Open Engagement, the conference for socially engaged art making, takes place in Pittsburgh this year. They are now accepting submissions for projects, panels, presentations, and workshops. [Open Engagement]
Look people – graffiti is made with the knowledge that it probably won’t last. It’s common for artists to tag other artists work, for property owners to paint over the tags, and for vandalization to occur. So when a guy, in this case, David William Noll, defaces two Park City murals believed to have been done by Banksy, don’t threaten him with the cost of restoration and jail time. His tags are part of the art. [Detroit Free Press]
The Rolling Jubilee has announced that they have purchased nearly four million dollars of student. Additionally, they are launching Debt Collective, a platform for organization, advocacy, and resistance by debtors. More details will be released soon, we hope. You are not a loan. [Strike Debt]
Alexandra Schwartz discusses Google Art Project, comparing falling in love with an art work online to falling in love with a person over a long term correspondence. Really? Who else is spending that much time in front of an image online who isn’t getting paid to do so? Anyway, read some overly precious writing about art, and feel good about the time you’ve spent in the alternative universe that is the Google Art Project. [The New Yorker]
In the department of the absurd, the Palo Alto Longevity Prize will offer a mere one million dollars to the person who cures old age. According to Aubrey de Grey, the chief science officer of the SENS Research Foundation, “With sufficient funding we have a 50/50 chance to getting this all working within the next 25 years, but it could also happen in the next 100,” LOL. [Techcrunch]
Now that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn from the Mayoral race, his brother Doug Ford has announced he will run in his stead. Here’s some choice quotes from Ford brother number two. [Elect Doug Ford]
In the summer of 2012 The Newtown Creek Armada invited people to visit New York’s sewage plant and play with their remote controlled water boats. The plant is located on the Newtown Creek, which was made a superfund site in 2010 due to its extreme pollution levels.
Open Engagement, the conference for social practice art-makers opened ran for three days last weekend. The busiest day, Sunday, included presentations by Sara Reisman, Edgar Arceneaux with Kevin Krapf, Jay Erker, Piero Passacantando, Aliya Bonar, and Deana Haggag with Ginevra Shay.
I took this picture on my iphone while visiting the Waiwera Thermal Springs in New Zealand last week. Could this photo be a sign photography is dying or does someone have some copy to file?
Are camera phones destroying photography? Some people say yes and that’s enough to make a headline. Some people say no and they are given the last word. Says photographer Magda Rakita, “Just because you’ve got a microprocessor in your computer doesn’t make you a writer. And just because you’ve got an Instagram app on your phone you aren’t a great photographer.” [The Guardian]
Luke O’Neil writes about 25 pieces a week. The viral schlock does the best. His rant about why that’s not a great recipe for truth in news reporting. [Esquire via: Carolina Miranda]
Open Engagement takes place at the Queens Museum this year and their call for submissions closes January 3rd. Get on this. [Open Engagement]
ArtInfo Canada interviewed a bunch of Canadian critics over the year and collected the best quotes. I’m included! [BLOUIN ARTINFO]
Instagram commenters don’t like Kim Kardashian’s hand painted George Condo bag. And they have a point; that bag, a Hermes Birkin, was better before Condo got his hands on it. It was a gift from Kanye West, whose 2010 album pictures a commissioned Condo painting. [Animal New York]
Sotheby’s is being sued by an unnamed plaintiff who claims the auction house lost several key stamps in her collection. [In the Air]
James Panero sat down with Sheikha Mayassa, the woman who runs the museum operations of Qatar. Qatar has spent over 1 billion on art. Panero seems to think this kind of spending on art could lead to a more liberalized state, though he also offers up the idea that it might just provide a foil for repressive practices. [The New Criterion]