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Friday, 17 November


Your Career in the Art World Starts With Christies Education Hyperallergic

If your career goal is to secure a professional role in the international art world, a Masters degree at Christies Education New York will provide you with the training, networks and experiences necessary to embark on your ambitions.

Studying at the heart of Christies auction house, you will have access to Christies specialists, hands-on encounters with works of art and behind-the-scenes insight into the commercial realities of the worlds leading art business. Our two degree programs provide complementary opportunities to begin your career. Both are intensive fifteen-month degrees taught by our experienced academic staff and a prestigious visiting faculty.

M.A. Modern and Contemporary Art and the Market has trained students to be effective art world professionals since 1998. This program emphasizes the importance of direct contact with original works of art, and explores the history of art and the art market. This interdisciplinary program provides an in-depth study of modern and contemporary art and the market from the mid-19th century to the present day. Alumni of the program work throughout the global art world.

M.A. Art, Law and Business provides an in-depth study of the relationships between art, law and business and how they influence the commercial art world. It combines rigorous academic coursework with hands-on practical training and workshops. Emphasizing practice over theory, the program introduces students to the foundational tools, skills and concepts of the art market, law and business.

Find out more about Christies Educations global programs of Masters degrees, continuing education and online courses at

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Matereality: A Mesmerizing Short Film of Macro Magnetism Captured by Roman De Giuli Colossal

In this mesmerizing new short film, German filmmaker Roman De Giuli worked with magnets, iron filings, reflective pigment, and glitter to create this pulsing visual montage of magnetic special effects titled Matereality. Its amazing to think this was all done with practical effects and not CGI. Music by Son-J. (via The Awesomer)


Objects Made by Prisoners, from Soap Sculptures to Pendants Hyperallergic

"Snake" (United Kingdom, 1919), glass beads, fabric (courtesy International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum). During World War I, many Ottoman prisoners made small beaded items like this snake, a symbol of good luck. Snake (United Kingdom, 1919), glass beads, fabric (courtesy International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum). During World War I, many Ottoman prisoners made small beaded items like this snake, a symbol of good luck.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum in Geneva has a collection of over 360 objects made by political prisoners and prisoners of war from over 60 countries. Many were given by detainees to International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) delegates, visiting as part of their mandate under the Geneva Conventions, and since 2013 pieces have been on permanent view at the museum. From a 1916 engraved fountain pen formed from an ammunition cartridge in Germany during World War I, to a ruffly swan created from coffee packets by a detainee from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in 2012, each is a reworking of the scarce materials at hand into something that transcended confinement.

Cover of <em>Prisoners' Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum</em> (courtesy 5Continents)Cover of Prisoners Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum (courtesy 5Continents)

Now, selections from this collection are published in Prisoners Objects: The Collection of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, out from...


An Artist Adopts Avant-Garde Poetry to Express the Limits of Language Hyperallergic

Installation view of Kameelah Janan Rasheeds in the proper direction: forward/ also the ache of (perceived) velocity at Printed Matter, New York (all images courtesy the artist and Printed Matter)

Recently, Kameelah Janan Rasheeds evocatively cryptic text-based installations have appeared in many of her solo and group shows, from A.I.R. Gallery, to the Queens Museum, to the 8th Floor. The all black-and-white installations contain imbricated rectangles of text and image, many of them found and then altered, that sprawl haphazardly across gallery walls like wheatpaste posters on a city construction site. The works, which look like vivisected scrapbooks, are equal parts installation art and visual poetry.

Given the textual nature of this work, the back exhibition room at Printed Matter, the Chelsea neighborhood artists book store, is an apposite space for Rasheeds latest installation, in the proper direction: forward/ also the ache of (perceived) velocity. For the show, Rasheed arranged variously sized black-and-white paper rectangles along the rooms narrow parallel walls, as well as in adjacent vitrines, in a manner that recalls a timeline. Sporadic snippets of wavy and distorted poetic text appear throughout such as the punning directive to use       your/ inside/ vote but most of the rectangles are wordless. In particular, the preponderance of all-black rectangles creates the impression that much of the work has been redacted.



Herbie Hancock Now Teaching His First Online Course on Jazz Open Culture

A quick update to something we first mentioned last June. On Masterclass, jazz legend Herbie Hancock is now teaching his first online course on jazz. In 25 video lessons, the 14-time Grammy winner shares his approach to improvisation, composition, and harmony, and gives students access to 10+ original piano transcriptions, including 5 exclusive solo performances. Plus there's a downloadable workbook. The cost is $90. You can enroll yourself, or give the course as a gift. Check it out here.

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How Skilled Copyists Leave the Louvre with a Masterpiece Every Year My Modern Met

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Salvador Dal, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas. These artists are not only some of the most famous painters in art history, but they also share a common experiencecopying the works of Old Masters in the Louvre. A long tradition dating back to just after the French Revolution, each year Paris' premier museum grants 250 permits to amateur and professional artists, allowing them to copy the masterpiece of their choice.

Post-impressionist painter Paul Czanne once said, The Louvre is the book from which we learn to read. This poignant thought sums up the traditional practice of learning by copying the work of previous masters. Indeed, as far back as the 15th century, when Italian artist Cennino Cennini wrote his artist handbook, The Book of Art, this task has been deemed essential for artistic growth. Cennini wrote, When you have practiced drawing for a while take pains and pleasure in constantly copying the best works that you can find done by the hand of great masters.

The Louvre opened its doors to copyists in 1793, just one month after Marie Antoinette was beheaded and Louis XIV's palace transformed into a public museum. It was then declared that any artist would be provided an easel free of charge to take up the challenge of painting a masterpiece. This still holds true today. But while the easels are free, artists around the world can wait for up to two years in order to be granted one of the limited permits.

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Donald Trump takes a fatal shit on Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heideckers Trump Songs Dangerous Minds

A year to the day in the making, Tim Heideckers Donald Trump protest numbers have been collected together as a new album Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heideckers Trump Songs.

While some people find themselves sapped of the will to live...


Explore Guernica with a Sprawling Visual Timeline Hyperallergic

Guernica at the Muse des Arts Decoratifs in Paris (photo by Manuel Litran/Paris Match via Getty Images)

Consider it your new go-to resource for anything Guernica-related. A new, freely accessible website launched by Madrids Reina Sofia museum serves as an interactive library for materials related to Picassos famous painting, from preparatory sketches to its depiction on posters through the decades, to the transport documents necessary for it to travel from museum to museum. Rethinking Guernica. History and Conflict in the 20th Century is a massive collection, pulling together over 2,000 records from 120 public and private archives, libraries, museums, institutions, and national and international agencies, including the Muse Picasso in Paris and Madrids National History Archive.

William Rubin and Alicia Legg preparing for the exhibition Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective, at MoMA in 1980 (Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York 2017)

Launched with the support of telecommunications provider Telefnica, the website is available in Spanish and English. As an artwork that became an enduring political symbol, accruing meaning far beyond the horrific war scene depicted in its frame, Guernica has a complicated history; its easy to get lost. Rethinking Guernica offers a helpful, visuals-based timeline that clearly traces not only the paintings movement but also the different political discourses that arose around it. Among the most interesting material on the platform are phot...


Photographer Braves 14-Hour Hike to Capture Wedding Atop Norways Trolltunga Rock My Modern Met

Wedding Portraits Trolltunga

There are many ways to defy convention on your wedding day. Perhaps you opt for a black dress over a white gown, or you take the literal plunge and get married in the middle of the sea. There are also the adventurous types who accompany their walk down the aisle with a long hike; this special trek gives them the perfect backdrop as they recite their vows. Photographer Priscila Valentina was alongside a couple who eloped at the famous Norway rock formation called Trolltunga or Troll Tongue. All told, the hiking took 14 hours round trip.

The extreme wedding photos were not for the faint of heart. The trip required them to head to the trail by 5:30 AM in full hiking gear, including layers of coats and pantsin addition to their wedding ensembles and bouquet. Valentina had the extra challenge of traversing the entire rainy trail with 35 pounds of camera gear in tow. It was worth it, though; the most epic view on Earth was breathtaking scenery for the betrothed as they changed from their outdoor gear into formal attire in separate tents. (After all that, there were still surprises left!)

The bride wore a white lace wedding dress while the groom donned a tailored blue suit. Although their attire was certainly out of place in the desolate natural locale, the juxtaposition is stunning. Together, they make for photos that not only look beautiful, but they speak to the couples sense of adventure as they embark on this new life journey as one.

Wedding photographer Priscila Valentina made a 14 hour (roundtrip) hike to Norway's famous rock formation, Trolltunga.

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Undead: The Book Every Bauhaus Fan Will Covet is Arriving Soon Dangerous Minds

Its been a busy year for former members of Bauhaus, despite there being zero actual Bauhaus activity. Bassist David J did a well-received solo tourI saw him do a living room show in Detroit, and it was goddamn magnifiqueand has signed on to join his former bands singer Peter Murphy...


Angry Samoans, Dickies, Suburban Lawns and more in a cable TV report on L.A. punk (c. 1980) Dangerous Minds

Whats Up America was a newsmagazine show that ran on Showtime from 1978 to 1981, covering topics such as BB guns; female boxers; urban cowboys; Elvis Presley impersonators; chariot racers in Pocatello, Idaho; and a couple who...

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Thursday, 16 November


Interactive Sonic Youth timeline, curated by the band members themselves Dangerous Minds

Sonic Youth have, for reasons so thoroughly well-publicized they hardly merit rehashing here, been very, very quiet since their 2011 split, though its individual members have continued to keep prolific release schedules in various bands. But the ongoing lack of an extant Sonic Youth does nothing to change the fact that 2018 is coming, and...


An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World Open Culture

Arriving in a new city usually means finding the nearest decent grocery, pharmacy, coffee shop, bookstore, laundry, etc. And before nearly every musical whim could be satisfied with a few clicks, it also meant for many people finding the nearest record store. Even the local strip mall chain might hold a surprise or two. But the true finds appeared among the small proprietors, merchandisers of dusty LPs in wooden bins and keepers of local music scene lore. Entering a well-curated music shop can feel like walking into a medieval apothecary. Whatever ails you, youre sure to find a remedy here. If it doesnt work, there remains a certain magic in the transaction. We continue to believe in music even when it lets us down.

