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Sunday, 21 January


Star Citizen - unifying the control system - screen relative push pulling Mike Philbin's free planet blog

supposedly, Star Citizen is 'doing things that other games don't do' but...

seriously? and this is just for one mode of movement

They have a clunky interface written by a database designer.
They have a problem with doors.
They have multiple control mappings per vehicle you're in, personal or space.

One of the things I felt was very important (when I was in the games industry) was UNIFY THE CONTROL SYSTEM.

Screen Relative:
in first person or in third person, it's possible to use a screen-relative mouse move method for movement left-right and up-down. Roll will be the only dual-key addition in either mode. How does this help us with 'doors'? Everything should be screen-relative such that the Coordinate Transition i.e. from local to global across time t, can be hidden more cleverly. Smoother event-merging transitions can then be achieved i.e. linking into the hierarchy of a ship/planet/star...

Mouse scroll:
the game aleady uses mouse scroll for the forward/reverse thrust of a Player character through the game world. It works very well. So, why is this not applied to the ship/vehicles you drive/use? The same PushPull mouse-scrolling can be used for the range of your HUD-based scan-interface when looking for useful things to Quantum Travel to.

YOUR HEADSET or PROJECTED VIEW OF THE 'VERSE should be how you interact with it i.e. embed all the necessary data into the objects of the screen, make choices from the screen i.e. not from some fucking clunky screen or starmap or overlay.

AND GIVE YOUR SHIP some conversation-resolving A.I. so it can feel PART OF YOUR FUCKING TEAM and become your gaming-buddy Mr Ed-horse or MrT (depending on its firepower), fool.


Shimmer and Melancholy in SZAs Ctrl Hyperallergic


SZAs debut album provides a lesson in quietudes declarative force. Not musically  the astutely titled Ctrl, a shiny, crunchy, whirring R&B concoction, abounds with ear candy. Its in the caution of her beats, the restrained restlessness of her melodies, the felt hesitancy of her vocals. These songs shimmer, awash in a sort of melancholy that faintly pervades the album without becoming overt. I hesitate to praise a performer for reticence, but the subtlety of SZAs gestures demands notice.

Ctrl is a genuine sleeper hit. It was released last June to modest acclaim and impressive chart success without scoring a hit single. (Although Love Galore sounds great when played on certain hip-hop/R&B stations, and her guest vocal on Maroon 5s What Lovers Do spruced up a passable pop-funk extravagance.) Yet the album went gold in October before suddenly appearing on the year-end lists of every music critic alive. Im not surprised, for Ctrl is what seekers of aesthetic difficulty call a grower, the kind of album whose stunning details blossom after prolonged microscopic contemplation.

As a snapshot of R&B in its modern incarnation, the albums blend of erotic and confessional modes fascinates. SZAs preferred songwriting device is to simulate the outpouring of emotion, the freeform venting of moods and wishes and anxieties crisscrossing and backtracking through her psyche, all molded into unified expressionistic bursts. Yet she also writes within the familiar R&B tradition, in which formalized pop songs are representational vehicles for desire, and shes not above licking her lips over invoked and addressed lovers or recoiling, as the case may be. Thus do the songs on Ctrl occupy a space where insecurities over sex, romance, and gender are credibly illuminated, coexisting as they do with music committed to functionalism and the pleasure principle.

Since excess subtlety has a way of shriveling R&B until its attenuated shell, stripped of any residual genre marks, dissipates into the wind, its worth stressing that Ctrl is a sneakily hooky album in the best way. Chewy tunes and underlying ostinato harmonies sna...

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Saturday, 20 January


The Visible Language of Outsider Art Hyperallergic

Jean Fick, AMBASADEUR MONDIEU N.23. A+L (circa 1941-46), journal, 90 pages, ink, pencil, and watercolor on paper, 4 3/4 x 2 3/8 inches, collection abcd/Bruno Decharme (photo courtesy of Collection abcd)

Has there ever been a time when artists from writing cultures have not been intrigued by the expressive character of what linguists sometimes refer to as visible language? Of course, in some traditions, such as that of ancient China (as well as that of Japan, whose language uses Chinese characters that are often pictographic), calligraphy an art of brush and ink gives form to both the literary and the artistic. In such cultures, to a remarkable degree, the acts of composing words and of drawing or painting images can become indelibly fused.

Such points of reference along with Egyptian hieroglyphs; illuminated medieval manuscripts; decorative Islamic calligraphy; hand-written diaries and letters; hand-painted signs; advertising posters; and comic books may come to mind while visiting Vestiges & Verse: Notes from the Newfangled Epic, an exhibition that opens tomorrow at the American Folk Art Museum (and will remain on view through May 27).

Organized by Valrie Rousseau, AFAMs curator of self-taught art and art brut, this survey calls attention to the integration of text and image in works made by a diverse group of artistic autodidacts. In them, these two elements are inseparable and, expressively speaking, equally potent.

Many of the illustrated texts or are they annotated pictures? on view feel so intimate in character that to see them gathered here, exposed, is to enter into a zone of heightened aesthetic awareness of their makers deeply personal motivations and of the creative process itself.



10,000 Classic Movie Posters Getting Digitized & Put Online by the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin: Free to Browse & Download Open Culture

Who hasnt pinned one of Saul Basss elegant film posters on their wallwith either thumbtacks above the dormroom bed or in frame and glass in grown-up environs? Or maybe its 70s kitsch you preferthe art of the grindhouse and sensationalist drive-in exploitation film? Or 20s silent avant-garde, the cool noir of the 30s and 40s, 50s B-grade sci-fi, 60s psychedelia and French new wave, or 80s popcorn flicks? Whatever kind of cinema grabs your attention probably first grabbed your attention through the design of the movie poster, a genre that gets its due in novelty shops and specialist exhibitions, but often goes unheralded in popular conceptions of art.

Despite its utilitarian and unabashedly commercial function, the movie poster can just as well be a work of art as any other form. Failing that, movie posters are at least always essential archival artifacts, snapshots of the weird collective unconscious of mass culture: from Saul and Elaine Basss minimalist poster for West Side Story (1961), with its bright orange-red background over the title with a silhouette of a fire escape with dancers to more complex tableaux, like the baldly neo-imperialist Africa Texas Style! (1967), "which features a realistic image of the protagonist on a horse, lassoing a zebra in front of a stampede of wildebeest, elephants, and giraffes.

These two descriptions only hint at the range of posters archived at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Centerupwards of 10,000 in all, from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s. So writes Erin Willard in the Ransom Centers announcement of the digitization of its massive collection, expected to reach completion in 2019. So far, around 4,000 posters have been photographed and are becoming available online, downloadable in Large, Extra Large, and High-Quality resolutions.



DZIA and Bartkore collaborate in Bocholt, Belgium StreetArtNews

Just a few days ago DZIA and Bartkore wrapped up their collaborative mural next to a canal near the town called Bocholt in Belgium. Knowing each other from festivals and other jams over the years, this was the first time these two artists collaborated. Located under a bridge, a very impulse collaboration between the artists happened and the piece was completed in just 3 hours!

Our styles arent that compatible at first sight, but there is always a way to collide and I think we nailed it with this one. Also its always a pleasure to work with someone who paints fast and has his own style and world of characters/puppets to choose out.

It was stormy weather in Belgium so we had to find a wall protected against the hard wind. The spot is below a bridge next to the canal near the town Bocholt. I always try to find an animal that relates to his surroundings so it was an ideal place to create this giant colourful duck, and Bartkore added his humanistic puppet on top like it was riding it and he added some rubber ducks on the sides to suit the composition of the wall.

Check out more detailed pictures below and keep checking back with us for more updates from Belgium!



A Year in the Life of Pablo Picasso Hyperallergic

Pablo Picasso, "Reclining nude" (April 4, 1932), oil on canvas, Musee National Picasso, Paris (photo RMN-Grand Palais, Musee National Picasso, Paris, Rene-Gabriel Ojeda; Succession Picasso)Pablo Picasso, Reclining nude (April 4, 1932), oil on canvas, Musee National Picasso, Paris (photo RMN-Grand Palais, Musee National Picasso, Paris, Rene-Gabriel Ojeda; Succession Picasso)

PARIS The more than 110 paintings, drawings, engravings and sculptures by Pablo Picasso included in Picasso 1932: Anne Erotique (Picasso 1932: Erotic Year) arrive as the world grapples with an avalanche of accounts of sexual abuse by powerful men. Creeping along an earlier, risqu line, Picassos sexual politics in 1932 were not that great either. At a libidinous 50 years old, he was still cheating on his ballet dancer wife Olga Khokhlova (with whom he had a son, Paulo) with Marie-Thrse Walter, who was 17 when they first slept together in 1927 (when he was 45). Picasso had met Walter by chance that year in the street and asked her to pose for him. She agreed to do so and went on to become his mistress and stayed so for almost 10 years; in 1935 she gave birth to a daughter, Maya Widmaier-Picasso, who in turn was the subject of the recent show Picasso and Maya: Father and Daughter at Gagosian Paris. This five-year gap between 1927 the year of Picassos first encounter with Walter and 1932 the subject of Picasso 1932: Anne Erotique may account for why I felt a distinct absence of explicitly erogenous imagery on display. Indeed, in that respect, the show did not live up to its suggestive billing, though it did provide other pleasures in spades.



