Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Time-Based Art Festival, Portland USA

The Time-Based Art Festival is a contemporary art festival of regional, national, and international artists presenting theatre, dance, music, film, visual exhibition and installation. PICA presents moments of movement and imagery under bridges, over rivers, on stages and throughout the city—all in Portland, Oregon USA. The TBA Festival examines and celebrates every form of contemporary art and is the only festival of its kind in North America.

A constant confluence of artists and audiences, TBA bridges discipline and geography with morning workshops, afternoon lectures, evening performances, outdoor happenings, and late night activity. The wall between artist and audience is very thin, all you have to do is walk through.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

art around coffee

a world of art on a cup

iIly Collection is the name given to sets of truly special coffee cups designed to elevate and enhance the illy coffee experience. Since the concept was first introduced in 1992, an international who's who of artists have graced illy cups with their original designs. Americans Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, Robert Rauschenberg, David Byrne, Louise Bourgeois; Italians Marco Lodola, Sandro Chia, Michelangelo Pistoletto and the legendary filmmakers, Federico Fellini and Francis Ford Coppola are among those who have been inspired by illy.

Drinking coffee in a designer cup involves not only the senses of taste and smell, but also touch and sight. And through sight, it involves the mind.

You can focus on the round surface, raise your eyes to the person opposite you, or reflect on what the shapes, colors and words mean: the cups always bring a message, a question or a brief moment of rapture.

Prized by collectors the world over, the illy collections are signed, numbered and produced in limited editions. An average of three collections are produced each year, with occasional very limited runs of special cups marking significant events.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

´I have been watching you´ Geert Mul

KORT (Tilburg/NBKS) and Geert Mul are inviting you to the presentation of "I’ve been watching you"
This Artwork contains thousands of images from surveillance camera's in Tilburg and opens up an perspective on the city that is normally not to be seen.
The print is 1.50 x 237 meter and is located at the Spoorlaan, next of Tilburg Central Station

Presentation: Friday 25 aug. 2006 at 19.00 uur
Location: The GrassCompany, Spoorlaan 360, Tilburg.
Opened by drs. Frits Gierstberg (head exhibitions of the Dutch Photo
museum,) and Hugo Backx, magistrate of culture Tilburg van cultuur.

'I've been watching you'
Geert Mul 2006
Inkjetprint on vinyl 1.5 x 237 meter.
6000 surveillance camera images from the city of Tilburg.

Commissioned by: KORT (Community of Tilburg)
Production: Mothership
Software: Carlo Prelz

Friday, August 11, 2006

Due to the lively interest in »past people of Potsdamer Platz« it will play until 06.09.2006.

Four headless figures will be placed on Potsdamer Platz for five weeks, operating as video terminals of sorts. They reflect the position of people on Potsdamer Platz. As headless figures, the terminals’ exterior makes them seem outsiders and eccentrics. They become a game that passers-by play with themselves. The transition from interiority to exteriority, from the private to the public, is reflected within the figures and without, in the façade of light: it turns matters on their head. The headless figures are home to our past. This past is signified by videos of historical events that are shown on monitors installed inside the headless figures.

Pushing a button starts the video and, at the same time, takes pictures of the observer. The faces in the now that are collected this way merge with the historical footage on the façade into a moment both present and past. The city’s pulse acts as the animation’s metronome. Each individual becomes a part of something new, some- thing larger, at times invisible. It is this that the façade makes visible. And it reminds us of the many layers we carry within our selves and reveals that every moment carries all times in it. At the blink of an eye, at the stroke of a metronome, the specific becomes indistinct and dissolves into the whole.
Due to the lively interest in »past people of Potsdamer Platz« it will play until 06.09.2006.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Endless Forest

The Endless Forest is a social screensaver, a virtual place where you can play with your friends. When your computer goes to sleep you appear as a deer in this magical place. There are no goals to achieve or rules to follow. You just steer your deer through the forest and see what happens. Currently The Endless Forest consists of a forest, a mysterious ruin, a lovely pond and as many deer as there are players at any given time. You can play the game anonymously but we encourage you to name your deer so other players can recognize you. Although not goal-oriented, there are several activities that you can engage in. Nothing very demanding or violent. Just fun things to do in a nice environment. Once every so often, the forest deities will appear, either in person or through their divine powers. Beware of falling rocks and sudden showers! Over the course of the following years, we will add many things to The Endless Forest. Some may indeed be slightly game-like while others simply pretty or poetic. For an idea of our general plans, look here. But we invite you to play the game and make suggestions of your own in our forum. Play the game here!