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Thursday, 21 September


The Creative Chemistry of a Photography Duo from the 1840s Hyperallergic

David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, "David Octavius Hill and Professor James Miller. Known as 'The Morning After "He greatly daring dined"'" (1845), calotype print (courtesy Scottish National Portrait Gallery)David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, David Octavius Hill and Professor James Miller. Known as The Morning After He greatly daring dined (1845), calotype print (courtesy Scottish National Portrait Gallery)

In 1843, the painter David Octavius Hill was confronted with a seemingly impossible challenge: how to capture the faces of over 400 ministers who had dramatically walked out of the Church of Scotlands annual General Assembly in Edinburgh, thus forming the Free Church of Scotland. Although he was an established artist, Hill could only sketch so much in the brief time the men were all available. As luck would have it, the Scottish city had a newly arrived photographer  Robert Adamson  who was experimenting with the calotype process, introduced to the world by William Henry Fox Talbot four years prior. Hill and Adamson would not just complete the portraits for Hills painting, they would spend the next four years creating thousands of calotypes. Together, they helped establish photography as an artistic medium, until one of them met an untimely death.

Hill and Adamson were among the earliest photographic partnerships in photography, not just Scottish photography, Anne Lyden, international photography curator at the National Galleries of Scotland, told Hyperallergic. Lyden curated ...


Terrifying Footage Shows the Moment a Dam in Laos Collapses TwistedSifter


In this dramatic footage, the under construction Nam Ao Dam in Phaxay district, Xieng Khuang province of Laos bursts on September 11, 2017, causing severe flash flooding. People are seen fleeing as the collapsed dam succumbs to the power of surging water and debris.

Thankfully nobody was injured and all workers were able to escape to safety. The dam was at 85% completion before bursting. [source]




How a Recording Studio Mishap Created the Famous Drum Sound That Defined 80s Music & Beyond Open Culture

Its not a subtle effect, by any means, which is precisely what makes it so effective. Gated reverb, the sound of an airbag deploying or weather balloon suddenly blowing out, an airy thud that pervades eighties pop, and the work of every musician thereafter who has referenced eighties pop, including CHVRCHES, Tegan and Sara, M83, Beyonc, and Lorde, to name but a very few.

Before them came the pummeling gated drums of Kate Bush, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Depeche Mode, New Order, Cocteau Twins, David Bowie, and Grace Jones, who turned Roxy Musics Love is the Drug into a strict machine with the gated reverb of her 1980 cover.

Roxy Music caught up quickly with songs like the lovely More Than This on 1982s Avalon, but Jones was an early adopter of the effect, whichlike many a legendary piece of studio wizardrycame about entirely by accident, during a 1979 recording session for Peter Gabriels eerie solo track Intruder.

On the drumsVoxs Estelle Caswell tells us in the explainer video at the topwas Gabriels former Genesis bandmate Phil Collins, and in the control room, recording engineer Hugh Padgham, who had inadvertently left a talkback mic on in the studio.

The mic happened to be running through a heavy compressor, which squashed the sound, and a noise gate that clamped down on the reverberating drums, cutting off the natural decay and creating a short, sharp echo that cut right through any mix. After hearing the sound, Gabriel arranged Intruder around it, and the following year, Collins and Padgham created the most iconic use of gated reverb in pop music history on I...


Whats Trending? The Crime Drop Sociological Images

Over at Family Inequality, Phil Cohen has a list of demographic facts you should know cold. They include basic figures like the US population (326 million), and how many Americans have a BA or higher (30%). These got me thinkingif we want to have smarter conversations and fight fake news it is also helpful to know which way things are moving. Whats Trending? is a post series at Sociological Images with quick looks at whats up, whats down, and what sociologists have to say about it.

The Crime Drop

You may have heard about a recent spike in the murder rate across major U.S. cities last year. It was a key talking point for the Trump campaign on policing policy, but it also may be leveling off. Social scientists can also help put this bounce into context, because violent and property crimes in the U.S. have been going down for the past twenty years.

You can read more on the social sources of this drop in a feature post at The Society Pages. Neighborhood safety is a serious issue, but the data on crime rates doesnt always support the drama.

Evan Stewart is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Minnesota. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Jesus appears on designer shower curtains as Satan, a surfer, his holiness Tom Waits & MORE! Dangerous Minds

The lord and savior, Tom Waits, striking a Christ-like pose on a shower curtain by artist Hilan Can. The bible held by Waits contains lyrics from the musicians 2004 single, Dead and Lovely
Sometimes one is fortunate enough...

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Wednesday, 20 September


How a Mark Twain Travel Book Turned Palestine into a Desert Hyperallergic

Sacred to the Memory of Adam The American Publisher vol. 3 (1872) (all images are illustrations in the public domain)

Years ago a lifetime ago, it seems I lived in Israel.  For three years I called the city of Ashkelon home. I was an archaeologist, and while I lived there I occasionally served as a tour guide to the site of ancient Ashkelon, now a national park within the modern city. Once I led a group of women from Hadassah, who had come to Israel in solidarity during one of the Gaza wars . (The group had their own Israeli guide with them, and he had brought them to Ashkelon.) As we toured the site, I mentioned something about the Early Islamic period, and one of the women in the group asked if there had actually been Muslims living there. Before I could tell her that we were standing on what had for centuries been farmland of the Arab village of Jura a village depopulated in 1948 and subsequently bulldozed the Israeli guide jumped in: 1066 I mean, 1866.

Actually it was 1867.

And, in a scene worthy of The Innocents Abroad, he proceeded to tell of the emptiness and ruin and disappointment that met Mark Twain when he traveled to the Holy Land that year.

The Pilgrims Vision

1867 was a milestone year in Western interactions with Palestine. It marked the beginning of Charles Warrens groundbreaking excavations in Jerusalem for the Palestine Exploration Fund. And that summer, Twain set sail on the...


Recommended: Tephra Sound Horizon Bird is the Worm

  Where it all went down was in a living room.  It started that way when Helen Gillet got together with some friends and played out.  Some other friends showed up, and they joined in, too.  It was like a potluck, but, yknow, with instruments.  The recording session went down in that same living room.  []


Ridley Scott Walks You Through His Favorite Scene from Blade Runner Open Culture


The opening Voight-Kampff test that turns explosive, the flight over the high-rise rooftops and past the tower-side video geisha of 2019 Los Angeles, Roy Batty's dying monologue on the rainy rooftop, Deckard picking up Gaff's origami unicorn: like any other movie meriting classic status, Blade Runner less possesses memorable scenes than comprises nothing but memorable scenes. Fans have, of course, argued for their favorites, and if you have one yourself you can now compare your judgment against that of the film's director Ridley Scott, who talks about which Blade Runner scene he holds in highest esteem in the new video from Wired above.

Scott picks the scene when Deckard, Harrison Ford's hunter of the artificial human beings known as replicants, visits the offices of the colossal Tyrell Corporation that invented them and interviews an immaculately put-together young lady, almost a vision out of film noir, named Rachael.

But that's no lady that's a replicant, at least according to the Voight-Kampff gear he breaks out and sets up for the procedure. "To Rick Deckard, it's just a job," says Scott. "He appears to be oblivious to the beauty and is unimpressed by what he sees. At the end of it, he says, 'How can it now know what it is?' He calls her 'it.' So obviously she's a race apart."

But how to signal that to the audience, showing without telling? Scott speaks of modeling Rachael after Hedy Lamarr, the Austrian-born star from the golden age of Hollywood "who had a severity which was spectacular." Still working at a time in cinema when "digital doesn't have...


Earliest Known Zero Symbol Identified in Ancient Indian Manuscript Hyperallergic

Deatil of the Bakhshali manuscript, with a dot used in the bottom line, a placeholder that is recognized as the earliest zero symbol (courtesy Bodleian Libraries/ University of Oxford)Deatil of the Bakhshali manuscript, with a dot used in the bottom line, a placeholder that is recognized as the earliest zero symbol (courtesy Bodleian Libraries/ University of Oxford)

Radiocarbon testing has revealed that an Indian manuscript thought to date to the 9th century is actually centuries older and contains the earliest known zero symbol. The discovery was first reported by the Guardian on September 13, which noted that hundreds of zeroes are included on the 70 pieces of birch mark that make up the Bakhshali manuscript.



