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Saturday, 18 November


Look at the kitty! Pranksters force milk-lapping footage on unsuspecting Times Square tourists Dangerous Minds

One of the many legacies of the experimental art movements of the middle of the last century has been a heightened tolerance for weird site-specific art nonsense. The Fluxus folks certainly come to mind in that regard, as do the works of artists as varied as


The Vivacious Presence of Parrots in Dutch Golden Age Painting Hyperallergic

Caspar Netscher, "Woman Feeding a Parrot, with a Page" (1666), oil on panel (courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund)Caspar Netscher, Woman Feeding a Parrot, with a Page (1666), oil on panel (courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund)

Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry now at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, includes a 1666 painting by Caspar Netscher of a woman offering a parrot a snack. The work, one of around 70 pieces from the Dutch Golden Age on view, was recently acquired by the museum.

I walked into the conservation studio, not knowing about the acquisition, and I saw it sitting out there. I said, I own that bird!' Kristen Gonzalez, the curatorial assistant in the Department of Northern Baroque Paintings, told Hyperallergic. So I was really interested to look more at Dutch genre paintings. That got me on this research path to look at them from the perspective of an art historian and someone who lives with these creatures.

Gonzalez has an African Grey parrot, not unlike the one in the 17th-century painting, and that familiarity made her perceive the painted birds as more than solely symbols. In an online feature called More than Mimicry: The Parrot in Dutch Genre Painting, she explored the significance of the parrots as metaphors, and their presence as intelligent animal companions. For the latter, she drew on Dr. Irene Pepperbergs animal cognition studies on African Greys. On November 20, Gonzalez will give a talk at the museum about her research, which is part of a...


Silencing Sexual Harassment Complaints in Pakistan and the US Sociological Images

All hell broke loose online in Pakistan this winter after their first Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid, tweeted a complaint against a doctor who sent an unsolicited friendship request on Facebook to her sister following an E.R. visit. Sharmeens tweet provoked a firestorm of debate amongst Pakistani social media users, who shared a picture of Sharmeen posing with American film producer Harvey Weinstein as proof of Sharmeens double standards on sexual harassment.

Sharmeen Obaid, World Economic Forum (via Wikimedia Commons)

Sharmeen is not the first Pakistani to incite calls to violence by going public about abuse. Member of Parliament Ayesha Gulalai received severe and terrifying censure from social media trolls for her public accusations of sexual harassment against former-cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. Similar critiques have also been used against Malala Yusufzai, Pakistans only woman Nobel laureate, when social media users suggested that photographs of her at Oxford University wearing a bomber jacket and jeans, under a modest headscarf, looked just like porn actress Mia Khalifa.

These issues are not limited to Pakistan alone, of course. Digital harassment has been a prominent issue in the United States as well, and the tactics trolls use to challenge women who speak out about harassment are strikingly similar in both countries. Trolls in both contexts deploy words like feminazi, or man-hater, accusing women of exaggerating, attention-seeking, or of trivializing real cases of abuse to further their own taste for drama. They create fake Facebook or Twitter accounts in the name of a woman (or other abused person) going public, using these accounts to post humiliating status updates or embarrassing personal details about the survivor. Women in both cases are quickly accused of being traitors, airing their dirty laundry on a global stage with implications for the reputation of their social groups or organizations.

Comparing American and Pakistani harassment cases highlights how geographically distant and culturally different locations draw on similar...


Some Stockholm commuters are irritated by menstruation-themed subway art Dangerous Minds

Anyone whos ever been to Stockholm has probably gotten at least a taste of the remarkably vibrant artistic concepts that define many of the citys subway stations. A bunch of the stations are incredibly distinctivemy favorite was the Solna Centrum station on the blue line, executed by Anders berg and...


Salvador Dals hilarious lesson in proper English speech Dangerous Minds

Echo number four (via Discogs)
One of the nice people I met at the Revolting Cocks and Meat Beat Manifesto show last weekend kept telling me about an instructional record Salvador Dal made, demonstrating the proper way to speak English. I think...