Hollywoods First Outdoor Talkie Western A R T LR K

81ORVlwouCL._SL1500_On the 20th of January 1929, the movie In Old Arizona was released on the wide cinema screen. This American Western directed by Irving Cummings and Raoul Walsh prides itself in being the first major feature film to use the new technology of sound whilst being filmed in outdoor locations. Although its plot, acting and visuals were far from perfect, the film is remembered for simply being an early example of technical innovation in moviemaking.

The film made extensive use of natural settings, filming in Bryce Canyon National Park, ion National Park in Utah and the San Fernando Mission and the Mojave Desert in California. It was also amongst the first in developing the image of the singing cowboy, based on the character of the Cisco Kid from the short sto...


In Greece, a Red-Winged Sculpture Is Exorcised and Destroyed Hyperallergic

Greek artist Kostis Georgiou has created many red, figural sculptures over the years, from gangly animals to towers of people, balanced like gymnasts. But one of his recent works of a winged, red individual, intended to represent a guardian, has been perceived by religious conservatives as a Satan figure. It has been the target of protests since its installation last month in the southern Athens suburb of Palaio Faliro, culminating in its forced removal by protestors late Wednesday night.

As Reuters...


The Power of Protest One Year After the #J20 Art Strike Hyperallergic

A sign from the 2018 Womens March in New York (photo Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

On January 20, 2017, many people in the art world came out on a strike called J20 to protest the Donald Trump inauguration. It came in response to a call for which I was one of the signatories: no work, no school, no business. A strike in galleries, museums, art schools, and universities is necessarily different to a strike in a factory or other conventionally unionized workplaces. A year later, its time to reflect on how different modes of resistance have unfolded. What does striking mean now? What has happened to all the promises of commitment and engagement that were made a year ago?

Take the complicated case of the Whitney Museum. It held a widely-covered Speak Out in 2017, a platform organized by Occupy Museums. It was nonetheless held in the museum, meaning staff had to work, people had to get tickets on a pay-as-you-will basis, and the theatre filled to capacity, shutting many out. Not a perfect strike, then. And despite director Adam Weinbergs pledge to stay strong over the years ahead, theres nothing on at the Whitney this year on J20.

The main voice out there this year is the all-star Art Action Day, which has defined J20 as silence. In this view, the strike is simply a negative, or an absence. If the strike is framed in this fashion, it takes away one of the oldest, most flexible and effective tools available to those challenging authority. J20 did not make a negative call. Its refusal to comply with business as usual was intended to ramify into the future and to create the conditions for ungovernability.

To strike in this sense is a positive movement over time away from the society of control toward becoming ungove...


8 Renaissance Artists Whose Work Transformed the Art World My Modern Met

Renaissance Artists Italian Renaissance Northern Renaissance Art

Viewed as a much-needed revival of art and culture, the Renaissance played a pivotal role in ushering Europe out of its Dark Ages and into a world of enlightenment. Beginning in the 14th century and coming to an end in the 17th, this golden age swept the continent, culminating in two distinctive yet unified art movements: the Northern Renaissance and the Italian Renaissance.

Based north of the Alpsnamely, in Flanders and the Netherlandsthe Northern Renaissance was the first of its kind. This movement began in the 14th century following a renewed interest in secular subject matter. Soon, Renaissance ideas spread throughout Europe. This led to the Italian Renaissance, which began in 1400 and reawakened Italy's interest in Classical antiquity.

While numerous figures shaped both the Italian and the Northern Renaissance, today, a select few are particularly praised for their contributions to Europe's golden age. Here, we present these artists and take a look their most well-known masterpieces.

Northern Renaissance Artists

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Today, painter and printmaker Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569) is regarded as the master of Dutch and Flemish Renaissance art. With a penchant for painting scenes of lower-class lifeevident in Netherlandish Proverbson top of more common religious iconography (like the tower of Babel) he is esteemed for his unique approach to subject matter. Additionally, his crowded canvases are distinctive for their detail and, with their beautiful backdrops (like the icy peaks in The Hunters in the Snow), their influence on modern landscape painting.



New Dossier Shows British Museum Had a Role in Dealings Between BP and Russia Hyperallergic

Activist theater group BP Or Not BP? unfurl a banner in the British Museum in protest of BPs sponsorship of the museum. (photo by Kristian Buus, courtesy BP Or Not BP?)

On Sunday, visitors to the British Museum were met with a 36-foot-tall banner visualizing the 2,727 oil spills caused in one region during one year by Rosneft, the state-controlled Russian energy giant in which BP, a highly visible sponsor of the museum, has a major stake. The activists who unfurled the banner, members of the activist collective BP Or Not BP?, also dropped more than 2,000 pieces of confetti shaped like drops of oil into the Great Court, each one symbolizing a spill by the BP affiliate in Russia.



A Somber Commemoration of the Partition of India, 70 Years Later Hyperallergic

Zarina, Abyss (2013), woodcut on BFK light paper mounted on Somerset Antique paper, edition of 20 with two artists proofs and one printers proof, 16 3/4 x 13 inches (photo by Farzad Owrang, Zarina; courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York)

In her exhibition Dark Roads, Zarina Hashmi commemorates the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Partition of India that created the nations of Pakistan, and later, Bangladesh. Zarina born in 1937 in Aligarh, a city in north India, and who now lives in New York prefers to go by her first name. Along with co-curator Alexandra Chang at the Asian/Pacific/American (APA) Institute at New York University, she selected works from the past three decades that speak directly to the ongoing impact of the upheavals resulting from Partition, as well as the underlying disruptions created by colonial powers, subsequent wars, and internal divisions.

Zarinas etchings, woodcut prints, and handmade paper sculptural works circle around her personal narrative of displacement and her own subjectivity. As she put it in an interview last year, her works are colored by the vocabulary of flight, borders, what it is to be separated from your family, and the realities of being a peripatetic, dissident other in the US. But her work also reflects on the exodus of contemporary refugees, exiles, and migrants from locations where power, resources, territories, and borders are contested.



Photographer Captures Busy But Beautiful City Streets Unique to Tokyo My Modern Met

Tokyo at night

Photographer Tatsuto Shibata (known as _deepsky on Instagram) is known for his ability to capture the spirit of modern Tokyo. From the chaotic main avenues to quiet side streets, Shibata's photographs show just how multi-faceted the metropolis really is.

Even oft-photographed spaces, such as the expansive crosswalks of Ginza, take on a new dimension through his lens. Shooting at the perfect time of day, his aerial perspective captures the elongated shadows of commuters and tourists, providing a dynamic light and shade to the composition. Tokyo is one of the biggest cities in the world and it is always crowded, the photographer tells My Modern Met via email. Everyone is hustle and bustle. I enjoy photographing the chaotic street views of Tokyo.

But for every chaotic view, Shibata manages to sneak in some quiet moments on the side streets of Shinjuku or the reflective beauty of colorful fireworks. Look through his feed and you'll discover there's more than just Tokyo in his repertoire. Shibata travels far and wide, whether south down to Kyoto, within Asia to South Korea and China or across the ocean to New York City. No matter the location, he manages to frame the scene perfectly, transporting his followers to each city.

Tatsuto Shibata is a Tokyo-based photographer who explores the chaotic streets of the city.
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French Experts Doubt Practicality of Bayeux Tapestry Loan Hyperallergic

Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry (public domain image)

President Emmanuel Macrons recent announcement that France will send the Bayeux Tapestry to England in a historic loan was a grand gesture of cultural diplomacy, but such a move across the channel might be a pipe dream.

Experts who care for the 950-year-old embroidery have called the decision premature, according to AFP, expressing concern over whether the artwork is even in the proper condition to leave its home at the Bayeux Museum. They say that major conservation issues have to be overcome first before any plans can be made for an overseas journey.