But have we lost faith in the record shop? I hope not. Online streaming and buying has the regrettable effect of flattening everything into the same two dimensions without the aura of physical media and the musical paraphernalia we find in real life stores. Should you be among the unlucky who lack a local music store, fear not.

You can recover the romance by traveling to any one of the thousands of shops worldwide that are catalogued and mapped on VinylHub, a crowd-sourced endeavor, Ron Kretsch writes at Dangerous Minds, "to create an interactive map of every brick-and-mortar record store on Earth, a perfect resource for the world-traveling vinyl obsessive.

Brought to us by masterminds behind Discogs and their similar spin-off online catalogs for books, movies, etc., this project might get us out of our chairsmaybe even out the countryand into new places to dig through the crates. But even if were not inclined to leave the house, VinylHub offers a wealth of fascinating information. The single city with the large...


Recommended: Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa Going South Bird is the Worm

  Going South has got plenty of groove, but this isnt a dance album, per se.  Because the newest from Omri Ziegele Wheres Africa trio has got a soft touch of introspection and a strong dose of volatility to accompany its predominately joyful sound.  Afreaka threatens to come apart at the seams, and the cadence []


Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt Parship Take Over in Hamburg URBANSHIT

In Hamburg werden die U-Bahn Screens zur Zeit mal ausnahmsweise fr eine uerst sinnvolle und verdammt wichtige Kampagne eingesetzt. ber die digitalen Billboards laufen Plakate, die so aussehen wie die Werbung einer der groen Dating Websites. Allerdings mit einer bitteren Wahrheit Alle 5 Minuten wird eine Frau Opfer huslicher Gewalt, anstelle des romantischen 11-Minuten-Slogans, wie er sonst berall in der Stadt zu lesen ist. Husliche Gewalt in Parship-Optik packen Respekt. teresa bcker (@fraeulein_tessa) 16. November 2017 Das ganze knnte man damit als so etwas wie ein legales Adbusting beschreiben. Und dabei auch noch hoch offiziell und mit ffentlichem Absender. Hinter der Kampagnen steht laut Impressum der Website die Stadt Hamburg mit der Behrde fr Arbeit, Soziales, Familie und Integration. Well played Stadt Hamburg. Manchmal berrascht du selbst uns.

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Beautiful & Outlandish Color Illustrations Let Europeans See Exotic Fish for the First Time (1754) Open Culture

Whether in the tanks into which we gaze at the aquarium or the CGI-intensive wildlife-based gagfests at which we gaze in the theater, most of us in the 21st century have seen more than a few funny fish. Eighteenth-century Europeans couldn't have said the same. The great majority passed their entire lives without so much as a glance at the form of even one live exotic creature of the deep, and most of those who have a sense of what such a sight looked like probably got it from an illustration. But even so, some of the illustrated fish of the day must have proven unforgettable, especially the ones in Louis Renard's Poissons, Ecrevisses et Crabes.

First published in 1719 with a second edition, seen here, in 1754, Renard's book, whose full title translates to Fishes, Crayfishes, and Crabs, of Diverse Colors and Extraordinary Form, that Are Found Around the Islands of the Moluccas and on the Coasts of the Southern Lands, showed its readers, in full color for the very first time, creatures the likes of which they'd never have had occasion even to imagine. The book's 460 hand-colored copper engravings depict, according to the Glasgow University Library, "415 fishes, 41 crustaceans, two stick insects, a dugong and a mermaid."

The specimens in the first part of the book tend toward the realistic, while those of the second "verge on the surreal," many of which "bear no similarity to any living creatures," some...


Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi Sells for Over $400 Million, Shattering All Art Auction Records Hyperallergic

The buyers on the phone during the final stretch of bidding (GIF by the author for Hyperallergic)

Tonight, Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi sold for $400 million shattering art auction records ($450.3 million with fees). The buyer is still unknown.

Before today, the highest price paid for art at auction was Pablo Picassos Les Femmes dAlger (1955), which including fees went for $179.4 million, and the highest price paid in a private sale is believed to be Willem de Koonings Interchange (1955) at roughly $300 million.

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Disneys Architectural Aspirations in EPCOT A R T LR K

On the 16th of November 1965, Walt Disney announced that his company had acquired 27,443 acres of a Florida swampland, twice the size of Manhattan, where he had plans to build the utopian Epcot Center: Experimental Prototypical Community/City of Tomorrow. In his own words, EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems. (Disney in the introductory film, October 27, 1966). As Walt Disney died of cancer a year later in 1966, most of his ideas for this planned city were abandoned and the now world famous Disney World Resort replaced it.

Possibly sensing the end of his life and witnessing his grandchildren growing up, Walt started doubting  the safety of their future in modern cities which were busy, chaotic, insalubrious and rife with crime. Disneyland had offered the public entertainment and escapism from their post-war existence, but this new urban plan would offer much more an actual model for a better city of the future. Steve Mannheim wrote how Disney began to study books about city planning, such as Ebenezer Howards Garden Cities of Tomorrow (1902) and Victor Gruens The Heart of Our Cities: The Urban Crisis, Diagnosis and Cure (1964). The author compared him to Le C...


Kickstarter Launches Drip, a Service for Subscribing to Artists Projects Hyperallergic

Drips homepage (screenshot via Drip)

Earlier today, Kickstarter launched Drip, a kind of art subscription service intended to raise money for creators visual and performing artists, filmmakers, writers, musicians, craftspeople, and designers of all kinds. As their tagline goes: Kickstarter is for projects, Drip is for people.

Individual artists and collectives, podcasters, and experimental groups create pages on the site, and visitors can subscribe to certain projects, or whatever else the artist decides to make available to them. Artists have the option to create tiers of membership for different kinds of access, and the goal is that these subscriptions will help fund the artists future projects, at the same time encouraging the artist to create more content for subscribers.

Drips discover page (screenshot via Drip)

Kickstarter isnt the first company to offer such a service. (Patreon has been doing roughly the same thing since 2013.) In fact, Drip was previously an independent entity, used primarily for supporting musicians from 2012 unti...


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Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guides for Every Person in Your Life My Modern Met

Christmas gift ideas 2017

Ready to do your holiday shopping? As that time of the year approaches, finding the perfect gift for that special someone isn't always easy. But we're here to help! Check out our different 2017 gift guides and find the perfect present, whether it's for the Secret Santa at your office or for the creative person in your life. We even have a list of companies that give a portion of their proceeds back to charity, letting you feel good about giving a gift that gives back to someone in need.

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Steve Mnuchins Photos with Dollar Bills Are Everything Thats Wrong with the World Hyperallergic

When a US Treasury Secretary visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC to see his (its always been a man) signature on the new bills, its nothing more than a minor news item that represents a changing of the guard. But not during the Trump administration.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton are special, very very special. So special I think its safe to say theyre in the 1% of extra special:

Yes, you cant make this up because it is Let Them Eat Cake (while I grab them by the ) America. This is going viral, but thankfully the internet is on it. I should also remind you this isnt one of the worst things Mnuchin or Linton have done.

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4,000-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet Discovered Is an Ancient Prenuptial Agreement My Modern Met

Assyrian Tablet ancient prenuptial agreement

Archaeologists in Turkey recently made an interesting discovery when examining a 4,000-year-old Assyrian tablet. The cuneiform engravings seem to indicate that it's is a sort of ancient prenuptial agreement, detailing everything from divorce to fertility issues.

Unearthed at the Kltepe-Kanesh UNESCO World Heritage site in Turkeys central Kayseri province, this prenuptial agreement gives incredible insight into marriage in Assyrian culture. The area was a settlement during the Old Assyrian Empire dating between 2100 BC and 1800 BC and over 1,000 cuneiform tablets were discovered in 1925. This particular tablet is on display at the  Istanbul Archaeology Museum and is the earliest known mention of human infertility.

Professor Ahmet Berkz Turp from Harran University's Gynecology and Obstetrics Department shares that, according to the tablet, the wife should allow her husband to hire a hierodulea female slave acting as a surogateshould the couple not conceive within two years of marriage.

The female slave would be freed after giving birth to the first male baby and ensuring that the family is not be left without a child, explains Berkz. As divorce was not an option for infertile couples in Assyrian culture, and monogamy was valued, this clause gave a way to continue in the marriage and grow families who struggled to conceive.

But that's not all. If grounds for divorce were met, the tablet laid out the terms of payment for both spouses. According to the study recently published by researchers in the medical journal of Gynecological Endocrinology, the inscription reads: Should Laqipum choose to divorce her, he must pay [her] five minas of silverand should Hatala choose to divorce him, she must pay (him) five minas of silver. Witnesses: Masa, Ashurishtikal, Talia, Shupianika.

It just goes to show that this complex Mesopotamian society struggled, and resolved, marital conflict in a way that's not so different from today.

h/t: [IFLScience!]

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A Nuanced Portrait of Hasidic Brooklyn Hyperallergic

Still from One of Us (all images courtesy Loki Films)

With One of Us (screening November 16 as part of the DOC NYC festival), directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady mesh themes theyve explored in other documentaries. In their Oscar-nominated 2006 film Jesus Camp, the duo explored the rigid social structures of conservative religion; in 2012s Detropia, they focused on a community in transition. In their latest film, they have combined both of these focuses to provide an in-depth look at Brooklyns Hasidic Jewish community, transcending their previous achievements with gorgeous visual storytelling.

Hasidic communities follow a strictly conservative interpretation of Judaism, mandating that adherents dress in the style of their ancestors, maintain strict standards of separation by gender, and more. The arrival of Hasidim in New York City followed the Holocaust, so as is discussed in the film the survival of the culture is paramount in its thinking and its practices. Accordingly, the Hasidic world shuts out others, shunning secular influence and creating tightly insular communities.



How the Invasive Plants of New York Represent the Citys Colonial Past Hyperallergic

Installation view of <em>Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New YorkA Botany of Colonization</em> at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)Installation view of Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York A Botany of Colonization at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

The plants growing in the Aronson Galleries at the New Schools Parsons School of Design are mostly considered weeds, nuisance plants that burst through cracks in the sidewalk, or creep up along buildings. But Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves recognizes them as a living archive of New York Citys often hidden colonial past, where a bright red celosia flower from East Africa, or stinging nettle from Europe, recall migration and forced displacement. All of the around 60 plants, housed in black bags at the center of a gallery, are recognized as ballast flora, or seeds carried in the ballast of ships.

