Symposium Stockholm 2016: Doug Aitken

We speak to the artist about technology, social media and art, and where they all meet

This past weekend saw the tech-savvy city of Stockholm host the second edition of Symposium Stockholm, a “festival of ideas” started by Spotify’s Daniel Ek and founder of At Night Management, Ash Pournouri. As part of the Symposium, the two-day Brilliant Minds conference gathered entrepreneurs, artists and tech creatives to talk about collaborative creativity. Among the speakers were Cool Hunting favorite Doug Aitken, whose work …

Artist Alexa Meade at FORM Arcosanti

Painting optical illusions on the human body, using the Arizona desert as backdrop

The words “live painting” invoke a couple of different images for me: a graffiti artist in the middle of the night, or even Bob Ross talking to the camera and patiently explaining a new technique. Alexa Meade, however, has made the term entirely her own. She’s ditched the easel and brought the brush to human skin, transforming breathing, moving bodies into a dimension between 2D …

Interview: Zach Tetreault of FORM Arcosanti

The intimate, free-by-application music festival founded by band Hundred Waters grows consciously in the most magical of places

These days, dusty dirt roads lead you to plenty of music festivals but there’s something about FORM Arcosanti that strikes you dumb with wonder. First, it’s the bewitching architecture of the desert town where it takes place. An hour north of Phoneix lies Arcosanti, an experimental city built starting in the ’70s—led by Italian architect Paolo Soleri (mentored by Frank Lloyd Wright)—and was never officially …