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Friday, 17 November


Rare 1915 Film Shows Claude Monet at Work in His Famous Garden at Giverny Open Culture

Long ago, we showed you some startling footage of an elderly, arthritic Pierre-Auguste Renoir, painting with horribly deformed hands. Today we offer a more idyllic image of a French Impressionist painter in his golden years: Claude Monet on a sunny day in his beautiful garden at Giverny.

Once again, the footage was produced by Sacha Guitry for his project Ceux de Chez Nous, or "Those of Our Land." It was shot in the summer of 1915, when Monet was 74 years old. It was not the best time in Monet's life. His second wife and eldest son had both died in the previous few years, and his eyesight was getting progressively worse due to cataracts. But despite the emotional and physical setbacks, Monet would soon rebound, making the last decade of his life (he died in 1926 at the age of 86) an extremely productive period in which he painted many of his most famous studies of water lilies.

At the beginning of the film clip we see Guitry and Monet talking with each other. Then Monet paints on a large canvas beside a lily pond. It's a shame the camera doesn't show the painting Monet is working on, but it's fascinating to see the great artist all clad in white, a cigarette dangling from his lips, painting in his lovely garden.

Note: This beautiful clip and post originally appeared on our site in 2012.

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Art Movements Hyperallergic

Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi (c.1500), oil on panel, 25 7/8 x 18 in.(65.7 x 45.7 cm) (courtesy Christies)

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

Salvator Mundi (c. 1500) sold at Christies for $450,312,500 (inc. buyers premium) after just under 20 minutes of bidding, becoming the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. Christies hired an outside PR firm for the first time in order to conduct its marketing campaign branded The last da Vinci which included a video of viewers stunned in awe before the painting. The record price was set despite concerns regarding the precise attribution of the work from figures like Michael Daley, Frank Zllner, and Jerry Saltz. A Guardian article published last month regarding Walter Isaacsons new biography of Leonardo was later revised with an editors note explaining that the piece is the subject of a legal complaint made on behalf of Christies International Plc. Isaacson subsequently took to ...


Recommended: Francesco Chiapperinis InSight Paradigm Shift Bird is the Worm

  Paradigm Shift is the pattern of sharp images melting into alien shapes, and then reuniting again as something no less vivid, no less stunning than before, and also still vaguely familiar.  Guitarist Simone Lobina drives the scorched earth melody of France Mon Amour, etching it onto the face of the tune, and even after he []


A Touching Animated Documentary About the Rise, Fall & Second Coming of the 60s Psych-Folk Musician Richard Atkins Open Culture

One wonders what might have become of Richard Atkins musical career had he come of age in this millennium, when youngsters suffering from acute stage fright regularly attract stadium-sized followings on Youtube.

This was most definitely not the case in 1968, when Atkins, aged 19, took the stage in a small Hollywood club filled with music industry brass, there specifically to see him.

Unfortunately, talent could only take him so far. Having learned to play guitar only a couple of years earlier in the wake of a disfiguring motorcycle accident, he and partner Richard Manning had recorded an album, Richard Twice, for Mercury Records. The presence on that record of several members of the Wrecking Crew, an informal, but legendary group of LA session musicians, conferred extra pop pedigree. The Acid Archives later called it "a virtually perfect pop album, the kind of thing that would have ruled the charts if the wind had been blowing the right way that month."

Alas, one tiny technical difficulty at the start of the gig caused Manning to flee, leaving the freaked out and frighteningly ill equipped Atkins to deal with the yawning chasm that had opened between him and the audience. The only fix that occurred to him was a Bugs Bunny-inspired soft shoe, a move that apparently went over big with his Mom, prior to the accident, when he had two legs and could balance without a crutch.

As recounted in Matthew Saltons animated documentary, above, this soul crushing moment is not without humor. Atkins, affably narrating his own story, has had 50 years to mull that night over, and realizes that blown opportunities are probably more universal than successfully snagged brass rings (American Idol, anyone?)