Installation view of <em>Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York A Botany of Colonization</em> (courtesy Philip Van Nostrand)Propagating Party at the New School for Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York A Botany of Colonization (courtesy Philip Van Nostrand)

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Win a Trip to Day for Night, Houstons Experiential Arts and Music Festival Hyperallergic

United Visual Artists, Musica Universalis at Houstons Day for Night Festival 2016

Through music and art, Day for Night explores the possibilities of light, space, and sound. With headlining musicians performing alongside immersive digital artworks, Day for Night creates a heightened sensorial experience that blurs boundaries between performance and installation. We were there last year, and we cant wait to go again.

Day for Night will take place December 15-17, 2017, at Houstons historic Barbara Jordan Post Office. The 1.5 million-square-foot hybrid indoor-outdoor space will house four massive stages, with a seamless flow between the stages and art installations.

Were giving away two tickets to Day for Night in Houston, plus airfare and hotel.

The lineup of the festival includes:

  • Music by: Nine Inch Nails, Thom Yoke, Solange, Justice, St. Vincent, Tyler, the Creator, James Blake, and more.
  • Artworks from: Ryoji Ikeda, Matthew Schreiber, Conditional Studio, Processing Foundation, James Clar, and Felice dEdtienne dOrves.
  • Talks by: Chelsea Manning, Nadya from Pussy Riot, Laurie Anderson, Lauren McCarthy & more.

For the full lineup, visit

Prize includes flight, hotel, and VIP passes to Day for Night for two people. Hotel accommodations include three nights at the Hilton Americas-Houston. Flights to be awarded with two $500 Visa gift cards.

Click here to enter the contest.

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The Rise of Graffiti Writing 10-teilige Dokuserie ber die Entstehung von Graffiti URBANSHIT

Eine neue Dokuserie auf Arte Creativ zeichnet die Geschichte des Graffiti nach und dokumentiert die Verbreitung einer der grten Jugendkulturen von ihrem Ursprung in New York, bis nach Europa. In 10 Teilen geht die Dokumentation The Rise of Graffiti Writing From New York To Europe die auf die Suche nach den Ursprngen und der Entstehung von Graffiti in den 1970er Jahren in den USA und verfolgt von dort aus die Spuren, die Mitte der 1980er Jahren Graffiti nach Europa bringen. Bilder und Video Red Tower Films 10 Episoden zeichnet die Dokuserie die Geschichte des Graffiti nach: von den Anfngen im New York der 70er bis zum Ausbruch des Lack-Virus in Europa ab Mitte der 80er. Ausgehend von der Mutterstadt des Graffiti, New York, zeigen die Macher der Serie, wie die Bewegung von den USA ber den groen Teich nach Europa schwappte und sich ab 1983 von Amsterdam, Paris und London wie ein Lauffeuer ber den ganzen Kontinent ausbreitete. In der Dokumentation kommen neben Graffiti-Pioniere wie FUTURA2000, LEE, BANDO, SHOE oder MODE2 auch eine Menge an Weggefhrten zu Wort, die etwas ber die Bewegung beigetragen und zu erzhlen haben. Die Idee und Umsetzung der Serie stammt von Ren Kstner ( und Redtower Films. Die ...

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Street Barber Who Gives Free Haircuts to the Homeless Gets Gifted His Own Barber Shop My Modern Met

After an 11-year career, Philadelphia-based barber Brennon Jones decided to give back to his community. Without premises of his own, Jones set up shop on sidewalks and street corners to offer free haircuts to the homeless. With a daily mission of giving back and spreading love, Jones completed as many as 20 haircuts a day, and even traveled to homeless hotspots like Camden, New Jersey.

One day in April 2017, a man named Sean Johnson approached Jones while he was out cutting hair and asked him what he planned to do during winter. Jones replied that he would probably have to put Haircuts For Homeless (HC4H) on hold. A few months later Jones received a call from Johnson asking him to meet at his newly refurbished barbershop. He tossed him the keys and said, If you like it, it's yours. Overwhelmed and completely blown away by the strangers kindness, Jones named his newly opened shop Phenomenon Perfection.

Believing that the greatest joy in life is being able to serve others, Jones will continue to host haircuts for the homeless during weekly Makeover Mondays where clients can also enjoy a free meal. To us its just a hair cut, but to them its so much more. Its a sense of self esteem, says Jones.

You can support Jones admirable mission by donating via Paypal.

Philadelphia-based barber Brennon Jones offers free haircuts for the homeless.



Eiteljorg Museum Presents Native Art Now!, A Celebration of Indigenous Expression in North America Hyperallergic

Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree/Blackfoot, born 1988), Anima (In-Between Worlds series) detail (2012), digital chromogenic print. Museum Purchase: Eiteljorg Fellowship

See contemporary art that surprises, dazzles and intrigues you. See Native Art Now!an exhibit of some of the most compelling and best contemporary Native American artworks of the past 25 years, selected from the Eiteljorg Museums permanent collection. The Eiteljorg is home to one of the nations best collections of contemporary Native art.

Defying conventional notions of Indigenous art styles, Native Art Now! celebrates the broad continuum of Native expression in North America. Its a fascinating collection of paintings, sculpture, installations, glass and fabric artof many styles imbued with thousands of years of Native American cultural history.

What distinguishes contemporary Native art from other contemporary art? The difference between a contemporary artist and contemporary Native artist is about 15,000 years, says Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. Contemporary Native artists have knowledge about their ancestors, traditions and cultures that spans thousands of years. That changes the way you see the world.

Since 1999, the Eiteljorg Museums nationally renowned biennial Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship has recognized leading indigenous artists in the United States and Canada. This years presentation, Native Art Now!, includes a retrospective, a major survey book and feature documentary film that provides a broad look at the field.

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Native Art Now! comtinues at the Eiteljorg Museum (500 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana) through January 28, 2018.

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Patti Smith would have been stoked to pose nude in Playboy Dangerous Minds

Patti never made the Playboy scene, but she was a CREEM Dream at some point in the late 70s

Bebe Buell was one of the most famous rock and roll girlfriends of the 1970s (she doesnt like the term groupie, calling Pamela Des Barres scene in L.A. West Coast crap). Her...


Nighttime City Scenes Bathed in Neon by Photographer Elsa Bleda Colossal

Photographer Elsa Bleda captures hazy moments that linger on the outskirts of the cities she visits in Eastern Europe and South Africa. Bleda is drawn to nighttime scenes bathed in colored light, such as a flock of pigeons illuminated by pink neon, or a lone gas station emitting an eerie blue glow. The images she chooses to shoot also have a limited human presence, which gives a dystopian feeling to the works empty streets and snow-covered buildings.

Previously, Bleda has presented exhibitions showcasing images she has taken in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Her upcoming solo exhibition with Red Bull will take a look at Durban, South Africa. You can view a preview of her exhibition alongside a list of songs the photographer chose to fit the mood of each work on Redbulls website. More of her night-based images of South Africa and Istanbul can be found on her Facebook, Instagram, and Behance. (via This Isnt Happiness)



The Artist Is Pissed: Marina Abramovi Responds to the Post Hyperallergic

Marina Abramovi performing The Artist is Present (screenshot via YouTube)

On Sunday, the New York Post ran a story called The Art of the Steal, questioning what exactly Marina Abramovi has done with the $2.2 million she raised to build her art center in Hudson, New York. Over the past four years, Abramovi racked up $1.5 million in private donations and another $661,452 on Kickstarter; when she discovered last month that the total cost of building the center would be $31 million, she abandoned it. (A spokesperson for the artist said the funds had paid for the design fee from Rem Koolhaass firm, OMA.) According to the Post, Kickstarter donors complained of not receiving their promised rewards and demanded to know how their money had been spent.

Yesterday, Abramovi retorted with a statement, which she titled The Art of Truth. She calls the newspapers allegations not only false but libelous. The majority of those funds were direct contributions of my own money which I earned as an artist, she writes of the $2.2 million. I contributed over 1.1 million dollars in cash donations to the institute on top of what I spent to buy the building.



Photographers Take Intimate Portraits of Strangers Who Responded to a Craigslist Ad My Modern Met

Craigslist Encounters Photo Series KremerJohnson

In August 2017, Los Angeles-based photography duo KremerJohnson (Neil Kremer and Cory Johnson) decided to publish a Portrait Subjects Wanted advertisement on Craigslist in search of interesting people to photograph all shapes, races, genders and sizes are welcome. Offering $20 per hour to anyone that applied, the projectentitled Craigslist Encountersinitially attracted around 100 responses. The ad is now running for its third time, and so far, 30 people have been photographed. The result is a growing series of intimate portraits that capture the unique qualities of human beings.

Heres how it works: once a person responds to the Craigslist ad, they receive questions via email, asking about their lifestyle and hobbies. The trusting participants are then asked to provide contact details so that they can schedule a photoshoot appointment. The next challenge is to create an environment where the subject feels comfortable in front of the camera. Being good listeners allows the person being photographed to really relax and tell us who they are, explains Kremer. Each portrait is styled according to the person. Whether in their own home, or a location of their choice, the subjects work together with the photographers on every creative decision. So far, only two of the participants have actually accepted the $20 payment. Most walk away loving the project and happy to have played a role, says Kremer.

KremerJohnson are currently looking for willing participants based in Los Angeles. If thats you, you can apply via their Craigslist ad. The series is due to finish by March 2018.

Photography duo KremerJohnsons photo seriesCraigslist Encountersfeatures portraits of complete strangers found on Craigslist.



Sledgehammers and High Heels Find a Modern Pairing in Kelly Reemtsens New Paintings Colossal

Painter Kelly Reemtsen (previously) paints images of anonymous women in thick impasto. The pieces juxtapose high fashion with tools and other construction equipment, placing sequenced high heels alongside sledgehammers and hefty axes. The colorfully painted works are Reemtsens comment on modern femininity. By placing tools in each of her subjects hands, the LA-based artist showcases that having feminine identification doesnt mean fitting into a predetermined role.

