X-102 Rediscovers The Rings Of Saturn ::: Chicago Cultural Center ::: 1/16/09

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I thought you would be interested in knowing about this speical event coming up in January.  If so, please pass this along and post the details online for others who might also like to attend.  The official press release is attached for your reference as well.


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Ohm Multimedia Series presents the U.S. debut screening of

X-102 Rediscovers The Rings Of Saturn

A visual and sound graphic exposé of one of the universe's most beautiful and mysterious planets

Friday, January 16, 7 pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.

Free admission

312.744.6630  | ChicagoCulturalCenter.org


Watch the film trailer:



SaturnIn 1992, X-102 (Experimental 102), otherwise known as Underground Resistance – the Detroit-based electronic musical trio of Mike Banks, Jeff Mills and Robert Hood – set out to create a musical project about the planet Saturn and its rings in a full-length LP entitled X-102 discovers the Rings Of Saturn (Tresor).  X-102 attempted to musically describe the physical make-up and content of the never-before seen planet and each of its significant rings known as A, B, C, E and F.  Fifteen years later, Banks and Mills have produced a brand new musical soundtrack, featuring re-mastered original compositions paired with a visual version of the project and breathtaking images from the NASA Cassini/Huygen exploratory mission, which visited and documented Saturn and its moons.  Musician and director Jeff Mills will discuss the project after the screening.  The approximate running time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.  This Ohm Multimedia Series program is supported by Axis Records and GammaPlayer.com.


Kennon Brown
Media Relations Manager, Communications Division
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
t 312.744.8948
f 312.742.2783

Hundreds of free events year round!

2 new Calls to Artists + Designers posted

(fwds. ok) 
Calls to Artists + Designers - submission form and guidelines may be downloaded at http://becagallery.typepad.com/my_weblog/artist-submission-opptys.html
Deadline - December 26, 2008:

A Leading Edge Contemporary Art + Design Exhibition

Call to Artists + Designers from all countries:  A call for submissions of the world's leading edge contemporary art + design that happens to be fully functional. We're seeking what's new + what's next in the categories of one-of-a-kind and limited edition highly innovative furniture and related accessories, lighting, haute couture and related accessories, body adornments and other functional presentations.  (Think new ideas + applications, cutting-edge materials, unconventional use of existing materials, etc.) The works selected will be featured in the gallery group exhibition, 'NEXT' presented by BECA gallery in New Orleans, LA with possible future national and international travel exhibition opportunities. Works submitted must be priced within the range of $1,000 - $25,000 USD. This exhibition will open February 5, 2009 and run through February 28, 2009. Email and physical CD submissions will be accepted according to the guidelines listed through December 26, 2008.

Deadline - January 16, 2009:

2nd Annual Gulf-South Regional Contemporary Art Exhibition
Call to US Gulf South Artists
:  A call for submissions of 2-D and 3-D works for a group exhibition featuring leading edge contemporary art by innovative emerging artists and also established artists exploring new ideas, mediums and/or processes from TX, LA, MS, AL and FL.  Exhibition dates: March 5 – 28, 2009. Email and CD submissions will be accepted according to the guidelines listed through January 16, 2009. 


Andrea Adams, Assistant Director
BECA gallery
527 Saint Joseph Street (across from the Contemporary Arts Center)
New Orleans, LA 70130

View our exhibitions at: www.becagallery.com
Read BECA news at: http://becagallery.typepad.com
Get involved with The BECA Foundation: http://www.theBECAfoundation.org

Exciting New Series Comes to Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents the exciting new Ars
Scientia series as part of Science Chicago. Full press release is
attached. Please let me know if you have any questions or if you need
anything else. Thanks!

Meredith Whitney
Media Relations Specialist
Department of Cultural Affairs
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor


Exciting new series, part of Science Chicago,
combines art & science

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs presents Ars Scientia, a
series of conversations and salons which explores the fascinating
intersection of art and science, and professional collaborations that
have sprung from it. The public is invited to learn about the work of
pioneering artists, dancers, musicians and culinary artists, and the
biologists, neuroscientists, mathematicians and engineers who have
partnered with them. The series is held bimonthly on Monday evenings
from 6:00 - 7:30 pm, beginning on January 12, 2009.

