ve been catching up to their global peers’ cultural planning efforts, says Greg Baeker, Toronto-based director of cultural development at the economic development consulting firm Millier Dickinson Blais …”


Libya's Cultural Heritage at Risk Because of "Careless Dealers," Warns UNESCO

By Janelle Zara, ArtInfo, 30 August 2011


“As Libya suffers seemingly endless casualties during its civil war, the nation's vast cultural history is also at stake. UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, is urging collectors, dealers, and auction houses around the world to stay on the lookout for Libyan antiquities that were acquired through illegal looting. "The heritage of a nation is essential to the ability of its citizens to preserve their identity and self-esteem, to profit from their diversity and their history and build themselves a better future," UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova said in a statement last week. "Careless dealers who buy these objects and fragments are in fact inciting more looting. It is therefore crucial that the international antiquities market be particularly wary of objects from Libya in the present circumstances." …” [see also UN cultural agency: Don't loot Libya's heritage, Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 August 2011]


Are Chinese Auction Giants Guardian and Poly Making Moves Into the Western Art Market?

Shane Ferro, ARTINFO, 30 August 2011


“Everybody knows that the giant Western auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's are looking East for growth. Now, it seems that China's two major auction houses, Poly International Auctions and China Guardian Auctions, are both looking to move into the Western auction market — or at least woo the west's moneyed collectors …”


Ideals Are Easy; Living Up to Them Isn’t

Charles Isherwood, The New York Times, 29 August 2011


STRATFORD, ONTARIO — “Heroism is not a career to be undertaken lightly, as the two musical revivals at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival here this season make clear. King Arthur, the legendary English leader of knights and founder of the Round Table, finds the task of shaping a chivalric code to be easier than living up to its ideals in the 1960 musical “Camelot.” And his burden is a mere feather compared to that of Jesus himself, the martyred founder of a worldwide faith in “Jesus Christ Superstar,” first staged on Broadway in 1971 …”


A Soul for Europe engages in European debate in online magazine “The European”

European Festivals Association, August 26, 2011


“In May 2011, “A Soul for Europe” started a media cooperation agreement with “The European” – an online magazine for debates. Six articles by members of the "A Soul for Europe" Strategy Group have been published on topics relevant to the initiative’s work and the daily European debate. At the moment, the European Union has primarily drawn the public's attention due to the problems arising from the financial crisis. But there is more to Europe than the euro! These articles show that, for the members of the “A Soul for Europe” Strategy Group, structural problems do not call into question the legitimacy of the overall idea, even if there are areas that need improvement. In some of these areas, "A Soul for Europe" acts alongside its partners from civil society, politics, business, arts and the media to ensure the success of the European integration process – using both culture and the involvement of citizens: “Mobilizing Culture for Regional Development” by Nele Hertling: Across the European Union, a diverse range of cities and regions use culturally-orientated activities in order to strengthen the very fabric of their social, cultural and economic lives …”


Theatre more popular than sport in Great Britain, survey says

Natalie Woolman, The Stage News, Published Friday, August 26, 2011 at 15:29


“More people in Great Britain attend theatre shows than sports events, according to a new analysis of cultural engagement across Europe. “Sports attendance was higher than theatre-going in all the other European countries surveyed except Great Britain, the Netherlands and Estonia. According to the report, this is due to the country’s high ranking for theatre attendance, and comparatively low ranking for sports attendance. Orian Brook’s study of international data, which has been published by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, also shows that Great Britain is in the top quartile for theatre attendance internationally …” [This Cultural and Sporting Life: The Taking Part 2010/11 Adult and Child Report and associated data tables can be found at  http://www.culture.gov.uk/publications/8398.aspx]


60th edition of Santander International Festival draws to a close

European Festivals Association, August 26, 2011


SANTANDER, SPAIN – “The programme of the 60th Santander International Festival was composed of an intense schedule of summer events that try to elicit the historical weight of the European tradition with future cross-cultural appeal looming in the new Europe. From 1 to 26 August, audiences could enjoy over sixty artistic proposals at the Festival Palace of Cantabria and in other historic settings. The Santander Festival confirms its important position in Spain’s and Europe’s cultural life: with its diverse programme including grand concert versions of operas; ballet; theatre productions; recitals and chamber music concerts; as well as exhibitions and discussion rounds, the festival – as in previous years – strikes a balance between the most traditional shows and the most avant-garde and innovative styles …”


Quartier des spectacles: bouffée de culture en plein air

Stéphanie Vallet, La Presse, 26 August 2011


MONTREAL – “«Avec des propositions culturelles tous les jours de septembre 2011 à mai 2012, c’est incontestablement ici que ça se passe,» a déclaré hier Pierre Fortin, directeur général du Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, lors du lancement de sa programmation. Des rendez-vous culturels extérieurs et gratuits seront en effet présentés tous les jours d’un bout à l’autre du site, c’est-à-dire du pôle Quartier Latin au pôle Place des Arts. …”


Saudi Arabia discovers 9,000 year old civilization

Recent News, artdaily.org, 26 August 2011


JEDDAH – “Saudi Arabia is excavating a new archeological site that will show horses were domesticated 9,000 years ago in the Arabian peninsula, the country's antiquities expert said Wednesday.

