Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jasmina Cibic

Jasmina Cibic 
.The Greenhouse Effect (51°  28' 27,58" N, 0° 01' 23,75" W ) 
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Spectators, Tourists and Casual Passers-by
Galeria AdHoc, Vigo, Spain
P.V. 8.00 pm Thursday 12 March 2009
Exhibition runs until 2 May 2009
   Cibic’s first solo show in Spain brings together a number of works and projects executed between 2006 and 2008 which all address participatory models of engagement and the contemporary condition with its doubt of the self-reflexive intention of artistic involvement.
   All the works on display are a product of delegated execution, either by assigning an active role in the co-production of the artwork to the (primary) participatory audience, or by delegating the execution of the work to a third party (such as police sketchers, craftsmen etc).
    By equipollating the viewer of an artwork within a museum alongside a mere passer-by in a transitory space Cibic questions the possible connections of art with social relations, especially those which, due to their context-specific attributes, ask questions of possible formulations of geo-political exoticisms.

Ads and places for eco friendly shopping

Interesting Green inventions:

Wasup washing machine uses its water for your toilet

This Wasup concept is a combo of a washing machine and a toilet, reusing the water that cleans the clothes in the washer to flush the toilet. It's a smart idea, as no one cares what's in the water they're about to pee into. It therefore conserves lots of water that would normally just be flushed away.

It's also smart in that it saves space for apartment dwellers, sticking the washing machine above the toilet and saving the floor space that the appliance usually takes up. Of course, you'd worry about dropping your clean clothes in the toilet, but as long as you're careful and coordinated this looks like a pretty great idea that I could see many people wanting.

Toilet Wash Machineelectric bikeThis is the E Bikeboard S500 made by Switzerland based company Swiss Bike Board, now you may be thinking what makes this so spectacular? Well it’s quite simple; this machine can be used on land, sea and snow, but it more importantly this little thing will get you around the roads and streets of where you live.

Technically it is on a couple of wheels but at first glance they look just like one. The Uno was unveiled recently at the National Motorcycle Show in Toronto.

If you can’t afford the latest hybrid cars, why not customize whatever vehicle you drive to make it one of those Green and Eco Cars, LITERALLY!

Here are the green machines. Source [Eco Friend]


A car stuffed with a bit of turf and real grasses to make it a green machine. What a great idea! It doesn’t really matter what engine type you have under the hood as long as you maintain watering it and that’s it!

The Ultimate Eco Car… Source [Eco Friend]


The man behind this ultimate eco car is Vasily Lazarenko, a Ukranian. He made the car’s body with thousand of oak parts, which makes it pretty strong but heavy. It is powered by an old 1981 Opel engine so its serius acceleration and top speed are in doubts. Although uniquely designed, car makers are not likely to accept this one. But still, I give my thumbs up to this man for such cleverness!

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The Church Gives Contemporary Art Its Blessing

The Church Gives Contemporary Art Its Blessing 
As the Vatican tries to build bridges between the Catholic Church and living artists, it also makes plans to exhibit new works

Monday, February 16, 2009

Controversial advertising has been something I have been working with lately...

Church angry after religious advertisements rejected
By Barney Zwartz 
Father Michael Kelly with the rejected poster. 
Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

The Catholic Church has faced many obstacles to spreading the word in its 2000-year history, but advertising agencies in 21st century Melbourne was not one it anticipated.

Slogans such as "Don't look down, look up" and "Talk to the Boss online every day" are too controversial, even illegal, Father Michael Kelly has been told.

His bid to publicise a new church website in the CBD and outdoor railway sites has been refused by agencies due to stringent rules that apparently forbid any form of religious advertising.

"This is outrageous," Father Kelly, chief executive of Church Resources, said yesterday. "How can contracts discriminate on the basis of religion? And I know it's not true because I've been on railway stations and seen ads for the Mormons and the Bible Society."

