news and ideas from writers around the San Francisco Bay Area this week, curated and edited by Mark Gould
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Republished to the new good.is platform from YouTube by Thrash Lab:Video: (Empty America) What San Francisco Would Look Like Without Humans. This is both a very beautiful and a kind of creepy, the good kind of creepy, video (as it is intended) … in the sense that it makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up; Imagine the world with no people, that’s what Thrash Lab does to beautiful effect using Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere as their tool set – these skilled digital artisans deleted every human and moving car from all the sequences. This short, the first of a series called Empty America, shows every landmark from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s Wharf to Lombard Street to Ghirardelli Square to the Bay Bridge, ‘wiped empty of tourists and traffic.
It’s very worth your while taking a look at Thrash Lab’s growing body of work on YouTube where they are accumulating sizable views and apparently, loyal viewers. Links to their web presence elsewhere are on that page. From what I’ve seen so far, quite the talented young group of creatives, hashtag #dreambigger
From Golden Gate Xpress: SF State artist forges storytelling craft by Sean Reichhold
Rather than simply picking one medium to master, April Martin Chartrand has gone so far as to completely create her own art form altogether.
Her art form called ”fiberalchemy,” is her attempt to find the most personal and accurate way of expressing herself. She uses extreme heat or cold to manipulate the texture of painted fabrics to create hardened, colorful sculptures. Chartrand has been using this technique to make anything from earrings and necklaces to hand fans and wall pieces.
Her journey however, began decades ago with a simple sewing machine. (full story ->)
East Bay Express: Noise Pop 2013 Lineup Announced: Toro Y Moi, Amon Tobin, Rogue Wave, and More
Noise Pop is the music festival for people who hate music festivals, i.e. the all-day, drag-out, beer-guzzling, bro-fest that many of the weekend-long music festivals have become. Noise Pop 2013 will take place over six days, Tuesday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, March 3, 2013, and today organizers announced an initial lineup that includes Berkeley resident Toro Y Moi, San Francisco’s Rogue Wave, and experimental DJ extraordinaire Amon Tobin. (full story ->)
Grant will support a six-station public media science reporting collaborative
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San Francisco, CA — KQED, public media serving Northern California, has been awarded a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a two-year collaborative multimedia science reporting initiative, QUEST Beyond Local. The grant will support KQED and five other public media organizations in creating content under the theme of “Science of Sustainability” on television, radio and the Web, along with educational assets and community outreach. QUEST Beyond Local is scheduled to launch in January.
“We are pleased to see how QUEST, with its history of being organizationally and technologically innovative, is expanding its science reporting model,” said Valentine Kass, acting deputy division director in NSF’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings. “QUEST Beyond Local builds new capacity in local and national media channels to address current science and environmental issues with local authority and national relevance.” (full story ->)
San Francisco 49er Tight End Vernon Davis is Finally Following his Artistic Heart via Yahoo
Growing up as he did in a tough Washington, D.C., neighborhood, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had artistic interests and talents that were sidetracked by living a hard life on tough streets. Davis avoided art classes in high school, because he thought that his classmates would judge him. “I figured that if I took up art classes, people would look at me differently,” Davis recently told Yahoo! Sports. “I wanted to be cool, and I didn’t know how to adapt at the time. It’s sad, but that’s just the way it was.”
He got his primary support in life from his grandmother, who raised Davis and his siblings. It was when he went to the University of Maryland that things started to come together for him in a football sense. But it was also at Maryland that Davis finally found a way to further his previously hidden interest in art. He changed his major from Criminal Justice to Art Studio, and he was on his way. “I’ve always enjoyed the idea of being an artist,” he said. Davis has set up a visual arts scholarship fund so that young people can know that it’s OK to follow your dreams into art. “You can miss out on a great opportunity if you don’t follow your heart.”
Two Legendary West Coast Artists Reunite…And It Feels So Good
PAPERMAG writes: Now that longtime friends and artists Chris Johanson and Barry McGee have transcended their underground status to become established figures in contemporary art, it seemed appropriate to see what they would have to say to each other all these years later. We’ve known them both for ages, first seeing the mayhem they wrought upon San Francisco in the ’90s as leading figures of what would be known as the Mission School. This was soon after having met them when they began showing at New York’s Alleged Gallery, and following them as they mounted their first spectacle shows at Deitch. In that period of time both artists’ work defined a generation. (full story ->)
Recently I went to the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Center in San Rafael, where the famed Shaolin Warriors of China were to give a performance in display of their hand-to-hand and weapons martial skills. The troupe of 20 Shaolin monks were on the second leg of their fall 2012 North American Tour, and the performance, produced and owned by China Performing Arts Agency Productions, Ltd., was designed to be a dazzling display of gung-fu couched in a “theatrical display” of a “sacred and deadly art.”
Additionally, the Academy of Tae Kwon Do in San Francisco, where I am a student, was accorded a rare, once in a lifetime 15-minute special performance, a quarter hour prior to the show. (read the full review at SF BayView ->)
(CARACAS, Venezuela) Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has launched a new website and has starting blogging in an attempt to expand his online presence. Chavez said he set up the official site that debuted Tuesday partly to combat people using the Internet to spread falsehoods. Chavez’s Twitter account lists more than 435,000 followers. Full Story at Huffington Post.
The next Apple TV Revealed: Cloud Storage, an iPhone App, and a $99 price tag:
If you thought that Apple’s foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you’re quite wrong. A tip we’ve received — which has been confirmed by a source very close to Apple — details the outlook for the next version of the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy.
Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said the company is working with Google on a tablet computer, as the wireless company works to catch up with iPad host AT&T in the area of devices that connect to wireless networks. WSJ.comhttp://bit.ly/9j0kZI
5-Story Hayes Valley Grocery and Condos: Approved!
Hayes Valley Mixed-Use Market at 555 Fulton Goes Back in Time. The Planning Commission approved proposed development with its original, glassy look. Curbed SFhttp://bit.ly/cngzfs
Coming Up! Intersection for the Arts: May 19th – July 3, 2010
A group exhibition featuring work by April Banks, Sergio De La Torre & Vicky Funari, Suzanne Husky, Laura Parker, Favianna Rodriguez, James Reed and Banker White.
this exhibition positions artists and the act of cultural production at the forefront of the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurialism.