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How Renaissance Painting Smoldered with a Little Known Hallucinogen Hyperallergic

Follower of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Temptation of Saint Anthony (c. 1550/1575), oil on panel, Samuel H. Kress collection

A fungal infection known as ergotism influenced Northern Renaissance painting to an extent that a majority of art institutions have yet to grapple with. During the Renaissance ergotism was colloquially known as St. Anthonys Fire, named for the third-century desert Father who had hallucinatory bouts with the devil.

In 1938 the Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman accidentally synthesized the psychedelic drug LSD-25 for the first time from ergot fungi the same fungus that causes the disease ergotism while researching pharmaceuticals for postpartum bleeding. Some of the symptoms of ergotism closely resemble the effects of LSD, which makes sense given that the same or similar alkaloids are present in both the fungus that causes illness and the drug. Looking at depictions of St. Anthony in the paintings of Renaissance masters, the influence of the disease on the history of art starts to become clear.

During the time of the Renaissance, ergotism was a phantasmagoric event with an onset that was difficult to distinguish from the bubonic plague: it came on first as nausea and insomnia, then developed into sensations of being engulfed in flames while hallucinating over several days, and often ended with the amputation of one or more limbs due to gangrene, or ended in death. In some locations, the symptoms associated with ergotism were considered to be the first step towards hell.



Research Finds Obesity is in the Eye of the Beholder Sociological Images

In an era of body positivity, more people are noting the way American culture stigmatizes obesity and discriminates by weight. One challenge for studying this inequality is that a common measure for obesityBody Mass Index (BMI), a ratio of height to weighthas been criticized for ignoring important variation in healthy bodies. Plus, the basis for weight discrimination is what other people see as too fat, and thats a standard with a lot of variation.

Recent research in Sociological Science from Vida Maralani and Douglas McKee gives us a picture of how the relationship between obesity and inequality changes with social context. Using data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth (NLSY), Maralani and McKee measure BMI in two cohorts, one in 1981 and one in 2003. They then look at social outcomes seven years later, including wages, the probability of a person being married, and total family income.

The figure below shows their findings for BMI and 2010 wages for each group in the study. The dotted lines show the same relationships from 1988 for comparison.

For White and Black men, wages actually go up as their BMI increases from the Underweight to Normal ranges, then levels off and slowly decline as they cross into the Obese range. This pattern is fairly similar to 1988, but check out the White Women graph in the lower left quadrant. In 1988, the authors find a sharp obesity penalty in which women over a BMI of 30 reported a steady decline in wages. By 2010, this has largely leveled off, but wage inequality didnt go away. Instead, that spike near the beginning of the graph suggests people perceived as skinny started earning more. The authors write:

The results suggest that perceptions of body size may have changed across cohorts differently by race and gender in ways that are consistent with a normalizing of corpulence for black men and women, a reinforcement of...


Take a look at highlights from this large collection of wacky vintage novelty phones Dangerous Minds

Kids today just dont know what theyre missing.

Yesterday I called up my local cable company in hopes of setting up a landline. Not that I really need one or anything. People can reach me just fine on cell, but I like the idea of only being reachable while...


Recommended: Jason A Mullinax Time Being Bird is the Worm

  Time Being cant really be claimed by any one school of music or vein of influence.  The albums DNA is encoded with strains of Olivia Tremor Control and Cluster as much as it is Todd Sickafoose and Soft Machine.  But theres a particularly revealing moment during Outbreak Monkey, when ephemeral passages suddenly transform into []


Grant Hart and Hsker D invent noise pop, 1983 Dangerous Minds

Hsker D
As many of you reading this already know, singer/songwriter Grant Hart died this week at the age of 56. Hart is best known as a member of Hsker D, the group he was a part...


Ein Bier Six-Pack fr die Fahrradstange URBANSHIT

Eine hollndische Brauerei hat eine Bierverpackung entwickelt, die speziell fr den Bier-Transport auf dem Fahrrad in der Stadt konzipiert ist. Tatschlich kennen das Problem recht viele Radfahrer in der Stadt: Man holt sich im Sommer auf dem Weg zum Park noch schnell ein Sixpack Bier am Spti und transportiert es dann umstndlich und wackelig ber den Lenker gehngt mit dem Fahrrad durch die Stadt. Bilder: Vals Nat Das klassische Bier-Six-Pack-Design scheint leider eher fr den 10-m-Weg vom Supermarkt in den Autokofferraum konzipiert worden zu sein, denn wirklich gut tragen lsst es sich nicht. Schon garnicht auf dem Fahrrad. Eine niederlndische Brauerei hat sich nun Gedanken darber gemacht, wie eine fahrradfreundliche Bier-Verpackung aussehen msste. Das Ergebnis ist ein Bier-Trger aus Pappe, den man ber die Mittelstange des Fahrrads hngen kann. Im dem Fahrrad-Sixpack (eigentlich Four-Pack) finden vier Biere der Brauerei Vals Nat Platz. Es wrde uns wundern, wenn nicht sptestens im nchsten Sommer andere Brauereien mit hnlichen Designs, die speziell fr den urbanen Kurztransport, entwickelt sind, nachziehen. Gesehen bei Pop-Up City

Der Beitrag Ein Bier Six-Pack fr die Fahrradstange erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


John Hinckley Jr.s DEVO royalty check is up for grabs Dangerous Minds

In 1982, DEVO, a band whose very existence at times seemed to be a prank on the music industry, had the brilliant idea, in the true spirit of de-evolution, to use one of the demented love poems of failed Ronald Reagan assassin, John Hinckley Jr., as song lyrics. Mind you,...

The Grateful Deads theme for the 1985 reboot of The Twilight Zone Dangerous Minds

Man, I live in the Twilight Zone, Jerry Garcia is reported to have said when the Grateful Dead got the offer to score the series reboot in 1985. The resulting soundtrack album, credited to the Dead and...


Art Movements Hyperallergic

Keith Harings Tower on the exterior staircase of the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital, Paris (via Flickr/Yann Caradec)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

The British Museum issued an apology after an #AskACurator tweet by Jane Portal, a curator in the museums department of Asia, was accused of racism and dumbing down.

The organizers of Documenta 14 disputed claims that the latest edition of the German quinquennial has amassed a 7 million (~$8.3 million) deficit.

Conservators William Shank and Antonio Rava completed their restoration of Keith Harings 88.5-foot-high artwork, Tower, on the exterior of the Necker-Enfants Malades hospital in Paris a structure the artist referred to in his writing as the ugly building.

Queermuseum, the first major exhibition dedicated to queer art in Brazil, was closed by its sponsor a month before its scheduled end date following a slew of vitriolic and bigoted criticism, primarily on social media.

Preliminary reports indicated...


Enter a Digital Archive of 213,000+ Beautiful Japanese Woodblock Prints Open Culture

Most of us have now and again seen and appreciated Japanese woodblock prints, especially those in the tradition of ukiyo-e, those "captivating images of seductive courtesans, exciting kabuki actors, and famous romantic vistas." Those words come from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, whose essay on the art form describes how, "in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, woodblock prints depicting courtesans and actors were much sought after by tourists to Edo and came to be known as 'Edo pictures.' In 1765, new technology made possible the production of single-sheet prints in a range of colors," which brought about "the golden age of printmaking."

At that time, "the popularity of women and actors as subjects began to decline. During the early nineteenth century, Utagawa Hiroshige (17971858) and Katsushika Hokusai (17601849) brought the art of ukiyo-e full circle, back to landscape views, often with a seasonal theme, that are among the masterpieces of world printmaking."

Even if you've only seen a few Japanese woodblock prints, you've seen the work of Hiroshige and Hokusai, thousands of examples of which you can find in the vast Japanese woodblock database of

This English-Japanese bilingual site, a project of programmer and Khan Academy engineer John Resig, launched in 2012 and now boasts 213,000 prints from 24 museums, universities, libraries, auction houses, and dealers worldwide. You can search it by text or image (if you happen to have one of a print you'd like to identify), or you can browse by period and artist: not just the "golden age" of Hiroshige and Hokusai (1804 to 1868), but ukiyo-e's early years (early-mid 1700s), the birth of full-color...


Name Writing in Public Space Tagging Conference in Berlin URBANSHIT

Aktuell findet in Berlin die Tag Name Writing in Public Space Konferenz statt. Zwei Tage lang dreht sich an der Freien Universitt Berlin alles um das Thema Tagging und der Verewigung von Namen im ffentlichen Raum, von der Geschichte bis heute. Written signatures, or tags, are the central element of graffiti culture, and the most widely practiced form of public art. Yet tagging has rarely been the subject of serious examination. The Tag Conference is a first attempt to conceptually frame contemporary tagging, and to study it alongside its abundant but largely ignored historical antecedents. The Tag Conference provides space for the discussion of a wide range of underexplored topics, such as the study of tagging as a form of calligraphy, taggings role as a device for understanding the environment, the history and folklore of past and present tagging cultures, and the relation of tagging with other forms of art in public space. Tag Name Writing in Public Space 14. & 15. September 2017 Freie Universitt Berlin Kaiserswerther Str. 16-18 14195 Berlin Das genaue Programm gibt es in der Facebook Veranstaltung oder auf der Website der Konferenz. Die Konferenz ist Teil der am Wochenende startenden Unlock Book Fair fr Graffiti und ...