Einfach so adbusten ganz legal Wahlplakate in Berlin URBANSHIT

Die Aktionsgruppe und friedlich-kreativen Protestler Einfach So aus Berlin haben einen rckstandslos wieder entfernbaren Add-On-Aufkleber fr Wahlplakate verffentlicht und diesen auf Wahlplakate aller Parteien geklebt. Mit der Aktion hinterfragen sie erneut die Inhalte von Wahlplakaten, in dem sie Teile der Inhalte durch das Wort kleben ersetzen und zeigen eine weitere Mglichkeit auf, Wahlplakate legal zu adbusten. Wie bereits bei ihrer vorherigen Aktion, handelt sich laut eigenen Angaben der Gruppe um eine legale Aktion, da es sich lediglich um eine vorubergehende Veranderung des Erscheinungsbildes handelt, die somit keine Sachbeschadigung im Sinne von StGB 303 II darstellt. Die Aufkleber lassen sich alle rckstandslos wieder ablsen. Dazu haben sie einen offenen Brief an die Werbeagenturen der groen Parteien verschickt. Ob die Sache vor Gericht Bestand hat, wird sich im Zweifelsfall noch zeigen. Bereit vor kurzem hat die Gruppe mit der Aktion #bitteWenden17 ber hundert Wahlplakate in Berlin umgedreht und so weie Flchen zur kreativen Gestaltung geschaffen. Die Aktion sorgte fr viel Berichterstattung im Netz und den klassischen Medien. Auch Die PARTEI hatte vor ein paar Wochen ebenfalls einen Add-On-Aufkleber in verschiedenen Variationen zum Download verffentlicht. Letztes Jahr hatte die Gruppe bereits mit einer Aktion fr mehr Spa im ffentlichen Raum fr viel Aufsehen gesorgt. Dafr haben sie im Sommer mitten in Berlin 30 Guerilla-Schaukeln aufgehngt. Um auf dem ...

Der Beitrag Einfach so adbusten ganz legal Wahlplakate in Berlin erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Rachel Carson on Science and Our Spiritual Bond with Nature Brain Pickings

Our origins are of the earth. And so there is in us a deeply seated response to the natural universe, which is part of our humanity.

Rachel Carson on Science and Our Spiritual Bond with Nature

The exceeding beauty of the earth, in her splendour of life, yields a new thought with every petal, the nineteenth-century English nature writer Richard Jefferies wrote. The hours when the mind is absorbed by beauty are the only hours when we really live.

The most fertile seeds of cultural sensibility can take generations to bloom. In the twentieth century, Jefferiess ideas became a major inspiration for Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907April 14, 1964) the pioneering marine biologist and writer who catalyzed the modern environmental movement and ushered in a new literary aesthetic of writing about science as something inseparable from life and inherently poetic.

Carson examined the question of beauty as a lens on comprehending the universe in a stunning speech she delivered before a summit of women journalists in 1954, later published under the title The Real World Around Us in Lost Woods: The Discovered Writing of Rachel Carson (public library) the indispensable volume that gave us Carsons prescient 1953 protest against the governments assault on science and nature.



Hear the Pieces Mozart Composed When He Was Only Five Years Old Open Culture

A preternaturally talented, precocious child, barely out of toddlerhood, in powdered wig and knee-breeches, capering around the great houses of 18th century Europe between virtuoso performances on the harpsichord. A young boy who can play any piece anyone puts in front of him, and compose symphonies extemporaneously with ease. Few scenes better capture the mythos of the child prodigy than those reported from the childhood of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

If Milos Formans Amadeus is any reliable guide to his character, if not his history, Mozart may never have lost his boyish charm and exuberance, but his musical ability seemed to mature exponentially as he composed hundreds of sonatas, quartets, concertos, and operas, ending with the Requiem, an astonishing piece of work by any measure, despite remaining unfinished in the year of his death, 1791, at the age of 35.

While those feverish scenes of Requiems composition in Formans film may be tenuously attached to the truth, the stories of Mozart the preschool and boyhood genius are well attested. Not only did he play with unbelievable skill for emperors and empresses in the courts of Europe, but by the time he was six he had composed dozens of remarkable pieces for the keyboard as well as for other instruments,...


9/11 - I was surprised by this connection - how the future is made Mike Philbin's free planet blog

I was personally surprised that certain footage in this following video has started to reveal the GLOBAL ACTORS in the 9/11 scam... what we don't know is more than we can take.

Seriously, disturbed by this...

Trump, Netanyahu, Silverstein, Giulliani... is there really that tight a connection?

Remember, Mike, "Politics is too dangerous," and only a Free Planet will save our collective sanity.


Underdog Artists and Publishers at the NY Art Book Fair Hyperallergic

Lugemik: Digital poster for Too Good To Be Photographed (courtesy of Lugemik)

Celebrating its 12th year, Printed Matters annual NY Art Book Fair lands at MoMA PS1 this weekend. With more than 370 participating artists, publishers, and booksellers, the fair also features a series of events including P!DF by Prem Krishnamurthy, in which the local designer and curator presents his genre-bending, interactive app, a create-your-own-adventure performative monograph that changes according to the whims and desires of its audience.

Image from P!DF a interactive monograph/memoir/manifesto (courtesy of Prem Krishnamurthy)

Like every year, youll find many booths populated by creative people from New York, California, the U.K., and Germany. In an effort to promote the underdog, we decided to focus on some booths from some of the smaller states and countries, specifically the artists and publications that will be their state or countrys sole representative at the Art Book Fair. I communicated with all the representatives via email.

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Extra Vitamins (Colorado)

Extra Vitamins is a two-person art and design studio based in Denver. Julia Belamarich and Kyle Warfields often-playful projects include artist books, installations, design, and even clothing. Our work explores the inner kid, primitive expression, visual synchronicities, and pos...


Gertrud Arndt: Photo Pioneer of Female Self-Disguise A R T LR K

51zi7gBPR3LOn the 20th of September 1903, German Bauhaus photographer Gertrud Arndt was born in Hantschk Ratibor, Upper Silesia. Arndt studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau (under Klee, Gropius and Itten), where she subsequently also taught. Her primary discipline was weaving, her textile designs showcasing the rigid geometric pattern-making typical of the Bauhaus aesthetic.

She must have felt so optimistic. When Gertrud Arndt arrived at the Bauhaus school of art and design in 1923, she was a gifted, spirited 20-year-old who had won a scholarship to pay for her studies. Having spent several years working as an apprentice to a firm of architects, she had set her heart on studying architecture. No chance. The Bauhaus was in tumult because of the long-running battle between its founding director, the architect Walter Gropius, and one of its most charismatic teachers, Johannes Itten, who wanted to use the school as a vehicle for his quasi-spiritual approach to art and design. Arndt was told that there was no architecture course for her to join and was dispatched to the weaving workshop. Not that she...


Minecraft Mapping One of Europes Last Primeval Forests Hyperallergic

The centuries-old, towering trees in some of Europes last remaining primeval woodland are swiftly falling.

Covering over 1,100 square miles, the Biaowiea Forest in Poland has witnessed increased logging over the past year under order of the Polish government, which passed a controversial law to approve a tripling of the deed. While its environmental minister, Jan Szyszko, had argued that felling trees was necessary to fight an infestation of spruce bark beetles, many scientists, environmental groups, and conservation organizations from Greenpeace to the World Wildlife Fund have condemned the policy as a dire threat to a rich and ancient ecosystem. Seeking an immediate halt to the logging, the European Commission took Poland to court over the policy earlier this summer.

Isometric view of the entire digitized area (image courtesy

As part of the escalating protests, which have also occurred in the forest, Greenpeace Poland launched a creative campaign to increase global awareness of the threats facing the Bialowieza Forest, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the Last Tree Standing allows you to explore about 270 square miles of the 10,000-year-old forest through a custom-built Minecraft map, where its verdant trees, streams, and quiet clearings have been d...


Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2017 Hyperallergic

Soda_Jerk, still from Astro Black: We are the Robots (2010), two-channel video installation with four episodes, 25:24 min (image courtesy apexart)

Overwhelmed by all the art to see this fall? Us too. To make it all slightly more manageable, weve compiled a list of fun, insightful, and very New York art exhibitions and events in our yearly fall guide. In addition to perusing this online version, you can look out for print copies of our guide in bookstores, coffee shops, galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces around the city.

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Sanford Biggers: Selah

When: September 7October 21
Where: Boesky East (507 W 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Whether working in textile, video, sculpture, or performance, Sanford Biggers unflinchingly tackles issues of race and representation in American culture. The centerpiece of this show, Seated Warrior, continues his series of bronze sculptures based on traditional African statues, which he collects and then dips in wax or pierces with gunshots. It will be framed by textile works assembled from fragments of antique quilts.

Fellow Travelers

When: September 7October 21
Where: apexart (291 Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

Space is the place where we stage allegories of earthly drama....


DIARY: First Times a Charm

Louisa Elderton at the 1st Art Berlin


Aerial Images of Vibrant Landscapes by Photographer Niaz Uddin Colossal

The Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park (all images via Niaz Uddin)

Niaz Uddin is a photographer, director, and filmmaker that explores a variety of natural landscapes from high above. His color-saturated photographs explore crowded beaches and remote tide pools, capturing each of the scenic environments from a birds eye view. One of my favorite images is the picture above, which provides a rare perspective of the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park. You can see even more sky-high images on his Instagram, and buy limited prints on his website.

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach



How to Use Crowdfunding to Launch the Creative Project of Your Dreams My Modern Met

crowdfunding for artists

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As artists and creatives, innovative ideas and projects are some of the most precious currency we possess. But for all the ideas in the world, execution of these visions can often seem daunting. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is often getting the funding needed to get the project off the ground.

Luckily, raising funds has become more democratic in the past 15 years, with the rise of crowdfunding. First used primarily to fund small businesses, artists are increasingly turning to these platforms to make their dream projects a reality. While many people associate crowdfunding with projects like the Flow Hive, high powered artistseven Neil Younghave been using the system to take their ideas to the public.

As crowdfunding has evolved, so have the platforms. Time has given rise to websites catering specifically to creatives, while different systems even allow for ongoing payment and support. It just takes looking at what's right for the specific artist and situation.

But once you've settled on a crowdfunding platform, how do you make sure your campaign is successful? Part of this goes into the selection of where you'll be doing your fundraisingcertain platforms have higher success rates than othersbut the rest will go into your ability to successfully market your ideas.

Let's take a look at some of the best options for making your creative dream a reality and how to set your campaign up for success.

Which crowdfunding platform to use?

You should never underestimate how important this decision is. Do you go with one of the big fish and risk your project getting lost in the stream of ideas? Or do you venture into a niche platform that caters only to your sector, but may not have as much visibility? Other questions to ask yourself: do you want to risk a winner takes all campaign, where you only receive the money if you meet your goal, or would you prefer a platform t...


15 Highlights from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest TwistedSifter


National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The grand-prize winner will receive $10,000 (USD), publication in National Geographic Magazine and a feature on National Geographics Instagram account, @natgeo.

Eligible contestants can visit to submit photographs in any or all of four categories: Wildlife, Landscapes, Underwater and Aerials. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. The contest ends Friday, Nov. 17, at 12 p.m. EST.

Our friends at National Geographic were kind enough to let us share some of the standout entries from the contest. Enjoy!





Mixing Camp and Classical Myth in a Play About War and Repression Hyperallergic

Philip Littell and Paul Outlaw in Sorry, Atlantis: Edens Achin Organ Seeks Revenge (photo by Ian Byers-Gamber)

Calling Asher Hartmans theatrical works plays is like calling Joyces Ulysses a novel. Technically its correct, but they are so much more expansive than is implied by those limited terms. Drawing on sources as diverse as Greek drama, Shakespeare, slapstick, camp, and sometimes puppetry, Hartmans performances are richly layered, totally absurd, and wholly original. His latest piece, Sorry, Atlantis: Edens Achin Organ Seeks Revenge, is no different.

Inspired in part by classical mythology and cartoons of the 1930s, Hartman was moved to create a comedy about such timely themes as war, race, power, and sexual repression. The play is meant to be funny, raunchy, and stupid, yet supported by a complex text, Hartman told Hyperallergic via email. The adults-only performance has two levels of seating: $20 for general admission, and $40 for the coveted Apex Bitch Balcony Seating, which provides an optimal viewing spot accessible only via ladder.

When: September 21November 19, ThursdaySunday, 8:30pm nightly ($2040)
Where: Machine Project (1200 D North Alvarado, Echo Park, Los Angeles)

More info here.

The post Mixing Camp and Classical Myth in a Play About War and Repression appeared first on Hyperallergic.


Laurie Anderson Introduces Her Virtual Reality Installation That Lets You Fly Magically Through Stories Open Culture

While the sci-fi dreams of virtual and augmented reality are now within the grasp of artists and game designers, the technology of the adult human brain remains rooted in the stone agewe still need a good story to accompany the flickering shadows on the cave wall. An artist as wise as Laurie Anderson understands this, butgiven that its Laurie Andersonshe isnt going to retread familiar narrative paths, especially when working in the vehicle of VR, as she has in her new piece Chalkroom, created in a collaboration with Taiwanese artist Hsin-Chien Huang.

The piece allows viewers the opportunity to travel not only into the space of imagination a story creates, but into the very architecture of story itselfto walk, or rather float, through its passageways as words and letters drift by like tufts of dandelion, stars, or, as Anderson puts it, like snow. Theyre there to define the space and to show you a little bit about what it is, says the artist in the interview above, But theyre actually fractured languages, so its kind of exploded things. She explains the chalkroom concept as resisting the perfect, slick and shiny aesthetic that characterizes most computer-generated images. It has a certain tactility and made-by-hand kind of thing this is gritty and drippy and filled with dust and dirt.

Chalkroom, she says, "is a library of stories, and no one will ever find them all. It sounds to me, at least, more intriguing than the premise of most video games, but the audience for this piece will be limited, not only to those willing to give it a chance, but to those who can experience the piece firsthand, as it were, by visiting the physical space of one of Andersons exhibitions and strapping on the VR goggles. Once they do, she says, they will be able to fly, a disorienting experience that sends some people falling out of their chair. Last spring, Chalkroom became part of an ongoing exhibit at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, a Laurie Anderson pilgrimage, as...


Watch Bjrks Hypnotic Music Video for Her New Song, The Gate Open Culture

FYI. Bjrk has just released a new track, "The Gate," from her forthcoming album. And, with it, comes a hypnotic new video, the product of a collaboration between Bjrk, artist Andrew Thomas Huang, and Guccis Alessandro Michele.

About the video, Andrew Thomas Huang has this to say:

The Gate picks up where 2015's Vulnicura left off. It is the first glimpse into Bjrk's utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. As a throughway into Bjork's new album, The Gate is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.

Bjrk's new album, Utopia, is due out in November. The new video is made available by Nowness.

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Stuck in the Mudd! Four decades later, the doorman of the wildest nightclub in NYC lets you in! Dangerous Minds

Heres a drink ticketenjoy the post!

If youve been standing here for more than ten minutes youre not coming in announces Richard Boch in a stern but cute, almost teenaged stoner way. Dont get me wrong, he means it. This was how normal people were greeted much...


Spectacular Light Bouquets Captured From Japans Summer Fireworks Festivals My Modern Met

Japan Fireworks Festival Photography Hanabi Taikai Keisuke

Every year in Japan, springs cherry blossoms burst into summer's colorful flames known as hanabi taikai, which partially translates to flowers of fire. The 200 fireworks shows are part of an annual tradition dating back to the 18th century. Pyrotechnics across the country compete to create the best spectacle, lighting up the nighttime skies with utter beauty.

