Last chance: Katherine Behar meditates on tangled relationship to technology in “E-waste” at Eyedrum

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There’s a lot of junk on the floor of Eyedrum right now.

Junk placed there by Brooklyn artist Katherine Behar for her exhibition E-Waste, on view through May 3. Junk in the form of cheap plastic computer peripherals — laptop docks, mice, speakers, fans and reading lights — manipulated into art objects.

“Water Is” Photo Contest

The Illinois Water Resources Center’s (IWRC) “Water Is” photo contest recognizes Illinois photographers who have captured what water means for them, their communities, and the state. Winning images will be featured in IWRC materials promoting the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, a new state plan designed to improve local and regional water quality.

The contest is open to the public, including state employees. Professional photographers are welcome to submit entries under a separate category. All participants may submit a total of five images.

All entries must be original work. Previously-published material may be entered as long as the submission includes the date and name of the publication.

Entries must be submitted as high-resolution JPEG files no larger than 8 megabytes. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (cropping, color adjustment, etc.) will be disqualified.

Email your submissions to Eliana Brown at brown12@illinois.edu by May 21, 2015. Emails must also:

  • Explain what is happening in the photo
  • Identify the location and date the image was taken, including the name of the waterbody if appropriate
  • Identify the category of submission – amateur or professional

A panel of judges will select first place and honorable mention winners.

IWRC will have unrestricted use of all submitted photos and accompanying materials and has the right to use all entries in any future online and print materials. Photographers assume responsibility for obtaining consent from any persons appearing in their photograph prior to submission.

Repurposed Books Highlight Changing Library Roles, National Library Week

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Two tables full of repurposed books turned into artwork and items of creative expression are forming a celebration of National Library Week at Syracuse University, as well as serving as a signpost of how changing times are affecting libraries, those in the library profession, and the communities that libraries serve.

The “Upcycled Library” display is being hosted by LISSA, the Library and Information Science Student Assembly organization at the School of Information Studies (iSchool). The group’s goal was to host an event that would present “an opportunity to give old books new life.” Described as “part creative destruction, part book giveaway, part community building, and part library advocacy,” LISSA’s idea was to distribute free, out-of-circulation books, recruit project participants, then ask them to create something new from the book materials, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

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As the world moves to cities, so does art. And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become canvases for important street art messages. The graffiti and street art on this list is perfect for spreading messages about environmentalism and climate change to a wider audience.

This street art uses simple slogans and provocative images to spread important and inspiring ideas in ways that are easy to remember. Such art can inspire people to action or at least remind them about important issues that they may have forgotten.

A Digital Waterfall That Illuminates the Threat of Air Pollution

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While we can see the rhythm of traffic or the churning clouds from factory smokestacks, the actual levels of pollution in our daily air are less visible. In an ongoing public art project by artist Andrea Polli called “Particle Falls,” a waterfall of light changes colors from blue to flaming reds and yellows based on real time air quality data.

Pharrell wants “literally all of humanity to harmonize” on climate change

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It’s hard to top the accomplishment of creating the greatest beat in the history of hip-hop, but goddammit, Pharrell is giving it a shot. The hip-hop mogul announced today at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos that he’s partnering with Al Gore to organize Live Earth: Road to Paris, a series of concerts that will take place across six continents over 24 hours on June 18. The goal? Getting one billion people to sign a petition stating that yes, they’d really like it if some semblance of constructive action were to take place at COP21.

2015 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

The Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) is pleased to announce our 2015 Saving Endangered Species youth art contest, which is open to K-12 grade students residing in the United States, including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The contest is an integral part of the 10th annual national Endangered Species Day on May 15, 2015. For more background on the contest, including an art lesson plan for teachers and other resources, please visit www.endangeredspeciesday.org.