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Immersive Van Gogh

Lighthouse ArtSpace in Chicago

On Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, the Immersive Van veterans of the Atelier
Gogh visual exhibit will open at the Lighthouse des Lumières in Paris,
ArtSpace Chicago, a new venue located within where they created
Chicago’s recently renovated landmark Germania the world-renowned
Club Building. The three-story facility is dedicated Van Gogh, Starry Night
to immersive art presentations, merging the exhibition, among
boundaries between entertainment and culture to others. With more
give visitors the sense that they are encountering than 50 projectors
art as never before. Utilizing the building’s Victorian illuminating over
Era architectural details, 35-foot-tall walls and 14,000 square-feet,
multiple levels (including balconies), the venue will visitors to Immersive
present vibrant art exhibitions that surround the Van Gogh will be encircled from head-to-toe in Van
viewer on all sides. Gogh’s brushstrokes and colors, including animated
details from works such as Self Portrait with Felt Hat
Immersive Van (1888), The Bedroom in Arles (1889), Irises (1889) and
Gogh will be The Starry Night (1889).
the venue’s first “Immersive Van Gogh is a new way of encountering
presentation art, as it quite literally surrounds viewers on all sides
and is a visually with the brilliant work of one of the greatest painters
spectacular digital of all time,” said Immersive Art Space Co-Producer
art exhibition Corey Ross. “Both connoisseurs and new admirers
and will invite of Van Gogh’s work are guaranteed a breathtaking
audiences to “step perspective on the influential artist’s oeuvre. Merging
inside” the iconic works of post-Impressionist artist state-of-the-art technology, theatrical storytelling,
Vincent van Gogh, evoking his highly emotional animation and some of the finest works of art
and chaotic inner consciousness through art, light, ever created, Immersive Van Gogh is a uniquely
music, movement and imagination. The Italian mesmerizing experience that seemingly transports
creative team who pioneered experiences for the viewer into the artist’s mind to see these timeless
Atelier des Lumières in Paris will create a custom works as never before.”
design to fit the gracious Neo-Classical architecture
of the exhibition’s Chicago home.

The hour-long walk through experience has been
designed with health and safety as a priority. Of
course, admissions will be limited in line with the
City of Chicago’s capacity guidelines with touchless
ticket-taking, temperature checks upon arrival,
hand sanitizer stations and social distancing
markers prominent throughout the venue, and
digitally projected social distancing circles on
the gallery floors to ensure appropriate spacing.
All guests must wear a face covering at all times
during their visit to Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago.

Tickets for the exhibition are available at “Despite being unknown throughout his life, Van
vangoghchicago.com and by phone at 844-307- Gogh’s artwork has created a lasting impact through
4644. Ticket prices start at $39.99 ($24.99 for its emotional richness and simple beauty,” said
children 16 or younger), with timed and flexible Massimiliano Siccardi, Immersive Van Gogh designer.
ticket options available. Tickets will be on sale for “Both myself and Luca Longobardi are very excited to
viewings Feb. 11 – May 2, 2021. The venue is easily visit Chicago and once again bring Van Gogh’s legacy to
accessible by public transportation and has ample life in a way that is unique to the beautiful architecture
parking in the nearby James House parking garage. of the Germania Club Building.”
Immersive Van Gogh was designed by creative
director and Italian film producer Massimiliano For more information about Immersive Van Gogh,
Siccardi, with original, mood-setting music by visit vangoghchicago.com or call 844-307- 4644. You
Italian multimedia composer Luca Longobardi, can also follow the exhibition on social media at
who provided a score that combines experimental vangoghchicago on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
electronic music with pure, ethereal and simple-
seeming piano. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art boiMAG.com
Director. Siccardi and Longobardi are both
pioneers of immersive digital art experiences and

