• June 7, 2007
  • Posted by Marc

Two Events Worth Attending On Saturday

There’s two events this coming Saturday here in New York that we highly recommend checking out….

First, from 10am - 12pm, one of our favorite artists, James De La Vega, will be creating interactive artwork as part of the first ever public demonstration of Microsoft’s new Surface Computing platform that was unveiled to major acclaim last week. The event will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers at 811 7th Avenue (at 53rd Street)

Then, at 4pm Sara and I will be moderating The New Urban Interventionists panel at the Creators Series event here in Manhattan at the Altman Building at 135 West 18th Street
in Chelsea. 

Here’s the description of the panel:

How are street artists changing the way they interact with the urban canvas?

While street art is still widely created by spraying, pasting, stenciling, or stickering on public surfaces, it has also become a fertile ground for artists experimenting with more conceptual approaches, both high- and low-tech, for altering the urban canvas, sometimes permanently, sometimes momentarily. While New York-based Graffiti Research Lab takes a “geek graffiti” approach of creating open source technologies for the modern street artist, Leeds-based Paul Moose Curtis opts for more rudimentary methods, using a shoebrush and water to create wall art by selective erasure. Their discussion will examine the politics of reclaiming the streets; the urban artist’s evolving toolkit; the uneasy relationship between street art and commercial signage; and the value of impermanent, low-impact approaches to urban interventionism.