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Random Chairs

Arthur Ganson uses mechanical elements to generate randomness. The 'Thinking Chair' replicates Arthur's walk as he potters around the park coming up with ideas, whilst 'Margot's other cat' replicates low gravity and was inspired by the moon landing.

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Magnets VS Maya 3D

This contraption by Sachiko Kodama called 'Potrude, Flow' had metalic elements in a liquid solution which could be manipulated by magnets. It reminded me of a recent commercial done by Collider in 3D.

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SWISS OPERA GOES GUERILLA

'Opera Calling' is an intervention art project by the Swiss Media group Bitnik. By secretly placing audio-bugs in the Zurich Opera the Swiss public was given access to otherwise quite expensive opera performances through their telephone lines. The recorded phone 'conversations' with local listeners show confusion but also approval of the project. I liked the idea of forcing the elitist high culture world of opera into every day life at home.

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"Chick" by Michal Socha/Platige Image

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Winner of an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica Animation awards, "Chick" is the artistic rendering of an intense male-female relationship, a "Saul Bass-flavored" short animation by Polish graphic and animation artist Michal Socha, You can find a preview at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJwRz6VU0Sg

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CAUGHT IN A TANK FULL OF JELLYFISH

'Cala Maris' is a film and installation project by Austrian multi-media artist Markus Huber. It is part of the permanent exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center.

I especially liked the installation in one of the elevators, which gives the impression of floating in the deep sea surrounded by fluorescent jellyfish. I could have gone up and down that elevator all day long. It reminded me of one of my favourite books 'The Deep' by Claire Nouvian.

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Roman Signer

Roman Signer is an artist who uses a scientific process in amusing ways. Most of his videos deploy explosives to create an absurd cause-effect relationship, as seen in this video where a chair that explodes on one side of a table breaks apart a chair on the other side, after the chair piece has fallen back to the earth.

What makes his work really interesting is the imaginative deconstruction of the scientific process to create a new kind of process. The results are not interesting, but it is the playful method that engages and stimulates your curiosity.

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RELIGIOUS ROBOTS

'Bios (Bible)' by robotlab addresses the ancient battle between religion and science by letting a robotic arm write down the entire 66 books of the bible. In the course of seven months it places calligraphic letters onto paper rolls with high precision.
I liked the contrast between the cold robotic steel arm and the sensitive tip of the calligraphic pen scratching into the paper. It reminded me of frescos of monks in San Niccolo's church in Treviso, meticulously re-writing religious texts.

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Copying the bible used to be a sacred act and if there was only a slight mistake the whole page, or even scroll would have to be destroyed. The robotic arm doesn't waste time on details. Half of the pages that were on display had mistakes in them, which made me think about whether robots are really capable of more perfection than we are.

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Touch the Small World

Featured on the Device Art exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center, Touch the Small World from the Japanese artist Hideyuki Ando is a tiny piece with huge potential. At a first glance the work consists in a simple black and white touchscreen, but when the elements in the screen (simple lines, shapes and patterns) are touched the magic happens; they trigger a spot vibration that is able to realize a perceptual illusion of surface on the fingertips.

This piece can be seen as the first practical solution to a real interaction problem introduced by the explosion of the usage of touchscreen devices: the lack of haptic perception. Though the iPhone and other gadgets with the same touch capabilities have created some new and powerful ways of interacting with a system, they completely denied how important the sense of touch is for the human-machine interaction, binding the vision as an obligatory sense for the experience. Touch the Small World is important insight that may lead to relevant improvements in the interface design state of the art.

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Rope in Space

During Ars Electronica, in the main square of Linz, was set up the isle of the 80+1, A Journey Around the World. Most of the works featured shared the same idea of connecting locations in the world in real time with unusual approaches; from virtual handshakes to aroma transportation.

One of the exhibited pieces that cleared attracted people attention was the Rope in Space, conceptualized by the Ars Electronica Futurelab, a simulation of the "rope pulling" game but with the participants in different locations. One of the units was set up in the isle and the other one in the Ars Electronica Center (it could be in any other place in the world).

Besides the confusing graphic interface, the machine was so simple and appealing that is was impossible to not have fun with it. One would hold the rope at one side, until a opponent appears on the other side and the game can start, usually gathering a small crowd around. Quite often a completely stranger, seeing one of the participants disadvantage, would stand out and join the game, creating a light and entertaining environment for everyone.

Rope in Space may be perceived by one as only a high tech super expensive version of a 3,000 years old game; and this judgment would be complete valid. Though when we think in very nature of it as a web based interface that allows physical interactions we can see the great value that the piece stands for; it makes us think in how poorly we explore the virtual connections, that the internet can be much more than an exchanging of visual data, and the hyper-world can have form, weight and be touched by our own hands.

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Laurie Anderson - The Handphone Table (1978)

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This year at the Lentos Museum at Ars Electronica, there was a special exhibition dealing with sound art. The works were quite diverse, and it was an amazing collection - some of the artists included were Max Neuhaus, Brion Gyson, Ira Cohen, David Rokeby, John Baldessari, and the list goes on. One of my favorites was an installation of a table by Laurie Anderson called "The Handphone Table". You sit at a table and music underneath of the table is conducted through your bones, as you hold your hands to your ears. The hollows within the table act as loudspeakers. It is an intimate way of hearing as well as feeling music.

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Buone vacanze pt. 2


Another by Faggotron: "Video for my track 'Expialidocious'. The track is composed of a sine wave bass, custom drum sequences, and sounds recorded from the Disney film 'Mary Poppins'. www.myspace.com/pogotracks".

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buone vacanze, tutti


This song was made using sound clips from the movie "Alice in Wonderland".

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Delaware - iphone albums

A Japanese super sonic group, designs music and musics design.

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exhibit festival at san servolo

Yesterday was the first day of the three day event "exhibit: international exhibition of digital art". As it was raining, it took a while for the artists to set the projects up, but eventually they did. In addition to the electronica DJ set, there were some interactive installations.

One was Chris Sugrue's Delicate Boundaries, of which I'm a huge fan.
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(I didn't take good documentation, but here is a proper video):

Another was Memo Akten's Body Paint, which was quite a bit of fun to play with, especially with techno and spritz.

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encastrable

Encastrable is a collective of three guys (Antoine Lejolivet, Paul Souviron and Jean-François Barbie) who took up a temporary residency inside a hardware store. Quite brilliant. I should take up a residency inside a coffeeshop.

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three frames

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Threeframes.net is a weblog based upon three frame gif animations from films. Original variations on this motif can be found at fuckyoudraculas:
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Animals on the Underground

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And there is more! Thanks to Yiying Lu.
(via Giu!)

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sci-fi tearing it up

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(via andy)

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Flags By Color

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In his Flags By Color project, Shahee Ilyas uses a list of countries generated by The World Factbook along with the world's national flag images fetched from Wikipedia to produce a series of charts that break down the color proportions for each flag. These proportions of color are then displayed in a single chart revealing the color proportions of all of the flags of the world combined. This project was generated entirely with script.

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Protect Yourself Against the Swine Flu... With Style!

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The World Health Organization has raised the Swine Flu alert level to 5, meaning a pandemic is imminent. Not funny. Some people, however, are having fun. In Mexico everyone is wearing surgical facemasks for flu protection. People are getting bored of wearing the same mask, so they have started decorating them in all kinds of styles. As you can see, many of them show their always ironic look at death and fascination with los muertos. [Via Gizmodo]

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pioneer of multitouch

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Remember Jeff Han in 2006 during his TED talk on multitouch sensing? (http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/jeff_han_demos_his_breakthrough_touchscreen.html) His innovations have become standard, and his company Perceptive Pixel just won the 2009 National Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt Museum. However, he is not the first... Bill Buxton in the 80's was already experimenting with multitouch before the technology became massively accessible. Ironically enough, he now works in Microsoft Research to improve their design vision. But of course, Buxton wasn't the first either. For a more comprehensive view check out the overview Multitouch Systems that I have Known and Loved.

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martin creed

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Camera's rolling: now puke!

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ed ruscha

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Ed Ruscha: a man of many words.

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wilhelm sasnal

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Victory in a void?

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john maeda's mispeller

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Do you feel like you're just too good at spelling words in English, and are putting your friends off? Make yourself seem more human with typical faults - use a service that mispells your words for you.

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terry richardson

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So this is Brazil..

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gareth long

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jenny saville

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Fighting generative art

Today we started a workshop on generative art with Mr Bruce Sterling, so it seems fitting to post some recent generative graphic art (for band zZz). The process involved a song, a big sheet of paper, and two chickens, one painted blue and one red. Now lets ponder the critical issues, and some ethical issues too...


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the making of

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Digital guests at the Creativity Festival

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I read the news today.
It seems that this year we cannot miss the Creativity Festival starting
this month in Florence: the “Virtual Renaissance” will be taken to the real world.
What does it mean?
Basically, what was created in Second Life, the virtual/digital environment based
on an electronic simulation ruled by its own inhabitants will be shown and translated into a “real language”.
(Digital Impressionism, Postkitsch, New Pop, l'Avatar Art, Iperformalism, Ultranaif next to Giotto’s!)

I kept reading...
During the exposition, the first “Second life Invasion” will take place in the city.
What does it mean?
We could see the avatars walking around the streets and interact with us.

I kept reading...
The Italian government decided that the educational system in Italy will become completely digital based.
I'm sure they have no idea what it means; but they've probably thought that it sounded cool.

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Geremia Vinattieri: a new noisy Fabricante

Directly from Florence, one of the most important city in the world for Arts, a new guy has just joined the Music department at Fabrica.
His name is Geremia Vinattieri and his "noisy creativity" is something impossible to ignore!


Geremia Vinattieri from andy cameron on Vimeo.


How would you describe yourself?
A guy with a great interest in Art, in all its forms and aspects.

What did you expect from this place?
To find what I've actually found: a place where I can develop my creative identity.

Lets talk about your "Drummpaint" performance. What did you want to communicate?
Basically the idea expressed by the performance is a perfect symbiosis between my two main passions: Music and Graphics.
I've studied at the artistic secondary school, then I attended the Academy of fine Arts, now I make illustrations and I play drums. So I wanted to combine both visual and musical expressions, without letting one being stronger than the other.

What about your dreams?
There are a lot of dreams... our dreams depend on our age, temporary interests, phases....
I'd like to realize them all without betraying who I was once, who I am now, and who I will be...


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Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics


What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.

As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only "the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.

Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.

Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.

This is what I saw “Out there”.

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Tiny Accidents

Our Jqln is in Tilburg, in the Netherlands, where she was invited to make some more miniture mayhem for the ZXZW Festival.

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"Tiny accidents is a collection of fictional, tiny accident scenes that are constructed on the street and shared with other pedestrians. These accident sites create new landmarks and destinations for urban travelers, and strange objects in the environment serve as "architectural" props and become buildings, doorways, and rubble in a miniaturized setting; they serve as anchors for the site of an accident. Found accidents add an extra dimension to the peripatetic journey by highlighting a smaller scale of experience."

Check out tinyaccidents.com for her recent activities and her scenes in new york, madrid, frankfurt, venice...

...and if you happen to read dutch, check out this interview.

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Perfect Human Performance

One of the street events that we encountered in Linz was "Perfect Human Performance", a piece by Mika Satomi and Hannah Perner-Wilson (with Ivana Kalc as a dancer). Ivana was surrounded by radios on all sides, and moved in distinct poses as if a robot had choreographed it. As she bent her arms or legs, a phrase would emanate from the radios: "See her falling, see her falling". In a square adjacent to her, if someone watching stepped into that space, she would mimic their moves. This evoked a perception of a technological body that is subordinate and follows instructions. She is still human, though, so there is more apprehension in a passer-by to step into the square and, in a sense, control her. Still, it is a lovely idea.

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Ten Thousand Cents

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There is a reason why I don't draw as much as I used to; it's much faster to model sketches or compile images on the computer, and I think, why bother? Then something like "Ten Thousand Cents" comes along, and drawing makes sense again. The project is online, and workers were paid one cent each via Amazon's Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. What they were drawing were tiny fragments of the 100 dollar bill, and combined all-together, it cost $100 to produce. It's simply a beautiful way of commenting on labor distribution.

