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Sunday, 15 October


12 Street Artists Got Together to Fill Downtown Las Vegas with Vibrant Murals My Modern Met

Las Vegas Street Art at Life is Beautiful Festival


Las Vegas is known for its glitz, gambling, and now, an act of senseless violence that took the lives of 58 people and injured 489 others. But amid the stereotypes and the heartbreaking incident, the resilient city continues to develop a vibrant art scene that showcases the incredible creativity of artists both locally and around the world. One shining example of this is Justkids, a creator and producer of large-scale art events who has made Las Vegas its home. Working in collaboration with the Life is Beautiful Festival, they commissioned creatives to bring street art into the original downtown Las Vegas area2017 marks the fifth year that they have been curating the project.

Many of the works included in Life is Beautiful are murals that add colorful imagery to the facades of otherwise ordinary buildings. This year, however, Justkids raised their ambitions with site-specific installations that required some serious logistical talent. Spanish artist Okuda produced one of our favorite pieces in the festival that incorporates 2D as well as 3D work. His large rainbow-colored painting titled Rest of the three Graces sits nearby his 16-foot sculpture of a sitting creature called Smiling Bear Kinga piece so big and heavy that it had to be transported by ship over the course of six weeks.

In addition to Okuda, there were 11 other artists invited for this edition of the festival. They include: Faile, Felipe Pantone, Kevin Lyons, Broken Fingaz, Mau Lencinas, Morag Myerscough, This is my b world, Luzinterruptus, Fafi, Bicicleta Sem Freio, and Zest. Check out some of their work, below.

The original downtown area of Las Vegas was recently adorned with vibrant street art from 12 artists around the world.



Revolutionizing the Erotics of Writing Hyperallergic

Kathy Acker is one of those writers who will easily get under your skin. Discussing sexuality, masculinity versus femininity, semiotics within social life, and narratology at a time when many writers and thinkers were beginning to redefine and push the boundaries of both prose and verse writing, Acker is one of the most notoriously risqu writers of her historical moment. At her peak, she was active from the 1970s to well into the 80s, though she surrounded herself with writers, theorists, and artists from the 1960s onward. She wanted to be a writer, but didnt know what that meant exactly. Was being a writer a lifestyle choice or was it to understand oneself as a long scroll and body of language?

Two new books, by Chris Kraus and Douglas A. Martin, explore Ackers life, work, and legacy. Kraus After Kathy Acker (Semiotext(e), September 2017) could be characterized as a formal biography though its much more complicated than that while Martins Acker (Nightboat Books, October 2017) is a series of fragmented mini-essays and ruminations about Ackers work. In reading these two books, one can only wonder: How far and impactful was Ackers reach? What kinds of reactions did her writing elicit? And who, if anyone, can be considered an appropriate spokesperson to bring forth the ideas of language so deeply rooted in every word Acker expresses? Martin quotes Charles Olson: to write about something is academic, and to do it in your writing is visceral. Kraus and Martin perfectly represent this dualism. While they are both bound to the rules of their chosen genre (which ironically, their subject systematically defies and rejects) each author has a very different relationship to the subject. Martin, who did not know Acker personally, is writing at an academic remove; conversely Kraus and Acker were part of the same community of artists and writers.



The Incessant Art of Kazuko Miyamoto Hyperallergic

Kazuko Miyamoto, Female 1 (1977-2017), black string and nails on board, 38 x 28 x 91 inches (all images courtesy Zrcher Gallery)

Initially, I got dizzy looking at the two string constructions by Kazuko Miyamoto, an artist whose work I did not know of until I walked into her exhibition, Kazuko Miyamoto: Works 1964 1980 at Zrcher Gallery (September 7 October 25, 2017). It was a strange dizziness, both pleasant and odd, which passed in a blink, as I was just as quickly mesmerized by what I was looking at. For all their calm, there is something agitated about these works I could not stand still in front of them and that paradox held my attention. Miyamotos constructions are made from two things: string and nails with large heads. In Male 1 (1974 2017), the strings are white, while in Female 1 (1977-2017) they are black.

Kazuko Miyamoto, Male 1 (1974-2017), cotton strings and nails on board, 72 x 48 x 24 inches

The nails are driven into the floor (or, in these two works, a white board) and the wall according to a set pattern an arc, for example and the string is tautly stretched between the two sets of nails according to a second pattern. The result is a structure made of a string: stretching between...


Hip Hop Head Listens to Rage Against the Machine for the First Time Ever TwistedSifter


If youre a fan, this is as close as it gets to hearing it again for the first time :)




Pierre-Marie Robitaille - The Solar Spectrum - why the Sun is not a ball of gas Mike Philbin's free planet blog

Yes, I've featured some of Pierre-Marie Robitaille's work before, and he has had MANY SCIENTIFIC PAPERS published in numerous peer-reviewed science magazines.

Hydrogen glows in the red spectrum...

When Pierre-Marie Robitaille talks about the solar spectrum i.e. that kind of light coming off our nearest star, matching that of black body radiation know that he's not talking about light from a gaseous mass, he's talking about the black body radiation of any cavity found in nature.

"The photosphere is formed of CONDENSED MATTER i.e. plasma, not gas,"  Pierre-Marie Robitaille paraphrasial unquote.


Now up: Septembers Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations Bird is the Worm

  Now up, the latest Best of Bandcamp Jazz recommendations for The Bandcamp Daily.  The newest monthly installment covers albums for September 2017.  Theres ten primary recommendations in total, plus some side recommendations to boot.  Because, really, ten is not enough. Follow this LINK to read those recommendations and listen to music from each album. []


10 Best Sculpture Parks Around the World My Modern Met

Best Sculpture Parks Around the World

We often think of art viewing as an indoor experience, moving through museums and galleries to experience painting and sculpture. But some of the best art can be seen blended with nature. Sculpture gardens, or sculpture parks, have a long history. For centuries collectors and artists have brought together monumental sculpture and placed it against nature, with institutions finding the allure of art and environment and attractive calling card for visitors.

Across the world, the best sculpture parks encourage viewers to fan out, mill the grounds and stumble upon incredible works of art. Typically focused on modernist and contemporary artists, most have both permanent collections and a set of rotating exhibitions for a different experience year round. We take a look at some of the top sculpture parks around the world, from a 16th-century monster park to a converted landfill, that prove you can travel the world and see great art without ever stepping foot indoors.

The best sculptures parks around the world let you enjoy world-class art while strolling in nature.

Socrates Sculpture Park

(Photo: Nick Normal)

Socrates Sculpture Park

Long Island City, Queens, New York

In 1986, artist Mark di Suvero led a group of community members in transforming this former landfill and illegal dumpsite into a premiere sculpture park. Now, almost 90,000 people a year visit the site, which is open 365 days a year. Socrates Sculpture Park has rotating exhibitions, as well as permanent sculptures and a wide range of community activities, including an outdoor cinema and farmers market during the summer.



Future Dread Hyperallergic

Anthony Hawley, September 19, 2017 (2017), ink on unique silver gelatin print, 7 x 5 inches

I never quite feel like Im in the here and now. Most of the time, I feel like Im living in the future perfect.

Its an odd state of being a Janus-faced way of thinking and speaking. A looking at transitions and possibilities, but also at endings. Arguably, the future perfect contains a great degree of foresight, a perspicacity and sorcery of sorts. But at the same time, theres a little foreboding as well.

The future perfect is a verb tense composed of the future of the verb to have, i.e., will have, plus the past participle of a verb: I will have spent all my time doing nothing or, I will have lost all my hope. It indicates that something will be completed in the future.

What will have come to pass  treaties? Peace? Us? A planet?

When the leader of the country you live in daily spouts heedless, caustic rants, its hard not to think in terms of the future perfect. Cowardly lashings out; whimsical sociopathy coupled with ingrained narcissism; one-word excremental shrieks splayed across the screen like fight words from the 1960s Batman: BLAM! POW! ZAP! One can almost hear the horn-heavy soundtrack with each of his cries: BAD RATINGS! LOSER! REPEAL!

At its best, Twitter seems to have been built to sharpen our wits; at its worst, it disseminates the politicized fears of the future perfect. What will have been done should he keep up his off-kilter rants? What will not have been done should Obamacare and other social safeguards continue to linger?

In either case, its all a sci-fi horror show. Twitter in the hands of Trump and the Republicans becomes a way of postulating speculative fictions, all the worries and woes of the possible future perfects. What we will not have been able to do; to have done?


Twice in my life Ive found myself in cities where I wasnt allowed to take pictures. The first, in 2004, was St. Petersburg, Russia, where I tried to photograph the exquisite architecture inside a subway station,...


Quirky Wes Anderson-Themed Airbnb Lets You Live Inside His Iconic Films My Modern Met

Wes Anderson Style Airbnb

The worlds contained in Wes Anderson films are so delightfully peculiar that you cant help but be charmed by their quirkiness. With gorgeous desaturated colors and a contemporary retro style, it makes us wish we could live in these fantastic locales, and we're not alone; theres a whole subreddit dedicated to finding Accidental Wes Anderson places in real life. While many search high and low, one unique Airbnb in Prince Edward, Ontario can help make our dreams a reality. Aptly called Mr. Andersons House, every room is modeled after one of the director's iconic films.

The Airbnb host, Dayna, calls Mr. Andersons house a love letter to him, and an ever-evolving design project. At 100 years old, the abode has many nods to the fantastical movies, but it doesn't go over the top with the decor. This makes it a fun stay, but livable for up to four guests.

Although subtle at times, there is plenty of tasteful memorabilia to excite Anderson fans. One room is dedicated to Margot Tenenbaum, and it has replicas that any fan of the film (The Royal Tenenbaums) will appreciateincluding her fur coat. Likewise, the living room, called S.S. Belafonte (from The Life Aquatic), dons a nautical theme thats complete with a painted portrait of Steve Zissou himself.

You can book Mr. Andersons House on Airbnb, but hurryreservations are quickly filling up for the end of 2017!

If you love Wes Anderson style and films, then there is the perfect Airbnb for you.

Unique Airbnb...


Guy Flying Drone Happens Upon a Moose Battling for its Life with a Wolf TwistedSifter


Dan Nystedt was recently flying his drone in northern Ontario, Canada to capture some of the breathtaking scenery when he happened upon a moose. Excited, he started to film the moose when suddenly a wolf appeared from the forest and a battle for life and death ensued.




The Exceptional Life and Political Art of Violet Oakley Hyperallergic

Violet Oakley, Self-Portrait (1919), oil on canvas, mounted on panel, unframed: 30 x 25 inches, ANA diploma presentation, January 20, 1920, National Academy Museum, New York (photo by Glenn Castellano)

In glowing, jewel-toned paintings, murals, and stained-glass, Violet Oakley (1874-1961) told stories about the healing powers of faith and the social benefits of civic engagement allegories that made tangible the restorative powers of art.

Even for the era that formed her as an artist and a woman, artistically she was a throwback, the American counterpart of a British Pre-Raphaelite, if with a suppler style. In terms of her social arrangements, however, she was decidedly a New Woman.

As A Grand Vision: Violet Oakley and the American Renaissance at the Woodmere Museum in Philadelphia demonstrates, Oakleys life was as luminous as her art. For while her style may be throwback, its content, the embodiment of Quaker principles of religious, racial and gender equality not to mention antiwar sentiments remains pertinent today. The exhibition runs through January 21, 2018.

Violet Oakley was 22 in 1896 when she enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in Philadelphia to study with Cecilia Beaux, the society portraitist and the only female on the faculty. Its possible that the aspiring painter had heard about the commencement address that scholar Eliot Norton, the nations most eminent professor of art, delivered at Bryn Mawr College nearby. Something to the effect of counseling female artists to put aside their own ambitions and follow the calling to which they were most ideally suited, supporting male artists.

Quietly but emphatically proving Eliot wrong, Oakley went on to become one of the most celebrated muralists in America. At first she was the hub of a circle of women who supported each others work. Not long after, she set up household with her life partner, Edith Emerson (a former student), with whom Oakley lived openly for more than 40 years.

Between 1897 and 1900 Oakley studied with Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute, gained initial fame as a book and magazine illustrator, completed a mura...


The Past and Present of a Syrian-American Artist Hyperallergic

Diana Al-Hadid, South East North West (2017), polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, plaster, gold leaf, copper leaf, painters tape, pigment, diptych: 130 x 168 x 5 inches 330.2 x 426.8 x 14 cm Each panel: 130 x 84 x 5 1/2 inches 330.2 x 213.4 x 14 cm (all photos courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery and Diana Al-Hadid. All photos by Object Studies)

Full disclosure: Diana Al-Hadid is a cherished former student of mine, exemplary and adventurous. As a second-year MFA candidate in sculpture when I began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004, she sought me out, requesting to audit my Critical Issues seminar (she couldnt officially enroll because she had too many credits). I agreed, with one caveat: She had to do the same copious amount of work as the other students all the eclectic readings and intensive class discussions, all the comprehensive engagement. This she did, with aplomb.

We also had many studio critiques, basically every two weeks for much of one year. I witnessed at close quarters the origins and development of what is sure turning out to be a deeply compelling and strikingly idiosyncratic artistic vision, and I dont use that word vision lightly.

Born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1981, Al-Hadid immigrated as a five-year-old child to Ohio, where she grew up in an Arabic-speaking Muslim family. She has thus long negotiated her way between two vastly different worlds the West and Islam; heartland America and Syria; box store, fast food, high school football, family car Ohio, and Syria, both ancient and modern, the seat of multiple civilizations with millennias worth of historical remnants and architectural traces.

This negotiation is also essential for her art. I recall one studio visit when an in-process sculpture (I think it was largely made of plaster built around some scaffolding) was threatening to overwhelm her entire studio. With its slopes and indentations it suggested rolling hills akin to parts of the Ohio landscape but it equally suggested architecture, a brittle archaeological fragment writ large, and the weathered surfaces of ancient structures. Back then it was apparent that Al-Hadid wasnt intent on making successful (an art school word that always...


Balance by Artez in Jesenice, Slovenia StreetArtNews

Artez is successfully continuing his European mural tour, with the latest stop being in Jesenice, an industrial town in between mountains in Slovenia. The artist has spent 6 days painting the mural named Balance on a 200 square metre wall for Festeelval art festival.

Temporality of human life is caught in the shape of a candle. Living between urban environment and nature require finding a balance between two opposites that influence each other. In the background you will notice the panorama of Jesenice, industrial city that lies between two mountains. Colour of the city is gently caught in the fabric, maybe as a symbol that we carry our identity where ever we go.


Check out more pictures below and stay tuned on StreetArtNews for more updates from Artez!



A Playful Take on the Still Life Hyperallergic

Holly Coulis, Cat and Potato Chips (2017), oil on linen, 28 x 24 inches (all images courtesy Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery)

To get where she is, Holly Coulis had to lop off some heads. The faces that populated some of her recent semi-abstract paintings, which merge still life with landscape, are absent in her newest works, now lighting up the walls of Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. She has removed volumetric renderings with her graphic contour lines, the ellipses at the tops and bottoms of pitchers, cups, and bowls. They suggested three-dimensional space, which was restrictive. These changes eliminating portraiture from her paintings and compressing the pictorial plane have allowed her to be more idiosyncratic, playful, convincing, and even funny.

The evil guardian protecting splayed Pringles in Cat and Potato Chips (2017) stares down the viewer in a tour de force of tabletop comedy. The humor, however, belies a sophisticated execution of color and form. The chips shapes are reiterated in the cats eyes, rendered as analogous objects, thematically connecting them. The flat black mass of feline form fluctuates between negative and positive space, keeping the cats proximity to you uncertain. The shift in scale from chip-to-cat-to-table is a satisfying 1-2-3 increase.  As comedians know timing, Coulis knows composition.

Cats are not the only devils in the details. Consider line, as line. Since Coulis cut cylindrical volume from her drawing, a means of line-making that she worked toward in her last show has fully arrived. In these radiant paintings, lines result from two painted shapes nearing each other, rather than strokes applied for demarcation. This is the way Barnett Newman made many of his famous zips and Frank Stella created parallel stripes of raw canvas gaps between wider bands of black paint in his Black Paintings. Coulis revisits these gaps between shapes, accenting them with colored lines to illuminate what in stained glass is dark mortar....

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Saturday, 14 October


17-Year-Old Whips Up Adorable 3D Latte Art That Pops Out of Her Mug My Modern Met

Daphne Tan 3D Latte Art

Daphne Tan (aka periperipeng) takes coffee art to the next level. The 17-year-old is quickly making a name for herself by whipping up 3D coffee foam characters that pop out of the mug.

With the use of a Nespresso milk frother, the self-taught, Singapore-based latte artist uses a mix of carob powder, soy milk, and water to create the thick foam for her sculpted masterpieces. For the details, she uses natural food coloring and melted chocolate. Tans caffeinated creations arent express espressos, thougheach one can take up to 20 minutes to construct. But the final results are worth it, and almost too cute to drink!

Tans soy-based sculptures range from fluffy puppies to friendly octopi, and even recognizable characters, such as Pikachu, Nemo, and Snoopy. Her work has recently gained the attention the Singapore Coffee Festival, which invited her to demonstrate her talent at its August 2017 event.

If you fancy yourself as a 3D latte artist, you can find a handy how-to photo guide on Tans website.

17-year-old Daphne Tan creates super cute 3D latte art.

Daphne Tan 3-D Latte Art Daphne Tan 3-D Latte Art...


Swarming Geometry, Floral Colors, and Technological Space Hyperallergic

Patrick Berran, Untitled (2017), acrylic and toner on panel, 60 x 46 inches (all images courtesy of Chapter NY)

A few years ago, Patrick Berrans paintings were dense, subtly mottled fields of sure but subdued color. Devoid of hard edges or distinct shapes, they nevertheless pulsated with understated but unmistakable nervous energy. Some of that haziness is still there in his current exhibition at Chapter NY, but it takes a back seat to swatches of crisp, precise pattern. Six largish paintings (and one tiny one) manifest this new idiom with an arresting, congenial gregariousness while a couple show their fangs.

All works are untitled, done in acrylic and toner on panel, and dated 2017. The fine points of Berrans complex technique are probably not relevant, but it may be helpful to know that the gel transfers and screen-printing involved yield surfaces that are almost completely flat and matte. Relatively little is lost in photographs of these smooth, even pictures; if anything, their fastidious seamlessness gains intensity with the aid of the camera.

Patrick Berran, Untitled (2017), acrylic and toner on panel, 60 x 46 inches

Berrans palette combines full-throated primary and secondary hues with black, white and a range of grays. These colors are more or less opaque, but an illusion of transparency results from the visual porosity and interpenetration of the areas of pattern with the blocks of color behind them, rather than any actual translucency (of glazes, e.g.). These patterns bring the look and f...


The Turbulent History of Global Chinese Art Hyperallergic

Wang Guangyi, Mao Zedong: Red Grid No. 2 (1988), oil on canvas, 59 x 51.18 inches (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)

A specter is haunting the Guggenheim the lingering spirit of a wave of protest and provocation, expressed through avant-garde art forms, that in recent decades dared to address and sometimes defy the heavy totalitarian hand that has ruled China since the triumph of its communist revolution and remains uniquely oppressive and invincible today.

Manifestations of that politically charged impulse, as it emerged in contemporary art from the last decade of the previous century through the first decade of the 21st, and the conditions that nurtured it, are the subjects of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museums large, new exhibition, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, which its organizers have positioned primarily as a documentary survey of a particular kind of art produced during one recent period of Chinese cultural history.

In its catalogue, Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheims senior curator of Asian art and senior advisor for global arts, writes that the big show presents a history of contemporary art from China and the rise of global art discourse from 1989, the year the Berlin Wall came down, and the Cold War supposedly ended, through 2008, the year China hosted the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing.

That event seemed to announce Chinas superpower status to its people and to the world, Munroe observes. She adds, No nation in modern history underwent such a total transformation as did China during these two decades, and few shifts have had global impact of this magnitude. (Munroe organized the exhibition along with two guest co-curators: Philip Tinari, an American resident of China since 2001 who founded the bilingual magazine LEAP and is the director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, and the Chinese-born Hou Hanru, who is based in Rome, where he serves as artistic director of...


Perfection of Form, Color, Space, and Light Hyperallergic

Installation view of Excavations & Certainties: Theresa Hackett and Shari Mendelson at John Molloy Gallery (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Sometimes an exhibition comes along in which the work of two or three artists unexpectedly fuses into a construct of uncanny, unitary perfection; where the forms, colors, space, placement, and light interact with a transcendence that turns the installation into its own immersive entity.

This doesnt happen very often. The only instance from my own experience that springs readily to mind is a 2014 exhibition at Valentine, the sorely missed artist-run space in Ridgewood, Queens, which featured the paintings of Patricia Satterlee and the sculptures of David Henderson and Jude Tallichet.

But as I walked into Excavations & Certainties at John Molloy Gallery on the Upper East Side, a two-artist exhibition pairing Theresa Hacketts paintings with Shari Mendelsons sculptures, a similar sense of perfection imperceptibly set in, a seed of tranquility growing into an enveloping presence.

Shari Mendelson, Blue Hippo 1 (2012), repurposed plastic, hot glue, resin, acrylic polymer, tea bags, paint, 7.5 x 5 x 12 inches; Animal with Vessel in Net (2017), repurposed plastic, hot glue, resin, acrylic polymer, paint, mica, 28 x 15 x 15 inches

Several factors contributed to this sensation, but the overriding one was light. The gallery, wh...


Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald Chosen to Paint Official Obama Portraits for the Smithsonian Hyperallergic

Kehinde Wiley speaking in a video created by the Brooklyn Museum for their New Republic exhibition. He is seated in a gallery surrounded by his paintings. (via Brooklyn Museums YouTube channel)

Next year two Obama portraits will be unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. Today the Wall Street Journal announced who the artists responsible for those official images will be: Brooklyn-based Kehinde Wiley, and Baltimore-based Amy Sherald. Both American artists are known for their portraits of African-American individuals, and both demonstrate an emotional sensitivity to their subjects in their work.

Wileys New Republic exhibition is currently touring the country. Organized by Eugenie Tsai of the Brooklyn Museum, the show is currently on display at the Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. Wiley is known for his vibrant portraits of African-American men referencing the visual language of European Old Masters painting. He is represented by Sean Kelly Gallery in New York.

Artist Amy Sherald, left, with one of her paintings, right, The Make Believer (Monets Garden) (2016), oil on canvas, 54 x 43 inches. (Private Collection, Chicago). (all im...


An App that Visualizes the Digital Hotspots and Voids Around You Hyperallergic

Screenshot from the White Spots app (courtesy Studio Richard Vijgen)Screenshot from the White Spots app (courtesy Studio Richard Vijgen)

This summer I was traveling in Jordans Wadi Rum desert, an otherworldly landscape of red sand and towering rock formations. Its topography is alien enough that it was used as the Red Planet film location for Ridley Scotts The Martian (2015), but what made it feel especially distant from the rest of the Earth was the complete lack of cellphone reception and internet. If youre living in one of the worlds connected regions (and since youre reading these words on an exclusively digital publication, Im guessing you are), it can be easy to forget that large populations in the world remain disconnected.

Map of the connected world on the White Spots app (courtesy Studio Richard Vijgen)Map of the connected world on the White Spots app (courtesy Studio Richard Vijgen)

White Spots: A Journey to the Edge of the Internet was launched last year as an app for iPhone and Google Play. It visualizes the digital networks around us, mapping those white spots where there is no network connection. It was collaboratively created by designer Richard Vijgen (who previously made the Architectur...


Seeing Japan Through the Eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright Hyperallergic

Frank Lloyd Wright, photo of Sutra Library, Chion-in Temple, Kyoto (1905) (all photos from the Collection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust and used with permission)

In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright made his first trip to Japan, where he observed with his own eyes the architecture and landscape that had deeply influenced his practice for nearly two decades. Like any eager tourist, he carried with him a camera to document his surroundings. The resulting snapshots are rarely seen records, having been published only through a title thats out of print, but they are now available for public perusal through a new website launched by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

Frank Lloyd Wright, photo of Great Buddha at Nofukuji Temple, Kobe (1905)

Donated by Wrights son, David, the collection of 40 photographs offers views of temples, shrines, and gardens in cities from Kyoto to Okayama. An interactive map on the website traces Wrights route, which began and ended at Yokohama port. Accompanied by his clients Ward and Cecilia Willits, and by his wife, Wright had arrived via steamship from Vancouver Harbor after taking a train north from Chicago. 

By the time of this trip, the American architect was already an avid collector of ukiyo-e prints, and the journey through Japan, in his words, was made in pursuit of the print. Wrights general understanding of Japanese life came from these pictures of the ...


Model Maker Creates Spooky Miniature Scenes Framed Within Shadow Box Dioramas My Modern Met

Shadow boxes by Chimerical Reveries

London-based model maker and founder of Chimerical Reveries Andy Acres invites you to peer into another world with his hand-crafted shadow boxes. Inspired by the art of storytelling, each enchanting model depicts eerie, abandoned scenes in miniature scale. Derelict farmhouses, old attics, and fog-filled forests are just some of the places you will find. Ranging in size, each shadow box features meticulous details, rich textures, and deep colors. Viewers are able to inspect Acres spooky scenes at different angles to discover intriguing, hidden details and envision their own story.

Applying his background as a skilled illustrator, Acres starts by drawing out his scenes on paper. He then hand-draws each individual element and makes a photocopy before carefully cutting around it with a scalpel to make the stencils. His materials include soft wood, brass screws, plastics, and even real glass for the windows and the front of the box. The framed shadow boxes are back-lit with LED lights, which can be switched on and off using an antique toggle. Acre doesnt stop working until his models are absolutely perfect. Only when the shadow boxes look exactly like [his] drawings does he feel like they are complete.

When describing why he chose to build his scenes rather than paint them on a canvas, he explains, I have often found it a little frustrating that on occasion I have been unable to see more of an artist's depiction. What was around that corner or just beneath the window ledge? I wanted to create scenes of decrepitude, solitude and abandonment, subjects that are so rich and often entrancing they deserve more than a flat painting. I want my work to not only breathe life but to exhale.

You can purchase Acres shadow boxes through his Etsy shop. They may cost a pretty penny, but thats the price of hard work.

Peer into the eerie worlds of Andy Acres shadow boxes.



Photoshop Troll Fixes Peoples Photos by Taking Their Requests Way Too Literally My Modern Met

Funny Photoshop Troll James Fridman

Photoshop is a powerful tool with infinite possibilities for folks with creative minds. And if they have an expert-level understanding of the program, these photo manipulation masters can make anything happen. Digital artist James Fridman, a funny Photoshop troll, does just this; he takes user requests to fix their pictures, then interprets their directions literally. The results are often as outrageous as they are hilarious.

The only thing you can expect from Fridman taking your request is that the new image will be something totally unexpected. In one of his most popular Photoshop corrections, a guy asked Fridman to close his girlfriends eyes while they were kissing. Fridmans solution? Get a random arm to cover her eyes up! That's not even one of his silliest fixesthat honor goes to the woman who wanted her head to appear less round. Fridman gave her a rectangle-shaped noggin to share with the world.

The people submitting their photos to Fridman know that hes going to give them something funny in return, which makes his project all the more successfuleveryone is in on the joke. If you have a photo that needs fixing, Fridman explains how to do so on his website.

Funny Photoshop troll James Fridman will fix a picture you send him by taking your request literally.


From Chocolate Gramophones to MP3s: The History of Sound in Images Hyperallergic

The Chocolate Record Player (1902), a Stollwerck gramophone, was a novelty toy designed to play chocolate discs. Stollwerck had been founded in Germany in 1839, and by the end of the century it was one of the worlds biggest confectionary companies. The novel idea was that the tiny (3 1/16-inch; 7.6-cm), vertically cut chocolate records could be eaten after use. This was nonetheless a working gramophone: the ornate green tin model was powered by a Junghauns clock motor (courtesy EMI Archive Trust)

In 1902, the Stollwerck confectionary company of Germany released a gramophone that played tiny chocolate discs. After listening to their tunes, users could eat the music. It was a short-lived novelty, and one of the more whimsical experiments in the sound recording and playback history chronicled in The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles.

Cover of The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles (courtesy Thames & Hudson)

The book by Terry Burrows, a music author and musician known by his alias, Yukio Yung, was recently released by Thames & Hudson. Its a publication designed with appealing details for the titular audiophiles, from blue pages illustrated with patent illustrations dividing the four chronological sections, to high-quality photographs of...


Become an Art Detective and Unravel the Mysteries of the UKs Public Collections Hyperallergic

Geoffrey Arthur Tibble, "The Discussion" (1948), oil on canvas (Government Art Collection, courtesy Art UK)Geoffrey Arthur Tibble, The Discussion (1948), oil on canvas (Government Art Collection, courtesy Art UK). Art Detective investigation identified the subjects and the object in the catalogue held by the man.

The Art UK site includes over 3,200 locations with a database of more than 200,000 artworks, all part of the public collections of the United Kingdom. Although there are many museums represented, there are also lighthouses, fire stations, hospitals, post offices, and a center for vintage fairground rides. Because of these institutions limited resources, information about the art can be scarce.



Ancient Voyagers - Scandinavians traded with Native Canadians - 1700 BC Mike Philbin's free planet blog

global seaworthiness is not a recent innovation, neither is astro-navigation, if we're to believe the well-documented evidence in the following (old) video...  seriously interesting stuff. Three thousand years BEFORE the so-called first-European i.e. Christopher Columbus.

In fact, the ancient Norse pre-oggam language used in engravings found on a limestone slab in Ontario show EXACTLY when they were done by analysis of precessional dating of the symbols and images carved... names are named. I love this stuff.


Cubas Longest Running Independent Gallery to Launch Workshops on Art Outside Official Culture Hyperallergic

Visitors look at artworks at the opening of The Auction of the Dog (2009), a group exhibition of Cuban artists at Espacio Aglutinador in Havana (photo by Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images)

In 1994, during some of the darkest days of the so-called Special Period in Time of Peace in Cuba , Sandra Ceballos established an art space in her home in Havana. Ever since, Espacio Aglutinador has been dedicated to showing inventive, challenging work free of the strictures of the official cultural apparatus. Ceballos is an accomplished artist in her own right, and her discursively engaged, performative works have for years grappled with the terms and contours of contemporary life in Cuba. (In a famous 1999 performance, Forever, Ceballos copied every word of a speech by Fidel Castro as she listened to it on headphones, writing new lines across existing lines when she reached the end of each page so that by the time the speech was complete the words had become indecipherable.) Now, after more than two decades, Aglutinador is working with longtime collaborator Coco Fusco to expand the gallerys work into a series of workshops and programs intended to expose more people to Cubas unofficial art scenes. Absent institutional support or other resources, the two have launched a GoFundMe campaign intended to enable them to take on more of this new facet of programming and reach bigger audiences, broadening and formalizing their ever-expanding  dialogues with the international community amid resurgent interest in Cuban art and culture.

To understand why Espacio Aglutinador is such an essential and unique force in the cultural ecosystem, its important to be aware of its context: Cubas art schools, like the entire cultural apparatus, are controlled by the government...


Artist Photoshops Himself Into His Childhood Photos (11 Pics) TwistedSifter


In a series entitled Childhood, artist Conor Nickerson photshopped his present day self into a series of old childhood photos from the mid 90s onward. On Behance, Nickerson adds:


While looking through some old family photos, I wondered what it would it look like if I tried to photoshop myself today into them. I gathered all the old hats and t-shirts that I could find and did my best to put myself into childhood moments which, aside from these photos, remain only a distant memory. The resul...


Photographer Introduces Himself to His Childhood Self in Series of Hilarious Photoshopped Images Colossal

The series, Childhood, is described as Myself hanging out with myself, c. 1997-2005, and took Nickerson about 6 months to complete. You can find more of Nickersons work on his website and Facebook. (via PetaPixel)



Airstream Unveils New European Inspired Trailer Ready for Off-the-Grid Living My Modern Met

Airstream Globetrotter

For over 80 years, Airstream has continued to innovate, evolving the way travelers can take to the open road while bringing the comforts of home with them. After introducing an affordable Airstream last year, the American company is back with a new twist on the classic trailer. The Airstream Globetrotter is a European-inspired trailer with a minimalist interior and ability to go off-grid.

The model takes its name from the company's founder Wally Byam, who set out across Europe in an Airstream with the words Globe Trotters written along the side. Now, almost 70 years later, the company brought on UK design firm Astheimer Limited to help with the new trailer. This product is designed specifically for people that have a sophisticated taste in design; they like clean, uncluttered modern design, but without the hard edge, CEO Bob Wheeler shares.

The 27-foot-long trailer can sleep up to six comfortably and comes with two interior finishesnatural elm and dark walnut. The kitchenette features a three-burner stove, pantry, and mini fridge, while the bathroom comes with a built-in nightstand and shower. The dinette doubles as a lounge area, ensuring all needs are covered.

There are more curves in this design, whether its the corner of the cabinets, or the design of the bed or the seating that wraps around you, even the edges of the cushions, says Wheeler. There are no sharp edges, no sharp corners. It draws you in and looks like something you would want to spend some time in.

And if you really want to get away from the crowds, the Airstream Globetrotter...


Photographs Revisit the Places Terminally Ill Patients Chose to See Before They Died Hyperallergic

Hrair Sarkissian, "Foto Zwarthoed 23/10/2014 14:12," from <em>Wish Ambulance</em> (courtesy the artist)Hrair Sarkissian, Foto Zwarthoed 23/10/2014 14:12 (courtesy the artist)

Since 2007, a group of medical volunteers in the Netherlands have fulfilled hundreds of wishes of the terminally ill to make a last visit to a meaningful place, whether to have a drink at the pub, or to spend a day with a granddaughter at a dinosaur park. The goal is to provide mobility through ambulances and medical care for those who have lost it. In 2015, the Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland, or Ambulance Wish Foundation Netherlands, transported three people to the Rijksmuseum to view the Late Rembrandt exhibition in solitude. It was the coverage of this visit, with images of the patients reclining in hospital beds before the richly-hued paintings, that inspired artist Hrair Sarkissian to photograph the settings of these final wishes.

These past years my work delved more and more in past, present, and even future times of the Middle East, Sarkissian told Hyperallergic. Dealing with issues such as the Armenian Genocide, the war in Syria, and other social and historical narratives of the region. This made me want to stop for a while and open another gate, a gate everyone can access without necessarily having any historical or socio-political knowledge. For this reason I chose to do this work dealing with something more universal.



20,000 Americans Hold a Pro-Nazi Rally in Madison Square Garden in 1939: Chilling Video Re-Captures a Lost Chapter in US History Open Culture

Our countrys bipartisan system ensures that every election will give rise to a winning side and a losing sideand depressingly, a sizable group who refrained from casting a vote either way.

There are times when the divide between the factions does not seem insurmountable, when leaders in the highest positions of authority seem sincerely committed to reaching across the divide.

And then there are other times.

Earlier in the year, the Womens March on Washington and its hundreds of sister marches gave many of us reason to hope. The numbers alone were inspiring.

But history shows how great numbers can go the other way too.

With many American high school history curriculums whizzing through World War II in a week, if that, its doubly important to slow down long enough to watch the 7 minute documentary above.

What youre looking at is the 1939 "Pro-American Rally" (aka Pro-Nazi Rally) sponsored by the German American Bund at Madison Square Garden on George Washingtons 207th Birthday. Banners emblazoned with such slogans as Stop Jewish Domination of Christian Americans, Wake Up America. Smash Jewish Communism, and 1,000,000 Bund Members by 1940" decorated the great hall.

New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardiaan Episcopalian with a Jewish motherconsidered canceling the event, but ultimately he, along with the American Jewish Committee and the American Civil Liberties Committee decreed that the Bund was exercising its right to free speech and free assembly.

A crowd of 20,000 filled the famous sports venue in mid-town Manhattan to capacity. 1,500 police officers were present to render the Garden a fortress impregnable to anti-Nazis. An estimated 100,000 counter-demonstrators were gathering outside.

Police Commissioner Lewis J. Valentine bragged to the press that we have enough police here to stop a revolution.

The most disturbing moment in the short film comes at the 3:50 mark, when another...


MoMAs Items Exhibition is Smart About Fashion but Too Cozy with Advertising Hyperallergic

An example of advertising in vitrine with object (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

Fashion, with its faint whiff of the trivial and the feminine can make serious art people blanch, which likely explains the over 70-year gap between the only MoMA exhibitions ever devoted to this subject. Back in 1943, the museum daringly mounted Are Clothes Modern? organized by Bernard Rudofsky. This past week, curator Paola Antonelli and her team unveiled their response to Rudofksy: an epic, at times overwhelming show entitled Items: Is Fashion Modern?  featuring 111 typologies of items that changed the world, displayed in over 350 iterations.

After my three-hour visit to Items, I decided that the answer to the title question is No, fashion is not modern. Rather, fashion here feels eternal and ubiquitous, transcending both temporality and geography. The exhibition draws vectors between modern fashion and virtually the entire sweep of global history, reminding us that nothing springs ex nihilo. Everything has an antecedent, a historical archetype, to use Ms. Antonellis Jungian term. To wit: Have you ever noticed how much the DVF wrap dress owes to the Indian sari? (See them side-by-side and its obvious.) Or what the 1990s fanny pack owes to the 19th-century bustle? Did you know that platform shoes were worn in 18th-century Turkey? That the Snugli was patterned after a traditional Togolese baby carrier? And so it goes, through an onslaught of objects the red cotton bandana (whose back story stretches from Martha Washington to Rosie the Riveter), the dashiki, Converse sneakers, ballet flats, stilettos, berets, turtlenecks, zoot suits, pantsuits, jump suits and track suits, sunscreen, hoop earrings, and Y-front briefs. The sheer quantity of stuff feels dizzying.



An Archipelago of Precariousness at the Yokohama Trienniale Hyperallergic

Zhao Zhao, Project Taklamakan (2016) (all images courtesy of the organizing committee for the Yokohama Triennale unless otherwise noted)

YOKOHAMA, Japan Unlike the recent trend in biennales and triennales to bombard the audience with works by numerous artists, the sixth edition of the Yokohama Triennale, Islands, Constellations, and Galapagos, comprises merely 38 artists and one makeshift collective. Meant to work as a constellation or an archipelago of small solo exhibitions, as stated in the press release, this scaled-down presentation explores two key themes of connectivity, and isolation, that first came into play when in 1859 the small port city of Yokohama began trading with the West and connected the isolated constellation of Japans islands with rest of the world.

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1

With a focus on art driven by crisis, the Yokohama Museum of Art, and the two well chosen historical venues the Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall displays most of the works in which artists mine current and historical events to level indictments as well as reappraise the precariousness of contemporary conditions. Housed in the Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, Berlin-based Christian Jankowskis performative video and photographs in Heavy Weight History, (2013), showcases professional wrestlers in Warsaw who were invited to remove behemoth, bronze statues of Communist era historical figures such as Ludwik W...


Paper Trail: An Animated Collage by Jake Fried Colossal

Animator Jake Fried (previously) is known for his hand-drawn ink and white-out films that incorporate dense imagery and symbolism across a rapidly changing field of view, all photographed frame by frame through nearly 1,500 layers. His latest piece, Paper Trail, introduces a collage-like feel through a lovely layering technique. You can see many more of his films on Vimeo.


Optical Illusion Makes It Look Like Floor is Sinking So People Stop Running in Hallway My Modern Met

Optical Illusion Hallway by Casa Ceramica

At first glance, you might think that this floor looks too warped to cross safely. It looks like its sinking in on one side, but its actually perfectly flat. This award-winning wonky walkway can be found at the Casa Ceramica showroom in Manchester, England. The checkerboard designwhich comprises 400 custom-cut porcelain tilescreates an optical illusion that works from the perspective of the front door.

Installed at the entrance of one of Casa Ceramicas Manchester showrooms, the optical illusion serves a dual purpose. As visitors enter, the ground before them is designed to awe them with its mind-bogging visuals and, ultimately, stop them in their tracks. With the floor appearing to have meltedwith only a narrow curved path to cross overpassersby are encouraged to walk, not run, through the Alice in Wonderland-like hallway.

To complete their storybook entrance, Casa Ceramica commissioned local artist Myro Doodles to hand-paint quotes from the famed novel, as well as quotes from Roald Dahls Willy Wonka, and Tony Walsh's poignant poem, This is The Place, in memory of the victims of the Manchester attack in May 2017.

Check out this mind-boggling hallway, made entirely out of tiles.


Digitized Photos by Julia Margaret Cameron, 19th-Century Pioneer of the Soft Focus Hyperallergic

Photograph from collection of albumen prints by Julia Margaret Cameron (1864-67) ( Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)Photograph from collection of albumen prints by Julia Margaret Cameron (1864-67) ( Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

Julia Margaret Cameron got her first camera in 1863, at the age of 48, and created hundreds of portraits that experimented with early photographys flaws. Soft focuses, scratched images, and other distortions contributed to a dreamy quality. Although some of the British photographers work can appear a bit sentimental, such as the Victorian recreations of biblical and Shakespearean scenes, her portraits remain compelling.

Photograph from collection of albumen prints by Julia Margaret Cameron (1864-67) ( Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)Photograph from collection of albumen prints by Julia Margaret Cameron (1864-67) ( Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford)

In September,...


Exquisite Corpses: Polly Morgans sculptural taxidermy Dangerous Minds

Myocardial Infarction.
Polly Morgan is an artist who specializes in taxidermy to create works of disturbing beauty. Morgan describes her craft as as part butchery, part sculpture. While her work may not be to everyones taste, it should be...


A Photographers Infrared Journey to the Island of the Colorblind Hyperallergic

Sanne de Wilde, "On the way back from a picnic to one of the uninhabited small islands around Pingelap with the colorblind Pingelapese and all the children of the one school of the island. The bay is now protected, islanders are no longer allowed to fish for turtles. Because of the infrared colors the scene looks very romantic, at the same time theres the visual connotation of the boats full of refugees setting off for a better future." ( Sanne de Wilde)Sanne de Wilde, On the way back from a picnic to one of the uninhabited small islands around Pingelap with the colorblind Pingelapese and all the children of the one school of the island. The bay is now protected, islanders are no longer allowed to fish for turtles. Because of the infrared colors the scene looks very romantic, at the same time theres the visual connotation of the boats full of refugees setting off for a better future. ( Sanne de Wilde)

Achromatopsia, or total color blindness, is extremely rare, affecting about one in 30,000 people. Yet on the tiny Micronesian atoll of Pingelap4% to 10% of the population has this syndrome. Belgian photographer Sanne de Wilde journeyed to this small Pacific community, and the neighboring Pohnpei where a population of Pingelapese live, to photograph in black and white and infrared its people and landscapes, now published in The Island Of The Colorblind.

The book, released by Kehrer Verlag, features long exposures of the quick blinking of those with achromatopsia, where their eyes blur between open and closed; otherworldly visions of the lush island saturated of its hues; and black and white photographs drenched in unexpected colors. After de Wilde returned from Pingelap, she worked with a Dutch organization for achromatopsia. Their members were invited to paint her black and white photographs without direction, resulting in a parrot with feathers...


Hear 1,500+ Genres of Music, All Mapped Out on an Insanely Thorough Interactive Graph Open Culture

If you are ready for a time-suck internet experience that will also make you feel slightly old and out of step with the culture, feel free to dive into Every Noise at Once. A scatter-plot of over 1,530 musical genres sourced from Spotifys lists and based on 35 million songs,  Every Noise at Once is a bold attempt at musical taxonomy. The Every Noise at Once website was created by Glenn McDonald, and is an offshoot of his work at Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify in 2014).

McDonald explains his graph thus:

This is an ongoing attempt at an algorithmically-generated, readability-adjusted scatter-plot of the musical genre-space, based on data tracked and analyzed for 1,536 genres by Spotify. The calibration is fuzzy, but in general down is more organic, up is more mechanical and electric; left is denser and more atmospheric, right is spikier and bouncier.

Its also egalitarian, with world dominating rock-and-roll given the same space and size as its neighbors choro (instrumental Brazilian popular music), cowboy-western (Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, et. al.), and Indian folk (Asha Bhosle, for example). It also makes for some strange bedfellows: what factor does musique concrete share with Christian relaxitive other than reasons my college roommate and I never got along. Now you can find out!

Click on any of the genres and youll hear a sample of that music. Double click and youll be taken to a similar scatter-plot graph of its most popular artists, this time with font size denoting popularity and a similar sample of their music.

Ive been spending most of my time exploring up in the top right corner where all sorts of electronic dance subgenres hang out. Im not too sure what differentiates deep tech house from deep deep...


Artist Creates Multi-Layer Watercolor Paintings of Enchanting Forests My Modern Met

Demi-Spheres by Allison May Kiphuth

Artist and nature lover Allison May Kiphuth crafts stunning watercolor landscapes that illustrate her natural surroundings. Working along Maine and New Hampshires blustery coastlines, she takes photographs from her woodland adventures and re-creates them in a multi-layered spherical form. The stunning seriesentitled Demi-Sphereswas inspired by a stand-out line from Terry Tempest Williams' The hour of land: a personal topography of America's national parks, which states, we learned early on that we live by wild mercy.

Each hand-cut layer details the depth of the forest, moving from the background, to the mid-ground and then foreground in a gradation of green hues, from translucent to vivid. They are aligned on top of each other, captivating the enchanting, natural environment in an arc-shaped three-dimensional scene.

Kiphuths previous work includes tiny mixed media diorama woodland worlds, housed in antique boxes, and a series of beautiful watercolor and ink studies of items found in naturesuch as feathers, leaves, and rocksentitled Bioconstellation. Both of these projects naturally led her to create the Demi-Sphere series, which combines her three-dimensional sculptural work with her hand-painted illustrations. Kiphuth explains, The series is a bit of an experiment, falling somewhere between my boxed scenes and Bioconstellation, or, as I've been thinking of them, uncontained dioramas.

The Demi-Sphere series was previously available to purchase from Enormous Tiny Art, but sold out fast. Keep a lookout on Kiphuths Instagram for updates on new work, not to mention a daily dose of wanderlust!

Explore Allison May Kiphuths multi-layered watercolor paintings of enchanting New England woodlands.



Herehia by FinDAC in Papeete, Tahiti StreetArtNews

It has been a while since we last heard from our Irish friend FinDAC on StreetArtNews, because as we all know FinDAC usually steers clear of mural festivals/events, but recently he has broken with that tradition to travel all the way to Central Southern Pacific to take part in the 4th edition of Onou Street Art and Graffiti event in Papeete, Tahiti.

Mural named Herehia features a local model and clothing that harks back to traditional island wear as well as having a foot firmly in modern-day tastes. The piece features the model holding Tahitian birds and wearing headwear made from pearl shells, for which Tahiti and the surrounding islands are well known for.

Check out more pictures below and stay tuned for more updates from FinDAC in the future!


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Miniature Wooden Houses Inspired by Colorful Architecture From Around the World My Modern Met

Miniature Houses by Dmitry Pokrovsky Wooduliketoo

Model maker Dmitry Pokrovsky (aka wooduliketoo) lives and works in Khortitsaan island in Zaporizhia, Ukraine. As a child, he was fascinated by buildings and urban space, and after years of moving from one unsatisfactory job to the next, he decided to focus on what he loves best: making miniature houses by hand.

With the aim to brighten someones day, Pokrovskys work started a little over a year ago when he decided to make a miniature house for his mother's birthday. After weeks of drafting and redrafting, he ended up with five slightly different models to choose from. He decided to sell his drafts through Etsy, and to his surprise, they all sold! Today, Pokrovsky continues to make his impressive model houses inspired by the worlds architecture.

Each handmade house starts as a sketch on paper and is then laser-cut from plywood, assembled by hand, and finally hand-painted in vibrant colored acrylic. In the end, hes produced a growing collection of charming buildings that look like theyre straight out of a Wes Anderson film.

Pokrovskys work includes Brooklyn townhouses, an American country house, Bavarian abodes, and even a 1960s Soviet Union apartment building. Each house features charming details such as window shutters and balconies. Theyre not only decorative, but functional too: the roofs of each modal can be removed which transforms them into storage boxes or a nightlight with the use of an LED candle.

You can find Pokrovskys little houses on his Etsy shop.

Take a look at these adorable miniature houses by Dmitry Pokrovsky.



Tinda Finger Ein knstlicher Finger zum Tindern URBANSHIT

Eine kleine Londoner Produktdesign-Schmiede hat ein Gadget entwickelt, dass die typische Fingerbewegung beim benutzen von Dating Apps wie Tinder mit einem knstlichen Tinda Finger bernimmt. Per USB-Anschluss unten an das Smartphone gesteckt, bernimmt der Finger das weiter blttern in der Dating-App. Die erste kleine Serienproduktion wurde bereits erfolgreich bei Kickstarter gecrowdfunded und ist ab Ende des Jahres laut der Erfinder erhltlich. Der Tinda Figa ist als nutzbares Produkt sicher nicht sehr ernst gemeint. Viel mehr reiht sich das Produkt in eine Reihe kreativer und knstlerischer Auseinandersetzung mit neuen Medien und Techniken ein. Bereits etliche anderen Knstler haben das Prinzip von online Dating Apps in Kunstprojekte bersetzt. In der Installation Tender Its How People Meat aus dem Jahre 2014 hat Marcello Gmez Maureira beispielsweise das Tinder-Prinzip in einen Tinder-Automat mit rohem Fleisch bertragen. Alle Bilder: Tinda Finger

Der Beitrag Tinda Finger Ein knstlicher Finger zum Tindern erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Jozef van Wissem buries the dead in his new video Virium Illarum, a DM premiere Dangerous Minds

The composer with holy book, custom lute and Thoreau essay

Writers usually describe Jozef van Wissem as a composer who plays the lute, which might create the mistaken impression that his music sounds like the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Its closer to stoner rock. Some DM readers will know his collaborations...


Das gute Streetart-Gewissen Will Coles Ausstellung im Hamburger Oberfett URBANSHIT

Der australische Street Art Knstler und Bildhauer Will Coles zeigt ab heute Abend im Hamburger Oberfett eine Auswahl seiner neuesten Arbeiten und verndert mit seinen Skulpturen den Blick auf alltgliche Dinge. Wir brauchen ber den australischen Street Artist und Bildhauer Will Coles nicht viel sagen, da wir seine Kunst vor einiger Zeit hier auf dem Blog bereits ausfhrlich vorgestellt haben. Nun kommt der Australier und Gutes Streetart-Gewissen wie ihn sein Hamburger Galerist Christian Pfaff gerne nennt mit einer neuen Ausstellung nach Hamburg. Ab heute (Freitag, 13.10.2017) Abend stellt Will Coles in der Galerie Oberfett in Hamburg Altona aus und verndert durch seine Skulpturen die Sicht auf alltgliche Gegenstnde. ber den Knstler: Will Coles ist ein australischer Street Art Knstler, der mit kleinen Skulpturen im ffentlichen Raum arbeitet. Coles Skulpturen, die aus Beton und anderen Materialien bestehen, spielen mit alltglichen Gegenstnden und gesellschaftlichen Gegenwartsthemen, die er kritisch und ironisch mit seinen Arbeiten reflektiert. Coles gehrt neben dem spanischen Knstler Isaac Cordal zu den interessantestes Urban Art Knstlern, die im urbanen Kontext mit kleinen Skulpturen arbeiten. All Pictures by courtesy of the artists Will Coles Second Coming Einzelausstellung Vernissage: Freitag, 13.10.2017 ab 19:00 Uhr Ausstellung (Termine nach Vereinbarung) OBERFETT Billrothstrae 67 22767 Hamburg Um auf dem Laufenden ber die Arbeit von Will Coles zu bleiben besucht die Website des Knstlers ...

Der Beitrag Das gute Streetart-Gewissen Will Coles Ausstellung im Hamburger Oberfett erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Art Movements Hyperallergic

Chuck Welch, Ray Johnson Nothing Soup (2017), can sculpture, 18 x 3 1/2 x 14 (photo by Chuck Welch)

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 State Department announced that the US will withdraw from UNESCO on December 31, 2018, citing mounting arrears, [] the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias.

Salvator Mundi (c. 1490-1519) the only work attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that remains in private hands, is to be sold at Christies on November 15. The painting is estimated to fetch $100 million.

Marina Abramovi abandoned plans to open the Marina Abramovi Institute (MAI). The artist stated that she is unable to raise the purported $31 million required to convert a space in upstate New York during a talk at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery last week. A highly publicized Kickstarter campaign raised over $661,000 for the project, which is described on its official website as a site to serve as the legacy of Marina Abramovi, explore performance, and encourage collaboration between the arts, science, and the humanities. According to Abramovi, the Kickstarter funds were used to pay architect Rem Koolhaas for a preliminary design of the space.

A number of Puerto Rican arts organizations including the Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Puerto Rico, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriquea, and Beta-Local are pooling their resources and offering free public programs to support those impacted by Hurricane Maria.



An Oral History of the Bauhaus: Hear Rare Interviews (in English) with Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe & More Open Culture

Image by Detief Mewes, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bauhaus, which operated as an influential school in Germany between 1919 and 1933 but lives on as a kind of aesthetic ideal, has its strongest associations with highly visual work, like textiles, graphic design, industrial design, and especially architecture. But a good deal of thought went into establishing the kind of rationality- and functionality-oriented philosophical basis that would produce all that visual work, and you can hear some of the leading lights of the Bauhaus discuss it, in English, on the record Bauhaus Reviewed: 1919 to 1933, now available on Spotify. (If you don't have Spotify's software, you can download it here.) You can also purchase your own copy online.

"The bulk of the narrative is by [Walter] Gropius, an articulate and passionate advocate for this remarkable experiment in education," writes All Music Guide's Stephen Eddins. "Artist Josef Albers and architect [Ludwig] Mies van der Rohe also contribute commentary. [LTM Records founder] James Nice is credited with 'curating' the CD, and it must be his editing that gives the album such a clear and informative narrative structure one comes away with a vivid understanding of the development of the movement, both philosophically and pragmatically."

In between the spoken passages on the origins of the Bauhaus, form and totality, handling and texture, utopi...


Weird Al announces tour of all original materialno parodies Dangerous Minds

Weird Al Yankovic has maintained a 41-year-long career, with a string of hit singles, four grammy awards, and six platinum records, hanging on longer than most serious pop stars. Weird Al doing a parody of one of your songs is generally the point when you realize youve made it as a...


Eerie 19th Century Photographs of Ghosts: See Images from the Long, Strange Tradition of Spirit Photography Open Culture

We might draw any number of conclusions from the fact that rats brains are enough like ours that they stand in for humans in laboratories. A misanthropic existentialist may see the unflattering similarity as evidence that theres nothing special about human beings, despite our grandiose sense of ourselves. A medieval European thinker would draw a moral lesson, pointing to the rats gluttony as natures allegory for human greed. And a skeptical observer in the 19th and early 20th centuries might take note of how easily both rats and humans can be manipulated; the latter, for example, by pseudo-phenomena like Spiritualism, which encompassed a wide range of claims about ghosts and the afterlife, from seances to spirit photography.

One such skeptical observer in 1920, Millaias Culpin, even wrote in his Spiritualism and the New Psychology of the scientific supporters of spiritualism, most of them eminent in physical science. They are easily convinced, Culpin thought, because they have been trained in a world where honesty is assumed to be a quality of all workers. A laboratory assistant who played a trick upon one of them would find his career at an end, and ordinary cunning is foreign to them. When they enter upon the world of Dissociates, where deceit masquerades under the disguise of transparent honesty, these eminent men are but as babescount...


Drone Footage Captures the US Postal Service Eerily Delivering Mail to Neighborhoods Razed by the California Fires Open Culture

About 90 miles north of here, a series of fires, fanned by high winds, have destroyed 191,000 acres and left 31 people dead. In the town of Santa Rosa alone, the fires consumed more than 2,800 homes overnight, turning entire neighborhoods into cinders and ash. Captured by a drone, the footage above shows the complete devastation. It also adds a surreal touch--the US Postal Service dutifully delivering mail to empty street addresses.

If you would like to assist with the relief effort (monetarily or otherwise), please visit the Santa Rosa Fire Department website.

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Lauren ONeill-Butler at the 8th Sequences in Reykjavik


Art Tatum: The Prodigy of Jazz A R T LR K

Art Tatum, one of the most famous jazz pianists in history, was born on the 13th of October 1909, in Toledo, Ohio. His exceptional talent and prodigious technique were a true revelation to the jazz lovers at the time. Many would agree that Tatum was to jazz what Mozart to classical music. When Art Tatum arrived, the first reaction of many musicians seems to have been one of delight and despair. If that is where its going, they seemed to say, we cant follow What they heard in Tatum was, first, an exceptional musical ear, and beyond that, an unequalled capacity for speed and for musical embroidery. And those things remained for years a source of frustration to many a musician. (Martin Williams, Art Tatum: Not for the Left Hand Alone, American Music, Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring, 1983)

Tatum was born partially blind, and throughout his life his sight deteriorated even more. Perhaps that is why he developed such an incredible ear for music. His passion and talent became evident in his early childhood. By the age of three he taught himself to play piano and could pick out several church hymns, which he had overheard on the radio. The speed, with which he effortlessly glided over the piano keys, became later his brand mark. The speed and the embroidery were dazzling Tatum played with an array of ascending and descending arpeggio runs, octave slides and leaps, sudden modulations, double-third glissandos a keyboard vocabulary in which swift, interpolated triplets were a small matter. (Williams)

Tatum developed a very individual style with strong classical influences. That is why he has been a tough nut to many jazz historians and critics, who try to fit his style within established definitions and formal classifications: Among musicians some solved the problem by ceasing to consider him as a jazz musician. As fellow Pianist and contemporary Teddy Wilson told an interviewer after Tatums death, Back in the old days, we put Tatum in a special category and did not discuss him as a jazz pianist he was in category by himself (David Horn, The Sound World of Art Tatum, Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 20, No. 2, Autumn, 2000)



Adrian Paci Shows Us How We Mourn the Death of Dictators Hyperallergic

Adrian Pacis Interregnum (2017) on view at Protocinemas Beyoglu space (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

ISTANBUL None of the footage in Adrian Pacis new film Interregnum (2017) is of the autocrats themselves, instead the Albanian-born artist focuses on footage of crowds that come together to publicly mourn the dictators of the 20th century. The clips are meditative, mostly drawn from official state documentation, but they leave you with a sense of confusion since the subject of the adoration is never seen. When the camera focuses on individuals, they serve as emotional stand-ins, proxies for something else that mystery is part of the appeal.

When German artist Hans Holbein the Younger painted The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb (152022) he shocked viewers by placing the dead Jesus Christ figure front and center. There were no mourners, just a stark human form robbed of the vitality of life. Feminist psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva spends a lot of time discussing this painting in her book Black Sun, and she points out 19th-century Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky mentioned the painting in his 1869 novel The Idiot when the character Prince Myshkin exclaims: At that painting! A man could even lose his faith from that painting! Lose it he does, [merchant Parfyon Semyonovich] Rogozhin agreed unexpectedly.



Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect My Modern Met

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Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional effect is created. As characters and objects move into the foreground, they seemingly extend beyond the barrier of the image.

The solid, dividing strips serve as visual markers for the foreground. Once anything breaks out in font of them, blocking the view of the white dividers, the viewer's brain immediately translates this as a three-dimensional scene. The best 3D gif creators take note of this effect and tend to choose scenes from movies and clips from videos in which something is initially in the background and makes its way into the foregroundwhether it be a person, animal, monster, or projectile object.

With the addition of simple vertical lines, ordinary animated images are transformed into amazing 3d gifs.

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Photographer Survives Deadly Snake Bite While Taking Colorful Serpent Portraits My Modern Met

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Photographer Mark Laita has a career that spans over 20 years, with his clean, graphic imagery used by clients such as Apple and BMW. Bringing these sensibilities to a different arena, his project Serpentine saw him photographing a wide variety of colorful snakes. Intrigued by their contorting bodies and colorful skins, the series is a natural evolution of his work, which has also seen him capture vibrant sea creatures.

For Serpentine, which is also a stunning photography book, Laita visited zoos, breeders, and private collectors across the United States and Central America. He selected his subjects based on the most compelling species, often trying to photograph the serpents just after they'd shed their skin and the colors were most vibrant.

Handlers assisted him in laying each snake on a piece of black velvet, which slowed these fast movers enough to grab the photographs. The dark background also allowed the eye to focus on the form, texture, and color of the species. By putting it on a black background, it removes all of the variables. It makes it just about the snake, shared Laita. If it is a red snake in the shape of a figure eight, all you have is this red swipe of color.

Of course, the project was not without great riskmany species captured are highly venomous. And though Laita didn't start the project with a fear of snakes, he used to catch them as a kid growing up in the Midwest, one event surely made an impression on the photographer.



A Weekend of Artist Studio Tours and Workshops at the Manufacturers Village in East Orange, NJ Hyperallergic

In the 1880s the Victorian Industrial Architecture of The Village factory in East Orange, NJ was the site of the original Johnson and Johnson corporation, then known as Seabury and Johnson. It has since transformed into a diverse community of creative makers and thinkers and is now a nexus for artists who work in filmmaking, photography, painting, and sculpture, as well as those challenging the mediums of what are conventionally considered art forms.

Over two days in October, artists will be open their studios for you to explore their spaces, experience their work in progress, and meet to engage with their ideas and projects.

Join the artists at Manufacturers Village in East Orange, New Jersey on October 21st and 22nd from 1pm to 5pm each day. There will be ample space for off street parking. The event is FREE and open to ALL.

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The Manufacturers Village (356 Glenwood Avenue, East Orange, New Jersey) will be open for tours on October 21 and October 22, from 1-5pm.

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NYC Cab Driver Spends 30 Years Photographing His Passengers My Modern Met

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Self-Portrait with Passenger Allen Ginsberg, 1990. (Copyright Ryan Weideman, Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York)

In 1980, aspiring photographer Ryan Weideman landed in New York City from California, looking to make a name for himself. But he soon found himself focused on more practical matters, like paying the rent. Thanks to his neighbor, who was a cab driver, he found himself riding along in the taxi one night, and by the next day, he'd found both a way to pay the bills and the perfect outlet for his creativity.

Over thirty years, Weideman would continue working as a cab driver part-time, photographing his clients to view the changing city in a new way. After the first week of driving a taxi I could see the photographic potential, shared Weideman. So many interesting and unusual combinations of people getting into my cab. Photographing seemed like the only thing to do. The backseat image was constantly in a state of flux, thronged with interesting looking people that were exciting and inspired, creating their own unique atmosphere.

Not wanting to waste time turning around to capture the action, Weideman found himself both as subject and photographer. Acting as a visual narrator in the scenes, his appearance speaks for the viewer who is also looking in, observing the lives of strangers. From 5 pm to 5 am on weekends, the interior of his cab became is his studio. Weideman studied the backseat scene intently, just waiting for the right time to pop the flash.

Sometimes he asked permission, sometimes the flash accidentally went off. Notable passengers include Allen Ginsbergfamed Beat Generation poet. The photo now belongs to the Brooklyn Museum. Other passengers simply made an impression. Weideman sharpened his skills to understand who was interestingor notover the years. And occasionally, he would spot a face on the street he remembered photographing.

He recalls seeing a voluptuous woman walking down the street who reminded him of Ruby Duby Do. Running to catch up with her, he asked if she remembered being photographed in the back of a taxi, and to his delight, she did. I told her to meet me on the corne...


A-ha Did an Unplugged Version of Take On Me and It Sounds Like a Completely Different Song TwistedSifter


At a recent MTV Unplugged performance at Giske Harbour Hall in Norway, rock band a-ha performed an acoustic rendition of their hit song, Take on me.

The clip was taken from the forthcoming album/DVD, a-Ha: MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice which features 17 hits, 2 cover versions and 2 brand new songs. The performance was recorded live on June 22 and 23, 2017.




An Organ Gets a Noble Send-Off as a 1928 Brooklyn Theater Is Being Restored Hyperallergic

The Brooklyn Paramount (currently the Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)The Brooklyn Paramount (currently the Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

Brooklyn has in recent decades been home to one of the worlds most beautiful basketball courts. The 1928 Paramount Theatre at the corner of the Flatbush Avenue Extension and Dekalb Avenue was acquired by Long Island University (LIU) in the 1950s, and in the 1960s a court was built beneath the soaring rococo-style ceiling of the former movie palace. Backboards hang below gilded mermaids and ornate animals, and a scoreboard hovers up near the towering proscenium. Its surreal to see the humble bleachers and Coca-Cola-branded game timers in this opulent interior, and its a juxtaposition that will soon be a memory in the theaters history. In 2015, it was announced that LIU had approved a partnership with Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner to return the gymnasium to a performing arts space.

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The (Authorized) Downfall of Harvey Weinstein The Vigilant Citizen

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He was once a powerful, untouchable Hollywood mogul. He has now fallen from grace and was fired from the company bearing his name. What happened? Harvey Weinstein is the archetype of the sleazebag Hollywood producer. He promised young and beautiful actresses roles in exchange for sexual favors. If things didnt go his way, he would []

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Joyce Kozloff Revisits Her Childhood Drawings and Maps to Address Present-Day Anxieties Hyperallergic

Joyce Kozloff, Calm Sea, Rough Sea (2017), acrylic and collage on canvas, 60 x 60 inches (all images courtesy the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York)

Joyce Kozloff has been an artist and activist for decades, from her involvement with the 1970s feminist collective Heresies to her more recent commitment to We Make America, a group of artists creating Statue of Liberty-inspired props and signage for numerous protests against Trump. When it comes to her personal artwork, though, she is able to eschew didacticism, favoring a zanier exploration of the cultures and histories that inform current events.

In her latest exhibition, Girlhood, at D.C. Moore Gallery,  Kozloff juxtaposes her adult obsession with antiquated cartography with her own childhood drawings for social studies projects,  revealing the limits of  our ability to comprehend new worlds,  both historically and personally. With Ranging surfaces ranging from a 17th-century map of Manhattan to a third-grade drawing of the Sahara desert, Kozloff captures both our deep desire to go to unknown lands and our cultural biases about such places.

For example, in Art Girl (2017), an ancient map of North and South America barely follows the outline of the geography that we know today (it locates India somewhere to the northwest of Alaska). The land mass forms a backdrop to Kozloffs elementary-school depictions of Asia, portrait of an Eskimo girl and a crayon drawing of the construction of the transcontinental railway. Topping the canvas is a doll, an Audrey Hepburn-esque figure, with a ponytail and black slacks, holding a canvas a classic 1950s depiction of a woman artist.



A Project Hopes to Save Indias Vanishing Living Root Bridges Hyperallergic

Nongriat Double Decker bridge (all photos courtesy Patrick Rogers/Living Root Bridge)

Theyre among some of the worlds most unusual forms of architecture: living root bridges, or suspended crossings made of aerial roots people have trained overtime to twist into a natural pathway. For centuries, locals in the jungles of Meghalaya, India began building them to cross streams and rivers. Cost-effective, largely self-sustaining, and simply beautiful, they were ingenious solutions for villagers who searched for ways to explore beyond their isolated communities. Some are known to span over 150 feet long.

But this unique type of botanical architecture has been disappearing over the years. Many have degraded from community neglect or have been destroyed by floods or landslides, then swiftly replaced with structures made of modern materials like steel or concrete. To spread awareness of the bridges and to illuminate their threats, travel writer Patrick Rogers has created an online database to collect as much information as possible on these structures.

The Living Root Bridge Project, launched in 2015, compiles all his diligent efforts to locate, map, photograph, study, and even measure the bridges around Meghalaya, which he has been traveling to since 2011. It also provides a history of living root bridges, describes how they are spun from the roots of the Ficus elastica, and highlights the ongoing threats to these gnarled routes.

Root Bridge in Pdei village

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Newly-Launched Digital Camera is Controlled by Pretend Rolls of Film My Modern Met

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Japanese camera brand Yashica was first established in 1949, but they've been silent in the industry for more than 10 years. To mark the occasion of their grand return, theyve announced their newest producta Yashica digital camera called the Y35. Although its technology is squarely in the future, the company hasn't forgotten the joy that comes from shooting with film. They're now using digiFilm, which is inserted into the camera like an actual roll of film that controls how the pictures look.

The size and feel of the Y35 is modeled after a previous Yashica camera, the Electro 35. It has the same compact body and no LCD display screen on the backa fact that presents a unique digital device experience.

So, what does that mean for picture taking? To use the Y35, youll have to carry the digiFilm with you. Each digiFilm canister isnt film, but a series of saved picture settings that alter aspect ratios, graininess of the image, and more. (Thus replacing the settings menu on a standard digital camera.) There are four different digiFilm rolls currently available: ISO 1600 high speed; ISO 400 black and white; ISO 200 for standard color photos; and 120 Format thats made with Instagram in mind. All images are stored off the digiFilm and on an SD memory card.

The Y35 comes with other quirks that challenge the conventions of digital cameras. One feature, for instance, requires you to advance the film using the lever located near the shutter. And because the device lacks an LCD screen, theres no way to review your photos after you take them. But the company doesnt see this as a downside; to them, it forces you to be more considerate of what you snap.

Using Yashica Y35 is a journey to the truththere is no instant gratification of a review screen, no delete button, and no hiding from mistakes, the company writes. The world seen from the viewfinder of Y35, might be a little slower, a little prettier, transporting us back to a time when we all pay a little bit more attention, and causing us to care each shot before clicking...


Big Wolf & Little Wolf: A Tender Tale of Loneliness, Belonging, and How Friendship Transforms Us Brain Pickings

A subtle meditation on the meaning of solidarity, the relationship between the ego and the capacity for love, and the little tendrils of care that become the armature of friendship.

We spend our lives trying to discern where we end and the rest of the world begins. There is a strange and sorrowful loneliness to this, to being a creature that carries its fragile sense of self in a bag of skin on an endless pilgrimage to some promised land of belonging. We are willing to erect many defenses to hedge against that loneliness and fortress our fragility. But every once in a while, we encounter another such creature who reminds us with the sweetness of persistent yet undemanding affection that we need not walk alone.

Such a reminder radiates with uncommon tenderness from Big Wolf & Little Wolf (public library) by French author Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by the always magical Olivier Tallec and translated by publisher Claudia Zoe Bedrick, the visionary founder of Brooklyn-based independent powerhouse Enchanted Lion. With great subtlety and sensitivity, the story invites a meditation on loneliness, the meaning of solidarity, the relationship between the ego and the capacity for love, and the little tendrils of care that become the armature of friendship.



Surreal Video of Postman Delivering Mail to Neighborhood Destroyed by Wildfire Goes Viral TwistedSifter


Hours after the devastating California wildfires tore through Santa Rosa, professional drone pilot Douglas Thron filmed a postal worker delivering mail to the ravaged neighborhood of Coffey Park.

Thron says while he was at the scene shooting aerial footage for NBCs Today Show on Tuesday, he spotted the truck driving around the neighborhood. Thron tells Mercury News, I...


Robyn Hitchcock and Graham Coxon cover Syd Barretts Octopus for new Philip K. Dick TV series Dangerous Minds

Right now Channel 4 in the U.K. is running Philip K. Dicks Electric DreamsU.S. viewers will be able to see it once it gets on Amazon Prime next year. To my eye the series appears to be an almost slavish attempt to recapitulate the magic of Charlie Brookers...


Decadent Pastries Formed From Porcelain and Glass by Shayna Leib Colossal

All photos by Eric Tadsen

Glass artist Shayna Leib (previously), like anyone, is deeply attracted to the seductive pull of decadent desserts. Unlike most however, Leib is unable to indulge. Her body reacts to several aspects of puffed pastries and chocolate mouses, causing her to have many severe dietary restrictions. It was this void that pulled her towards the desire to work with the unattainable, to recreate the objects she couldnt eat.

This body of work started as a therapeutic exercise in deconstruction and a re-training of the mind to look at dessert as form rather than food, says Leib in an artist statement about her series Patisserie. It soon became a technical riddle, and I became a food taxidermist of french pastries.

To create the glossy sculptures she combines elements of porcelain and glass, utilizing nearly every technique for both to achieve the hyperrealistic quality of each faux dessert. Like a typical French pastry would be rolled, glazed, baked, and trimmed, Leib hot-sculpts, fuses, casts, grinds, throws, and even pipes with a theme-appropriate pastry tube. You can view more of her sweet imitations on her website, Instagram, and Facebook.



Kylo Ren Reacts to the New Star Wars Trailer TwistedSifter


Kylo Ren catches a glimpse of the future and he has some opinions about it. Parody video by Auralnauts




To Read This Experimental Edition of Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451, Youll Need to Add Heat to the Pages Open Culture

The Jan van Eyck Academie, a "multiform institute for fine art, design and reflection" in Holland, has come up with a novel way of presenting Ray Bradbury's 1953 work of dystopian fiction, Fahrenheit 451. On Instagram, they write:

This week our colleagues from Super Terrain are working in the Lab as a last stop on their all-over-Europe printing adventures. They showed us this remarkable book they made "Fahrenheit 451". ---

Want to see how the novel unfolds? Just add heat. That's the idea.

Apparently they actually have plans to market the book. When asked on Instagram, "How can I purchase one of these?," they replied "We're working on it! Stay tuned."

When that day comes, please handle the book with care.

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US Announces Withdrawal from UNESCO, Accusing UN Agency of Anti-Israel Bias [UPDATED] Hyperallergic

A UNESCO General Assembly meeting in 2013 (image via Wikipedia)

The State Department announced today that the United States will withdraw from UNESCO, citing continuing anti-Israel bias at the United Nations cultural, educational, and science organization as well as its need for fundamental reform and mounting arrears. The departure from the 195-nation strong agency marks yet another alarming move by the Trumps administration to distance itself from the international community, following other monumental decisions like pulling out from the Paris Agreement.

The withdraw becomes official on December 31, 2018, after which the United States will remain involved as a nonmember observer state. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova responded to the move in a lengthy statement, describing it as a loss for multilateralism.

Universality is critical to UNESCOs mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity, she wrote. At the time when the fight against violent extremism calls for renewed investment in education, in dialogue among cultures to prevent hatred, it is deeply regrettable that the United States should withdraw from the United Nations agency leading these issues.

At the time when conflicts continue to tear apart societies across the world, it is deeply regrettable for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations agency promoting education for peace and protecting culture under attack.

One of UNESCOs founding nations, the United States has had a rocky relationship with the Paris-based organization over th...


Guy Seamlessly Photoshops Himself into His Old Childhood Photos My Modern Met

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What would it be like to hang out with your childhood self? Music student and photographer Conor Nickerson had this thought while flipping through old pictures of himself from the late 1990s and early 2000s. Taking the idea a step further, he decided to Photoshop family photos and incorporate his adult self into them. Suffice to say, the results are impressive. At first glance, Nickerson genuinely looks like he belongs in the analog relics.

Calling his series Childhood, the project required costume changes and photo manipulation. Nickerson began by gathering old hats and t-shirts that corresponded with each image. Then, he posed for a self-portrait and combined it with the original photo. He had to learn a lot about Photoshop, but the exercise was worth it. Calling Childhood amusing and strange, it afforded him the opportunity to think about his life now and the childhood moments that are distant memories.

Nickersons photos have since gone viral on Reddit, where a fellow Redditor raised the question, Is it weird at all looking at these photos for you? I find it almost disturbing how real they look, like seeing a ghost or something. Nickerson replied, Editing the pictures and looking at them so closely for so long takes a bit away from the shock value, but seeing the final images all together definitely is a bit strange! I feel like me and little me would have gotten along pretty alright.

Conor Nickerson made a series of mashups recreating childhood photos with his adult self in them.



Werbemelder und online Kartierung sexistischer Werbung von Pinkstinks URBANSHIT

Die Protestorganisation Pinkstinks hat vor kurzem einen Werbemelder fr sexistische Werbung im Netz gelaucht. Auf der Website knnen ab sofort Fotos von Werbung hochgeladen und auf einer Onlinekarte verortet werden, die mit sexistischen Motiven werben. Neben Plakatwerbung im ffentlichen Raum knnen auch Bilder von Prospekten oder Flyern gemeldet werden. Pinkstinks kommentieren die Meldungen bei der Verffentlichung durch die Zuweisung in unterschiedliche Kategorien sexistisch, stereotyp oder nicht sexistisch. Bei uns kannst Du Bilder einreichen, die Dich rgern: Die erotisierte Frau neben der Bockwurst beim Schlachter nebenan; der Lkw, auf denen mit Bikini-Schnheiten fr Rohr-Reinigung geworben wird; die Einkaufstasche des lokalen Supermarkts, auf denen Einkaufen ist Frauensache steht. Seit dem Start vor ein paar Tagen sind bereits etliche hundert Meldungen in der Karte eingetragen worden. Mit der neuen Meldestelle und interaktiven Karte soll nicht nur ein dauerhaftes Monitoring sexistischer Werbung ins Netz gebracht werden, dass fr jeden und jederzeit zugnglich ist, sondern vor allem auf breiter gesellschaftlicher Ebene fr das Thema sensibilisiert werden. Alle Bilder: Pinkstinks / Screenshots

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A Series at the Hirshhorn and Newseum Focuses on Art & Free Speech Hyperallergic

To mark the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace, the Hirshhorn and the Newseum in Washington D.C. have partnered to present a series of talks that consider the role of art and free speech in the 21st century. The lineup includes an array of acclaimed artists, journalists, activists, and academics.

The events include:

Spotlight on China with The Washington Posts William Wan
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 2:30 p.m.
The Newseums Knight TV Studio, Level 3

Wan, who has met and interviewed Ai Weiwei, will discuss the impact of Ais art on the world and will discuss human rights conditions in China as well as the impact of Communist Party policies on the people in that country.

In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part I)
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn

Nato Thompson, artistic director of Creative Time, will lead a conversation with artists Laurie Jo Reynolds, Pedro Reyes, and Paul Ramrez Jonas on how their art directly confronts legislative and social issues and engages contemporary audiences.

Advocating for Human Rights: A Conversation with Amnesty Internationals Margaret Huang
Tuesday, November 14, 7 p.m.

The Newseums Knight Conference Center

Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, will talk about her work as an advocate for human rights and racial justice.

In Conversation: Awareness, Action and Dissent (Part II)
Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn

The New Yorker journalist and former Beijing bureau chief Evan Osnos will moderate a discussion between artists Tania Bruguera, Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman.

For more information, visit...


Delivering the Internet, an Underground Network Keeps Cubans Connected Hyperallergic

Installation view, 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSirPC] (photo by Hai Zhang, courtesy Queens Museum)Imagine a world without internet, where, after a long day, you cant unwind at home on the couch by mindlessly scrolling through Instagram or Twitter on your smartphone, or by bingeing episodes of your favorite shows on Hulu or Netflix. On television theres only a handful of state-sanctioned channels no cable, no DirecTV, no ability to order DVDs from Amazon. Now imagine that, in lieu of an internet service provider, an underground distribution network delivers all of your favorite content everything from movies to television, magazines to manga right to your door in exchange for cash. Its peer-to-peer file sharing, but literal. And this longstanding arrangement, almost half a century old, is the primary source of entertainment for millions of people.

In fact, this scenario is not some dystopian, Black Mirror premise: it is the present reality in Cuba, where home dial-up and broadband connections are illegal and public access remains limited for the majority of the population. A new exhibition at the Queens Museum in New York, 17.(SEPT) [By WeistSirPC] takes a comprehensive and penetrating look at whats known as El Paquete Semanal (The Weekly Package), a one-terabyte collection of digital video, apps, music, photos, and publications thats compiled every week, loaded onto hard drives, and then disseminated across the country. The shows centerpiece, a 64-terabyte server containing 52 weeks worth of Paquete material from August 2016 to August 2017, represents a year of labor by American artist Julia Weist and Cuban artist Nestor Sir. Theirs is the first project of its kind to comprise of not only research and investigation, but also conceptual interventions into this intricate system.

At the entrance to the show, Infomercial (2017), a 16-minute video, uses colorful motion graphics and voiceover (first in English, then Spanish) to contextualize the Paquetes history: although its economy was formalized in 2008, an informal circulation of media has been around since the early 1970s, a decade after the Cuban Revolution, w...


Street Artist JR Ends Mexico Border Installation with Picnic on Both Sides My Modern Met

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In early September, French street artist JR created a massive art installation on the Mexican side of the US border wall. This artwork about immigration shows a child peering over the fence, looking across into the United States. Located in the Mexican city of Tecate, about one hour southeast of San Diego, the photograph shows Kikito, a child the artist met while scouting the location for his impressive installation.

The installation has struck a chord since JR announced it without warning on his Instagram account. He later opened up to The New Yorker about his vision for the project. Each time Ive seen walls that have caught my attention, or that Ive heard about a lot in the media, they would stick in my mind. I would even dream about it. When Trump started to talk a lot about a wall along the Mexican border, one day I woke up and I saw a kid looking over the wall. I was wondering, What is this kid thinking? What would any kid think? We know that a one-year-old doesnt have a political vision, or any political point of view. He doesnt see walls as we see them.

It took five months of location scouting to find the perfect site by knocking on doorswhich is how he met Kikito'...


Adorable Highland Cattle Calves Are the Worlds Cuddliest Little Cows My Modern Met

You wouldnt normally describe a cow as warm and fuzzy, but there's one breed that defies stereotypes with its distinctively long, textured hair. Known as Highland cattle, these cuddly-looking creatures don wild coifsthe longest of any breed that cover their hooves and faces in adorable fluff like a dog.

Highland cattle are originally from the Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland. Because of their fur, they are well suited for locales that have strong winds, rainfall, and generally cooler weather. Their coats are equipped with a double set of fur; outside is the oily layer that allows rain to slide off, and the inner layer covers the body with a downy undercoat. This, along with their horns, makes it possible for them to forage for their foodeven when there's snow on the ground. The horns are like a shovel that helps them dig for buried plants.

Lets face itmany species of animals are cuter as babies, and a Highland cattle calf is no exception. With their small snouts, tongues, and stature, its impossible not to smile when you see their adorable antics. See them in all their adorable glory, below.

You wouldn't normally describe a cow as cute and cuddly, but the Highland cattle calf is an adorable exception!

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20+ Times Artists Were Inspired by the Dazzling Beauty of Geode Crystals My Modern Met

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Inspired by the Earth's enchanting beauty, today's top designers often create pieces evocative of nature. This interest in the natural world is evident in everything from interior design and jewelry to cakes and coffee, culminating in an eclectic assortment of stunning goods and gifts. While artists tend to find inspiration in all of Mother Nature's creations, a geode-centric trend has recently emerged among these nature-loving creatives.

Ranging from shimmering ceramics to sparkling street art to realistic rock candy, these mineral-inspired creations showcase the natural beauty of geodes and crystals. Some, like AmeyaaJewelrys agate pendants and Royal Suzies night lights, incorporate actual stones; while others, including Johannah Adams mineral makeup and NL Architects amethyst architecture, are simply inspired by their iridescence. Genuine or not, however, each glimmering creation captures the rocks' raw beauty.

See a sparkling selection of geode and crystal creations below!

Glistening Geode Mugs by Silver Lining Ceramics


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