Der Beitrag Name Writing in Public Space Tagging Conference in Berlin erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Vandal Graffiti Bericht ber die Pariser Graffiti aus dem Jahr 2001 URBANSHIT

Die Arte Sendung TRACKS feiert dieses Jahr ihr 20 jhriges Jubilum. Dafr kramt die Redaktion in ihren Archiven herum und bringt spannende Zeitdokumente wieder ans Tageslicht. Seit mittlerweile zwei Jahrzehnten strahlt Arte wchentlich eine Folge der Sendung Tracks aus und berichtet ber spannendes aus den Bereichen Musik, Pop- und Gegenkultur. Bild und Video: Arte TRACKS / Original-Ausstrahlung 2001 Vor 16 Jahren, im Jahr 2001, hat TRACKS ber die Pariser Graffiti- und Train Writing Szene berichtet. Unter dem Titel Vandal Graffiti kommen in dem knapp 9 Minuten langen Beitrag aus der Jahrtausendwende verschiedene Writer zu Wort und es gibt schne Bilder von Zgen, Wnden und Graffiti-Shops.

Der Beitrag Vandal Graffiti Bericht ber die Pariser Graffiti aus dem Jahr 2001 erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Download Theft! A History of Music, a New Free Graphic Novel Exploring 2,000 Years of Musical Borrowing Open Culture

From the team behind the 2006 fair use comic Bound by Law comes a new fair use comic, Theft! A History of MusicCreated by James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins, two law school profs from Duke University, Theft! A History of Music is "a graphic novel laying out a 2000-year long history of musical borrowing from Plato to rap." The book's blurb adds:

This comic lays out 2000 years of musical history. ... Again and again there have been attempts to police music; to restrict borrowing and cultural cross-fertilization. But music builds on itself. To those who think that mash-ups and sampling started with YouTube or the DJs turntables, it might be shocking to find that musicians have been borrowing extensively borrowing from each other since music began. Then why try to stop that process? The reasons varied. Philosophy, religion, politics, race again and again, race and law. And because music affects us so deeply, those struggles were passionate ones. They still are.

The history in this book runs from Plato to Blurred Lines and beyond. You will read about the Holy Roman Empires attempts to standardize religious music using the first great musical technology (notation) and the inevitable backfire of that attempt. You will read about troubadours and church composers, swapping tunes (and remarkably profane lyrics), changing both religion and music in the process. You will see diatribes against jazz for corrupting musical culture, against rock and roll for breaching the color-line. You will learn about the lawsuits that, surprisingly, shaped rap. You will read the story of some of musics iconoclasts from Handel and Beethoven to Robert Johnson, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ray Charles, the British Invasion and Public Enemy.

To understand this history fully, one has to roam wider still into musical technologies from notation to the sample deck, aesthetics, the incentive systems that got musicians paid, and laws 250 year struggle to assimilate music, without destroying it in the process. Would jazz, soul or rock and roll be legal if they were reinvented today? We are not sure. Which as you will read, is profoundly worrying because today, more than ever, we need the arts.

All of this makes up our story. It is assuredly not the only history of music....


Elizabeth Barrett Browning on the Dangerous Myth of the Suffering Artist and What Makes Life Worth Living Brain Pickings

A beautiful clarion call for making creative work the filling joy of your life no matter how difficult the cards youve been dealt.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning on the Dangerous Myth of the Suffering Artist and What Makes Life Worth Living

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (March 6, 1806June 29, 1861) surmounted an uncommon share of adversity to become one of the most influential writers of the past two centuries, a guiding spirit to such varied pioneers as poet Emily Dickinson and astronomer Maria Mitchell.

Since her girlhood, Barrett was bedeviled by intense spinal headaches and muscle pain that would plague her for the remaining four decades of her life, now believed to have been hypokalemic periodic paralysis a rare disorder that depletes muscles of potassium and effects extreme weakness. A century and a half before scientists began to uncover how emotional stress affects our physical wellbeing, Barretts health deteriorated significantly after a close succession of tragedies just before her thirty-fourth birthday one of her brothers died of fever and another, the most beloved of her eleven siblings, in a sailing accident for which she blamed herself. The following year, she was taken to London in an invalid carriage and spent spent seven years almost continuously bedridden in a darkened upstairs room alongside her beloved spaniel named Flush. In a testament to Rosanne Cashs assertion that for many artists, creativity comes from the same room as their deepest pain, Barrett counterbalanced the stillness of her suffering with a ferocious pace of composition that led to her first major literary success and invited the courtship of the poet Robert Browning.

I love your verses with all my heart, Dear Miss Barrett, Browning, six years her junior, wrote to the stranger whose 1844 poetry debut had enchanted him beyond words. I love these books with all my heart and I love you...


Grand Designs: Andr Le Ntre and the Gardens of Versailles A R T LR K


Plan view of the gardens of Versailles

On the 15th of September 1700, French landscape architect, and the principal gardener of King Louis XIV of France, Andr Le Ntre died in Paris. Regarded as one of the greatest landscape designers of all time, Le Ntre was responsible for the design and construction of such famous French gardens as Chantilly, Fontainebleau, Saint-Cloud, Saint-Germain, and, most of all, Versailles. In 1643, he obtained the post of Designer of the Royal Gardens and within two years he had become premier gardener to Louis XIV, or rather to his ministers, since the new king was just seven years old at the time. Le Ntre remained in this post until his death in 1700, 55 years later, linking his own name with the elaborate and much copied jardin la franaise forever.

Le Ntres involvement in the art of landscape design was not accidental. In fact, in seventeenth-century France, gardening operated as a manual trade, passed down from father to son. For example, Pierre La Ntre (1570-1610) Andrs grandfather was appointed one of the chief gardeners in Catherine de Mdiciss newly created Tuileries Gar...


Protesting the Worlds Biggest Arms Fair with an Art Show Hyperallergic

Installation view of Art the Arms Fair (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless indicated otherwise)Installation view of Art the Arms Fair (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless indicated otherwise)

LONDON Every two years, government representatives, military vendors, and many others interested in buying or selling arms converge on London, for Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). And every two years, a program of protests raises awareness of how damaging this event is. This year, the protesters have a new and surprising weapon in their arsenal: art.

Installation view of Art the Arms FairInstallation view of Art the Arms Fair

The seventh floor of a generic office building in Poplar, a largely working-class neighborhood of East London, isnt an obvious location for a pop-up art show. Yet this building is home to the first-ever Art the Arms Fair, a week-long exhibition to draw attention to and protest DSEI, which is happening two miles down the road at ExCeL London. Over 100 activists have been arrested so far this year in demonstrations against the arms fair, which has been controversial for facilitating the...


Cobbling a Movie Together from Surveillance Footage Hyperallergic

Dragonfly Eyes: Qing Ting Zhi Yan, direct by Xu Bing (image courtesy TIFF)

TORONTO Chinese artist Xu Bing has made a career out of appropriating and recontextualizing objects and cultural artifacts, while playing with a viewers sense of recognition of such materials. His first major work, A Book from the Sky (198791) was an installation of what looked like traditional books and scrolls, but the writing on them, while looking like Chinese characters, was completely meaningless. In 1990, for Ghosts Pounding the Wall, he made rubbings on the Great Wall. He authored Book from the Ground, a novel written entirely in symbols, meant to be understood by anyone in the world.

Now, Xu has premiered his first feature film, Dragonfly Eyes, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The movie tells a story of love and obsession through footage culled entirely from videos uploaded to Chinese streaming sites. While there are clips from vlogs and dashboard cameras, most of the images are from personal, consumer-bought surveillance cameras which stream 24/7. The result is an omniscient, omnipresent, voyeurs eye view of the world. We sat down with Xu and a translator at the festival to talk about how he put this film together.

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Photographer Captures Intimate Portraits of Trailblazing Women All on an iPhone My Modern Met

Photographer Luisa Drr chronicles the incredible accomplishments of trailblazing women for Time magazines aptly-titled project, Firsts. Showcasing those who broke the glass ceiling, Drr captures powerful ladies like Aretha Franklin, Barbara Walters, Selena Gomez, and Issa Rae in straightforward portrait photography. Here, the focus isn't on flashy visuals or elaborate costumes. Instead, Drr presents these women simply, just as they are, and lets their incredible accomplishments speak for themselves. Accompanying each picture is an interview that details their journey to the top.

Drr's direct approach to her image making was echoed in her equipment choices. All of these picturesincluding 12 of the Firsts coversare shot on an iPhone. While not totally strange, the unconventional choice did cause some apprehension from her subjects. At first, it was difficult, Drr told the Instagram blog. The subjects couldnt understand that the same phone they carry in their pocket is able to make a professional photograph. But the phone allowed me to move fastit was just me and the subjects...


