News Recap: July 24, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

Pilansberg 154 by Joonas Lyytinen, Käyttäjä:Joonasl via Wikimedia Commons

Pilansberg 154 by Joonas Lyytinen, Käyttäjä:Joonasl via Wikimedia Commons

Cameras Implanted in Rhino Horns Offer Protection From Poachers
A British nonprofit called Protect has developed Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID) that uses GPS tags, heart rate monitors, and embedded cameras to make poachers think twice before killing a rhino. When the rhino’s heart rate changes dramatically, the device activates a camera implanted in the animal’s horn. The camera also offers a glimpse into the viewpoint of this endangered species.
Read the full story (The Verge)

Kodak Demolishes 92-Year-Old Film Manufacturing Building
On July 18, Kodak demolished its 92-year-old film manufacturing building in Rochester, New York. This latest leveling is the most recent in a string of demos of the company’s facilities. Since 2003, Kodak has reduced 45 other buildings to rubble for a cost of $200 million. The building was once used to manufacture acetate base for camera film and was 250,000 square feet. There is another plant in the Eastman Business Park still producing the film base.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

Taylor Swift Revises Contract to Appease Photographers
In light of the recent negative publicity Taylor Swift has generated regarding her too-strict contracts with concert photographers, the pop star has revised her contract to be more photographer-friendly. The contract has been called a “rights grab” and photographers as well as media outlets protested the terms by refusing to photograph her shows. This new contract, while still restrictive, is an acknowledgement of Swift’s mistakes.
Read the full story (Poynter)

ArtPlace America Doles Out Over $10 Million in Grants
From nearly 1300 applicants, 38 city arts programs are recipients of ArtPlace America’s National Grants program. Included among the recipients, Providence, Rhode Island will receive $300,000 towards the inclusion of arts in community programs; South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation will receive $385,000 to provide art, retail, and business services across the reservation in mobile units. Additionally, Detroit, Michigan will receive $225,000 to redevelop green space, buildings, and a plaza while working with local artists and architects.
Read the full story (Art Forum)