Isabelle Attard, former director or the Bayeux Museum, told AFP that she had huge doubts about whether the loan was practically possible, noting that a temporary exhibition in Britain is worrying on several levels. She noted that moving it even a few meters would present risks.

Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry, showing one of the only three women depicted (public domain image)

Officials have not yet announced where the Bayeux Tapestry might be displayed in the UK, although it is likely that the British Museum will be the venue. The Guardian revealed today that it was actually Michael Lewis, the museums deputy head of Britain, Europe and pre-history who originally came up with the idea of a loan, and that Ma...


How a Virtual Reality Model of Auschwitz Helped Convict an SS Concentration Camp Guard: A Short Documentary on a High Tech Prosecution Open Culture

The high-tech prosecution of Hanning gets well documented in "Nazi VR," the short documentary above. It comes from MEL Films, and will be added to our collection of online documentaries.

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Artistic Baker Creates Mesmerizing Cakes Covered in Glossy Mirror Glaze My Modern Met

A post shared by Ksenia Penkina (@ksenia.penkina) on Jan 17, 2018 at 11:48pm PST

With a self-proclaimed passion in patisserie, culinary artist Ksenia Penkina crafts cakes that are as fun to stare at as they are to sample. While the Vancouver-based baker dabbles in all sorts of desserts, her mesmerizing mirror-glazed mousse cakes have proven to be her most popular ptisserie.

Penkina creates her captivating mousse cakes in an assortment of sizes and styles. While they range from traditional tiered cakes to tiny, bundt-like treats, they all have one thing in common: a generous amount of glossy glaze. Often marbled and multi-colored, this gelatin-based coating is drizzled onto the spongy sweets with piping or pouring t...


Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University Now Accepting Applications Hyperallergic

Documentation of performance by Sculpture MFA, Vanessa Yvonne, at the Aqua Art Miami Fair, 2017 (photo taken by Photo MFA, Mohammadjavad Jahangir)

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, is a NASAD-accredited school of the newly-formed College of the Arts at Georgia State University. The program offers an interdisciplinary environment offering an MA in Art History, MA Ed and MAT in Art Educationand an MFA in Studio Art with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Textiles.

All MFAs receive full tuition waivers, 24-hour access studio space, and graduate assistantships. Students are also eligible for Welch Fellowships, which funds students for their duration of study. Third year MFAs are exposed to international art fairs, given the opportunity to travel and exhibit, including Aqua Art Miami during Basel week.

The school offers a year-round calendar of lectures, through the Artist-in-Residence and Welch Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series, providing students with access to a diverse mix of renowned artists and scholars, encouraging artistic discourse, leading studio critiques, and conducting workshops. The Welch Galleries also support the curriculum with year-round exhibitions and by providing a venue for solo thesis exhibitions.

Georgia State University is located in downtown Atlanta, a diverse and vibrant, urban setting. The campus is near prestigious institutions including the High Museum of Art, Atlanta Contemporary, MOCA GA, and a rich network of commercial galleries, alternative spaces, and grassroots organizations. Alumni, faculty, and students are heavily involved in the growing art scene, having founded a number of artist-run spaces, nonprofits, and creative publications.

MA & MFA deadline: February 1
MAT & MA Ed deadline: April 1

For more information, visit

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A Trove of Dadaist Fun Is Reissued Hyperallergic

The contents of the facsimile reissue of The Blind Man: New York Dada, 1917 from Ugly Duckling Presse (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

One hundred years ago, the New York Dadaists self-published two editions of a small art journal called The Blind Man a title chosen to satirize the general publics impaired vision when it came to seeing radical modernist art. Edited by the journals founders Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood, and Henri-Pierre Roch, this seriously funny community rag contained contributions from the three editors, along with Mina Loy, Walter Conrad Arensberg, Francis Picabia, Gabrile Buffet-Picabia, Allen Norton, Clara Tice, Alfred Stieglitz, Charles Demuth, Charles Duncan, Erik Satie, Carl Van Vechten and Louise Norton. As part of the Dada centennial celebrations, the admirably agile non-profit has published a 1000-copy, boxed-set, limited-edition...


When Your Brother Orders a Bong and Your Mom Wants to See Him Open It TwistedSifter


As a brother, its obligatory to record a moment like this. As the kid getting busted, its time to earn that Oscar for best actor in a lead role. As the mom, its laughable to think your kids can possibly think youre that naive.

As the Internet, its your duty to respond accordingly..




How a TV Works in Slow Motion TwistedSifter


To see how a TV works you need to see it in super slow motion as well as extremely close up. Its remarkable how much is happening without many of us even realizing it.




Hobby Lobby Turns Over 245 More Artifacts Smuggled Out of Iraq Hyperallergic

A Hobby Lobby location in Georgia and one of the seized cuneiform tablets (illustration by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)A Hobby Lobby location in Georgia and a detail of one of the seized cuneiform tablets (illustration by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

On Wednesday, the arts and crafts chain store Hobby Lobby surrendered 245 cylinder seals that are believed to have been smuggled out of Iraq and were improperly imported into the US. This group of artifacts, which were handed over to prosecutors in New York, brings the total number of ancient objects seized from Hobby Lobby to 3,839, according to Newsweek. In July of last year, the company agreed to pay a $3 million fine and hand over 5,548 smuggled artifacts.

We have accepted responsibility and learned a great deal, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said in a statement at the time. Our entire team is committed to the highest standards for investigating and acquiring these items. Our passion for the Bible continues, and we will do all that we can to support the efforts to conserve items that will help illuminate and enhance our understanding of this Great Book.

Green is an evangelical Christian and the chairman of the recently opened Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, which is believed to have been the intended destination of the thousands of seized artifacts. Many have questioned the Museum of the Bibles presentation of ancient artifac...


Celebrities Are Sharing Their Art History Doppelgngers Found With Googles Art App My Modern Met

Guys, this app is DEAD ON.

A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Jan 14, 2018 at 3:26pm PST

By now, you've probably heard of the Google Arts and Culture app. Its newest feature matches you with your art history doppelgnger, and the response to it has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Screenshots of it have been dominating social media feeds since it was released, and the app's fame has grown so large that even celebrities are getting in on the fun.

If youre still unfamiliar with the Google Arts and Culture app, heres how it works. Within the app, select the feature that allows you to search art with your selfie. Then, snap your photo and wait for the technology to perform its magic. Your look-alike portraits will then be revealedsome that b...


Walk Inside a Warehouse-Sized Kaleidoscopic Painting by Katharina Grosse Colossal

The newest work by German artist Katharina Grosse encompasses an entire warehouse, transforming its raw interior into a soft maze of kaleidoscopic color. The installation, titled The Horse Trotted Another Couple of Metres, Then it Stopped, responds to the architecture of Sydneys contemporary art center Carriageworks, filling the industrial space with nearly 90,000 square feet of painted fabric.

I was fascinated by the thought of folding space, explained Grosse in a statement about the work. I was interested in taking this vast surface and shrinking it by folding or, actually, hiding the entirety of whats there. I understand a painting as something that, as we view it, travels through us and realigns our connections with the world.

To produce the piece Grosse first suspended the multitude of fabric from Carriageworks ceiling, creating a series of drapes and folds. The artist then used a spray gun to paint the work in a series of gestural strokes, creating an immersive site-specific environment that obscures the historic buildings architecture in a dense mass of swirling color.

The work was mounted as a part of Sydney Festival 2018, and is on view through April 8, 2018. You can view more of Grosses large-scale paintings (including this 2016 in situ installation at Rockaway Beach) on her website.  (via Juxtapoz)



Funny Guy Reveals Whats Going On Beyond the Edges of Famous Album Covers My Modern Met

funny photoshops of album covers

The Best Of The Doors (1985) by The Doors

Russian Photoshop wizard Igor Lipchanskiy sprinkles his technical skills and good dose of humor on famous album covers, transforming them into something completelyand hilariouslydifferent. Lipchanskiy creates funny Photoshopped versions of the covers, expanding them out to see what really happens in the parts we don't normally see.

Lipchanskiy inserts himself as a willing assistant, doing whatever it takes to make the musicians on the album covers happy, whether it's giving a haircut or holding Shakira's guitar. He also gets up to all types of mischief. Lana Del Rey's crisp white shirt is ready to be ruined by orange soda and Avril Levine doesn't look particularly thrilled that he's chopped off a lock of her hair.

