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The first exhibition of the 2nd round tour is SWITZERLAND, the heart of Europe!

The Nomadic “decob” is eco-friendly bags that have been made by various artists from around the world. The exhibit has traveled to Toronto, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Shanghai and New York. The Nomadic “decob”in La Chaux-de-Fonds will take place in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland which is known as world-famous wathch making city from September 3rd to October 2nd. During exhibitions, various workshops and events will be held at the venue with the help of local artists. A limited numbers of La Chaux-de-Fonds memorial eco bags are also sold.

If you are interested in participating this exhibition as artist, please submit your design through our online form
Deadline: July 19th, 2010

Application form → http://www.cool-ny.com/decob/entry-form/

Call-for Logo Design
We are also running a logo design contest for our venue, La Chaux-de-Fonds and the winning design will be printed on a limited numbers of La Chaux-de-Fonds memorial eco bags as well as used on both online and printed promotional materials for the event.

This is an open call to all creative artists/designers who feel they can create a “brand” image for this environmental and ecological art exhibition, decob in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The logo design must fulfill the following criteria:
1. The design must be new, unique, innovative and easily recognizable.
2. It must include the these letters decob in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
3. You can submit up to three artworks.

Prizes for winning logo design will be as follows:
-First Place: Name acknowledgement at the event’s website, flyer and other promotional materials.
Professional acrylic paints set provided by Turner Colour Works
-Second and Third Place: Acrylic paints set provided by Turner Colour Works

Technical details
The design will possibly be used on various backgrounds (white, black, and even other colors), and will be used in different sizes (a relatively small one on the website and badges, but a noticeably bigger one on signage). We would love submissions which work well with various colors but also with only one color used (for black and white printed materials for example).

Designs should initially be submitted as low resolution JPG or PDF files (height and width 400px maximum). The winning design must be provided either as a vector graphic in Illustrator(.ai file) or in EPS files.
Legal information
You will be asked to transfer your copyright in the design so it can be properly protected for the benefit of the conference and community. Your design also must not include any other copyrighted materials for which any license is required. Don’t include anything which might possibly cause offense.
Deadline: Submit all entries by July 31, 2010.
Please submit your design to: cool.decob@gmail.com

The Nomadic "decob" Official Website

Tribeca Film Festival excited the city of New York again this year. There is a conspicuous film that should be mentioned at the ninth annual film festival. That is a Swedish animated film, “Metropia.”
Swedish film director Tarik Saleh directed the film. Even though his father was a “claymation” animator, Mr. Saleh pursued documentary film making and received great reputation from “Sacrificio: Who betrayed Che Guevara?” and “Gitmo: The New Rules of War.” “Metropia” is his first feature animation film.
In 2024 when oil has run out, a huge network of subways operated by a large corporation connects all the European cities. Because every time Roger, the protagonist who lives in Stockholm, goes into the subway, he hears voices in his head and becomes uncomfortable, he stops taking the train. However, one day, when he unexpectedly enters the subway again, he sees a mysterious model, Nina. And he begins to discover that someone or something is controlling him…
“Because the earth ran out of oil, fear dominates the world.” Mr. Saleh says he arrived at the idea while filming “Gitmo” which takes place at Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Beginning with the terrorist attacks of 9/11, dark clouds blanketed the world, and people’s hearts were filled with anxiety and fear. Mr. Saleh reflected his feelings that he experienced at the scandalous Guantanamo into “Metropia.”
“Metropia” explores the universal theme that ‘fear’ controls people with the deployment of standard storytelling. The charm of this film is that it grows on you, swelling gradually over time rather than immediately after watching. Remembering this film, many people may become paranoid that we are caught in some giant corporate conspiracy.
Currently 3D movies are mainstream; however, this film was made in 2D as if fighting against the trend, and the unique visuals draw attention. The characters are fairly realistic, crafted in detail, but there is something so unnatural about them that you end up feeling as if you’ve awakened in an illusion. The world created by Mr.Saleh, who was inspired by Terry Gilliam and Roy Andersson, hypnotizes us. And yet the story itself, rather than a fantastic piece of SciFi, is reminiscent of Hitchcock and Film Noir.
“Metropia” premiered at last year’s Venice International Film festival. After repeated screenings at various locations in New York, the film was finally unveiled at Tribeca Film Festival this spring. To accompany the screenings, press conferences with the director and cast were held; the colors of the festival became even more brilliant. Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård, and Udo Kier are a rare collection of voice actors for this film. The reason why the unique and talented actors were needed: “Because I needed real voice acting,” Mr.Saleh says.