Who Painted the First Abstract Painting?: Wassily Kandinsky? Hilma af Klint? Or Another Contender? Open Culture

Kandinsky, Untitled, 1910

Many painters today concentrate on producing abstract work and a fair few of those have only ever produced abstract work. But look not so very far back in human history, and you'll find that to paint meant to paint representatively, to replicate on canvas the likenesses of the actual people, places, and things out there in the world. Humanity, of course didn't evolve with its representational art skills pre-installed: though some cave paintings do recognizably depict men and beasts, many strike us today as what we would call abstract, or at least abstracted. So which modern artists can lay claim to having rediscovered abstraction first?

Kandinsky, Composition V, 1911

If you've studied any art history, you might well name the early 20th-century Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky (whose first abstract watercolor from 1910 appears at the top of the post). But "while Kandinsky is today hailed as the father of abstract painting," writes Artsy's Abigail Cain, "he was by no means the only player in the development of non-representational painting," though "his work Komposition V did, admittedly, jumpstart public interest in abstract painting."



Documenta Organizers Call Report of 7M Deficit Speculations and Half-Truths Hyperallergic

Andreas Angelidakis, "Polemos" (2017), foam and vinyl seating modules, installation view at the Fridericianum, Kassel, for documenta 14 (photo by Nils Klinger, courtesy Documenta)Andreas Angelidakis, Polemos (2017), foam and vinyl seating modules, installation view at the Fridericianum, Kassel, for documenta 14 (photo by Nils Klinger, courtesy Documenta)

Today, the organizers of the 14th edition of the German quinquennial Documenta released a statement disputing claims, first made in an article by the news site HNA, that this years edition of the exhibition racked up a 7 million deficit (~$8.3 million). That article laid much of the blame for the cost overruns on the exhibitions first-ever expansion from Kassel to a second city, Athens.

Presenting their opinions as objective facts, reiterating speculations and half-truths, the authors portrayed Adam Szymczyk, the Artistic Director of documenta 14, and Annette Kulenkampff, the CEO of documenta gGmbH, as responsible for what they described as the imminent bankruptcy of documenta, the statement reads. None of the journalists took their responsibility to check their facts with the two protagonists nor seek to gain a more complex picture of the situation.

The organizers also denounce the implicit expectations of constantly expanding cultural influence and growing economic benefits that they feel the criticisms in HNA reflect. Their statement goes on to suggest that Documentas independence is at stake as the narrative outlined in HNAs report construes the municipal government of its host city, Kassel, and the state government of Hesse, where Kassel is located, as rescuing the exhibition.

We have decided at this mom...


The Few But True Artists Committed to Community Hyperallergic

Liz Maugans, The Artists Trust: A Portrait of the Artist in Cuyahoga County (2017) in Constant as the Sun at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

CLEVELAND I will admit that as a writer I have tended to enter into any intellectual endeavor through the entranceway carved out by words. So, as I assented to write my first formal art review, I expected to be challenged by the task of analyzing the imagery of an object rather than the language in a text. Yet, in a pleasantly ironic twist of plot, the textual components of the exhibition I observed turned out to be its most compelling.

Constant as the Sun is the third installation in the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Arts thematic series of exhibitions focused on artists working in Cleveland and various other cities in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, and Eastern Michigan. It features work by 10 artists and collectives in a wide array of media, from found objects to film, that explore, according to the curators, the psychographics of community, or how geographic place and personal space influence the dynamics of social and cultural groups of people. For instance, Cleveland painter Darius Steward has a sparse yet carefully detailed painting of his wife, daughter, and son, titled Baggage Claim No. 1 and 2, in which the womans handbag, the infant girls diaper bag, and the boys backpack symbolize the psychological and emotional burdens of kyriarchy that black people in the US carry throughout their everyday lives.

Another Cleveland artist, Liz Maugans, is showing her Artist Trust Project, a wall of 300 self-portraits submitted by a diverse sample of Cuyahoga County artists. By drawing focus on the number and range of local artists, Maugans explodes monolithic notions of who belongs to the world of fine arts. Through this project, she hopes to foster a politicized artists group, or, as M...


Free Courses on Design from the Famous California Design Firm IDEO Start This Week Open Culture

A quick fyi: This week, the famous California design firm IDEO has launched two free courses--a 7-week Introduction to Human-Centered Design and a 4-week course on Prototyping.

As you might recall, we recently featured A Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanfords Design School. If that piqued your interest in design and design thinking, then IDEO's courses might hold appeal. You can enroll in both courses, at no cost, today.

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An Artist and Dreamer Discusses the Potential End of DACA Hyperallergic

Image of Arleene Correas employment authorization identification card (all images courtesy the artist)

In March of this year, I had a conversation with Arleene Correa, an undocumented art student originally from Mexico, who is attending California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. We talked about the hurdles to becoming a student, maintaining the highest possible grade point average, fighting invisibility, and scratching to find the funding to meet the tuition which is upwards of $23,000 per year.

I reached out again to talk with her about how she has responded to this crisis, what CCA has done to make it possible for her to graduate, what her plans are, and what it means to be described as a burden for her husband in the eyes of the state.

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Seph Rodney: Hi Arleene. Were having this conversation because we had talked last year about your immigration status and how that affected your experience as an art student at CCA. Now we want to follow up, given whats happened in the past week, with the president ending DACA. We had exchanged emails, and you said that you felt very precarious, very anxious about what was happening, and that you might lose the Cal Grant funding you have. Is that still the case?

Arleene Correa:  I believe so, yes, because previous to having DACA I was not a...


Polaroids First New Camera in a Decade is a Blast from the Past My Modern Met

polaroid originals onestep 2 new camera

Launched by the Impossible Project, which helped preserve Polaroid from extinction, it's an exciting development for instant photography. After purchasing the Polaroid brand and intellectual property in May, the Impossible Project has made it clear they are looking to continue the legacy of the legendary company with this new release. The launch marks the debut not only of the camera, but Polaroid Originals, a new company that will house products reminiscent of Polaroid's vintage heyday.

The OneStep 2 comes with a built in flash and timer, with a nod to technology via its USB charging. The camera is currently available for pre-order online at $99.99, and will hit stores on October 16, 2017. The spiritual successor of the original OneStep, it's only fitting that the new Polaroid model is released during the 80th anniversary of the original company.

new polaroid camera onestep 2

Every time you press the shutter thousands of chemical reactions ignite to create one real, unpolished, completely unique image, Polaroid Originals writes. Thats the beauty of Polaroid.

And the sweeten the deal, Polaroid has launched a new film called...


The Night Skies Over Finland & Iceland Saturated with Stars Photographed by Mikko Lagerstedt Colossal

Weve long been drawn to self-taught photographer Mikko Lagerstedts (previously) dreamy composite photos of Finland and Iceland at night. In his long-exposure images, meteors are seen streaking through the sky and frigid waterfalls appear like mist. Lagerstedt composes and edits all of his images in Lightroom and Photoshop and shares numerous tutorials on his techniques through his website. He most recently returned from a photoshoot at a deserted Yyteri Beach in Finland, more of which he shared on Instagram.



The Velvet Underground Meets Lawrence Welk Open Culture

The worlds of the Velvet Underground and Lawrence Welk are pretty far apart. On the one side, you have a gritty New York band city writing lyrics about shooting up heroin. On the other, a bandleader whose "champagne music" charmed TV viewers across Middle America for 27 straight years. And yet. And yet.

In this 2007 YouTube classic, director/producer Darren Hacker found a way to cross the chasm, mashing up VU's 1968 song "Sister Ray" with footage from the Lawrence Welk Show. As he explained to Dangerous Minds, I rigged up 2 ancient VCRs and a CD player across my living room floor, layed down on my stomach, cued everything up and then manually activated all 3 devices at precise intervals, livein real time. One take, no edits Everything lined up, just like that.

Enjoy "Lawrence Welk Meets Velvet Underground" and imagine a moment when, circa 1968, VU went mainstream on the milquetoast Lawrence Welk Show.

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20+ People Who Discovered Their Art History Doppelgngers at Museums My Modern Met

Museum Doppelganger

Photo: Davidurbon

Some people believe that everyone has a twin. And maybe thats trueif you need proof, just visit an art or history museum! People around the world are finding themselves in the collections of renowned institutions and are snapping pictures with their artsy doubles. The resemblances are often uncanny; its as if these folks sat for the painting or sculpture themselves.

Museum doppelgngers exists throughout the ages. Theyre commonly in Renaissance-era paintings and pieces of pop art, but the Muse de la civilisation in Quebec City is going back even further. Their project called My 2000-Year-Old Double will soon pair peoples portraits with a corresponding ancient Greco-Roman or Egyptian sculpture. Using facial-recognition software, they will make matches for 60 sets of artwork/twins. The results will be revealed in October of 2018.

In the meantime, check out who has already discovered their double. And the next time youre taking in some culture, be on the lookout for your perfect likeness.

Your twin could be anywhereeven in a painting from the Renaissance.