Luckily, 25-year-old photographer Keisuke attended several of these events this past summer and captured some of the most spectacular shots around. His extraordinary photos encapsulate the energy, joy, and visual delight of fireworks. The sparkling scene is set within each frame as bouquets of light burst in the air.

If you want to see more of Keisukes photos, check out his Instagram.

Each year, Japan puts on a spectacular fireworks festival.

Japan Fireworks Festival Photography Hanabi Taikai Keisuke

Luckily, photographer Keisuke was there to capture the show-stopping display this summer.

Japan Fireworks Festival Photography Hanabi Taikai Keisuke...


How a Simple Email Survey Pulled Scripts Out of Hollywood Purgatory & Turned Them Into Award-Winning Films Open Culture

How did the Black List get started? Not the Hollywood blacklist that ruined the careers of countless directors, actors and actresses during the 1940s and 1950s. No, we mean the Black List, created by Franklin Leonard in 2005, which has allowed more than 300 scripts, once stuck in Hollywood purgatory, to get turned into feature films--films like Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech, Argo and Spotlight.  This all started when Leonard created a simple survey, asking nearly 100 movies executives to name their favorite scripts that had not yet been made as feature films. The new Vox video above tells the rest of the story.

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The Male Figure: Bruce of Los Angeles and the perfection of midcentury beefcake Dangerous Minds

When you ponder improbable destinies for high school chemistry teachers, its likely that almost everyone reading this would instantly think of Walter White, who went from being a lowly chemistry teacher to a major drug kingpin in the U.S. Southwestat least in the fictional narrative that is


Think You Can Do This Olympic Freestyle Skiers Balance Course? TwistedSifter


Swiss freestyle ski sensation and Olympic-medal hopeful, Andri Ragettli, recently uploaded an ankle-quivering video of himself completing a homemade balance/Parkour course in his training facility.

Were not sure how many attempts it took but his balancing skills are top-notch! Im not sure I could even land the first jump.




Dwelling on the Metaphor of Home Hyperallergic

Gigi Scaria, Shadow of the Ancestors (2015) Single-channel projection with sound, 4:00 min. (all images courtesy Aicon Gallery unless otherwise noted)

Buildings can seem tedious and boring, especially in their repetition in a city like New York. But they are an enduring sign of our species survivability and perseverance. It was only 12,000 years ago (in an approximate 200,000-year continuum of existing as human beings in our current forms) that the Neolithic Revolution took place and we transitioned from hunting and gathering to become farmers, create settlements, and domesticate our helper animals. It might be around this moment, at the beginning of becoming sedentary people that we imagined what constitutes a house, or a home. Our homes now are fraught with the ambivalence thats rooted in the fundamental question of whether that was a good choice.



Architects Transform Grain Silos into Africas Largest Art Museum My Modern Met

Zeitz MOCAA Capetown - Heatherwick

At 100,000 square feet, the Zeitz MOCAA is set to be the largest museum to open on the African continent in more than a hundred years. This landmark museum, which will exhibit contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora, is more than deserving of a grand architectural monument to house the collection. By hollowing out a historic grain silo, British architect Thomas Heatherwick has created a piece of architecture worthy of the museum.

Following in a long tradition of museum architecture as art, started by Frank Lloyd Wright and continued by Zaha Hadid, Heatherwick's contemporary structure will surely be a talking point for visitors. Set to open on September 22, 2017, the architecture and design firm has revealed new images of the tubey structure. By carving out the interior of the 1920s building, Heatherwick's team has cleverly created 80 gallery spaces.

The result of the team's work is an elaborate labyrinth of spaces that stimulate museumgoers to imagine what the space was prior to its transformation. We realized we needed to do something that your eye couldn't instantly predict, Heatherwick explainsOur role was destructing rather than constructing, but trying to destruct with a confidence and an energy, and not treating the building as a shrine.

By using the existing architecture, Heatherwick's interior seems rather organic, almost Gaud-like in its use of rounded forms. As bright light filters through the tubes, casting rays through the galleries, the building becomes a brilliant reminder of what adaptive reuse can bring to the table.

The museum is just on...


Following the Mists and Mysteries of Fog Art Hyperallergic

Fujiko Nakayas aform at Oslos new National Museum (photo by Nina Horisaki-Christens)

OSLO Earlier this month, Oslos new National Museum, which is still under construction, opened its doors for a few days. With no exterior finishings or interior walls yet completed, the museum was damp and cavernous. Standing beneath its giant atrium, one could feel the drizzle of the overcast sky.

A mist spilled over the edges of the atrium walls and slowly drifted toward the water that had gathered on its floor. Climbing up a ramp that zig-zagged along the atriums right-hand side, the way was partially obscured by the drifting mists. The ramp led to a rooftop where the mists shifted according to the winds, echoing the color and form of low-hanging clouds above the harbor visible from the roof, behind the fog.

Fujiko Nakayas aform at Oslos new National Museum (photo by Nina Horisaki-Christens)

This installation, a component of a performance titled aform, was one of a series of events across Oslo by artist and member of the former collective Experiments in Art and Technology, Fujiko Nakaya. Nakaya has presented fog sculptures at major institutions around the world since...


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Students Allowed to Wear Costumes for High School IDs and They Do Not Disappoint My Modern Met

Funny School ID Photos

Photo: @margordss

By the time your senior year of high school rolls around, youre ready to graduate. But why not have some fun while youre eagerly waiting to don your cap and gown? The senior class at the North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan starts the year off right with a quirky tradition; they're encouraged to dress up in costume for their school ID photos.

Hilarity ensues as the class of 2018 channels different characters from popular culture. From books to movies to memes, theres a wide array of get-ups that go well beyond a conventional crisp blouse and forced smile. Characters from Harry Potter, Toy Story, and Bobs Burgers are just a few of the personas that these young people take on. Others imitate folks in real life, such as Donald Trump's hair and his use of HUGEEE. There's even one student who dressed as the viral girl goes crazy for cotton candy meme.

Many of the participating students shared their funny school ID pictures on Twitter using the hashtag #NFID18. Their tweets, which introduce their characters, are the icing on the cake to this creative custom.

Each year, the senior class of North Farmington High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan partakes in a quirky tradition.


Meet the Newest Members of UConns Graduate Studio Art Program Hyperallergic

Meet the newest class of the best kept secret MFA Studio Art program in the country, UConns graduate studio art program. Working in a broad range of art making including painting/drawing, sculpture, photography/video, printmaking, and installation/performance, the class features: 

Olivia Baldwin
Baldwin received her BFA in painting and photography and BA in English-Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has lived, worked, and exhibited in Italy, Austria and throughout the United States. Baldwin co-founded Milkweed Community Art Space, and co-directs and co-curates DUSKLIT Interactive Art Bazaar.

Elizabeth Ellenwood
Ellenwood received a BFA in photography from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She has been included in solo and group exhibitions, and was recently featured in Art New England Magazine (March/April 2017) for her solo exhibition These Times & Shapes at the Sharon Arts Center.

Shadia Heenan
Heenan received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville. Her work explores concepts of identity through subjective experience in being a Muslim, a hybrid, and adaptive movement across circumstance. Heenan employs a mixture of media including digital and alternative process photography, video, performance, and installation.

Jordan Thuman
Thuman is a painter who focuses on narratives that include multiple figures in interior settings. She has a fascination with the more subtle nuances of gesture and expression that occur as people interact with each other.

Chad Uehlein
Uehlein received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Akrons Myers School of Art. When Chad isnt in the print shop carvin...


Banksy pays tribute to Basquiat in London, UK StreetArtNews

Elusive British street artist Banksy is back on the streets of London with a series of new pieces that were unveiled around the Barbican centre, a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe.

Just a few days prior to the opening of a new exhibition featuring the legendary Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Barbican, the one and only Banksy creating a series of murals on the surrounding walls leading the museum.

The first piece shows Basquiat himself turned graffiti artist being questioned and searched by the Metropolitan Police. The second artwork features several people queuing to ride the London Eye Wheel where the pods have been replaced by Basquiats crown.

Take a look at more images after the jump and then make sure to drop your two cents on these works down in our comments sections.