For this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, many of the festival’s films were available to watch at home on cable TV. “Metropia” is one of the line-up. It is a luxury to enjoy this film at home since it is unlikely the film will have a wide release in U.S. theaters. It is still possible to watch it on TV now, so please enjoy this special film that leaves you with a lingering strange feeling.

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The Nomadic Artist Vol.5 “Reality of Nomadic Artist (Special Edition)”
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Family Program: Himalayan Animal Stories -- Compassion for Endangered Species

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Sunday January 17, 2010 2:30-4:30

Participants will discover the endangered animals of the Himalayas and write and illustrate their own animal story. Artist and Books for Children Founder, Rima Fujita, will read her children's books including a true story of the Dalai Lama's dog, and will lead participants in creating their own hand-made books. Recommended ages: 8 - 12. Admission, $10 for adults, $8 for members and children.


Rima Fujita was born in Tokyo and has lived in New York since 1979. She studied at Parsons School of Design and received her B.F.A. in illustration and painting and has exhibited her work internationally to much acclaim.

In 2001 Rima established Books for Children, an organization that produces children's books and donates them to orphans and poor children around the world. Her first book, Wonder Talk, was officially selected as recommended reading by the United Nations, and TB Aware has received various awards in the United States.

In 2006 she designed the signature poster for the International Peace Summit in Hiroshima, Japan, where she received special recognition from several Nobel Peace Laureates including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Betty Williams.

Her published books include Simple Meditation, The Little Black Box, Wonder Talk, Wonder Garden and TB Aware. For more information about Rima please visit: www.rimafujita.com

The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art was founded in 1945 to foster awareness and preservation of Tibetan art and culture. Public programs at the Museum are funded, in part, by funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Located at 338 Lighthouse Avenue, the Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. For further information, please call 718-987-3500 or visit the museum’s website at www.tibetanmuseum.org.


~10th Anniversary of Books for Children~


Events to Take Place November 5-28, 2009 Throughout The United States

Rise&Fall in NYC
November 5 @ Public Assembly, $8
70 North 6th St. Brooklyn, NY 11211

Rise&Fall (http://www.rise-fall.com) is a revolutionary art and music event series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This mobile art installation and electronic music event features artwork displayed on digital frames interpreting the theme ‘breaking down barriers’
collected through a public call for submissions and will include music performed by renowned Turkish-German-Queer and Muslim DJ/Producer, DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu (http://www.djipek.com). Her performances are the embodiment of contemporary Germany (post-Wall), smashing musical, cultural and social barriers through an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern sounds and Berlin Electro, drawing on minority subcultures and pop culture in Germany.

Additionally, international bilingual art magazine COOL (http://www.cool-ny.com) will present a live painting performance called "Rise&Fall" by Japanese street artist PESU (http://www.pesuart.com) in which he interprets the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Rise&Fall is sponsored by The Embassy of the Republic of Germany Washington, DC and Kodak.

LOS ANGELES, October 21, 2009 – LA-based BOA Events announces show dates for Rise&Fall, an art and music event series that commemorates the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This national mobile art installation and electronic music event will feature artwork that interprets the theme “Breaking Down Barriers.” All artwork will be displayed on Kodak S730 and D830 digital picture frames that will showcase the multiple entries that were received during the open call for submissions. The nightlife event will also include music performed by renowned Turkish-German DJ/Producer, DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu.