Somehow, he always manages to cleverly think of a way to transform the narrative of the classic album artwork into something that has us laughing out loud. And sometimes, he gets too close to comfort. Indeed, duos John Lennon and Yoko Ono and Simon and Garfunkel both make sure this third wheel doesn't get in their way.

Lipchanskiy uploads his hilarious Photoshops to Instagram, asking commenters to use their own fantasy to describe what they think should be happening just beyond the borders of what we see.

These hilarious images by Igor Lipchanskiy show what happens on famous album covers just outside of what we normally see.

humorous photoshops of album covers

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Girls on the Verge: The subversive art of Zoe Hawk Dangerous Minds

In Her Willows (2017).
I like figurative paintings because they tell stories. I like stories. I like paintings that have embedded narratives waiting to be discovered that tells me something about the action contained within the frame and perhaps a hint of the artists own experience.


That time Bill Murray interviewed William S. Burroughs on Ken Keseys farm Dangerous Minds

Bill Murray, Ken Kesey, and the video crew at the First Perennial Poetic Hoo-Haw, 1976 (photo by Clyde Keller)
Everybody with his fucking hand out, William S. Burroughs slurs, deep in his cups. He and Bill Murray are discussing the custom of bribing officials...


Celebrate the Womens March with 24 Goddess GIFs Created by Animator Nina Paley: Theyre Free to Download and Remix Open Culture

As millions of women, men, and friends beyond the binary gear up for Women's March events around the world this weekend, we cant help but draw strength from the Venus of Willendorf in Graphics Interchange Format, above.

Like the pussy hats that became the most visible symbol of last years march, theres a strong element of humor at play here.

Also respect for the female form.

As Dr. Bryan Zygmont notes in his Khan Academy essay on the Venus of Willendorf, her existence is evidence that nomadic people living almost 25,000 years ago cared about making objects beautiful. And that these Paleolithic people had an awareness of the importance of the women.

Animator Nina Paley has taken up our Paleolithic ancestors baton by creating two dozen early goddess GIFs, including the Venus.

As further proof that sisterhood is powerful, Paley is sharing her unashamedly bouncy pantheon with the public. Visit her blog to download all 24 individual goddess GIFs. Disseminate them widely. Use them for good! No permission needed.

Paley is no stranger to goddesses, having previously placed the divine heroine of the Ramayana front and center in her semi-autobiographical feature length animation, Sita Sings the Blues.

Shes also incredibly familiar with rights issues, following massive complications with some vintage recordings her Betty Boop-ish Sita lip-synchs in the film. (She had previously believed them to be in the public domain.) Unable to pay the huge sum the copyright holders demanded to license the tunes, Paley ultimately decided to relinquish all legal claims to her own film, placing Sita Sings the Blues in the public domain, to be freely shared, exhibited, or even remixed.

If Pale...


Enter Sandman, but the drums are played with dildos Dangerous Minds

Ladies and gentlemen, heres your daily dose of this is why the Internet exists.

A couple of days ago a musician operating under the YouTube moniker 66Samus uploaded a drum cover of Metallicas Enter Sandman under the title Metallica - Enter...


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If you're one of those people who make New Year's resolutions, by now you've either backpedaled on your promise or are fully immersed in making sure you keep yourself on track. In fact, a poll by Statista shows that almost 70% of Americans made at least one New Year's resolution. And believe it or not, the majority of us all wish for the same things.

How did New Year's resolutions start in the first place? It's a ritual that actually goes back thousands of years, starting with the ancient Babylonians. They started each year with a promise to pay off their debts or returned borrowed items, but it was the ancient Romans who connected the ceremony with January. At the start of every year, they made a promise to the Roman god Januswho inspired the name of the month.

Through the 20th and 21st centuries, the number of people that make resolutions has slowly increased, with many of us hoping for health, wealth, and happiness. So what are some things that can help us make it through the rest of the year with our goals accomplished? We took a look at the most common New Year's resolutions and compiled a list of cool items that will make it a breeze to stick out the year and fulfill your promise.

Here are the most common New Year's Resolutions for 2018.

most common new year's resolutions

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Let's look at some fun and unique products that will make it a breeze to keep yourself on track and meet your goals in the New Year.

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Outsider Art: Stunning pics of Bowie & Eno visiting mental patients in Austria, 1994 Dangerous Minds

In 1994 the well-known artistic impresario Andr Heller invited his chums David Bowie and Brian Eno to his native Austria in order to spend a day in the town of Klosterneuburg, on the northern edge of Vienna, to visit the Maria Gugging Psychiatric Clinic (universally known as Gugging). The visit to the clinic formed...


An Artist Repatriates the Body of Julia Pastrana, an Indigenous Mexican Woman Exhibited as a Freak Hyperallergic

Advertisement for Julia Pastrana, the Nondescript (via Wellcome Collection)

Advertisements declared her the Ape Woman or the Nondescript, a creature that could not be described. Doctors declared her a human and orangutan hybrid, and her talent at dance and song were displayed as a contrast to her seemingly unfeminine appearance. Julia Pastrana was an indigenous Mexican woman treated as a spectacle in life, and death. When she died in 1860 following a difficult childbirth, both she and her infant son were embalmed. Up until the 1970s, there are records of them exhibited as carnival curiosities in the United States and Europe. She then became part of the Schreiner Collection in the University of Oslos anatomy department.

Cover of The Eye of the Beholder: Julia Pastranas Long Journey Home (courtesy Lucia|Marquand)

Upon hearing her story, I felt that my duty as a Mexican female artist, and as a human being, was to do everything possible to have Pastrana removed from the anatomy collection and returned to Mexico, her place of birth where she was at the time practically unknown to receive a proper burial, artist Laura Anderson Barbata told Hyperallergic.

Barbata was pivotal in leading the 2013 repatriation and burial in Mexico of Pastrana. The Eye of the Beholder: Julia Pastranas Long Journey Homeout now from...


Dynamic Dancers Photographed on the Historic Streets of Prague My Modern Met

Photos of dancers in Prague Omar Z Robles

Louise Corpechot

Photographer Omar Z. Robles is back with more of his ongoing dance photography series, which depicts ballet dancers moving along the streets of cities around the world. This time, he's made his way to Eastern Europe with a visit to Prague, where he exhibited his work as an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer and also made time for a photo shoot with local dancers.

This wasn't Robles' first time in the Czech capital; he'd visited more than 10 years ago and returned to find the timeless beauty of the city hadn't changed from what he'd remembered. The biggest difference was within himself, as this time he was experiencing the city as a professional photographer.

While Prague is extremely beautiful on its own, being able to visit the city one more time, with a different point of view and objective made me appreciate it even more, Robles shares. The rhythm, the colors, the textures and even the smells were all the same, yet I was able to perceive them very differently this time around. They had another meaning.

Placing his dancers on the historic streets of Old Town, anyone who has visited Prague will instantly recognize the iconic Charles Bridge and winding cobblestoned streets that remind us of the city's rich history. Robles even throws some breakdancers into the mix, bringing a hint of hip-hop modernity in between the classical dancers.

With the cold, silvery sky on display and the dancers dressed warmly and in shades of grey, black, and aubergine, it's easy to feel the wintery spirit that permeates the work. It's these subtle changes across each location where Robles shoots that pulls out the characteristics of the individual cities, a feat as stunning as the talents of the dancers themselves.

Omar Z. Robles recently visited Prague, where he continued his well-known series capturing dancers as they move through the city streets.


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Art Movements Hyperallergic

E. L. Trouvelot, Mare Humorum (1881), color lithograph, 25 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches, Jay T. Last collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens ( The Huntington)

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A complete set of tienne Lopold Trouvelots (18271895) chromolithographs will be exhibited at the the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in April. According to the museums press release, only a handful of complete portfolios survive. Trouvelot produced some 7,000 astronomical illustrations during his lifetime.

Four more women shared allegations of sexual misconduct by artist Chuck Close, following other allegations published in the Huffington Post and the New York Times.

The Tate and National Galleries Scotland have reportedly suspended contact with Anthony dOffay after the art dealer and donor was accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment. The allegations, which are being investigated by the Metropolitan police, date from between 1997 and 2004.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA officer who was arrested for allegedly assisting China in infiltrating US covert operations, has been working as the head of security for Christies Hong Kong, according to reports by the...