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Stunning Early Entries of the 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest My Modern Met

National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 2017 Early Entries

Enchanted A tidal pool at Lofoten islands in northern Norway acts as natural eye-catcher. with the high tides around full moon, white sand gets washed into the pool and then the magic unfolds. (Photo and caption by Felix Inden / National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest)

Enjoy taking photographs that tell the stories of animals, lands, and environments? You may consider entering the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, which is accepting entries until November 17, 2017. The magazine has just released some of its spectacular early entries, and as usual, the competition will be fierce.

Photographers are encouraged to submit their best work across four categorieswildlife, landscapes, aerials, and underwater. The grand prize winner will receive $7,500, as well the esteemed opportunity to have their image published in National Geographic. The four category winners will receive a $2,500 prize.

Last year, photographer Greg Lecoeur took home the top prize for his incredible underwater photography. And if these early preview images are any indication, the judges will have a difficult time selecting from the top-notch entries. From sweeping landscapes to close-up animal portraits, there's a wide variety of subjects and styles that demonstrate the glory of nature. Let's look at some of the early entries and the stories behind each photographer's work.

Photographers have until November 17, 2017 to submit entries to the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest.



New Study Reveals How the Neanderthals Made Super Glue 200,000 Years Ago: The Worlds Oldest Synthetic Material Open Culture

It's become increasingly clear how much we've underestimated the Neanderthals, the archaic humans who evolved in Europe and went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Though we've long used them as a byword for a lumbering, beast-like lack of development and intelligence compared, of course, to we glorious examples of Homo sapiens evidence has come to reveal a greater similarity between us and Homo neanderthalensis than we'd imagined. Not only did they develop stone tools, they even invented a kind of "super glue," one that, as you can see in the NOVA segment above, we have difficulty replicating even today.

"Archaeologists first found tar-covered stones and black lumps at Neanderthal sites across Europe about two decades ago," writes the New York Times' Nicholas St. Fleur. "The tar was distilled from the bark of birch trees some 200,000 years ago, and seemed to have been used for hafting, or attaching handles to stone tools and weapons. But scientists did not know how Neanderthals produced the dark, sticky substance, more than 100,000 years before Homo sapiens in Africa used tree resin and ocher adhesives." But in a new study in Scientific Reports, "a team of archaeologists has used materials available during prehistoric times to demonstrate three possible ways Neanderthals could have deliberately made tar."

The process might have looked something like that in the video above, an attempt by archaeologists Wil Roebroeks and Friedrich Palmer to make this of oldest known synthetic material just as the Neanderthals might have executed it. Their only materials: "an upturned animal skull to catch the pitch; a small stone on which the pitch would condense; some rolls of birch bark, the source of the pitch; and a layer of ash, to exclude oxygen and prevent the bark from burning."



Expressive Portraits Reveal the Quirky Human-Like Qualities of Different Dogs My Modern Met

Pet Photography

Ask any dog owner and theyll tell you that their pooch has a dynamic personality. Pet photographers prove this, time and again, with portraits that reflect the idiosyncrasies of an individual canine. In a single picture, they capture their subtle expressionsincluding fuzzy furrowed brows, inquisitive head tilts, and happy wagging tongues. The creative married duo Alexander Khokhlov and Veronica Ershova carry on this tradition with their project called The Dog Show, in which they reveal the human-like qualities of different pups.

Just like in photos of humans, the pairs custom dog portraits represent a wide variety of characteristics. Some wear a big toothy grin while others appear more pensive with a skeptical look on their face. There are somber pooches, beauty queens, and even a sly charmer who has a great wink. Set against a colorful backdrop, these photos feel fresh and look stylish.

You cant help but view these portraits and compare them to people you knowas well as yourself. This aspect is part of the joy of The Dog Show; not only do you get to see adorable canines, but you play a game of imagining who they are in your life.

Photographer Alexander Khokhlov and his wife Veronica Ershova show off the personalities of pups with their series of custom dog portraits.

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Gritty photographs of a German dive bar Dangerous Minds

Anders Petersen was eighteen when he traveled from his home in Sweden to Hamburgs red light district the Reeperbahn. He wanted to escape his upbringing, shed his comfortable bourgeois skin and try on another to see how it felt....

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H.R. Pufnstuf, Witchiepoo & other homages to Sid & Marty Krofft in the Krofft Super Art Show Dangerous Minds

A painting by artist Matthew Bone in the Krofft Super Art Show.
Im pretty sure that most of our readers over the age of 40 are familiar with the work of Sid & Marty Krofft. The brothers were responsible for bringing strange, and sometimes psychedelic...


Rik Mayall & Adrian Edmondson of The Young Ones beating the shit out of each other on Bottom Dangerous Minds

Actors and real-life BFFs, the late Rik Mayall and Adrian Ade Edmondson from their other television show, Bottom.
If you love Dangerous Minds, then its a safe bet that you are also fans of the much loved UK cult-comedy, The Young Ones. If you agree with that, then you are truly one...


Subtle, (and not so subtle) socks that tell everyone around you to fuck off Dangerous Minds

Fuck Off socks. Get them here.
While Im a huge fan of the word fuck, its not always as easy to slip it into conversation as Id like it to be. Whats more is that the word, or the phrase fuck...


Revisiting Cold War Ruins in Our New Era of Nuclear Dread Hyperallergic

Phillip Buehler, (Un)thinkable (courtesy the artist)Phil Buehler, Complex 34, Cape Canaveral (1998) (courtesy the artist)

For 25 years, Phil Buehler has photographed ruins of the Cold War, from geometric lines of stored military planes in Arizona, to the weathered fallout shelter sign on the Bronx grammar school where he once practiced duck and cover drills in the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis. 

Those signs are still on thousands and thousands of public schools and buildings, and once you start thinking about them, you start noticing them everywhere, Buehler told Hyperallergic. In fact, theres one on the school right across the street from the gallery. That gallery is Front Room Gallery on the Lower East Side, where his photographs of abandoned silos, bunkers, and other Cold War relics are on view in (UN)THINKABLE.

Phillip Buehler, (Un)thinkable (courtesy the artist)Phil Buehler, Fallout Shelter (courtesy the artist)

Along with shots inside a shadowy Nike missile bunker near a New York City beach, a view to the sky from Complex 34 at Cape Canaveral built to prove American might in the Space Race, and an ominous row of Titan II missiles, the exhibition features a red telephone. Pick up the receiver, and visitors hear both John F. Kennedys 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis speech and Donald T...


Recommended: Binker and Moses Journey To The Mountain Of Forever Bird is the Worm

  Theres a fascinating interplay between the two discs that comprise the newest recording by the duo of Binker & Moses.  At its heart, this entirety of Journey To The Mountain Of Forever is a duo recording between tenor saxophonist Binker Golding and drummer Moses Boyd.  But this particular heart is big and its blood []


Vier Tage lang Musik und Kunst auf dem Reeperbahn Festival (Tickets gewinnen) URBANSHIT

Diese Woche startet das Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg und lst fr vier Tage das Standard-Programm auf der Reeperbahn durch Konzerte an ungewhnlichen Orten und Kunst ab. Wir haben 3 sehenswerte Kunstempfehlungen fr das Wochenende und schicken euch mit etwas Glck zum Festival. Es ist wieder soweit. Das Reeperbahn Festival steht vor der Tr und unterbricht das Tagesgeschft rund um die Reeperbahn ab Mittwoch fr vier Tage mit vielen guten Konzerten, interessanten Konferenzen, spannenden Ausstellungen und Kunst im ffentlichen Raum. Konzert in der St. Pauli Kirche (2016) Foto: Reeperbahn Festival / Florian Trykowski Vom 20. bis 23. treffen sich Musikfans, Musiker und die internationale Musikbranche in St. Pauli und das Gebiet rund um die Reeperbahn wird zur zentralen Anlaufstelle fr Musik, Kunst und Popkultur. Schon seit ein paar Jahren hat sich das Reeperbahn Festival so zu deutschlands grtem Clubfestival und wichtigstes Branchentreff gemausert. Das Festival ist aber vor allem immer wieder ein guter Anlass, sich tolle Konzerte in kleinen und ungewhnlichen Locations anzugucken, bevor die gleichen Bands dann oftmals ein Jahr spter in den groen und langweiligen Konzerthallen spielen. Kunst-Performance Cooper Copter (2016) Foto: Reeperbahn Festival / Josczok Das Reeperbahn Festival steht aber nicht nur fr Musik, sondern hat sich mit den Jahren auch zu einem interessanten Spielfeld fr bildende Kunst und Kunst im ffentlichen Raum entwickelt. Im ...

