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Slow Motion Conversation

We’ve been busy in Star Studio during Andy Warhol Enterprises…then again, it might be more accurate to say that our visitors have been busy. Star Studio is a space designed to encourage visitors of all ages  to participate in hands-on exploration of works of art on display at the IMA.  Star Studio projects encourage visitors to think about art by making art of their own, by creating in dialogue with the work on display.  Andy Warhol Enterprises has definitely sparked quite a few of those creative conversations in Star Studio.  We’ve divided the activities in Star between making art and writing about the intersection between art and commerce.

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Advertisements as Art

The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists…never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little. – Banksy

Slow and self-obsessed? Way harsh, Banksy. I’m not going to chime in on that part of your quote. However, I do often think about the possible art the super bright, creative, and ambitious people in the IMA’s Design Studio would be creating if they had unlimited time and money and weren’t grinding out ads for me about Free General Admission (shameful plug). Of course, that’s not to say that great art is always created from pure passion without hopes of compensation, but haven’t artists mainly paid the bills by creating art for other people? I mean, I’m no art historian but a lot of great art was commissioned in some way, right? And while I understand Banksy’s criticism, today I’m going to point out a few examples of what I think are artistic advertisements.

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Filed under: Art, Current Events, Marketing


Free Admission

Yesterday, I was catching up on Seth’s Blog and came across a post that mentions a restaurant in Denver, Colorado that has a new menu every week full of healthy organic dishes without prices. Sounds swank, right? Wrong. The restaurant’s name is So All May Eat Cafe (SAME) and operates under a donation model. Instead of the usual check at the end of the meal, guests get an envelope for a donation. If no donation can be made, the owners offer the guest the opportunity to help out a little in the kitchen. Cool, huh?

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Viral Video Recipe

For the last month or so, I’ve had guerrillas and how they market on my brain. I’m particularlly interested in what an IMA viral video campaign would look like. However, even though there are video campaigns out there that have achieved viral success, setting out to make one seems rather daunting. How do people do it? Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Marketing, New Media


Bending Circuits with Beatrix*JAR

beatrixjar1Since boyhood, I’ve had a fascination with music and electronics. Unsurprisingly then, I’m also fascinated by electronic music and can remember waiting for nearly a day for ReBirth, a Roland 808 emulator, to download over a 28.8k modem. We all wanted to make classic rap beats at age 14, right?

Since then, I’ve ditched the dial-up modem for broadband and ReBirth for a full blown electronic music production suite called Reason. Needless to say, I’m still fascinated by electronic music. However, what is more fascinating to me is that electronic music production has gotten to the point where musicians can now be recognized for being able to play a laptop just as well as someone who can play a piano. Here’s a neat fact, an electronic instrument called a “Drumitar” has been used to win five Grammy Awards. Check out a video of it being played here. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Art, Current Events, Marketing, New Media, Public Programs, The Toby


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