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US Businesses Allowing Remote Working

The rise of cloud computing and teleconferencing represent both the biggest opportunity for growth as well as the most significant organizational challenge to companies around the world, according to new research from Condeco’s new research paper, The Modern Workplace 2019: People, places & technology, involving 750 corporate leaders. The full report can be downloaded here. Among the countries in the survey, remote working is particularly prevalent in Australia (45 per cent) with the US tied for being the country with the second most amount of companies allowing remote work (43 percent) and least widespread is Germany (35 per cent). However, US businesses were least likely to offer flextime (49 percent), while those in Singapore were most likely (66 percent). In addition, 43 percent of US business forecast that they will allow more remote working in the next year while only 9 percent have indicated that they will offer less remote working, a clear indicator that remote working is a major trend in America. 54 percent of US companies have said that they offer remote working to increase employee retention, which showcases employees increasing demands to work from home.

While recognizing digital transformation as crucial to their future success, 60 percent of those who participated express concern over the speed with which new technologies are reshaping their businesses. They are increasingly preoccupied with issues related to cloud computing, the internet of things, and big data.These technology challenges are contributing significantly to the changing nature of the corporate environment, the report finds. Cloud computing in particular has made it possible for increasing numbers of employees to work remotely and flexibly meaning that the central company workspace is rapidly becoming an administrative hub, rather than a traditional central focus where everyone gathers during set hours. The demands of regulation and compliance are also adding to the burden felt by businesses as they face the future. Condeco’s report is based on an in-depth survey of business leaders in six countries, including the United States, backed by qualitative interviews. Respondents overall say the biggest challenges facing their organizations in the next 12 months are digital transformation (37 percent) and the adoption of new technology (35 percent).

Across all countries surveyed, access to talent supply (26 per cent) and regulation and compliance (24 per cent) are considered greater organizational challenges than business uncertainty (22 per cent). Welcome to the flexible working revolution. Almost half of global businesses surveyed (41 percent) say they already offer some degree of remote working, while three-fifths (60 percent) provide flextime opportunities, allowing employees to choose when to start and end their workday. “The research clearly shows that businesses are in the process of transforming their workplaces digitally, which enables them to transform the way that they are used physically,” said Paul Statham, CEO of Condeco.”Today’s technology allows for space to be used more flexibly and for employees to work remotely. This benefits businesses by maximizing office space, reducing costs and by keeping employees engaged and productive.”

The end of meeting-room culture? When employees do go into the office, it is most often for meetings with colleagues and customers. Yet the researchers discovered that finding, booking and using meeting rooms is a consistent point of organizational tension, even as more people are working remotely. Fewer than a quarter of those surveyed (23 percent) say that their employees have access to meeting rooms whenever they need them; however, the US leads the world with 31 percent, compared to just 9 percent in Singapore. Only a third of respondents (31 percent) currently use specialist meeting-room scheduling software to help make efficient use of their available space. Some of those surveyed believed that there was an opportunity to use artificial intelligence to book and use meeting rooms more effectively.

“AI can release individuals from routine, repetitive tasks at work and free them up for more value-adding and enriching activities. That’s why it is likely to play an important role in meeting room booking software,” said Peter Otto, Chief Product Officer at Condeco. Businesses are only just beginning to realize the extent to which the need for co-workers to meet in person is a thing of the past, as new conferencing systems enable teams to maintain real-time collaboration and conversation across vast distances and multiple time zones.“Ultimately new technology will enable businesses to allocate their resources and time more effectively,” said Otto.“There is also a role it can play in gathering data, but companies need to be aware of the ethical and privacy aspects of using it in this way and be prepared to be fully transparent in communicating what they are doing to their employees.”

US leaders prepare for the future While a fifth of business leaders worldwide (22 per cent) said that uncertainty was a concern for them, less than one fifth of American business leaders (16 percent) echoed this. The most-common concern for US respondents is technology adoption (45 percent) and talent supply (30 percent), suggesting that businesses are expecting these to be major issues over the next year. Only 11 percent of US business cited access to capital as their top organizational concern.

NYC, 360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery

The Top 5 Places to Study Abroad in Europe

If you know you want to study abroad but you haven’t yet decided on a country or city where you’ll be attending college, beginning your search in Europe is usually a good start. More than half of all U.S.-based students who choose to study abroad wind up opting for a European city. Europe provides a unique opportunity to travelling students because there are more than 50 countries crammed into a relatively small area. This means you can see and experience so many different cultures without having to travel far. In particular, here are five European cities that are popular options for students looking to study abroad.

1. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal and is continental Europe’s westernmost city, situated along the scenic Tagus River with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. This place is rich in history and has managed to keep its old-fashioned charm over the years, despite being home to more than 500,000 residents. Lisbon is one of the most popular study abroad locations in Europe and will usually take up most of the results when you search for “student accommodation Portugal” in Google, with rental listings from providers like Collegiate accommodations being the most popular with discerning students.

2. Barcelona, Spain

Home to the Spanish architectural style known as Catalan Modernism, Barcelona is a uniquely appealing city that has become one of the most popular options for students looking to study abroad in Europe. This place is known for having an excellent nightlife, 5-star dining venues, and exotic beaches.

3. Milan, Italy

While you might be expecting to receive a recommendation for one of Italy’s more popular cities like Florence or Rome, Milan is a better option for students who want to avoid the crowds while still seeing all of the same beauty that the country has to offer. This is a great study abroad location for students who are interested in Italian history, art, fashion, and culture.

4. Berlin, Germany

The city of Berlin has come a long way since the days of the Berlin Wall and is now a melting pot of social progress. Germany has the largest economy in Europe and the country’s interesting capital is an ideal place for students to study abroad. With a population of more than three million residents, this is a place where you should have no problem finding plenty of friends as well.

5. Lyon, France

Lyon is an intriguing French city that’s a popular destination for students looking to study abroad thanks to its rich heritage, architecture, and culinary scene. Located near the border of Switzerland, this is a great city to choose if you want to see the Alps and experience some of the best restaurants that France has to offer.

Do Your Own Research Before Making a Choice

With so many great European cities to choose from, it can be difficult to decide on just one. Start with the list above and expand your search into other areas to make sure you’re considering all of your options before making your selection.

SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI × ART

SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI UNVEILS ART EXHIBITS AROUND VENICE BIENNALE

Betty Boop by Joana Vasconcelos

San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, the luxury resort located on its own private island in the Venetian lagoon, just eight minutes away from St. Mark’s Square, has launched two new exhibits in honor of the 58th Venice Biennale. Sculptures by English artist Tony Cragg and Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos are both currently on display around the resort’s historic gardens.

Tony Cragg’s four sculptures are currently on display at San Clemente Palace: his works Caught Dreaming, Runner and We are exhibited in the main garden, while his work Pair is on display in the hotel’s lobby. These artworks will be on display until November 17, 2019. Cragg currently lives in Wuppertal, Germany, and is known for creating sculptures that reference nature.

Meanwhile, San Clemente Palace is also exhibiting works by renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos in a new exhibit curated by Nina Moaddel titled, What are you hiding? May you find what you are looking for. To create this exhibit, Vasconcelos was inspired by the 58th Venice Biennale’s theme, May you live in interesting times, with artworks referencing Portuguese pop culture, while reinterpreting contemporary art. Vasconcelos’ works play with the viewers’ perception through a sharp sense of humor that shuns dogmatism and at the same time explores issues of identity, migration and the exploitation of women.

On display in San Clemente Palace’s 12th-century church is Vasconcelos’ large-scale sculpture, called Madragoa (2015-2019), inspired by Lisbon’s façades, and exploring the intersections of art and architecture. In the gardens of San Clemente Palace is a piece titled, I’ll be Your Mirror #1 (2019), a giant Venetian carnival mask made of mirrors, which has previously been exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Viewers can look through the mask from any angle without ever losing sight of their own reflection. Also featured in the gardens is Betty Boop PA (2019), Vasconcelos’ most iconic work and part of the artist’s famous shoes series. The high-heeled shoe is crafted out of saucepans and questions the meaning of the word “feminine” in today’s world. Vasconcelos first became known internationally after her participation in the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005; and in 2012, she became the first woman (and the youngest artist) to exhibit at the Palace of Versailles.

For more information about San Clemente Palace Kempinski Venice, please visit: https://www.kempinski.com/en/venice/san-clemente-palace-kempinski

ABOUT SAN CLEMENTE PALACE KEMPINSKI VENICE:

The resort hotel has an impressive heritage and is uniquely situated on San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice. Set among a centuries-old park, antique courtyards and a 12th-century church, the hotel provides the perfect setting for total relaxation, just minutes from St. Mark’s Square. All 190 rooms and suites provide a stunning view of Venice, the lagoon, the gardens or the inner courtyards. The hotel also offers six convention rooms for up to 450 people, and together with the whole complex and its surrounding grounds, it is the ideal place for weddings and other events, with the historic scenery providing an unforgettable setting.