Reemtsen is represented by Detroit-based David Klein Gallery and Lyndsey Ingram in London. You can view more of her fashionably dressed subjects on her website.



Two Million Wondrous Nature Illustrations Put Online by The Biodiversity Heritage Library Open Culture

Are we truly in the midst of a human-caused sixth mass extinction, an era of biological annihilation? Many scientists and popular science writers say yes, using terms like Holocene or Anthropocene to describe what follows the Ordovician, Devonian, Permian, Triassic, and Cretaceous periods. Peter Brannen, author of extinction history The Ends of the Earth has found at least one scientist who thinks the concept is junk. But Brannen quotes some alarming statistics. Chilling, even. Until very recently, he writes, all vertebrate life on the planet was wildlife. But astoundingly, today wildlife accounts for only 3 percent of earths land animals; human beings, our livestock, and our pets take up the remaining 97 percent of the biomass almost half of the earths land has been converted into farmland.

This state of affairs does not bode well for the millions of remaining species getting edged out of their environments by agribusiness and climate change. We learn from extinctions past that the planet rebounds after unimaginable catastrophe. Life really does go on, though it may take millions of years to recover. But the current forms of life may disappear before their time. If we want to understand what is at stake besides our own fragile fossil-fuel based civilizations, we need to connect to life emotionally as well as intellectually. Short of globe-hopping physical immersion in the earths biodiversity, we could hardly do better than immersing ourselves in the tradition of naturalist writing, art, and photography that brings the world to us.



15+ Heartwarming Celebratory Reactions as Australia Votes Yes for Same-Sex Marriage My Modern Met

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Love is love, and we were reminded of this simple fact with the recent marriage equality survey in Australia. On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, it was announced that 7.8 million Australians61.6% of its voting populationsupport same-sex marriage and its legalization.

The results were a long time coming; as early as 2007, there was polling to suggest that a majority of the country was in favor of marriage equality. But due to politics, putting public opinion into law has been a slow process thats years behind other English-speaking countries. In 2004, the then-prime minister John Howard altered the Marriage Act that clarified the definition as the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.

After more than a decade of activism, the issue came to vote as part of a national postal survey. Although voluntary, 79.5% of voters made their voices heard. Now, the parliament will have to debate how to turn this into the law of the land.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said of the survey: They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love. And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done.

The result of the inquiry and its massive support is something to celebrateand many Australians did just that. See how some of them reacted (including the Sydney Opera House) in the photos below.

On Wednesday, November 15, Australia had a postal survey that voted on the issue of marriage equality.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...


Highly Detailed Close-Ups of Amazing Hyper Realistic Pencil Drawings TwistedSifter


Kohei Ohmori is a 22-year-old artist from Japan who has been garnering buzz online for his amazing, hyper realistic pencil drawings. The artist purportedly spends upwards of 200 hours on each drawing and has been sharing his progress on Twitter and more recently, Instagram.

In the detailed close-ups and progress shots below, you can also get a glimpse at Ohmoris toolbox of carefully sharpened pencils. For more, check out his artwork at the links below.

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A Tale of 17th-Century Witchcraft Staged in NYCs Oldest House Hyperallergic

The Wyckoff House before <em>The Visitation</em> (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)The Wyckoff House before The Visitation (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

For three nights in early November, New York Citys oldest home was haunted by a 17th-century tale of witchcraft. After sunset, by lantern and candlelight, six actors prowled through the historic rooms of the Wyckoff House in Canarsie, Brooklyn, performing a play inspired by a true case of demonic influence. Called The Visitation, it was created by Witness, a new immersive theater company.

The Wyckoff House before <em>The Visitation</em> (courtesy Witness)The Wyckoff House before The Visitation (courtesy Witness)

I attended one of the performances staged between November 3 and 5; like each of the roughly 40 audience members, I only witnessed a fragment of the story. As the family in this farmhouse, along with two visiting priests, examined the afflictions that kept their daughter bedridden, other conflicts about faith, relationships, and possession emerged. Audience members could decide whom to follow, discovering perhaps that the father may be poisoning the young woman and causing her fits (played with Exorcist-like contortions by Rae Haas), or that the younger priest (an unnervingly dogmatic Brian Lore Evans) may be the most dangerous, with the absolute conviction of his belief in the devils presence. As directed by Drew Gregor...


A Cruel and Comic Allegory of Destroyed Masculinity Hyperallergic

Still from The Killing of a Sacred Deer (All photos by Jima (Atsushi Nishijima), courtesy A24)

Da-aaad! Bobs dying!!!

Cue medium close-up of child in a wheelchair, eyes dripping red as he stares blankly on.

Gallows humor takes many forms, but perhaps none so Pantone black as kiddos bleeding from the eyes from a sudden, undiagnosable ailment least of all moon-faced American boys named Bob. Of course, nothing should really shock us coming from Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek equivalent of Lars Von Trier (sans, perhaps, the joyless misogyny). From an adult sibling knocking out her dogtooth with a hand weight to a sibling-turned-dog kicked to death by a sociopathic vixen, Lanthimoss raison dtre seems to be inventing new ways to disgust and disquiet.

Spoiler: little Bob indeed perishes in the directors latest feature, Killing of a Sacred Deer. And it definitely isnt pretty. In a film that doles  out justice so mercilessly it can only be called Greek, Killing is cruel enough to boil his 2016 The Lobster alive. But what balances the horror is a signature deadpan that dulls any stabbing pathos. Ten-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic), his teenage sister Kim (Raffey Cassidy, also suddenly stricken by a mysterious disease in which she cant move any part of her body below the waist), mom (Nicole Kidman) and, perhaps most importantly, dad  (Colin Farrell) are the paragon of success, but theyre also a joke of a nuclear family. Read allegorically, as the title and smattering of references to...


Watercolor Illustrations That Trace the Dark and Light Elements of Storybook Myths by Amber Ma Colossal

New York-based artist and illustrator Amber Ma subtly integrates elements of darkness into her fantasy-based illustrations. Her inspirations are grounded in childhood stories, such as her series Pinocchio Forest which visually investigates the myth surrounding the storybook puppets long nose. In the series of watercolor and sumi ink works Ma mixes elements of tension and warmth. This contrast interrogates the notion of a lie, presenting how the action can both hurt and protect those closest to us.

Ma received both her BFA and MFA in Illustration from the School of the Visual Arts. This fall she was included in the group exhibition Parallel at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. You can view more of the illustrators work on her Instagram and Behance.



Mesmerizing Fountain Uses Lights to Turn Water into Colorful Shape-Shifting Forms My Modern Met

Lamp with Water Fountain Base

The sound of a babbling brook has a calming effect on many people, and it's something they wish to mimic in their home. One way to do this is a water fountain, and engineer Stephen Co has produced a design that combines this natural tranquility with a mesmerizing light show. Called Aquarius, the flowing water has a shape-shifting appearance that changes colorsall within a sleek design that will fit comfortably in your home.

The liquid in the Aquarius indoor water fountain can take many forms. Users can watch streams of water bend, change colors, freeze in place, rise upwards against gravity, split off into multiple streams, Co told My Modern Met in an email, and even display effects such as volcanic lightning or the Northern Lights!

So, how does this effect happen? By using 60 individually addressable LED lights, some or all of the bulbs can be set at a frequency range of 75-100 Hz and projected against a stream of liquid. Since they reflect at various times and places, it creates the illusion of an animation. With the addition of colors, it creates complex hues as well as multi-colored streams.

While the water and its animations are Aquarius' most defining feature, there is more than one way to enjoy the product. It has a standby mode that stops the flow of water and turns it into an accent or night light. Aquarius is now available for pre-order on Kickstarter.

Using 60 LED lights, engineer Stephen Co has created an indoor water fountain that produces mesmerizing illusions.

Indoor Water Fountain

The water appears to shift shapes, but it's all thanks to clever light projections.

Lamp with Water Fountain Base...


Flesh events: Human furniture makes for a disturbing body of work Dangerous Minds

The house and the body are palimpsests of life events with their history inscribed into every surface, writes Fiona Roberts in her artists statement describing her sculptural body furniture Intimate Vestiges. They are repositories of treasured moments, of everyday routines and memories,...


Meet the 35-Year-Old British Man Who Lives Entirely in the Year 1946 Open Culture

Ben Sansum is something of a young fogey. He's only 35 years old, but he lives in the year 1946. Entirely. The pictures on his wall in his Cambridgeshire home, the supplies in his cupboard, the music played on his turntable, the clothes he wears--everything comes from 1946 and the post WWII era. His motivation is partly aesthetic. He likes living in a period home, he tells us. But it also goes deeper than that. As he notes, our modern world moves so quickly, it sometimes pays to hang onto old world charms.

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An interactive map of every record store on Earth. Youre welcome. Dangerous Minds

Blue Arrow Records, photo via Facebook

I know of very few vinyl obsessives whove never availed themselves of the global online music database at A crowdsourced and fact-checked project of 17 years standing so far, its every entry...


When Thirsty 19th-Century New Yorkers Built a Seemingly Impossible Aqueduct Hyperallergic

Joseph Fairfield Atwill, "Croton Water Celebration 1842" (1842) (courtesy Museum of the City of New York)Joseph Fairfield Atwill, Croton Water Celebration 1842 (1842) (courtesy Museum of the City of New York)

New York City was wrecked by fire in 1776, and a yellow fever epidemic in 1789 claimed over 2,000 lives. It was clear that for the new metropolis to thrive, it would need more clean water to combat both the spread of flames and disease. Collect Pond, long a source of water in Manhattan, was being polluted by nearby slaughterhouses and tanneries. Although the harbor and East and Hudson rivers flowed around the city, their water was too salty or brackish to drink.

City planners looked north to the upstate watersheds and envisioned a gravity-powered system that would bring that resource into the city. Its engineering, art, and impact are currently explored in To Quench the Thirst of New Yorkers: The Croton Aqueduct at 175 at the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). The exhibition at the Manhattan museum features artifacts, manuscripts, prints, and art, including work by Nathaniel Currier, Samuel Halpert, and Hayley Lever.

A photograph of a Croton Aqueduct manhole cover in the Museum of the City of New York (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)A photograph of a Croton...


