Japan's beautiful manhole covers get a book and iPad app
by Maggie York-Worth
"Drainspotting" puts Remo Camerota's popular blog of Japanese manholes into a square-shaped book of amazing construction and bizarre imagery. As the title suggests, Drainspotting requires an eye for the odd bursts of color along city streets...
BMW Guggenheim Lab
BMW launches their bold six-year-long program to dissect urban culture
by Josh Rubin
Consistent with BMW's longstanding cultural initiatives, this week launched the New York leg of BMW Guggenheim Lab, an exploration of issues regarding contemporary urban life. The six-year worldwide tour will reach nine cities to encourage international...
A new book finds a common thread in 5,000 years of Japanese art
by Karen Day
A concise book comparing contemporary Japanese art to renowned classics, "See/Saw: Connections Between Japanese Art Then and Now" guides readers through 5,000 years of art by showing how it shares one common trait—"the new is old, or the old...
by Ami Kealoha
Gum Ball machines, Axl Rose, and ice skaters - sometimes all within one composition- are among the many subjects in Japanese-born Etsu Meusy's work. The Vancouver-based artist's nostalgia-tinged 70s and 80s pop cultural pastiches have found...
Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art
An interview with Steve Powers from the new encyclopedic book redefining street art
by CH Contributor
"Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art" is a behemoth of a book loaded with a who's-who of the contemporary urban art scene edited by Patrick Nguyen and Stuart. Surveying the work from figureheads such as Aaron Rose, Wooster Collective...
The Creators Project NYC Launch
Art, music and technology collide when Vice and Intel launch their new partnership
by Ami Kealoha
Kicking off their new mega-initiative celebrating creativity called The Creators Project, Vice and Intel drew out the masses for a day-long series of performances, installations and events at Milk Studios in NYC this past Saturday. As to be expected...
Kartel, a New Street Art and Music Space in Haifa
Israeli graffiti crews Ghostown and Broken Fingaz transform an abandoned boat hanger into a blank canvas for rotating artists
by CH Contributor
by Ross Belfer Haifa (Israel’s third largest city) is best known for its historical German Colony, UNESCO-nodded Baha’i Gardens and perhaps the country’s most savory hummus found in the multi-cultural Wadi Nisnas neighborhood. But with these changing...
Living in the Endless City
A new book delves into the future of urban development through three of the world's fastest growing cities
by Nicholena Moon
Among all the chatter about the future of urban development, "Living in the Endless City" stands out as a refreshing voice with its collection of clear-eyed info designed to help grapple with the some of the big questions facing today's cities...
Mario Mandala Colouring Book
by Tim Yu
Mandala, a Sanskrit word of Hindu origin, most often refers to a symmetrical detailed pattern representing the universe and the unconscious self. In some religions it serves as an aid in meditation or to establish a sacred space as well. For Japanese...
Karl Escritt's Live Painting
by Jacob Resneck
Karl Escritt is a Kyoto-based graphic artist who's been quietly making a name for himself as an accomplished designer of flyers, posters and t-shirts for the underground music scene in this Englishman's adopted Japan. Recently, Escritt has...
by Carol T Chung
Director of the anime classic Akira, Katsuhiro Ôtomo's long anticipated Steamboy has hit the theaters. Despite taking place in Victorian England, its themes touch upon the present. Incorporating CGI and cell animation, the themes of industrialization...
by Josh Spear
Times Online has a wonderful article about the Aichi Expo in Japan... Wondering what it would be like to star in a film before you see it? You can go to see a special animated film at the expo, and you will be asked if you'd like to take part in...