February 11, 2021

Immersive Van Gogh

Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

Ways to Relieve Worry, Stress, and Anxiety

Go for a Walk high doses of omega-3s (up to 2,000 mg a
Virtually any form of exercise can act as a day) seemed to have the most reduction in
stress reliever, but activities such as walking anxiety symptoms. 
or jogging that involve repetitive movements • Ashwagandha: Studies show that
of large muscle groups can be particularly Ashwagandha, a medicinal herb, seems
stress relieving since they offer many of the effective at lowering symptoms of stress and
same benefits as meditation. The benefits anxiety.  Ashwagandha  helps to lower levels
are strongest when you exercise regularly. of cortisol, a stress hormone in the body.
People who exercise regularly are less likely • Valerian: In studies, Valerian root
to experience anxiety than those who don’t demonstrated antioxidant, neruoprotective,
exercise. antispasmodic, anxioytic (anxiety reducing),
There are a few reasons behind this, one anticancer, and antidepressant effects. It is
being that regular exercise lowers the level also popularly used as a sleep aid due to its
of stress hormones. It also helps release tranquilizing effect.
endorphins, which are chemicals that • Kava kava: Kava kava is an herbal remedy
improve your mood and act as natural used to relieve stress and anxiety and boost
painkillers. sleep. Studies show that this plant extract
Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, has a calming, euphoric effect.
which can be negatively affected by stress • Vitamin B: Many studies show that
and anxiety and regular exercise improves B-complex supplements have been shown
feelings of confidence and mood, which in to be beneficial in alleviating symptoms of
turn promotes mental wellbeing. anxiety. Vitamin B1 is important for balancing
Try to find an exercise routine or activity blood sugar levels, which are a significant
you enjoy, such as walking, dancing, rock factor in anxiety levels. Vitamin B3 has been
climbing or yoga to relieve stress, worry, and shown to help with anxiety at a dosage of
anxiety. 1,000-3,000mg per day. Vitamin B5 supports
THE BENEFITS OF Supplements the adrenal glands, which reduces stress
Several herbal and natural supplements and anxiety levels. Vitamin B6 together with
help manage and relieve stress and anxiety. magnesium can balance out anxiety that
Here is a brief overview of some of the most occurs in conjunction with PMS.  Vitamin
common ones: B9 (also known as folate or folic acid) and
• Lemon balm: Lemon balm is a member vitamin B12 are important in balancing out
of the mint family that has been studied for depressive moods.  Although individual B
its anti-anxiety effects. Research shows that vitamin components offer positive effects, it
taking a single dose of lemon balm increases is a good idea to include a B-complex since
calmness and alertness.  Other studies show they work together synergistically.
that adding lemon balm to a food or drink Note: Some supplements can interact with
reduces anxiety and improves memory. medications or have side effects, so you may
• Omega-3 fatty acids: One study showed want to consult with a doctor if you have a
that medical students who received omega-3 medical condition.
supplements experienced a 20% reduction Connect with Nature
in anxiety symptoms.   In another study, Spending time outside in nature is good
researchers found that people who took for the body and the mind. It helps relieve