Over the ensuing years, Atkins found fulfillment as a woodworker and family man, but music remained a painful what-if, a...


Shinola Audio introduces the new high fidelity Canfield Headphone Collection Dangerous Minds

Shinolayes, the Detroit-based design brandis introducing the new Canfield Headphone Collection part of their distinctive range of Shinola Audio products, which also includes the eye-popping Runwell Turntable and matching bookshelf speakers.<...


The Phoenix of Equality: How Pioneering Firefighter Brenda Berkman Won Womens Right to Herosim Brain Pickings

My uniform is emblematic of my philosophy that people should try to leave the world better than they found it.

The Phoenix of Equality: How Pioneering Firefighter Brenda Berkman Won Womens Right to Herosim

No woman should say, I am but a woman! But a woman! What more can you ask to be? pioneering 19th-century astronomer Maria Mitchell told her students as she paved the way for women in science. And yet a century later, Brenda Berkman found embers of that but-a-woman cavil smoldering in the innermost chamber of culture, and she set out to extinguish them with unexampled fortitude of spirit.

Berkman, now an artist in her sixties, was once a lawyer before becoming one of the first women firefighters on the New York force, where she initiated and won at great personal cost a landmark lawsuit that forever changed the face of the fire department and became a precedent for equality far beyond its locale. Berkman recounts the hard-earned triumph through the lens of her uniform in one of the sixty-eight stories in Emily Spivacks altogether wonderful Worn in New York (public library) the continuation of Spivacks Worn Stories, one of the most rewarding books of 2014, unraveling the tapestry of cultural and personal histories that make us who we are through the storytelling thread of sartorial micro-memoirs.



Deviation and Art: The Eric Gill Case A R T LR K

The urine of the stallion fertilises the fields more than all the chemicals of science. So, under Divine Providence, the excess of amorous nature fertilises the spiritual field. (Eric Gill)

On the 17th of November 1940, British artist Eric Gill died of lung cancer in Hillingdon, UK. During his lifetime he was recognised for his original typeface designs, stonecutting, printmaking and characteristic sculptures. Among others, he was the author of the Stations of the Cross in Westminster Cathedral (1914), three out of eight studies of wind, carved for the exterior of the new London Underground Headquarters at St James Park station (1928) and statues for the BBCs Broadcasting House (1932). Posthumously, the adoration for his unquestionable artistic genius was faced with spicy revelations on his shocking sexual behaviour, brought to light in a biography by Fiona MacCarthy (1989).

Most of the information in the book comes from Gills personal diaries, in which he went into great detail about sexual acts with his own children, sister and a dog. His attitude to animals, as to some extent to children, was that particularly Victorian combination of scientific curiosity mixed with high emotionalism. (Fiona MacCarthy, Eric Gill...


Louis K. Meisel Gallery Presents Robert Gnieweks A Preview to Havana Hyperallergic

Robert Gniewek, Havana Malecn View, Twilight (2017), oil on linen, 24 x 38 inches

Louis K. Meisel Gallery is pleased to announce A Preview to Havana, a solo exhibition of Robert Gnieweks recent paintings. A Photorealist with an aptitude for creating atmospheric urban landscapes, Gniewek has begun a new series of work based on his recent journey to Cuba; this exhibition will premiere the first two paintings from this new body of work.

Known for recreating the effects of fluorescent, neon, and diffused light, Gnieweks Hopper-esque cityscapes often capture moments of isolation. His compositions are imbued with soft light that subtly takes center stage. Inspired by scenes that are architecturally or culturally nostalgic, Gnieweks paintings possess a cinematic quality that is rarely captured in Photorealism.

Robert Gniewek began his career painting his hometown of Detroit. Over the course of his career, he has painted cities across the United States and Europe, as well as slightly more remote outposts of urban life that have included taverns, motels, and diners. In March 2017, Gniewek was able to travel to Havana. His forthcoming body of work will concentrate on Vedados narrow, gritty streets.