Volksentscheid fr ein Werbeverbot im ffentlichen Raum von Berlin URBANSHIT

Man muss schon mit geschlossenen Augen durch die Stadt gegen, um nicht zu sehen, dass groe Teil belebter und gut frequentierter ffentlicher Rume in Grostdten mit Plakaten und Werbebotschaften zugepflastert sind. Die Initiative Berlin Werbefrei plant nun gegen groformatige Werbung im ffentlichen Raum vorzugehen und mchte ein neues Gesetz zur Regulierung von Werbung in ffentlichen Einrichtungen und im ffentlichen Raum (AntiKommG) auf den Weg bringen. Wir stellen der stetigen Kommerzialisierung des ffentlichen Raumes eine neue Regelung zum Umgang mit Aussenwerbung entgegen. Mit unserem Gesetzentwurf sollen zuknftig Plakate fr Kultur, Sport und Gemeinntziges im Vordergrund stehen. Produktwerbung bleibt weiterhin an der Sttte der Leistung erlaubt, zum Beispiel an Lden, Gaststtten und Betrieben. Der Vorschlag der Initiative Berlin Werbefrei ist es dabei nicht, Werbung im ffentlichen Raum in Gnze zu verbieten, sondern Billboards und Groplakate aus dem Stadtraum zu verbannen. Werbung von Geschften und Gaststdten, sowie fr Kultur- und Sportangebote sollen weiterhin erlaubt sein. Zudem soll nach Meinung der Initiative Werbung aus Universitten und Schulen ganz verschwinden. Titelbild: Berlin Werbefrei Sollte es am Ende zum Beschluss des Gesetztes kommen, wrde sich Berlin optisch ziemlich sicher an vielen Stellen stark verndern. Der Hauptstadt und anderen Grostdten wrde es ganz sicher gut tun. Andere Stdte, wie Sao ...

Der Beitrag Volksentscheid fr ein Werbeverbot im ffentlichen Raum von Berlin erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Ian McKellen Chokes Up While Reading a Poignant Coming-Out Letter Open Culture

"In 1977, Armistead Maupin wrote a letter to his parents that he had been composing for half his life," writes the Guardian's Tim Adams. "He addressed it directly to his mother, but rather than send it to her, he published it in the San Francisco Chronicle, the paper in which he had made his name with his loosely fictionalised Tales of the City, the daily serial written from the alternative, gay world in which he lived." The late 1970s saw a final flowering of newspaper-serialized novels, the same form in which Charles Dickens had grown famous nearly a century and a half before. But of all the zeitgeisty stories then told a day at a time in urban centers across America, none has had anything like the lasting impact of San Francisco as envisioned by Maupin.

Much of Tales of the City's now-acknowledged importance comes from the manner in which Maupin populated that San Francisco with a sexually diverse cast of characters gay, straight, and everything in between and presented their lives without moral judgment.

He saved his condemnation for the likes of Anita Bryant, the singer and Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman who inspired Maupin to write that veiled letter to his own parents when she headed up the anti-homosexual "Save Our Children" political campaign. When Michael Tolliver, one of the series' main gay characters, discovers that his folks back in Florida have thrown in their lot with Bryant, he responds with an eloquent and long-delayed coming-out that begins thus:

Dear Mama,

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write. Every time I try to write you and Papa I realize I'm not saying the things that are in my heart. That would be OK, if I loved you any less than I do, but you are still my parents and I am still your child.

I have friends who think I'm foolish to write this letter. I hope they're wrong. I hope their doubts are based on parents who love and trust them less than mine do. I hope especially that you'll see this as an act of love on my part, a sign of my...


Closing Party: THE LIKES OF US Curated by Maya Hayuk & Alethia Weingarten 01/20/18 Brooklyn, NYC StreetArtNews

curated by Maya Hayuk and Alethia Weingarten, showcases the work of ten Williamsburg artists shaped by a history of activating creative shared space. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and musical programming.  This multifaceted show will be closing on January 20th and the GROWROOM // SHOWROOM would like to invite you for one last chance to check out the exhibition! 

We pulled this show together in a couple of months with all of the artists volunterering their time, energy and expertise. Even though Alethia and I are the co-curators of the show, it was an incredible community effort. It all came very naturally to us, since we have all come up together we bring each other up. Art is not a solo affair
Maya Hayuk


Mary Heilmann Disrupts the Rigid Systems of Abstraction Hyperallergic

The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, NY (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY The Dan Flavin Art Institute is located in a small, wood-shingled two-story building, a repurposed firehouse built in 1908 that was used as a church until the 1970s. Flavins works are upstairs, and are as expected: monumental, cool, a little bit religious looking. Flavin oversaw the design of the upper space, and the subtle gradations of light from work to work are finely calibrated. Like everything in Bridgehampton, its creepily pristine. There is not a hair out of place.

This all changes, however, when you step downstairs into the temporary exhibition space. A row of domestic ceiling lights half illuminate a few smallish paintings and ceramics. The show, Mary Heilmann: Painting Pictures, immediately feels jarring. Like Flavins neon constructions, the works are brightly colored and ostensibly geometric. But something is off. Colors bleed between planes, pinks and reds clash, paint extends over the edges of the stretchers. The objects are unwieldy, physical, and decidedly messy.

Installation view of Dan Flavin at the Dan Flavin Institute ...


If Things Were Going Well, We Wouldnt Be Here: Artists Protest NYCs Loft Board Hyperallergic

Protesters at a public meeting of New York City's Loft Board on January 18, 2018 unfurled a banner after the meeting concluded. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)Protesters at a public meeting of New York Citys Loft Board on January 18, 2018 unfurled a banner after the meeting concluded. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

In late October 2017, less than two weeks before New York Citys mayoral election, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference at 475 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a former manufacturing building that is home to dozens of artists and other live-work tenants. Theres gotta be a place in this city for people who are creative even if it doesnt make them wealthy, and this is what we defend today, he said optimistically.

Three months later, with no evidence of the citys plan for defending them, tenants of 475 Kent Avenue, 58 Grand Street, 79 Lorimer Street, and other loft buildings came to the meeting of the New York City Loft Board to signal their frustration. Packed into a small hearing room in a nondescript building near City Hall this afternoon, some 40 protesters sat and stood, mostly in silence, brandishing signs accusing the Loft Board and the Department of Buildings of favoring real estate developers and landlords over tenants.

The law itself was written to protect tenants rights, and thats not always what you see happening, Stephen Levin, the New York City Council Member who represents the section of Williamsburg where 475 Kent Avenue is located, told Hyperallergic after todays meeting. There needs to be greater transparency in the way the Loft Law rules are made and we need to have more active engagement from the Loft Board.



Ginsbergs Visionary Illuminations under Czanne A R T LR K

Today we celebrate the 175th anniversary of Paul Czannes birthday. The famous Post-Impressionist was born on the 19th of January 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France. His life-long adventure with painting resulted in a breakthrough theory on the modes of perception of reality. His phenomenological approach towards nature, and its impact on the creative process, has inspired many artists, art theorists, but also writers and poets. Probably, one of the most interesting and thought-provoking cases of inspiration drawn from Czanne is that of Allen Ginsberg.

41A7M2XT4PLDuring his Columbia University days, sometime around 1948, Ginsberg claimed to have experienced several visionary illuminations under the spiritual guidance of what he perceived as the poet William Blakes raised-from-the-dead, spectre voice. (Paul Portugs, Allen Ginsbergs Paul Czanne and the Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Deus; [in:] Lewis Hyde, On the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg). His visionary illuminations were most likely caused by the use of psychedelic drugs, and soon they attracted the attention...


Bros and Beer Snobs Sociological Images

The rise of craft beer in the United States gives us more options than ever at happy hour. Choices in beer are closely tied to social class, and the market often veers into the world of pointlessly gendered products. Classic work in sociology has long studied how people use different cultural tastes to signal social status, but where once very particular tastes showed membership in the upper classlike a preference for fine wine and classical musica world with more options offers status to people who consume a little bit of everything.

Photo Credit: Brian Gonzalez (Flickr CC)

But who gets to be an omnivore in the beer world? New research published in Social Currents by Helana Darwin shows how the new culture of craft beer still leans on old assumptions about gender and social status. In 2014, Darwin collected posts using gendered language from fifty beer blogs. She then visited four craft beer bars around New York City, surveying 93 patrons about the kinds of beer they would expect men and women to consume. Together, the results confirmed that customers tend to define feminine beer as light and fruity and masculine beer as strong, heavy, and darker.

Two interesting findings about what people do with these assumptions stand out. First, patrons admired women who drank masculine beer, but looked down on those who stuck to the feminine choices. Men, however, could have it both ways. Patrons described their choice to drink feminine beer as open-mindednessthe mark of a beer geek who could enjoy everything. Gender determined who got credit for having a broad range of taste.

