Weekend Heller: AIDS, Data, Olympics

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Art to Stop AIDS

Visual AIDS is producing three exhibitions this summer: “NOT OVER”, “Not only this…” and “House In Vermont” (see times and venues here). With the recent presentation of exhibitions and films lately that have looked at the overlapping history of AIDS, art and activism, Nelson Santos, Executive Director of Visual AIDS says, “we want to make sure that AIDS is not just left behind in the ‘past’. HIV/AIDS is a very present and ongoing situation, that still effects and affects millions of people – and there are still artists, activists and writers who are responding to this pandemic.”

Visual AIDS. You might know that Visual AIDS created the red ribbon in 1991, and continues to use art and design to raise awareness. This year marks 25 years of Visual AIDS.


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Show Him the Data

“Big Data is one of those phrases you hear a lot nowadays,” the digital designer Jonathan Harris wrote in a recent email announcing an illustration he did for the New York Times (below), “but which many people still don’t understand. Data has become a kind of ubiquitous modern salve that now gets applied to almost any kind of ailment. In fields ranging from education, to healthcare, to advertising, to dating, to war, timeless decision-making tools like wisdom, intuition, and personal experience are being abandoned for a new kind of decision-making process, which simply says, ‘show me the data.’ The rise of Big Data is poised to transform our world in fundamental ways comparable to the impact of the Internet. Like any new technology, Big Data contains the potential for both good and bad, and it’s largely up to us to decide how we’ll use it.”


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Pictures from the Olympics Remains

Tonight is opening of the NYC exhibit of “The Olympic City“, the photography project Gary Hustwit has been working on with Jon Pack that looks at the legacy of the Olympic games through the lens of architecture. Tomorrow, Friday, June 21, 6pm to 9pm, at the powerHouse Arena in Dumbo. The event will also be the launch of the hardcover book of the project, designed by Paul Sahre with a foreword by New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman.


“Hosting the Olympics has become a way for a city to show itself off on an international stage and generate toursim dollars,” writes Hustwit on his website, “and cities spend millions or billions for the privilege. But after the events are over, the medals have been handed out, and the torch is extinguished, what’s next? What happens to a city after the Olympics are gone?”