NewsForge | Art production and the open source paradigm

I thought this was a pretty interesting article that talks about the visual arts from the point of view of the Open Source movement.  I am deeply devoted to both. 😉 – John

NewsForge | Art production and the open source paradigm
Art production in an open source environment is more of a challenge than most people think. I know this from my experience in the Ubuntu interface design project in past few years. It has become clear to me that it is impossible to produce high quality visual content in an environment that is lacking coordination. That insight prompted me to investigate other models that could be adopted and used in the open source context. I found the commercial agency to be one of the most efficient and productive models that I can recommend for adaptation, thanks to one single factor — art direction. Art direction assures the unity and consistency that are the main characteristics of professional artwork.


Wired News: Remembering James Kim

Posted by: John

James Kim was a TechTV personality when I first saw him. I watched him almost every week on the CNET podcast that my TiVo gets. I have his last review he did in his life sitting on there right now. He had a down to earth presentation style about technology that I hope to have, too. He made technology accessible, and was fun to watch, especially when he was using the gadgets he was reviewing to show off his kids. James, you’ll be missed greatly.

Wired News: Remembering James Kim
James’ body was found Wednesday by one of four helicopters paid for by the family. Although some rescuers had reported seeing a flash of light near him from their helicopter, by the time they arrived at the location, it was too late. I could go on and on about the tragedy of someone so well-loved being found dead after being missing for eleven days, with a full-fledged search not starting until about a week after the Kim family went missing, as well as the fact that the family had to fund the helicopters themselves, but that’s not the point right now.

The point is this. During his life, everyone who knew him felt the considerable warmth of James Kim, who died alone in the cold. Nothing could be less fair.

Links to “Science as Muse” artists

Posted by: Brian

I spent Sunday afternoon at the Montgomery Center for the Arts in Skillman, N.J., this past weekend and talked to some of the artists involved in an exhibit called “Science as Muse: 8 Artistic Riffs on Science & Technology.” I recorded the conversations and they will be featured in our future podcast.

For now, I would like to share links to the artists’ Web sites so you can become acquainted with them and their work.

Dahlia Elsayed
Jonathan Feldschuh
Susan Kaprov
Patricia Lay
Susan Muñoz
Barbara Osterman

Artists Mary Leck and Sharon Libes were also featured in the exhibit, but they do not have Web sites.

“Science as Muse: 8 Artistic Riffs on Science & Technology” is at the Montgomery Center for the Arts (Google Map) through Feb. 4, 2007. Hours are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday. The gallery is closed Monday and Saturday. Admission is free.

For more information, call 609-921-3272.

Montgomery Center for the Arts: Science as Muse

Posted by: Brian

I came across this free event at a gallery in Central New Jersey that sounds like a perfect fit for those interested in art and technology:

Science as Muse: Eight Artistic Riffs on Science and Technology
Montgomery Center for the Arts
124 Montgomery Road
Skillman, NJ 08558

Exhibit runs Nov. 28, 2006 – Feb. 4, 2007; Reception and gallery talks, Dec. 3, 2006, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Closed Saturday and Monday.