Weekly News – 20.07

Every Monday, we prepare our selection of the previous week’s more important news. This week, you can read about: 

SMART TATTOOS,  ART LOANS INCREASE, FLOATING CINEMAS, AND ONE QUESTION : ARTSY OR TECHY MASKS? 

Google’s Secret Smart Tattoo and Holographic Glasses. Or welcome to the next generation of wearable tech! Sunglasses that project holographic icons, smartwatches with a digital screen, a smart tattoo that transforms your body into a touchpad. Are a few of the devices that are experimented in Google’s secretive ATAP lab. (CNET)

Art-backed loans are booming. When interest rates go down, investors use art loans to free up the millions tied up in their collections. And invest them in assets with a higher return. And bankers are more than willing to help them out. (Wall Street Journal)

Creative Travel to 2120. Designers and artists, From Nigeria to Singapore, the Netherlands to China, India to Australia creatives from over 13 countries, were brought together by Future London Academy to imagine how life will be in 100 years. (DigitalArts)

Paris: floating cinema with electric boats. From July 18 to August 30, Paris plages is inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the banks of the Seine river. The city has come up with creative emergency response: a floating cinema with 38 socially-distant electric boats. titled ‘cinéma sur l’eau’ (or, cinema on the water) (DesignBoom).

The Biggest Art Fair, 50 years! This year Art Basel, a fair made by gallerists for gallerists, has 50 years of existence. From the first edition in 1970 10 countries, 110 exhibitors, adn 16300 visitors it has grown to an international fair on different continents and a not to miss event if you are in this industry. (ArtBasel)

The First Black Professional Artist in the US. His name is  Joshua Johnson, an active painter in Maryland and Virginia from roughly the 1790s to 1825, Johnson was all but forgotten until the middle of the 20th century. (Artsy)

Sony acquires stakes in Epic Games. Sony made a strategic investment of $250 million in Epic, the creator of Fortnite and Unreal Engine. In this way, Sony joins Tencent, which owns 40% of the interactive entertainment company. (MusicBusiness

Artsy Mask! Forget about boring white masks, artists, including Banksy, recommend masks, so here are some artsy-fashionable masks to buy! (The Artnewspaper)

Smart Mask! And while artists are occupied with style, techies develop smart masks. A japanese company has developed a face mask that can translate what the wearer is saying into eight different languages. (Standard)

TikTokStars Rises! Curtis Waters. 20+years old. Student. Part-time smoothies maker. 15-seconds music clip online. The next big thing in pop. He says there is no barrier anymore in entering the music industry. (Guardian)

SS21: Dior+ Ghanaian Artist Amoako Boafo.  For the Summer Spring 2021, Dior decided to collaborate with the artist at the suggestion made by art collector Kim Jones, who spent his childhood there and considers Africa his home. (Highsnobiety)