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The Future heads to Cartagena, Columbia

We are delighted to announce that one of our first commissions The Future by Alicia Eggert and Safwat Saleem is being shown at the opening of the Cartagena Data Festival in Columbia.

The work is being shown as part of the Open Data Institute's Data as Culture program which commissioned and exhibits art that *uses data as an art material and/or subject for artistic*research.

Supported by the Overseas Development Initiative, Alicia and I will attend the event and show her work alongside my recent work We Need Us (requires Chrome or Firefox).

We're both excited to be heading to the Carribean sea-side to talk data and art with an amazingly diverse international crowd. We've even spotted a fellow TED fellow in the mix - Jon Gosier.

Julie

 

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Stop. Think. Write. Postcards from Ferguson

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Stop. Think. Write. Postcards from Ferguson

Our first collection is called Peace. We wanted to pick a subject that resonates with all of us in many ways. We've curated existing works and new works, Postcards from Ferguson is a mix of the two.

Jon Lowenstein is a photographer that has been taking photographs to document the extreme racial inequality in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. His work depicts the frustration and anger of the community. A community not only unprotected by the police force but actively under attack.

These postcards are a call to action - a request for everyone to take a minute to think about racial issues, to write something down, and to send it to someone that matters.

Here, a memory from long ago reminds the writer that despite on-going and frequent protests over the years, we are still in the same place.

Something needs to change.

More on Postcards from Ferguson on Medium

Julie

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The Future

One of the first Fine Acts commissions debuts at TED 2015 in Vancouver! It looks great, Yana and I are delighted, although the future isn't as bright as we may think...

Alicia Eggert and Safwat Saleem's work examines our perception of global peace. Starting with the question "how many countries are not on conflict right now?" the artists discovered that we can't agree on the number of countries on our planet, let alone objectively determine which are at peace.

Read an interview with Alicia on the TED Fellows blog.

Read more about both artists and the work.

Many thanks the the TED Fellows team for helping to make this happen.

Julie 

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Fine Acts launches at TED 2015

 Tom Rielly, TED Fellows Director, talks about the initiative on stage.

Tom Rielly, TED Fellows Director, talks about the initiative on stage.

Beginning as a series of inspired conversations at TED 2014, Fine Acts launched at TED 2015.

One year later we have brought together over 20 TED Fellow artists and activists to collaborate on thought-provoking works. We have two commissioned pieces here at TED: The Future (by Alicia Eggert and Safwat Saleem), and Postcards from Ferguson (by Jon Lowenstein). Seven more works are displayed on the designated Fine Acts digital screen. All this would not have been possible without the generosity and passion of the incredible TEDFellows community.

Yana

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