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feelings of worry, anxiety and stress. Natural • Taking out the trash: If you’re struggling
beauty distracts us from problems and just with negative or overwhelming thoughts,
helps us feel good.  Studies show that being one technique to help relieve the tension and
in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, stress is to write all the negative thoughts
reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases down on paper.  Keep writing until you can’t
pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not think of anything else to write.  Then tear up
only makes you feel better emotionally, the paper and throw it away or burn it.  This
it contributes to your physical wellbeing, symbolically helps your mind understand
reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle that these thoughts are garbage.  Then
tension, and the production of stress write new positive thoughts to replace the
hormones. negative ones.  Keep and re-read those
Aromatherapy positive thoughts often.
Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils • Gratitude journal:  Gratitude may help
medicinally to improve the health of the relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your
body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both thoughts on what’s positive in your life.
physical and emotional health.  Several • Success journal: Writing down successes
studies show that aromatherapy can and focusing on positive thoughts have been
decrease anxiety and improve sleep.   shown to reduce worry and stress.
Some scents are especially soothing. • Write a letter you won’t send: When
Here are some of the most calming scents: you’re feeling anxious about an interaction
• Lavender or a personal relationship, you might have a
• Rose lot of dialog building up in your head. And
• Vetiver while a real conversation might be necessary,
• Bergamot writing a letter to someone that you won’t
• Roman chamomile send will help to expel some of the extra
• Neroli energy that’s overwhelming you. Write an
• Frankincense honest and brutal letter, holding nothing back.
• Sandalwood Write as many letters as you need to before
• Ylang ylang you feel some relief, just don’t send them.
• Orange or orange blossom Listen to Soothing Music
• Geranium The soothing power of music is well-
Aromatherapy can come in many forms established. It affects our emotions and can
including using essential oils, scented be an extremely effective stress management
candles, diffusers, aromatic spritzers, tool.
inhalers, bathing salts, body oils, creams, Soothing music can slow the pulse and
massage lotions, facial steamers, etc.  There heart rate, lower blood pressure and
are many available options to use this tool decrease the levels of stress hormones,
to help relieve anxiety and stress. and distract us from our worries.  Research
Journaling shows that listening to music can help a
One way to handle stress is to write things person with clinical depression or bipolar
down. Many studies have shown that disorder get through their worst, lowest
journaling is a valuable tool to improve moods.
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by Jack Santo

Here are some latest trends that could possibly The benefit of this technology is that it allows
dominate the technology industry in 2021: people to place the security wall around
5G Will Go Mainstream individuals rather than the entire organization.
All that talk and hype around 5G will become The sudden rise in remote workforces and
real in 2021. The need for a reliable and fast cloud technology has affected the security
connection became urgent only a few months of company assets outside the company’s
earlier. When digital collaboration, remote work, perimeter. Thanks to the help of the
and videoconferencing became a part of our cybersecurity mesh, the security perimeter
lives, we had to get ways to boost speed. goes beyond and covers individuals working
For telecommunication companies, it was clear remotely.
that 5G was the way to go. The deployment of Total Experience
this technology will be important for different Often abbreviated as TX, the total experience
tools like IoT. About 51% of companies using IoT goes side by side with the customer experience,
have noted an improved insight into customer user experience, and employee experience.
needs, behaviors, and preferences. The value of As most of the interactions today are virtual,
5G, therefore, will skyrocket in 2021. distributed, and mobile, it’s important to use
Customer Data Platforms (CDP) the TX strategy even more.
In the last few months, there has been a rise Recent changes has forced a new norm in
in customer data platforms (CDP). It’s not easy collaborations. And that’s why you need to
to organize fragmented data from multiple bring together the customers and employees.
sources. To operate efficiently, you’ll need well- Intelligent Composable Business
curated and timely operations. This trend focuses on taking advantage of
In a recent study, an estimated $3 trillion goes packaged business capabilities. You can develop
down the drain annually due to bad data. it through vendors or do it in-house. ICB helps
Therefore, it’s quite imperative that companies to bring different things together, including
address this problem. Luckily, CDPs help to better access to changing data, better decision
solve this problem by collecting data from all making, and application delivery.
sources. They then organize it, tag it, and make Hybrid Cloud
it usable. Most businesses are moving towards the
Internet of Behaviors(IoB) hybrid cloud model. The simple reason is that
IoB is an upcoming trend that you’ll hear more the hybrid cloud is more convenient. It helps
of in 2021. Companies and businesses are businesses to strike a balance for their distinct
taking advantage of technology to monitor cloud infrastructural needs.
consumer and customer behaviors. Some Most of the giant public cloud providers have
of the effective technological tools here started focusing on the hybrid cloud. Some
include location tracking, big data, and facial of them include Amazon Web Services(AWS),
recognition. Google Cloud, Azure, Oracle, and IBM. All of
According to industry insiders, more than half of this aims at dealing with different customer
the global population will be under an IoB tool challenges including:
by 2025. • Privacy
Cybersecurity Mesh • Security and compliance.
With the cybersecurity mesh, you can access • Exponential data growth.
any digital security asset, no matter its location.

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