February 25, 2010
World Beach Project - you can be part of it!
"The World Beach Project is a global art project open to anybody, anywhere, of any age. Building on the experience many of us have of making patterns on beaches and shorelines, this project combines the simplicity of making patterns with stones with the complexities of shape, size, colour, tone, composition, similarity and difference."
Here is the map where you can see what others have been doing.
You can view and search all contributions.
via Museum 2.0
February 19, 2010
MLibrary Photo Contest - Favorite Spot on Campus
The Library is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Student Photo Contest! Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter up to two photos (electronically only) between Feb. 15-March 8. First, second and third place photos will be displayed in the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and gift cards will be awarded to the winning photographers.
This year's contest theme is "Favorite Spot on Campus". Photographers may interpret the theme in any way they like, but must explain how it relates to their photograph(s). Rules for photo submission, selected entries from previous years, and further information can be found here.
February 15, 2010
Renzo Piano at UNESCO Laboratory Workshop, Genoa, Italy
Image by G. Berngo Gardin, courtesy Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Source: AAEL Digital Images
Renzo Piano is a world renowned Italian architect and recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, AIA Gold Medal, Kyoto Prize and the Sonning Prize. In 1981, Piano founded the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, employing hundred people with offices in Paris, Genoa, and New York. Renzo Piano's principal work includes more than 40 world-famous projects, as museums, galleries, churches, music parks, institutes and national centers, shopping centers, bridges, reconstructions of squares, and airports.
February 08, 2010
Beyond the Motor City
"Beyond the Motor City: Detroit and the American transportation system now and in the future" premiers Monday, February 8 at 10 pm on PBS television stations and on their website. The documentary is part of Blueprint America, a multiplatform production of PBS addressing the critical issue of the nation's failing infrastructure. The website provides interviews, blogs, web videos, expert analyses, and documentaries.
University of Michigan Professor Robert Fishman is a featured interview in the documentary and his paper 1808 - 1908 - 2008 National Planning for America also appears on the "Beyond the Motor City" report site.
February 05, 2010
Image © Robert Mavrinac
On January 25th Dutch (VPRO) television broadcasted "Doorstart Detroit" (Reboot Detroit). It is "about the shared faith of GM and Detroit, and if the crisis will lead to new insights or not." Watch it in full at Detroit Unreal Estate Agency website.
Detroit Unreal Estate Agency project is aimed at new types of urban practices (architecturally, artistically, institutionally, everyday life, etc) that came into existence, creating a new value system in Detroit.
The Detroit Unreal Estate Agency has the goal to turn the story of Detroit and the ways of evaluating and developing the city’s potential upside down.
"Detroit right now is just this vast, enormous canvas where anything imaginable can be accomplished."
"Despite the recession — and in some cases because of it — small businesses are budding around Detroit in one of the more surprising twists of the downturn."
Here is recent article in NY Times about young entrepreneurs opening new businesses in Detroit "Detroit Entrepreneurs Opt to Look Up".
February 01, 2010
History of Art Symposium
Part II: Allan Sekula and Sally Stein
Saturday, February 6, 1–5:30 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium
This two-part symposium (Part I Jan. 30) explores new practices in documentary photography through the work of some of its most important contemporary practitioners. Each talk will be followed by a panel discussion.
Since the 1970s, Allan Sekula has been on the forefront of documentary practice, expanding our understanding of the photographic “objectivity” in his dual role as both photographer and theoretician.
Sally Stein is an art historian whose field is the history of photography with particular interest in American photography of the New Deal era. Feminist issues and methodology consistently inform her efforts toward an interdiciplinary critical perspective.