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OpenFrameworks Lab at Ars Electronica

Prix Ars Electronica 2008, Honorary Mention Interactive Art

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Of course there are disadvantages for non-programmers. Suppose you want to see hearts fly from the collision of two marshmallow ponies desperately in love. Perhaps you don't have a game controller and want to play super mario brothers with your body, leaning and jumping as Mario would. Perhaps you want... a posing machine? This is where the OF Lab comes in, with their team of talented programmers ready to grant wishes to any visitors of the OF Lab.

What is OpenFrameworks? It is an open source initiative started by Zach Lieberman and Theo Watson. "openFrameworks is an open-source, cross-platform C++ library for creative coding. The library is designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation."

The OF Lab is a three-story temporary construction with works displayed on monitors on the ground floor. There is a whiteboard with five blank spaces that visitors fill out with five words of their choosing. The visitor then poses in front of a camera with their words, takes a snapshot, and sends it up to the OF lab workers through various means. At first, there was a hole in the ceiling with a bucket that you put an idea in, and the bucket was pulled up to the second floor to enter the queue of ideas. With the overwhelming amount of submissions, however, for the remainder of the festival ideas were hung from a clothesline with clothespins. The programmers work on the second floor; there are monitors hooked up to security cameras so that visitors can see them from the first. The third floor is a lounge area with huge square pillows and lots of electrical outlets.

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robot partner 0.2 - Automated Table Modification

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A piece that exemplifies artificial life is “Automated Table Modification”. The premise behind it is to show what service automation might look like with the aid of robot “partners”. Objects like spoons and cups appear to move on their own on a table with a grid of coils underneath the surface. Enhanced by the proximity of Paul Granjon's “Robot Rabbit”, the experience was like that of Alice down the rabbit hole with rabbits muttering “robot, rabbit”, and objects moving randomly of their own volition.

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10, 000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid

This mesmerising performance was part of the opening night's events at ARS Electronica. Artists Evenlina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand used laser light to scan the surfaces of soap bubbles. The membranes of the bubbles provided an infinite landscape of refraction - resulting in the most beautiful and delicate streams of colour. Audio was created by converting the light into sound with a program by Bas van Koolwijk. Evenlina's pink fox-like costume was also very impressive.

Their website is portablepalace.com

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pollstream and smoking indoors...

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Pollution and smoke is made apparent in unusual ways with the 'Pollstream' project, which explores man-made clouds through a collection of ideas and images. Our very own judge and boss, Andy, is seen here smoking inside the exhibition space in one of their constructions. This light bulb responds to a high amount of smoke and emits a warning (red flash and an alarm) to alert one of excess smoke in the area. The engagement of the piece through smoke is a poetic means of activation, and ironically enough, it makes one want to smoke.

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fulgurating with the fulgurator

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Undoubtedly and deservedly one of the best projects in the Interactive Art category at Ars, 'Image Fulgurator' is this year's winner of the Golden Nica. This is a device that looks like a camera but has been hacked to function in a different manner: it detects light flashes in the vicinity by other cameras. When a flash goes off, rather than taking a photo, this device flashes an image onto whatever it's pointed at. The result? Loads of other cameras capture an image with something in it that wasn't there beforehand. For example, Mao's face in Tiananmen Square can unexpectedly have an overlaid image of a bird with outstretched wings on it. While we doubt the truth of photos in print or on the web, we tend to believe the photos we've taken ourselves. This ingenious method of real-time image distortion turns into one of the most subtle subversive activities I have ever seen.

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ars electronica 2008

Lizy and I are going to Ars Electronica this weekend. Ars Electronica is a festival established since 1979 that fosters experimentation and process-based art, and is a breeding ground for innovation and new ideas. Our boss, Andy Cameron, is one of the judges this year. The theme is 'A New Cultural Economy', and many of the artworks and seminars are based upon the subject of dissemination of information in a open knowledge-based society.

We will be meeting with other artists and hope that a couple of beers can serve as a catalyst for new vision and inspiration. We are artists as much as researchers, and Ars Electronica is a viable research tool that we will take advantage of while the opportunity is here. My personal goal? To have as much fun as Tilda Swinton.

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Landreform

The LANDREFORM is ongoing exhibition series by the KUNSTrePUBLIK in the Skulpturenpark- vacant lots formerly part of the "Mauerstreifen" (Militarised zone of the Berlin wall). Below "Carousel" was held on June 10th.

"In 1918, Irving Berlin penned the patriotic, "God Bless America". Twenty two years later and considering Berlin’s lyrics unrealistic and complacent, Woody Guthrie wrote his own American anthem, "This Land Is Your Land". The song celebrated the country’s land while protesting its class inequality. Now, 68 years later, the song is brought roundabout back to a different Berlin.

Eight BMWs, the sponsor of the bb05, drove in a slow perfect circle. "This Land Is Your Land" played on their radios–remixed for an amusement ride sensation. The cars, roped together like a carousel, circled like an auto display or western wagon train. Every couple rounds the drivers systematically stopped to pick-up and drop-off spectators and riders. Just before dusk, a fire was lit inside the circle.

In Landreform, the banality of economic determinism drives in a circle around itself upon a ground which will soon be developed with luxury condos and office buildings. As sung by Guthrie, the land of Skulpturenpark was made for you and me."

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Observatorio

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This viewer created by clara boj and diego diaz lets users see wifi hotspots in the area by superimposing a layer showing that data on the actual image of the landscape; it can detect wireless networks within several kilometers. If only I had one on my apartment balcony!

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robots!

Today I went with my friend Nova (&Sytse) to pick up a swing that Carlos Corpa made for her project at Interactivos in Madrid. We went to his metal shop where he had lots of boxes with mechanical contraptions and multi-leveled wheels, and he also makes robots. It was quite an enchanting experience. And his dog humped me.

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Passive Aggressive Anger Release Machine

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Insert a coin. Your selected piece of china will fall to the bottom of the vending machine. It will shatter. You will feel better.

By YarisalKublitz. Via today and tomorrow.

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exploding yellow chair


Ladies and gentlemen, it's the exploding and unexploding yellow chair...

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Don't play with your food

Pen and the pixel made a series of plates inspired by scenes of the Harrow Ladies Luncheon Club from John Betjamen' s Metroland (1970).

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They also reminded me some of those scary voices of my childhood.

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Video Pizza

One of my new favorite pieces of art.
Visit the site to purchase.

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RIP

Robert Rauschenberg, one of the most important artists, perhaps ever, died on Monday night.

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Read the whole NY Times obituary. Bummer.

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yinka shonibare

yinka makes sculptural pieces of figures without heads, a reference to the french revolution when they decapitated aristocrats. you can learn more about this artist and others from artnetTV on youtube.

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Pixelated pin-up art

For all those cheesecake lovers, here is a sweet. Andrew Bawidamann creates contemporary pin-up art through his graphically oriented girls, offering appeal to today’s soldiers,
tattoo artists, bikers, rockers and just about anyone with a fetish.

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Via Priya

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Art

In this video artist Luc Tuymons painted a piece on the street in an experiment to see how many people would notice art outside of the gallery context. The results are not surprising.
I think that this video proved something about contemporary art's relevance, but it may not have been what was intended.

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interview/ed

Charlie Rose interviews himself on technology and the internet.

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Beautiful Losers

A documentary about when "outsiders" become "in".

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For fans of Harmony Korine :

Check out the trailer for his new film, Mister Lonely.

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shining through walls

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This is a fun project by Chris O'Shea called "Out of Bounds" lets you shine a flashlight on a wall, and wherever you shine it, hidden layers behind it are shown as if you are looking through it. You can also see a video of it; it was built using C++ and openFrameworks.

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jill madrid

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internets arts

Here is a short but good interview with Guthrie Lonergan, net artist and one of the founders of nasty nets, an internet surfing club.

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This is a section of one of his most well know pieces, "Internet Group Shot".

For more stuff like this, check out 53 O's, Beige, Paper Rad, Chris Collins, Dear Computer,

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LA In Milan

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February 21 to March 30 at the Marella Gallery in Milan.

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Awesome Bookcovers

I don't know how many people grew up with these books, but Choose Your Own Adventure books were a big part of my childhood. This site has a huge amount of the covers from these great books.

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A sample of what to expect.

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Jim Henson's Time Piece

A gem from 1965


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Another source of renewable energy?

The Power & Illumination Project is based on the idéa of using fitness-centers as sources of energy.

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The Power & Illumination Project” is based on the idea of using fitness-centers as sources of energy. The kinetic energy being generated here is converted to electrical energy, and is used to produce and mediate knowledge regarding the global energy balance and it’s political consequences.

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Picture Everything

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just a small portion of the ongoing and mind blowing picture of everything.

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Yuko Shimizu

Here you can find amazing work by Yuko Shimizu, a very successful and young Japanese illustrator living in NY.

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Cover "Revenge of the Geisha Girl," for XFuns Magazine (Taiwan).

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A TV Show About The Creative Process

Let's Paint, Exercise and Blend Drinks TV show with John Kilduff.

A really thought provoking artwork. It is good to see stuff that is critical but positive and funny at the same time. Check out his ebay store and his website.

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Stupid Krap

Really, this is stupid krap.

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Based in Sydney, Australia, stupidkrap.com is an artist-run portal and on-line store, featuring exclusive limited-edition high-quality art prints and collectables, by talented underground artists. Nice opportunity to decorate your cave.

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Other Names for the Devil

The International Illustrated is a magazine created by two Brazilian designers to evoke and inspire a different sense around designing and illustrating.

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Their third issue runs under the label “Other Names for the Devil”.
See some ‘diabolic’ images here.

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Magicomora

Sergio Mora claims to be a fried egg, but others consider him to be an onion that paints magic-cures.

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He has some magic pictures, or living symbols that change their meaning according with to the spiritual state of the person who watch them. They answer your questions, grant your wishes. It’s a magic world. It’s Magicomora.

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Tonk

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Very interesting photos from TONK by Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, who live and work in Zurich and elsewhere.

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Everyday life

Great drawings by Marcela Restrepo Uribe, a left-handed born in Medellin, Colombia.

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Here you can find her work.

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Is it art?

The Turner Prize is a contemporary art award that always provokes debate for its singular and innovative representation and meaning of art.

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It is recognised as one of the most important and prestigious awards for the visual arts in Europe.
The exhibition will be held at Tate Liverpool until January 2008 and tickets are free.

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Cardboard Sculptures

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Chris Gilmour is a British artist living in Udine and is represented by the Perugi Artecontemporanea Gallery in Padova. He creates life-size sculptures of carefully chosen familiar objects such as a typewriter, a bicycle, a car, or a coffee machine–each representing a certain story while simultaneously applying a second skin to an object we may associate something different with. All pieces are strictly made from cardboard and glue. No wire frames!

Visit his work here: http://www.chrisgilmour.com
Via my pal Jonathan.

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When You Never Were

When You Never Were is the most recent collaboration of Tristan Honsinger and ex fabricantes Diego Cofone and Gregor Kuschmirz.

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The short film, written and shot within 5 days in Tuscany, deals in a sportive way with topics such as 'the freewill', 'free market economy' and 'the power of dreams,' showing a light attitude towards grave philosophy.
Bittersweet humor, clever phrases, sarcastic realism and a -beautifully done- dramatic musical performance make this film one of a kind.

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Jen Stark is doing well

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With shows in big cities in the US like Chicago, New York and Baltimore, it's safe to say that Jen Stark is doing well. Jen is a Miami-based artist creating sculptures entirely by cut paper and more impressively, does it all by hand. She has also recently been published in Rojo Magazine, MAP (Music Art People), Ready Made, Preen, and has had drawings featured in New American Paintings. Her drawings feature the same attention to detail, compositional balance and excellent use of color. Plus, she's a fellow MICA graduate.

www.jenstark.com

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Moto colors

Motorola came up with the idea of mixing artwork with marketing strategies.

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On their website, you can easily create beautiful random patterns and send them to friends, save them as animated screensavers as well as mobile wallpapers.
Click here to make your own.

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Plush Chair

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Created by the Brazalian duo Campana brothers, these chairs are limited edition pieces produced from hundreds of plushy pandas, aligators and all kinds of other animals and objects. This can sure inspire many to creatively use all the toys from the kids room once the kids are all grown up.

The price of these chairs can only be guessed or is available on request on www.mossonline.com

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Neckface

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I love me some Neckface.

Check out more works
by the 22 year old illustrator/graffiti artist who has made his mark in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and most recently, Tokyo.


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Beautifully Macabre

The art of Travis A. Louie is the result of a childhood spent watching "atomic age" sci-fi and horror movies and surrounded by 1950's rocket ships, superheroes, giant monsters, and those wonderful old movie posters.