Rare White Giraffes Captured on Film for the First Time in Kenya My Modern Met

white giraffes leucism

Photo: HCP

Conservationists have spotted two white giraffes in northern Kenya, a rare sighting that will warm your heart. The mother and baby were caught on film by rangers for the Hirola Conservation Program (HCP), as they calmly stroll alongeven pausing to look at the camera.

The cute duo has leucismwhich was also the case with a pale tiger recently spotted in India. Different than albinism, the genetic condition occurs due to reduced levels of different pigments in skin cells. Interestingly, the baby giraffe still had prominent traces of reticulation that appear to be fading away, while the mother's skin is quite bare.

Rangers first heard about the white giraffes from local villagers and rushed to get their own glimpse of the majestic beasts. The video reveals the mother pacing back and forth, as the baby stays in the background. The mother's pacing is actually a signal to let the baby know to hide in the bushes. This is a behavior characteristic of mothers working to protect their children in the wild.

The appearance of white giraffes in the area is something quite new, with the HCP noting that previously there were only two known sightings in Kenya and Tanzania. This is the first time, however, that a white giraffe has been caught on film. As sightings are becoming more common in the area, community members take care to report each occurrence. Bashir, a local community ranger, shared, This is new to us. I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them. It must be very recent and we are not sure what is causing it.

Rare white giraffes have been spotted by the Hirola Conservation Program in northern Kenya.



Asia Society Presents After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History Hyperallergic

Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai, ID Card (detail) (2014), 340 heat transfer prints on recycled fabric on a table. Each: H. 2 1/4 x W. 3 1/8 inches (courtesy the artist)

Asia Society Museums new exhibition After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History, on view through January 21, 2018, explores artistic practice in response to social and political change. Works of sculpture, photography, video, and installation, by artists from Indonesia, Myanmar, and Vietnam, reflect on how political transition in each country forged vibrant, socially conscious contemporary art movements.

From Indonesia, FX Harsono and Tintin Wulia create politically charged commentaries on Reformasi and its aftereffects. The works of Dinh Q. L and The Propeller Group collective reflect the complicated legacy of the American-Vietnam War. Htein Lin and Nge Lays intense, personal works respond to Myanmars gradual transition away from authoritarian, military regimes. The works of Angki Purbandono and Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai continue the tradition of socially-engaged art.

Related public events exploring Southeast Asias culture, politics, and history coincide with the exhibition. On September 16, Htein Lin casts hands of former political prisoners at the Museum, as part of his ongoing project, A Show of Hands, followed by After Darkness: Reflecting on Creativity in Times of Conflict, a conversation between Htein Lin and FX Harsono, moderated by Michelle Yun.

On September 26, The Legacy of Vietnam features a new documentary, with Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Duong Van Mai Elliott, and Bob Kerrey. On October 20, the symposium Negotiating Change: Art from Societies in Transition will be followed by a staged reading and artist Q&A, Passport In/Passport Out: Stories of Dinh Q. L and Tintin Wulia.

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The German Art Collector Who Introduced the Blue Four Artists to the US Hyperallergic

Galka Scheyer in her home on Blue Heights Drive (c. 194043) (photo by Lette Valeska Estate of Alexander Hammid)

LOS ANGELES Paul Klees work Refuge, featured in the exhibition Maven of Modernism: Galka Scheyer in California at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, shows the arms and head of a disembodied figure who appears to be swimming or perhaps climbing out of the ground. The colors are dull and gray, and the fine crosshatched markings add a layer of instability to the cracked and uneven surface. Created in 1930, the work seems to presage a feeling of dread that would overcome a community of artists sandwiched by World War I and World War II, forced to create lives and produce art away from their homes.

Maven of Modernism hones in on German-born Emilie Esther Scheyer, a beloved art dealer who moved to Los Angeles in 1930. When she left Germany in 1924, first for New York and later the Bay Area, Scheyer dedicated her life to circulating the artwork of the interwar European avant-garde in the United States. Though she had an eye for work by the likes of El Lissitzky, Kurt Schwitters, and Edward Weston, Scheyer primarily promoted the Blue Four artists, who became known for their foray into modernist abstraction: the aforementioned Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Alexei Jawlensky, and Wassily Kandinsky. Scheyer first became obsessed with art through her acquaintance with the Russian-born Jawlensky, whom she met as a young woman in 1916. He eventually connected Scheyer to the wider circle of European modernists, and christ...


Corbett Report - 911 The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy - Full Documentary Mike Philbin's free planet blog

sharing this again, because WE ALL FORGOT... about September 11th 2001, this year. Sixteen years have gone by, how can 9/11 be important now, right? 9/11 no longer affects us, the dust has settled, we no longer care who did what to whom.

Shame on ALL OF US...

So, now watch this too, from Architects (and Physicists, and Chemists, and Demolitions Experts) and Engineers who claim that buildings 1, 2 and 7 of the World Trade Center complex in Manhattan on 2001 were mechanically brought down and the evidence (illegally) sent to China for smelting...

...and then click on this about the Project for a New American Century.


Watch a Musician Improvise on a 500-Year-Old Music Instrument, The Carillon Open Culture

Last year we featured the Wintergatan Music Machine, a lovingly handcrafted in wood automated instrument created by artist/musician Martin Mollin. Over 2,000 marbles travel through a complex series of gears, cranks, and tubes, eventually striking notes on a xylophone and creating beats on two closely micd pads to make bass and snare drum sounds. Theres more layers to follow in the video, and its all been programed by Mollin.

His video earned over 55 million views on Youtube. What inspired the Wintergatan Music Machine?The collection of old automata at the Speelklok Museum, where Mollin's machine now resides. In an interview, he told Wired:

Even before digital they made fantastic, programmable music instruments. In bell towers and church towers that play a melody they always have a programming wheel exactly like the one that is on the marble machine.

Which leads to todays video, where Mollin gets to improvise on the machine that inspired him to make his own: a 500-year-old carillon. This carillon uses a programmable wheel (or repinnable musical drum as it is officially called), which allowed melodies to be played on church bells.

Those patterns are set on the drum by a series of movable stops, but this carillon also has a second set of keys that are arranged like a piano, and must be played with a fist. Mollin has a go, and improvises a melody near the end.

Mollin also hosts Music Machine Mondays on his YouTube channel, where he explores more of the museums collection of automata, like this insane Self-Playing Orchestra with 17 Instruments (abo...


Artist Turns Real Loaves of Bread into Illuminating Lamps My Modern Met

Quirky Table Lamps by Pampshade

Improvements in lighting technology have made ordinary table lamps a thing of the past. Brighter bulbs with longer life spans and greater portability mean that lighting design inspiration is not limited by these constraints and can come from a variety of placeslike cracked eggs, optical illusions, and jellyfish. Japanese artist Yukiko Morita continues this trend with table and wall lamps that are made out of bread. Yesthe same baked good we all enjoy has also found a place in illuminating our homes.

Calling her collection Pampshade, the quirky table lamps and wall mounts are made from real loaves of bread. Figuring out the design was no easy feat, but the endeavor has been Morita's passion project for the last 10 years. I love bread. Bread is cute, she explained. I want to display it in my room and stare at it. Don't we all?

Morita's lamps look good enough to eat. Using ingredients that include bread flour, yeast, LED lighting, and batteriesas well as some secret ingredientsshe's able to bake them into fluffy loaves. A layer of resin preserves the texture, as if the bread just came out of the oven.

Pampshade products are now available in Moritas online shop. From croissants to baguettes, your favorite types of bread now ship internationally.

Japanese artist Yukiko Morita has taken quirky table lamps to a new level with Pampshade.



Custom made action figures of Robert Smith, The Cramps, Eraserhead & more! Dangerous Minds

A nice shot of the custom Poison Ivy and Lux Interior figures by an artist known as N TT over at Figure Realm. YES!
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A Border Crossing Simulation Probes Virtual Realitys Ethical Limitations Hyperallergic

From Carne y Arena installation, design by Neil Kellerhouse (all images courtesy of LACMA)

LOS ANGELES Director Alejandro Gonzlez Irritus virtual-reality gesamtkunstwerk, Carne y Arena (Virtually Present, Physically Invisible), is an ultra-immersive triptych that aims to give visitors the opportunity to briefly experience the treacherous journey of crossing the MexicoUnited States border. Undoubtedly a timely topic, given the presidents campaign to criminalize immigrants and build that wall, Irritus work explores the human conditions of the tens of thousands of Latin American refugees and immigrants who come to the U.S. each year in search of a better life. The experience is a visceral roller-coaster that blends installation, cinema, and technology into a super-sensorial work. Carne y Arena, which translates to flesh and sand, premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, then traveled to the Prada Foundation in Milan, and is now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It will travel to Tlatelolco museum in Mexico City later this fall.

