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Tuesday 03.03.09

« Furniture+Animation+Clay | Main | First Thursday Picks March 2009 »

Linkage: Zombies, Creatives and Science

Frenchy but Chic, gives his hilarious report on the College Art Association's annual zombie conference in LA last weekend.

Chris Burden is having some trouble getting his gold.

Barry Johnson discusses Portland's Coraline economy. One correction... Portland's is the same as the Warhol economy, only Portland has less cocaine and better coffee than New York version (ie more supportive than inherently status driven). Essentially, Portland is analogous in the global creative economy... there is no one center but there are popular centers. During the last few recessions Portland has typically gained a lot of new talent fleeing San Francisco, the Midwest and Seattle. PDX is also appealing to those New Yorkers who want to concentrate more on the work than the rat race. You can definitely network here but it's even better if you already have a network. Also, with creative efforts following the New York or LA style "quick buck" style of project development doesn't always lead one to something lasting and new... as we hope Laika will be. Lastly, Coraline economy doesnt work as a term... because they are hardly the only game in town, Portland's creative economy is actually more centered around small businesses, but Laika is a welcome change. Ziba, W+K, Nike, Addidas etc. are at least on par with Liaka if not moreso so lets not act like this is a new thing with only one major player.

Tyler Green uses Brought to Light to refute one of Brandeis' biggest and most faulty assumptions. PORT's in depth review of Brought to Light, by Bean Gilsdorf makes it doubly clear. Arcy's review of the big Olafur Eliasson show a while back is also a case in point, though Eliasson can be a bit more of a funhouse. For historical examples we should point out that Robert Oppenheimer was a collector of Robert Motherwell and Da Vinci was in many ways the first scientist, utilizing Bacon's New Organum way before Bacon was born.

Posted by Jeff Jahn on March 03, 2009 at 10:51 | Comments (0)


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