KFC rolled out edible cups, a dress drove the internet insane, and Canada’s art got interactive.
Everything GOOD this week in art and design:
If you’ve ever had a dream composed of the last thing you looked at before you shut your eyes, whether it be the Real Housewives of Atlanta or a tweet come to life, just imagine the things you’d conceive if you slept inside a museum. Last week organizers of the experimental exhibition X+1 gave audiences that exact experience, just without the slumber, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, in Canada. The one-night only event featured an interactive form of exhibiting artwork—in this case digital art—the city’s creative community acting as curators. Artists that submitted work had the specific instructions to invite an artist of their choice and also present their work. Fittingly, the organizers called this form of exhibition a “mash-up.”
Finger Lickin’ Good?
Eliminating your carbon footprint just got tasty...finally! I think? Anyway. If you happen to consume Seattle’s Best Coffee at KFC, which I didn’t know was an option, but okay, you’ll be happy to know that your coffee cup will now be edible. Order their new “Scoff-ee,” if you can muster the word, and once you sip up the coffee, bite down (just like Willy Wonka) and indulge in the flavor of white chocolate. It’s basically a sugary cookie, but ‘nuff said.
Last week one of the world’s tallest sky-rises went up in smoke in Dubai’s Marina district, an area which houses a slew of contemporary arts buildings. The fire began around 2 a.m., and spread throughout the 86-floor tower. ABC reports that no one was hurt.
Brooklyn-based photographer Stephen Mallon has shown the world exactly what becomes of discarded subway cars, and I don’t think anyone could conceive that they were being tossed out into the ocean. The notion sounds like the worst kind of littering but it’s exactly the opposite. Mallon shares that he found out about it in 2007 after noticing a ton of stacked train cars in New Jersey. A security guard told him that the MTA was recycling the old cars and converting them into artificial reefs. Check out Mallon’s stunning images of this endeavor here.
Simple And To The Point
In light of the Kardashian’s inking a $100 million contract for another four years of their reality TV show, we believe this $49 tee perfectly sums up how I’m feeling. Also, since I’m on the topic, check out these weirdly fascinating transformations. Design at its best.
Apple’s new watch is out in April, and the brand is targeting a particular market: women. Not just any kind of woman, Vogue-reading women. The March issue of American Vogue will include a 12-page ad for the iPad-on-a-wrist gadget. I guess five pages wouldn’t suffice. The October issue of Vogue China already featured the watch on its cover (see above).
The Dress That Drove Everyone Insane
The what-color-is-this-dress controversial image that went viral on the internet last night, that will most likely run its course by the weekend, was pretty phenomenal. It reportedly garnered 20 million views on BuzzFeed alone. Even the likes of T-Swift and Kimye weighed in, among other celebs. But why did this post explode on the web so rapidly? Neetzan Zimmerman, an expert on all-things viral on the internet (and Senior Director, Audience & Strategy at The Hill) tells VICE one of the main reasons a post goes viral is because people like to argue on the internet. It also was: "dumb, divisive, visual and eminently shareable." Case closed!
ISIS Is (Still) The Worst
The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria militants, better known as ISIS, took their latest warfare to the Mosul Museum and destroyed every bit of ancient artifact housed there, some that date back to 7th century BC. “These statues and idols, these artifacts, if God has ordered its removal, they became worthless to us even if they are worth billions of dollars,” said a man in the video released by ISIS. The director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art condemned the act and said it was a “catastrophic destruction to one of the most important museums in the Middle East.”