Carne y Arena aims to allow visitors to put themselves in the shoes of a person crossing the border through sight, sound, touch, and virtual reality, leading to an overtly visceral experience. Not only does the film tackle the limits of technology, but, more significantly, it probes the boundaries of VR as an empathy machine and aims to humanize immigrants and refugees who are so often wrongly described as criminals. In collaboration with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, Irritu spent more than four years working with Mexican and Central American refugees who were willing to share their stories and experiences to create a work that Irritu describes as a semi-fictionalized ethnography adapted from their journeys.

At LACMA, once youve procured your specially timed ticket and signed a release waiver, you enter a room modeled after the h...


Now seems like an ideal time to talk about Jean Lapouge Bird is the Worm

  Jean Lapouge has a new album out, and hes also dusting off some of his older recordings, too.  This seems like a good time to give a rundown of one of my very favorite guitarists, a musician who spins sonic beauty quite unlike anyone else. Its a curious beauty.  Its not your typical pretty []


1870 A Space Odyssey: Astoundingly prophetic illustrations for Jules Vernes Around the Moon Dangerous Minds

Top fact: Jules Verne is the most translated French author ever.

Second slightly more impressive fact: Jules Verne is the second most translated author in the world, not too far behind Agatha Christie but ahead of William Shakespeare.

In the English-speaking world, Monsieur Verne may still have...


Otherworldly Sound Art that Repels and Attracts Hyperallergic

Massimo Bartolini, In A Landscape (2017) (courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London)

TURIN, Italy Tinkles and toots. A steady rattle. Reverberations. Deep, tubular honks. Im standing in the middle of an unconventional ensemble: Massimo Bartolinis Four Organs, at the Fondazione Merz, in Turin, Italy. It is an exhibition of several sculptural objects that are both kinetic artworks and functioning, autonomous musical instruments forming one intoxicating experience of sound.



Behold the Beautiful Designs of Brazils 1920s Art Deco Magazine, Para Todos Open Culture

Art Nouveau, Art Deco these are terms we associate not only with a particular period in historythe turn of the 20th century and the ensuing jazz-age of the 20sbut also with particular locales: Paris, New York, L.A., London, Vienna, or the Jugendstil of Weimar Munich. We probably do not think of Rio de Janeiro. This may be due to biases about the privileged location of culture, such that most people in Europe and North America, even those with an arts education, know very little about art from the colonies.

But it is also the case that Brazil had its own modern art movement, one that strove for a distinctly Brazilian sensibility even as it remained in dialogue with Europe and the U.S. The movement announced itself in 1922, the centennial of the South American nations independence from Portugal.

In celebration, artists from So Paulo held the Semana de Arte Moderna, seven days in which, the BBC writes, they constructed, deconstructed, performed, sculpted, gave lectures, read poetry and created some of the most avant-garde works ever seen in Brazil.



Space is in the Bass: Meet Constance Demby, High Priestess of Electronica Dangerous Minds

Constance Demby, The Electronica High Priestess of Priestesses.
A while back a friend of mine was telling me about a video he had seen of a woman who played music in her apartment using experimental musical equipment. My friend, an experienced and worldly musician, said that it looked as though she might...

Goodbye, Pork Pie Hat: Watch Charles Mingus get evicted from his NYC studio, 1966 Dangerous Minds

It is not always the case that financial rewards flow to the most creative pioneers in our society. Case in point: In 1966, jazz legend


New documentary about Jayne Mansfield and Anton LaVey from the makers of Room 237, a DM exclusive! Dangerous Minds

The violent end Jayne Mansfield met in a cloud of insecticide has all the elements of a good story. Sex, violence, fame, blackmail, a Satanic curse, death by decapitation (well, severe haircut, anyway)why, the


Serena Williams and Reddit Co-Founder Share Beautiful Vid of Pregnancy and Birth of Baby Girl TwistedSifter


On September 1, 2017, Serena Williams and reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. to the world.

Weighing 6 lb and 14 oz, the happy couple shared this heartwarming video of the pregnancy and birth of their newborn daughter.




The Transitions in this New York City Hyperlapse are Mesmerizing TwistedSifter


The third instalment of FilmSpektakels, A Taste of hyperlapse series, takes the team to New York City (see Austria and Vienna).

Shot in 2016 over the course of 10 days, the team took over 65,000 photos. As for that incredible taxi sequence (at 1:10):


Over the 10 days we took photos of yellow cabs whenever we had time to from as many different angles as possible. So we gathered 2000 photos in total we had to sort afterwards and compile to a hyperlapse around a cab in post production. It took us 5 whole days in post production to get this one shot.



After Two Decades in Space, Cassini is About to Crash Into Saturn. These are the Final Images TwistedSifter


After two decades in space, NASAs Cassini spacecraft is nearing the end of its remarkable journey of exploration. Having expended almost every bit of the rocket propellant it carried to Saturn, operators are deliberately plunging Cassini into the planet to ensure Saturns moons will remain pristine for future explorationin particular, the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus, but also Titan, with its intriguing pre-biotic chemistry.

On Sept. 15, 2017, the spacecraft will make its final approach to the giant planet Saturn. Cassini will dive into the planets atmosphere, sending science data for as long as its small thrusters can keep the spacecrafts antenna pointed at Earth. Soon after, Cassini will burn up and disintegrate like a meteor.


Cassini by the Numbers



Kraser Tres in Kiev, Ukraine StreetArtNews

Finding himself in Ukraine, Kraser had the opportunity to work on this big mural on the streets of Kiev for Art United Us project that he completed not too long ago. As usual, featuring great selection of colours and shapes, the artist creates one of his whimsical tales this time its of a bear!

The post Kraser Tres in Kiev, Ukraine appeared first on StreetArtNews.


The Vampire Problem: A Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Paradox of Transformative Experience Brain Pickings

Many of [lifes] big decisions involve choices to have experiences that teach us things we cannot know about from any other source but the experience itself.

The Vampire Problem: A Brilliant Thought Experiment Illustrating the Paradox of Transformative Experience

To be human is to suffer from a peculiar congenital blindness: On the precipice of any great change, we can see with terrifying clarity the familiar firm footing we stand to lose, but we fill the abyss of the unfamiliar before us with dread at the potential loss rather than jubilation over the potential gain of gladnesses and gratifications we fail to envision because we havent yet experienced them. Emerson knew this when he contemplated our resistance to change and the key to true personal growth: People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. Rilke, too, knew it when he considered how great upheavals bring us closer to ourselves: That is at bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter.

When faced with the most transformative experiences, we are ill-equipped to even begin to imagine the nature and magnitude of the transformation but we must again and again challenge ourselves to transcend this elemental failure of the imagination if we are to reap the rewards of any transformative experience.

In Transformative Experience (public library), philosopher L.A. Paul illustrates this paradox and examines how we are to unbind ourselves from it in a simple, elegant thought experiment: If you were offered the chance to become a vampire painlessly and without inflicting pain on others, gaining incredible superpowers in exchange for relinquishing your human existence, with...


Richard Gerstl, Self-Portraits of a Tortured Soul A R T LR K

Nude_Self-Portrait_with_Palette_Richard_GerstlOn the 14th of September 1883, Austrian painter and draughtsman Richard Gerstl was born in Vienna; he is remembered for his insightful portraits and haunting self-portraits. He was born into a wealthy bourgeois family as the son of Emil Gerstl, a Jewish merchant, and Maria Pfeiffer, a Catholic woman who later converted to the faith. Against the wishes of his father, Gerstl became involved in the visual arts. In 1898 he attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, but became an anti-secessionist rebel, who did not manage to have his own exhibition during his lifetime as he clearly distanced himself from Secessionism. Today Gerstl is best known for his highly stylized heads executed in a raw form of expressionism using pastels, like Oskar Kokoschka.

Early on in his career, Gerstl was interested in philosophy and music and established friendships with composers such as Mahler, von Zemlinsky  and Schoenberg. Whilst acting as an art tutor to the latter, Gerstl fell...


Bringing the Theatricality of Magic and Comedy to Art Hyperallergic

Installation view of <em>2017 SECA Art Award</em> at SFMOMA (courtesy the artist)Installation view of 2017 SECA Art Award at SFMOMA (all images courtesy the artist)

SAN FRANCISCO Vladimir Nabokov once quipped that art is a magical deception. A show of new work by Bay Area artist Lindsey White gives the famed lepidopterists dictum a run for its money, using the uncanny, screwball gestures of magic and comedy. White, a recipient of SFMOMAs 2017 SECA Art Award, spent a year considering the intersections of art, humor, and magic, culminating in a wry exhibition that artfully challenges taboos and perceptions of the ordinary, while reconsidering the nature of representation itself.

Lindsey White, "Often Imitated, Never Equaled" (2016)Lindsey White, Often Imitated, Never Equaled (2016)

Like the kitschy shtick and deadpan stand-up that it references, Whites portion of the 2017 SECA Art Award exhibition...


Graffiti and Its Reflection on Culture StreetArtNews

There is a book called Graffiti Lives: Beyond the Tag written by Baruch College Sociologist, Gregory J. Snyder, that argues that graffiti writers cant be understood when looked at as simply people who vandalize and wreak social disorder. They also need to be viewed as members of a subculture that is diverse and who use the experiences they have to build careers that are legitimate.