LIQUI MOLY remains loyal to Mercedes Cup

Lubricant specialist continues sponsorship of ATP tennis tournament in Germany.

The Pentecost weekend will see the start of this year’s MercedesCup. It marks LIQUI MOLY’s eighth year as premium sponsor of the renowned tennis event, which will take place in Stuttgart, Germany, from 8 to 16 June. There is method behind this far-sighted approach.

“Dependability and commitment are important constants in our relationships with customers, suppliers and advertising partners,” says LIQUI MOLY Managing Director Ernst Prost. “That’s why we generally opt for longer-term sponsorship commitments that – ideally – develop further.”

And this is exactly the case with the MercedesCup. The event, held at the Weissenhof tennis complex in Stuttgart, is constantly evolving. Although the felt ball was initially thrashed over the net on a clay court, the tournament has been played on grass since 2015. There is also motion as far as play is concerned: This year’s competition is very strong. In order to participate, players must occupy at least 55th place in the world rankings.

“Here, too, there are parallels with our company. Our product range too has changed and developed over more than 60 years. And when it comes to product and service quality, we’re always looking for the potential to get one tick better. This is what we demand of ourselves as a premium brand,” Ernst Prost emphasizes.

And just as LIQUI MOLY’s range of products and services is a very special one, the MercedesCup also occupies a very special place in the ATP World Tour: It is one of the few competitions held on lawn. The event is correspondingly popular with spectators and players alike.

This in turn generates great media interest: More than 100 journalists from all over the world will report on the tournament. As a brand with an increasing international share – LIQUI MOLY now generates more than 60 percent of its sales outside its home market of Germany – international sporting events are at the top of the list of communication vehicles for this medium-sized enterprise from Ulm. “As the most popular motor oil brand in Germany, we do not just want to be at the top in our domestic market: we want to be on top all over the world,” explains the Managing Director.

About LIQUI MOLY

With around 4,000 items, LIQUI MOLY offers a global, uniquely broad range of automotive chemicals: Motor oils and additives, greases and pastes, sprays and car care, glues and sealants. Founded in 1957, LIQUI MOLY develops and produces exclusively in Germany. There it is the undisputed market leader for additives and is repeatedly voted the best oil brand. The company sells its products in more than 120 countries and generated € 544 million in sales in 2018.

Mad About Jewelry

THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN’S ANNUAL EXHIBITION AND SALE OF CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY RETURNS WITH 55 ARTISTS FROM 18 COUNTRIES

LOOT: MAD ABOUT JEWELRY

April 8 – April 13, 2019

Opening Benefit: April 8

Featuring the announcement of the LOOT Acquisition Prize and the presentation of LOOT Awards honoring Adria de Haume and Josie Natori

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) presents the nineteenth edition of LOOT: MAD About Jewelry, its annual exhibition and sale of one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry. Open to the public April 9 through April 13, following the Opening Benefit on April 8, LOOT 2019 showcases the work of fifty-five emerging and acclaimed international jewelry artists and designers, most of whom have never been shown in New York. The event provides the rare opportunity for collectors and jewelry enthusiasts to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field.

“The jewelry content of LOOT 2019 is particularly noteworthy in two specific areas,” said LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp. “Firstly, this year’s exhibition presents a great number of outstanding young makers who are already creating groundbreaking work. Secondly, it features a larger presence of jewelry in precious metals, particularly in silver and in gold, often with semi precious and precious stones, that is exceptionally original in design.”

MAD is the only museum in the United States with a gallery dedicated to the display of both special jewelry exhibitions and its permanent collection of contemporary and modern studio and art jewelry. LOOT extends MAD’s commitment to presenting jewelry as an art form, and provides vital support for Museum exhibitions and programs.

“LOOT reflects the core of MAD’s mission to celebrate the creative process and connect audiences to contemporary art and design,” said Marsy Mittlemann, LOOT 2019 Co-Chair. “It presents an extraordinary opportunity for artists and viewers to interact with one another and engage in conversations around the work. I am honored to participate in an event that provides a platform for international talent while supporting MAD’s exciting upcoming initiatives.”

“LOOT is always exceptionally curated, and 2019 promises to be the best edition to date,” said LOOT 2019 Co-Chair Joan Hornig. “No other exhibition in the world brings viewers into contact with the diversity of design and designers showcased each spring at MAD. It is the perfect venue for both serious and first-time collectors to engage with global talent and purchase unique pieces of wearable art at every price point.”