An opening reception for the artist will be held on November 16th from 6-8pm.

For further information and images of works from the exhibition, please contact Elizabeth Harris or Alain Simi at 212-677-1340, or email

A Preview to Havana continues at Louis K. Meisel Gallery (141 Prince Street, SoHo, Manhattan) through December 22.

The post Louis K. Meisel Gallery Presents Robert Gnieweks <i>A Preview to Havana</i> appeared first on Hyperallergic.


A New Biography of Paula Modersohn-Becker Reveals an Artist Committed to Painting Women Hyperallergic

Paula Modersohn-Becker, Self-Portrait in Front of a Green Background with Blue Lilies (c. 1905) ( Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Stiftung, Bremen; all images courtesy of Semiotexte)

In the basement of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany, home to one of the most famous collections of 19th- and 20th-century European painting, are the paintings of women subjects, and the paintings of women artists. In the low-ceilinged, dimly-lit room, amongst the images of mothers and children, goddesses and nymphs, situated slightly out of sight behind a television monitor, hung a self-portrait of a young woman with almond eyes and a red smile holding a branch pulled from a camellia tree. She stares out at us, determinedly, with a look of concentration on her face. The absence of her second hand suggests she is in fact in the process of painting herself. But, who is she? And why do we even need to ask?

When I Google search Paula M. Becker, almost every entry insists she was one of the most important figures in early Expressionism, a contemporary of men we are on last-name basis with: Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, Munch. In her native Germany, her works adorn postcards, magnets, and posters. She has been heralded as the first Western woman artist to paint herself naked. She has been claimed as the first Western woman artist to paint herself pregnant. She traveled often to Paris and developed close friendships with the painter Heinrich Vogeler and the poet Rainer Maria Rilke. She began a series of correspondence based around a mutual admiration for the others art with Otto Modersohn, which lead to their marriage in 1901. And yet, her name barely appears alongside these men in the annals of art history. She deserves her own biography. Luckily, Marie Darrieussecq has written it.

The fascination with these lost characters of history, often encountered as a footnote or brief chapter in someone elses story, can le...


Hanji: The Traditional Korean Art of Making Sturdy Paper by Hand My Modern Met

Hanji Paper Korean Art Korean Paper

Photo: jared ( [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

According to an ancient adage in Korea, paper can last 1,000 years. While this proverb may seem peculiar to us today, its origins are linked to Hanji, a strikingly strong and sturdy type of paper.

While Hanji saw success in Korea for hundreds of years, the handmade craft has all but died out due to more efficient manufacturing methods. In order to protect and preserve the centuries-old practice, it is important to understand what sets Hanji apart from other papermaking processes, from its time-honored history to its artistic flair.

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What is Hanji?

Hanji refers to handmade Korean paper. Traditionally, this durable paper is created using dak, the bark of Paper Mulberry trees, and dak pul, sap from the aibika plant. In addition to sheets used for writing, it is used to make a range of objects. These include screens for doors, clothing, fans, and lanterns.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library Puts 2 Million Botanical Illustrations Online for Free My Modern Met

If you're fascinated by nature and botanical illustrations, you'll be thrilled by the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This open access digital library focuses on bringing the natural world closer to people through access to writings and illustration. Thanks to the dedication of BHL staff and readers, over 100,000 images and photographs from the collection have been uploaded to their popular Flickr account since 2011.

Divided up clearly into albums by publication, the account is a surprisingly huge success for the organization, opening up the world of nature illustration to a new audience. A dive into the photostream shows everything from 19th-century volumes on the birds of Australia to an odd grouping of bat illustrations. And, of course, there are the botanicals. French, German, English, and South African journals have all been lovingly scanned, providing a fascinating look at the biodiversity that existsor existedthroughout these countries.

