The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Group Video Installation Created for the United Nations Pavilion at World Expo 2010
Vincent Callebaut Architecte, Dragonfly, A Metabolic Farm for Urban Agriculture (2009) Concept rendering. Courtesy of the artist.
OAKLAND, CA.- Art Works For Change presents The Nature of Cities, a group video installation created for the United Nations Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. Guided by the Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” the exhibition presents 16 short videos from artists, animators and architects from around the world addressing the theme of urban biodiversity.

The exhibition illustrates the relationship between the urban and natural environments, proposing new ways forward that acknowledge the necessity of
human habitats and the fragile state of our ecosystems. Created with design and previsualization by Zoetrope Aubry Productions, the exhibition is presented as a series of six looped videos played across six separate monitors divided in four parts: “The City as Metabolism”, “Cities Liquid Assets: Water”, “Why Cities Need Nature”, and “Nature as Model and Mentor”.

“We are extraordinarily excited to stage The Nature of Cities in a setting as visible as the Shanghai World Expo, where it is expected to be viewed by roughly one million visitors over the course of the month” explained Director and Chief Curator Randy Jayne Rosenberg. “China is a community that is critical to the advancement of this cause, and it is our sincere hope that these visitors leave with an understanding of how cities can exist in a way that supports both people and the planet.”

Selected projects include the concept work by Vincent Callebaut Architectures, Dragonfly, A Metabolic Farm for Urban Architecture, which explores how to bring the garden back to an urban environment and rethink the durability of the city and food production in a vertical farm modelled after a dragonfly wing. Slurb by Marina Zurkow, employs the technique of presenting anthropomorphic figures to address grave social concerns. In this case, aquatic humans in a post-apocalyptic flooded city interact in a darkly whimsical animated panorama. Cao Fei, in the Birth of RMB City, reflects on China’s recent urban and cultural explosion, fusing ancient and modern Chinese icons, and blurring the distinction between fantasy architecture and the rapidly developing contemporary Chinese cities. As a final exapmple, Anthony Discenza’s Drift highlights the fleeting and arbitrary nature of much of contemporary urban planning by presenting city blocks as a constantly shifting video mosaic.

Artists on view
Allora & Calzadilla; Vincent Callebaut Architectures; Rob Carter; Catherine Chalmers; Ri Crawford; Anthony Discenza; Cao Fei; Lane Hall & Lisa Moline; Katja Loher; Kevin Nolting & Team; Sven Pahlsson; Kahn/Selesnick; Molly Schwartz; Marina Zurkow.

Oakland | Art Works For Change | "The Nature of Cities" | Randy Jayne Rosenberg |




Today's News

July 20, 2010

Painting by Spanish Baroque Master Francisco Ribalta Restored After Being Hidden in Church

Shortlist Announced for New Fourth Plinth Commission

Important British Treasure Saved for the Jewish Museum London

Renaissance Drawing in Florence and Venice at the J. Paul Getty Museum

Thyssen-Bornemisza Announces Exhibition of Photographs by Mario Testino

Vestiges of a Prehispanic Oven to Melt Copper Found in Zacatecas

Christie's to Sell Property from the Collection of Dennis Hopper

Asia Society Presents Exhibition Featuring the Vanishing Glaciers of the Himalaya

Princeton University Art Museum Appoints Kelly Baum as Curator

Exhibition by Portuguese Artist Joana Vasconcelos at Haunch of Venison

Art Production Fund Set to Present "White Ghost" by Yoshitomo Nara on Park Avenue

Optical Installation by Morgane Tschiember Unveiled at Design Center

SMU Featuring "Mexico: Books from the Stanley Marcus Collection"

Group Video Installation Created for the United Nations Pavilion at World Expo 2010

SHOW OFF: Parisian Art Fair with an International Presence Opens in October

New Photographic Works by Israeli Artist Inbal Abergil at Miyako Yoshinaga art prospects

National World War II Museum Features Loyal Forces: Animals in WWII

American Institute of Architects New York Chapter Announces 2nd Annual Subway Exhibition

National Museum of the American Indian to Host the Living Earth Festival 2010

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Photography exhibition at the Oakland Museum of California inspires reflection on the 1991 catastrophic fire

Oakland Museum of California Reopens with Dramatic Presentation of Collections

Expanded Pixar Exhibition to Open at Transformed Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California Awarded $2.5 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

New Grants Totaling $3.1 Million Awarded to Oakland Museum of California



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site