LOOT 2019 features fifty-five artists from eighteen countries and territories: Austria (1), Belgium (1), Chile (2), Finland (1), France (2), Germany (6), Italy (2), Korea (5), Poland (1), Portugal (2), Spain (5), Sweden (1), Taiwan (1), Thailand (1), Turkey (3), the United Kingdom (14), the United States (6), and the US Virgin Islands (1). In addition to a diverse range of artistic practices, the jewelry on display encompasses a wide array of materials, from traditional metals to more unconventional media like leather, glass, porcelain, paper, silicone, resin, textiles, wood, horsehair, recycled skateboards, and ultraviolet-reactive nylon.

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTS

The jewelry artists and designers featured in LOOT 2019 include the following:

  • Italian designer Selvaggia Armani designs and produces textiles, including necklaces and brooches, for home and casual wear. On site at LOOT, she will create a new collection of jewelry made of hand-painted leather, building on her practice of “live” painting and customized bracelets.
  • Japan-born and Massachusetts-based artist Mariko Kusumoto prevails upon fabric to construct forms of elegant simplicity and evocative imagery. Using a proprietary heat- setting technique, she gives the fabric a new identity through reshaping it into three- dimensional forms. Her designs are incorporated into jewelry and sculptural pieces, as well as in collaborations with fashion designers; in January, her work appeared on the Jean-Paul Gaultier catwalk at Paris Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019.
  • Taiwanese jewelry artist Heng Lee juxtaposes traditional craft technique and cutting- edge technology to explore the relationship between nature and Internet culture. Using downloaded images, laser-cut metal, and hand embroidery, he creates visually striking pieces that are both digital and tactile. In a time when much of our information comes from social media, his work interrogates the divide between experience and technology, and encourages full awareness of the current moment.
  • Scotland-based artist Wanshu Li is largely inspired by the brilliant colors and sensuous movements of sea creatures like jellyfish and sea anemones. With her jewelry, she aims to create a multisensory wearing experience that involves visual enjoyment, tactility, and sound. Li’s fascination with dance culture, laser light shows, and stage performances inspired her to add a further visual dimension to her practice: she experiments with ultraviolet-reactive nylon and fluorescent paints, which combine to produce a remarkable intensity of color when the jewelry is illuminated with UV light.
  • Houston-based designer Mariquita Masterson creates handmade glass pieces that are vivid, unique, and energetic, and that unite the everyday with the exceptional. Masterson uses both recycled glass and glass from companies that produce a variety of colors and textures, and on occasion creates stunning pieces out of the fragments of broken antique vases. Most recently, Masterson has gained attention for the debut of one of her necklaces worn by Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi during the President’s State of the Union address in February.

This year, LOOT will showcase the work of four 2018 graduates of La Escuela de Arte 3, in Madrid, Spain: Patricia Álvarez, Cristina Armesilla, Sonia Birndt Carrascosa, and Bárbara García. The jewelry of these emerging creators exhibits fresh expressions of color and form, and takes inspiration from music, technology, contradiction, and the city they call home.

In its first year, the LOOT Advisory Committee assists LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp with the selection of artists and designers. The LOOT Advisory Committee for 2019 includes Susan Ach, Michele Cohen, Marsy Mittlemann, and Barbara Waldman.

LOOT ACQUISITION PRIZE

Awarded annually by a jury, the LOOT Acquisition Prize recognizes a LOOT jewelry artist or designer whose work reflects maturity in artistry and concept, exhibits both a superior and an experimental understanding of materials and form, and demonstrates expertise in technique and execution. MAD’s permanent collection includes nearly one thousand pieces of jewelry, spanning the mid-twentieth century to the present day. The LOOT Acquisition Prize formalizes the Museum’s goal of enhancing its collection by acquiring jewelry from artists who have made significant contributions to the field and whose work provides historical context for MAD’s mid- to late-twentieth-century pieces, as well as from emerging artists who are an important force in the contemporary art jewelry scene.

The 2019 jury is chaired by Barbara Paris Gifford and Elissa Auther together with LOOT Co- Chairs Joan Hornig and Marsy Mittlemann, LOOT Curator Bryna Pomp, and Board Chair Michele Cohen. The 2019 LOOT Acquisition Prize will be awarded on April 8 during the Opening Benefit dinner.