Short Film Reveals How Seemingly Unrelated Objects Can Bear a Striking Visual Relationship My Modern Met

Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production

Napoli-based creative duo Tanello Production describe their film Mirror as a short story of similar objects. By showing the objects side-by-side using a split-screen technique, the duo reveal how seemingly unrelated objects can bear a striking visual relationship. Tanello explain that basic shapes found in nature are repeated with infinite declinations, and that the objects in their film may have the same shape, but yet a different soul.

Despite the astute underlying concept, the comparisons are lighthearted and playful. Some of the pairings include grapes next to purple balloons, a cruise ship next to a steam iron, a manhole cover next to an Oreo, and even a goat likened to a piece of popcorn. At just 46 seconds long, but with over 26,000 views at the time of posting, Tanello have produced something special, with hopefully more to come.

Keep up to date on Tanello Productions creative film projects on Vimeo.

The creative duo behind Tanello Production have cleverly put together a short story of similar objects in a film called Mirror.

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Whats Trending? A Rise in STDs Sociological Images

The CDC recently issued a press release announcing that rates of reported cases for sexually transmitted diseases are setting record highs. The new report offers reports of rates going back to 1941 in a table, so I made a quick chart to see the pattern in context and compare the more common conditions over time (HIV wasnt included in this particular report).

It is important to note that a big part of changes in disease rates is usually detection. Once you start looking for a condition, youll probably find more of it until enough diagnoses happen for treatment to bring the rates down. Up until 2000, the U.S. did pretty well in terms of declining rates for cases of gonorrhea and syphilis. Zoom in on the shaded area from 2000 to 2016, however, and you can see a pretty different story. These rates are up over the last 16 years, and chlamydia rates have been steadily increasing since the start of reporting in 1984.

STDs are fundamentally a social phenomenon, especially because they can spread through social networks. However, we have to be very careful not to jump to conclusions about the causes of these trends. Its tempting to blame dating apps or hookup culture, for example, but early work at the state level only finds a mixed relationship between dating app use and STD rates and young people also have higher rates of sexual inactivity. Rate increases could even be due in part to detection now that more people have access to health coverage and care through the Affordable Care Act. Just dont wait for peer review to finish before going to get tested!

Inspired by demographic facts you should know cold, Whats Trending? is a post series at Sociological Images featuring quick looks at whats up, whats down, and what sociologists have to say about it.



After 81 Years, Memphis College of Art Will Shutter Due to Debt and Falling Enrollment Hyperallergic

The main building of the Memphis College of Art (all photos courtesy Memphis College of Art)The main building of the Memphis College of Art, Rust Hall (all photos courtesy Memphis College of Art unless indicated otherwise)

MEMPHIS On the morning of October 24, the Memphis College of Art took to Facebook to announce that it will permanently close its doors in 2020, after 81 years of operation. In a matter of minutes, the comment section was filled with responses: past alumni sharing fond memories of their student days at the MCA; Memphians expressing sadness at the fact that the city will lose a pivotal member of its arts community; but above all, many people desperately wanting to know whether anything could be done to keep the institution afloat.

The final decision had been made two weeks earlier, spurred by a combination of declining admissions down by 35% just this year, according to High Ground Memphis increasing real estate debt, and the schools small endowment fund. Tuition at the school is $35,000 per year. While many remain optimistic that the school could remain open, it would take a miraculous $30 million endowment donation to make this possible. The institution immediately stopped receiving applying students, and will focus on the current student body for the next three years. During that time, it will fund its operations partly through the sale of its real estate holdings. The fate of its main building, Rust Hall, has yet to be determined.



Ghosts, monstrous faces & strange creatures: The eerie beauty of bad vintage photographs Dangerous Minds

I was a lonely teenager who spent too much time wandering around the streets of Edinburgh taking photographs with my old Hanimex Halina camera of the historic buildings, monuments, and busy streets thronged with people busy with some unknown purpose. I was trying to fix in black & white and color...


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One Poem by Elisa Gonzalez Hyperallergic

Anne Neely, Cypher (2017), oil on linen, 14 x 11 inches, featured in a solo exhibition at CUE Art Foundation, New York curated by Sarah Sze through December 16 (photo by Stewart Clement)




Whats half-certain: a father always multiplies and here
he is to teach you long division.
Shit. Hes cut off his head.
Did you know he was going to do that?
Heres the doctor! But hes got his eyes
on you. Hes shining the light in yours. It breaks
like a line does. See,
he understands a poem. Hes never doubted
the blood in his body. The funeral
directors come. Gravedigger next.
A fathers singular when dead
the way he should be. That
youre sure about. But who
will give the eulogy? Not someone
who erred her whole daughter life, who sits
grateful, alone on the stairs.
Thank the god who banned ghosts. Unfortunately,
you always took after your father
see, a long time ago the doctor charted
the paths of blood.
But dont trust the doctor!
You have to cut off the head sometime,
so the Hydra proves.
Myth as reinforcement.
You speak with your very own mouth.
With your very own hands.



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Elisa Gonzalez is a writer of prose and poetry whose work appears in Harvard Review, Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight, and elsewhere. A graduate of the New York University MFA program, she is a 20162017 Fulbright scholar in the arts.

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How a Korean Potter Found a Beautiful Life Through His Art: A Short, Life-Affirming Documentary Open Culture

I like to think I appreciate all aspects of the culture of South Korea, where I live, but different attractions bring different foreigners here. Some come for the food, some come for the music (pop, traditional, or somewhere in between), some come for the medical tourism. Others, like British ceramicist Roger Law, come for the pottery. The half-hour documentary above will give you an idea of what makes Korean pottery, and the Korean potters who craft it, so distinctive, taking viewers into the workshop of Lee Kang-hyo, who has become famous by there bringing together the distinct traditions of onggi glazed earthenware pottery and buncheong white slip decoration.

"As a high school student, I asked myself some fundamental questions," says Lee in voiceover as we watch him beat the clay of what looks more and more like a large jar into shape. "What would be good to do for a living? What is my best talent? How can I enjoy a life of peace? It was then I decided to become an artist." As he creates, he tells us about the long history of pottery in Korea and his experience practicing and mastering the traditions in which he works. Looked at onggi, he says, "I never thought they were simply big jars. I thought they were great sculpture."

My documentary tells the story of Lee Kang-hyos search for a beautiful life, through his work with clay and the love of his family," says director Alex Wright, a story that "gives an insight into the spiritual journey that plays a vital part in his artistic practice." For Lee, this had to do as much with the heart and mind as with the hand, loosening up and lightening up even as he grew more skilled, a realization that first occurred when he became friendly with Japanese master potter Koie Ryoji. "Kang-hyo, why don't you try to change your thinking?'" Lee remembers Koie asking after he presented him with...


The Art Of Rage Vernissage & Book Release in der Golden Hands Gallery URBANSHIT

Diesen Monat erffnet eine Ausstellung auf die wir uns ganz besonders freuen. Ab dem 23. November zeigt die Golden Hands Gallery in der Hamburger Neustadt eine Soloausstellung der Graffiti-Legende RAGE. Unter dem Titel The Art Of Rage zeigt die Einzelausstellung eine Auswahl von Arbeiten des Hamburger Knstlers und setzt seine Kunst aus dem ffentlichen Raum erstmals in konzentrierter Form in den Kontext der Galerie. Am selben Tag erscheint das gleichnamige Buch von RAGE, das zusammen The Grifters verlegt wird. RACHE gehrt ohne Zweifel zu den talentiertesten Graffiti Writern Hamburgs und ist nach wie vor in der Stadt aktiv und nutzt vor allem Zge als Leinwand fr seine Arbeit. The Art Of Rage Vernissage & Book Release 23. November 2017 19:00 bis 22:00 h Golden Hands Gallery Kaiser- Wilhelm- Str. 87 20355 Hamburg Facebook Event Alle Bilder: Rage / Golden Hands Gallery

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Research Finds That Intellectual Humility Can Make Us Better Thinkers & People; Good Thing Theres a Free Course on Intellectual Humility Open Culture

Intellectual humility is not, contrary to most popular appearances, reflexively according equal weight to both sides of every argument or assuming that everyones opinion is equally valid. These are forms of mental laziness and ethical abdication. It is, however, believing in our own fallibility and opening ourselves up to hearing arguments without immediately forming a judgment about them or the people who make them. We do not abandon our reason and values, we strengthen them, argues Mark Leary, by not being afraid of being wrong. Leary, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, is the lead author of a new study on intellectual humility that found essentially no difference between liberals and conservatives or between religious and nonreligious people when it comes to intellectual humility.

The study challenges many ideas that can prevent dialogue. There are stereotypes about conservatives and religiously conservative people being less intellectually humble about their beliefs," says Leary. But he and his colleagues didnt find a shred of evidence to support that. This doesnt necessarily mean that such people have high degrees of intellectual humility, only that all of us, perhaps equally, possess fairly low levels of the trait. Il...


Technology, Wisdom, and the Difficult Art of Civilizational Self-Awareness: Thomas Mertons Beautiful Letter of Appreciation to Rachel Carson for Catalyzing the Environmental Movement Brain Pickings

Technics and wisdom are not by any means opposed. On the contrary, the duty of our age is to unite them in a supreme humility which will result in a totally self-forgetful creativity and service.

Technology, Wisdom, and the Difficult Art of Civilizational Self-Awareness: Thomas Mertons Beautiful Letter of Appreciation to Rachel Carson for Catalyzing the Environmental Movement

Knowing what I do, there would be no future peace for me if I kept silent, marine biologist and poet laureate of science Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907April 14, 1964) wrote to her soul mate, Dorothy, before the release of Silent Spring Carsons epoch-making 1962 book that catalyzed the modern environmental movement.

Her courageous and sobering expos of the assault on nature by the heedless use of chemicals a dark subject to which she brought her exquisitely luminous prose disquieted the nation into a major controversy. Despite the propagandist backlash and merciless attacks that government and industry hurled at the author, the popular press sided overwhelmingly with Carson. Her book, soon a record-breaking bestseller, went on to inspire the first-ever Earth Day and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The avalanche of editorial enthusiasm for the rare miracle of Silent Spring was dwarfed by the thousands of letters Carson received from private citizens commending her on the moral courage of speaking inconvenient truth to power. In the winter of 1963, shortly before her untimely death, this apostle of science received a letter from an improbable admirer the theologian and Trappist monk Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915December 10, 1968), who had long admired Carsons devotion to...


