Can’t quite seem to get in the holiday mood? If you’re looking to soak up a little extra holiday cheer on your commute home, head on over to the window at Fathom Creative (1333 14th Street NW) to catch sight of something eye-popping.
The creatives behind, well, Fathom Creative (owners Drew Mitchell and Drew Fischer) put together a 3D holiday card, displayed in it the company’s window for all of DC to see.
The holiday card uses 3D anaglyph technology — the same kind of technology used in 3D glasses. The agency set up a projector screen and attached 3D glasses to the window so onlookers can simply peer in or take home a pair of glasses to check out the card later.
Fathom Creative’s invention of the 14th Street 3D holiday card landed the company the title of Prezi “expert status.”
DC-based Fathom Creative and Transformer Gallery are teaming up with Visual AIDS, an organization that uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue and supporting artists, to bring a former New York exhibition to the neighborhood.
The exhibition, ReMixed Messages, explores the personal and political dichotomies of HIV/AIDS. The show highlights more than 30 text-based works from local and internationally recognized artists that reflect reactions to, and connections through, HIV/AIDS across generations.
The exhibition is free and open to the public; it will run from July 24 through August 4 at Fathom Gallery (1333 14th Street NW). The opening reception is on Tuesday, July 24 from 7 until 9 pm and the closing reception will take place on Thursday, August 2 from 6 until 8 pm. Hours: Tuesday, July 24 through Friday, July 27, 2 to 6 pm; Saturday, July 28, noon to 6 pm; Tuesday, July 31 through Saturday, August 4, 11 am to 3 pm.
Some of the exhibition’s featured artists include Tim Tate, Linda Hesh, Maggie Michael, John Giorno, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yoko Ono, Jack Pierson, David Wojnarowicz, Kay Rosen and Rob Wynne. First presented at La MaMa La Galleria in New York in 2011, this DC exhibition, curated by John Chaich, coincides with the 2012 International AIDS Conference, which takes place in DC this July.
From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.
On Wednesday evening the National Trust for Historic Preservation hosted its “Saving Places” event to announce its 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Places. The event, which took place at the superbly cool Fathom Creative on 14th Street NW, celebrated 25 years of the list and highlighted local leaders and innovators in the fields of urban development and historic restoration.
The core of the event were the “micro talks” given by professionals who are creatively “saving” old and interesting places across DC. Representatives from the Dupont Underground and LivingSocial spoke about honoring the history of a building in its renovation, while Dan Miller, president of web upstart Popularise talked about the importance of grassroots participation to the future of urban planning. Speakers from ARCH Development, Capital Pixel, the Rainbow History Project, and PGN Architects also made short presentations.
Social media was a common thread between the different projects and professionals featured at Saving Places. Event organizers kept busy live–tweeting remarks by president Stephanie Meeks and posting Instagram shots of guests enjoying wine and conversation. The Trust even turned Fathom’s expansive roof deck into a “Twitter Garden,” where attendees responded to featured questions and interacted with Saving Places (#savingplaces, #hashtag, #) speakers.
Event organizers, speakers, and attendees, most of whom had gained prominence (or at least an invitation) through a blog or Twitter presence, underscored the role social media has in historic preservation and urban planning. Each speaker made clear that our newfound voice gives us a responsibility to help protect the places that make up our collective history. As Nikki Peele of LUMEN8 Anacostia put it, “these historic buildings are the bookmarks of our story.”
In case you were wondering, that was the most tweeted line of the night.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting an event on June 6 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the its annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. In addition to announcing its 2012 list of endangered places, the event will include an interactive video and photo exhibit exploring a quarter-century of inspiring preservation stories.
Perhaps of most interest to Borderstan readers, the event will feature “micro talks” by preservationists from across DC, including reps from Dupont Underground, Rainbow History Project, Popularise, CAS Riegler Development Company and Capital Pixel, all of whom will discuss how they’re getting people to see underappreciated places in a new light.
“Preserving Nation,” which will take place at Fathom Creative on 14th Street, is sold out, but keep an eye out the following week for a write-up of the event.