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You can see Louie’s paintings here and also read the story of each of his imaginative, mysterious and beautiful mutant characters.

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Duprat's Larvae

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This is the results of an unusual artistic collaboration between the French artist Hubert Duprat
and a group of caddis fly larvae. The insect produce aquatic larvae that protect their developing
bodies by manufacturing sheaths, or cases, spun from silk and incorporating substances—
grains of sand, particles of mineral or plant material, bits of fish bone or crustacean shell
—anything readily available in their ecosystem.

So what does Duprat do?

After collecting the larvae from their normal environments, Duprat relocates them to his studio
where he gently removes their own natural cases and then places them in aquaria that he fills with alternative materials (including turquoise, opals, lapis lazuli and coral, as well as pearls, rubies, sapphires, and diamonds) from which they can begin to recreate their protective sheaths.

Click here to see more

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What is Felt Club?

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After Matt left us last week for his much deserved change from the blog world, here's a new entry to cheer you all up!

Felt Club is a monthly mini-craft fair featuring the best and brightest of the Southern California craft scene. Nearly two dozen crafters per month will show a wide variety of handmade goods, one-of-a-kind plushies, original artwork, DIY wares and a whole lot of fun! Their XL Summer event was yesterday, 15th July.
Check out the vendors and see whats new in the Plush world.

http://www.feltclub.com/

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Sculpting air

Theo Jansen wanted to make life, and somehow he has done it.
By creating a fusion between art and engineering, he makes skeletons that are able to walk on the wind.

Jansen is dedicated to creating artificial life -or new nature- through the use of genetic algorithms.
Eventually, he wants to put these animals out in herds on the beaches, so they can live their own lives.
And yes, he is a genius!

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I won’t sell these things

Our dear and multi-talented former Fabricante, Gregor Kuschmirz, questions and analyzes the value of objects for individuals with his last performance.

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By exhibiting some of his best belongings in a weekly flea market under the sign: “Dinge, die ich nicht verkaufen will” (I won’t sell these things), he caused both confusion and laugh between his “non-customers”.
Click here to see it and experience the unexpected.

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Disposable Art

Sergio C. Flores Martínez produces ‘Figuratismo Conceptualico’, a figurative work that represents both surprise and discrepancy.

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Symbolizing an ethereal and ephemeral condition, he transforms disposable paper into art.
Or turns art into a disposable object.

Via Sarita

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Hiroshi Kariya

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See more of his work here.

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Running the Numbers

Chris Jordan's "Running the Numbers"... This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.

Depicts 65,000 cigarettes, equal to the number of American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.
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Continue reading "Running the Numbers"

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Dirty White Trash (with Gulls)

Tim Noble and Sue Webster have done some amazing rubbish/shadow self portraits.
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Macabre Art

Dr Lakra is a tattoo artist. In his parallel activities, he embellishes vintage magazine covers in ink with demons, bats, spiders, and the faces of pouting vixens.

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Kitschy erotica, ancient ritual and hallucinogenic visions are fused in a collage of ideologies. There’s something about his gothic tastes that have the same hypnotic effect as freak show acts.

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From 1967?

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TV-Helmet (Portable living room), 1967, by Walter Pichler. Check out more of his work here.

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Channel 53

There's something scary and funny about the 80's. Javier Morales and John Michael Boling seem to have captured those elements perfectly.

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still from "Body Magic"

See their work at www.gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooogle.com

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I Love Tourism

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I Love Tourism is a group art show happening at the Bevilacqua La Masa in San Marco square in Venice, Italy.

"Through drawings, comics, portraits, sketches, toys and stories, the works displayed represent some transversal, grotesque and happy sides of the stories that happen to tourists. The exhibition, let's make it clear, is not being snobbish or making judgements, as we are all tourists: from New York to Venice, from Peking to Paris, from pleasure trips to business trips, from religious pilgrimages to sexual ones, from short breaks to elite tourism, the exhibition will be a kind of picture diary inside the world of tourism, investigated in its varying and contrasting aspects. "

Authors in the exhibition:
François Chalet, Matt Furie, Geneviève Gauckler, Graphdrome (Alex Purdy) James Jarvis, Jeremyville, Misaki Kawai, Livincompany, Jason McLean, Mumble Boy, Studio Orange, Parra, Josh Petherick, Andy Rementer, Shoboshobo, Ian Stevenson, Will Sweeney, Fabio Viscogliosi, Yokoland.

Opening Thursday 19th April at 6.30pm
Galleria di Piazza San Marco, Venice
19th April – 21st May 2007

above image by Matt Furie

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Saul Bass in LA

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The work of my personal hero, the designer legend Saul Bass (1920–1996), can be seen these days at the Ruby and Hurd Galleries in Los Angeles. More infos here: www.swisslegacy.com/index.php/2007/03/23/saul-bass-the-hollywood-exhibition/.

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the 90's bandwagon

It only makes sense that Magic Eye is sweeping the nations for a second time. The 80's fad has fizzled out, and now we remember the 90's in our technologically advanced 2000's sort of way.

Behold, the Magic Eye animation:

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Of course this is just a screen shot of the magic eye animation. Click on the picture to lead your forth. Put your nose to the screen and slowly pull back. Repeat that multiple times.

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Terry Rodgers

These recent paintings of Terry Rodgers frighten me a bit. I've not been to these sorts of places, I know they exist. A part of me wants to find it, but I think a larger part of me wants nothing to do with it. Fascinating world.

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"the sum of human knowledge"

Continue reading "Terry Rodgers"

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Heavy Water

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If you're going to be in Paris anytime soon, make it a point to see Scott Teplin's solo show, Heavy Water. The show runs from January 13th to February 24th at g-module. And for those of you who can't make it in person, feast your eyes on the show preview here.

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Happiness

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Gallery of 19 photos of six-inch dolls with six-foot breasts. (Not safe for work) Link
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Bollywood Soul

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Meena Kadri asked me to put this on the blog. She made this soles, together with a local rickshaw mud-flap painter Bobby and ‘sticker-wallah’ Solanki who cuts coloured adhesive into numbers, letters and decorative motifs to adorn vehicles.

See some more pics here: www.flickr.com/photos/meanestindian/sets/72157594476292672/
Als check out her exhibition at Glasgow's Atrium Gallery, May 18 – June 2, Scotland

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Jim Flora

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For those of you who don't know Jim Flora, you're in for a treat. He mastered using minimal colors to create some of the weirdest and wackiest album covers and illustrations of the 1940s and 1950s. Fantagraphics has just released a new book of his work. And you can see a lot of his work online here.

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the Metaphorical Fabrica Relationship

Rumor has it, there are a fair amount of relationships that start here in Fabrica. And fact has it, those relationships do not often last for long. Sooner or later socializing, sleeping, eating, and working with the one you love(d) takes its toll and those peaceful bike rides home become something quite different.

Behold, the metaphorical Fabrica relationship:


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"Irreconcilable Differences #1" by the artistic entity known as "leonardogillesfleur."

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Gwon Osang

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Yianni showed me yesterday the work of Gwon Osang, a young artist from Seol:
www.osang.net

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Gonna need a bigger pooper scooper

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Recently our humble little town of Treviso has been invaded by huge, plastic animals! Well, it's actually part of a travelling exhibition by the wacky art group Cracking Art. The enormous red frenchies in front of the Benetton mega-store are a definate crowd pleaser. See more pics (scusa, but it's in italian)

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Is it wrong?

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I want to hate David Shrigley for many obvious reasons (namely his seemingly effortless success and talent) But I can't when he makes me laugh the way he does. Is it wrong to love him? Is it wrong to laugh?

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Eww... Human Skin Ties

Check out this work from Andrew Krasnow, one of the first artists to use human skin as a medium.

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Taken from a.d.m. project:
"In recent years Krasnow has worked in private, developing highly crafted works in human skin and allowing himself to be more organic in his approach. The work remains unsettling, deliberately juxtaposing pathetic and somewhat figurative abstractions with artifacts such as wallets and ties. Bringing his work back to the public arena, Krasnow feels he will have succeeded if the audience expereinces the same sense of unease that he does when creating the work."

More like the sense of puke in my mouth. And while we're on the subject, who's wiping all their snot on the walls of the downstairs washroom???

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Meet the World

Brilliant ideas coming from the brain of Brazilian artist Icaro Doria. This is a part of his series entitled "Meet the World."

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Patricia Waller

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The puppets of Patricia Waller absolutely kill me! Have a look yourself.

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Batia Suter

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An other fine swiss artist, living in Amsterdam. Batia Suter makes mainly photo art, putting objects in strange places: www.batiasuter.org

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Get Gutted in Philly

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'Face Gut' is a collaborative show featuring the artwork of (our own fabricante) A.J. Purdy and Jason Hsu. Drawings ranging from meticulous to crude. Images that offer a base humor with an underlying morbidity. The collaborative work is done with spontineity and often times aims at an anti-aesthetic. Mostly consisting of works on paper, there will also be zines by Mr. Purdy featuring collaborations with many other world renowned artists.

Friday October 6th at the Honeymilk Gallery, 37M 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA

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Haring in your Head

Might it be that Marlene Haring enhabits the kitchens and nightmares of all Fabricante?

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Control Arms / Stree War video

Here's a great video work created by Kaza Razat for the Amnesty International's Control Arms campaign.

(video via Wooster Collective)

The Control Arms campaign calls for international treaty to curb arms trade. They ran a campaign to collect one million faces on the web as a petition against arms, and which concluded in July and was presented to the United Nations Small Arms Review Conference. That conference ended without an agreement from any sides.

From 1998 to 2001, the USA, the UK, and France earned more income from arms sales to developing countries than they gave in aid.

The arms industry is unlike any other. It operates without regulation. It suffers from widespread corruption and bribes. And it makes its profits on the back of machines designed to kill and maim human beings.

So who profits most from this murderous trade? The five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China. Together, they are responsible for eighty eight per cent of reported conventional arms exports.

To support or find out more about the Control Arms campaign, check out their website: http://www.controlarms.org

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Shining subway track for art

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"Work on the Tracks" is a project by Jan Sledz and Henning Tilp in Berlin.

One rail of the two tracks running through an underground station was polished until shined brightly, standing apart from the other soot covered rail. Nuts of the polished rail were covered in gold caps. All of it to call an imagination of cleanliness.

The project was the winner of the annual competition by the Neuen Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (NGBK) Berlin, the topic of that year was "Cleanliness, Service, Security".

I really like this because instead of making anything more (sculpture, poster, sticker, or anything else that actually just litters the public space) to promote cleanliness, service, and security -- they simply cleaned the track and offer an image of what cleanliness could be. It is ephemeral, relational, and strikes the communication objective at the bull's eye.

Read and see more pictures here.

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"Maybe you're just not the creative type"

You thought we wouldn't notice is a blog about ripped off, copies, and essentially, originality of ideas.

Like how video artist Robin Rhode's piece "inspired" a Nike ad (Rhode was at the Italian pavillion at the Venice Biennale last year, if you went, you'd remember his style):

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Nike ad:
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click here to watch the video

One could register on the site and post as well, if you keep track of that kind of stuff.

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Walk on water

"Bridge" is a site-specific installation commissioned for a formal church in London, Dilston Grove. The installation floods the church with water and it is "a series of steps which rise out of the apparently empty man-made ‘lake’ as you walk across them. Each step emerges one step in front of you and disappears back underneath behind you as you go. This ‘bridge’ is purely mechanical, the weight of the person on it depresses each step a little, this force activates a submerged mechanism which raises the next step."

The visitors to the space is invited to walk on it and be stranded in the middle of the plane of water.

Now that's my idea of fun, don't you think so? It's like a mario game of sort.

MICHAEL CROSS
Bridge - A site-specific design installation for Dilston Grove.
Curated and commissioned by Andrée Cooke.

Exhibition - 20th Sept - 29th Oct
Open - Wed - Sun - 11 am - 4 pm

full info here (scroll down to the bottom of the page)

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Grazie Bush...

"At the start of the Iraq war, the artist sweza, who at the time was studying in Bologna, Italy, manipulated over 50 "attention roadworks" signs in the neighborhood making the workers into undertakers using a very simple stencil. He added the words "grazie bush lavoro per tutti" which can be translated to "Thank you Mr. Bush for creating Jobs for everybody"

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bid on eBay to be in a Chris Ware comic!