Der Beitrag Vier Tage lang Musik und Kunst auf dem Reeperbahn Festival (Tickets gewinnen) erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Handcrafted Japanese Shop Signs Perfected the Art of Advertising Hyperallergic

A 19th-century kattamen kanban for a sake brewer

Its a centuries-old art form that is little known today: the handmade street signs of Japan that once lined commercial streets, long before the era of the neon sign. Known as kanban, these ancient advertisements were highly specific, not only in terms of the goods they marketed, but also in terms of their designs and messages. Shop owners often commissioned professional artisans known as kanban-shi to craft them, at times splurging more on a calligraphy specialist to spell out their businesses names in beautiful characters. The signs promoted everything from sake to wigs to laxative pills for a healthy stomach.

Late-19th-century sage kanban for pipe shop

About 60 examples of kanban are currently on view at San Diegos Mingei International Museum in an exhibition curated by Alan Scott Pate. Produced largely during the Edo and Meiji eras, at the time these signs were regarded less as artworks than as functional placards, but collectors began preserving them as early as the late 19th century, and many are now in museum collections.

There were once kanban to represent almost every trade, carefully crafted before the arrival of modern materials like the shiny metals and neon that gradually r...


Knstler verwandelt Billboards in der Stadt in bunte Popsicles URBANSHIT

Der Street Artist Vlady, auch bekannt unter dem Namen VladyArt, hat sich in der finnischen Stadt Turku die Werbeplakate im ffentlichen Raumvorgenommen. Fr die Intervention JCDecaux Ice Lolly hat der italienische Knstler Billboards in der Stadt in bunte Popsicles (Eis am Stil) transformiert. Stoffberzge, die genau auf die Gre der Billboards angepasst wurden, verdecken die Werbeflchen und verwandeln sie so in Installationen in Form von bunten Eis am Stil. Die JCDecaux Group ist einer der grten Outdoormedien-Werbefirmen und betreibt Billboards in vielen Stdten der Welt. Mit der Aktion JCDecaux Ice Lolly mchte der Knstler Vlady auf die Omniprsenz von Werbung und visuelle Monopolstellungen groer Firmen im ffentlichen Raum aufmerksam machen. Die cleveren und friedliche Intervention nutzt dafr die vorhandene Werbe-Infrastruktur in der Stadt und verwandelt Werbeflchen in Kunst. All Pictures by courtesy of the artist Um auf dem Laufenden ber die Arbeit von Vlady zu bleiben, folgt ihm auf Facebook oder besucht die Website des Knstlers.

Der Beitrag Knstler verwandelt Billboards in der Stadt in bunte Popsicles erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Take Fate by the Throat: Beethoven on Creative Vitality and Resilience in the Face of Suffering Brain Pickings

Day by day I am approaching the goal which I apprehend but cannot describe.

Take Fate by the Throat: Beethoven on Creative Vitality and Resilience in the Face of Suffering

After all that has been said and mused upon the natural ills, the anxiety, and wearing out experienced by the true artist, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who paved the way for women in the arts, wrote in reflecting on art and suffering from her sickbed, is not the good immeasurably greater than the evil? The great nineteenth-century poet is among the handful of highly influential artists who, like Frida Kahlo, surmounted an inordinate share of physical suffering to make art of unassailable beauty that heals the human spirit.

Among those few was Ludwig van Beethoven (December 16, 1770March 26, 1827), whose abidingly transcendent music sprang from the common fountain of his joy and his suffering. By his late twenties, Beethoven had begun losing his hearing a deterioration that would result in near-total deafness by the end of his life, the source of which remains a medical mystery and the object of ample speculative mythologizing. One contemporary biographer has proposed lead poisoning, while the composer himself allegedly implicated a fit of fury a second-hand account reported to his first serious biographer held that when a tenor interrupted Beethovens creative flo...


The Sex Pistols Make a Scandalous Appearance on the Bill Grundy Show & Introduce Punk Rock to the Startled Masses (1976) Open Culture

The brainlessness and hypocrisy of television has long been a source of fun and social commentary in punk rockfrom Black Flags TV Party (I dont even bother to use my brain anymore) to the Dead Kennedys M.T.V. Get Off the Air ( feeding you endless doses / of sugar-coated mindless garbage). Its fitting then that one of the seminal moments in punk history happened on television, orchestrated by Sex Pistols manager and arch provocateur Malcolm McLaren, who knew as well as anyone how to manipulate the media. The notorious Bill Grundy interview, which you can watchlikely not for the first or even second timeabove, rocketed the Sex Pistols to national infamy overnight, simply because of a few swear words and some slightly rude behavior.

Though the U.S. does its damndest to keep up these days, no one in 1976 could match the outrage machinery of the UK press. As rock photographer and manager Leee Black Childers put it in the oral history of punk, Please Kill Me, the tabloids "can work the populace into a frenzy. McLaren goes on record to say, I knew the Bill Grundy show was going to create a huge scandal. I genuinely believed it would be history in the making. We might expect him to take credit after the fact, but in any case, it worked: the day after the bands appearance on the Grundy-hosted Today show on Thames Television, every tabloid paper featured them on the front page. The Daily Mirror provided the title of Julien Temples 2000 documentary with their clever headline, The Filth and the Fury.

Even in 2008, a...


Netflix is a Joke TwistedSifter


To promote new stand-up specials from Dave Chappelle, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld; Netflix spliced the comedians into various scenes from their lineup of original seriesfrom House of Cards to Stranger Things.




Some of the Most Impressive Lava Footage You Will See TwistedSifter


Kilauea The Fire Within is a short film by Lance Page that explores the beauty, mystery and danger of Kilauea, an active shield volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Director Lance Page explains:

I wanted to just see the volcano doing what it does by turning the cameras away from human interaction and toward the fiery blood of the Earth. The Fire Within is our attempt at capturing what it felt like to witness molten rock slowly burning down a dense wet rainforest, or to peer into a 600 foot wide lava lake at Kilaueas summit crater.
Ive never been anywhere else on the planet that demanded as much respect and awareness for the natural environment around me. Pel...


Impressionism in Photography: George Davidson A R T LR K


The Onion Field (1890)

On the 19th of September 1854, English photographer, and a proponent of pictorial or impressionistic photography, George Davidson was born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, England. He is noted as one of the most important figures in the development of Pictorial photography at the end of the nineteenth century. Born into a comparatively modest family his father was a shipyard carpenter he was the only one of his siblings who was lucky enough to receive a secondary education. Davidson first took up photography in about 1885 and joined the Camera Club when it opened in November that year, becoming honorary secretary the following year. He first exhibited his work in 1886, showing six pictures at the Photographic Society of Great Britain Exhibition. He became a member of the society in November 1886.

An advocate of naturalistic photography, Davidson experimented widely with different techniques and processes in his efforts to achieve the impressionistic effect which he desired in his work. In actual fact, he was one of the first...


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Howard Hampton on Hal Ashbys 8 Million Ways to Die (1986)


Your Concise Guide to the 2017 Bushwick Open Studios Hyperallergic

The entrance to 1717 Troutman Street during a previous edition of Bushwick Open Studios (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)The entrance to 1717 Troutman Street during a previous edition of Bushwick Open Studios (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless indicated otherwise)

If you thought the launch of the fall art season was overwhelming, brace yourself: Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) 2017 is upon us. The citys largest event of its kind is once again bringing together hundreds of artists open studios, dozens of performances, plenty of pop-up exhibitions, and all manner of special events spanning from East Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy to Maspeth and Ridgewood.

