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John Maeda, Fireball. Image from Thinking in Practice

Two on technology – 1. President of RISD John Maeda, featured in a Q&A in Thinking In Practice, the online magazine, says some interesting things about artists and the future. “Technologies are raw forms of enablement; art and design take those technologies and bring commercial and cultural relevance to them. Whether those technologies are an oil-based pigment that dries glossy, or a tubular form of steel that bends easily, or a mechanical platform with 4 tires, or a TV screen that lets you change more than the broadcasting channel, artists and designers are the ones who see the potential in these materials and make meaning. It’s why I believe that artists and designers are the true innovators of the next century, like scientists and technologists were in the last century.”

2. We’re not big Google+ users, and this disappoints us: They banned Moan Lisa Art Akademie, a popular Dada art community, for “artistic nudity.”  We never saw any of Moan Lisa’s postings, but if you think you are invisible on the web, think again, someone’s watching. At the time of their banishment, they had 4000 followers on Google+. Cassandra Van Hout wrote a response to the incident for her blog.

Creative Time is erring on the side of whimsy with their summer venture in Far Rockaway: a sand castle contest! The contest begins on the 86th street boardwalk TODAY, August 17 at 3PM and includes artists such as Tom Sachs, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, Shelter Serra and Snarkitecture. After the castle building, the party continues on the boardwalk.

Come knit with Andrew Dahlgren at the Knit Lab, a temporary studio set up in the Philadelphia Art Alliance’s first floor galleries! There will be knitting machines that you can work on (and get taught how to use) and free materials. Dahlgren teaches industrial design at UArts and archietcture at Penn, and runs ADMK (Andrew Dahlgren Machine Knitting). Knit Lab is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 through Sunday, August 26, 11am to 5:30pm. Admission is free! The program is In conjunction with the fall exhibition “Philadelphia Qualities of Life” organized with Philly Works,

The Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation is giving $140,000 worth of grants to 25 Philadelphia arts and cultural organizations. A complete list of grants for 2012 is below; information on each grantee is available here. Congratulations to all!

1812 Productions  — Theatre Education Program       10,000
Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture   — General Operating Support     7,000
Art Sanctuary — General Operating Support    7,500
Art-Reach — Core Programs in Philadelphia    5,000
ArtWell/Arts and Spirituality Center — Poetry Programs    5,000
Asian Arts Initiative — General Operating Support    5,000
Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra — General Operating Support    5,000
Clay Studio — Claymobile Arts Education     5,000
Commonwealth Youthchoirs — Choral Education Program   5,000
Community Education Center — General Operating Support    5,000
Enchantment Theatre Company — In-School Theatre Arts Residency  5,000
InterAct Theatre Company — Theatre Residency   5,000
Koresh Dance Company  — Koresh Kids Dance Program      5,000
Kulu Mele African Ensemble — African Dance and Drum Classes    5,000
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers — General Operating Support      5,000
Musicopia — After-school Drumline Ensemble         7,500
Norris Square Neighborhood Project — Art Factory Youth Program     5,000
Philadelphia Dance Company — Instruction and Training Program     5,000
Philadelphia Folklore Project — General Operating Support       5,000
Philadelphia Photo Arts Center*  — Teen Photo Program   5,000
Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre  — The Othello Project    5,000
Philadelphia’s Magic Garden*   — Tile/Grout Mosaic Mural Program        5,000
Scribe Video Center  — Documentary History Project/Youth    5,000
Spiral Q Puppet Theater  — General Operating Support    7,500
Village of Arts and Humanities — Teen Arts Programs      5,500
*First-time grantee.


You a big techie? Brooklyn-born coworking space 3rd Ward is hiring a lead developer. Apply here.

Mono No Aware has issued a call for works using sculpture, expanded cinema, performance or projections involving Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm. The deadline is October 31

via Wooloo – The Wassaic Winter Residency is now open. Located at the Old Hotel in Maxon Mills, residents receive studio space, residential space, as well as extensive programming, performance and exhibition opportunities, as well as an invitation to exhibit work in the 2013 Wassaic Project Annual Summer Festival. All of the residencies, at $600 plus a $300 security deposit, are subsidized. Winter residencies are $1100 per month. They also award fellowships based on merit and artist need, and a $300 Education Fellowship to one artist-in-residence per month to work with local high school art teachers in their classrooms. Applications are due Aug 28 for dates Nov 2-Apr 30.

via Amber Dorko Stopper – Birkensnake Magazine is looking for experimental literary or fiction writing that explores established genre fiction from the perspective of an outsider, in 5000 words or less. Dorko Stopper, a writer and an avid crafter with whom we’ve chatted via podcast, has been chosen by the founders to guest edit – congrats, Amber! Her blog post contains a link to an interview with the founders and all the guidelines you’ll need. Deadline: October 31.

The College Art Association has extended its deadline, and is accepting applications through Friday, August 24, for the second year of its International Travel Grant Program (supported by the Getty Foundation). This program gives funding to twenty art historians, museum curators, and artists who teach art history to attend the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. Applicants must live and work outside the United States; and they’re especially encouraging of professionals from developing countries or from nations underrepresented in CAA’s membership.

Artist News

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Joshua Mosely, “Natura Vowel.”

Jennie Thwing has a raft of new video projects coming out in the wake of two residencies in Norway and Connecticut. They’re likely to be incorporated into her next exhibition, and they include The GreeningFrantic, and Wanderlust. Thwing is also co-curating, along with Josh Mosley, a stop motion animation exhibit  “Harsh Realities” at Rowan University, opening on September 6. The show has a fantastic lineup including Jennifer Levonian, Martha Colburn, Alison Schulnik and more. We’ve done podcasts with both Thwing and Mosely, a professor at Penn.

An image from Amy Walsh’s Archive of Desire.

Amy Walsh, a PAFA MFA and Fleisher Challenge winner, who moved to Massachusetts last year, has begun raising funds for a project to collect imaginings of the future. Called The Archive of Desire, she sees the archive becoming a source of raw material for artists and storytellers, an educational tool, an activist resource, etc. The Archive currently exists as an old-school card catalog, and Walsh is raising funds to put it on the internet, where it’s more accessible. We are fully behind this idea – it’s like a living time capsule.

Chris Smith, “Perfectly Naked.”

via Philadelphia Sculptors – 1.Chris Smith has had work exhibited in three shows this spring and early summer. The first show was Beyond Rodin: New Directions in Contemporary Figurative Sculpture at The Rye Art Center in New York; this exhibition included his suite of sculptures titled Perfectly Naked. Carole Feuerman and Audrey Flack were among the other artists. 2. Sarah Peoples has started a pop up garden store in Brewerytown as a means of capitalizing on the thriving artist community there, plus giving an empty storefront some TLC. A recent PAFA MFA graduate, she’s using Girard Supply Co. (located at 2710 West Girard Avenue.) as the base of a multidisciplinary community project. Check out more details on both artists’ projects at the Philadelphia Sculptors newsletter.

Jayson Musson got a splendid little writeup in the NYTimes for his work in the previously unexplored field of Coogi sweaters.