Current bid, at the time of posting is $1,530 USD. so, in case you have some spare cash... Personally I would totally go for it, if i was, say, Paris Hilton or equivalent in cash funds.

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The winner of the bid gets this:

The appearance in name and approximate drawn likeness, either as a 'supporting character' or more forthright personna, of the auction's 'winner' in an upcoming comic strip by the author/cartoonist, to appear sometime before the end of 2008 in serial (probably newspaper) form, and later to be reprinted in collected form at an unspecified, and probably quite alarmingly later, date."

"I'll be happy to send a signed copy of the strip in which the person appears (which will likely be in the local weekly newspaper) but only on the proviso that the person in question doesn't get mad or otherwise grow to despise me if their likeness is construed as satirical, incorrect, unflattering or in any way unliterary.

100% of the proceed goes to the First Amendment Project, a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and petition.

FAP is also having bids from other prominent authors to name a charactor in their upcoming book to the bid winner. Pretty interesting tac tic for fundraising.

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A4 Sculptures

Check out these amazing A4 paper cut-out sculptures...

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by Peter Callesen (and a wonderful portfolio, by the way)

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Banksy is busy

Just last week we were admiring what Banksy does and knows how to do it better anyone, it seems. He's got just the right touch. And now's another:

From Wooster Collective:

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Families visiting Disneyland on their holiday this week saw a life-size Guantanamo bay inmate standing inside the Rocky Mountain Railroad ride at Disneyland in Anaheim California.

The sculpture, consisting of an inflatable doll dressed in an orange jumpsuit with its hands and feet manacled remained in place for one and a half hours before Disneyland's security staff shut down the ride and removed it amid fears over public safety.

We can't wait until Banksy has a 'retrospective' in the Guggenheim or the Tate... We're also wondering if Banksy has clones all over the globe.

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Graffiti Research Lab at Ars

Regine covered the GRL's talk given at Ars Electronica on her blog, with a laundry list of the graffiti artists the GRL duo (Even Roth and James Powderly) found most inspiring.

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Their works has a lot to do with the hacking mentality. They don’t define themselves as graffiti artists but rather as graffiti engineers, a bit in the style of Q, the gadget guy who devised accessories for James Bond. Their work is an extension of the graffiti and aims to provide graffiti writers, street artists and protesters with new tools in order to help them take back public space and challenge corporate culture. All their work is OS, that was one of the requirements to work at Eyebeam.

Check out Graffiti Research Lab's talk at ars electronica

We, the Fabricanti, missed this talk because it was too early for us on a sunday morning (seriously, why??!! what artists/programmers are ever up that early?!?), but we thank the Internet for the bloggers and their blogs

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More Banksy / Paris Hilton stuff

Following the recent post we put up earlier..

Here's a Flickr set of a Paris Hilton CD doctored by Banksy

we're still laughing.

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Windowzoo

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From Beat in Switzerland:

the idea of Windowzoo is simple. you know those bird-stickers one uses to scare birds away from big glass-surfaces (so they won't fly into the glass)? my firned started making his own bird-shapes out of sticky foil, and keeps putting them up on various locations all around the world - but almost always on glass, also besides the "boring" standard-stickers. As this is non-destructive art only visible to those with keen eyes and a sense for discovering the unusual, it remains exhibited longer - and generates more buzz among those in the know.

right now there are 169 birds in 55 cities all around the globe. have a look at the worldmap showing the locations that he put up in the "about" section.

posting this because if you see it, you'll know what it's all about...

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We still love Banksy

from Boing Boing:

UK graffiti virtuoso Banksy has smuggled 500 doctored versions of Paris Hilton's new CD into stores across the country. The CD contain Banksy's remixes and have titles like "Why am I Famous?," "What Have I Done?" and "What Am I For?"

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His spokeswoman said he had tampered with the CDs in branches of HMV and Virgin as well as independent record stores.

He visited cities including Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and London, she added.

A spokesman for HMV said the chain had recovered seven CDs from two Brighton shops but was unaware that other locations were affected...

A spokesman for Virgin Megastores said staff were searching for affected CDs but it was proving hard to find them all.

"I have to take my hat off - it's a very good stunt," he added.

Youtube video from nerdcore.de

UPDATE: BBC article on the story

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Looking back and forward on Pong

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While there have been many museum exhibitions on video games, when one game gets its own exhibition, it is something special. The Computer Game Museum in Berlin has a show dedicated to the ground breaking game, Pong. They've included all the iterations and interpretations of the game, from the giant sized to the miniature, and everything in between. Most notable is this brilliant version of Pong, which is based on sound.

Via Joystiq

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[VVORK for the day]

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»Tracing Future«, by Ram Katzir.

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A candy for a death

(and now back to our regular reporting on art, design, and clever stuff)

Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads)

Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads) is an installation representing deaths reported in the news media as an ever increasing pile of bright yellow candy dropping onto the floor. The computer scans 4,500 English-language news sources around the world, looking for people who have been reported killed. Each time it finds an article, an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and instructs a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos to drop one yellow BB per person.

Project by Caleb Larson. Check out the video and more pictures at the project's site. I would love to see this in person.

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Video projects by Jeroen Kooijmans (via VVORK)

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»Waiting« from 1999 is a permanent video projection in the public space of the railway station of Hoofddorp/The Netherlands. It consists of 2 characters, a boy and a girl who are waiting in 2 different places at the station every day. They wait the hole year: in winter in warm clothes and when it’s hot in summer clothes.

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»Train Dance« from 1997 is a projection on passing trains in Copenhagen. »Maybe Marnixstraat« from 1998 consists of 2 video images projected from 2 driving vans onto buildings, cars and streets passing by.

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»Guards« is a projection of miniature PS1 security guards inside PS1. All projects by Jeroen Kooijmans.

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For Nara Fans and Collectors

Yoshimoto Nara In the Cloud

This pristine limited edition (150 sold out) signed and framed print "In the Cloud" from Yoshimoto Nara is available for bidding on eBay right now. Auction ends August 27.

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New York to get a shiny sculpture too

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Anish Kapoor is due to exhibit a large public sculpture at the Rockefeller Center next month.

At 52, Mr. Kapoor has become such a star on the public art circuit that many nations might compete for the privilege of having him embed a giant intestinal prosthetic somewhere in their countryside. “Cloud Gate,” the 125-ton stainless steel mirrored blob he unveiled last year in Millennium Park in Chicago, has been embraced — despite a cost overrun of more than $10 million — with near-rapture by Chicagoans, who flock to see their skyline in its polished surface and have affectionately nicknamed it the Bean. (“Let’s be frank,” The Chicago Tribune wrote recently, “the Bean is hot.”)

But Mr. Kapoor has never had a public-art presence in New York, despite his following and his longtime representation by the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea. “Over the years,” he said, “there have been many opportunities to do things in the city that, for whatever reason, just haven’t worked out.”

That is about to change. Next month he will join a procession of artists that has included Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Nam June Paik, to be enshrined in the city’s center stage for public art, Rockefeller Center. “Sky Mirror,” Mr. Kapoor’s dish of highly reflective stainless steel almost three stories tall, is being welded and polished in Oakland, Calif.; it will make its way by truck across the country and be on view from Sept. 19 to Oct. 27. Its concave side will face 30 Rockefeller Plaza and invert the skyscraper in its reflection.

Article from the New York Times

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Berlin Ohne-Scheiss

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Alejandro is an artist and graphic designer living in Berlin who's project is called "Berlin Ohne-Scheiss" which means "Berlin without shit", or "Berlin No-shit". It's goal is to use design to call attention to the increasing problem of dog crap in Berlin. It works by having people take figures out of at sticker poster and then place them around the dog crap to make people aware walking by that there is a danger in the front.

The shapes read: Hollyshit, Hotshit, Dirtyshit and shit.

More text about this project you can be found at www.lecu.de under the "blurred" menu.

not sure who would be that good sumaritan to do it, but neat..

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Beirut gallery: a space of dialogue besides war and destruction

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Moving Home(s) is the title of an exhibition in a Beirut gallery which debuted on July 6, 2006 -- six days before the Israeli air force began the bombing of Lebanon. It focuses on the colonialisation of the world through tourism and contemporary nomadism. The location is Galerie Sfeir-Semler - a gallery space in an abandoned iron factory in Beirut’s Quarantine district which opened in April 2005. The initiative coincided with Lebanon’s "Cedar Revolution," and the awakening of Lebanese civil society following the departure of Syrian troops -- the gallery opened on the same weekend (Apr. 9-10, 2006) that the last of the Syrian forces officially departed Lebanon. The gallery’s ambition was to link and connect the Western contemporary art sector with its Middle Eastern counterpart. The aim of the director Andrée Sfeir was to work on creating a new infrastructure in Lebanon and an art market of international standing for the Arab region. It is the very first gallery for contemporary art with an international ambition in the Middle East outside of Israel. As Beirut was an important business and cultural center in the Middle East the gallery director wanted to bring prominent international artists to Lebanon to stimulate dialogue.
Interviewed by Artnet News Sfeir predicts that Galerie Sfeir-Semler will open again. "I am not closing the gallery. We are waiting," she says. "I did not open the gallery to make a profit," she adds. "I opened it to give the people a cultural space to exchange ideas -- to get other ideas besides war and destruction."

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E-flux Video Rental (EVR) with some artists from Beirut

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27 July 2006 - 01 October 2006
Budapest

Mucsarnok/Kunsthalle, Budapest - is pleased to present e-flux video rental (EVR), a project by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda, comprised of a free video rental, a public screening room, and a film and video archive. Its collection, selected in collaboration with over sixty international curators, artists and institutions consists of over 590 art films and video works, and is available to the public for home viewing free of charge.


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ANDY WARHOL's Timeboxes

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Image and quotation from http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/timecapsules/


Modern and Contemporary Art Exhibition Center Former Central Fish Market, Trieste

Saturday July 22nd - Sunday October 22nd 2006

"What you should do is get a box for a month, and drop everything in it and at the end of the month lock it up. Then date it and send it over to Jersey".
A. Warhol, The philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and back again, London, 1975.

The act of collecting throughout time has been driven by variety of desires, from fascination, to comprehension, to obsession: collecting for the sake of it. Andy Warhol spent years documenting and cataloguing his daily existence, his collections at once becoming art as well as archive.
Beginning with the desire to simplify a move in 1974 from his Manhattan studio at 33 Union Square West to a new location at 860 Broadway, Warhol packaged anything he felt worth keeping into uniform cardboard boxes.

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Spring/Summer naked collection

By Paris-based photographer Nicole Tran Ba Vang

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kind of reminds me of old fabrica stuff, though, raunchier!

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Sistine Chapel de Paco

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Talk about an ambitious project!.

Paco, a graffiti artist originally from Sarajevo, is using spray paint to recreate Michelangelo's entire Sistine Chapel ceiling in, of all places, Waterloo, Iowa.

You can check out the photos of the work in progress here.

(Thanks, Mr. Shrew)

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200 masterpieces from Guggenheim Foundation in Bonn

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From The ArtNewspaper

The Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bonn is the only venue in the world to exhibit around 200 masterpieces of the Guggenheim Foundation from New York, Venice, Berlin and Bilbao.
For the first time the fascinating collection history of the Guggenheim is now on display in one outstanding exhibition. Works of 80 artists such as Cezanne, Degas, Brancusi, Delaunay, Kandinsky, Klee, Mondrian, Picasso, de Kooning, Pollock, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, Wahrhol will be on show in Bonn from the 21 of July 2006 to the 7 of January 2007.

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'¡Almodóvar: Exhibition!'

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Until the end of July there is an exhibition on filmmaker Pedro Almodovar in Paris at the new Bercy home of the Cinémathèque Française. Included are photos and personal objects such as cameras, childhood items, notebooks, and a recreation of Almodovar's own bedroom. Bedrooms are often featuredin Almodovar's movies thus the reference. An Almodóvar red bathes the whole exhibition, which recreates the inner world of this famous filmmaker in an engaged and playful way. You can watch clips of films and catch segments of a new filmed interview with the director; you can listen to songs from his films; you can even take away a signed page from a reproduction of the script from 'All About My Mother'.

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Hotel Doodles from Jon Burgerman


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(Click above to enlarge and see the whole room)

"I recently did this in Italy. I just started drawing on one side of the room and ended up on the other side a day or so later (you can't get a simpler working process; what I draw is what you get!) It was commissioned by Miss Sixty, for their hotel, 60 Hotel, in Riccione, east Italy."... Jon

now if we can just someone to commission Andy Rementer...