The Catholic Church has hired the advertising agency Nitro Group to run its

London's buses go to hell

London's buses go to hellThe proposed advert to run on London buses.
LONDON: Buses emblazoned with advertisements declaring "there's probably no God" will soon be travelling through the streets of London after the prominent atheist Professor Richard Dawkins agreed to help pay for them.

Campaigners say the messages will provide a "reassuring" antidote to religious ads that "threaten eternal damnation".

Professor Dawkins, the author of The God Delusion, said: "Religion is accustomed to getting a free ride - automatic tax breaks, unearned 'respect' and the right not to be 'offended', the right to brainwash children.

"Even on the buses, nobody thinks twice when they see a religious slogan plastered across the side. This campaign to put alternative slogans on London buses will make people think - and thinking is anathema to religion."

The advertising campaign, which could be plastered across as many as 60 buses for a month if just £11,000 ($27,000) is raised, was triggered by a blog posting. Those behind the project are confident they will raise enough money to pay for two sets of 30 bendy buses to travel through the capital in January bearing the atheist slogan: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

Interesting to see both sides being advertised...god gets a 3.5% response rate on his outdoor advertising campaign by libby lynn.

sony pulls religious playstation ad

Sony pulls 'Jesus' ad for PlayStation

Some Catholics were outraged by "Ten years of passion" ad for game console's tenth anniversary.

Religious depictions in advertisements are nothing new. Nor are offensive advertisements. Put the two together and you have an issue for us to talk about.

Reuters has the story that must have been all over the Italian papers of a Sony ad for the PlayStation gaming system depicting a smiling young man wearing a crown of thorns twisted into the PlayStation’s geometric logo.

The international news service’s story on C-Net’s lamely quotes an editor of a Catholic weekly in an attempt to sum up the controversy:


“This time they’ve gone too far,” said Antonio Sciortino, editor of Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family), a mass-circulation Catholic weekly.

“If this had concerned Islam there would have been a really strong reaction,” Sciortino was quoted as saying in the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Say what? You want to explain that quote for us, Reuters? That quote, I believe, is an attempt to portray the controversy, but the article fails to explain exactly why the advertisements were offensive. Reuters does offer this background:

In the Bible, Jesus was forced to wear a crown of thorns by mocking Roman guards before he was crucified. In the advertisement, a young man smiles cheekily, wearing a crown whose thorns are twisted into the geometric shapes that are PlayStation’s logo.

Apparently this is not the first time someone has upset European Catholics in advertisements. An IKEA ad attempted to play off the decline of church attendance among Catholic Italians by stating that the furniture chain was open on Sundays and two ads portrayed a modified da Vinci’s Last Supper, one with a female Jesus and “glamorous disciples” and the other showing the followers of Jesus as gamblers and Judas holding his 30 pieces of silver.

I am not one to be offended easily, but I found the ads lacking in good taste. That said, I believe people should find better things to get upset over. Are the faithful in Europe making a mountain out of a molehill? Or are these adverts, as they say across the pond, something Christians — and those of other faiths — should really be concerned about? You can bet your money, as Sciortino said above, that certain radical Muslim groups would have had a few things to say about it.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Melting men-eco art calls attention to global warming

Melting Ice Men: Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo's melting sculpture connects humanity's fate to the artic ice melt.
 Ice melts. Simple, yes, and yet it seems to be one of those seminal issues of our time. Ice is melting, in a big, thundering, shuddering, streaming-down way, and it’s making polar bears swim longer, dissolving Arctic villages, and making the hunt difficult. Similar to the army of melting penguins from, Brazilian artistNele Azevedo’s art installation of frozen men brings the Arctic ice melt to the equator, metaphorically speaking. Showcasing a multitude of thought-provoking figures carefully sculpted out of ice, these men seem to sit in contemplation as the midday heat slowly erodes their bodies.
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garbage bag polar bears

Joshua Harris's bear of a garbage bag sculpture  (can be seen on you tube)
there's something refreshingly accessible about a polar bear that appears, at first glance, to be an ordinary piece of trash. "Air Bear" by Joshua Allen Harris is a garbage bag sculpture that inflates as passing subway cars provide a gush of air. Watching the bear go through cycles of "life" and "death" on a busy city street, we're reminded that real polar bears face a similar-but-not-so-charming fate, as global warming threatens their environment. Hopefully, artistic representations of wildlife won't be all that remains in the warmer future.

