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Freedom Farmers opens this Saturday at Auckland Art Gallery

Auckland Art Gallery kicks off Labour Weekend with the opening of Freedom Farmers: New Zealand Artists Growing Ideas, the largest overview of new contemporary art in New Zealand today.

This dynamic and free exhibition sees 20 artists engage with ideas of utopia and sustainability, and demonstrates the way these creative thinkers act as leaders and innovators in New Zealand a country whose culture values invention, ingenuity and liberty.

In his new installation for the exhibition New York-based artist Martin Basher comments on the ideals portrayed in modern advertising with Untitled (Spiritual-Marketplace 01), as does newcomer Dorota Broda in her work, Power to you. Adventurous visitors to Freedom Farmers can physically climb into Richard Maloys Treehouse or consider different ways of living with Louise Menziess video work on the alternative living community Peloha. Walters Prize winning artist Dan Arps shows his latest large-scale installation which scrutinises the world of daycare creativity and copyright.

Auckland Art Gallery Curator Contemporary Art, Natasha Conland, says, Freedom Farmers gives visitors an opportunity to explore how artists have examined tried and true values of New Zealand society, our care of the environment, our ability to live creatively and with freedom.

Our opening weekend offers rolling artist talks, an overview by myself, pottery demonstration, and leads into an exceptionally dynamic visitor programme over the four months.

Auckland Art Gallery Director, Rhana Devenport, says, Freedom Farmers reveals an energetic, varied view of New Zealand art not seen for some time, and is a continuation of the Gallerys commitment to contemporary art.

Equally exciting is the full events programme which has been workshopped together with the artists and The University of Aucklands Creative Thinking Project, which celebrates the importance of creativity not just within the arts world, but in all aspects of society today.

The events programme features a mix of performances, guest lectures, special events and ongoing artist talks. Upcoming event highlights include:

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NASHUA – Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Nashua this weekend for the New Hampshire Liberty Forum, a four-day event organized by the Free State Project. The sixth annual forum kicked off Thursday with a tour of the State House in Concord, followed by a welcome reception, two seminars and a visit to a local movie theater to watch “Silver Circle.”

The conference is designed to promote and educate the public about the Free State Project, whose mission is to relocate thousands of pro-liberty activists to New Hampshire. Organizers are anticipating about 500 attendees this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel for the forum.

“It has developed a reputation for drawing together people of diverse backgrounds from across the Northeast and beyond for the purpose of discussing strategies to reduce government interference in our lives and build a better society through business, the arts and volunteer work,” says a release issued by Free State Project members.

The opening ceremony will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Friday, with speaker Jeff Tucker.

Various seminars are scheduled throughout the day, including a Non-political Activism New Hampshire seminar, and a Make Law Not Words presentation.

Friday’s keynote speaker is Jack Spirko, who will talk from 8:30 to 10 p.m. about modern survival concepts and philosophy often discussed on his daily web program, “The Survival Podcast.”

Several events will continue on Saturday and Sunday as well, including an Alt Expo Eye Opener seminar, a presentation on radical labor and libertarianism, an expo on building a new libertarian community and a seminar titled, “I got to New Hampshire: Now What?”

Saturday’s keynote speaker is Tom Woods, a New York Times best selling author of 11 books, who will take the stage at 8:45 p.m.

Liberty Forum is designed to give Free State pledgers who are in the process of moving to the Granite State an opportunity to visit the area, network with others and learn more about job opportunities and housing in the area, said organizers.

According to its website, the Free State Project has 1,130 participants already living in New Hampshire, with more than 13,700 committed to eventually relocating here. Its plan is to entice more than 20,000 pro-liberty activists to move to the Granite State, with participants pledging to “exert the fullest practical effort toward the creation of a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty and property,” says the site.

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Beaches up and down the West Coast are a repository for trash from around the world.

With each incoming tide, debris washes up onto shores, from old tires and appliances that make their way through rivers and waterways to water bottles and umbrella handles that trek thousands of miles across oceans from China and Japan before planting themselves on rocky shorelines.

Aside from being unsightly, ocean litter can be harmful to all forms of marine life. According to the California Coastal Commission, some animals mistake small pieces of debris for food.

Birds and other sea creatures can become entangled in common items such as fishing lines, rope and packaging material. For humans, broken glass and jagged metal pose risks to barefooted beachgoers.

An 11-foot leopard shark sculpted from thousands of small pieces of plastic, aluminum and miscellaneous beach debris was on display May 9 outside Fish restaurant in Sausalito during a World Ocean Day event hosted by local organizations the Shark Stewards and Turtle Island Restoration Network.

The shark is one of 18 large-scale nautical sculptures created by the nonprofit Washed Ashore project. The organization, based in Bandon, Ore., promotes ocean awareness and environmental responsibility through art. The traveling exhibit has been shown at the Marine Mammal Center and the Earth Day Marin festival.

Everything you see on here came from beaches, said Executive Director Angela Pozzi Washed Ashores lead artist.

A former exhibiting sculptor and art instructor, Pozzi believes in the power of the arts to reach the masses and promote social change. We can reach people in a way talking heads, statistics and charts cannot, she said. Anyone can see that all this stuff is from the beaches, and we can all agree that its wrong.

Sculpted from broken buoys, aluminum cans, stranded beach sandals and numerous plastic fragments, the shark took seven months to create, and more than 100 volunteers lent a hand in some way.