Ars Scientia is part of the year long Science Chicago festival, and
will be held at The Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St.
Admission is free. The series title, Ars Scientia, is based on a Latin
phrase, ars sine scientia nihil est, loosely translated as Art without
Knowledge is Nothing, which the late artist Leon Golub had painted on
his studio wall. Science Chicago is a ambitious, collaborative,
year-long initiative, that brings together more than 80 of the area's
institutions to host thousands of cutting-edge science programs.

The series features two components: conversations and salons.
Conversations feature more formal presentations between actual
collaborators, followed by discussion and Q+A, while salons offer
opportunities for more informal presentations by artists and scientists
interested in the idea of collaboration around specific topics. "The
conversations and salons will reveal the depth of creativity found in
science, and the surprising amount of technical expertise that informs
our most creative cultural practices," says series curator Barbara

The schedule through March is attached, and future events may be found
at www.ars-scientia.org. Other dates for Conversations include: April
13, May 11, Jun 8, Jul 13, Aug 10. Dates for Salons: April 27, May 25,
Jun 22, Jul 27, Aug 24.

Conversations - Claudia Cassidy Theater
Formal presentations, Q&As and discussions between collaborators.

The Chemistry of Cooking
January 12

Chef Homaro Cantu is well known for making food that snaps, crackles,
freezes and evaporates into thin air. Science, nature and technology
have inspired Chef Cantu's culinary creations at Moto Restaurant and
the unique inventions at his company, Cantu Designs. Learn how Chef
Cantu and his partner at Cantu Designs, scientist Dr. Linda Kawano,
collaborate, share ideas and meld science, art and business.

Structuring Change
February 9

Artist Inigo Manglano-Ovalle's technically sophisticated and formally
elegant investigations employ forms and systems found in nature -- like
clouds, icebergs and DNA -- to address issues ranging from immigration
to cloning to gun violence and climate change He will converse with
computational scientist Mark Hereld, Senior Fellow in the Computation
Institute (Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago) and
artist Siebren Versteeg.

The Magic of Perception
March 9

Magician Apollo Robbins and neuroscientist Dr. Susana Martinez-Conde of
Martinez-Conde Laboratory of Neural Science in Arizona collaborated on a
study of perception -- how do we know what is really happening?
Robbins, a "professional thief," once pick-pocketed President Carter's
Secret Service escort -- keys, IDs and wallets -- in a demonstration of
the vulnerability of our perception.

Salons-First Floor Garland Room
An op
portunity for artists and scientists to meet, discuss and interact
around specific topics.

Exploring Environmentalism
January 26

Artists Tiffany Holmes and Frances Whitehead and choreographer Carrie
Hanson tackle major environmental issues with surprising and concrete
results. Whitehead is working with plant scientists, meterologists, and
urban planners to use city parks as climate change laboratories.
Hanson's company, The Seldoms, recently premiered an entire performance
based on consumption, waste and landfills. Holmes coined the term
"eco-visualisation" to describe an emerging art movement that is devoted
to using information visualization techniques to get the general public
interested in ecological issues. The artists will be joined by
environmental scientist Liam Heneghan, co director of the Institute for
Arts and Culture at DePaul University.

Pushing the Boundaries of Biology
February 23

Artist Eduardo Kac captured the world's imagination with a glowing
fluorescent bunny and introduced the concept of "bio-art", while Alison
Ruttan's drawings and films of bonabo monkeys led to surprising
recognition that the creation of "hairstyles" may be as much a marker of
intelligence as are signs of tool-making. The artists will be joined by
behavioural biologist Dr. Dario Maestripieri (University of Chicago) and
plant biologist Dr. Neil Olsziewski (University of Minnesota).

March 23
Artists + scientists tbd.

For more information on film programs presented by the Chicago
Department of Cultural Affairs, call 312-744-6630 or visit
www.chicagoculturalcenter.org. For more information on Science Chicago
visit www.sciencechicago.com

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Programs presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs are
partially supported by grants from the Chicago Cultural Center
Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Science Chicago is a collaboration led by the Museum of Science and
Industry and the MacArthur Foundation to showcase the local talent and
resources that make our region a uniquely "science-focused" center.
Leading scientists, educators and civic leaders are supporting this
effort by creating programs that show how science works and why it is so
important. Their goal is to inspire awe, foster civic pride and
encourage broad interest in science. Our goal is to add art to the

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