Second, just like other exclusive markers of social status, the India Pale Ale held a hallowed place in craft brew culture to signify a select group of drinkers. Just like fancy wine, Darwin writes,

IPA constitutes an elite preference precisely because it is an acquired tasteinaccessible to those who lack the time, money, and desire to cultivate an appreciation for the taste.

Sociology can get a bad rap for being a buzzkill, and, if youre going to partak...


How Photography Developed Argentinas Modern Identity Hyperallergic

Gustavo di Mario, Vilmar de la serie Carnaval / Vilmar from the series Carnaval (2005, print 2015), chromogenic print, 19 11/16 x 24 13/16 in. (the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, Gustavo di Mario)

LOS ANGELES The invention of photography played a major role in the development of modern societies, as well as in the cultivation of national identity. This is well known in the Western canon of art, but the role of photography in the modernization of countries in Latin America has been largely understudied by North American institutions. As part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative focusing on Latin American and Latino art at the Getty, Photography in Argentina, 18502010: Contradiction and Continuity seeks to examine this neglected history, focusing on how photography created and perpetuated a national imaginary in Argentina. The exhibition begins 40 years after the country gained independence in 1810, and critically examines Argentinas heterogeneity and postcolonial identity, focusing on its large population of European immigrants and erasure of indigenous peoples and culture.

Curators Idurre Alonso and Judith Keller have brought together some 300 photographs by 60 artists in this illuminating and rich display that covers 150 years of photography in Argentina from the beginnings of the medium to the current moment. While a sprawling exhibition, there is one major thread that runs throughout: the use of staged, artificially composed photographs to both create and undo national narratives. The show also reconsiders images commonly accepted as documentary photographs, revealing how they extend personal or institutional ideologies and often political propaganda.

Interestingly, early photography is presented alongside contemporary images. When speaking with Idurre Alonso, she commented on this curatorial choice, We really...


Black Mirrors Black Museum Episode Is a Revenge Fantasy That Comes Up Short Hyperallergic

A scene from the Black Museum episode (Season 4) of the popular dystopian tv serial Black Mirror (images courtesy Black Mirror)

Getting revenge, or its close second cousin, the revenge fantasy, for most everyone whose ever been wronged (but especially for those who continue to be wronged) is delectable. The wish can even be restorative affirming the notion that the universe somehow cares about balancing the scales of justice for human beings, or that a supreme being cares for us and intervenes on our small-bore causes.

The logo of the Black Museum

The majority of opinions given there range around the state of awe. For example, many are variations of the comment given by Rachael Brandon @theycallmecarmn: Damn, #BlackMuseum @blackmirror was savage AF! Other...


How the Pioneers of Pointillism Continue to Influence Artists Today My Modern Met

The Pioneers of Pointillism

Neo-Impressionists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac pioneered a painting technique, dubbed Pointillism, that was revolutionary for its time. Bored of traditional paintings, artists of the era were searching for new ways to make impressions of landscapes and day-to-day life. Seurat and Signac looked to science for inspiration, and discovered how to trick the eye into seeing more in a painting than the sum of its parts: an arrangement of colored dots.

Informally known stippling art or dot art, since its inception, Pointillism has influenced many artists working across a diverse range of mediums, and today we see traces of it in modern art, fashion, and tattoos.

What is Pointillism?

Part of the Post-Impressionist movement, Pointillism is the technique of painting with distinct dots of color, which are meticulously applied in patterns to compose a cohesive image.

While Impressionists, such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, often used small dabs and strokes of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism artists took this idea a step further, by painting tightly packed, individual dots of pure color. When viewed from afar, the viewers mind and eye blur the dots together to create detailed images, comprising a fuller range of tones than the dots provide alone. The term Pointillism was in fact coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists. Little did they know that the term would be used today as a positive association for some of the worlds most renowned master painters.

Influential Pioneer Artists of Pointillism

Georges Seurat

The Pioneers of Pointillism

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) by Georges Seurat {{PD-US}} via...


Nintendo Debuts New Way to Play Video Games with Cardboard Accessories My Modern Met

Video Game Cardboard Displays DIY kit

Nintendo is known for their offbeat approach to game consoles. While Playstation and Xbox are competing to be the best PC-style console, Nintendo subverted that trend by creating the Switch, a gaming device you can play either at home or while youre on-the-go. When launched in 2017, it turned out to be a huge hitone of its titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was even voted game of the year. The company continues to think of ways to differentiate themselves from the rest of the competition; they recently announced Nintendo Labo, a line of accessories for the Switch that are made of cardboard.

While cardboard might seem counterintuitive for a digital device, Nintendo Labo is essentially a DIY kit that allows you to transform the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers into customized creations like fishing rods, an RC car, and a piano; you can then play games using what youve built. It's a great way for video game fanatics to think outside of the box (literally), and it proves that if you're creative enough, a piece of cardboard can have infinite possibilitieseven with electronics.

Nintendo Labo will debut on April 20, 2018 with two different sets available for purchase. One is the Variety Kit ($69.99) featuring two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano. The other set is the Robot Kit ($79.99). Build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack, and straps for your hands and feet, the company describes, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot. Both kits come with everything you need, and for an additional $10, you can have a Customization Set that includes stencils, stickers, and colored tape. Although marketed towards kids, we imagine that adults will want to build these things, too.

If youre local to New York City or San Francisco, Nintendo is hosting a three-hour Labo event for kids age six to 12. You can learn more on their website.

Nintendo recently announced Nintendo Labo, a DIY kit that allows you transform the Switch console into cardboard creations.



A Relaxing Video Demonstrates the Detailed Steps of Making Paper by Hand Colossal

Chinese vlogger Li Ziqi films her videos in the serene countryside of China, demonstrating step-by-step instructions for making traditional recipes such as fresh pomelo honey and Lanzhou beef noodles. In one of her most recent videos Li presents the days long process of traditional Chinese paper making, a process which can be traced back to the early years of the Han Dynasty sometime within the 2nd century BC.

The soothing video weaves together the necessary steps for making paper from scratch. During the video Li strictly adheres to the ancient process, using only basic tools such as fire and a mortar and pestle to transform the raw bark. After cutting down a few trees for the paper, Li then cuts and mashes the trunks into pulp, solidifying the consistency of the solution through several rounds of soaking and drying. You can watch the entirety of the demonstration above (along with a surprising twist ending), and view more of Lis relaxing instructionals on her Youtube channel. (via Laughing Squid)



Street Artist Tom Bob Adds Color to Mundane Objects Around Town TwistedSifter


New York-based street artist Tom Bob (featured previously) adds life to the mundane through color and imagination.

Last time we checked on Tom Bob was last July and since then he has painted garbage bins, storm pipes, hydrants and even cracked sidewalks. For the latest, follow him on Instagram.


@TomBobNYC on Instagram





Is Art Museum Attendance Declining Across the US? Hyperallergic

(graphic by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Art and culture museums may be in trouble. Statistical evidence coming out of the scene in Baltimore, which seems to be finding corroboration nationwide, conveys a narrative of museum visiting being on the downtrend. Mary Carole McCauley, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun has recently written about precipitous declines in attendance, citing drops in annual attendance at the Baltimore Museum of Art of 12.7% in the last 15 years, at the Walters Art Museum of 24.1% from a peak of 195,000 visitors in 2008, and at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which has seen attendance sink 53% from the opening-year high of 104,500 visitors.

These are sobering numbers; however, this report does arrive with a few caveats. The Baltimore Museum is actually recovering from a sharp fall in visits after closing 60% of its galleries for a renovation project which began in 2011. The full museum only reopened about three years ago evincing a 36% decrease in attendance since 2002. But the end of the 2017 fiscal year, attendance had climbed to 246,100, commensurate with the levels for 2005, though still not as robust as earlier years.

The front desk at the Cooper Hewitt Museum 2017 (photo by t...


Photographer Documents Dazzling Designs of Cubas Mosaic and Tile Floors My Modern Met

For years, travel-loving photographer Sebastian Erras has creatively captured the artistic flair of cities around the world. While his portfolio includes everything from symmetrical shots of Lisbon's decorated storefronts to polychromatic pictures of a pop-up basketball court in Paris, he is most well-known for Parisian Floors, an ongoing series inspired by his love of mosaic art. Though usually set in European locations like...