Are they though? Lets take a quick look at a bit of graffiti and how it reflects on culture, or maybe how culture influences the art.


Image Credit: Ell Brown

More and more people are mobbing from smoking cigarettes to vaping. People are starting to vape when they never smoked before too. This is because you can get the vape juice without any nicotine at all in it. The thing about vaping is that you can get any type of vape box you want so the liquid choices are as diverse as the people using them. You might be wondering exactly what that has to do with graffiti too. You can find vape shops all over the world with graffiti art on them, sometimes inside and sometimes out. This popular counter culture choice is becoming more mainstream, but the art is still pure graffiti.


Image Credit: Joshua Rappeneker

You might have heard of Banksy. He is a street artist who mainly plies his trade in England. He is known for street art that is ultra-realistic and sometimes has a political bent. He did one in Calais of Steve Jobs reflecting the situation with the Syrian refugees. See, at least one of Steves parents migrated from Syria. He also is known for works that plead for change in the world like this one that shows a homeless person asking not for coins, but for change.




Standout Shorts from the Toronto International Film Festival Hyperallergic

La Libertad, directed by Laura Huertas Milln (image courtesy TIFF)

TORONTO You will likely find future Oscar contenders and boutique theater releases at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is now in its 41st year and runs through this weekend. But the festival also curates a choice selection of experimental works under its Wavelengths banner choice fare for cinephiles looking outside the box, or who dont care for the box at all. And Wavelengths lead programmer Andra Picard calls the sections four annual shorts programs its crown. Each screening consists of short films from some of the most daring artists working today from around the world. These are among the standouts.

Wasteland No. 1 Ardent directed by Verdant (image courtesy TIFF)

Wasteland No. 1 Ardent, Verdant

Best known for her trippy animations often involving photography of intricate yarn work, here Jodie Mack instead contrasts the mechanical and the botanical. The first half of Wasteland No. 1 Ardent, Verdant is a montage of close-ups of computer motherboards. The rapid editing makes the shifting configurations of nodes circuitry look like a rapid pan over a cityscape, the accreted dust lending it a vacant air, as if its a radioactive quarantine zone. The second half of the film depicts hills covered in poppies in bloom, the color contrast cranked to a maximum saturat...


Debtumenta: Governments Step In to Save Documenta from 7 Million Deficit Hyperallergic

Marta Minujn, "The Parthenon of Books" (2017), steel, books, and plastic sheeting, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, Documenta 14 (photo by Roman Mrz, courtesy Documenta)Marta Minujn, The Parthenon of Books (2017), steel, books, and plastic sheeting, Friedrichsplatz, Kassel, Documenta 14 (photo by Roman Mrz, courtesy Documenta)

Documenta, the revered German quinquennial whose 14th edition draws to a close in Kassel this weekend, is in trouble. Exorbitant costs incurred during this years exhibition, which for the first time was split between its hometown of Kassel and Athens, have left the organizers grappling with a 7 million (~$8.3 million) deficit. According to German newspaper HNA, Kassels municipal government and the state of Hesse have each agreed to step in to serve as guarantors on 3.5 million loans taken out by Documenta und Museum Fridericianum gGmbH, the nonprofit that organizes the exhibition.

Documenta is inextricably linked with Kassel, the citys mayor, Christian Geselle, said in a statement. We want Documenta to continue in Kassel as a world-class exhibition of contemporary art. The mayor, who is the chairman of the supervisory board of Documenta, was informed of the financial problem at the end of August, when the organizers first realized the severity of the budget shortfall. Geselle would not confirm HNAs numbers, but said that after a thorough audit of the nonp...


1,000 Lines of Colorful Paint Pool into Mesmerizing Puddles at the Venice Biennale My Modern Met

A post shared by Swatch & Art (@swatchandart) on May 15, 2017 at 12:39am PDT

There's something oddly satisfying about watching paint slowly drip down a canvas. It's unexplainable, yet mesmerizing, to view the viscous pigment crawl its way to the flood, puddling in a colorful mess. English artist Ian Davenport plays with these concepts in his series Poured Lines and Puddle Painting.

Working with a surgeon's precision, Davenport's newest pieceWide Acres of Timesees him covering an aluminum panel with a sequence of more than 1,000 vertical lines of colorful soft body acrylic paint. This multicolored waterfall was created in collaboration with Swatch for the Venice Biennale. The mammoth piece, which measures 14 meters (about 46 feet) wide and almost 4 meters (13 feet) tall, measures up to the immensity of its surroundings in Venice's Giardini pavilion.

Davenport, who is also an avid drummer, is interested in the musical rhythms and how they connect back to the rhythms found in art. Certainly, his soothing sequences of colorful lines possess a controlled, yet random, rhythm that draws viewers in, as they innately respond to the colors.

In an added challenge, Davenport was also asked to create a limited edition Swatch using his signature technique. Experimenting with a circular flow of paint pooling in the center of what would be the watch face, he skillfully married his conte...


A Massive Mural by Ella & Pitr Depicts a Refugee Seeking Passage in France Colossal

All images courtesy of Galerie Le Feuvre

French duo Ella & Pitr (previously) tackle the gravity of the global refugee crisis in their latest mural, Le Naufrage de Bienvenu/The Shipwreck of Bienvenu. The massive outdoor work reaches over 47 meters (154 feet), scaling the surface of Pineys Dam in La Valla-En Gier, Rhone-Alpes, France.

Ella & Pitr frequently highlight neglected societal groups such as the elderly and homeless by placing them on highly visible urban canvases like snowy hillsides or old airport tarmacs. Their choice of a dama huge aquatic blockadecould be interpreted in reference to the swelling crisis of displaced people crossing the Mediterranean from Africa.

The artists and their team spent ten days suspended from the dam to complete the painting. You can follow more of Ella & Pitrs work on Instagram.



Hypnotic Videos of a Japanese Potter at Work My Modern Met

Abe Haruya Japanese Pottery

Japanese potter Abe Haruya has been gaining recognition not only for his intricately patterned ceramics, but also for the hypnotic behind the scenes videos he posts to Instagram. What started as him playing with his wife's smartphone has turned into a large following that can't stop watching him shape and mold pieces of porcelain.

Haruya often works using a technique known as yokoku, which literally translates to relief. Here, patterns are carved into a mold and then pressed onto the tableware that's been shaped on the potter's wheel. He also meticulously scraps away clay to create detailed patterns along the surface of vases or edges of decorative bowls.

It's impossible not to find soothing joy in watching Haruya manipulate the clay, letting it melt away like butter until the piece reaches its final shape. And as he shaves away layers of dry clay to form decorative patterns, the sounds are almost as mesmerizing as the action itself. Completely dedicated to his craft, he can often be found working on pieces for up to 3 months. His classic, beautiful tableware is available worldwide via Hanada.

Japanese potter Abe Haruya has gained a surprising following after posting short videos of himself working with clay to Instagram.


Exploring Blackness in Enigmatic, Black-and-White Fragments Hyperallergic

Installation view of Kameelah Janan Rasheed, A Supple Perimeter (all photographs by Ornella Friggit)

When I first saw Kameelah Janan Rasheeds work in her exhibition On Refusal at A.I.R. Gallery last year, I was mesmerized. What stunned me was how she used her materials to convey the idea of a fugitive, subaltern, lived experience thats expressed in syntactic slips and eruptions of deeply felt personal exertion against the burly undertow of religious ideology. The work amazed me by how she achieved via a cascade of text, photographs, photocopied images, and video with sound, bits of photocopied text and abstract imagery affixed to the walls with pins, the portrayal of an interior, psychological process of working through a crisis concerning ones faith and family history. The crisis simultaneously felt personal and common. I have been there myself, so the exhibition resonated with me. For her much larger show at the Arts Center on Governors Island, A Supple Perimeter, Rasheed uses essentially the same tactics, but here shes addressing a much larger issue: Blackness.



How 9/11 Forever Changed Lilo & Stitch TwistedSifter


9/11 was a turning point in every facet of American society including cinema. In September of 2001, Disney was approaching final cut on Lilo & Stitch a childrens film set for release in early 2002. The climax of the film initially featured Stitch piloting a 747 through a fictional Hawaiian city. But that urban backdrop was replaced with a mountainous backdrop, and the aircraft was re-worked to look like an alien spacecraft.

The changes were informed by the shift in the mood in America following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Disney wasnt alone in their obligation to rework content to a more appropriate tone for a nation still reeling from the attacks. Childrens shows like Power Rangers, Pokemon, and Invader Zim had episodes taken off the air due to scenes where buildings and cityscapes were destroyed.

The natio...


Interview: Photographer Spends 15 Years Capturing Images of People Surrounded by Their Belongings My Modern Met

New Reading Portrait Mami Kiyoshi

Mr. & Mrs. Ochiai. Ibaraki, Japan, 2005. They married in 2005. This portrait was a souvenir of their wedding ceremony. The bride is an illustrator and the groom is a private school teacher.

For the past 15 years, Japanese artist Mami Kiyoshi has been carrying out her unique project New Reading Portraits. By asking people to pose with their belongings, she creates an intimate view into their world. As her models expose themselves to the camera through their physical possessions, they also open themselves emotionally through this artistic show and tell.

Kiyoshi began her journey into fine art photography when she was still a student at the Musashino Art University. As she journeyed from self-portraiture to taking her family's photos, her interest then turned toward others. Working as a curious detective to discover other people's lives, she slowed down her process and began New Reading Portraits.

We had the opportunity to ask Kiyoshi a few questions about the ongoing project and her process, as well as asking her to share stories behind some of the images.

Mami Kiyoshi fine art photography

Sakura and Kazuhiro. Tokyo, Japan, 2015. She is a photographer and he is a tattoo artist. Both love to cook and live with two cats and a dog. As an alliance, they have a tattoo of their wedding date on their ring fingers.

What is your process for New Reading Portraits?

Since the invention of photography, taking a photo has become easier through the development of technology. It is very easy for everyone today. But I wanted to do it in the opposite way. I tried to find the way of making photography that takes time. I take at least two days on a shoot...


FILM: By the Book

Nick Pinkerton on Frederick Wisemans Ex Libris: New York Public Library


If the iPhone X Launch Event Was Honest TwistedSifter


Jack Douglass aka Jacksfilms parodies the recent Apple iPhone X launch event aka the $1000 emoji machine.




Remarkable Finalists of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest My Modern Met

wildlife photography contest

Arctic treasure Sergey Gorshkov (Russia). Finalist, Animal Portraits.
Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot. This is June and bonanza time for the foxes of Wrangel Island in the Russian Far East. Lemmings are the basic diet for Arctic foxes, but Wrangel suffers long, harsh winters and is icebound for much of the year, making it a permanent source of stored food for these opportunist animals. The food convoys arrive at the end of May. Over just a few days, vast flocks of snow geese descend on the tundra of this remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, traveling from wintering grounds some 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) away in British Columbia and California. Not only is this the biggest breeding colony of snow geese in the world, and the only remaining one in Asia, but it is also growing: from 160,000 geese in 2011 to about 300,000 by 2016. The Arctic foxes catch any weak or sick birds, but what they feast on are the goose eggs, laid in early June in open nests on the tundra. Though the pairs of snow geese actively defend their nests, a fox may still manage to steal up to 40 eggs a day, harassing the geese until theres a chance to nip in and grab an egg. Most of the eggs are then cached, buried in shallow holes in the tundra, where the soil stays as cold as a refrigerator. These eggs will remain edible long after the brief Arctic summer is over and the geese have migrated south again. And when the new generation of young foxes begins to explore, they too will benefit from the hidden treasures.
(Photo: Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

As we move closer to the awards ceremony for the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, the Natural History Museum, London has released select images of finalists. Coming from entries across 16 categories in the adult competition and 3 categories in the young competition, it's an exciting preview of what we can expect when the winning images are announced.

Now in its 53rd year, this year's competition received almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries. As a reward for capturing the...


Unique Egyptian Gilded Coffin Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum Hyperallergic

Detail of a gilded coffin lid for the Priest Nedjemankh (late Ptolemaic Period, 150-50 BCE) (all images the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has added some serious bling to its ancient Egyptian collection in the form of a rare, gilded coffin with a highly ornamental lid.

Dating to the late Ptolemaic period, the mummiform coffin was inscribed for the high-ranking priest Nedjemankh, who was part of the cult of the ram-god Heryshef of Herakleopolis. Its gold-sheathed surface portrays scenes and texts in thick gesso relief that served to protect the deceased as he ventured into the afterlife. Its interior, too, is decorated, featuring a unique detail: thin sheets of silver foil intended to protect the priests face.

Originally exported from Egypt in 1971, the coffin emerges from a private collection and is now a one-of-a-kind object in the Mets own holdings.

Although fully gilded coffins from Egypt are attested over a period of more than 1,500 years, they are extremely rare, and the Met owns no other examples, a member of the museums Egyptian Art Department told Hyperallergic. The coffin of Nedjemankh is distinctive within the collection both for its materials and the technique of gesso pastiglia used to create the decoration. It also fills a gap in the museums collection of coffins between earlier Ptolemaic examples and later Roman ones.

Gilded coffin for the Priest Nedjemankh (late Ptolemaic Period, 150-50 BCE)

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Magnificent Photographs of Japans Summer Firework Festivals Colossal

Furukawa Fireworks Festival

Summer in Japan means colorful explosions in the sky, where some 200 firework festivals called hanabi taikai are held across the country in July and August, a tradition that dates back to the early 18th century. At many events, pyrotechnicians actually compete to create the best firework show, with extreme attention to detail in scale, color, and design. Photographer Keisuke trekked to several shows this summer and captured the most eye-opening moments of these nighttime events. Although just 25 years old, the photographer has received numerous awards for his landscape photography of Japan and hes amassed quite a following on Instagram.



Meet the 6-Year-Old Instagram Fashionista Whos Becoming a Style Icon in Tokyo My Modern Met

High Fashion Photography by Coco

Having a flair for fashion is a gift, and its one that a Japanese girl named Coco has cultivated early. At just six years old, shes a bona-fide Instagram star, dazzling people from around the world with her bold and trendy kids fashion. Coco isnt afraid to mix patterns or wear bright colors, and she does it all with an effortlessly cool attitude. Shes even able to make questionable outfit choiceslike wearing white socks with sandalswork for her.

Coco first learned about fashion from her parents. They run a vintage clothing store in Harajuku, a Tokyo neighborhood known for its eccentric style. Its the second iteration of their shop; the family business started in Fukushima, but after the 2011 Thoku earthquake, they were forced to relocate. Coco was just a baby when she moved to Harajuku, and shes used to wild fashions she sees thereto her, they're normal.

When it comes to running her Instagram, Coco has a mind of her own. She chooses what goes online and is genuinely interested in growing her following through great poses and amazing ensembles. But, this is just one facet of Cocos life; None of the kids [at school] dress the way I do, she says in a video. We don't really want to make her go into fashion or that industry, Coco's mom further explains, and she compares the endeavor to an after school program. The little girl pursues her style simply because she loves doing so.

Known simply as Coco, the six-year-old Instagram star is changing the face of high fashion photography.

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Mad Meteorologist Ventures Into Hurricane Irmas Eyewall to Measure Its Wind Speed TwistedSifter


Simon Brewer and Juston Drake are meteorologists and storm chasers currently featured on The Weather Channels series, Storm Riders.

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Dancing with death: Vintage erotica featuring women cavorting with skeletons Dangerous Minds

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Everyday Plastic Objects Fill a Scottish Greenhouse With Faux Flora Colossal

Swiss/Danish art duo PUTPUT creates conceptual still life photography and sculptures, infusing humor into their minimal works. In their 2015 project Fruitless, the Copenhagen-based pair turned a greenhouse on-site at Lust and the Apple Gallery in Temple, Scotland into a florescent green paradise. The two artists subbed cacti and other succulents for everyday plastic objects found around the house, instead planting gloves, combs, and plastic cups in real terra cotta pots.

Because the plastic forms closely imitate plants found in nature, the faux flora seem full of life in the unique context, glowing more brightly than their typical place on a shelf or counter. You can see more of the pairs non-functional arrangements and sculptures on their Facebook and Instagram. (via DesignBoom)



The Illuminati of rock and roll: Remembering Pat Fear, a real-life Robert Anton Wilson character Dangerous Minds

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Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs Dangerous Minds

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...

Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs Dangerous Minds

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
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Sally West Uses Thick Dabs of Paint to Create Amazing Textural Surfaces and Outdoor Scenes TwistedSifter


Sally West is a leading Australian artist and her work is internationally collected. Her professional career as an artist has taken her all over the world, winning prizes and selling to private collectors. Her application of the paint is thick and creates amazing textural surfaces. Admirers of her work love her subtle palette and bold application of the paint.

Sally has been the winner of many recent art prizes and is a regular finalist in many prestigious prizes including the Portia Geach Art Prize (SH Ervin Gallery 2013, 2014 & 2015), New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Paddington Art Prize (2016), KAAF Prize (2016), EMSLA (2016), Salon Des Refuses (Wynne) Prize, Charlatan Ink Art Prize (Manhattan NYC), and the Pacific Palms Art Prize (winner 3 years), Gosford Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize and many more.

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David Bowie, Dennis Hopper and/or Dean Stockwell bring blow to Iggy Pop in a psych ward, 1975 Dangerous Minds

Iggy Pop and Dennis Hopper talking shop back in the day.

By 1975, I was totally into drugs, and my willpower had been vastly depleted. But still, I had the brains to commit myself to a hospital, and I survived with willpower and a lot of help from David...