Truman Capote: In Cold Blood A R T LR K

On the 15th of November 1959, Mr. and Mrs. Clutter, their son Kenyon and daughter Nancy, were murdered in their farm house in Holcomb, Kansas. The two men responsible for their deaths, Richard Dick Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, were executed by hanging five and a half years later. The gallows from which they were hanged is still in possession of the Kansas State Historical Society.

The events of that fatal November night shook up the public opinion. As Tony Tanner said: it was the American dream turning into the American nightmare. The Clutters were a respectable Methodist family who thanks to their hard work and perseverance managed to establish a successful and very prosperous farm. Unfortunately, their wealth had drawn the attention of the two young criminals. Dick had heard that Mr. Clutter kept a big sum of money in a safe in his office.  He told Perry, his former fellow prisoner, that the robbery of the Clutters house would be a sure-fire cinch (In Cold Blood). The plan was to get into the house, steal the money and flee to Mexico to turn their broken lives into a dream-come-true. The plan also included no witnesses, and so the story follows.

When Truman Capote, the famous American writer known, among others, for Breakfast at Tiffanys, came across the story of the Clutters, he decided to write a book about it. His aim was to produce a nonfiction novel, a genre never truly explored before, except for Rodolfo Walshs 1957 book Operacin Masacre. The thing characteristic for the nonfiction novel is its oxymoronic nature its mixing o...


Laura Owens Responds to Anti-Gentrification Protests of Her Boyle Heights Gallery Hyperallergic

Members of Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD) protest at the Whitney Museum during Laura Owens's opening on Wednesday, November 8. (screenshot by the author via YouTube)Members of Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD) protest at the Whitney Museum during Laura Owenss opening on Wednesday, November 8. (screenshot by the author via YouTube)

Last week, a coalition of anti-gentrification activists from Los Angeles and New York protested the opening of Laura Owenss solo show at the Whitney Museum. Brandishing banners and chanting slogans both inside the exhibition at the museums main entrance, they called out the painter and her dealer, Gavin Brown, for artwashing the gentrification of LAs Boyle Heights neighborhood. Their space, 356 Mission, was one of the first in a new wave of art spaces to open in the area.

[W]e want to emphasize that Laura Owens and Gavin Brown can afford to be ANYWHERE, the members of Boyle Heights Alliance Against Artwashing and Displacement (BHAAAD) told Hyperallergic in an interview. They are colonizing POC neighborhoods to benefit both their public image and their enterprises.

Today, in an extensive post on 356 Missions blog, Owens responded to the demonstrators accusations, recounting the founding of the gallery with Brown and Wendy Yao; how it has operated for the past five years and sought to engage with the local community; and how she has struggled to productively engage wi...


Conceptual Art You Can Play With Hyperallergic

Nexus Game by Andy Malone (photo by Riva Sayegh, courtesy the artist)

DETROIT The opening night of Play Room, an exhibition of kinetic and interactive sculptures by Detroit-based artist Andy Malone, had a slightly different vibe than the usual white-cube affair. Visitors gathered around tables to lay hands on Malones creations, and the air was filled with the playful chatter of children.

Thats because Malones work largely takes the form of didactic games, which deliver conceptual ideas as a sneaky side effect of playing with them. Even the promotional postcard for his show, cleverly designed as a hanging door tag, presents information on one side, and a game on the other.

I love making games because they connect people and provide a point of entry for deeper understanding, said Malone, in an email interview. I also enjoy the aesthetics of a beautifully designed game component and an eloquent set of rules.

Opening day visitors to Play Room (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Malone holds a degree in architecture, and works with the construction documents and technical planning for exhibits, museums, and retail environments. This background has not only helped him engineer his projects, but has also driven their concepts. This is crucial for works like Quaturn Game (2015), which challenges players to stack four wooden beads of the same color onto a rotating carriage of dowels, automated to suddenly shift position. The fast pace of the game and simultaneous play by four players abo...


In a Guerrilla Video Art Projection, 60 Artists Illuminate our Political Crisis Hyperallergic

(image courtesy the Illuminator)

Engaging with our bizarre political reality requires a correspondingly bizarre level of stamina. Simply to process current events demands an elephantine memory for seemingly insane occurrences and a serious ability to absorb outrage. Everything feels huge. In fractious political moments, its interesting to see how different artists respond, whether they respond at all, and if they do, where its with oblique resistance or explicit manifestos.

The Illuminator is an art collective that describes its mission as one that disrupts the patterns of everyday life, and embodies the social and political transformations for which the occupy movement/99% movement continues to fight. They are one of the participants in, and helped produce, the potent response to this moment conceived by Nina Felshin and Lenore Malen, with projection designer Eamonn Farrell. If this latest live projection event, State of Emergency, is hardly subtle, thats the point. Its a poetic, creative rejoinder consonant with its unsubtle times, an appropriately monumental intervention in the shrieking wall-to-wall news coverage of the shrieking president shrieking about his wall. Occupying the intersection of Prince and Bowery, it features 60 short video clips from 60 artists and filmmakers, including Doug Ashford, Gary Indiana, Martha Rosler, and Pussy Riot. Some moments require not a whisper, but a huge projection at a busy intersection, with a multitude of voices confirming and amplifying what we know: this is an emergency. 

When: Thursday, November 16, 7pm
Where: The...


What We Can Learn From the Exquisite History and Ornate Aesthetic of Gothic Architecture My Modern Met

Gothic Architecture Characteristics Gothic Architecture History Gothic Style

Aesthetically ornate and conceptually transcendent, the Gothic style has become one of world's most distinctive architectural movements. Though it originated in the Middle Ages, the one-of-a-kind genre continues to captivate today, as evident in some of Europe's most beautiful buildings.

While the Gothic approach appears to be a novel form of architecture, its signature style has been shaped by different influences. Here, we explore the genre, looking closely at its rich history, defining features, and most well-known examples.

What is Gothic Architecture?

Gothic architecture is a European style of architecture that values height and exhibits an intricate and delicate aesthetic. Though its roots are French, the Gothic approach can be found in churches, cathedrals, and other similar buildings in Europe and beyond.


During the Middle Ages, a new style of architecture emerged in Europe. Initially referred to as Opus Francigenum, or French Work, this architectural genre dominated European tastesnamely, that of the Roman Catholic Churchuntil the 16th century, when it became known as Gothic.

The Gothic style evolved from Romanesque architecture, a medieval aesthetic characterized by arches, vaulted ceilings, and small stained glass windows.

Gothic Architecture Characteristics Gothic Architecture History Gothic Style

A Romanesque Abbey (Photo: Goldi64 at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0],...


A Retrospective for a Painter Who Broke Away from Murals Hyperallergic

Carlos Almaraz, Sunset Crash (1982) courtesy of the Cheech Marin Collection ( Carlos Almaraz Estate and photo courtesy the Collection of Cheech Marin)

LOS ANGELES Carlos Almaraz: Playing with Fire, curated by Howard N. Fox and currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is the artists first major survey of paintings from his brief but productive studio practice. Almaraz was one of the most influential Los Angeles artists of the 1970s and 1980s, and is most widely known for his work as an activist and muralist in East LA, and as a member of the collective Los Four. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA an initiative exploring Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. This major retrospective is a worthy addition to the initiative, since it focuses on the less examined but rich painting practice Almaraz pursued upon leaving making murals.

Carlos Almaraz, Echo Park Bridge at Night (1989) the Buck Collection through the University of California, Irvine ( Carlos Almaraz Estate; photo by Isabella McGrath)

Organized thematically, the exhibition includes over 60 works drawn from public and private collections. Since Almaraz oscillated between a variety of themes throughout his career, Fox opted to curate the show around five major subjects rather than the archetypal chronological arrangement. In this way Foxs curatorial arrangement mimics the artists actual studio practice, while simultaneously pro...


Apply Now for UMBCs Intermedia + Digital Arts MFA Hyperallergic

IMDA student Christopher Kojzar in his studio (photo by Christopher Kojzar)

The Intermedia + Digital Arts MFA (IMDA) program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) is now accepting applications. Applications received by February 1, 2018 will receive full consideration toward financial packages.

We offer students:

  • Newly renovated Baltimore studios
  • State-of-the-art media facilities
  • Teaching opportunities
  • High-end research centers
  • Financial packages
  • Cutting edge curriculum
  • Engaged faculty
  • Prominent visiting artists program
  • Vibrant Baltimore art scene

IMDA just moved to a new studio facility at the historic Lion Brothers Building in the Hollins Market neighborhood of West Baltimore. The studios are designed specifically for artists, where graduate students can build and display ongoing projects. This space also serves as a platform where students take classes and discuss their work during faculty reviews, critique, and one-on-one studio visits with guest artists and critics through IMDAs acclaimed Visiting Artists Lecture Series.

IMDAs facilities support endeavors that include digital fabrication and 3D maker output, distributed networks, games, performances, sculptural objects, prints, photographs, 4k video production, interactive installations, physical computing, public displays, and other socially engaged works.

Financial packages include Research Assistantships in teaching and creative work and are available on a competitive basis. A variety of internal research and merit-based grants to support student work are also available.

For more information, visit

Contact Vin Grabill at for information or a tour of our facilities.

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Funny Instagram Highlights the Most Illogically Extreme Camping Photos My Modern Met

A post shared by @youdidnotsleepthere on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:05pm PDT

The persistent trend in social media is to craft the perfect scenewhether or not it reflects how we really live. We often see this with food or candid fashion portraits, but it happens in the outdoor community, too. Photographers will set up their campsite on the edge of cliffs or along rocky shores to show their adventurous side. Sometimes, the places are so extreme that it's hard to believe that they actually spent the night there. And like many things, if it seems too good to be true, it most likely is. Luisa Jeffery pokes fun at these faux camping sites through her Instagram, @youdidnotsleepthere.