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STRANGE POWERS: an unusual art exhibition

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Until 17 September 2006
New York

While a number of exhibitions have recently looked at aspects of the occult and the spiritual, STRANGE POWERS highlights artworks that are made to actually have a paranormal effect on the world, including spells, talismanic objects, and apparitions conjured and transcribed.
Strange Powers is the Creative Time is summer group exhibition which assembles works by more than twenty internationally acclaimed artists -Pawel Althamer & Artur Żmijewski, James Lee Byars, Sophie Calle & Fabio Balducci, The Center for Tactical Magic, Peter Coffin, Jennifer Cohen, Anne Collier, Christian Cummings, Trisha Donnelly, Douglas Gordon, Brion Gysin, Friedrich Jurgenson (presented by Carl Michael von Hausswolff), Joachim Koester, Jim Lambie, Miranda Lichtenstein, Euan Macdonald, Jonathan Monk, Senga Nengudi, Paul Pfeiffer, Eva Rothschild, and Mungo Thomson- whose works explore the transformative power of art through a variety of magically charged manifestations.

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When antiquity meets contemporary art

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From Art.daily.com
The Grand Promenade in Athens
In the framework of the events that will take place prior to the inauguration of the new building of the National Museum of Contemporary Art of Athens, the reconstruction of which is expected to be completed in 2008, a large scale international exhibition under the title The Grand Promenade was organized.
The idea of the exhibition was born from the close proximity of EMST to the archaeological sites and monuments of Athens that offers a possibility of various transcultural communication networks between antiquity and contemporary international art.

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Knitted Tanks

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"... As a protest against the Danish (USA´s, UK´s) involvement in the war in Iraq the tank was covered from the canon to the caterpillar tracks with knitted and crocheted squares made with pink yarn....The process of covering the tank was documented with a video and this video is shown in ”Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center“ (Copenhagen, Denmark) as part of the exhibition “TIME” from April 27 - June 4 ...." (more here)

(Thanks, Nicolai)

from their site: Unsimilar to a war, knitting signals home, care, closeness and time for reflection. Ever since Denmark became involved in the war in Iraq I have made different variations of pink tanks, and I intend to keep doing that, until the war ends. For me, the tank is a symbol of stepping over other people’s borders. When it is covered in pink, it becomes completely unarmed and it loses it’s authority. Pink becomes a contrast in both material and color when combined with the tank

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Discovering the Indian subcontinent

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Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo- Torino
Until 8th October
SUB CONTINGENT
The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art

Subcontingent, The Indian Subcontinent in Contemporary Art is a group show investigating the notion of the Indian Subcontinent (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Maldives) through the work of 26 artists. While the majority of them has studied and lives in India and Pakistan, others live abroad and are culturally and biographically linked to the Subcontinent. All the artists thoroughly explore the complexity of this geographical area, and many of them exhibit in Europe and in Italy for the first time. The show elaborates on many dissimilar points of view, and the works use different mediums (video, installations, painting and sculpture) resulting in the evocation of a diverse and multifaceted cultural landscape. The concept of the exhibition stems from the idea that, although it is "only" a sub-continent, the social, political, religious and economic disparity and diversity of this region make it an area of astonishing multiplicity, and a place of innovation and creativity.

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Impressionism in Wisconsin

from Flickr blog:

On July 1st, the community of Beloit, Wisconsin came together on the banks of the Rock River to recreate George Seurat's “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of LaGrande Jatte"

neat!

(via BB)

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Art from code: Generator.X

Generator.x is a conference and exhibition examining the current role of software and generative strategies in art and design.
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THIS IS...... BIOART

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What's bioart?
Read the interesting article The flourescent rabbit and the Cartesio's gene about bioart of Eduard Kac from the free webzine Overview mag (pp. 13-15)

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DON'T MISS THIS EXHIBITION!

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Palazzo Grassi
Where are we going?

Outside the beautiful 18th century Palazzo Grassi on the Grand Canal of Venice sits an enormous bright purple inflatable dog. It’s a sculpture entitled “Balloon Dog – Magenta,” created by famed artist Jeff Koons. Inside the palazzo’s gallery is Koon’s “Hanging Heart” one of the centerpieces of an art collection belonging to François Pinault, the billionaire Frenchman who owns 80% of the Grassi. The wealthiest art collector in France, Pinault is a luxury goods magnate by day, as owner of Christie’s, the Gucci Group (Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga) and Fnac. He is currently showing a selection from his personal art collection in the renovated Palazzo, former home to car-maker Fiat.

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Cruel trick: concrete-filled soccer balls

Mark Frauenfelder: Two men were arrested in Berlin on suspicion of filling soccer balls with concrete and then placing them in public areas with signs encouraging people to kick the balls.
KickmePolice said they had identified a 26-year-old and a 29-year-old and had found a workshop in their apartment where they made the balls. The two are accused of causing serious physical injury, dangerous obstruction of traffic and causing injury through negligence, police said.
Link (Thanks for the graphic, Tim!)

maybe the "kick me" part is a bit over the top, but I the idea of random concrete footballs on the streets.

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Another Crate Piece from Melbourne

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Crate Tetris by Sam, Jerome, Ed and Gab,

awesome!

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Emotion audio-prosthesis

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The Panasonic Emotions Testing Line, by "nomadic" development designer Jiří Černický, is a conceptual SD audio-prosthesis that aims to grasp the issue of the emotional deficits in society.
The memory of the SD Audio Player chip card contains a great amount of data containing recordings of authentic human emotions. For instance, if the user finds himself in a situation where he has to argue with someone, yet he does not want to get into confrontation and to waste his own emotions, he locates a password on his SD Audio Player representing an appropriate emotional response, which he then applies accordingly.
The SD Audio Player can also record and thus appropriate other people's emotions: sniveling, peevishness, sobbing, moaning, crying, gradual emotional collapse, breakdown, yelling by a beaten person, the state of mind between laughter and crying, the hysterical family argument from Fellini's film Amarcord, pubescent giggling, comforting and fondling of a baby, a feeling of well-being, enthusiastic effusions, wearing somebody out, cuddling, soothing, etc. Such recordings, including those from movies, can be further edited and modified on a computer. In this way, the user can appropriate the emotions that are conveyed by celebrities and other prominent individuals.
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Damien Hirst's Shark is Rotting...

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The Art Newspaper is reporting that mega artist Damien Hirst is now in talks for replacing the shark submerged in formaldehyde, from his rather famous piece "The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living" (1991) the second most expensive priced art piece paid to a living artist:

The animal suspended in formaldehyde has deteriorated dramatically to the naked eye since it was first unveiled at the Saatchi Gallery in 1992 because of the way it was preserved by the artist. The solution which surrounds it is murky, the skin of the animal is showing considerable signs of wear and tear, and the shark itself has changed shape.

In a statement to The Art Newspaper, Hirst’s company Science Ltd said: “Damien will happily help to refurbish [the shark] as he would with any of his works that are over 10 years old.”

The case raises important questions about the longevity of contemporary works of art made with unconventional materials.

The shark was commissioned by British collector Charles Saatchi directly from the artist in 1991 for £50,000. It was sold to Mr Cohen in late 2004 in a deal brokered by the Gagosian Gallery for a figure reported by the Saatchi Gallery as £6.5m. This price is the highest ever paid for a work by a living artist with the exception of early work by Jasper Johns.


http://www.theartnewspaper.com/article01.asp?id=355

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World anthem

The Communication Art and Design department of the RCA had several good surprises such as Simon Elvins' FM Radio Map and Anthony Hart's International Anthem.

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A map of the globe is printed on the disk. Face A covers the Northern Hemisphere. Face B, the Southern one. As the needle of the record player travels through each country, it plays that country's national anthem. Through the process of playing all anthems are almalgamated to create an international anthem.

More images from Anthony Hart's work.

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The Art of Comics

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FUMETTO INTERNATIONAL
EXHIBITION AT LA TRIENNALE DI MILANO
UNTIL 3RD SEPTEMBER 2006
CURATED BY F.COLOMBO E M.STEFANELLI

Fumetto International is the first exhibition in Italy devoted to the different cultures of international comic strip art. The exhibition explores the trasformations which have affected the languages and editorial choices of this medium presented through different media and artistic ways.
The artshow is divided into 2 main parts: Graphic Novel Art and Asian Wave. If the first one deals with artistic research and editorial innovations which paved the way to the contemporary graphic novel, Asian Wave focuses on cultural crossbreeding which brought the manga's circulation and its metabolization in the West part of the world.


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transmediale 2007

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Call for Competition, Festival, Club

transmediale.07: festival for art and digital culture berlin :: 31 January - 4 February 2007 :: club transmediale.07: international festival for electronic music and related visual arts :: 26 January - 3 February 2007. Call for Entries: :: Deadline: 8 September 2006 :: Award Ceremony: 3 February 2007.

transmediale.07 Award Competition: transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin, invites submissions for its Award Competition 2007. The competition highlights outstanding contemporary artistic positions in digital media art. The international jury will award one main prize of EUR 4.000, and two second prizes of EUR 2.000 each.

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Mark Jenkins - genius in my book

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It's about friggin' time someone stepped it up in the realm of public art. Mark Jenkins' Embeds tape and clothing sculptures continue to confuse the hell out of people in DC. View passerby reactions here.

via wooster collective

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Via core77.com's design blog

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"Union is strength"

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From our friend Eltono in Spain: "Union is strength, a new crew has just born ;) “EL EQUIPO PLASTICO” The members are: Eltono – Nano4814 – Nuria – Sixe. Check our brand new web site: www.equipoplastico.com with new unpublished works!

great pattern!

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Powers of Ten

The classic famous short film by famous chair designers, Charles and Ray Eames "Powers of Ten" is now on YouTube:

Via Kottke

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Festival Arte Bastardo in Bologna

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On June 17 and 18, artists from across Europe will be convening in Bologna for the festival of urban art-bastardo. Organized by piu from Barcelona, the show will feature murals, concerts, performance, instalation, proieccions, and fanzines from such artists as CHANOIR, KUZZ, BLOND, TOFU , BLU, LOLO , SAM3, FUCHS.......

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The Grammar of Photography

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The Grammar of Photography is the title of the exhibition which the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation dedicates to the great German photographer Thomas Ruff. The retrospective is a selection of 120 works that testify his artistic research from the middle eighties up to now. The title itself is highly significant: an authentic “grammar” of photography through which, chapter by chapter, Ruff exercises himself in linguistic experimentations trying to re-interpret the photographic code.

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Amnesty International's "See Through Signs"

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On their website, Amnesty International has a series of images that look remarkably similar to the work of Tono in Chicago.

You may remember Tono. He does the amazing "see through signs" that we've featured on the Wooster site for quite some time.

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The endless study of Olafur Elliasson

I'm really impressed by Elliasson's way of investigating perception.
From today on until 3rd October the Kiesler Foundation Vienna shows Eliasson’s drafting machine “2D- Harmonograph" from the project “The endless study" - which allows to translate the rhythm of pendulums into images. The form-finding process, as visualized in this model, can be seen as an initial point which opens up hitherto undiscovered spaces of action and intervention in art and architecture.

More information about this exhibition

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STREAMING SUITCASE

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The Streaming Suitcase is a portable box of tricks for Hyde's streaming workshops on free and open source software. The project's website makes these tools available to the greater public, along with blueprints creating a 'secondary economy' for information. Visitors will find manuals offering plain-language instructions for streaming audio and video over the internet, as well as a glossary of terms and a handy list of links. The suitcase can help one learn the basics of Linux and PureData, and even build their own mini FM transmitter. In the true spirit of open source, Hyde invites viewers to 'have a browse! and take what you want.'

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Web Biennial

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Web Biennial's new gallery exclusive for "hack.art" is online. Please hack this folder to show your works. It is free, open for all, first come first serve, self service. Please keep the title tags of the index page as usual; "Web Biennial -Name of the Artist - Name of the Project".

Web Biennial aims to offer an alternative approach to exhibiting online art and it brings an alternative method for exhibiting art online. It is the first international bi-annual contemporary art exhibition created exclusively for the World Wide Web (W.W.W). It is an open non-curated, non-thematic exhibition and it does not have any sponsors.

Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, iS.CaM; Büyük Hendek Cad. No:37/2, Galata Kuledibi, Beyog˜lu, Istanbul Turkey istanbulmuseum.org | webbiennial.org

more net art...

