Jenny Holzer takes over the Guggenheim Bilbao and other news – SURFACE
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May 4, 2021
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Jenny Holzer transforms her Truisms in a giant AR takeover of Guggenheim Bilbao.
Jenny Holzer has a long history with the Guggenheim Bilbao; she recently organized a 2019 retrospective, “Thing Indescriptable”, in which she created vertical LED panels and light projections. Today, the American artist is taking his relationship with the museum to the next level by AR operator to project his textual interventions on the world famous architecture of Frank Gehry. One of the new works of art, accessible from any device anywhere, joins the museum’s permanent collection and shows AR projections of texts by different authors. His title, Like beauty in flames, for example, is inspired by the poem of the Polish poet Anna Swirszczynska “Beauty Dies”.
Citing security concerns, the MoMA blocks protesters who planned to protest inside.
A slight noise erupted last Friday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City when protesters attempted to break into the building. According to a spokesperson for the museum, two security guards were injured when they tried to “close the entrance in accordance with established security protocols.” Lately, the museum has come under fire for the influence of wealthy patrons on the institution’s programming and values, particularly former president Leon Black, who had ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Strike MoMA campaign is set to last at least June 11 and involves a coalition of activist groups known as the International Imagination of Anti-National Anti-Imperialist Feelings, which aims to dismantle the museum hierarchy.
Saudi Arabia plans to transform the ancient city of AlUla into an international cultural center.
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans to turn the ancient city of AlUla into a global tourist destination for art and culture. Billed by the Royal Commission for AlUla as “the largest living museum in the world,” the $ 15 billion master plan includes the expansion of the regional airport, the launch of an archeology and conservation center and the construction of a number of ultra-luxury hotels, including one by Jean Nouvel dug in the existing rocky landscapes of the Sharaan nature reserve. The plan, whose final phase is expected to be completed in 2035, aims to create 38,000 jobs, boost the country’s $ 32 billion economy and attract two million visitors a year.
Filmmaker, visual artist and activist Titus Kaphar signs with United Talent Agency.
Titus Kaphar has had the whole year – not only did the artist enjoy a successful solo show at Gagosian New York, but his painting of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement landed on the cover of Time. His star continues to rise: he recently sign with United Talent Agency to collaborate on a multitude of projects ranging from television and film to publishing and podcasts. The announcement precedes the launch of his own production company, dubbed Revolution Ready, which translates his paintings on screen into long and short film formats.
The Sacramento Valley Station will be transformed into a self-sustaining and regenerative transit hub.
Designed by the architectural firm Perkins and Will, in collaboration with ARUP, Grimshaw Architects, EPS, AIM Consulting and the City of Sacramento, the 31-acre mixed-use development is one of the most sustainable public spaces in California. Running on 100% renewable energy with recycled water meeting the non-potable needs of the community, the central objective of the plan is based on the user experience: walking, affordable housing and alternative modes of transport for reduce car-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Mozambique hosts a new national park while monitoring its neglected biodiversity.
Putting aside a dark history colored by wars, disasters and insurgencies, Mozambique celebrates good news: welcoming a new national park, Chimanimani. Located on the border with Zimbabwe, about 90 miles southwest of the country’s most famous national forest, Gorongosa, the designation comes as the government ramps up conservation efforts, including two Chimanimani surveys to gain insight of the poorly studied biodiversity of the region. Upon completion, a team of scientists and nonprofits – Dr. Piotr Naskrecki, BIOFUND and Fauna & Flora International, to name a few, identified nearly 1,000 plant species and 76 plant and animal species endemic to the Chimanimani mountains and not found anywhere else on earth.
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This detailed illustration illustrates how sea level rise can reshape Bangkok.
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