If you really want to dive deep into the world of nature and botanical illustrations, there's another photostream of tagged photos that provides a huge grab bag of over 2 million illustrations and photographs. Wondering how beekeepers dressed in 1910? You'll find it here along with enough glorious plant illustrations to quench your thirst for nature.

Millions of vintage wildlife and botanical illustrations from journals around the world are available for free thanks to the Biodiversity Heritage Library's Flickr account.



Data Suggests Artists More Drawn to Cities than Ever Hyperallergic

Performance art on Bogart Street during Bushwick Open Studios 2016 (photo by Hrag Vartanian/ Hyperallergic)Performance art on Bogart Street during Bushwick Open Studios 2016 (photo by Hrag Vartanian/ Hyperallergic)

Quartz has published an analysis of the US cities with the densest concentration of artists, compiled from US Census data spanning five years from 2011 to 2016. Unsurprisingly, the results show that artists tend to congregate disproportionately in major metropolitan areas and cultural hubs and that many, many artists are (still) moving to Brooklyn.

But still, there are some interesting details. The study uses categories for artist, defined by the NEA, and these extend beyond what might initially come to most peoples minds. In addition to all the usual suspects (photographers, fine artists, dancers, musicians), the study also accounts for less expected mtiers, like PA system announcers, ad copy writers, floral designers, and ventriloquists.

In the final analysis, New York claimed two of the top spots in drawing artists, with Manhattan at number one and Kings County (i.e. Brooklyn) as number three. San Francisco (number two), LA (number four) and Portland (number five) rounded out the top five.

The post Data Suggests Artists More Drawn to Cities than Ever appeared first on Hyperallergic.


Scientist Captures Incredible Video of CRISPR Editing DNA in Real Time TwistedSifter


Using a technique called high-speed atomic-force microscopy, Japanese researcher Osamu Nureki has managed to show CRISPR-Cas9 editing DNA in real-time. In a new paper published in Nature, Nureki outlines how he and his team were able to capture the astonishing footage.

While it may appear grainy and pixelated, its important to keep in mind the amazingness of what were seeing: a single-molecule...


Join Colossal and in Filling Classrooms in Need with Art Supplies Colossal

Whether youre an established professional working with a top gallery, a weekend tinkerer, or a student tackling personal projects, here at Colossal we believe that your creativity enriches our world. The incredible range of art created by artists of all ages, from all backgrounds, all over the planet, is the lifeblood of our publication. Thats why, in this season of giving and receiving, Colossal is excited to partner with to help support young artists. is a New York-based nonprofit that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America create classroom project requests, and you can give any amount to the project that inspires you. 

Weve selected a range of art-focused projects from around the U.S., including requests for basic art supplies as well as specific needs for exploring particular techniques and materials. Each project page lets you know about the teacher and students who benefit from our collective support; how and why the supplies will be used; and includes a specific breakdown of every item and expense on the classrooms wish list. Or, simply make a donation at the top of the page and your donation will be automatically distributed.

Why do todays students need our support? While many students in the US are fortunate to receive arts education, 17% of elementary school students receive no instruction in visual arts, and 96% of students receive no instruction in theater. And schools with higher rates of students in poverty are less likely to provide arts education (...


Over 1 Million People Follow This Photographer for His Stunning B&W Photos My Modern Met

Jason M Peterson - Black and White Photography Instagram

The alluring black and white photography of Jason M. Peterson, a craft honed daily over the last 25 years, has garnered the Chicago-based photographer an unparalleled following. With 1 million followers on Instagrama number usually reserved for celebrities (or food accounts)his moody, artistic work captures the soul of every scene he shoots.

As the Chief Creative Officer for Havas North America, Peterson's work in advertising has certainly impacted his photography, perfectly his ability to tell a story and evoke emotion through monochromatic imagery. Or, perhaps it's his photographya passion that began at 13that helped push him toward the visual storytelling world of advertising. Though he's been a photographer for most of his life, it's only in the past 5 years that he's shared his work with a wide public audience.