The hallway at 1533 Myrtle Avenue, with the studio building's cat-in-residenceThe hallway at 1533 Myrtle Avenue, with the studio buildings cat-in-residence, Garfield.

As per usual, the core focus of the weekend-long extravaganza is visiting artists in their workspaces. The best approach for doing so time-efficiently is to focus on a particular cluster of spaces or a few major buildings like those around the Morgan Avenue stop on the L train (56 Bogart,...


The Ways and Means of Activist Art, from Latin America to LA Hyperallergic

Alfadir Luna, El Seor del Maz (2012), Chromogenic print, from the exhibition Talking to Action: Art Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas at Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery (photo by Anayatzin Ortiz. Coleccin Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Monterrey)

The development of many Latin American nations has been characterized by periods of colonialism followed by independence, utopian idealism, and in many cases, oppression, corruption, and inequality. Alongside these tumultuous histories are strong traditions of resistance and activism. The exhibition Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy, and Activism in the Americas, part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, looks at the work of artists and collectives who bridge the worlds of art, performance, activism, and organizing in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Los Angeles. These include SEFT-1, a quirky, futuristic vehicle that travels along Mexicos system of dilapidated railways, exploring the nation and its ideas about progress along the way; Frente 3 de Fevereiro, a So Paulo-based collective that investigates the military oppression of Afro communities in Medelln, Rio de Janeiro, and Haiti; and a collaboration between artists Eduardo Molinari in Buenos Aires and Sandra de la Loza in Los Angeles based around their archival research on land use in their respective cities.

This Tuesday, USCs Roski School of Art & Design will be hosting a...


9/11 Collapses Violated Fundamental Laws of Physics Mike Philbin's free planet blog

so, you get it, right, "You can't expect the building BELOW the falling upper part of the building to offer NO RESISTANCE," unless it's having that under-mass mechanically removed over time i.e. controlled demolition.

So, who the fuck did this job, and who paid for it?


Man Uses Blue Resin to Create Illuminated Map of Intricate Waterways Across the U.S. My Modern Met

Resin Map DIY

An intracoastal waterway map is an unintended work of art. Its complex network of canals, rivers, and protected waters comprise a vein-like design that offers a unique way to view the United States. Inspired by this Earth art, Instructables user AlexT9 got the idea to create his own DIY map of the waterways that are illuminated with brilliant blue resin.

The multi-part project combined several types of crafts. One of the first steps had AlexT9 illustrating the waterways. This part probably took 8 hours in total, he wrote, and it involved him creating a vector file that the laser cutter followed and etched into plywood. Due to scale, some of the smaller rivers were only fractions of a millimeter wide. He later explained, Lots of planning went into making sure that the cut regions wouldn't cause sections to break off. After experimenting with different techniques, the final product was done in about two hours.

Once the map was etched, it was time to use epoxy resin to bring the waterways to life. AlexT9 applied a coat of vaseline to the board, which later helped release the excess resin from the surface. This step required two separate pours of the material, as the first leaked through the bottom of the map and left some rivers half full.

With the resin dry, the most challenging parts of the DIY map were done. All that was left were the finishing touches which included: covering the map in a clear coat of resin; building a frame; and installing the LED lighting. The result is a unique homage to the feather-like passageways (also called highways for boats) throughout the country.

An intracoastal waterway map is like a work of art with beautiful, feather-like pattern.

Intracoastal Waterway Map

An artisan known as AlexT9 recently created a DIY map that illuminates the waterways using blue resin.



Heartwarming Full-Page Ad From New Orleans to Houston Shares Hope and Offers Kindness My Modern Met

Hurricane Harvey

In the wake of natural disasters, we're inspired to see that humanitydespite its differencescomes together to work towards one common goal: helping those in need. In 2005, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina saw people from around the country pitching in to aid disaster relief efforts in New Orleans. Houston played a big part in this; the two cities are about 350 miles apart, and during that time, the Texas metropolis opened its doors to Louisiana evacueesincluding its school system and the Astrodome stadium, which transformed into a giant shelter.

Now, 12 years later, Houston is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. As people unite to help its residents, New Orleans hasnt forgotten about the compassion that the city showed back then. In the September 10th issue of the Houston Chronicle, New Orleans offers a message of hope and that they intend to repay their kindness. Their full-page ad, posted on Twitter by Chronicle editor Matt Schwartz, is addressed To our friends in Texas, and reads as follows:

To our friends in Texas,

Twelve years ago, you took in hundreds of thousands of us. You opened your homes, closets, and kitchens. You found schools for our kids and jobs to tide us over. Some of us are still there. And when the rest of the world told us not to rebuild, you told us not to listen. Keep our city and traditions alive.

Now, no two storms are the same. Comparing rising waters is a waste of energy when you need it most. But know this in our darkest hour, we found peace and a scorching, bright light of hope with our friends in Texas. And we hope you'll find the same in us.

Our doors are open. Our clothes come in every size. There's hot food on the stove, and our cabinets are well-stocked. We promise to always share what we have.

Soon, home will feel like home again, even if it seems like a lifetime away. We'll be battling for football recruits under the Friday night lights. You'll tell us to stop trying to barbeque. We'll tell you to lay off your crawfish boil and come have the real thing. But for as long as you need, we're here to help.

The way of life you love the most will...


Synchronistic Images Captured in Soviet Era Swimming Pools by Photographer Maria Svarbova Colossal

Photographer Maria Svarbova is fascinated by the sterile, geometric aesthetic of old swimming pools, especially those built during the Socialist Era in her native country of Slovakia. Each scene she photographs is highly controlled, from the subjects of her works to the bright colors and dramatic shadows that compose each shot.

The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them, says Sarbovas artist statement about the project. Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tilesDespite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien.

The series, In the Swimming Pool, began in 2014 and is her largest to date. Recently she published a book on the project through The New Heroes and Pioneers aptly titled The Swimming Pool Book which you can pre-order on Amazon. To see more of her photographs centered around Eastern European pools, head to her Instagram or Behance. (via Visual Fodder)



In Secret Woods Pendants, Turtles Carry the World on Their Backs Hyperallergic

Vancouver-based jewelers Secret Wood are known for their fusion of wood and resin to create magical rings. Their latest creation features more enchanting worlds, this time on the back of a turtle.

The recently released World Turtle pendant has a unique feature: it is customizable and interchangeable. Switch between different enchanting worlds to personalize your World Turtle pendant. From waterfalls to winter scenes, coral reefs to blossoms, intricate worlds are artfully created inside the turtles geometric shell. The design allows light to shine through, refracting off the shells many facets.

These pendants take inspiration from Hindu, Chinese and Indigenous mythologies which tell of the world being found on the back of a turtle. The turtle seemed appropriate for this grand role due to its qualities: perseverance, longevity, and determination.

We were completely inspired by these mythologies and knew we had to use them in our creations, explains Secret Wood founder, Roman Wood. There are so many beautiful landscapes on this Earth, the creative possibilities are endless.

Much like Secret Woods rings, every piece is handmade and unique, ensuring a unique wearable experience. More turtle shell designs will be released in the future.



CB Action: (Apparently) CB radio wasnt just for sad, lonely middle-aged men? Dangerous Minds

Okay, Ill admit it. Everything I know about CB Radio comes from that episode of Family Guy where Peter Griffin sat naked in his basement talking dirty to truckers on the freeway. I honestly had no idea CB radio was mainly used by scantily clad ladies talking about UHF, antenna...


The Search for a New Humility: Vclav Havel on Reclaiming Our Human Interconnectedness in a Globalized Yet Divided World Brain Pickings

Our respect for other people can only grow from a humble respect for the cosmic order and from an awareness that we are a part of it and that nothing of what we do is lost, but rather becomes part of the eternal memory of being.

The Search for a New Humility: Vclav Havel on Reclaiming Our Human Interconnectedness in a Globalized Yet Divided World

In his clever 1958 allegory I, Pencil, the libertarian writer Leonard Read used the complex chain of resources and competences involved in the production of a single pencil to illustrate the vital web of interdependencies economic as well as ethical undergirding humanitys needs and knowledge. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, Dr. King wrote from Birmingham City Jail five years later, as the material aspects of our interconnectedness became painfully inseparable from the moral. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

How to inhabit our individual role in that mutuality with responsible integrity is what the great Czech dissident Vclav Havel (October 5, 1936December 18, 2011) addressed in his 1995 Harvard commencement address, later published under the title Radical Renewal of Human Responsibility in his collected speeches and writings, The Art of the Impossible: Politics as Morality in Practice (public library).