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Call for Participation:

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Summer of MySpace

Call for Participation: The Summer of MySpace - an online exhibition; Curated by Patrick Lichty - The Curator of MySpace; myspace[at]voyd.com; Friend Request Dates - 5/21/06 - 8/31/06.

MySpace is a cultural phenomenon. Millions of people have poured their lives into this online community, making it the most successful to date, surpassing Friendster, Xuqa, and Facebook. Millions of hours of creative time by its users, aspiring bands, models, and magazines have been placed into this online agora. But is MySpace a creative space? "Summer of MySpace" asks a number of questions about this burgeoning hang-out haven:

Has MySpace become a new art medium or New Media/Net artform, or can it be used as one? Can the selection of 'friends' and their spaces be called a form of curation? In making profiles, do we make ourselves into art objects? What does it mean to ask to be a 'friend'? Is a form of curation?

Is MySpace merely a space for the colonization of youth culture by corporations and consumer culture? Is MySpace's success representative of a truly new form of community? What other questions about relationships, society, art, and culture does MySpace present? Is MySpace limited by the way it's made, or can we subvert the profile for our own desires?

"Summer of MySpace" fires a probe into this unknown territory, asking all these questions, and setting up a stage for the Internet Summer of Love of the 00's.

Come, be my friend. Let me show you as a shiny new piece of art. Let us curate and be curated, befriend and be befriended in this brave new land of joy and irony.

Let's see what happens. Get on the magic bus.

Submission Procedure:

All you need to do is to set up a profile, make it into an 'artwork', make yourself into an 'artwork', make a place for your 'artwork', and ask me to be your friend. That's what curation is all about, isn't it? The rest is up to us!

Peace, all!
-Patrick Lichty
(The Curator of MySpace)

net art, i guess?

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"Ultra Peau", un voyage sensoriel

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PALAIS DE TOKYO SITE DE CREATION CONTEMPORAINE, PARIS
Until 21st June 2006

An exploration of the tactile substance that envelops us.
The Ultra Peau exhibition is a chance to find out all about the skin that envelops and surrounds us. We are wrapped up in it all our lives, yet still we know very little about it. Ultra Peau centres on this sensory, sensual and mysterious surface. At every point that human beings come into contact with the world, they encounter their own skin. The exhibition brings together a number of different genres to explore this ultratactile substance

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SoniColumn

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A new piece by Jin-Yo Mok, SoniColumn, is currently exhibiting at Bitforms Korea. The installation is very impressive, and if you, like me, won't be able to see it in person in Seoul, then visit the website and watch the videos. I am one of those lucky souls to have seen Jin-Yo's earlier work and his process (we went to school together), and I can tell you that he does his art with love, care, and utmost focus. It's truely inspirational.

Description: SoniColumn is an interactive sound installation that can be played by a person’s touch. The installation takes the form of a column-like cylinder, of a height that does not quite reach the ceiling but just high enough for one’s reach. Grids of LEDs installed inside the column light themselves on by the users’ touch and emit unique sounds. When a user cranks the handle, the column slowly rotates itself and plays the light patterns of the user’s touch.

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digital pyrotechnic infernoptix

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a truly amazing 96-inch 'screen' that uses computer-controlled bursts of fire to create scrolling text, simple animations & freehand sketching in a 12 x 7 pixel array. as an example of "high-impact visual & audio entertainment", one should imagine "a 6 inch fireball for each of those demure little pixels of a conventional display, & the image jumps from the screen in licks & bursts of flame".
see also information percolator for a conceptually opposite screen installation.
[infernoptix.com]

this is crazy and great at the same time. it reminds me of Yves Klein\'s huge panel of gas torch installation...

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Fine Art Adoption Network

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"Promotional Copy" artist: Robin Kahn
an anti_copyright public art anthology I edited where I offered free advertising space to artists, anarchists and self promoters. More than 100 artists participated. Anyone may recieve a free copy for an exchange of work, art, advice, songs or ideas.

Certain invigorating ideas about creativity as an inherently selfless, gift-giving practice seem to inhabit the Zeitgeist lately (If you're stumped, see Lewis Hyde's The Gift, or Marcel Mauss's seminal and hard to find essay of the same title, ca.1924). In any case, if you're of a mind to investigate alternatives to the market-driven art ethos of the day, check out artist Adam Simon's amazing ongoing project, Fine Art Adoption Network , commissioned by Art in General which launched in early April '06.

From NEWSgrist- where spin is art

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Roma: five writers for a station

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This was Nuovo Salario, Roma, till few days ago. A normal suburb ugly station.
But, thanks to city project, in five days the station became like this:
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Some writers were asked to make their own art piece on the old station walls.
Hopefully, and according to what the writers say,this is going to happen again. The experiment was a complete success.
Sometimes something moves in Old Italy.

Read More (only in Italian)
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matrixx 3d display

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the world’s largest 3D-display, measuring 8 metres in width, 4 metres in height & 2 metres in depth, consisting of a matrix of 8.000 LEDs with table tennis balls around them. its dynamic applications include 3D snake, 3D pong, 3D duckhunt & a SMS (text messaging) display.
see also 3d display cube.
[tudelft.nl|also interactivearchitecture.org]

nice

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Urban Fiction

While traveling around Europe by train in 2003, Xing Danwen realized that globalization had made urban landscapes everywhere similar and blurred the boundaries between them.

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The architectural structures that she photographed for Urban Fiction are all corporate maquettes made to promote real-estate developments that are being planned or built in China today. When you face these models showing such a variety of different spaces and think about the life-styles associated with them, you start to wonder: is this the picture of life today? Do we really live in this kind of space and environment?

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The maquettes are inhabited by tiny figures which are images of the artist, playing different characters.

Xing Danwen's work is at the Gallery TPW, Toronto, until Jun 10, 2006. Then her photographs will be part of the New Urban Realities group exhibition at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Saturday 10 June through Sunday 13 August 2006.
Via e-flux.

Related: Beijing Boom Tower, Shanghai Living, Chinese industrialization, Pop Urbanism: China Edition, and Michael Wolf's Architecture of Density.

seriously, Toronto again! Hip and happenin!

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Seen On The Streets of Toronto

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Artist: specter (kops crew)

makes you go, hmmmmm? (we're liking Toronto this week!)

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New York City jailed student art exhibit

Last week, the entire MFA thesis show of Brooklyn College was shut down by the City of New York due to a few complaints from the audience regarding sexual content in *some* of the art work. Mind you, the Brooklyn College is run by the City of New York.

...The student show, mounted as a graduation requirement for the Master of Fine Arts Degree at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, apparently received complaints for explicit subject matter from one or more visitors to the May 3 opening, and was ordered immediately shut down by the Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner, Julius Spiegel. This came as a surprise to the students who have been working under the direction of Brooklyn College faculty in a program administered by the City of New York. The exhibition was even attended by the President and Provost of Brooklyn College, who reported that they enjoyed the show.

Later, they find out that the alleged complaints regarding explicit subject matter came from the park commissioner (art critic by night?), Julius Spiegel himself.

Students who put thousands of hours and all of their energy and creativity into this show, which is a requirement for their graduation, were, and deservingly so, infuriated. They protested, rallied, sent letters of complaints, petitions, etc. Some of the art were site-specific installation created for the gallery and would have to be destroyed to get it out. Someone's pet rat was locked in the exhibit without food for a few days. However, instead of fighting the shut down and standing up for their students, the Brooklyn College decided to just move the show without the artists' permission and without telling the artists. The students are now filing law suits.

For more in-depth coverage and update, http://plancensored.blogspot.com/

Having done a master thesis show myself, I think I would have gone bezerk for something like this to have happened. Imagine after two years of intensive study, thousands of hours and so much money spent on what is to be your proud achievement to show for your educational career gets shut down then dismantled by some park workers without you knowing. The thought alone makes me shiver.

But then again, history usually repeats itself, and what is the most avant-garde art to us now have all stired some type of controversy. Either this class is a bunch of really good artists, or that the parks commissioner is such a tightwad conservative.

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Stephen Wiltshire -- The "Human Camera" -- draws Rome after flyover

Mark Frauenfelder: 200605011311
From the documentary Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain, savant Stephen Wiltshire takes a 45-minute helicopter ride over Rome, seeing it for the first time. For the next five days, he draws a remarkably accurate panorama of city on a fifteen-foot long sheet of paper. Link

incredible

Via Boing Boing

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Essays and photos: "The Saddest Thing I Own"

Mark Frauenfelder: "The Saddest Thing I Own" is a site where people are invited to submit images of photos, mementos, and other reminders of things that make them sad.
200605010827"The Saddest Thing I Own" invites people everywhere to share the saddest thing they own. What are these sad things? What makes things sad? Do things start off sad? Do some sad things begin as happy things that then become sad? Are some things only sad because for some sad reason we kept them? Are some things just plain sad no matter what? This is what we want to know.
Link

warning: this site is crazy addictive and really depressing, kind of like listening to break up songs, i guess...

Via Boing Boing

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The Aphrodite Project: Platforms

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The Aphrodite Project: Platforms is an integrated system of shoes and online services that combines the rich mythology of Aphrodite with the safety and advertising concerns of contemporary sex workers on the street. On view in Eyebeam's gallery May 2-13 will be a prototype of a silver-leather platform sandal with integrated LCD screen, speakers, internet connection and GPS tracking system. On May 13 visitors to the gallery will be able to track a model in real-time as she traverses the city wearing the platform prototype and join in a panel discussion between artists, technologists and sex work advocates. This event will conclude with a reading by Tracy Quan, performance by Ana Voog, Echo Transgression, and Melissa Gira. and live music by Natural Sphere. This event is open to the public free of charge with a suggested donation and will take place at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Aves

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Roadsworth's Apple Tree

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From Roadsworth:

"This is something that was done for earth day here in Quebec. Stayed up all night with a couple of friends painting this apple tree or at least a branch thereof representing the various stages of the tree's development or at least from budding through fruit stages. Not that it would stand up to any kind of botanical rigor but you get the idea. Just as we were applying the final touches, the mayor and other political types including the leader of the Bloc Quebecois (or is it the Parti Quebecois?) showed up to plant a tree and a photo op. I had to pose for the cameras beside one of the trees in question, covered in paint, cracked out from no sleep. While no stranger to the media (here in Quebec it's not hard to get media attention-we've got our own star system here and Cruise and Holmes are not even in the top 50) this was a little much. Can we at least get some makeup over here. I've got snot smeared all over my face and it looks like I've pissed my pants (i didn't though I swear). I was just starting to break the top 100 here in Quebec but I can forget about it now."

for places that don't have the real stuff like our Villorba farm land... this is pretty cute

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"Radiating Places" Website

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A few weeks ago we posted some controvercial photos of street art done in the abandoned city of Pripjat, location of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Now, the artists have put up a website about the project. You can see it here.

See yesterday's post for Chernobyl, also the same art project blogged by BenettonTalk.

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Hinglish

This project could easily inspire many other projects in the same vain, especially in countless of countries where English is so pervasive. God knows I've laughed and giggled at many signs in Japan and Thailand, took countless photos of them and just let them rott in my digital bin.

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This Flickr set is an exhibit of the English of India project. The artist created signs based on the color palette and lettering used in signage India.

Also check out her very lovely Flickr account of other photos from India. (Thanks Meena!)

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Seen In The East Village of New York

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Artists: Cern and Cekis from Chile
Location: E 4th St. between Ave C and Ave D

i used to live 2 blocks away from that location! me miss new york!

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Death by iPod

Tweaking iPod are are not something new, by these customized iPod posters definately caught our eye. The skulls fit perfectly and even the earplugs are in place with a little drop shadow. The location: Wismarplatz (friedrichshain) in berlin, germany

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(thanks, wolf)

I figured Andy Rementer would love this...

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Wrong

WRONG aims to examine the age-old question of what is wrong and what is right. An examination of the practice of art and curating, WRONG is far from proposing an answer to this question but tries to take the inquiry as a conceptual experiment translated to the conditions and the framework of contemporary visual art. Read more

Exhibition : Wrong
From 24th March to 19th June 2006
Berlin Germany

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Documentary of Beautiful Losers

The show Beautiful Losers ended in Milan last weekend, their website now has a video documentary of the show -- with interviews of the creators and story of how the show came about:

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Go to their website and click on the "Documentation" link on the bottom to watch the video.

Arrghh! I hate missing a show!

