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The News* 02.02.10

02 Feb 2010

*According to The Exhibit Designer
A compilation of exhibit design-related web finds

I like free
+ Next Saturday, 13 February, is FREE Day at the Mass MoCA. There will be birthday cake and an Afro-Cuban Hip Hop Dance Party. Hello!? You need to be there.

It’s all happening at the zoo
+ How to go to the zoo: “Let’s get one thing straight. A zoo is not a theme park; it’s more like a museum.”
+ And with that said—zoos and aquaria are excluded from accessing funds in the recently-passed House version of the “Jobs for Main Street Act” (H.R. 2847, Sec. 1702). From http://www.aam-us.org/: The jobs bill recently passed by the House of Representatives reprises very disturbing wording from last year’s stimulus bill: “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in this Act may be used by any State or local government, or any other private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course or swimming pool.”
Excuse me, Government, but why the hell are zoos and aquariums lumped with casinos and golf courses, and, um, swimming pools?!
Is it the water?

Technologically-interactive
+ Ideum releases an open-source gesture library for Flash multitouch development.
+ Sync/Lost is a multi-user audio-visual installation for exploring the history of electronic music and the relationships amongst its sub-genres.

Useful things
+ From Lunar, The Designer’s Field Guide to Sustainability is about “materials, processes and resources that will lessen the impact of products on our ecosystem.” Do look it over. Via Sustainable Exhibition Design
+ The strongest!! metal foam.

Inspiration
+ PLAYFUL is what it is.
+ “Based on the idea of constellation, Diana Larrea set up a labyrinthine network of luminous lines in the form of continuous walls of light.” Via The Silver Lining
+ Pentagram’s new identity for the North Carolina Museum of Art
+ Pole Dance by SO-IL for P.S.1’s Young Architects Program

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