To help the protect the environment for polar bears, join the Sierra Club's Chill the Drills campaign

Homeless polar bears

Jenkins, a Washington, D.C.-based artist who creates sculptures primarily from packing tape, has earned international recognition for his street art installations, many of which feature astoundingly realistic human figures. For this series, Greenpeace and Jenkins added polar bear heads and ragged clothing to human figures to convey a sense of displacement and homelessness. To date, four sculptures have been deployed throughout the D.C. area in locations chosen to reach a variety of audiences and address different aspects of the global warming crisis. One bear bore a sign reading “S.O.S.,” while another had signs saying: “Victim of Oil Addiction” and “Global Warming Refugee. Help a brother out?” 

"My intention with this project was to leverage my street installations to promote awareness about the issue of global warming and the plight of the polar bear," said Jenkins. "It was our shared goal that the public would develop empathy for the polar bear as they have for the homeless which we see as two connected issues."

Watch a video of the bears in Washington:Homelessness Among Polar Bears on the Rise

Global Warming a myth... read the other side

Always interesting to read the other side....
The cold truth about global warming
By Dr. William Campbell Douglass  9/5/2008

If you're staying up nights worrying about your carbon footprint or how climate change is leaving polar bears adrift at sea, I've got the best advice you've heard in a while - get some sleep.

Al Gore and his global warming flunkies have half the world brainwashed into thinking our ice caps are melting, our seas are on the verge of boiling, and that everywhere from Miami to Juneau, Alaska is about to be ravaged by tropical diseases from malaria to Dengue Fever. Well, I've studied the science and I've got an "inconvenient truth" for Gore and company - the only hot air that's threatening the planet is coming out of their mouths.

Global warming has benefited from one of the greatest public relations and marketing efforts in recent history. You'll hear plenty from environmentalists about carbon emissions, clean energy, and the disappearing arctic, but here's what you will NEVER hear them admit:

Scientists have reaped MILLIONS from their global warming "research." They've turned supporting global warming - despite what the science really says - into a cash cow!

In fact, these same scientists were trying to convince us the world was cooling just a few decades ago, when that's where the grant money was. There's plenty of bad science and good marketing surrounding the global warming debate, but I'm here to give you the straight scoop.

Just enter your e-mail address and you'll gain access to my FREE report, The Cold Truth About Global Warming. And who am I? I'm Dr. William Campbell Douglass, and I've been called the greatest mythbuster in modern medicine.

I'm taking on global warming because I'm sick of these pseudo-scientists trying to turn their pet theory into a health scare. They've got good folks running scared, thinking a rash of climate-related diseases are going to invade the planet if they don't buy hybrid cars and solar panels.

Well, malaria isn't coming to Maine any time soon. I've gotten to the bottom of the climate change debate, and my FREE report The Cold Truth About Global Warming is going to leave a carbon footprint on the backside of global warming supporters. You'll learn all about the conspiracies in the scientific and government communities that are driving this crackpot notion.

Global Warming research

January 26, 2009

Polar bear 'stranded' on The Thames

A life-like 16ft high sculpture of an iceberg featuring a stranded polar bear
This giant sculpture of a polar bear stranded on a block of ice floated 7.5 miles from Greenwich towards the centre of London to highlight the problem of melting ice caps. The bear was also promoting the launch of a new television channel dedicated to natural history.

A total of 15 artists spent two months constructing the 20ft by 20ft square structure, which was launched at 6:30am before travelling up the Thames, stopping besideTower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament. The structure weighing, 1.5 tonnes, was winched into place.

The event coincides with the Eden Channel's Fragile Earthseries, presented by Sir David Attenborough. I felt this was a great way to force people to think about global warming.