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9.Dec.09 Arlene Birt named Artist in Residence at MEDEA in Malmö, Sweden for Fall 2010.

22.Dec.09 Arlene Birt selected for the 2010 Art(ists) on the Verge fellowship for a project on Visualizing Grocery Impacts.

22.Oct.09 short presentation for Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design launch party at MCAD.

07.Oct.09 "Water Cycle for Life" design selected for production by Felissimo and Design 21.

22.July.09 presenting at Give & Take.

Arlene presented 18 – 20 June.09 at Data Designed for Decisions. A joint OECD and International Institute for Information Design conference in Paris.

Arlene presented ‘Background Stories’ at New Media Meeting 4 in Norrköping, Sweden May.09.

Arlene collaborating with the Interactive Institute (Sweden).

On shelves now: Arlene contributed to Packaging Sustainability: Tools, Systems and Strategies for Innovative Package Design.

Dec.08 – May.09 Background Stories on view in the exhibit, Tourism: Spaces of Fiction, at the Barcelona Design Museum.

Arlene presented ‘Designing for Sustainability’ on Earth Day, April.09 at AIGA Minnesota’s Sustainability Retreat.

Malmo MEDEA – New Media Artist Residency

Arlene Birt to be artist in residence at MEDEA Malmö in Fall 2010, where she will collaboratively develop an interactive information design project to help people experience their social and environmental footprints: by making the ‘stories’ of these impacts visible and interactive – in the context of the city of Malmö.

More details announced on their facebook page.

Serving Carbon With Your Crackers

Carbon foot-printing has made its way onto the plates of people living in Sweden.
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Visualizing Grocery Impacts – Artist Fellowship

Arlene Birt is selected for the 2010 Art(ists) On the Verge fellowship program for a project on Visualizing Grocery Impacts:

Visualizing Grocery Impacts is a data-driven and interactive installation that will help individuals better understand how their daily purchases have global social and environmental impact. In an installation which mimics a super-market, products with custom labels can be collected from the shelves by visitors, and scanned with a barcode reader that will project interactive and visual information on the productʼs background impacts (including global, ecological, political, social and cultural impacts) onto a nearby wall. The installation will provide an innovative approach to understanding sustainability: as an intersection between digital data and the physical world.

The project will be developed Jan – Sept 2010, and exhibited in October.

Art(ists) On the Verge (AOV2)  is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory.

Linking Everyday Gestures with Digital Details

Pranav Mistry combines standard, everyday gestures with digital information. His solutions -which include the SixthSense wearable computer – have potential to bring real transparency into sustainability, and enable people to literally immerse themselves in their own ecological footprints. Read more