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Monday
Feb032014

Street Artist JR Brings Egalitarian Vision To New York City Ballet & NYCB Art Series 2014

At AOC, we’ve tracked street artist JR from Kibera to a Brazilian favela and into Paris. We celebrated JR’s winning the annual $100,000 TED prize and his ‘Women Are Heroes’ project. With his brilliant perspective on the beauty of the ordinary, JR has been camped out in New York’s Lincoln Center as part of the New York City Ballet’s 2014 Art Series.

Ballet patrons will witness a 6.500-square-foot composite image of NYCB dancers, “a sprawling mass of cloudlike forms and pointe shoe-clad feet” writes Vogue about the transformation of the David H. Koch Theater for the winter season.

Using images that are nearly life-size, the installation forms a giant eye — a signature JR motif— when observed from above. JR has also installed ink-on-wood transfer images on the orchestra level rings of the theater. They appear as ghostly visions of dancers, “recalling the building’s redecorated façade.

Reading about this project, I was a bit surprised that JR was now involved with such a rigid cultural ‘institution’ as the NYCB. Staying true to his egalitarian principles, he insisted on featuring principal dancers side-by-side with members of the corps de ballet.

“I didn’t want to choose one person that would be the highlight,” JR observes. There’s Robert Fairchild, outstretched at the outskirts of the picture. There’s Janie Taylor, her celebrated legs curled up in a fetal position. “It’s a whole company, so I wanted everyone to be a part of it.”

Read more about the NYCB Art Series 2014 and public viewing hours for the projects February 2-9.

To watch JR’s TED Talk and videos from his Women Are Heroes Project, link here. The content overview gives AOC fans an interesting look at just how we mix “telling women’s stories from fashion to flogging”.

 

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Saturday
Nov172012

Film | NYC Dark on Vimeo by Jared Levy

NYC Dark from Already Alive on Vimeo.

 

Seeing lower Manhattan without power was a surreal experience. This is traditionally a city that never sleeps. One in which the lights are always on. One that is always bustling with people. When the lights went out it was wholly different. This piece is meant to capture and relay the feeling of what it was like to walk around the darkened streets of lower Manhattan.

See all of Jared’s photos here: jaredlevy.me/gallery/hurricane-sandy-lower-manhattan/

Timelapse / Music: Michael Marantz michaelmarantz.com
Stills / Voice: Jared Levy jaredlevy.me
Creative Direction: Jason Oppliger jasonoppliger.com

Produced by Already Alive alreadyalive.com

Original Music by Michael Marantz: soundcloud.com/michaelmarantz/nyc-dark

Special Thanks:
Alexandra Setoodeh
Rachel Tierney
Anne Sage

Monday
Nov052012

Northeast Braces for New Storms, Snow, Sleet and New Power Outages | Lower Manhattan Buildings Face Massive Cleanup

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Volunteer Fabrizzio Avila, 15, bundles up from the cold as he rests near donated clothing in the Midland Beach neighborhood in the Staten Island borough New York, Nov. 4, 2012, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (Craig Ruttle/AP Photo)About 20-40,000 homeless people are bracing for more bad weather as a Nor’easter heads for the battered New York/New Jersey area. Cold air will drop wind chill temperatures to 20 degrees in the areas most severely impacted by Sandy. Wind gusts are expected up to 55 mph by Wednesday.

More than 1.4 million homes remain without power, entering a second week. The coming storm could further delay restoration efforts, while adding new outages. Up to a foot of snow is expected in inland areas throughout the Northeast.

A Powerless New York During Hurricane Sandy New York Magazine

A bit gallingly, downtown’s most foresighted and well-heeled swells had already relocated uptown. Graydon Carter and Anna Wintour, among others, were said to have taken up residence at the Mark; a lot of the younger crowd, led by Emma Watson, were at the Carlyle. Uptown was the new downtown. On Halloween Night, Bemelmans was packed.

Lower Manhattan, rather than the ultimate destination, became a place to go through to get somewhere else, as the enormous traffic jams attested. Downtown was driveover country. At night, it seemed to be a natural landscape, a dark canyonland, gorgeous and lonely. As in all New York disasters, New Yorkers weren’t strangers anymore. Out surveying the damage with flashlights, people stopped to talk in tones of hushed amazement. Neighbors needed food and news.

Future Is in Limbo for the Damaged Buildings Close to the Water’s Edge New York Times

A dark, stark, problematic future faces scores of New YOrk City business and apartment buildings in lower Manhattan. The financial district is in shambles — perhaps worse than on September 11, 2001.

About 100 buildings south of Chambers Street will be opening and have electrical power but no steam. Therefore, there is no heat in the buildings as temperatures plummet.

Other buildings with, or close to, flooded parking garages have a more serious problem, resulting from gasoline, oil and other chemicals that poisoned the waters that flooded these structures.

Now, the buildings themselves must undergo special cleanups before people are allowed in. These cleanups could take weeks with limited services available to do them.

Ruins, Rumors, and Resilience in Rockaway New York Magazine