The Strong – National Museum of Play (Rochester, New York)

The Strong is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play. It is home to the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, the National Toy Hall of Fame, the World Video Game Hall of Fame, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, the Woodbury School, and the American Journal of Play and houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. Known widely as the nation’s museum of play, The Strong blends the best features of both history museums (extensive collections) and children’s museums (high interactivity) to explore the ways in which play encourages learning, creativity, and discovery and illuminates cultural history.

The Strong
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607

Inhotim Contemporary Art and Botanical Park (Brumadinho, Brazil)

The park is located near Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais.

Instituto Inhotim began to be conceived in the mid-1980s by Minas Gerais businessman Bernardo de Mello Paz. With time, this parcel of private land was transformed into a unique place, with one of the most significant collections of contemporary art in the world and a botanical collection containing rare species from every continent.

Sonic Pavilion (2009), a site-specific work developed from a preexisting idea, is the result of a five-year process of research, design and construction. The piece, although it was complex to produce, is based on a simple, albeit ambitious principle. Its construction involved the boring of a 200-meter-deep well in the ground in order to install a set of microphones to capture the sound of the earth. By way of a sophisticated system of equalization and amplification, this sound is played in real time inside the empty circular pavilion, which was designed to create equivalence between the audio experience and one’s relation to the surrounding space.

Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, The Murder of Crows (2008)

Cardiff and Bures Miller are at the forefront of a generation of artists who employ advanced technology. Working in a variety of media, including video, installation and recorded sound, they have repeatedly examined audiovisual perception and the experience of the viewer, by exploring the creation of sculptural and physical sounds.

Silo 468 Light Art Installation (Helsinki, Finland)

SILO 468 URBAN LIGHT ART PIECE FOR CITY OF HELSINKI from Lighting Design Collective on Vimeo.

A disused oil silo has been converted into mesmerizing light art piece and a public space with the aid of swarm intelligence, interactive lighting and daylight. The lighting functions to draw focus to unknown district and creates a landmark and a marketing device for the City. Nature simulating algorithms refresh responding to parameters such as wind speed, temperature and snow.

Museum of the Future (Dubai, UAE)

Scheduled to open in 2017

Dubai: Plans for a ‘Museum of the Future’ in the city were revealed by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Wednesday.

The Museum will open in 2017 in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

The museum’s motto, ‘See the future, create the future,’ is designed to reflect a new approach to government innovation. The institution will use design, technology prototyping and foresight to create real examples of change.

The museum is the first of its kind and represents a leading example of entrepreneurial governments embracing change and creating futuristic visions for a better world.

“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. Here in the UAE we think differently. While others try to predict the future, we create it,” said Shaikh Mohammad.

What’s On at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York)

If you are near Troy, New York, check out up-to-date activities at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).

Just two and a half hours north of New York City via a beautiful train ride up the Hudson River, an easy day trip from the Berkshires or Saratoga Springs, and across the river and just north of Albany, NY. We are also just under three hours by car from Boston or Montreal.

On the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, EMPAC overlooks Troy, a city that played a central role in the Industrial Revolution and that still preserves some of the 19th century’s best architecture.

‘Higher Ground’ video art by Hillerbrand+Magsamen at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston, Texas)

In Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas

“Higher Ground” is an interdisciplinary work consisting of video, sculpture and photography commissioned by the Houston Airport System and the City of Houston.

In the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon,” the artists Hillerband+Magsamen with their children embark on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon by taking apart their Houston, Texas suburban home.

This quirky and seemingly impossible task created out of cut up couches, duct-tape, Amazon boxes and pots and pans turns out to be not only achievable, but also believable. As the artist and their children pull apart and rummage around their home to build a spaceship, this cinematic odyssey references both the creativity and futility of the “American” experience. From backyard wrestling to big box store escapism the work creates a Beckettian theme echoing phrase ‘can’t go on…must go on’.

High Definition Video with Sound, Duration: 10 min 30 sec. Loop, Aspect Ratio 16:9, 2 Ch Stereo, 2015


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