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Three videos of Aether panelist Carlos Mare

I got to see Carlos' metal sculpture installation at our own Carrack Modern in Durham (thanks John!) last year. It's as if street art "tag" came alive with its own shadows and three-dee shapes. I admired the way the light reflects on his pieces and casts intricate patterns on walls and floors around. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q754p-eqg_I In his youth, he was a street artist known as Mare139, … [Read more...]

Sh*tter, Type Breaker and the (im)Permanence of the Message

Aether moderator Rick Liebling posted a thought-provoking piece on his How Soon is Now? blog, related to the upcoming Bryant Park event in New York City Thursday (at 7pm, tickets here). I wanted to share a little bit of it here with you: I think this is important to think about. How does the medium affect the message is more relevant than ever as social media, in all its forms, pushes more and … [Read more...]

Sun Ra: Space is the Place

I don't know exactly how they are connected, but I've been thinking of Sun Ra ever since we started talking about Aether, the topic of our upcoming talking-in-the-rounds events. In case you don't know what I'm on about, here's an excerpt from the film by the same title, starring the prolific jazz composer from Saturn. It's a song, too. Here's an amazing rendition by The Rich South High … [Read more...]

“Last Year Was a Real Tipping Point for Digital”

#Aether panelist Dan Blank on the future of publishing. (via The Book Designer) Dan, who has a company We Grow Media, which helps writers and publishers build their platforms, has some very insightful commentary on what it means to be an "author" today. Looking forward to jamming with him on Thursday! … [Read more...]

#Aether Boston Details Set!

We have the details for our Boston Aether! DATE: Friday, April 13 6–8 PM Scoozi, 580 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215   Safoura Rafeizadeh, Associate Professor of Journalism and an active member of AIGA Boston, is joining our own Akira Morita for an evening of "improv of ideas" around Aether. This will be much more lower-key, casual event than our New York, but will be just … [Read more...]

Now with 8 Guests, #Aether NYC is Week Away

Our Aether roundtable added another guest speaker, Carlos Mare (see below). This is going to be big, y'all. The seating is limited, so scroll down to the end and get yours now (it's free)! Orangutan Swing will open our AETHER roundtable tour on Thursday, April 12 at Bryant Park in New York City. Once again, the panelists are: Ben Popken Ben Popken is the former managing editor of … [Read more...]

#Aether musings from Shadow Chalk Artist

The Aether roundtables are happening next week now! So excited. Tickets are here: "Is the Medium Still the Message?" The other day, I had a wonderful chat with Michael Neff, one of the panelists at our New York roundtable, about all things related to the concept of aether the other day. I thought I'd share some of it here as y'all get ready for the event... 15 years ago, people said: "Soon, … [Read more...]

7 amazing guests set for New York roundtable #aether

Announcing our lineup for New York's edition of AETHER, our first roundtable on the conduit that conveys ideas between people. Orangutan Swing will open our AETHER roundtable tour on Thursday, April 12 at Bryant Park in New York City. We're jazzed to have a fantastic group of guest speakers and a moderator, and can't wait to see what kind of dialogue unfolds. Here they are: Ben Popken Ben … [Read more...]

A picture from #justgive10% coworking session last Tuesday

A picture from Akira's coworking event last Tuesday. More pics and his thoughts on it here. … [Read more...]

Why we MAKE: #makedurham is FRIDAY MAR 9

Trust the Process Picture it. The seed of an idea parks in your head and won’t dislodge. The more you talk about it, the more it spools from vague to shapely. As you attempt to articulate, you know your speech is warbled. But you continue your soliloquy. Then, one minute, you float from scattered to perfect clarity. Every molecule in your body shakes with new knowledge: it’s time. That’s … [Read more...]

Koffee AM

First Wenesdays, 10am UPDATE: We'll try Straw Valley Cafe (It's a site that must be seen. Seriously. If you haven't been there you're in for a treat) this month (March 7). I will be there starting at 10am, and leave around 12:30. Hope to see you there! Do you work at home? Do you long to escape the cubicle-land that you are usually confined with? If you are curious about the concept … [Read more...]