Since January 2010, more than 1,000 Washed Ashore volunteers have cleaned more than 20 miles of beach, collecting more than 3 tons of debris.

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If you took all the clichs about horrible urban design and shoved them into 75 acres, youd probably end up with something pretty close to Dallas Victory Park. A pre-planned billion-dollar collection of imposing hyper-modern monumental structures, high-end chain stores, enormous video screens, expensive restaurants, a sports arena and tons of parking, completely isolated from the rest of the city by a pair of freeways, Victory Park is like the schizophrenic dream of some power-hungry capitalist technocrat.

Or in this case, his sons. The neighborhood? development? was built by Ross Perot Jr. as an urban lifestyle destination. But what it really is is an entertainment district: that swath of cityscape whose character has been preordained by a city council vote and is now identified by brightly colored banners affixed to lampposts. (The entertainment districts close cousin, the arts district, is often lurking somewhere nearby.)

What could be wrong with a district where nightclubs and galleries are encouraged to thrive? Nothing, necessarily; done right, a city can help foster these scenes with a gentle guiding hand. Constructing an entire milieu from whole cloth, however, is where cities get into trouble. The problem with these created-overnight districts is that youre trying to create a culture as opposed to letting one grow, says Nathaniel Hood, a Minneapolis-based transportation planner. Youre getting the culture that one developer or city council member thinks the city needs, as opposed to the ground-up culture that comes from multiple players.

Victory Park is an extreme example, hyper-planned right down to the performances to be held at its American Airlines Center. (A U2 concert is fabulous, Perot told the Wall Street Journal. KISS, not so good.) But the Dallas Arts District, though less micro-managed, has struggled with its identity as well. Conceived in the 1970s by design consultants in faraway Boston, it relocated the citys arts institutions to the northeast corner of downtown. Another planning consultancy drew the boundaries of the district, and one by one, the citys cultural icons were moved there. Today, it contains the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Winspear Opera House. Its home to buildings by Renzo Piano, I.M. Pei, Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster. In fact, youll find everything in the Dallas Arts District except a lot of people, says Patrick Kennedy, owner of the Space Between Design Studio and the blog Walkable DFW.

A district inherently becomes a single-use idea, says Kennedy. Everything has to be art. You end up with a bunch of performing arts spaces and when theyre not in use it becomes a vacuum. This vacuum has made the district itself a museum of sorts, something impressive to observe but strangely inert. (The Chicago Tribune called the area the dullest arts district money can buy.) It has few apartment buildings; one is the new Museum Tower, a 42-story condo residence that, as of last month, had sold only 16 of its 102 units. The Museum Tower recently made news when its glass facade began reflecting 103-degree sunlight directly into the Nasher Sculpture Center next door. Now the towers developers and the Sculpture Center are embroiled in a fight over which party should alter its building essentially, arguing over whether art or residents should reign supreme in the Dallas Arts District.

Thats a defeatist choice to have to make, but the monocultures created by urban districting make it almost inevitable. At last weeks 20th annual Congress for the New Urbanism, Hood spoke about the folly that is Kansas Citys Power & Light District, an $850 million entertainment district whose neon signage is as blinding as its eagerness to be hip. But no one would mistake Power & Light for a neighborhood created by cool kids. Land costs are higher downtown, so you have to create something genuinely unique, says Hood. It cant just be an outdoor mall with slightly cooler bars.

But thats exactly what you get in the Power & Light District: themed venues catering to neatly delineated tastes, Epcot-style: the Makers Mark Bourbon House & Lounge (Southern Hospitality rises to a new level), the Dubliner (true Irish ambiance), Howl at the Moon (a completely unique dueling piano entertainment concept) and PBR Big Sky (every cowboy and cowgirls nighttime oasis). The model suggests that city life is nothing more than a selection of personal consumption experiences. But at times, the district feels more like a very enthusiastic ghost town one with a $12.8 million budget shortfall.

Its not just that the developers are boring people the economics of single-owner districts incentivize blandness. Chain stores and restaurants can afford to pay higher rent, so they get first dibs. To boost rents even higher, tenants are sometimes promised that no competition will be allowed nearby. Starbucks will be willing to pay the higher rent if [the developer doesn't] let other cafes into the area, says Hood. And forget about occupying the Power & Light District youre on private property. For a full list of the rules (no bicycles, panhandling, profanity on clothing) you can consult its website.

A true [arts or entertainment] district is always sort of moving around, says Kennedy. Its wherever the bohemians find cheap real estate. For instance, compare Power & Light or Victory Park or even the Dallas Arts District with Bostons Kenmore Square, which developed in the 80s and 90s as a wildly diverse barrage of punk venues, rock clubs, dive bars, sports bars and beloved hole-in-the-wall restaurants, all anchored by Fenway Park, bringing together an unlikely cross-section of Bostonians into one spontaneous not-an-entertainment-district for freaks, foodies and sports nuts alike. And despite being unplanned and unsubsidized (or, more accurately, because of that), Kenmore eventually upscaled in exactly the way city leaders hope for.

Kenmore Square, by the way, also disproves the conventional wisdom that the presence of a stadium or arena automatically dooms neighborhoods. Fenway Park is a beautiful example of a large entertainment-type building sitting in a neighborhood thats very vital, says Dean Almy, director of the Dallas Urban Laboratory, and one of the things that makes it vital is that it isnt all about Fenway Park.

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