Worlds Largest Photo Contest Announces This Years Amazing Winners My Modern Met

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EyeEm Photographer of the Year. Photo: Sasha Dudkina

The largest photography contest in the world, the EyeEm Photography Awards, has just announced the winners of its 2017 edition. Selecting from the pool of 100 finalists, photographers across five categories, as well as grand prize and community choice winners, beat over 88,000 photographers for prizes.

An esteemed panel of judgesincluding experts from National Geographic Traveler, iGNANT, and the BBCselected the winners, which were announced during Sunday's awards ceremony in Berlin, Germany. In the end, it was 19-year-old Russian photographer Sasha Dudkina who took home top honors as the EyeEm Photographer of the Year for her overall body of work. Awarded to a photographer who has yet to be discovered but shows incredible potential, Sasha has been an active member of the EyeEm community for years.

Her stunning photographs, which capture everyday life in Russia, caught the eye of the panel. Sasha is brimming with potential, said Brada Vivi Barassi, Head of Photography at EyeEm. Were so excited to work with her, help unleash her creativity to the full and provide support throughout her photography journey. As part of her prize package, Dudkina earned a year-long mentorship by the organization to help further develop her skills.

See more of Sasha's work below, as well as the winners of the individual categories and the stories behind their images.

The EyeEm Photography Awards are the world's largest photography contest. Here are the winners of the 2017 competition.



In Secret Woods Enchanting Pendants, Turtles Carry the World on Their Backs [Sponsored] Colossal

Vancouver-based jewelers Secret Wood are known for their fusion of wood and resin to create magical rings. Their latest creation features more enchanting worlds, this time on the back of a turtle.

The recently released World Turtle pendant has a unique feature: it is customizable and interchangeable. Switch between different enchanting worlds to personalize your World Turtle pendant. From waterfalls to winter scenes, coral reefs to blossoms, intricate worlds are artfully created inside the turtles geometric shell. The design allows light to shine through, refracting off the shells many facets.

These pendants take inspiration from Hindu, Chinese and Indigenous mythologies which tell of the world being found on the back of a turtle. The turtle seemed appropriate for this grand role due to its qualities: perseverance, longevity, and determination.

We were completely inspired by these mythologies and knew we had to use them in our creations, explains Secret Wood founder, Roman Wood. There are so many beautifu...


A Film Connects Rat Control and Racism in Baltimore Hyperallergic

Harold Edmond in Theo Anthonys Rat Film (all images courtesy of MEMORY)

Yes, true to its name, Theo Anthonys Rat Film (2016) is about the pesky rodent. But its also about so much more than that, for it is also a chilling film about the roots of racism in Baltimore engineered while the city was being mapped out. How this is connected to the common rat is what Rat Film sets out to show.

For his first feature-length documentary, Anthony has made a heterogeneous yet seamless work that is a kindred spirit to Chris Markers and Adam Curtiss films such as, respectively, Level Five (1997) and HyperNormalisation (2016). Rat Film falls somewhere between the formers montage-based, essayistic method and the latters use of electronic music to generate unexpected connections that have an air of menace. The film creates a detached, disembodied, but never disengaged approach to the material, an impression generated by Maureen Jones flat narration and Dan Deacons unusually ominous and entrancing score. Its a score that complements but doesnt overwhelm the film. It only asserts its presence in Anthonys interstitial shots, which allow for a pause between the films different sections.

Providing different perspectives to Baltimores rat problem, an assortment of people appear before Anthonys camera: while their friend watches, two weathered men on a bench sing a tune about hating rats (I wanna hit them with a baseball bat); a man hunts rats with a personal armament of pellet guns; a duo use a fishing rod and a Louisville Slugger; a seasoned exterminator employed by the city dishes out his opinions (It aint never been a rat problem in Baltimore; always been a people problem) while making a few house calls; a snake handler who uses baby pinky rats for food; and a couple of pet owners introduce their rats.



Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old My Modern Met

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries. Florida photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop stumbled upon an interesting piece of history after an early morning bike ride the day after the natural disaster touched down.

Emerging from the Indian River during the storm, a traditional wooden canoebetter known as a dugout canoewas laid out on shore. Scientists believe that it may be hundred of years old, and is an important part of Florida's history. Luckily, Lathrop knew immediately that he was looking at something important and took immediate action.

After calling the Florida Division of Historical Resources, as required by law, he took measures to make sure no one would mistake the precious artifact for debris and throw it away. It looked just like a log, Lathrop told ABC News. My main concern was to secure it from harm's way. I was able to go half a mile away and get my friend with a truck and we struggled to get into the back of the truck. It weighs almost 700 pounds, but to me, it might as well have weighed 1,000 pounds. It's been water soaked for years.

Now in the hands of an archeologist, where it's safely soaking in a water bath, scientists will use carbon dating to learn more about the 15-foot-long canoe. Its squared off form and cut nails are already clues about its age. The squared form indicates that it is a historical canoe, with cut nails going into production in the early 19th century.

Florida is a treasure trove of unique history and we are excited about the recent discovery of the dugout canoe, says Sarah Revell, a spokesperson for the Florida Division of Historical Resources. As we continue to evaluate and learn more about the canoe, our goal is to ensure it is preserved and protected for future generations in the local community and across Florida to learn from and enjoy.

To date, over 400 individual ca...


Interview: People Are Hacking IKEA Products into One-Of-A-Kind Decor My Modern Met

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Industrial BILLY bookcase with hidden Murphy bed for teddy by Medina Grillo
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IKEA furniture is sometimes criticized for being plain looking, or that its so inexpensive that everyone has the same thing. (Have you ever owned one of their BILLY bookcases?) But, its affordability does more good than just keep your wallet happy. IKEA (perhaps unintentionally) offers a blank slate and starting point for DIY projects. IKEA hacks, as theyre known, transform ordinary bookshelves, lighting, tables, and more into one-of-a-kind pieces that express your personality.

The person leading the furniture hacks charge is a woman with the pseudonym Jules Yap. In May 2006, she was like many of ussearching the web for IKEA hack ideas. How great it would be if I could find them all in one place, she remembers thinking. Shortly after, her site IKEAhackers was born. Since then, contributors from around the world have submitted their ingenious repurposing projects and demonstrated how you can complete them for yourself. But even if you arent that handy, its still fun to see the creativity that comes from these otherwise ordinary IKEA products.

Yap, along with 19 other contributors, have compiled 25 furniture hacks into a book that's now available on Amazon. Learn more about it and her journey with IKEAhackers in our exclusive interview below.

DIY enthusiasts everywhere are turning their IKEA products into one-of-a-kind pieces with furniture hacks.


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Watch Author Chuck Palahniuk Read Fight Club 4 Kids Open Culture

The first rule of Horsing Around Club is: You do not talk about Horsing Around Club.  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club for Kids

Retooling a popular show, film, or comic to feature younger versions of the characters, their personalities and relationships virtually unchanged, can be a serious, if cynical source of income for the original creators.

The Muppets, Archie, Sherlock Holmes, and James Bond have all given birth to spin-off babies.

So why not author Chuck Palahniuk?

Perhaps because spin-off babies are designed to gently ensnare a new and younger audience, and Palahniuk, whose 2002 novel Lullaby hinged on a nursery rhyme that kills children in their cribs, is unlikely to file down the dark, twisted edges that have won him a cult following.

That said, his most recent title is formatted as a coloring book, with another due to drop later this fall.

The same spirit of mischief drives Fight Club for Kids, which mercifully will not be hitting the childrens section of your local bookstore in time for the upcoming holiday season (or ever).

Much like Tyler Durden, Palahniuk's most infamous creation, this title is but a figment, existing only in the above video, where it is read by its putative author....

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