The premise is simple; in each post, Jeffery will find a gorgeous shot with a ridiculous campsite and point out its absurdity in the caption. She got the idea after seeing how people stage these scenes firsthand. While on a rafting trip my friend suggested we set up a tent just to get a shot for Poler, Jeffery recalled. Once we got home, I started noticing how absurd some of photos circulating Instagram were and it all happened from there.

Since summer 2015, Jeffery pointed out the photos that she calls cliche. The biggest offender, in her eyes? Feet out the tent and a lit up tent at night under a billion stars, she says. Judging from her feed, a close second is a tent perched on a rock far off in the distance. Of course, there are some people that did sleep in these crazy places. Its not about being wrong or right at all, its just about calling out clichs and making people laugh, Jeffery explained. I...


The Wende Museum of Cold War-Era Artifacts Reopens in LA Hyperallergic

Bust collection inside the Wende Museum vault (all images courtesy of the Wende Museum)

Sun-dappled, palm-tree lined Los Angeles may seem to have little in common with gray, gloomy Cold War-era Eastern Europe, but LA is actually home to one of the most impressive collections of artifacts from that period. Founded in 2002 by Justinian Jampol to preserve and document the material culture of the Soviet Bloc, the Wende Museum now boasts a collection of over 100,000 objects, including photography, artwork, and consumer products even a piece of the Berlin Wall that sits opposite LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard.

Border Troops of the German Democratic Republic, Map with Berlin Wall and West Berlin Invasion Plans, labeled Top Secret(1970s1980s), East German

After 15 years of acquisitions, they have outgrown their modest original location, and this weekend marks the opening of their new home in the remodeled National Guard Armory Building in Culver City. The one-acre campus features 13,000 square feet of exhibition and storage space as well as an outdoor sculpture garden.



How the Art World, and Art Schools, Are Ripe for Sexual Abuse Hyperallergic

Edgar Degas, Interior (The Rape) (186869) (via Wikipedia)

This is not the first time I have written about sexual harassment, and it probably wont be the last. In 1994, I published an account of my experience as a caged Amerindian, a performance I created with Guillermo Gmez-Pea. At the end of my cataloguing of the audiences unexpected reactions to us, I detailed an experience that I had had at the age of 22. That encounter made me understand viscerally just how invested Europeans and Americans were in the racist fantasies that I had explored in the performance. Though that essay has been republished dozens of times and I receive requests for interviews about the performance to this day, no one ever asked me about the perpetrator. I hadnt mentioned his name because he was still alive at the time and I worried that he might retaliate. Hes dead now.

I was sexually accosted by the renowned ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch, who is credited with having invented a better way to look at Africans. At that time he was in his 60s. I was in Paris looking for work and he invited me to a meeting that was supposed to be about a film job. Ironically, he found me by calling my mother in New York, who did not find cause to mistrust the request. Instead of taking me to a meeting with a producer at a nearby restaurant according to the agreed-upon plan, Rouch drove me over an hour away to his house in the countryside in what seemed to be the middle of nowhere. There, he proceeded to strip down to a thong that was partially hidden by his protruding belly, prance about his yard and grill a steak. He handed me a basket and told me to go hunt for nuts and berries as if I were a preindustrial nomad, and ranted on about how he wanted to act out his dreams with me. I stayed in his car, unwilling to join in his theatrics, but puzzled as to how to leave since I had no idea where I was or how to get back to Paris. Since I didnt cooperate, he became antagonistic during the ride back, deriding me as naive, grabbing at me while he drove and eventually tearing my shirt before I opened the car door at a traffic light and ran off.

I had met Rouch at a c...


Dances of Doom and Transcendence Hyperallergic

(screenshot courtesy Gillian Walsh)

Dance movements are notoriously difficult to depict and record. Louis XIV, the great innovator and supporter of the ballets de cour that would become what we now recognize generally as ballet, commissioned the choreographer and composer Pierre Beauchamp to create a notation system; its elaborate diagrams mark turns, steps, floor patterns, entrances, and exits. In the 20th century, the wonderfully modernist marks of Labanotation approximated the ordered movements of dances through a set of binary oppositions in specific qualitative dimensions: Space (Direct/Indirect); Weight (Strong/Light); Time (Sudden/ Sustained); and Flow (Bound/Free).

Gillian Walsh has been interested in these themes of structural lineages and oppositions: the inside and outside of a dancer in a dance, whats visible and whats hidden, what we are supposed to see and not, how and why we attribute merit and value. This weekend, Danspace Project presents Walshs Moon Fate Sin, as part of Performa 17. Walsh plumbs deeply the hope and lure of the mystical amid global chaos; darker, more primal concerns take over from coolly cerebral strategies. With wide-ranging movement styles and themes of  early psychoanalytic theory, occultist beliefs, and premonitions on the onset of world war, there may be no smarter way of dancing at the precipice.

When: Thursday November 16Saturday November 18 at 8pm


Aerial Photos Taken From Helicopter Reveal the Stunning Symmetry of Airports My Modern Met

Southern California Logistics Airport

Southern California Logistics Airport

As with many aviation fanatics, photographer Mike Kelleys fascination with air travel started when he was a child, and it's never slowed down. We were first introduced to Kelley's work through his viral composite photograph of arrivals and departures at LAX, which then translated into his project on airports around the worldAirportraitsNow he's back in California, with a new striking series that captures airports and boneyards from a new vantage point.

For Life Cycles, Kelley hired a helicopter to fly over LAX, the Southern California Logistics Airport, and Seattle's Boeing Field/King County International Airport, as well as the Mojave and Victorville boneyards. Building on his desire to demonstrate the complexity and scale of modern air travel, Kelley's photographs are a symphony of symmetry. His carefully composed shots show careful attention to the architecture of the planes and surrounding structures, creating compositions that are both intriguing and artistic.

Of course, obtaining permissions to fly over these spaces is not easy, but Kelley has continuously cultivated his relationship with LAX since his initial image went viral in 2014. Working with the airport to shoot imagery for marketing campaigns, he's also cultivated the relationships that allow him to carry out these personal projects. For Life Cycle, Kelley shows these majestic airplanes in all their glory, from their flying days at bustling terminals to being repairedor put to restat the boneyards.

The sum of human knowledge, effort, and effort to get these birds built, flown, and retired is enormous, Kelley tells My Modern Met via email. While we are locked in a dingy terminal or griping about TSA lines, we're surrounded by an incredible infrastructure that's almost impossible to comprehend from ground l...


NXIVM: The Powerful Cult That Turns Rich Women Into Mind Controlled Slaves The Vigilant Citizen

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Under the guise of an executive success program, NXIVM recruits rich women and introduces them into a bizarre secret society that brainwashes its members using rituals and trauma-inducing techniques taken directly from the MKULTRA handbook. When one learns about the dark, disturbing truths behind NXIVM (pronounced Nexium), it is difficult to understand how this organization []

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Amazon Launches Affordable Furniture Collection with Stylish Small Spaces in Mind My Modern Met

Furniture For Small Spaces

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If you reside in a dense metropolis, chances are that your living space is limited. Small square footages are one of the tradeoffs for being among hustle and bustle, but it doesnt mean you have feel cramped while in your home. Through clever industrial design, furniture for tiny spaces can mitigate potential issues like too little storage or the need for extra sleeping space.

Amazon has launched their own brand that creates affordable living room furniture for small spaces. Called Rivet, it has a Mid-Century modern aesthetic that inspires the materials used as well as the silhouettes of its designs. In addition to those characteristics, many of the pieces have two functions. The Fold Modern Ottoman, for instance, doubles as a sofa bed; simply fold back the cushion and pull out a twin-sized bed. Its perfect for a surprise visitor.

Check out more of our favorite pieces, below, and see the entire selection on Amazon.

If you live in a cramped apartment, it's time to rejoice: Amazon has created a collection of living room furniture for small spaces!

Fold Modern Ottoman Sofa Bed

Furniture For Small Spaces

Now available for $399.00



Laminated Jewelry Crafted from Vintage Books by Jeremy May Colossal

New work from literary jeweler Jeremy May (previously) transforms the dense layers of books into jewelry that carries the words within each individual, wearable form. Littlefly, his line of rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, reinstalls the finished jewelry in the book that it was originally extracted from, but each piece also has a life of its own with abstract patterns and sculptural shapes.



VCUarts Painting + Printmaking Seeks MFA Candidates for 2018 Hyperallergic

Installation view of WHATEVERBEING, the VCUarts Painting + Printmaking alumni exhibition in New York, 2017.

The VCUarts Painting + Printmaking Master of Fine Arts program provides excellent opportunities for artists to develop their work through the support of  exemplary faculty, generous financial aid, intensive studio time, immersive theory and history courses, exhibition opportunities, engagement with practicing artists, and professional opportunities.

A hallmark of the program is access to working artists. Each semester, a visiting artist teaches the Graduate Seminar course and conducts bi-weekly individual critiques. Additionally, six visiting artists, curators, and critics give lectures and conduct studio visits or tailored workshops each year. Recent visiting artists, curators, and critics include: Alejandro Cesarco, Thom Donovan, Galit Eilat, Nicole Eisenman, Rochelle Feinstein, Joanne Greenbaum, Byron Kim, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Ulrike Mller, R.H. Quaytman, Lisi Raskin, Fred Wilson, and James Siena.

The site seminar experience is a crucial element of the curriculum. Students have visited Documenta 14, Sculpture Project Mnster, and Berlin Art Week, as well as art events in Mexico City, Los Angeles, Peru and China. All M.F.A. students can also participate in a biannual exhibition of Painting and Printmaking alumni in New York City.

The M.F.A. program includes 15 graduate students every year. Each student has a private studio and access to world-class digital and analogue printmaking facilities. For more information about the program, visit our website or contact Graduate Program Director Hilary Wilder at

VCUarts is one of the nations leading arts schools, dedicated to advancing creative expression, supporting new scholarship, sparking innovation and deepening the role of the arts in society. Its visual arts and design graduate...


Artist Transforms Real-Life Animals into Perfectly Round Ball Creatures My Modern Met

A post shared by Aditya Aryanto (@ditpict) on Jun 4, 2017 at 4:10am PDT

Earlier this year we introduced you to Aditya Aryanto, the photo retoucher who transformed real-life animals into cubed creatures with boxy bodies and squared snouts, in a series entitled Minecraft in Real Life (or Anicube). In his latest series entitled Aniball, Aryanto takes his editing skills in a new directionfrom hard edges, to soft rounded onesby warping animals into balloon-like creatures.