In 2018, the prize was jointly awarded to Isabelle Molénat and Sarran Youkongdee. Past LOOT artists who have had works acquired by the Museum include the well-established art jeweler Iris Nieuwenburg and the emerging jewelry artist Casey Sobel. Alena Willroth, who was awarded the inaugural LOOT Acquisition Prize in 2016, will be a returning artist this year.

OPENING BENEFIT AND LOOT AWARD

The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit takes place on Monday, April 8, beginning with a cocktail hour and reception at 4:30 pm. The evening’s activities include first access to the LOOT exhibition and sale—an exclusive opportunity to meet this year’s artists and acquire their designs—as well as a dinner honoring the recipients of the LOOT Award.

The LOOT Award recognizes luminaries in the field of jewelry, including artists, collectors, and designers. This year’s honorees are jewelry designer and philanthropist Adria de Haume and jewelry and fashion designer Josie Natori. Past recipients include fashion icon Iris Apfel (2013), collector Barbara Berger (2013), jewelry designer Joan Hornig (2016), fashion designer Kay Unger (2016), and artists Joyce J. Scott (2014) and Axel Russmeyer (2012).

The LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit Host Committee comprises Susan Ach, Iris Apfel, Davina Benshetrit, Caroline Blackman, Noreen Buckfire, Marian C. Burke, Kathy Chazen, Michele Cohen, Paolo Costagli, Stacy Creamer, Emily Cutler, Marcia Docter, Patti Dweck, Beth Farber, Sandy Grotta, Joon Han, Jan Huling, Barbara Jacobs, Ann Kaplan, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan, Jane Koryn, Laura Kruger, Luisa LaViola, Bonnie Levine, Pam Levine, Tina Livanos, Jackie Martin, Stacey Mayrock, Ella McHugh, Robert Lee Morris, Edie Nadler, Michelle Perr, Linda Plattus, Andi Potamkin, Barbara Regna, Heidi Rigney, Deborah Roberts, Lela Rose, Jill Ryan, Bette Saltzman, Gail Shields-Miller, Angela Sun, Ted Taylor, Barbara Tober, Isabel and Ruben Toledo, Kay Unger, Barbara Waldman, Janet Winter, Marcia Celis Wirth, Pamela Workman, Jan Wysocki, and Lynn Yaeger.

To purchase tickets to the LOOT 2019 Opening Benefit, to be held on Monday, April 8, visit thestore.madmuseum.org/collections/loot-2019, or contact Rebekka Grossman at 212.299.7712 or rebekka.grossman@madmuseum.org.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION AND SALE HOURS

Tuesday, April 9: 10am to 6pm

Wednesday, April 10: 10am to 6pm

Thursday, April 11: 10am to 6pm

Friday, April 12: 10am to 6pm

Saturday, April 13: 10am to 6pm

Entrance to LOOT is included in the price of Museum admission: $16 general; $14 for seniors; $12 for students; free for MAD members and children under 18 years of age. To purchase tickets online, visit madmuseum.org/visit.

ABOUT CORPORATE SPONSOR: PAOLO COSTAGLI

Paolo Costagli New York returns as corporate sponsor of LOOT. The fine jewelry brand recognized for its sophisticated, modern, and distinctly bold designs, will debut Onde, its new collection of 18kt gold and diamond jewelry at LOOT 2019. The Onde collection, inspired by the waves of the Venetian Lagoon, introduces a variety of rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Featuring Paolo Costagli’s signature bold geometrics with a touch of fluidity, the collection presents effortlessly chic precious jewelry fit for all occasions, from everyday wear to a formal soirée.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design. For more information, visit their website.

Free Philie

“Real 40 Year-Old Virgin “Bachelor” continues search for his one true love in America this Spring, 2019”

In this day and age it seems that romance has become an Instagram ideal; everyone striving to become the illusive “#goals” that are seen in the media. Since the birth of dating app Tinder in 2012, the dating world has been changed forever and social media has taken a strong hold over how we interact with others. Some may think real romance is a thing of the past or something that can only be seen on ABC’s The Bachelor. Shows that have fallen under the large umbrella of the Bachelor Nation have gained notoriety over the years for their strict formula of creating “true love.” Just last week football player Colton Underwood ended his search for love, seemingly as well as his reputation of being a virgin.

Philipp Hebestreit, a German 40 year-old “real-virgin bachelor,” hopes to follow in Colton’s footsteps by taking his search for love to the states. He launched his initial campaign “Free Philie” ten years ago, making headlines in his attempts to enlist the public in his search for the one. To launch his search in America Hebestreit will begin his search in New York City’s Time Square district later this month.

