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Stereotank Drums Up a Winner for Times Square Valentine Heart Competition

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Architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente march to the beat of a different drummer. Their Brooklyn-based firm, Stereotank, specializes in designing and constructing “inhabitable sound instruments and installations” as part of a broader exploration of the relationships between space and sound. This cross-discplinary approach was music to the ears of the judges for the Architectural League of New York’s invited competition to design the 2015 Times Square Valentine Heart, besting six other design proposals.

Come February, Stereotank’s HeartBeat (rendered above) will be realized as a public art installation celebrating Valentine’s Day in Times Square. The massive heart glows to the rhythm of a strong, deep, and low frequency heartbeat sound that changes its rate as visitors approach, move around, and engage with it by playing various percussion instruments and joining the base rhythm of the heartbeat. “Love is about sharing and being ‘in tune’ with somebody, so it is the creation of music, a concert is a combined action where the performers are also ‘in tune’ creating harmony, say Ertorteguy and Valente. “HeartBeat orchestrates Times Square’s unique, active, flickering atmosphere.”

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Duncan Campbell Wins Turner Prize

duncanportraitArt Basel Miami Beach week kicks off with some breaking news from across the pond: Duncan Campbell is the winner of this year’s Turner Prize. The Dublin-born, Glasgow-based artist is known for his films about controversial figures such as Irish political activist Bernadette Devlin and automotive superstar/conman John DeLorean.

In accepting the £25,000 prize (approximately $40,000 at current exchange) from presenter Chiwetel Ejiofor (star of 1999 Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave) this evening at a ceremony at Tate Britain, Campbell bested the rest of the shortlist: Ciara Phillips, James Richards, and Tris Vonna-Michell. Here’s an excerpt from the winning work, If for Others (2013), a response to Statues Also Die, a 1953 film essay by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais about historical African art and colonialism. Made for the Scottish pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Campbell’s film includes archival footage and photos, reenactments and monologues, as well as new work by choreographer Michael Clark.
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Jasper Morrison, Yoshio Taniguchi to Receive Isamu Noguchi Award

noguchiThe Noguchi Museum in NYC’s Long Island City announced today plans to honor designer Jasper Morrison and architect Yoshio Taniguchi with its Isamu Noguchi award. The honor was created earlier this year to recognize “like-minded spirits who share Noguchi’s commitment to innovation, global consciousness, and Japanese/American exchange,” according to the museum. Motohide Yoshikawa, ambassador of Japan to the United Nations, will present the awards at the museum’s annual spring benefit on May 19, 2015, part of a year-long 30th anniversary celebration. Helping to clinch the win for Morrison? His Noguchi-like blend of a “quiet respect for materials” with a “profoundly and purposefully cosmopolitan” approach. The inaugural winners of the Isamu Noguchi award, a Red Cube-inspired trophy created by Noguchi’s longtime fabricator Peter Carlson, were Norman Foster and Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Pictured: Yoshio Taniguchi and Jasper Morrison (Photos from left: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Kento Mori).

Blank Space Kicks Off Architectural Fairy Tales Competition

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Once upon a time (OK, last year), in the vast, virtual land of Blank Space, there was a great flowering of architectural ideas for a competition of Fairy Tales. Who’s up for a second round? That’s right–Blank Space’s Fairy Tales competition is back, inviting architects, designers, writers, artists, engineers, illustrators, students, and other creative types to submit their own architectural stories. “The scale, location, and program of the submission is up to each entrant,” according to the organizers. “A successful entry crafts a text narrative, along with five images, in the most spectacular way possible.”

As if you needed more pressure than the word “spectacular” in the guidelines, the 2015 jury includes artist Anish Kapoor, MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, Fuseproject CEO Yves Behar, and OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu. “Architecture is an untapped source of magnificent stories waiting to be imagined, visualized, and built. The world can’t wait to be told stories like this,” says Blank Space co-founder Matthew Hoffman. “We hope many people will accept the challenge and write and design their own.” You have until December 12th to to tell your story, and procrastinators have until the late registration deadline of January 16th.

Young Designers Take Aim at ADC Young Guns

The competition that spotted Stefan Sagmeister, James Victore, and Mike Mills when they were but wee design/art powerhouses-to-be is back. Behold Young Guns 13, the Art Directors Club‘s international, cross-disciplinary, portfolio-based competition to identify the young creative vanguard. By “young,” they mean 30 or under, and by “creatives,” they mean those doing great things in graphic design, photography, illustration, advertising and art direction, environmental design, film, animation, video, interactive design, object design, and/or typography. What’s so special about Young Guns? It recognizes an individual, and considers a body of work, not a single ad or design. Also, you get a really cool cube if you win. Young Guns 13 is open to ADC members and non-members worldwide. A jury of past ADC Young Guns will select the 50 winners. Ready to take your shot? The deadline for entries is January 31, but apply by the early bird deadline of December 1 to save $99.

