Urban Planning: A History of Public vs. Private Space in the Heart of Downtown Boston. Multimedia public artwork on view through March 21st, 2013, at Dewey Square Park between Summer Street and Congress Street. Best viewed after sundown! Photo credit to Suzi Grossman. A big thank you to friends, families, and neighbors who have been wonderful supporters of this installation project by our Lumen Collective!
The site-specific installation highlights an LED rope light plot of the buildings that once stood on the park's grounds, prior to the 1950's construction of the raised Central Artery Highway that displaced over 10,000 residents and destroyed 1,000 buildings when the land was claimed by the City of Boston via eminent domain. An accompanying sound-scape will be available only on the night of the opening (March 14, 2013) to imagine the commercial and industrial noise that may have issued from the businesses that formerly stood in Dewey Square.
This project has been a tremendous undertaking, particularly in terms of historical research that has taken us deep into city archives, family histories, and urban planning policy. Read our research statement here. The entire creative process has also been a trial by fire lesson in negotiation and collaboration. Overall, an amazing opportunity to work on a public art project supported by the Greenway Conservancy and Boston's Integrated Design Group. A huge learning experience all around.
Boston after the construction of the Central Artery, 1960. North Station at upper left, Dewey Square at lower left.
According to Artprice.com’s 2006 annual report, in that year alone the price of paintings shot up by 27 percent in the United States. The fortunes that the world’s elite was willing to pay for a painting climbed faster in the five years between 2001 and 2006 that in the previous twenty-five. A handful of investment firms were now selling fine art as a portfolio. Art had exploded into a trillion-dollar global business. The market hadn’t seen days like this since its winning streak in the 1980s. William Ruprecht, president and chief executive offer of Sotheby’s, said, “The reason people say this is different from the last boom is that in the 1980s, the market was driven by Japanese real-estate wealth. When that fell apart, the art market fell apart. Now we have Russian wealth, Chinese wealth, Japanese wealth, hedge fund wealth, entrepreneurial wealth, real-estate wealth. There is a huge concentration of wealth at the top of the economic pyramid, a bigger concentration than anyone has experience before.”
This spring, I am learning the histories and methods of sound art at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. What a totally mind-blowing experience, making me question music, noise, and everything in between on a whole new spectrum. Great fuel for thought especially during late-night drives home.
Media and sound artists Christopher Bauder & Robert Henke (Monolake) presented their monumental collaborative ATOM performance at the 2009 MUTEK Festival in Montreal. The piece was an interactive integration of lights, sounds, and 64 gas balloons…
Tribute to OK Go‘s brilliant team of marketeers, post-Super Bowl XLVI:
“The new music video from OK Go, made in partnership with Chevrolet. OK Go set up over 1000 instruments over two miles of desert outside Los Angeles. A Chevy Sonic was outfitted with retractable pneumatic arms designed to play the instruments, and the band recorded this version of Needing/Getting, singing as they played the instrument array with the car. The video took 4 months of preparation and 4 days of shooting and recording. There are no ringers or stand-ins; Damian took stunt driving lessons. Each piano had the lowest octaves tuned to the same note so that they’d play the right note no matter where they were struck. Many thanks to Chevy for believing in and supporting such an insane and ambitious project, and to Gretsch for providing the guitars and amps.”
… in a commercial broadcast during the most-watched TV show in U.S. history, seen by a record 166.8 million viewers!
“Foresight gives you and your company the flexibility to adapt to change. Creativity allows you to take advantage of it. Today, where innovation has become more important that production, not moving forward means going backward. Early adaptors, trendspotters, knowledge brokers, change agents, and all those who know where their industry is heading and what next big ideas are coming down the pike have become the stars of the business world.” — K. Ferrazzi