One look at his Instagram feed and it's clear why so many people follow his photographic journey. Crisp and clear, he works with shadows, angles, and lines to draw out unique forms within his composition. As comfortable in the city as he is in nature, his ability to balance a scene shines through whether shooting aerial photographs or capturing the energy of a concert. And though black and white photography is what he's known for, Peterson doesn't necessarily define himself by that choice.

To me, my photos arent about black and white at all, Peterson shares with My Modern Met. I am trying to capture human emotion, make the viewer feel something. Black and white helps focus on that emotioncolor is one less thing to be in the way of seeing the feeling.

And if he can stimulate his fans to step away from the screen, look around and notice the small things in their surroundings, he's accomplished his goal.

Photographer Jason M. Peterson has been taking pictures for over 25 years, but just started sharing his work widely in the past five due to the rise of social media.



Mattias Adolfssons Wildly Intricate Sketchbook and Doodle Artworks Colossal

Like a mad hybrid of Wheres Waldo meets Dr. Seusswith healthy doses of absurdity and science fictionSwedish illustrator Mattias Adolfsson (previously) fills his sketchbooks and canvases edge to edge with his manically dense drawings of well, just about anything you can imagine. Around the framework of a known destination such as a small village or the interior of a church, the artist populates nearly every square inch with bands of unruly characters, Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions, and overly complex spacesuits. The purpose of everything seems to be a mystery, but the time spent trying to understand it all is always rewarding, a first-glance view can turn into minutes of exploration as each piece slowly unravels like a story.

Adolfsson is as meticulous in the documentation and sharing of his work as the subject matter itself. You can follow his process and peek inside numerous sketchbooks on his website, where you can also find many of his drawings gathered into a series of books. He also shares prints and a few original watercolor works in his Etsy shop.



New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces Social Borders as Its MFA Winter Residency Theme Hyperallergic

Mark Dion, Aviary (courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York)

The New Hampshire Institute of Arts (NHIA) low residency MFA program features semi-annual residencies organized around a theme. This January, the theme will be Borders.

Residency themes are designed to be viewed from multiple perspectives. In this case, students will engage with a faculty panel around the issue of social borders, a subject thats particularly relevant given current climate around gender and race.

They will also take part in a hands-on collaborative project that will prompt questions about how borders are created and how they are torn down. This interdisciplinary work connects students and faculty across degrees, and complements students immersion in presentations, workshops, and critiques in their individual programs in Writing, Photography, and the Visual Arts.

The residency will feature two special guests:

  • On January 7th, visiting writer, Francisco Cant, will offer a reading from his forthcoming book The Line Becomes a River (Riverhead Books, 2018), in which Cant explores his experience as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
  • On January 9th, artist Mark Dion will offer a presentation. Dions work challenges entrenched ways of thinking about art. He appropriates scientific methods of collecting and organizing that dissolve the borders between disciplines.

Stay tuned: in June, our theme will be Food!

The deadline for applying to the MFA program this winter is December 1st, 2017.

Want to learn more? Call us at (603) 836-2588, email us at, or attend our MFA Residency Visit Day on January 13, 2018.

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A View from the Easel Hyperallergic

The 102nd installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. Want to take part? Submit your studio just check out the submission guidelines.

Anne Marchands studio in Washington, DC (image courtesy the artist)

Anne Marchand, Washington, DC (site)

My studio space is in an old Victorian townhouse. The floor to ceiling windows let in lots of morning light. I have track lighting around areas that dont get much direct sunlight. I like to have a clean slate when I begin a new series. This view of the studio has finished abstract paintings and a work in progress on the floor. Since my process is spontaneous and active, paint goes everywhere. I typically use acrylic paints on canvas with cardboard barriers to protect the floor and rug underneath. At the end of a painting day, I arrange all my materials and supplies so I can have a fresh start when I return. All of my studio furniture has wheels and can be reconfigured for different projects. Ive just added a couple more rolling carts with tops so I can work on smaller pieces. My paints are stored in plastic containers on the metal shelves and my other resource materials are stacked into old cigar boxes that I use as bins and store them under the table. I love coming in and seeing all the vibrant colors waiting for discovery. Its a kickstart to begin the creative process once again.



