Better bidding: The nonprofit People for the American Way has sweetened the pot in their new fundraiser: an eBay auction, ending tomorrow, includes a nice supply of limited edition art, plus celebrity doodads from a guitar signed by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to a signed copy of Cornell West’s Restoring Hope. Of note: the limited edition Warhol print Dracula (silkscreen with diamond dust, current bid: $14,188); Compass, a signed print by Ed Ruscha (top left); and a C-print of Cindy Sherman’s photo Untitled (Bathing Suit).
“Woodstock for geeks.” Described in the St. Paul paper as a cross between American Idol, Animal House and a Star Trek convention (?), the local version of the tech conference BarCamp featured New Media designer Justin Heideman last week. During December 11′s MinneDemo beer-and-tech day, Justin and his Co-Op Media partner Paul Wenzel demonstrated their new “reactive video utility”; according to the Pioneer Press it “makes video or animation move to music in a way that is more spontaneous than similar programs.”
Engaged Art: After all its trendwatching and cliquish coverage of Art Basel Miami Beach, the New York Times‘ story on Rick Lowe’s Project Row Houses on Sunday was refreshing. Written by Michael Kimmelman, the piece quotes Lowe on how he began converting derelict row houses in Houston’s Third Ward into arguably “the most impressive and visionary public art project in the country“: “[In 1990], a group of high school students came over to my studio. I was doing big, billboard-size paintings and cutout sculptures dealing with social issues, and one of the students told me that, sure, the work reflected what was going on in his community, but it wasn’t what the community needed. If I was an artist, he said, why didn’t I come up with some kind of creative solution to issues instead of just telling people like him what they already knew. That was the defining moment that pushed me out of the studio.”
Commence strutting: In a profile by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Yale art school dean and 2007 Venice Biennale curator Robert Storr describes himself as an “internationalist,” derides the art world’s New York “filter,” and praises the Walker as “probably the best-run museum in the country.”
The Art of Walking: This YouTube video is simply amazing, illustrating exactly how walking (and running and jumping and flipping) can be transformed into the acrobatic art of Le Parkour. Just watch.