Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Majora Carter & James Chace, formerly of Sustainable South Bronx, came by the space on Friday. Majora's work as the Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable South Bronx has long been inspirational, and we were pleased to include their green roof project in the show and to have her participate in the Green Constitutional Congress.
James, disputing the opening statement for the energy projects pointed out that he thought the ear of cheap and plentiful energy was not over, but in fact just about to begin. I hope he is right.
We're all looking forward to what Majora and James will be doing in their new ventures.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
But we shouldn’t think that these youngsters wouldn’t understand it when so many politicians don’t understand it either. Kids probably understand even more because at that age anything seems possible: sure cars that run on water or electricity why not? Or going to school everyday on my bike instead of by car that’s awesome! I want to do that! Once Charlie explained what Partly Sunny was all about, we went around to each group at the different tables. The students were interested in learning about these new inventions and wanted to know more about how it worked. Then it was their turn to explain what we had just taught them about from the sample projects from the exhibit. I must say we were quite impressed as to how much information they retained and how excited each group was to present their topic. And what better then postcards from all the colors of the rainbow as a party treat! :)
Three of us also went to visit the Denver School for the Arts to talk about art and design schools and invite them to come downtown and see the exhibition.
Monday, August 25, 2008
after an entire week of construction, i must thank pete's coffee for supplying me with the best french vanilla-hazelnut ice'd coffee (aka) the 'van halen'. we thank you for your exceptional service and your enthusiastic curiosity. i can't describe how rewarding it is to see the partly sunny exhibition transform 'buck-wild' into a vibrant educational experience. located at the denver pavilions mall between the 'gap' and 'express', its wonderful to see a design exhibit juxtaposed next to two of the largest retail store companies. on over several occasions, visitors have entered the partly sunny space only to realize that there is nothing for sale. after welcoming these visitors and introducing them to partly sunny, it's amazing to see how magnetized people become. considering the overload of text and information throughout the space the average visitor will read almost entirely every project board. we could not have asked for a better location for partly sunny. the idea that people exit partly sunny with information and not with tangible items is good, especially when we are located within the largest shopping district in denver. people are interested in sustainable living, but first we must develop a common language that all people can understand. special thanks to the entire graphic design team at partly sunny. :O
Monday night was the Green Constitutional Congress. It was quite amazing to see it emerge from Partly Sunny’s initial conversation with the Presidential Climate Action Project. Anne Hamilton’s chorus sung the audience into the Buell theater. Bruce Mau moderated the discussion, asking each of the panelists to imagine a new, more sustainable America. The panelists included: DJ Spooky, Bill Becker of the Presidential Climate Action Project, David Orr from Oberlin College, Jonathan Greenblatt founder of Good Magazine and Ethos Water, Majora Carter founder of the Sustainable South Bronx and Charlie Cannon, Partly Sunny. Following the presentation, each of the panelists was escorted out into the Lobby where audience members could engage them more directly. These post-panel discussions were produced by CO-LAB at Denver University.
(Photo courtesy of CO-LAB)
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Bruce Mau and his team visited us in the space today to discuss the agenda for tomorrow’s Green Constitutional Congress. After walking through the exhibit he remarked that the BMD and Institute without Borders had spent almost three years organizing Massive Change and was amazed at what we created over these past 7 months.
Image courtesy of Bruce Mau Design
The show is up and we're officially open for visitors. It was a late night and we even hung the entry banners at the last minute this morning. But everything looks great and we've already had our first visitors -- a delegation from our home state of Rhode Island.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
We are very excited to see our graphics on the elevator doors! The elevators are part of the indoor/outdoor mall we are in and they travel between three floors and the parking garage. Hopefully mall-goers will see them and be intrigued enough to visit the space!
We applied two sets of vinyl lettering to the large Tyvek that will function as the title wall tonight. Taylor measured, cut and hemmed the Tyvek, and had many hands assisting her in the application of the letters after carefully measuring out where they should be applied. The whole process took about six hours!! But it was worth it... the title wall looks great. It took almost all of the Partly Sunny team to hang this morning.
After the Tyvek was attached to the framing, we have a big blank white space to start installing. The first exhibition graphics to go up were the large topic area bio banners. There are six topic areas for Partly Sunny with corresponding colors: food (red), land (green), energy (yellow), mobility (pink), water (blue), and buildings (purple). The space really looks like it is starting to come together with these banners installed!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tonight we had the pleasure of attending two gallery openings, the first was at the Robischon Gallery where Partly Sunny prints (made by Ben) were on display, along with the work of other Dialog:City participating artists, such as Ann Hamilton, R.Luke Dubois, and DJ Spooky.
It was nice to see the Partly Sunny prints immediately upon entering the gallery. There were also some postcards on the table by the door, and it was thrilling to see how eager gallery-goers were to fill them out! There was a great turn out for opening night, and we enjoyed the mild Denver weather as we traversed from Robischon Gallery to the Supreme Court restaurant where Daniel Peltz (Assistant Professor of Film/Animation/Video at RISD) premiered his interactive performance piece, "Karaoke Convention '08" (http://karaokeconvention.com/)
Karaoke Convention 08 created quite a buzz inside The Supreme Court restaurant, there were many television cameras and media contacts there. The performance started off with the Mayor of Denver, John Hickenlooper, giving a re-speech of Barack Obama's "Yes We Can" speech (originally given in South Carolina Democratic Primary).
Karaoke Convention 08 works just like traditional karaoke, with the words appearing on a screen and the performer on stage with a mic in their hand, but instead of song lyrics it has the transcription of the speech, and instead of music the sound track is sounds from the audience, or the hush of an attentive crowd.
Original speech by Barack Obama:
By Mayor Hickenlooper
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
its wednesday the 20th and we have been framing up the new/fake walls for the last 2 days. this has been quite satisfying, hiding the horrid club with our new walls really helps to stay motivated and understand what is actually going on in this space. until today framing has been smooth going. Julian and i took the ENTIRE DAY framing up the last wall, now this may have happened because we both lacked our morning coffee. but we later decided, after nearly destroying each other, it was the wonky walls are to blame for the difficult time.
its been quite amazing seeing the room transform in just 3 days. once the walls were up we had a great time covering them in our work. it was quite a sight to see charlie dancing about as we put them up. with life and color entering our space we are all getting excited and feeling like it is gonna be funky fresh.these are my thoughts,
Monday, August 18, 2008
Its an interesting space to say the least. Rumor has it that this used to be a bar/dance club by the name of Buck Wild. See, hey, it even has a dj booth-but it does not work. We tried. But we all brought our computers, an army of macs and pcs, so music is checked off. If only we had speakers.
We tried to pack light. As the blog lengthens you'll see the space evolve, but our outfits, not so much. Black shirt and jean shorts is my uniform for the next couple of weeks. Truthfully, tools took precedence, where with our army of computers, drills, chop saws and staple guns were thrown into the mix. Yeah, that bag was definitely opened at security before boarding our 6am flight.
Now that's dedication.