“During our open call for submissions, we received artwork from 19 countries and 19 states within the United States. Submissions were requested in digital form to be displayed on Kodak digital picture frames throughout the venues because it allows us to showcase creative representations of the broader theme of breaking down barriers to a demographic in venues and volume we otherwise could not,” added Mikaela Pollock, co-director of BOA.

Interested individuals are invited to visit the Rise&Fall Web site at www.rise-fall.comto find out more about an event near them. Confirmed Rise&Fall venue and dates are as follows (more to be confirmed on the Rise&Fall Web site):

11/05/09 – Public Assembly featuring live painting from Japanese street artist, PESU – presented by COOL Magazine in Brooklyn, New York (www.publicassemblynyc.com)
11/12/09 – White Room in Miami, Florida (www.whiteroomshows.com)
11/18/09 – DC9 in Washington, DC (www.dcnine.com)
11/19/09 – Enormous Room in Boston, MA (www.enormous.tv)
11/20/09 – Tazza Caffe in Providence, RI (www.tazzacaffe.com)
11/21/09 – Venue TBA in Las Vegas, NV
11/27/09 – The Purple Lounge at The Standard Hotel Hollywood in Los Angeles (www.thestandard.com)

Professional and amateur artists that work in a wide range of mediums were asked to submit digital versions of their work and a short description of what “bringing down walls” or “breaking down barriers” means to them - either as directly related to the Berlin Wall or on a more symbolic, personal, cultural or social level. Digital art itself breaks down the walls of traditional display, allowing more artists to contribute to the project and more people to see the mobile national exhibition. Images and descriptions will be displayed on Kodak S730 and D830 digital frames and projected in event venues during each Rise&Fall event and select images will also be available for viewing online on the Rise&Fall Web site.

The Embassy of the Republic of Germany Washington, D.C. and the Consulate General of the Republic of Germany New York,Miami, Boston and Los Angeles are the official sponsors of the Rise&Fall event series. For more information on this year’s German Mission in the United States theme, “Freedom Without Walls,” consumers can visit: www.germany.info/withoutwalls.

To add to the creative atmosphere, renowned DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu will be performing. As a daughter of Turkish immigrants to Germany, she personifies the breaking down of cultural barriers and stigma—raised as an ethnic minority (Turkish), religious minority (Muslim) and sexual minority (lesbian). DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu performs a style of music that directly represents her cultural diversity and pride. Her performances are the embodiment of contemporary Germany (post-Wall), smashing musical, cultural and social barriers through an eclectic mix of Middle Eastern sounds and Berlin Electro, drawing on minority subcultures and pop culture in Germany.

DJ Ipek expressed, “Living near the Berlin Wall when it was brought down in 1989, I have a special place in my heart for this anniversary. It was a big challenge for all of us to deal with this wall-less situation. It changed our lives in Berlin. With the opening up of a great city, Germany became even more international. I'm excited to travel the United States with Rise&Fall and, through my passion for music, commemorate this historic occasion with American audiences.”

BOA Events (BOA Life LLC) is an LA-based event production, graphic and web design, and artist management company focused on the electronic music industry. BOA’s philosophy has always been that music and art are the best ambassadors, building bridges between cultures and connecting people through common experiences. As scholars of international relations, BOA’s founders believe that, in a highly politicized world divided by ethnic, racial, religious and cultural lines, music and art hold the power to cross these lines and educate on a level that goes beyond the mind to the heart and soul.

Rise&Fall concept and branding created by: BOA Life LLC (dba BOA Events)
Rise&Fall event production by: BOA Life LLC (dba BOA Events)

Rise&Fall: www.rise-fall.com
BOA Life LLC (dba BOA Events): www.boaevents.com
DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu: www.djipek.com
Rise& Fall on Twitter: www.twitter.com/risefall09
BOA on Twitter: www.twitter.com/boaevents

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