The discovery of the civilization, named al-Maqar after the site's location, will challenge the theory that the domestication of animals took place 5,500 years ago in Central Asia, said Ali al-Ghabban, Vice-President of Antiquities and Museums at the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities.

"This discovery will change our knowledge concerning the domestication of horses and the evolution of culture in the late Neolithic period," Ghabban told a news conference in the Red Sea port of Jeddah. …”


Rolex and New York Public Library host art weekend

Recent News, artdaily.org, 26 August 2011


NEW YORK – “Anish Kapoor, Brian Eno, and Peters Sellars are among the artists scheduled to participate in a series of public programs dedicated to the arts and creative collaboration in New York City this fall. The Rolex Arts Weekend, to be presented November 11-13 at the New York Public Library (NYPL), will also feature emerging talents in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, and the visual arts, who were paired by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with master artists for a year of creative exchange. The weekend festival—titled LIVE from the NYPL Presents the Rolex Arts Weekend—will include performances, workshops, and cross-disciplinary discussions with artists. The weekend is co-produced by LIVE from the NYPL and Rolex. …”


Egyptian collector founds political party

Naguib Sawiris hopes to play a role in transforming the country into a “civil democracy”

Gareth Harris, The Art Newspaper, Web only, Published online 25 August 2011


CAIRO – “A leading Egyptian collector hopes to play a pivotal role in Egypt’s political revolution following the downfall of former president Hosni Mubarak in February. Naguib Sawiris, who established the largest mobile phone operator in the Middle East in 2001, Orascom Telecom, has founded his own political party Al Masryeen Al Ahrar (The Free Egyptians). “I have decided to be more focused on social and political work, aiming to play a role in the transformation of post-revolution Egypt into a civil democracy,” Sawiris said in a statement after he stood down as chairman of Orascom Telecom earlier this year …”


Art Taipei 2011 provides a platform to view the latest in international contemporary art

Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 August 2011


TAIPEI – “Art Taipei, formerly known as Taipei Art Fair International, is the longest-standing art fair in Asia. It has been organized by Taiwan Art Gallery Association since 1992. The 18th annual event, Art Taipei 2011, will be held during 26th to 29th August, 2011, at Taipei World Trade Center.

The most important link for trading Chinese and Asian arts

Art Taipei is the most experienced and professional platform for trading Chinese and Asian arts. The art market in Taiwan has become more and more mature since the 80's, and today's Taiwanese collectors, many of whom brought up in this established environment, are considered to be the best collectors in the Chinese community. …”


The National Trust for Historic Preservation announces program to give away $1 Million

Recent News, artdaily.org, 25 August 2011


ST. PAUL, MN – “American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that the Twin Cities area has been chosen for the community-based Partners in Preservation program, which provides preservation grants for local historic places. American Express is committing $1 million in preservation grants to the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area and will be encouraging local residents to participate by voting for their favorite historic place from a diverse group of 25 sites on Facebook.com/PartnersinPreservation beginning on Sept. 20. …”




We’re on the tourism map: Compelling new attractions ‘game-changers’ for Manitoba

Martin Cash, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 2011


MANITOBA – “Manitoba might be a little more insular than other parts of the country, so we may not the best judge of the relative level of activity here compared to other places. But when the chairman of the Canadian Tourism Commission says Winnipeg has the most compelling new tourism attractions in the works in Canada, it's probably something we can take to the bank …”


Gatineau tourism group receives $100K for feasibility study

Ottawa Business Journal, 1 September 2011


GATINEAU, QUEBEC - “A tourism group called Destination Gatineau has received $100,000 in repayable federal funding for a feasibility study aimed at "a distinctive tourism offering" along the Ottawa river. The group is looking to develop the area between the Chaudières Falls and the Gatineau River, a spot that already has the Canadian Museum of Civilization, the former E.B. Eddy plant and Jacques-Cartier Park …”


SCTA claims phenomenal growth in domestic tourism

P.K. Abdul Ghafour, ARAB NEWS, Published: Aug 31, 2011 23:47 Updated: Aug 31, 2011 23:47


JEDDAH – “The Kingdom’s domestic tourism program has made unprecedented progress with a 27 percent growth this summer compared to 2010, Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) said on Wednesday citing figures in a research report. Prince Sultan attributed the growth to the continuous efforts of the SCTA and its partners in various provinces as well as the organizing of about 15 tourism festivals in different parts of the country. He emphasized the role of Eid festivities in boosting domestic tourism …”