Events To Attend This Weekend: A Culture Hack-A-Thon, An Exhibition of Error, and A Tradeshow For Brands

A handful of interesting gatherings to consider for the weekend and upcoming week.

PSFK has been tracking inspirational events and conferences being held around the world, featuring exceptional gatherings in the events box of our home page. Below are upcoming gatherings that we are looking forward to as platforms for speakers and attendees to spread good ideas.

Have an inspirational event you’re planning to attend in 2011? Find the full list of gatherings contributed by Purple List members here: What will be the key inspiration events/gatherings of 2011?

Museum of the Moving Image – Grand Reopening NYC, 15 January

Museum of the Moving Image will welcome the public to its expanded and redesigned home beginning Saturday, January 15, 2011. The new museum, given striking new physical expression in a design by architect Thomas Leeser, features extraordinary new facilities for seeing, studying, enjoying and interacting with screen culture in all its forms. A dedication ceremony on Thursday, January 13, will precede the public opening.

Culture Hack Day – London, January 15-16

What is it?

It’s a weekend for the arts, software and hardware hackers to get together and create exciting things.  It’s about taking all the interesting things that are hiding in some of our great arts organisations, and mixing them up in new and interesting ways – making new cultural products and sparking new relationships and ways of thinking. It’s about wondering what might happen if some clever and interesting people thought about new ways of navigating arts. But it’s also about having fun and making new stuff and collaborating in different ways.

What It Isn’t

It’s not about sharing customer data or stealing Visa card numbers; it’s not about sharing private information or jeopardising any confidential information; it’s not about security breaches. We don’t want to do any of that.

404 Error: The Object Is Not Online – Montréal, exhibition through February 13

The internet was invented as the ultimate standard, it is literally made of rules. Online content abides by some intentional and unintentional rules, and texture, smell, weight, flavour and time are flattened together for the screen. Computers appear to instantaneously transform objects into images and meaning into information.

404 Error: The object is not online brings together questionably digitized materials with undoubtedly material digital systems to explore the translation of objects into online representations. It uses objects from the CCACollection to examine the shift, and to explore some differences between seemingly limitless cyberspace and the museum where presence and real space are the rule.

Erik van Lieshout: How Can I Help You? – London, exhibition through January 27

In summer 2010, the Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout (b.1968) opened a temporary ‘shop’ in an abandoned unit in the Zuidplein mall in Rotterdam South, a working class district of Holland that is home to several large immigrant communities. Rather than simply selling goods, van Lieshout, who lived in Rotterdam South between 1993 and 2007, used his shop as a base from which to (re)connect with the neighbourhood and its people, engaging them in characteristically frank and often very funny conversations about roots, regeneration, consumerism, and the rise of the Dutch Right Wing. His new film installation Commission(2011), debuting at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, documents this experience.

Van Lieshout has said that Commission is ‘my commentary on the socio-political powerlessness of people and of art. It is also my quest for a home.’ Examining the impact of figures such as the Rotterdam-based ‘starchitect’ Rem Koolhaas and the anti-immigration Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, the film is both a portrait of a place, and of an artist’s half-skeptical, half-hopeful attempt to become an agent of social good.

BREAD & BUTTER – Berlin, January 19-21

With its “tradeshow for selected brands”, BREAD & BUTTER provides the concept of an innovative trade fair event for the progressive, contemporary clothing culture. As an international specialist trade fair for Street and Urban Wear, BREAD & BUTTER represents a marketing and communication platform for brands, labels and designers from the areas of Denim, Sportswear, Street Fashion, Function Wear and Casual Dressed Up.

With a unique brand portfolio, BREAD & BUTTER confirms its position as the leading international trade fair and trademark – it is the meeting point for buyers, traders and representatives from the textile industry press. Like no other event, the “tradeshow for selected brands” reflects the culture and brand philosophy of its exhibitors: the brands exhibiting at BREAD & BUTTER present themselves according to their brand direction with their complete versatility.

Twice each year, the “tradeshow for selected brands” brings together both inspiration and business according to the basic principle of “Fun & Profit”. Its early date makes BREAD & BUTTER the kick-off event within the industry.

Purple List: What will be the key inspiration events/gatherings of 2011?

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