89-Year-Old Photographer Pokes Fun at Herself in Silly Self-Portraits My Modern Met

Kimiko Nishimoto Self Portrait

Learning something new can be challenging, but sometimes, it can take you places youd never imagine. Kimiko Nishimoto was 72 years old when she picked up a camera, and its transformed her life over the past 17 years. Now at 89, she's enjoying wide-spread attention for her creative self-portrait photography.

Nishimoto pokes fun at herself through her bizarre compositions. While many people are concerned with finding their most flattering angles and wearing stylish outfits, Nishimoto chooses to dress up in strange costumes and place herself in situations that are amusingly self-deprecatinglike hanging from a clothesline, being struck with a shovel, and run over by a car. The exaggerated images make you smile as well as commend Nishimoto for her willingness to be silly. Thanks to a camera and photo manipulation software, she has found her creative bliss.

Nishimoto has teamed up with Epson on a month-long exhibition of her work. Her photos will be on view at the Epson Imaging Gallery in Tokyo from December 15th, 2017, through January 18th, 2018.

At 89 years old, Kimiko Nishimoto expresses her silly side through creative self-portrait photography.

Kimiko Nishimoto Self Portrait...


The Russian Billionaire Behind Christies Controversial $450M Leonardo Hyperallergic

Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev, whose family trust sold the painting, as Leonardo da Vincis Salvator Mundi (c.1500)(image by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Last night, Christies auction house sold Salvator Mundi, which it claims is the last painting by Leonardo da Vinci in private hands, for an astounding, record-setting $400M (the final price was over $450M with fees). The sale was controversial for a couple of reasons: that mind-numbing number itself, but also the fact that there are a lot of questions and serious doubts about the paintings authenticity, restoration, and provenance.

One can therefore be forgiven for initially overlooking another elephant in the room the identity of the seller. When theres this much money involved, though, it usually pays to follow it, and here the money leads directly back to the Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev. Rybolovlevs family trust sold the painting, through Christies, to an undisclosed buyer, but if his name sounds familiar for other reasons, that might be because in 2008 he paid (through a company he controlled) $95M to buy a Palm Beach mansion from Donald Trump. Or it could be that hes also known for allegedly using his art collection to shield money from his wife, a bitter conflict brought to light in the Panama P...


Watch Classical Music Come to Life in Artfully Animated Scores: Stravinsky, Debussy, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart & More Open Culture

Stephen Malinowski has cultivated his own patch of YouTube ground over the years with the Music Animation Machine, slowly scrolling visual representations of classical music. The videos, like the one above, use shape and color to interpret pitch, duration, and more recently dynamics and intervals in a hypnotic style that references both Oskar Fischinger and Guitar Hero.

Personally, Ive been a fan for years and watched his style evolve from the basics of a piano roll scroll to these much more complex animations, just as smalin (his YouTube name) has gone from working with solo piano works to the density of Beethovens symphony scores or the chaos of Stravinskys Rite of Spring.

Many music lovers who are not musicians but understand enough about composition will often follow a printed score when listening to classical music; I would suggest that this is one better than the traditional notation, as smalins method makes individual instruments in a quartet easy to follow; or show the interplay between left and right hands in a Debussy piece; or lay out in visual terms the variations on a theme or pattern (especially in Bach). For those who love but dont get classical music, these videos are a step towards clarity.

The Music Animation Machine started long before the Internet. Malinowski (a graduate of my alma maters SBCC and UCSB!) dates the beginning to 1982, and the inspiration came from a "hallucination" h...


