"The Inspiration Sessions," the highly acclaimed short-form series has been greenlit for a second season as part of Sundance Channel's music/talk series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…" Impossible, a Denver design and visual effects studio, was called upon by the network and sponsor Infiniti for a second straight year to bring both legendary and current musical phenoms to their viewers.
The 13-part series profiles dynamic artist and producer pairings within a candid free-flowing conversation about inspiration. This year's pairings include Sir Elton John with Scissor Sisters, Nelly Furtado with producer Andres Recio, Smokey Robinson with producers Brian French and Gary Gold, and David Gray with producer Ieslyn Polson. A new episode of "The Inspiration Sessions" premieres each week during "Spectacle."
Developed and produced for Sundance Channel by Impossible and sister company Flying Saucer Films, each 2-minute episode explores an aspect of inspiration such as the songwriting process, studio techniques, and collaboration both inside and outside the recording studio. As brand-sponsored entertainment, the series seamlessly integrates Infiniti messaging and branding to keep viewers engaged during breaks -- time otherwise devoted to commercials on other networks.
The annual studio sale for Denver artist Max Kauffman has begun, and will run through the 14th of March. He has discounts on some of last year's paintings, older pieces and prints – with freebies of varying degrees on purchases of $50 or more. One-third of all sales will go to the people of Haiti, by way of Doctors Without Borders. Access the sale on Kauffman Artistry Etsy or in person at 954 E Bayaud Ave in Denver (please call or email ahead to schedule studio visits).
San Francisco-based contemporary art blog, Daily Serving, has a new interview with Denver's Mario Zoots – who talks quite a bit about Denver, his methodology and the inspiration for his work. We found this quote most telling about his style.
"Change causes mystery. When I change images, I believe the psychology of the image is still in tact for the most part but then I find the disruptions and interruptions in my art to be haunting and mysterious. Perhaps the change, the deconstruction, the mystery is what my audience feels the most."
If you could freeze the exact moment when a five-car pile up happened, what would you see? That's the concept behind the interactive experience at autotopsy.ca and crash-and-burn.com, created by Toronto-based interactive studio Jam3, for the gritty new Showcase series Cra$h and Burn.
The site challenges visitors to play the part of forensic crash investigator Jimmy Burn, the lead character in the TV show, in order to unravel the story behind a multi-vehicle pile up. Part game, part narrative experiment, the visually stunning site offers a host of interactive video content alongside character case studies that provide hints and red herrings alike.
We are writing to you on behalf of the Wichita State University's AIGA chapter. Our chapter is planning a trip to Denver, Colorado from April 16-18. We have been looking for designers that would be interested in meeting with us to discuss work that different design studios are doing in Denver, and possibly reviewing some portfolio pieces we bring, if you would be willing to do so. Let us know if you are interested, and we will get back to you as soon as we can. We hope to hear from you, and thank you for taking time to read our email.