Paul Chan Wins Hugo Boss Prize

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Paul Chan’s Master Argument, a 2013 work made from cords, shoes, and concrete, is currently installed at the Schaulager in Basel. (Photo courtesy Greene Naftali gallery)

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Hugo Boss announced last night that Paul Chan is the winner of the 2014 Hugo Boss Prize. He will receive $100,000 (plus a a terrific tetrahedral trophy, at right), and an exhibition of his work will be on view at the Guggenheim Museum come sping. Other artists shortlisted for this, the tenth Hugo Boss Prize were Sheela Gowda, Camille Henrot, Hassan Khan, and Charline von Heyl. Established in 1996, the biennial award “is conferred upon artists whose work represents a significant development in contemporary art,” according to Hugo Boss and the Guggenheim. Past winners include Danh Vo, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Emily Jacir, and Matthew Barney.
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Pratt to Honor Kim Hastreiter, Iris Apfel, and David Yurman at Legends Gala

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The age-old battle of statement eyeglasses versus statement jewelry will be waged this evening at NYC’s Mandarin Oriental as Pratt Institute entices art and design-loving donors to open their checkbooks and their autograph books for the school’s annual Legends scholarship benefit. The 2014 honorees, “distinguished individuals whose accomplishments and values resonate with those of Pratt,” are PAPER magazine co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter (fresh from breaking the Internet avec longtime PAPER collaborator Jean-Paul Goude), style icon and designer Iris Apfel, and designer and jewelry honcho David Yurman. Doling out the honors will be presenters Padma Lakshmi, fashion designer Duro Olowu, and Paul Greenhalgh, director of the Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts, respectively. Among guests expected to party the night away against a sweeping backdrop of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline are Pratt alums such as photographer Sylvia Plachy and Publicolor Ruth Lande Shuman, designer and Tolix chair skeptic Karim Rashid, artist Kehinde Wiley (a 2012 Pratt Legends honoree), and writer/host Kurt Andersen, a Pratt trustee.

StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay Wins $1 Million TED Prize

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The creators of the painstakingly produced narrative form of our time–the TED Talk–are handing over their big prize to another intrepid storyteller: Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps. The groundbreaking oral history project will receive $1 million from TED to launch Isay’s wish, an audacious ambition-cum-megaproject that he’ll announce on March 17 at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver. Isay joins a diverse list of past TED Prize-winning “exceptional individuals” that have ranged from Bill Clinton and E.O. Wilson to culinary crusader Jamie Oliver and street artist JR.

Launched by Isay in 2003, StoryCorps “celebrates the dignity, power, and grace that can be heard in the stories we find all around us,” including the crowd-pleaser “Danny and Annie” (below). “Under Dave Isay’s leadership, StoryCorps has given nearly 100,000 Americans the chance to record interviews about their lives and leave a legacy for the future,” says TED’s Chris Anderson. “I am thrilled about this winner, excited to see how TED and StoryCorps will collaborate, and eager to see how we can pair an incredible idea with a global community.”
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Cooper Hewitt Seeks Nominations for 2015 National Design Awards

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The soon-to-reopen Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has opened the floodgates, seeking nominations for the 16th annual National Design Awards, honoring excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement in American design. For just a short while, until Monday, December 8, you can hoist up your nominee picks in ten categories: Lifetime Achievement, Design Mind, Corporate & Institutional Achievement, Architecture Design, Communication Design, Fashion Design, Interaction Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Product Design. Nominate away!

Flying Fish Improbably Dominate Electrolux Design Lab Competition

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The Electrolux Design Lab competition, open to design students the world over, has long been partial to design concepts that defy gravity, having bestowed the top honor in years past to the likes of the Aeroball, a constellation of luminescent, helium-infused balls that floatingly filter and fragrance the air in a room, and this year is no exception. But we detect a strange twist on the mesmerizing/hovering trend of years past: Fish. Taking top honors—5,000 euros (around $6,000 at current exchange) and a six-month paid internship at Electrolux—in the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab competition (theme: creating healthy homes) is a food preparation-as-game concept called “Future Hunter-Gatherer.” Designed by Pan Wang of the United Kingdom, the “virtual grocery shopping experience inspired by nature” involves holographic prey that, with the help of a smartphone and your local grocery store, is transformed into real food.


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