Trouble on the Island of Happiness and Human Rights Concerns for the Louvre Abu Dhabi Hyperallergic

A view of Saadiyat Island during the construction of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (image courtesy Hans Haacke and Gulf Labor Coalition)

On November 9, Swiss journalists Serge Enderlin and Jon Bjorgvinsson were filming migrant workers in Abu Dhabis public Mussafah market when they were arrested by local police. The journalists were in the United Arab Emirates to cover the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the working and living conditions of the countrys foreign laborers. Once arrested, the police blindfolded them, confiscated their equipment and held them for more than 50 hours, where they were interrogated for nine hours at a time and forced to sign confessions in Arabic before being deported to Switzerland.

We took the opportunity of the Louvre Abu Dhabi opening, and its huge impact in the French speaking world, to enquire again about the fate of the migrant workers who are building these countries, Enderlin told Hyperallergic in an email.

Migrant workers on Saadiyat Island (image courtesy Hans Haacke and Gulf Labor Coalition)

The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened to the public on November 11, is the latest project to launch on Saadiyat Island, which translates from...


The Simpsons Family Home Reimagined in Different Architectural Styles My Modern Met

The original Simpsons home, 742 Evergreen Terrace vs The Simpsons House IRL

Springfield's 742 Evergreen Terracethe suburban two-story detached residence thats home to The Simpsonsis possibly one of the most recognizable homes on TV. The home has hardly changed since first airing in 1989, and features a garage, basement, attic, and a large garden complete with a brown picket fence. By design, the fictional family home encapsulates the American suburban stereotype. But what ifin some bizarre alternate realitythe suburban stereotype as we know it had evolved into something quite different? Marketing agency NeoMam have provided the answer, following a recent commission by HomeAdvisor, in which they gave the Simpson family home a series of architectural makeovers.

NeoMam have reimagined the iconic abode in a diverse mix of styles including a curvaceous Art Deco domicile; a wooden log cabin; an angular contemporary home, with floor to ceiling windows; a colonial residence, that even Mr Burns would be impressed by; a Mediterranean villa featuring arched windows; a Victorian mansion; a Cape Cod dwelling, with a steeped roof; and even one in the style of Tudor Revival.

Regardless of the building style, youll see one thing that remains constant: Homer in the backyard throwing out a can of Duff.

This series reimagines Simpsons family home in a diverse range of architectural styles.

Simpsons Home Architecture Styles by NeoMam

Art Deco

Simpsons Home Architecture Styles by NeoMam

Tudor Revival



Your Career in the Art World Starts With Christies Education Hyperallergic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Objects Made by Prisoners, from Soap Sculptures to Pendants Hyperallergic

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Explore Guernica with a Sprawling Visual Timeline Hyperallergic

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

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

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

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


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

Wedding Portraits Trolltunga

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Disneys Architectural Aspirations in EPCOT A R T LR K

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

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


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

Drips homepage (screenshot via Drip)

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

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

Drips discover page (screenshot via Drip)

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

Christmas gift ideas 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assyrian Tablet ancient prenuptial agreement

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

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

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

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

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

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

h/t: [IFLScience!]

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A Nuanced Portrait of Hasidic Brooklyn Hyperallergic

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The lineup of the festival includes:

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

For the full lineup, visit

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

Click here to enter the contest.

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can support Jones admirable mission by donating via Paypal.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nighttime City Scenes Bathed in Neon by Photographer Elsa Bleda Colossal

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

Craigslist Encounters Photo Series KremerJohnson

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of it6...


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Cruel and Comic Allegory of Destroyed Masculinity Hyperallergic

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

Da-aaad! Bobs dying!!!

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

Lamp with Water Fountain Base

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

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

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

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

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

Indoor Water Fountain

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

Lamp with Water Fountain Base...


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

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


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

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

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

Blue Arrow Records, photo via Facebook

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production

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

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

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

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

Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production Mirror Short Film by Tanello Production...


Whats Trending? A Rise in STDs Sociological Images

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Thursday, 02 November


Canadian Government Quietly Compensates Daughter of MKULTRA Victim The Vigilant Citizen

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

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