Hilma af Klint Pops Up at London’s Regents Park, and Other News

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“Hilma af Klint Walk&rdrquo; produced by Acute Art. Image courtesy of Stolpe Publishing and Acute Art

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An AR app is bringing Hilma af Klint’s mystic abstractions to London’s Regents Park.

“More than a century after she completed her chef d’oeuvre—193 abstract canvases known collectively as Paintings for the Temple—Hilma af Klint is having a big, multi-dimensional moment. Af Klint, the mystic Swedish mother of early-modern abstraction, whose pioneering work remained unrecognized in her lifetime, is the subject of a new biography, by Julia Voss, and of the seventh and final volume of a catalogue raisonné (both published this month); of a biopic, Hilma, opening at cinemas on 28 October; and of a VR experience, Hilma af Klint: The Temple, which launched this week. The VR piece is produced by the London-based extended reality studio Acute Art, as is an AR app, Hilma af Klint Walk, which allows visitors to “place” and view 18 digital incarnations of the artist’s large-scale pictures along the path between Frieze London and Frieze Masters in Regent’s Park.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Paul Chan, Sky Hopinka, and Tavares Strachan are all named MacArthur Fellows.

“Multimedia artist Paul Chan; filmmaker and photographer Sky Hopinka; and conceptual artist Tavares Strachan have been named as among the 2022 class of MacArthur Fellows by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The trio join twenty-three other recipients of the so-called genius grants issued this year by the foundation and recognizing individuals in fields including sociology, computer science, history, and engineering. Each fellow receives an $800,000 stipend, with no strings attached.” [H/T Artforum]

Russian missiles damage architecture studio Bogdanova Bureau’s office in Kyiv.

“Kyiv architecture studio Bogdanova Bureau has vowed to make its office “even more beautiful than before” after it was damaged in a Russian missile attack. Staff at Bogdanova Bureau arrived at the office on Monday to find the windows blasted into the room and debris and broken glass scattered across the floor. Russian forces had fired a barrage of missiles into the Ukrainian capital and other cities early that morning, killing 19 people and injuring many more. None of Bogdanova Bureau’s employees were harmed, though some of their possessions were destroyed, the studio told Dezeen. By Tuesday, the team had cleaned up the office and returned to work in the studio.” [H/T Dezeen]

Zipper, RKM 740 Tower by J. Mayer H. Architects. Image courtesy of J. Mayer H. Architects

Mayer H. Architects unveils a high-rise in Dusseldorf marked by a zipper-like facade. 

“J. Mayer H. Architects has unveiled a high rise in Germany dubbed ‘Zipper’ RKM 740 Tower. The project has been built in response to an increase in the density of Düsseldorf-Heerdt. The changes of the urban fabric have led to new types of hybrid high-rises, with this newest hosting workspaces for various medical practices and residences. ‘Our project ZIPPER is part of the latest generation of these mixed-use concepts,’ the architects note, ‘the synergy effects thus achieved with comprehensive health grant the existing hospital trans-regional importance as the ‘prototype of a hospital for the future.’” [H/T Designboom]

New Zealand plans to tax emissions from livestock to benefit the agricultural sector. 

“New Zealand plans to tax agricultural emissions—including those related to the burps, urine and dung from livestock like cows and sheep—in a move its government hopes will help the country meet climate change goals. The aim is for the ‘agricultural emissions-pricing system’ to come into force in 2025. A consultation looking at how levies are set, transition assistance and sequestration—which the document defines as ‘the process of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere’—was launched this week, and will run until Nov. 18. The government said revenue from the levy would be ‘recycled back into [the] agriculture sector through new technology, research and incentive payments to farmers.’” [H/T CNBC]

TikTok is scouting locations to build fulfillment centers, doubling down on ecommerce.

“While seemingly every social media app is copying TikTok, TikTok now appears to be copying Amazon’s playbook. TikTok appears to be looking to create a new logistics and warehousing network in the United States to support its e-commerce efforts, according to several job openings recently posted to its hiring site and LinkedIn page. Like other social networks, TikTok has expanded into e-commerce to add revenue opportunities. TikTok currently offers a shopping option called TikTok Shop in select markets, including the UK and Indonesia, which lets creators and merchants sell products through the platform. It has also partnered with Shopify to enable shopping on the platform.” [H/T CNN]

LeBron James with the Twelve Bottle Case for Rimowa. Image courtesy of LRMR Ventures

Today’s attractive distractions:

Itinerant oenophiles may delight in Rimowa’s new 12-bottle wine case.

The Walmart Museum (yes, it’s a thing) finds a new home in Arkansas.

Audubon’s interactive maps track the migration patterns of 450 birds.

The Ritz-Carlton’s ultra-luxe superyacht will set sail later this month.

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