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2011 TED Prize Winner: JR (Photos)

Congratulations to French street artist JR on winning the 2011 TEDPrize! The TED Blog announced his win: JR, a moving and innovative artist who exhibits freely in the world’s streets, has been named the recipient of the 2011 TED Prize — an award granting $100,000 and something much bigger: a wish to change the world with the support of the TED community. JR represents a new chapter in the TED Prize. While a seemingly unconventional recipient, his work matches the creativity and...

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What Is Missing?: Maya Lin's Memorial on the Sixth Extinction

What is Missing? is a multi-media multi-site memorial by Maya Lin that aims to build awareness about species loss and highlight what scientists and environmental groups throughout the world are doing to protect species and habitats. It's a manifestation of the mission of the What is Missing? Foundation to make the sixth extinction more visible through artwork based on science, and to emphasize the importance of preventing deforestation as a way of reducing emissions and protecting animals and...

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Indexing Future City

Jessica Hagy, the artist behind ThisIsIndexed, attended our "Future City" event last week and made her index drawings during the mayoral discussion. Below are the results, in chronological order. 8:25 PM 8:29 PM 8:32 PM 8:34 PM 8:36 PM 8:38 PM 8:40 PM 8:41 PM 8:43 PM 8:45 PM 8:46 PM 8:47 PM 8:50 PM 8:51 PM 8:55 PM 8:57 PM 8:59 PM 9:02 PM 9:05 PM 9:07 PM 9:08 PM 9:09 PM 9:10 PM 9:13 PM 9:16 PM 9:18 PM

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DUMBO Underwater: Artist Visualizes New York City Under Water

DUMBO Underwater (Image courtesy of the artist, Eric Corriel) Artist Eric Corriel has created a video installation in Brooklyn, New York that dramatizes and visualizes what that area might look like if the East River overflowed. His piece was inspired by imagining New York City under water as a result of sea-level rise. He has titled the project DUMBO Underwater in reference to the Dumbo neighborhood of Brooklyn where it is set. If you are in New York, you can view the installation live...

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ParkSpark: Artist Turns Dog Poop into Power

by Morgan Clendaniel Cambridge, Massachusetts (my home town) seems to be doing a lot of cool things these days. They have recently installed a work by conceptual artist Matthew Mazzotta: a streetlight powered entirely by dog droppings, called the ParkSpark Project. It works simply: You put the dog poop into the large container, where it is digested by bacteria, creating methane gas, which can then be used to light a lamp. Biogas digesters like this are often used on landfills or for...

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(Un)Inhabitable, Locavolt, and Apocaphilia

Looking back one, two and five years ago today (give or take!) on Worldchanging: 2009 (Un)Inhabitable? - Art of Extreme Environments Regine Debatty reviews an art exhibit that explores the meaning of living in extreme environments... 2008 The Locavolt Movement: Pushing For Energy Independence Julia Levitt reports on a recent story on the "locavolt" movement... 2005 Apocaphilia, Peak Oil and Sustainability A classic Worldchanging post by Jamais Cascio in which he lays out why there's still...

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Subverting the LiDAR Landscape: An Artistic Exploration

Subverted scan of London by Matthew Shaw | (via we make money not art) Worldchanging correspondent Regine Debatty has a post up at we make money not art about a cool project on display at Constructing Realities, an exhibition showcasing the best work from the Postgraduate Certificate Course in Advanced Architectural Research at the Bartlett School of Architecture. The project is called "Subverting the LiDAR Landscape: Tactics of Spatial Redefinition for a Digitally Empowered Population" and...

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A Living Archive of the Dead: Extinction Tattoos Photo Essay

Five years ago today Jamais Cascio looked back at Alex Steffen's essay on "The Culture of Extinction" in which Alex made a powerful and moving suggestion: the creation of a living archive of the dead: So, here's my modest proposal: I propose that we start wearing the dead on our skin. Images exist of a great many extinct species, and I expect the proportion of well-documented extinctions to increase in the next couple decades. I propose that we assemble and maintain a database of names,...

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Book Review: Urban Interventions - Personal Projects in Public Spaces

Urban Interventions - Personal Projects in Public Spaces, edited by Robert Klanten and Matthias Huebner (available on Amazon UK and USA.) Publisher Gestalten says: This book is a striking collection of the personal, often playful and thought-provoking installations in urban environments that use and react to walls, traffic signs, trees, ads, and any and all elements of the modern city. It is the first book to document these very current art projects - as well as their interplay with fine...

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350 in Graffiti

The good folks over at 350.org recently posted a terrific video of the graffiti artist Hans Hansen explaining the need to bring atmospheric CO2 back down to 350 ppm in visual terms. 350 from Hans Hansen on Vimeo. Of course, to accomplish this, we need to also talk about climate-neutral cities. To get to 350, we need to first get to zero Thanks to Robin Chase for the heads-up!

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