“My parents are my inspiration and the reason I began this campaign to find my one true love,” said Hebestreit. “They have been deeply in love for several decades and it’s the kind of everlasting love you just don’t see anymore.”

“Most Romantic Man in the World…” – Marie Claire

“Free Philie,” one of the largest searches for love in the word, began in 2008 with a lonely plea on Hebestreit’s personal blog. His post garnered the attention of a multitude of women and sparked his curiosity in expanding his search even further. He then took to the streets of several German cities with flyers and large posters. His efforts became even more elaborate with newspaper advertisements, recorded video messages, bulletins and cars equipped with “Free Philie” flags.

He began going even bigger with his attempts and traveling further in order to reach a wider audience. He donned a full body shield in Hamburg, sent out thousands of messages in bottles into the North Sea, advertised on electric boats in the canals of Amsterdam, placed speaking stands in London’s Piccadilly Circus, placed an inflatable Frog at the Eiffel Tower, and even more international exploits for love. Philipp Hebestreit has spread his “love art” as far as Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.

“A phenomenon that is conquering the hearts of women around the world…” – Wall Street Journal

Hebestreit is one of the very few virgin men turning to the public in order to enter his first relationship. This aspect of his sexuality is what drew most of the attention to his search as Philip is amongst just 10% of European men of his age to remain virginal. Those choosing celibacy often keep this fact to themselves to avoid social backlash. As for Philip, he tackles this topic with pride sparking public discussion. It is through his “Free Philie” campaign that Philip has attempted to tackle the belief that male virginity in the Western world should be something to be ashamed of.

By bringing attention to the conversation of virginity, “Free Philie” gained international attention in the form of letters, packages, texts and emails from celebrities and other public figures from over 100 countries. He received gifts such as lingerie and nude photos to a “Medal of Knightliness,” and a 5 foot teddy bear that caused his P.O. box to be terminated.

While stateside, ten years after the campaign’s inception, Philip will begin in New York City and continue his travels with teasers on his whereabouts on his “Free Philie” social media accounts.

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bülow Releases Video for Sweet Little Lies

BÜLOW RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “SWEET LITTLE LIES” TODAY

WATCH HERE: https://youtu.be/K5R5FF1KKmw

SPECIAL SXSW PERFORMANCES PLANNED NEXT WEEK

Critically acclaimed German born pop iconoclast bülow releases the official music video for her new single “Sweet Little Lies” today via Republic Records / Wax Records/ Universal Music Canada. The video was shot on location by Armadillo Films in Orangeville Ontario whose rural setting provided an added element of intrigue and mystery to the catchy track that dropped late last month. Watch HERE. Listen HERE.

Commenting on the song and video concept that she envisioned, bülow remarked, “The song is light but has dark undertones. I wanted to show the contrast of your mind. Your imagination is so damn powerful, it can make you feel so good…but also be your worst enemy.”

bülow recently received four nominations for the 2019 JUNO Awards, including Pop Album of the Year and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.  Ahead of performing at the 2019 JUNO Awards on March 17, music fans can catch her at SXSW in Austin, TX performing at the VEVO Showcase (March 12) & Neon Gold Official SXSW Showcase (March 13).

About bülow

bülow has previously released Damaged Vol. 1 & Damaged Vol. 2, each instantly resonated with critics and new fans alike.  Damaged Vol. 1 included “Like This Guy”, “Lines”, and fan favorite “Not A Love Song” which to date has clocked over 83 million streams and earned praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes).  Damaged Vol. 2 included “You & Jennifer,“Honor Roll,” and buzzworthy “SAD AND BORED,” praised by PAPER as, “the perfect pop study in contrasts, and further confirms bülow as an artist to watch with razor-sharp wit to boot.” As well as HillyDilly calling her “one of the brightest new talents in pop.”  Last year also saw bülow release much buzzed about “Two Punks In Love” and embark on the road with Fickle Friends last Fall. A child of the globe, bülow has grown up in five countries including Canada, Germany, the UK, the US, and just recently finished high-school in The Netherlands. Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey with these recent releases, the music already stands tall as an impressive flag-bearer for things to come.

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New Ruf Models at Geneva Auto Show

RUF TO UNVEIL FIRST PRODUCTION CTR ANNIVERSARY AND ALL-NEW RUF GT AT THE 89TH GENEVA AUTO SHOW

RUF Automobile will unveil the first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary as well as the RUF GT next month in Geneva, Switzerland, kicking off the manufacturer’s 80th anniversary.