Crop Circles - what are they - who or what is making them Mike Philbin's free planet blog

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When Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Creepy TV Show Way Out, a Companion to Rod Serlings Twilight Zone (1961) Open Culture

In an odd twist of history, two of the wisest and weirdest childrens writers of their generation also happened to have both been fighter pilots during World War II. Antoine de Saint-Exupry, author of The Little Prince, flew reconnaissance missions for the French Air Force before the 1940 armistice with Nazi Germany. Roald Dahl, author ofamong many othersCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, flew with the Royal Air Force. Both wrote about their flying exploits and both writers, it so happened, were once shot down over Libya, which also happens to be the title of Dahls first published story, written for grown-ups and published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1946.

There are maybe other uncanny similarities, but one thing Saint-Exupry never turned his hand to is television. Dahl, on the other hand, had the opportunity to host two TV shows during his lifetime: Way Out in 1961 and Tales of the Unexpected, which aired from 1979 to 1988 and featured several episodes based on Dahls own stories. Although he has become renowned for his high-concept kids books, at the time of Dahl's entre onto the tube, he had mainly achieved fame as a writer of macabre tales published in the New Yorker as well as a script written for Alfred Hitchcock Presents called Lamb to the Slaughter.

Dahl seems a natural fit for the medium, not only as a writer but as a presenter, with his dry wit and suave personality. But his first show, Way Outeight episodes of which you can now watch on YouTubecame about entirely by accident, or rather, as the serendipitous result of another programs spectacular failure. This is no exaggeration. Jackie Gleason, perhaps the most famous comedian of his day, had decided in 1961 to attempt a celebrity game show on CBS called Youre in the Picture. The show was such a bomb that it only aired once, and the following week, Gleason appeared on a bare stage for ha...


Psychedelic Smoothie Bowls Bring a Tie Dyed Twist to Healthy Eating My Modern Met

Food Art by Rachel Lorton

Life is more fun in color, so why not make your meals as bright as a rainbow? Rachel Lorton, a self-proclaimed smoothie bowl enthusiast creates eye-pleasing dishes that are a psychedelic twist on the popular culinary trend. Using all-natural ingredients, she produces colorful, swirling patterns that are so vibrant, their visual electricity practically leaps out of the bowl. Neon pink, ocean blue, and deep magenta together resemble tie dye prints youd find on clothing. But don't let their hues fool you; Lorton has made her vegan creations good for you, too.

Through her Instagram, Lorton demonstrates that you dont need artificial colors or flavors to make stunning works of food art. I constantly get feedback from, let's just say junk-eaters,' she explains, who tell me that I inspire them to eat healthy because they didn't realize vegan food can look so good. Ingredients like turmeric, hemp heart, pea flower, and cantaloupe offer a variety of hues, in addition to their wellness benefits. Raw beetroot, especially, is a favorite of Lorton. I love all of its nutritional characteristics, but I enjoy how it helps muscle recovery and stamina for working out the most.

To produce these artistic smoothie bowls, Lorton uses a few readily-available tools. Once she's made the smoothie base, she'll fill squirt bottles with pureed colors and layer them on top. Then, using a toothpick, she drags the colors back and forth to create the swirling patterns. Finally, cut fruit is added for colorful accents and textures. Watch her mesmerizing technique in a couple of videos, below.

Rachel Lorton creates vegan smoothie bowls that are a psychedelic twist on the popular food trend.


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A Family of Artists Creates a Portrait of Inuk Life Across Three Generations Hyperallergic

Installation view of Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait

Three generations of artists from Kinngait, the renowned center of Inuit printmaking best known as Cape Dorset, are on view in an exhibition that consists of a century-spanning matrilineal exchange of forms, stories, and values. Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait is titled for the Inuktitut word akunnittinni, meaning between us, and features work by Inuk grandmother, mother, and daughter Pitseolak Ashoona, Napachie Pootoogook, and Annie Pootoogook. Their prints and drawings resonate with intergenerational themes of motherhood and community, and the exhibition is itself a sampling of the history of the resilience of Inuit life in the face of the complexities of modernity and globalization as seen through the lens of a single, extraordinary family of artists.

Work from Kinngait is not infrequently shown in New York. Most recently, in late 2016, the Brooklyn Museum presented programs with the Cape Dorset Legacy Project to supplement its collection of Kinngait work from the 1950s to the present. It is also a major moment for Inuit artists internationally. Kananginak Pootoogook, a family member and one of the first Kinngait printmakers, is now the first Inuit artist to be shown at the Venice Biennale, having been selected for this years Arsenale exhibit seven years after his death. Closer to home, the exhibition SakKijjuk, organized by Heather Igloliorte the first major show of Labrador Inuit art is now currently touring across Canada.



Spanischer Knstler Kraser malt Mural in Kiev URBANSHIT

Der spanische Knstler Kraser war vor kurzen in der Stadt Kiev zu Gast, wo er ein neues Wandgemlde gemalt hat. Das Mural erstreckt sich ber die unverputzte Backsteinfassade eines fnfgeschossigen Wohngebudes in Kiev. Entstanden ist die neueste Arbeit von Kraser aus Einladung des Kunstprojektes Art United Us, fr das in der Vergangenheit bereits etliche Knstler aus unterschiedlichen Lndern im ffentlichen Raum Murals realisiert haben. All Pictures by courtesy of the artist About the Artist Kraser is an artist and graphic designer born in Cartagena (Spain) in 1977. He attended the School of Art in Murcia in 2000. Kraser moved to Milan in 2009, where he continues to live. Even as a young child he was attracted by painting. He began in the Street Art scene in his early teens. Since then he has participated in many national and international exhibitions. His works have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and he has curated exhibitions of his works at art festivals and expositions. He has also participated in Live Painting events at many european festivals. His works are influenced by an eclectic mix of Old Master, Surrealism and Lowbrow art. His paintings convey emotion through a mix of ironic and dreamlike concepts. Their aim is to convey emotion ...

Der Beitrag Spanischer Knstler Kraser malt Mural in Kiev erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Revisiting a Devastating 1900 Hurricane in an Experimental 3D Film Hyperallergic

Still from <em>PROTOTYPE</em> (2017) (courtesy Blake Williams)Still from PROTOTYPE (2017) (all images courtesy Blake Williams)

The stereoscopic cards in question are souvenirs made from photographs of the devastation wrought by the Great Storm of 1900, a hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in US history. Of course there were souvenirs. As I write this, multiple hurricanes have just hit the Gulf and East coasts of North America, and our modern media is spreading images of the storms in its own leering way. Galveston and its morbid stereoscope cards are perhaps the prototype for disaster gawking in the 21st century. After all, such pictures were among the first methods of mass visual communication, rapidly disseminated from their inciting incidents to be slotted into viewing contraptions all over the country.



The Cost of Sexual Harassment Sociological Images

Originally posted at Gender & Society

Last summer, Donald Trump shared how he hoped his daughter Ivanka might respond should she be sexually harassed at work. He saidI would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case. President Trumps advice reflects what many American women feel forced to do when theyre harassed at work: quit their jobs. In our recent Gender & Society article, we examine how sexual harassment, and the job disruption that often accompanies it, affects womens careers.

How many women quit and why?  Our study shows how sexual harassment affects women at the early stages of their careers. Eighty percent of the women in our survey sample who reported either unwanted touching or a combination of other forms of harassment changed jobs within two years. Among women who were not harassed, only about half changed jobs over the same period. In our statistical models, women who were harassed were 6.5 times more likely than those who were not to change jobs. This was true after accounting for other factors such as the birth of a child that sometimes lead to job change. In addition to job change, industry change and reduced work hours were common after harassing experiences.

Percent of Working Women Who Change Jobs (20032005)

In interviews with some of these survey participants, we learned more about how sexual harassment affects employees. While some women quit work to avoid their harassers, others quit because of dissatisfaction with how employers responded to their reports of harassment.

Rachel, who worked at a fast food restaurant, told us that she was just totally disgusted and I quit after her employer failed to take action until they found out she had consulted an attorney. Many women who were harassed told us that leaving their positions felt like the only way to escape a toxic workplace climate. As advertising agency employee Hannah explained, It w...


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What Is Fair Use?: A Short Introduction from the Maker of Everything is a Remix Open Culture

Back in 2010, we began featuring a series of videos from filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. Called Everything is a Remix, the four-part video series explored the idea that (to quote from one of my earlier posts) "great art doesnt come out of nowhere. Artists inevitably borrow from one another, drawing on past ideas and conventions, and then turn these materials into something beautiful and new." That applies to musicians, filmmakers, technologists, and really anyone in a creative space.

If you would like to watch the original series in its totality, I would refer you to the video below. Above, you can now watch a new Kirby Ferguson video that delves into the concept of Fair Use--a concept defined by the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use website essentially as "any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and 'transformative' purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work." They go on to say:  "Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an infringement."

Needless to say, fair use is an important concept if you're making your own videos on Youtube, or if you're a teacher using media in the classroom.

By the end of his short video, if you're still not clear what Ferguson means by Fair Use, you're in luck. He's giving you the opportunity to submit questions to be answered by "a real live lawyer in a follow up video." He also includes extra resources at the end of the segment.

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