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Safe travels Aaron.

Press Release:
In December of 2011, those involved will be participants in the Little Lotus Project, where 12 artists from around the world have been chosen to travel to a remote region along the Thailand/Burma border to help refugee children through arts and music programs. This unique mission’s purpose is to expose these children to arts and music programs from both a cultural and palliative standpoint while bringing a broader awareness to the refugee situation where the original artwork that will be created by these artists and children, will be sold and auctioned off to raise money for the cause. It will be a transcendental project for not only the children, but also for the artists involved, as they will strive to use their talents to enact positive change in these children’s lives. This is why we need your help!

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Things are a changing indeed. Technology is allowing us to conceptualize in an increasingly non-linear way.

This eye-opening video is perfect for artists, designers or anyone who has a fascination with how the internet, and more generally modern technology, is changing our world today.

What are the defining aesthetics of art in the networked era? How is mass collaboration changing notions of ownership in art? How does micropatronage change the way artists produce and distribute artwork? The Future of Art begins a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

This video was shot, edited and screened at the Transmediale festival 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

Conceived and Edited by Gabriel Shalom
Produced by KS12 / Emergence Collective
Executive Producer: Patrizia Kommerell
Assistant Editor: Clare Molloy
Production Assistant: Annika Bauer

I was listening to an interview with Michael Gazzaniga, the author of the book Human while drawing at work. The discussion first dealt with the uniqueness and similarities between other living creatures, then moved on to how that applies as a logical overlay in bioethics and observational similarities that seem hard-wired into our genome objective to culture or background. The most entertaining thing about the segment was how easily the author condensed complex ideas into simple and relevant terms. He likes to laugh alot too. Haha. Here’s a short description of the book from the publisher’s website:

human the science bookcover One of the world’s leading neuroscientists explores how best to understand the human condition by examining the biological, psychological, and highly social nature of our species within the social context of our lives.

What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his widely accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga looks to a broad range of studies to pinpoint the change that made us thinking, sentient humans, different from our predecessors.

Neuroscience has been fixated on the life of the psychological self for the past fifty years, focusing on the brain systems underlying language, memory, emotion, and perception. What it has not done is consider the stark reality that most of the time we humans are thinking about social processes, comparing ourselves to and estimating the intentions of others. In Human, Gazzaniga explores a number of related issues, including what makes human brains unique, the importance of language and art in defining the human condition, the nature of human consciousness, and even artificial intelligence.

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I read about this on several artist blogs and heard it on email the past few weeks. This is highly alarming to anyone out there making a living from art. First, the definition of what is at stake:

An Orphaned Work is any creative work of art where the artist or copyright owner has released their copyright, whether on purpose, by passage of time, or by lack of proper registration. In the same way that an orphaned child loses the protection of his or her parents, your creative work can become an orphan for others to use without your permission.

It doesn’t get any better either… What they are attempting to do is redefine what an orphaned work is, and require those that create the work to register it with a mandatory system that is presently not required.

It is currently against international law to coerce people to register their work for copyright because there are so many inherent problems with it. But because big business can push through laws in the United States, our country is about to break with the rest of the world, again, and take your rights away.

With the tens of millions of photos and pieces of artwork created each year, the bounty for forcing everyone to pay a registration fee would be enormous. We lose our rights and our creations, and someone else makes money at our expense.

This includes every sketch, painting, photo, sculpture, drawing, video, song and every other type of creative endeavor. All of it is at risk!

If the Orphan Works legislation passes, you and I and all creatives will lose virtually all the rights to not only our future work but to everything we’ve created over the past 34 years, unless we register it with the new, untested and privately run (by the friends and cronies of the U.S. government) registries. Even then, there is no guarantee that someone wishing to steal your personal creations won’t successfully call your work an orphan work, and then legally use it for free.


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Click here to read about Orphan Works legislation on wikipedia

I am completely amazed and speechless about this video. I’ve seen animals painting abstract objects, but this is a literal image, clear and recognizable. This shows real thinking, creative intelligence, and ability to express a narrative about a situation visually. Art is so awesome….this elephant is able to demonstrate to people what it likes! Haha, I wonder if it is really a self portrait, or one of its friends. Wow. It’s so rad to be able to wonder that about an elephant.

Bruce Lee’s legend and iconic presence live on long after his death. He’s the quintessential martial artist all others follow. To celebrate his legacy and philosophies, Nucleus will host The Nature of Water opening on Saturday, January 5th (7to 11 PM) featuring art inspired by Bruce Lee from a large group of artists. Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s Daughter, will attend the opening reception sponsored by The Bruce Lee Foundation and Kaching Brands.

Artist Roster:

Aaron Jasinski, Albert Chow, Brian Castleforte, Cielo Oreste, Clement Hanami, Corey Lewis, Christopher Desantis, Cutesypoo, Daniel Chong, Dan Santat, Doug Murphy, Edwin Ushiro, Emmie Hsu, Erik San Juan. Greg Storey, Greg Yoshitake, Israel Sanchez, Jim Hsieh, John Wu, John Pham, Johnny Quach, Jonathan Wayshak, Karen Dang, Keith Evans, Kevin Dart , Luke Chueh, Mike Burnett , Mike Lai, Mike Lee , Mari Inukai , Martin Hsu , MISO , Nicolette Davenport, Owlo , Patrick Haemmerlein, Patrick Leger , Plastic God, Sharon Dang, Steve Wong, T and A, Tanya Philpott, Tragnark, Ver Mar, and Wilson Hsu

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