Weekly ArtNews – 19.10

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

Cybershoes on Oculus Quest?, Art crime – the third-highest-grossing criminal enterprise in the world, Deepfake Actors, Rent a Theater for $99

Gameloft Acquires Interactive Story-Based Apps Studio. Acquiring The Other Guys gives expertise on gaming that focuses on stories with big decision-making moments for players. (VentureBeat

Deepfake Actors. An alternative history of the 1969 Apollo moon landing, with a fake Nixon speech. This is the experiment, two artists thought to make to demonstrate the technology’s full potential while educating people about how it could be abused (TechnologyReview)

Art crime – the third-highest-grossing criminal enterprise in the world. Art crime is a major criminal enterprise that proves to be hard to prosecute. So, how fraudsters act? (The Verge)

Fancy Smart Payment Ring. AEKLYS was developed by French designer Phillipe Starck together with the startup icare. It is replacing payment cards, transportation tickets, business cards, and contactless identification devices into one piece of wearable (DesignBoom

Cybershoes on Oculus Quest? Cybershoes, a locomotion system designed for natural movement in VR, announced plans to bring the product to the platform (VRFocus)

MoMA Board Chair, Leon Black, Paid $50 Million to Epstein. The payments to Jeffrey Epstein were made after he had been convicted in 2008 of soliciting sex from a minor, and at least one was flagged as unusual by Deutsche Bank. (Financial Times)

Sony Music & Robots + Humans. The company set up by music and technology entrepreneur Rob Ronaldson, is focused on identifying and cultivating new artists using A&R insights (Music Business)

Marina Abramovic: All About Performance. Marina Abramovic is the first artist that will take over TV channel Sky Arts for a five-hour programme. (The Art Newspaper)

Fashion: Pre-order Model For Small Luxury Brands. These brands are sidestepping fashion weeks, adopting a pre-order model wherever possible in order to get closer to the customer and eliminate overproduction. (Vogue Business)

Rent a Theater for $99. And say thanks to the pandemic, as AMC Theatres joins a handful of cinemas letting customers rent out auditoriums for private screenings. (CNN)