Dennis Oppenheim Sculpture Is Destroyed After City Officials Claim It Has No Artistic Value Hyperallergic

Dennis Oppenheims Chamber in Busan, photographed on the final day of installation with its installation team (photo courtesy Dennis Oppenheim Estate)

Officials in the South Korean city of Busan have destroyed a public sculpture by Dennis Oppenheim, claiming that the artwork had fallen into disrepair, was an eyesore, and had no artistic value. Workers tore it down last month, unbeknownst to the artists estate, which found out about it just last night.

The sculpture, Chamber, was installed as a permanent artwork on Busans Haeundae Beach as part of the 2010 Busan Biennale. It comprises curved and organic forms, the highest of which rise over 13 feet; as with other large-scale works by the late artist, beachgoers were encouraged to interact with the piece by walking between the colorful walls. However, made of steel and plastic, the work had rusted from brine, as a district official told AFP, and it was further damaged when Typhoon Chaba reached the shores in 2016.

We also received a lot of phone calls from pedestrians and residents in the area demanding its withdrawal as the art work was turning into an eyesore, official Shi Yun-Seok told AFP. She added that the district office had failed to notify Oppenheims estate of the pieces removal.



apexart Invites Exhibition Proposals for Anywhere in the World, Except NYC Hyperallergic

Illegal Kosmonavtika (Installation view), an apexart Open Call Exhibition organized by Magda Guruli and Mariam Natroshvili in Tbilisi, Georgia.

apexart has been making people think for more than 20 years with innovative and democratic approaches to programming.

apexart Open Call exhibitions are selected from hundreds of anonymous proposals by an international jury of more than 200 people. Professional connections and experience do not matter, only the quality of the idea does. When an exhibition proposal is selected for apexarts program season, it means that its ideas are uniquely compelling, and that over 200 people want to see it transform from a proposal into an exhibition.

apexart Open Call exhibitions feature works about everything, from anywhere, by anyone, and they take place all around the world. In March 2018, apexart travels to Bali, Indonesia for Dipping in the Kool Aid, which showcases the creative collaborations between artists and prisoners in Indonesian jails. Last year, apexart presented exhibitions in Tbilisi, Georgia, where it probed the legacy of Soviet Cosmonautics in Illegal Kosmonavtika, and Fordlndia, Brazil, where Transmisso Fordlndia  presented sound installations and radio workshops that mined the sounds and histories of the Amazon.

Currently in New York City, Rendered Cities considers the impact of digital architectural renderings on urban landscapes and the human psyche. Last year, Fellow Travelers explored the intersections of science fiction and migration narratives, and Promises to Keep presented performance art by women Pakistani artists.

The three highest-ranked proposals of each Open Call receive individual exhibition and programming budgets of $10,000, and organizers each receive a $2,000 honorarium for coordinating the project and writing the exhibition essay.

Proposals for exhibitions happe...


Sexist Vintage Ads Completely Reimagined Just by Reversing Gender Roles My Modern Met

Sexist Vintage Ads Reimagined by Eli Rezkallah

You dont have to look far to find sexist vintage ads. In the middle of the 20th century, these advertisements were considered completely normal and even amusing. Nowadays, they're not just dated but appalling for the misogynistic treatment of women they display. (Of course, these types of gendered stereotypes in advertising still exist today, though in less potent forms.) To help expose its toxicity, photographer Eli Rezkallah is reimagining some of the worst old sexist ads by swapping gender roles.

Rezkallah calls his series In A Parallel Universe, and its a redo of the advertising of yesteryearwith men taking on the tasks commonly reserved for women. In his retelling, the women are the ones who have careers and demand dinner be on the table when they come home each day; the men, however, are so inept that they can hardly open a ketchup bottle.

The photographer had the idea for In a Parallel Universe after Thanksgiving with his relatives. I overheard my uncles talk about how women are better off cooking, taking care of the kitchen, and fulfilling their womanly duties. he explained. Although I know that not all men like my uncles think that way I was surprised to learn that some still do, so I went on to imagine a parallel universe, where roles are inverted and men are given a taste of their own sexist poison.

Rezkallahs images are a satisfying rebuttal to the advertising of long ago, but its not a solution to their harmful point of view. Instead, he intends for this series to help illuminate the problematic aspects of the print ads. I hope that people who are stuck in stereotypical gender roles imposed by patriarchal societies will be able to visually see the cracks in the limitation that those roles carry through this project.

In his series In a Parallel Universe, photographer Eli Rezkallah reimagines gender stereotypes in advertising.


Filmmaker Michel Gondry Brings Classic Album Covers to Life in a Visually-Packed Commercial: Purple Rain, Beggars Banquet, Nevermind & More Open Culture

File this under why didnt I see this earlier?

Heres a too short but visually packed Michel Gondry-directed commercial for the Pandora app. Here, he indulges in all the things that make Gondry so beloved: large sets, in-camera effects, huge props, and a visual wit.

For the Sounds Like You campaign, Gondry has a short-haired young woman running through various rooms and landscapes, all of which reveal themselves to be album covers from the famous (Metallicas Master of Puppets) to the more recent (Big Seans Moves). We even get a Bowie shout-out and its not what youd expect. Wed say more, but hey its so short, why spoil the surprise. It does however feel like Gondry has been hired to do something hes already done--somewhere before he got the call you can hear an ad exec saying hey, whos available, who can do a Gondry-like thing with this campaign?

Indeed, it is very reminiscent of his reality-bending video for the Chemical Brothers Let Forever Be (including the running woman):

And choreographing a series of tableaux is also similar to Gondry's Lucas with the Lid Off from 1994:

So, yes, in a world where a third of all music videos are biting from Gondrys career, its good to see the best imitator of Gondry is the man himself.

(But if bringing album covers to life is your jam, have you watched "Dave" yet?)

Album covers referenced in the video include:



Cowboys, Pop Stars, Droogs, and Artists sporting the hat that won the west Dangerous Minds

Paul McCartney.
John Wayne got all those cowboys wrong. So did Clint Eastwood, come to that. Most cowboys didnt wear Stetsons or ten-gallon hats on two-pint heads but generally anything that came to hand. What came to hand for most cowboys...


Rainbow Tunnel Made of 120,000 Paper Numbers Visualizes the Passage of Time My Modern Met

Color of Time Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Tokyo-based architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for creating multi-sensory installation art using bright colors as three-dimensional elements. For her latest project, as part of an ongoing 100 Colors series, Moureaux created her largest rainbow-hued art installation to date. Most recently on show at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan, the Color of Time installation comprises 120,000 number-shaped paper cut-outs that fill the entire room, and float in a three-dimensional, grid-like structure composed of 100 layers.

Visitors are able to walk through the rows of floor-to-ceiling colored paper numbers that range from 0 to 9. Each row of numbers denotes a time of day, from sunrise at 6:30 a.m. to sunset at 7:49 p.m. As the viewer advances, the cut-outs gradually change in color from vibrant rainbow hues to darker shades, and eventually black, visualizing the passing of time from day into night. Through the tunnel, the sky is tinted with a beautiful gradation changing from pale to deep colors, flowing from time to time, the museum explains. The sensory exhibition makes one feel the subtle changes in [the] atmosphere through the whole body by traveling the colorful flow of time.

The installation closed on January 8, 2018 in Toyama; however, Moureaux is planning to exhibit 100 Colors in different cities around the world. Keep an eye on her Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the artists colorful world.

The Color of Time installation by Tokyo-based artist Emmanuelle Moureaux comprises 120,000 rainbow-colored paper number cut-outs.



Miniature Paintings on Tea Bags by Ruby Silvious Colossal

Some of us may give our used tea bags a second life by squeezing an extra steep out of them, but Ruby Silvious takes things a step further by using the thin paper as a canvas for miniature paintings. Silvious mirrors the simple ritual of tea drinking in quiet paintings that show slices of everyday life, like laundry drying and cats looking out the window.

The artist began her initial year-long series of paintings in January 2015. Since then, Silvious has compiled that year into a book, and traveled to Japan and southern France for month-long sessions of tea drinking and painting. Her work is included in a group show Deemed a Canvas at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, which opens on January 26th. You can see more of Silvious work on her website and Instagram.



The Life of Kathleen White as Told Through Her Art and Nan Goldins Photographs Hyperallergic

<em>Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White</em>, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018 (photo Dan Bradica)Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018 (all photos Dan Bradica)

In the Victorian era, deceased loved ones were mourned and remembered with hair jewelry, their strands lovingly woven into necklaces, bracelets, even walking sticks. A century later, as artist Kathleen Whites close friends began contracting a mysterious, debilitating virus, she started saving locks of hair and accessories, using them to create mourning jewelry for the age of AIDS. The resulting sculptures are featured in Kathleen White: Spirits of Manhattan, currently on view at Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

<em>Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White</em>, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018 (photo Dan Bradica)Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018

Hair of all colors, textures, and shapes line the spaces second-floor gallery, including a nest of braids, buns, and other tangles salvaged from hairbrushes. White collected blonde curls and strands of straight a...


