This July, Panorama will return to New York City for a second year with performances from Nine Inch Nails, Frank Ocean, Tame Impala, A Tribe Called Quest, alt-J, Solange, Justice, Nick Murphy, MGMT and more. Part of what makes the music festival so engaging is its massive dedication to art installations.Panorama returns this summer with an all-new lineup of artistry and even more innovation at THE LAB, powered by HP. Building on the success of last year’s debut, THE LAB’s museum-quality exhibition space has been expanded to include additional interactive, experiential digital art installations, fusing technology, art, performance and design at the center of Panorama. Curated exclusively by New York City-based artists, THE LAB puts the city’s unparalleled creativity and innovation on display for a sensory adventure culminating in a massive 360 degree dome theater.HP is once again on board as the official technology sponsor for Panorama and will be setting up in THE LAB, working with digital artists and HP Z Workstations to build out the full scale experience for festival goers.At the heart of THE LAB is The Exhibition, a showcase of New York City’s local talent and innovation with a series of dynamic and immersive art installations driven by technology. Artists designing installations include Prism, SOFTlab, FutureWife, Ekene Ijeoma, Emilie Baltz, and The Windmill Factory. THE LAB is curated by META.IS.Artist Installations included at The Exhibition at THE LAB Future Portrait created by PrismFuture Portrait transforms motion into an amazing dynamic film. Your performance drives uniquely beautiful animation that can be remixed and shared on the fly. Discover a new you defined by movement.Volume created by SOFTlabAn interactive cube of responsive mirrors that redirect light and sound as a volume that reflects the excitement of surrounding festival goers. Volume uses mirrors, light, and sound as fundamental building elements to remix the character of the festival goers and gaze back at them with empathy and exuberance.Boolean Planet created by Future WifeA monolithic sphere beckons nearby entities to form gravity wells with the weight of their bodies, slicing through celestial veils to reveal the unseen worlds beneath the surface.Heartfelt created by Ekene IjeomaHeartfelt is a participatory interactive installation which engages participants in holding hands and letting electricity flow through them to turn on lights and play sounds. It uses participants’ bodies as conductors to close the circuit of socio-political polarization, creating a shared experience of solitary and interconnectivity.Dream Machine created by Unicorns ExistThe Dream Machine is a multi-player, olfactory organ performance that combines smell with sound, touch and light in a single interactive experience.Right Passage created by The Windmill FactoryRight Passage is a room scale sound and light performance installation. You begin in a massive hazed void. A reflective labyrinth emerges, guiding you towards warmth. A rite of passage, a journey from darkness to light, a disorientation of the senses.The Dome – a standout at last year’s festival – is set to return with all-new, original content and 30% bigger this year. Visually produced by Dirt Empire with original music, sound design, and spherical audio spatialization by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans, the 90-foot dome allows more than 250 festivalgoers at a time to experience the 360 degree immersive theater and provides its viewers with an unparalleled collective sensory experience. Proclaimed by the Observer as “the selling point of THE LAB,” The Dome is where Panorama’s synthesis of art, technology, music and design is given its ultimate expression. [photo via Panorama Facebook]
“With the measures the countries adopt in regard to security, we hope that the people can feel at peace and regain the development opportunities torn away from them by violence and crime,” said Honduran Vice Chancellor Salomé Castellanos. David Murguía Payés, the minister of Justice and Public Safety of El Salvador, said bolstering the region’s fight against narco-traffickers and gangs should be the initiative’s top priority. “We have concluded that the issue of drug trafficking, mostly small-scale drug dealing, and gangs are the factors that create the most violence,” he said. During the meeting in San Salvador, El Salvador on Jan. 17-18, the representatives of the Supreme Courts, National Judicial Councils, Public Ministries, and Ministries of Justice, Governance and Public Safety of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic asked each country’s legislature to pass the proposed laws quickly so all countries can be on the same page. “It is vital to the project to involve the legislative assemblies in the development of the actions to be carried out by the project and to keep an open communication between the focal points of each country and its legislative counterpart,” the meeting’s final resolution stated. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Central America and the Dominican Republic are preparing a regional strategy to fight organized and transnational crime, specifically targeting narco-trafficking. The effort implies streamlining penal and procedural laws, as well as strengthening the areas of investigation, detention and reintegration of inmates into society. The initiative to make the laws uniform is managed by the Conference of Justice Ministers of Ibero-American Countries (COMJIB) and the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), sponsored by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. “With this initiative, we hope to make a leap in terms of the quality of the fight against organized crime,” said Guatemalan Juan Daniel Alemán, SICA’s secretary general. The mid-range goal is for the region – from Guatemala to Panama, including the Dominican Republic – to have common legislation to use in the fight against organized and transnational crime. Among the topics under discussion are changes to nine penal codes, including what defines and constitutes a crime pertaining to human trafficking, money laundering, gang-related infractions and narco-trafficking. Also being discussed are the following: Involving undercover agents in joint investigations; Simplifying the extradition process; Exchanging information and criminal records; Notifying countries regarding fugitives’ prison sentences, so officials in one country know the punishment levied against fugitives in the countries where they are convicted. By Dialogo February 16, 2012
Bread of Life accepting grant from REMCGreensburg, IN—Decatur County REMC (DCREMC) recognized twelve local organizations Wednesday morning upon receiving Operation Roundup grant funds from the DCREMC Community Trust. DCREMC CEO, Brett Abplanalp, thanked each organization for their contributions and efforts throughout the community. “DCREMC is proud to support our communities. One of our cooperative principles is Concern for the Community, and our members demonstrate their commitment to giving back and making an impact through this program,” said Abplanalp.Each organization shared information about their purpose and the project or program in which the Operation Roundup funds will support. Organizations receiving funding this cycle include Delaware Community Volunteer Fire Department, Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department, Decatur County Fireman’s Association, New Directions of Decatur County, FLASH (Free Lunch All Summer, Hooray!), Greensburg Bread of Life, Greensburg High School, Decatur County Parks and Recreation Department, Decatur County 4 Kids, Inc. – Prevent Child Abuse, Girls Inc., Speranza House and Adams Township Volunteer Fire Department.Operation Roundup is a member-funded trust established to support local charitable organizations serving DCREMC members and communities.Delaware Community Volunteer Fire accepting grant from REMCWhen DCREMC members round up their bill to the next whole dollar each month, they are making a direct impact in their community. With DCREMC’s Operation Roundup, a little change can do a lot. Since the program was established in 1999, DCREMC has awarded 260 grants totaling over $489,000. Operation Roundup information and grant applications can be found on the DCREMC website. Non-profit organizations can apply for the next grant cycle by July 31.