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Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncè

Pietro Masturzo awarded for the World Press Photo of the Year 2009 – Amsterdam

Madonna’s Putting her name on Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses (MDG)

Kathryn Bigelow wins award for best director at the Oscars – Los Angeles

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present – MoMA – New York


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BUILT TO RESI(S)Tby Quinze & Milan for Eastpak – Belgium
Furniture design brand Quinze & Milan have joined forces with luggage and accessories maker Eastpak for a collection of upholstered lounge seats called BUILT TO RESI(S)T. The BUILT TO RESI(S)T collection combines Quinze & Milan shapes with authentic Eastpak product characteristics, including bags, zippers, handles, colourful strong fabrics and popular prints. This first range includes special pocket-padded versions of Quinze & Milan design classics Club Sofa 01 and Primary Pouf 02. Various pockets are incorporated onto the seats and provide storage for your books, magazines, reading glasses, laptop, iPod, headset and remote control. Whatever you can think of can now simply be pocketed in your sofa.

A Toute Epreuve exhibition – Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie – Paris
Dainese, a leading manufacturer of protection clothing for motorcyclists and those practising and dynamic sports, has always aimed to protect man from head to toe. Precisely in this perspective has made the exhibition “A Toute Epreuve” at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, from March 2nd until 8th of August 2010. This vast exhibition illustrates the evolution of the concept of protection, from protective armour developed by the first man up to “intelligent clothing”, to help people understand that protection of the human body requires a mix of comfort between ergonomics and protection.

Polaroïd en péril! at the Musée de l’Elysée – Lausanne
Polaroids by Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams and 100 other artists are on show in Lausanne ahead of a controversial auction that could break up the historic “Polaroid Collection”. The collection was started in the 1950s by Edwin Land, the inventor of the cult instant camera and co-founder of Polaroid. Over time it built up into a unique, experimental collection of 16,000 images, of which 4,500 have been held in trust at Lausanne since 1990, and the rest stored in Boston. More than 1,200 prints from the Polaroid Collection are due to go under the hammer in New York on June 21-22. But the director of Lausanne’s Musée de l’Elysée says the European part of the collection could still be rescued. The museum has put together the “Polaroid in Peril!” exhibition, which runs until June 6, to give the public a chance to view 100 of the best images from the European Polaroid Collection before they are sold.

The Essence of Things. Design and the Art of Reduction – Vitra Design Museum – Weil am Rhein – Germany
The exhibition “The Essence of things. Design and the Art of Reduction” at the Vitra Design Museum, illuminates the influences and motifs of a principle whose impact on design transcends time and place. Traces some conditions, especially those related to contemporary social questions, it presents the high art of reduction as the quintessence of design. The diversity of this phenomenon, and its ‘products’, is divided into twelve sections grouped under the headings Manufacture, Function, Aesthetics and Ethics, putting forth the motifs, motivations and strategies pursued by design. To introduce the subject matter, the exhibition kicks off with a Prologue featuring a surprising selection of everyday objects.

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth
“No matter how sophisticated or wealthy or enlightened you are, how you eat tells all”. The author begins with her most basic concept: the way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. But it doesn’t stop there. Geneen shows how going beyond both the food and feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul to the bright centre of your own life. With penetrating insight and irreverent humour, Roth traces food compulsions from subtle beginnings to unexpected ends. She teaches personal examination, showing readers how to use their relationship with food to discover the fulfilment they long for.

The Hub – Milan
On March 18th in via Paolo Sarpi in Milan, there opened The Hub Milan, the first Italian headquarters of the international network The Hub. The Hub is a social enterprise with the ambition to inspire and support imaginative and enterprising initiatives for a better world, a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at “new frontiers” to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges. The idea of a network like this starts from a crisis scenario of access, scale, resources and impact, in which felt vital to create places around the world for accessing space, resources, connections, knowledge, experience and investment.

INBODY: MOA Global Dialogue – Museum of Anthropology – Vancouver
The 2010 Olympics provide an ideal opportunity to explore expectations and definitions of the body – the physical body, the imaginative body, the ethical body, and the virtual body. MOA is creatively responding to these ideas through INBODY: A Global Dialogue. INBODY will bring together artists, athletes, scholars, activists, and future thinkers from around the world for a three day symposium to discuss and challenge accepted notions of the body. INBODY will be part performance, part provocation, and part discussion – posing such questions as: What is the body? How is the body used to communicate? Whose bodies matter? Each night will be a combination of performance, lecture, and discussion.

Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon – The 4th Auckland Triennal – New Zealand
Adventure and its incumbent risk have been central to modernity’s geographic and economic expansion. In art of the modern era, these ideas were linked to discovery, progressive development, spectacle and avant-gardism. Today the motivation for adventurous exploration still exists. How to contend with a sustainable world – in global politics, in our environment, in our economies and in art’s own production – is the theme of the 4th Auckland Triennial, which aim is to look at the impulse towards adventure and risk in art today with a three days calendar full of events, performances and discussion panels. The title, Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, describes the romantic attraction to forms of adventure in art, asking us to reflect differently on our engagement with adventure and risk by looking at artists who generate an adventurous condition by exploring existing material conditions and alternative solutions for living.

Extrabanca – the first bank for immigrants – Milan
Extrabanca, the first bank dedicated to immigrants in Europe, has opened its first branch in Milan. Extrabanca is not an ethical bank, explains the founder and president Andrea Orlandini, but a real commercial private bank even if characterized by a strong social value. The innovative image of the bank is represented by Otto Bitjoka Cameroonian businessman who assumes the chair of vice president and became the first extra-banker, indeed African Bantu, as is usually emphasized, in the history of Italian banking. The employees, now 20, are expected to increase to between 200 and 300 by end of 2015: currently 55% of them come from abroad, mostly graduates from 11 different countries.

Seed cathedral – British Pavilion by Thomas Heatherwick – Shanghai
With just over a month to go until the opening of the Shanghai World Expo 2010, construction is nearing completion for all pavilions. The centrepiece of the UK’s offering is the extraordinary pavilion building designed by Thomas Heatherwick, a six storey high object formed from some 60,000 transparent rods, which extend from the structure and move in the breeze. During the day, each of these 7.5m long rods acts like fibre optic filaments, drawing on daylight to illuminate the interior. At night, light sources at the interior end of each rod allow the structure to glow. Inside the pavilion building is a unique visual representation of the UK’s role in conservation worldwide. By the encasing of tens of thousands of seeds into the ends of the transparent rods, visitors are able to view examples of seeds of plant species that contribute to national and global conservation programmes.