When Youre Nowhere Near a Terrain Park but Freestyle is Life TwistedSifter


Swedish freestyle skier Freddie Grann found a creative way to bring together his two passions: skiing and art. In this short clip, Grann spray paints his own terrain park, using forced perspective to give the illusion of depth.

Keep up with the latest from Grann on Instagram.




Reading the Odyssey to My Four-Month-Old Hyperallergic

This piece is collaged from the artwork of Steven Weinberg and an engraving series by Theodoor van Thulden (16321633), which were themselves made after a series of paintings by Francesco Primaticcio in the 1530s. Special thanks to the Rijksmuseum for help sourcing all of these images.

The post Reading the <em>Odyssey</em> to My Four-Month-Old appeared first on Hyperallergic.


T.S. Eliot on Writing: His Warm and Wry Letter of Advice to a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Aspiring to Become a Writer Brain Pickings

Dont write at first for anyone but yourself.

T.S. Eliot on Writing: His Warm and Wry Letter of Advice to a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Aspiring to Become a Writer

If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in, the great marine biologist and author Rachel Carson advised a blind girl aspiring to be a writer, you will interest other people. Six years earlier, around Valentines Day of 1952, a sixteen-year-old self-described aspiring Young Writer by the name of Alice Quinn reached out to T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888January 4, 1965) by that point one of the most famous writers in the world hoping he might answer several questions about the creative process, what it takes to be a writer, and how he himself developed his creative faculties.

T.S. Eliot

Unlike Carson and unlike Albert Ein...


Meet Carol Doda: Pioneering topless dancer & friend of The Monkees (NSFW) Dangerous Minds

Exotic dancer Carol Doda held up by Peter Tork of The Monkees, and surrounded by the rest of the band (Davy Jones, far left, Michael Nesmith, left back, and Micky Dolenz, right) in 1968.
If you were coming of age in San Francisco in the 60s, you were probably swept up in a...


Four songs from Yo La Tengos new LP Theres A Riot Going On Dangerous Minds

Since their emergence as college radio and critical faves in the late 80s, Yo La Tengo have been among the most revered and influential standard-bearers of American independent rock music. Though theyve theyve been regularly releasing music of consistently high quality since 1989s President Yo...


Coursera and Google Launch an Online Certificate Program to Help Students Become IT Professionals & Get Attractive Jobs Open Culture

If you've so much as set foot in the realm of massive online open courses (MOOCs) a list of which we offer right here on Open Culture you've no doubt heard of Coursera, which, since it started up in 2012, has become one of the biggest MOOC providers around. Like most growing Silicon Valley companies, Coursera has branched out in several different directions, bringing in courses from universities from all over the world as well as offering certificate and Master's programs. Now, in partnership with Google, it has launched a program to train information-technology professionals for jobs in the industry.

Techcrunch's Ingrid Lunden describes Coursera's Google IT Support Professional Certificate program as "a course written by Googlers for the Coursera platform to teach and then test across six fundamental areas of customer support: troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security. No prior IT experience is necessary." The global, English-language program "has 64 hours of coursework in all, and students are expected to complete it in eight to 12 months, at a cost of $49/month." This means "the typical cost of the course for full-paying students will be between $392 and $588 depending on how long it takes," which Lunden calls "a pretty good deal" compared to other IT training programs.

Amid talk of vanishing jobs across so many sectors of the economy, Coursera and Google are marketing the IT Support Professional Certificate as a promising path to gainfu...


Photographer Seamlessly Creates What Star Wars in Real Life Would Look Like My Modern Met

Star Wars Photography by Laurent Pons

Photography has the power to make our wildest fantasies a reality. With the fandom that surrounds Star Wars, it should come as no surprise that people like to imagine what itd be like if R2-D2 was bleep-blooping down the sidewalk alongside everyday people. Photographer Laurent Pons creates a world in which a galaxy far, far away is seamlessly integrated with Earth.

Heavily based in Paris, Pons places the iconic figures from the film franchise next to some of the citys most treasured monuments like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Pons ensures that vessels such as TIE fighters and characters like Storm Troopers match the color and saturation of the landscapes they are in, which is integral in making these photographs feel like snapshots of real life.

Although the threat of the Darkside does loom, Pons makes the co-mingling of Earth and Star Wars feel more mundane than that. Darth Vader isnt here to threaten us; he just wants to take in the sights like everyone else. If they're going to stay in a major metropolis like Paris, however, they should also learn to park; were almost positive that the Millennium Falcon is facing a ticket based on the less-than-stellar landing jobs.

Photographer Laurent Pons imagines Star Wars in real life.



Richard Pryor, Timothy Leary, Beach Boys and more talk psychedelia on Canadian TV, 1968 Dangerous Minds

Canadian DJs Fred Latremouille and Red Robinson on the Lets Go set, 1964 (via Tom Hawthorn)

The CBC television series Lets Go, which grew out of a segment<...


Couple Defies Gravity by Getting Married 400 Feet Suspended in Mid-Air My Modern Met

Extreme Wedding Pictures in Moab Utah

Photo The Hearnes

There are many ways to say I do but few are as daring as Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin. After getting engaged on a space net in Moab canyon, the adventurous couple decided to have their wedding in the same placesuspended net and all. When the big day finally came, Jenks and Weglin said their vows four hundred feet above the desert floor. The photographers, Abbi and Callen Hearnes, captured the extreme wedding pictures, which are as stunning as they are breathtaking.

As if the ceremony site wasnt unconventional enough, the couple customized their nuptials with other playful (if not terrifying) elements. While Jenks and Weglin exchanged their vows, their friends were performing aerial moves on silks below and walking on high lines. And in a creative take on flower girls, they had the roles fulfilled by BASE jumpers who plunged off the cliffs with 5,000 petals in their packs.

The gorgeous wedding photos convey the incredible energy of all who participated in the special day. It was unreal, Abbi recalls, I am so beyond in love with this amazing community and stoked to see everyones creativity come together for Kim and Ryan. Weglin echoes this in an Instagram post: It was so fun to be able to take the traditional ceremony of marriage and turn it into something so completely us, down to every last detail.

Looking for extreme wedding ideas? Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin made it happen when they got married suspended 400 feet in the air.


Thursday, 18 January


The Round-up: The end to obstacles Bird is the Worm

  Here is some very good new music.   Nicole Mitchell & Haki R. Madhubuti Liberation Narratives (Third World Press) This commission from the Jazz Institute of Chicago reunites flautist Nicole Mitchell with her mentor, poet Haki Madhubuti.  With Madhubutis poetry as the centerpiece, the music possesses a directness that does nothing to blunt the []


Western Music Moves in Three and Even Four (!) Dimensional Spaces: How the Pioneering Research of Princeton Theorist Dmitri Tymoczko Helps Us Visualize Music in Radical, New Ways Open Culture

Every musician has some basic sense of how math and music relate conceptually through geometry, in the circular and triadic shapes formed by clusters of notes when grouped together in chords and scales. The connections date back to the work of Pythagoras, and composers who explore and exploit those connections happen upon profound, sometimes mystical, insights. For example, the two-dimensional geometry of music finds near-religious expression in the compositional strategies of John Coltrane, who left behind diagrams of his chromatic modulation that theorists still puzzle over and find inspiring. It will be interesting to see what imaginative composers do with a theory that extends the geometry of music into threeand even four (!)dimensions.

Pioneering Princeton University music theorist and composer Dmitri Tymoczko has made discoveries that allow us to visualize music in entirely new ways. He began with the insight that two-note chords on the piano could form a Mbius strip, as Princeton Alumni Weekly reported in 2011, a two-dimensional surface extended into three-dimensional space. (See one such Mbius strip diagram above.) Music is not just something that can be heard, he realized. It has a shape.

He soon saw that he could transform more complex chords the same way. Three-note chords occupy a twisted three-dimensional space, and four-note chords live in a corresponding but impossible-to-visualize four-dimensional space. In fact, it worked for any number of notes each chord inhabited a multidimensional space that twisted back on itself in unusual ways a non-Euclidean space that does not adhere to the classical rules of geometry. 

Tymoczko discovered that musical geometry (as Coltraneand...

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