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Urban Art By Spector in Paris

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Satin Panthers

New video by Hudson Mohawke called Satin Panthers. Gets your blood pumping.

Hudson Mohawke Satin Panthers

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Blu @ Draw The Line, Italy

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Art, Tech & the City

Last night’s meet-up focused on the various ways technology and the arts are informing our relationship to the cities we live in. From collaborative storytelling projects, to creative data visualizations, to location-based projects, we saw how these fields intersect to give us new ways of experiencing and understanding our urban lives.

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Conductor: mta.me

Musician, Google-employee and computer programmer Alexander Chen has created a brilliant new media art piece featured on www.mta.me. “Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s 1972 diagram.”

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Bonnaroo Preview

Rcrd Lbl has pulled together a nice little sampler of the bands playing at Bonnaroo this coming weekend. Realizing that the likes of Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Pretty Lights and Robyn will be there, makes me wish I was going!

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Roa in Mexico

Roa’s street art has become fairly ubiquitous in urban landscapes. The trademark black and white animal portraits grace urban landscapes from Paris to Brooklyn. Now you can see the process behind these large-scale works in this video posted by Mamutt Arte.

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Visibly Smart

Intel’s new ‘Museum of Me‘ asks participants to ‘visualize yourself.’ Its a powerful dictate illustrated through a surprisingly evocative digital depiction of a person’s role in social media, which leverages Facebook content to populate virtual gallery spaces. Interestingly, the experience provoked both positive and negative brand associations, by both inspiring me to change my Facebook privacy settings, while also marveling at the speed and performance of the Intel Core i5 processor.

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Urban prayer

I just finished this mix of tunes called ‘Urban Prayer’ (inspired by a conversation on a Brooklyn rooftop), replete with tracks that have served as the soundtrack to my new life in NYC. Mostly new songs, with a few oldies thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

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Escape machines

Best experiential marketing I’ve seen in a while.

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Cicada Princess

Cicada Princess is a short film based on a children’s book by the same title, both written and produced by Mauricio Baiocchi (Mauchi) with illustrations and character designs by Steve Ferrera.

I love how the Mauricio Baiocchi is drumming up funding for his project. After watching this video and seeing how passionate he is about creating this indie gem, you’ll be hard pressed not to help out.

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Loom

This digital short may have frighten those with arachnophobia, but the less faint of heart will enjoy the eerily beautiful visuals enhanced by a stunning audio track. I suspect this is what the future of film-making looks like. Stay tuned for more by Polynoid.

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Why do you do what you do?

Great exploration by Brooklyn artist, Bill Kennedy

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Tomato Spray

New work by Mr. Brainwash. Kinda hate that I actually like this. Who needs JBL speakers when you can have an Andy Warhol spray can?

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We’re back in action!

It has been a while since my last blog post. Since then, I have completed my graduate studies, moved across the globe, and completed the new website for the Arts Arena (www.artsarena.org). I look forward to taking up blogging again, so stay tuned!

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