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Artist Profiles (part 2): Kimberly Wheaton, Brian Allen, and Renee Leverty

Today we'd like to introduce Brian, Renee, and Kim, who are artists making custom works for STITCH. You can read about their proposals in the rewards section of this Kickstarter page for STITCH. Kimberly Wheaton Kimberly Wheaton, a longtime resident of Durham, is a part-owner of the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts. She paints, does fiber arts, and makes jewelry, but that's all come after years … [Read more...]

“Year of Dialogue” 2012: a report

Orangutan Swing was conceived in the waning light of 2011 to do just one thing. Make space for offline conversations. Ones with real meat. Meaning. Connection. Eye contact. Getting people together who'd otherwise never meet, so a wide array of viewpoints could make chords across a circle. The roundtable style would work for this. We wanted to see more people really talking and listening to one … [Read more...]

February 6: A roundtable on DATA

Confirmed! Wednesday, February 6 at Whiskey (upstairs) in Durham, from 7 to 9pm. Join us for a free, open format conversation table about DATA. WHO: Dipika Kohli at Orangutan Swing WHAT: A roundtable on the conversation around DATA: what is it, why do we love it (do we?), and why do we need it (or not?) WHERE: Whiskey in Durham, The Club Room upstairs (ask the bouncer) WHEN: Wednesday, … [Read more...]

Can there be true dialogue in the era of Facebook?

Hypocritically, after more than a year of resisting, I just (re)joined Facebook. Treading strange waters here, because I don't fundamentally "Like" this platform that puts "sponsored ads" in where you wouldn't ordinarily have them, in a regular conversation offline. You'd also be freer to say what you think, wouldn't you?, if you weren't leaving a digital trail of record? I am one who has … [Read more...]