Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Creative Coding, Data Visualization

Arts And Tech Non-Profit Gray Area Is A Symbol For A Changing City | TechCrunch: "....Josette Melchor is one of those people. She’s been the one woman force behind the creation of San Francisco’s Gray Area (also known as GAFFTA), a non-profit that has validated an emerging form of art called creative coding over the past decade. Creative coding is about programming expressive, rather than functional, work. It runs the gamut from data visualization, like this very early Gray Area-supported project from Stamen Design that made interactive maps of Tenderloin data on crime and cabs, to projection mapping, like this pretty astonishing video from Bot & Dolly in Potrero Hill. Gray Area has also pioneered urban prototyping, a movement to get city residents involved in trialling new ideas for city life through quick, inexpensive and temporary projects. The “parklet,” first popularized in San Francisco, is a prime example. While there are emerging institutions at the intersection of art and technology like New York’s Eyebeam and Rhizome or Madrid’s Medialab-Prado, Gray Area is the West Coast’s answer...." (read more at link above)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sotheby’s Partners With EBay

The announcement comes just months after the activist shareholder Daniel S. Loeb criticized Sotheby’s for its antiquated business practices, likening the company to “an old painting in desperate need of restoration” and calling for directors there to beef up its online sales strategy. It also signals a new phase in Sotheby’s age-old rivalry with Christie’s. After years of running neck and neck, Sotheby’s has recently been losing business to its main competitor — and Christie’s is planning its own bold move to capture more online business, a $50 million investment that will include more Internet-only auctions and a redesigning of its website scheduled for October.(source infra)

A Warhol With Your Moose Head? Sotheby’s Teams With EBay - "Starting this fall, most of Sotheby’s New York auctions will be broadcast live on a new section of eBay’s website. Eventually the auction house expects to extend the partnership, adding online-only sales and streamed auctions taking place anywhere from Hong Kong to Paris to London. The pairing would upend the rarefied world of art and antiques, giving eBay’s 145 million customers instant bidding access to a vast array of what Sotheby’s sells, from fine wines to watercolors by C├ęzanne."

NYTimes: Art & Design