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2007-03-04

Technology_42

Entry: Software
Focus: Processing



Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.
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http://www.processing.org/

Book_39

Entry: Systems
Focus: Linked: The New Science of Networks



The first book to explore the hot new science of networks and their impact on nature, business, medicine, and everyday life. In the 1980's, James Gleick's Chaos introduced the world to complexity. Now, Albert-Lszl Barabsi's Linked reveals the next major scientific leap: the study of networks. We've long suspected that we live in a small world, where everything is connected to everything else. Indeed, networks are pervasive--from the human brain to the Internet to the economy to our group of friends. These linkages, it turns out, aren't random. All networks, to the great surprise of scientists, have an underlying order and follow simple laws. Understanding the structure and behavior of these networks will help us do some amazing things, from designing the optimal organization of a firm to stopping a disease outbreak before it spreads catastrophically. In Linked, Barabsi, a physicist whose work has revolutionized the study of networks, traces the development of this rapidly unfolding science and introduces us to the scientists carrying out this pioneering work.
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http://www.nd.edu/~networks/Linked/index.html

Art_88

Entry: Multidisciplinary
Focus: Atelier Van Lieshout


Atelier Van Lieshout (AVL) is a multidisciplinary company that operates internationally in the field of contemporary art, design and architecture. AVL was founded in 1995 by Joep van Lieshout. The name Atelier Van Lieshout emphasises the fact that the works of art do not stem solely from the creative brain of Joep van Lieshout, but are produced by a creative team. The works of art are practical, uncomplicated and substantial. The work varies from sculptures and furniture, bathrooms and mobile home units to complete architectural refurbishments. One of the many applications and techniques used by AVL are the large polyester constructions in striking, bright colours. These polyester constructions, of which the large mobile home units are the best known, form the AVL trademark. For a number of years now the focus has no longer been on standardized, made-to-order furniture, but has shifted to works of art that can be used for a self-sufficient and independent lifestyle. In addition to this development and the production of applied art, the Atelier also realises many autonomous art projects.
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http://www.ateliervanlieshout.com

Art_87

Entry: Geopolitics, Markets and Amnesia
Focus: Moscow Biennale



Video: Final Sequence of Andrei Tarkovsky´s Solaris (1972).
In the framework of the Biennale’s main project the international team of curators is to present a series of exhibitions united by the theme «FOOTNOTES on geopolitics, markets and amnesia».
In the framework of the program ‘Special guests of the Biennale’ the works of worldwide famous artists will be shown- Darren Almond, Komar and Melamid, Luca Pancrazzi, Pipilotti Rist, Jeff Wall, Valie Export. The projects of Robert Wilson and Yoko Ono will be shown in April and May of 2007. Also to be shown are the retrospectives of Pierre and Gilles, Mathew Barney’s films, the projects ‘I Believe’, ‘Movement, evolution, art’, ‘Sots Art. Political art in Russia and China’, ‘Disputes on Realism’, Art Digital 2006 and others. The program of special projects of the Second Moscow Biennale sets itself the task of acquainting the viewers with contemporary art, both in Russia and in the world.
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http://www.2nd.moscowbiennale.ru/

Design_43

Entry: School
Focus: Design Media Arts



The influence of technology and scientific innovation is profoundly changing how we express ourselves. Media Arts is a new field that represents the exciting convergence of technology with the established design discipline. The Design Media Arts program offers a comprehensive approach to design that encourages innovation by students. The faculty in this program seeks to provide students with the creative, artistic and intellectual foundation upon which they can build their contributions to this dynamic field.
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http://www.dma.ucla.edu/