Aryanto uses public domain photos of domestic and wild animals. To edit them, he uses the liquify tool on Photoshop to bloat out the bodies until they look so full of air they might just pop. Often editing out the animals legs and feet, tigers, foxes, pandas, and even an elephant appear to drift upwards like huge balloons. Aryanto explains, Imagination is always needed to make a new animal's form. This time, I am trying to make them different; to be round. I was curious about the response, so I tried to upload them on Instagram, and the result was beyond my expectation.

Keep up to date with Aditya Aryantos surreal animal photos on Instagram.

Aditya Aryantos new Aniball series imagines animals as gigantic furry balloons.



Hamish and Andy Drive on Empty and Go Way Further Then Expected TwistedSifter


Hamish & Andy drove an Audi SQ5 TDI (diesel) on empty to see how long they could go on the highway before coming to a complete stop. You probably dont want to try this at home, as its not very good for your car :)




Boston Dynamics Just Unveiled Their New SpotMini Robot TwistedSifter


Skip to 0:10 to see SpotMini peer into your soul.




Consider the Problems and Possibilities of Cybernetics Hyperallergic

(image via Giphy)(image via Giphy)

Have you considered all the possible impacts and applications of the rapidly advancing field of cybernetics? And before you ask, no, watching the original Blade Runner in both its original theatrical and final cut versions does not count. However, this weeks Cybernetics Conference most certainly does! Whether you want to learn the ins and outs of setting up a cryptocurrency or are paranoid about the ethical issues surrounding military uses of cybernetics, this weeks lineup of workshops, lectures, and panels may not put all your fears to rest, but theyll at least give you the tools to constructively engage with existing and forthcoming cybernetic systems.

The conferences program for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday is a series of evening workshops intended to empower participants to engage with cryptocurrency trading, infrastructural systems, and to teach them how a CPU works by having them make dumplings. On Saturday, a full day of talks, performances, and round-tables (and more dumplings) awaits, from art historian Zabet Patterson discussing Nam June Paiks first, extremely early foray into new media art, Digital Experiment at Bell Labs (ca 196667), to media theorist Shannon Mattern explaining how cybernetic systems can use data collected from users to control them, and a closing lecture and audio piece by Lars Holdhus.

When: November 1518
Where: Prime Produce (424 West 54th Street, Hells Kitchen, Manhattan)

More info here.

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500 WORDS: Beryl Korot

Beryl Korot discusses the origins of Text and Commentary


Baroque-Inspired Portraits Celebrate the Beauty of Black Girls Natural Hair My Modern Met

Afro Art by CreativeSoul Photography

Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photo brought an inspiring artistic vision to life that highlights the beauty of black girls and their natural hair. Regis and Kahran are the husband and wife duo behind the photography studio, and their series Afro Art represents their expertise in capturing portraits as well as visual storytelling. The striking images feature young girls in elaborate costuming and hairstyles, from a Baroque-era aesthetic to steampunk clothing to fierce high-fashion ensembles.

The portraits of girls featured in Afro Art are stylish and carry themselves with confidence and grace. The feelings evoked from the series speak to the larger idea surrounding it. We feel that it is so important for kids of color to be able to see positive images that look like them in the media, Kahran told My Modern Met in an email. Unfortunately the lack of diversity often plays into the stereotypes that they are not good enough and often forces kids to have low self-esteem.

To help combat these negative feelings, the couple showcases kids who love how they look. We hope that viewers will see the beauty and versatility of afro hair, Kahran explains, and we hope that girls around the world will be inspired to love their unique differences and beauty within.

Afro Art came together from CreativeSoul Photos travels. We worked on these series in various states in the US (New York, California, Texas, Georgia). In each state, we created a different theme and came up with clothing pieces and accessories that went with that theme. Although meticulous in preparation, the duo still left some room for spontaneity. On set, we just styled everything on the fly and worked with our hairstylist to create unique looks for each model.

See how the different themes come together to make one gorgeously shot and styled series.

In their series Afro Art, CreativeSoul Photo captures striking portraits of girls who are rocking their natural hair.



Ein sprachgesteuertes Exoskelett fr den Mittelfinger gegen politischen Bullshit URBANSHIT

In politisch turbulenten Zeiten und populistischem Bullshit, kann der Mittelfinger schon mal ermden. Fr diesen Fall hat der Designer Daniel Cseh eine technische Abhilfe geschaffen: ein vollautomatisches und sprachgesteuertes Exoskelett fr den Mittelfinger. Video und Bild: Daniel Cseh / Vimeo Screenshot The middle finger exoskeleton is a response to political bullshit. Powered by a servomotor and Googles speech recognition capabilities, it helps its wearer react to a predefined set of phrases and sentences by flipping the bird. The 3D printed device is adjustable to the wearer, and so is the vocabulary, which in the advent of alternative facts and post-factual politics may never be complete. Overall, its an attempt to sensitize the person wearing it, who may already be stuck in indifference to the empty phrases of the post-truth political rhetoric. Die kleine Maschine namens Demaggiaprotektor ist gekoppelt an eine google Sprachsteuerung, die bei bestimmten Phrasen den Mittelfinger erheben lsst. Gesehen bei Schlecky Silberstein

Der Beitrag Ein sprachgesteuertes Exoskelett fr den Mittelfinger gegen politischen Bullshit erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


60 Minutes loses its shit over D&D (not the demogorgon, though), 1985 Dangerous Minds

Ive never really cottoned to 60 Minutes. Ive always thought their approach was rather heavy-handed, pushing a simplistic line through bullying interviews and repetition of facts that might be considered innocuous when viewed in a sober frame of mind. One of the best takedowns...


Grim vintage crime scene photos from the LAPD archive Dangerous Minds

An image of Maila Nurmi as Vampira taken in 1955. It is a part of a huge collection of vintage LAPD crime scene pictures unearthed by photographer Merrick Morton in 2014.
Fototeka is a large photo digitation service that works in conjunction with the...


Freedom for the Wolf: Essential new documentary traces the rise of fake democracy Dangerous Minds

Last year, I was very fortunate to see an early cut of Rupert Russells documentary on the rise of fake democracy Freedom of the Wolf, which will be on release soon and is currently screening at the

This mouth-watering Instagram is dedicated to real-life re-creations of food from Miyazaki movies Dangerous Minds

Its been noted that all of Hayao Miyazakis movies, in addition to being a feast for the eyes, are positively obsessed with food. Theres always a section in every movie where the characters enjoy a bite to eat, and in every case the food is meticulously observed and rendered. The...

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Tuesday, 14 November


What Makes a David Lynch Film Lynchian: A Video Essay Open Culture

As soon as it began airing on ABC in the early 1990s, Twin Peaks got us wondering where its distinctively resonant oddness, never before felt on the airwaves of prime-time television, could have come from. Some viewers had already seen co-creator David Lynch's films Eraserhead and Blue Velvet and may thus have had a more developed feel for it, but for everyone else the nature and origin of the "Lynchian" as critics soon began labeling it remained utterly mysterious. Now, with the long-awaited Twin Peaks: The Return having completed its own run, we've started thinking about it once again.

What does the Lynchian look like from the vantage of the 21st century? David Foster Wallace, in an essay on Lynch's Lost Highway twenty years ago, defined the term "Lynchian" as referring to "a particular kind of irony where the very macabre and the very mundane combine in such a way as to reveal the former's perpetual containment within the latter." Lewis Bond, the video essayist who runs the Youtube channel Channel Criswell, goes a bit deeper in "David Lynch - The Elusive Subconscious." What is it, he asks, that denotes the style of Lynch? "The same way a hallway sinking into darkness is Lynchian, so is a white picket fence in a slice of Americana."

These and the enormous variety of other things Lynchian must "exude elusiveness, and the enigma of what signifies Lynchian sensibilities lies in producing unfamiliarity in that which was once familiar."At first glance, that statement may seem as obscure as some of Lynch's creative choices do when you first witness them. But spend a few minutes with Bond's wide-ranging video essay, taking in Lynch's images at the same time as the analysis, and you'll get a clearer sense of what both of them are going for. After examining Lynch's use of the subconscious in his films from several different angles, Bond arrives at...


Chinas New Luminous White Library: A Striking Visual Introduction Open Culture

MVRDV, a Dutch architecture and urban design firm, teamed up with Chinese architects to create the Tianjin Binhai Library, a massive cultural center featuring "a luminous spherical auditorium around which floor-to-ceiling bookcases cascade." Located not far from Beijing, the library was built quickly by any standards. It took only three years to move from "the first sketch to the [grand] opening" on October 1. Elaborating on the library, which can house 1.2 million books, MVRDV notes:

The buildings mass extrudes upwards from the site and is punctured by a spherical auditorium in the centre. Bookshelves are arrayed on either side of the sphere and act as everything from stairs to seating, even continuing along the ceiling to create an illuminated topography. These contours also continue along the two full glass facades that connect the library to the park outside and the public corridor inside, serving as louvres to protect the interior against excessive sunlight whilst also creating a bright and evenly lit interior.

The video above gives you a visual introduction to the building. And, on the MRDV website, you can view a gallery of photos that let you see the library's shapely design.

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Tuesday, 07 November


The Texas Church Shooting Was Eerily Foreshadowed in Mass Media The Vigilant Citizen

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A disturbing scene in the 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service features the hero killing an entire congregation inside a Baptist-style church in the Southern U.S. similar to the one in Texas.  On November 5th, Devin Kelley entered the First Baptist Church of a small town in Texas during the Sunday service, while wearing a []

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Thursday, 02 November


Canadian Government Quietly Compensates Daughter of MKULTRA Victim The Vigilant Citizen

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The victim was kept in a chemically induced sleep for weeks and subjected to rounds of electroshocks, experimental drugs and tape-recorded messages played non-stop. CBC News recently reported that the Canadian government reached an out-of-court settlement of $100,000 with Allison Steel, the daughter of Jean Steel, a woman who was subjected to horrific brainwashing experiments funded []

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