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Two more art shows in Milan

So once you're all "designed-out" from seeing too many plastic chairs at the Salone del Mobile, here's a list of new media art stuff that should be worth checking out:

Hublab Gallery
Currently showing work by Limitazero
Hublab Gallery, Via Vigevano 43, Milano
(entrata via Sartirana)
8 Marzo - 10 Aprile 2006

Super Neen Show at the Gallery Pack
Fuoro Buonoparte 60
20121 Milano
7 Marzo - 22 Aprile 2006
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(via We-Make-Money-Not-Art)

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The Power of Women

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March 11th - June 11th, 2006
Contemporary Art Gallery, Trento/ Italy

An interesting exhibition about The feminine universe and its position within contemporary society!

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Igor Olejnikov

Wowzers. The most difficult thing with posting a link to Igor Olejnikov is choosing which image to use here. Each piece is lush, expressive masterpiece. Don’t miss the little “previous” link on the bottom of the pages — they lead to more and more illustrations.

Thanks, Robin!

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coffee art

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"How to make hearts, leaves and rabbits with only cream and coffee..." Watch Video

(via make)

someone go do this at Terry

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Leo Villareal's LED Tube

Since we're LED fanatics and posted about UVA's LED sculpture recently, here's another cool LED piece made to look like neon bulbs by Leo Villareal:

Via Cool Hunting

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Beukelsblauw RIP

Sad to read on trendbeheer that Beukelsblauw , by Florentijn Hofman (the artist who paints street in yellow and makes inflatable rabbits), has been demolished.

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Beukelsblauw was a temporary urban artwork since 2004 and right from the start it had been decided that it would only remain until a new plan was developed for the ground.

Images of the demolition on "feeling blue."

speaking of ephemeral art...

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Charcoal Paintings By Jorge Rodriguez in the Center of Madrid

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(more pics at wooster collective's post -- click the title link)

The amazing thing about these peices by Jorge Rodriguez are that with the rain and the wind they will disappear.

The photos are by Socayo.

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Spotlight

Spotlight is a project by Orit Zuckerman with Sajid Sadi from MIT Media Lab

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Spotlight is an installation of 16 interactive portraits. Each portrait has a set of 9 "temporal gestures" - photographic-quality sequences of human gestures such as "looking up". The portraits are networked, and placed in a 4X4 layout.

Every few seconds, a randomly selected portrait is looking towards a neighboring portrait. In turn, the neighboring portrait will look back. To a viewer of the installation, these "random discussions" create a sense of "social dynamics". The viewer can interrupt the group dynamics at any time, by selecting one of the 16 portraits. The remaining 15 portraits automatically react and direct their attention to the viewer-selected portrait, which reacts with a special gesture - "being the center of attention".

don't miss the video.


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UVA Untitled LED Sculpture

Reporting on Friday Late: Transvision.

UVA

One of my favorite pieces from the transvision night was a responsive LED sculpture by United Visual Artists. Installed in the John Madejski Garden, from afar looked like people worshiping the arrival of an alien spaceship, whilst up close you could feel the warmth of all those LEDs. As you approached it, custom camera tracking software detected your presence and reacted by changing the visuals and booming out some granular synthesis sounds through the large speakers. This project created a great atmosphere in the garden and had an aura about it. For a better explanation, watch the video.

Some questions for Joel Gethin Lewis of UVA…

What was the concept behind the piece?
We really didn’t want to compete with all the work already in the V&A, but
did want to make a comment about the architecture of the space itself. The
garden was a natural choice. We choose LED as a display technology because
its quality of light. Emissive, rather than reflective. An obviously new
thing to contrast against the sense of history evident in the V&A
collections.

We also wanted to make a piece that was aggressive and repelled people, one
that forced people to engage with the position in the space, and their
relation to the monolith.

2001 was also an obvious inspiration!

How does the software work?
Using the latest generation of our in-house software system we linked the
LED display, a 2D camera and an audio system. Analysing the live video from
the camera allowed us to see the relative position of the closest person to
the front of the monolith. In this way we could trigger differing
combinations of light and sound.

Did you notice anything about peoples reactions or behaviours that you
didn’t expect to see?

Crowd control was a major issue. At the beginning of the night, when it was
quieter, it was great to see some young kids playing with the system. They
have no expectations or fear of technology, so it was great to get
un-polluted testing from them. It was also fascinating to see the learning
process, how people came up with explanations for the system and how they
communicated it to peers. Its always difficult to deal with large groups of
people.

More information.

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Action-figures made from Ethernet cable

Cory Doctorow: This Russian site is filled with pictures of detailed action figures and accessories twisted together from strands of wire unwound from Cat-5 Ethernet cable. Link

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Insect art festival in London this May through June

David Pescovitz: Fortean researcher Mark Pilkington, of the excellent Strange Attractor Journal, is co-organizing the First International Arts Pestival at the London Wetland Centre May 27-June 4. This looks like it will be an absolutely incredible event. From the description:
Pestival
“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”--E.O Wilson

The First International Arts Pestival is dedicated to raising awareness of the integral role insects play in the global ecosystem and in all animal societies. Many of those insects are increasingly endangered through human action.

Through appreciation of “insects in art and the art of being an insect”, the Pestival aims to create positive PR for this 400-million-year-old, highly evolved taxon that has had thousands of years of bad press.

We are building up a fantastic programme of talks, demonstrations, workshops, art installations, films, music and performance, fusing art and science to reach out to a broad, interested audience of homo sapien adults and children.
Mark says, "We're currently seeking entries to our insect photography competition, and looking for short films with entomological themes." Link

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The Venice of Pleasure

New Museum of Erotic Art in Venice

The new exhibition spanning 700 square meters on four floors presents works by past and contemporary artists that include a collection of paintings, illustrations, photographs, sculptures, books and other objects all focusing on the theme of Eros. One among the sections is dedicated to libertine Venice, an uncommon fresco of events and personalities that marked the lesser known aspect of the old Serenissima Republic.

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Portable Gallery!

The aptly-named Portable Gallery is, indeed, highly portable. This globally-accessible virtual exhibition space for art, film, and music delivers downloadable files right to your computer at the click of a mouse. Self-described as 'a leading digital arts arena within the young Nordic creative community,' the gallery recently launched Exhibition #003, which includes Danish brothers Rune RK and Johannes Torpe (a.k.a. Artificial Funk) in 'Music Without Instruments,' a work that combines a bicycle, a printer, and a coffee machine in tuneful yet non-traditional ways. There's also Sweden's celebrated art/ fashion photographer Martina Hoogland Ivanow's 'Spectators' series, which turns the camera on the audience in a visual examination of the psychology behind watching. Fans of Norway's notorious artist/ DJ, Cato Canarican, can also enjoy a sampler from his long-awaited second album by visiting the space. Portable Gallery gives 'state of the art' a whole new meaning, by shifting its physical status and bringing it straight to you. - by Peggy MacKinnon

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Art and Retail

Deciding how much time to spend shopping and how much to devote to the city's splendid art galleries has long been a dilemma facing visitors to Paris—but with the opening of Espace Louis Vuitton, a gallery housed on the seventh floor of the luxury leather brand's newly renovated Champs-Elysées store, there's a chance to indulge in the chic and the cultural under one roof. Visitors have the option of being taken to the gallery in the all-black elevator pictured here or using a separate entrance at 60, Rue de Bassano. Upon arrival, they can expect to see modern art that blurs the boundaries between self-expression and mere branding. A current exhibition, by New York artist Vanessa Beecroft, features images of female nudes contorted to form (what else?) the letters that make up Louis Vuitton's name. Future exhibitions will revolve around the themes of travel, art and fashion. Purists may deplore this retailer's stab at art curating, but worldly tourists may welcome it as a consummately modern form of multitasking. By David Lau

Originally from the Mar. 06, 2006 issue of TIME Global Advisor

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When erotism needs a frame

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Sex and Landscapes
by Jane Newton
From 24/2/06 to 4/6/06
Palazzo Reale Milano

The exhibition comprises around ninety pictures selected by the famous photographer Helmut Newton and focuses on nudes and landscapes. Sex & Landscapes brings together a rich selection from Helmut Newton's little-known landscape and travel photographs, as well as unseen "tougher" sex pictures, described by Philippe Garner of de Pury & Luxembourg as "Helmut's world of dark, brooding seas, baroque statuary, crashing waves, a long desert highway under threatening skies, a Berlin park at dusk, enigmatic apartment buildings at night, the Rhine seen from the air, the shadows of airplanes, all this interwoven with hard and voyeuristic sexual imagery, plus a touch of his high style and glamour".

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KioskShop Berlin

permanent installation by H. N. Semjon with multiple shop

The Berlin-based artist H.N. Semjon encounters the retail store and the art world in a unique manner through his project "KioskShop berlin". The permanent installation is located in the new gallery district Mitte Nord.
Since the opening last year October it has drawn about 2000 people to its site.
The long term installation simulates, on the one hand, a small neighborhood store. On the other hand, the artwork plays with the perception of and triggers the reflection on the world of consumer products and its marketing, relations of consumption, as well as the social aspect of the neighborhood store.

Read more about KioskShop Berlin

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Chair tattoos

David Pescovitz:
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Tattoo artist Nick Baxter has done some beautiful needle-and-ink renderings of designer chairs.
Link (via Daddy Types)

no way.

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14 Days, 7 Artists, 103 Meters of Canvas in Milan

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Last week we posted a series of amazing canvases done in Milan over 14 days by seven artists: Kami, Sasu, alexone , Will Barras, Jago, Microbo and Bo130.

From Bo130 comes some panaramas of the entire 105 meters long 2.5 high, 14 days, 7 people.

Click here to see the first panel
Click here to see the second panel

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Knitta — Graffiti by Knit One, Pearl One*

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“Knitta began in August 2005, when AKrylik and PolyCotN were discussing their frustration over unfinished knitting projects: half-knitted sweaters and balls of yarn gathering dust. That afternoon, they knitted their first doorknob cozy. Then it dawned on them… A tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art, wrapped around everything from beer bottles on easy nights to public monuments and utility poles on more ambitious outings. With a mix of clandestine moves and gangsta rap — Knitta was born! Today, Knitta is a group of more than 10 ladies of all ages, races, nationalities, religions, sexual orientation… and gender.” What more is there one can say, ‘cept we happened by this link whilst visiting a funky new DIY Craft blog, that only started up at the beginning of this month. ::Knitta, via Whip It Up

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edward gorey | illustrator

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It's the birthday of the author and illustrator Edward Gorey, born in Chicago, Illinois (1925). He's known for writing and illustrating many morbidly funny books. His first was The Hapless Child (1961), about a little girl named Sophia who is picked on and abused, sold into slavery, forced to make artificial flowers, and finally run over by a car. (Writers Almanac, 2.22.06)

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we\'re late to post, but hope this brings back some memories...

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From Chechnya to Italy

Wishing to reintroduce Chechnya to an international audience while reacting to the proliferation of international biennales, the Emergency Biennale has been conceived in a geopolitical context which has become so complex that it seemed urgent and necessary to mobilize the artists. The show is stopping from February 24 to March 12 in Riga, Latvia (after Paris, Brussels, Bolzano, and Milano). A part of the concept involved a call to the artists to create works in a double exemplary likely to fit in a suitcase for Grozny (cared by a local partner), the other one for a touring exhibition around the world. (via e-flux.)

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Among the works selected is the Human Rights Memory Stick by Jota Castro: Originally, the idea of this USB memory stick was to allow an easy, discrete and rapid diffusion of confidential and censured information on Chechnya.

before sending this work to Chechnya, we discovered that there was only information on Jota Castro : press releases and articles on his shows, images of his artworks as well as pictures of himself (portraits). We chose not to send it.)

In the late 1990s Jota Castro brought his career as a diplomat at the United Nations and the European Union to a close and decided to become an artist instead. His sculptures, installations, and performances benefit from his in-depth knowledge of the world of politics and stresses the imbalances and weaknesses in our society.

Highlights of his work:

In March 2003, the artist created a space that displayed the clues he had picked up while shadowing during 6 months Nicolas Sarkozy to offer visitors to the exhibition an instruction manual for kidnapping the French politian.

In 2003 again, during the Venice Biennale, Castro distributed Survival Guide for Demonstrators, brochures that were giving some information and practical tips for demonstrators, as well as reasons to demonstrate in Brussels, Istanbul, Havana, London, Dakar, Bilbao, Jeremie, Treviso.

