This past weekend I was honored to be an invited guest at the Canadian Arts Summit hosted in collaboration between Business for the Arts and the Banff Center. The weekend was quite an incredible assembly of cultural leaders, insightful keynote speakers, with senior leaders sharing their depth of experience and a powerful range of emerging leaders presenting their models of working to some of the most important cultural institutions in the country. It was a pleasure to be around such a rich depth of thinking about cultural leadership, and I have returned from their with many critical and insightful thoughts. What follows here is one of set of thoughts about the relationship between the idea of innovation in art and innovation in business … or perhaps better said between the meaning of innovation in culture and commerce.
The Philosopher Cube is , conceptually, an alien cube that has landed beside Rideau Centre, a shopping mall in Ottawa, looking for answers to some typically philosophical questions in an attempt to better understand the human race. Using a combination of C++, OpenGL, and 3D projection mapping techniques an illusion of this strange cube floating in front of Rideau Centre at the corner of Nicholas and Daly avenue, and manipulating the wall behind it to form its questions, is created.