RUF Automobile GmbH, manufacturer and creator of bespoke sports cars that combine performance and suitability for everyday use, will unveil two cars at the 89th Geneva Auto Show on March 5 in Hall 5 at Stand 5030 of the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland. The first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary, known in prototype form as the RUF CTR 2017, will be unveiled alongside the all-new RUF GT. The pair will act as anchors in the RUF booth alongside several other RUF models from throughout the companies 80-year history, including the eRuf which was presented at the Geneva motor show in 2009.

The first production example of the RUF CTR Anniversary will be delivered to its owner during the Geneva Auto Show. The model was first announced at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show on the 30th anniversary of the original CTR and produces 710 PS (700 BHP) from its twin-turbo 3.6L, flat-six engine. Weighing in at just 1,200 kilograms (2,640 pounds), the 2019 RUF CTR Anniversary has a top speed of 360 km/h (223 mph).

The all-new RUF GT is a Porsche 991-based model acting as an extension of the previous generation of the Porsche 911. The RUF GT features a 3.0 liter flat-six engine producing 522 PS (515 BHP), 645 Nm (476 ft-lbs) of torque and has a total weight of 1,450 kilograms (3,197 pounds). The launch-control equipped 7-speed double clutch gearbox helps the car accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds. The duck tail generates high downforce and keeps the RUF GT stable at its top speed of 320 kph (199 mph).

“Each year we hope to push the technological envelope further, creating a more enjoyable, more usable and better performing sports car,” said Estonia Ruf, marketing director of RUF Automobile GmbH. “The two cars being unveiled in Geneva are the pinnacle of their respective niche in the car world. They are the best options when it comes to pure driving pleasure. That was the goal from the start.”

This year marks the 80th anniversary for RUF Automobile, originally founded by Alois Ruf Sr. in 1939. The company will be celebrating its anniversary throughout 2019 both in Pfaffenhausen and at events around the globe. Use the hashtag #80YearsOfRUF to join in celebrating on social media.

The exact time for the press conference will be announced soon.For more information on RUF automobiles, visit the RUF website.

ABOUT RUF AUTOMOBILE GMBH

In 1939, Alois Ruf Sr. first formed his company, AUTO RUF, as a general service garage. The company grew and in 1949 he added a gas station to the company complex. By 1955, Ruf Sr. recognized a need in Germany for a full-size tourist bus and challenged himself to build his own to run this as a separate business. In 1963, the company began specializing in Porsche vehicles, a direction that Alois Ruf Jr.  vowed to continue when he assumed directorship of the company in 1974. In the following year, the first RUF-enhanced Porsche model made its debut. Now it is still family run by Alois and Estonia Ruf.

New Single by Cheat Codes

CHEAT CODES team up with Afrojack for huge new single, “Ferrari”
+ announce forthcoming dance EP, “Level 2”
available via 300 Entertainment

Multi-platinum, electronic dance music trio CHEAT CODES  (comprised of Trevor Dahl, Matthew Russell and Kevi Ford) have teamed up with Afrojack for the huge new track, “Ferrari”, taken from their forthcoming EP, “Level 2”. The bass-heavy track blends dance and hip hop sensibilities that break into an anthemic chorus, drenched with Cheat Codes signature electronic textures that have seen them become one of the fastest growing pop and dance acts, garnering over 2 billion streams.

The monumental track is over a year in the making- Matt of Cheat Codes explains: “We met up with Afrojack in the studio over a year ago, we wanted to figure out how we could blend our two sounds into something cohesive. We first heard the drop and knew it was something we could come together on. A lot of the process was back and forth through email sending demos. Gonna have to hit the stage together at some point because the clubs are gonna love this one.”

The dance-floor ready anthem is juxtaposed by it’s dark lyrical narrative that ultimately tells the tale of a missteps in a relationship. Matt adds, “Ferrari is that moment when you really mess up in a relationship and have to overcompensate to try and make it better”

“Ferrari” follows, “Feeling of Falling,” their new single and collaboration with pop sensation KIM PETRAS. The euphoric anthem pairs Cheat Codes’ signature sugary electronic hooks with Kim’s mesmerizing vocals. The group released a remix bundle of the track, featuring re-works from the likes of Daniel Blume, Danny Quest, Justin Caruso, and Angemi, as well as Steve Aoki – which is available now.  Cheat Codes, who are touring with Steve Aoki throughout the UK this February, recently remixed Aoki’s collaboration with BTS,  “Waste It On Me”.

“Ferrari” comes in the wake of another exciting year for Cheat Codes. The group are on the heels of their track, “Only You” which featured Little Mix and its inventive music video featuring TV star, Peyton List. “Only You” hit #1 at UK radio and received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, TIME and Rolling Stone.  Earlier this year, the group was joined by Fetty Wap and CVBZ to take the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their single, “Feels Great.”

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•  Over 2 billion streaming consumption of repertoire.
•  “Feels Great” ft. Fetty Wap & CVBZ is recently RIAA Gold Certified in the US.
•  Remix of Maggie Lindemann’s “Pretty Girl” is approaching 5 million units globally.
•  300 debut single, “No Promises” ft Demi Lovato is Platinum in over 15 countries with     over 4 million global equivalents to date.
•  “No Promises”  peaked Top 5 at Pop radio with 80MM in audience reach.
•   Platinum  Certified:  US,  UK,  Norway.  Australia  X2, Ireland X2,  Portugal,  Poland,       Netherlands, New Zealand, Mexico, Italy, Canada & Sweden
•  Gold  Certified:  UK,  Belgium, Brazil,  Colombia,  Denmark, Germany,  Finland,               France, South Africa, Switzerland & Spain

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair Announces Exhibitors for Inaugural Edition

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) announces the exhibitors for its inaugural, 2019 edition presenting works by significant modern and contemporary artists. Taking place on April 4-7, 2019 at The 23rd Street City Troop Armory (22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia), PFAF brings 34 international galleries, featuring 300 established artists, to the City of Brotherly Love.

“Galleries were carefully selected to showcase the best examples of each genre and kind of artist. Though international in scope, we do  also provide an emphasis on local artists. Fairgoers will be able to view and acquire works by a refined selection of emerging, mid-career and blue chip contemporary artists,” says Fair Director Rick Friedman. “Best of all,  there are ‘must have’ treasures for every budget. Wearing my collector hat, I can’t wait to have a shot at these gems.”

Embracing the city’s history and passion for visual arts, the galleries presented at PFAF represent the longstanding cultural vibrancy of Philadelphia .The exhibitors hail from 19 cities, featuring renowned artists from around the world, including Cuba, Latin America, and Europe. The PFAF exhibitors represent acclaimed talent from all around the world, while giving an international perspective in a local setting,

PFAF is thrilled to be able to host the regional fair in a location that aligns with the city’s past. Held in the historic 23rd Street City Troop Armory, a centrally located fortress, the armory was originally built to house the men who helped keep the city safe for centuries, reflecting the fierce loyalty locals hold for their city. The building’s history will complement the work being featured by PFAF’s international roster of exhibitors and provide a unique environment for fair patrons to enjoy.

2019 Galleries

Anna Zorina Gallery, New York, NY

Arcadia Contemporary, Pasadena, CA

Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Canada

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Cernuda Arte, Coral Gables, FL

Corridor Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

David Rothermel Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM

Dean Borghi Fine Art, New York, NY

Fremin Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Fledermaus, Chicago, IL

Galerie Isabelle Lesmeister, Regensburg, Germany

Gilles Clement Gallery, Greenwich, CT

Grenning Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY

Haviland Reed, Southampton, NY

Janet Lehr Fine Arts, East Hampton, NY

JSF Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA

Louis K Meisel Gallery, New York, NY

LGTripp Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Merritt Gallery, Haverford, PA

MM Fine Art, Southampton, NY

Neumann Wolfson Art, New York, NY

Rockelmann & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Rojas Ford Fine Art Gallery, Coral Gables, FL

Roman Fine Art, East Hampton, NY

Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL

Sudden Contemporary, by Aureus Fort Collins, CO

The Hunt Gallery, Sandwich, UK

Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Trident Gallery, Gloucester, MA

Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY

About PFAF

The Philadelphia Fine Art Fair (PFAF) is an international, contemporary art fair that seeks to engage the strong, local art scene Philadelphia has developed. For its inaugural year, PFAF is hosting a roster of exhibitors who are presenting significant works of modern and contemporary art. Under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman, PFAF is the newest addition to the luxury, regional fine art fairs Friedman is known for producing in cities including the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Silicon Valley. PFAF is dedicated to supporting, contributing and furthering the artistic goals of the cultural community of Philadelphia.

The Opening Night Preview

Thursday, April 4, 6pm-10pm

Show Hours

Friday, April 5, 11am-7pm

Saturday, April 6, 11am-6pm

Sunday, April 7, 11am-5pm.

General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.