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For the opening of Exposition Universelle 1 at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris last year, Castro gave a performance called Discrimination Day meant to present the recurrent excesses of what the French call the délit de faciès, literally "facial crime," i.e., being stopped by the police because of the color of one's skin. For that one evening, people who are never victims of such police checks suffered the effects in this case (if you speak french, here's a video of a visit of the exhibition with the artist.).

Two other works denounced Silvio Berlusconi's fascist related discourse. Mussolini? Non ha mai ammazzato nessuno (Mussolini? He never killed anyone) is a life-size figure of Berlusconi, hanging by a foot above a European flag full of spikes. While the video Presidenza Italiana gives the full text of the violent controversy between Berlusconi and deputy Martin Schulz–called "kapo" in Italian–in the European Parliament in 2003.

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Talking about Italy's favourite humorist, have a look at this article about Bye Bye Berlusconi. The story: just two months before elections in Italy, four Italians kidnap the Prime Minister, who has always managed to escape uncomfortable trials, to bring him into court and let the world witnesses via internet how Silvio Berlusconi runs his power and policy and how he tries to bribe judges and change the laws to protect himself. (via Tim.)

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Sweet Cities

In London the Chinese artist Song Dong made an installation called "Eating the city", which consists in making famous buildings with biscuits...

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I still have to understand if it's a good one or not and if I shoud really post it under the cathegory "art", anyways if you're looking for further informations look here and here

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Seen On The Streets of Buenos Aires

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Artists:

Run Don't Walk
Maybe
Parbo (KidGaucho)
Fase
Chu (Doma)
Nasa

Andy Rementer should join this crew...

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Brokeback Mountain scenes recreated in Lego

Xeni Jardin:
Link (Thanks, Kenneth)

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aperture interactive facade

aperture2.jpgan interactive facade installation consisting of a matrix of iris diaphragms (like those found in cameras) which open & close according to the external light. this reveals and obscures the inside of the building from the outside, and reflects the duration which people stand in front of the facade. [fredericeyl.de|via we-make-money-not-art.com]

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Storyboard Valentines

Stefhan Caddick whom i met too briefly at a seminar organised by BLOC in Wales, has sent (on my request) some pictures of Storyboard. The public installation explores the text phenomenon. An LED sign facing the street from Gallery 39 in Cardiff is displaying SMS sent from members of the public to its receiver.

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To send a message to the sign text: 07929 461727 (add +44 if you're texting from outside the UK.) The sign will be active until 18th March 2006.

I'll just quote Stefhan's comments as they are so amusing:

Somehow the South China Evening Post picked up on the show and ran it as part of a Valentines Special (including the phone number). This has resulted in some very odd messages. My favourite today was:

WOULD YOU BE MY VALENTINE'S"...?
Well I'm asian lady seeking for a Valentines mate maybe not this time but in the future. Reply me back at +85267384*** JULY

Today being valentines was quite interesting (although I'm constantly surprised at the fact that given a chance to say anything at all, most people will choose the option of 'Ky is Awsome' or something along those lines. Anyway, Valentines has been purely 'I love such and such' apart from a stream of messages, presumably from the same person, regaling the whole valentines fiasco. The last one was 'increasingly desperate'.

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Yoshitomo Nara

Yoshitomo Nara neo-pop plexiglass dogs and freaky kids are at the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, until March 11.

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Images of the wish-i-could-go-too-show on flickr.

More pictures of his work: artfacts, Blum&Poe, kultureflash, artnet.
Via kultureflash.

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Make cheap magnetic LEDs for fun graffiti projects

Mark Frauenfelder: The Make blog has an item about "LED Throwies," made by a group with a wonderful name: Graffiti Research Lab.
200602141748 LED Throwies are an inexpensive way to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood. A Throwie consists of a lithium battery, a 10mm diffused LED and a rare-earth magnet taped together. Throw it up high and in quantity to impress your friends and city officials.
Link

see also this whimsical video at http://www.graffitiresearchlab.com/

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Yuriko Yamaguchi

php5EPdM1_b_yamiguchi color.jpg Yuriko Yamaguchi’s Web #5 is a paradox of rushing movement and absolute stillness. A tornado turned on its side, its nest of bent wire, sprinkled with organic, papery pods, swarms from a hole in the gallery wall. While obviously a work of sculpture, its wire skeleton is a three-dimensional drawing with a drama that is pure performance.

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The year in the internet 2005

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The artists Cory Archange & Michael Bell-Smith asked some people what their top ten links of the year were for 2005.

This is what they saidl

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BURNSTATION

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BURN STATION is a mobile copying station which - as it travels through suburban spaces - supports the free distribution music and audio. It is software as well as a local network. But above all BURN STATION is a social event which congregates people together to listen, select and copy net label and net radio audio files with a Copyleft Licence. BURN STATION is an open source and a non-commercial project involving the new means of free networked distribution. It is based on the BURN STATION software which was developed by Platoniq and Rama as a 100% Free software. BURN STATION aims to establish links between the media space and the physical space of the city.

Read more about BURN STATION

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Site for David Byrne/Fatboy Slim musical "Here Lies Love" live

Xeni Jardin: The website for "Here Lies Love – A Song Cycle", the stage collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, is now online. The performance will debut in Austalia at the Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts on March 9.
Here Lies Love – A Song Cycle deals with the life of Imelda Marcos, co-ruler of the Philippines in the 70s and 80s, as well as the life of Estrella Cumpas, the woman who raised her. Through a series of songs written by David Byrne, with musical contributions from Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook), Here Lies Love – A Song Cycle presents Imelda Marcos meditating on events in her life, from her childhood spent in poverty and her rise to power to her ultimate departure from the palace. In particular, the production looks at the relationship between Imelda and a servant from her childhood, Estrella Cumpas, who appeared at key moments in Imelda's life.
Link (thanks, Danielle Spencer!)

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mario hugo gonzalez | designer

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Mario Hugo Gonzalez' portfolio site made me look. Twice.

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Fresh Stuff From Jace in Mayotte Island

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Pop quiz: where is Mayotte Island??

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Welcome to I V Y p a r i s

"I V Y Paris is a pretty cool arts collective and gallery with an ambitious agenda. They run an arts newsletter, salon, a Europe-wide rundown of featured listings, a still-germinating but promising guide to Paris hottness, and of course, a blog."

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The Snow Show

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Contemporary Art and Architecture.

The Snow Show explores the issues related to Art and Architectural investigation by creating works from the ephemeral materials of snow and ice. An artist was partnered with an architect and invited to develop a work together—this conversation created a bridged between the art and architectural worlds.
Conceived in 2000 by independent curator Lance Fung, The Snow Show has since constructed seventeen structures that furthered the discussion of interdisciplinary collaboration and set the tone for the current Snow Show. This year, the artists and architects have created interactive experiences inspired by the dramatic natural beauty of Sestriere and the athletic competitions of the Olympics.

Open on 2006.02.03
Closing on 2006.03.20
From 10:00 to 20:00

Related Artists
Arata Isozaki, Carsten Höller, Cliostraat, Daniel Buren, Jauma Plensa, Kiki Smith, Lebbeus Woods, Norman Foster, Paola Pivi, Patrick Bouchain, Williams & Tsien, Yoko Ono

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Images from another world

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Starting 12th february in London, at the Lauderdale House, there's going to be an exhibition called "Images from another world". It' made by Justin Mullins and basically shows mathematic formulas.
I can's say why, but I find it very fascinating....
Here's the link.

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Call for Submissions: Sten and Lucamaleonte's Poster Show in Rome

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Our friends Sten and Lucamaleonte in Rome are organizing an international poster show that will run from the first of May untill the 30th ofJune, in Rome, in a big loft directed by students in the San Lorenzo zone. For the show, Sten and Lucamaleonte are putting out a call for wheate paste posters. Some of the posters they collect for the show will be placed on the walls of the loft while others will be attached to the walls of the street which takes you to the Loft.

The maximum height for the posters are 3.5 meters. All posters need to be received by April 1st.

Here's the address to send them to:

luca vollono
via G.Valmarana 107
00139 Roma
italy

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Node.London - States of Interdependence

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There is a Sufi fable in which a group of foreigners sit at breakfast, excitedly discussing their previous night’s exploration. One starts saying “…and what about that great beast we came across in the darkest part of the Jungle? It was like a massive, rough wall.” The others look perplexed. “No it wasn’t!” says one, “It was some kind of python”. “Yeah…” another half-agrees, “…but it also had powerful wings”. The shortest of the group looks bemused- “well it felt like a tree trunk to me”.

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Art Games

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Structural Analogies of Art and Game exhibition at the Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany.

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Surge

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Free103point9 and Rhizome are pleased to announce an online exhibition of web-based projects selected from an open call for submissions.
Surge includes works by artists 31 Down , Abe Linkoln and Marisa Olson , Angel Nevarez and Alex Rivera , NYSAE (New York Society for Acoustic Ecology), Jim Punk , and Leslie Sharpe . The featured projects employ new media tools to both conceptually and formally address different possibilities for transmission art online. Some consider the nature of signals as they move through the ether; others appropriate forms of wireless transmission, such as the military's aerial ‘drone' or the programming language AsCii, to propose new kinds of digital communication.

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PostSecret

This is not new, but PostSecret has been nominated for the bloggies award, and, well, if you haven't seen this, it's new to you!

The art-nerd in me personally file this project under relational aesthetics... but for those who just appreciate stuff for what they are, you'll love this:

(PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail-in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.)

New secrets are posted every sunday.

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Identity soup and igloos for the homeless

Right wing groups in France and Belgium have for weeks been handing out pork soup to homeless people on frigid winter's days. But Muslims and Jews are forbidden by their religions from eating pork -- and excluding these groups, say many, is exactly the point of the handouts.

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Strasbourg has banned the distributions of the so-called "identity soup" earlier this month. Authorities in Paris have recently stopped the handouts at both Montparnasse and Gare de l'Est train stations on the grounds that the group had no permit. Elsewhere, for lack of legal violations, the pork soup philanthropy continues.

"Identity soup" is on its third winter in Paris, though this is the first year it has spread elsewhere. Local groups behind the scheme are planning a "great festive meal of European solidarity" in Paris in February. The goal is to defend the European identity. Anti-racism groups are concerned that the far right is attempting to drum up has support ahead of the 2007 presidential elections.

Via Der Spiegel.

Image: To protest against the lack of shelters for homeless in winter, the ONG Médecins du Monde distribuited a few weeks ago 150 "igloos" in prestigious zones of Paris. Picture shows the tents in front of the Centre Pompidou. (via Libération and 20 minutos)

figure we should check out what goes on at the centre pompidou...

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Artist makes faux Chinese lacquer scenes from porn mags

Xeni Jardin: Chinese-American artist Yun Bai makes "porn flower" collages from adult magazine snippets. She laquers them together to create trompe l'oeil scenes that look like traditional mother-of-pearl tableaus at a distance. Up close, however, you can see the dirty bits. Link to artist website. Use the pull-down menu to select "porn flowers," and choose the heading marked "Sold" to see more. (Thanks, Hillary)

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ROJO's limited edition artist monographs

David Pescovitz:
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Based in Barcelona, ROJO is an edgy hub for emerging artists. Their Web site is electrified with photos, graffiti, illustrations, and designs by artists that I've never heard of but won't soon forget. ROJO director David Quiles Guilló just sent me their new series of monographic mini-books and they're stunning. No boring essays, no hoity-toity critical introductions, just pages of raw, gritty photos, illustrations, collages, and street art in a compact 5"x6" hardbound volume with a padded cover. The artists in this limited series include Boris Hoppek, Tofer, Nuno Valerio, Neasden Control Centre, and Albert Bertolin (illustration seen here). My favorites are Hoppek's book, titled "Tranquilo," and Bertolin's "Kultur Toilette," which my wife has decided will be placed in our future child's library. Link

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moleskine + flickr = new friends

Moleskine notebooks are an endless source of fascination for me. I have seen some which were real pieces of art. One sketchbook I keep going back to is Raylene Gorum's on Flickr. I fell in love with some of Raylene's sketches and simply asked her if she would consider selling/trading a print. (This one is my absolute favorite). She said yes (YAY!) and so we met up for lunch yesterday, to do the trade, and meet the person behind those pictures/drawings I've been following for quite some time. Yay to the wwww and Flickr, cause Raylene is one delightful, talented mamacita. Check out her portfolio consisting of interior design/product design/lighting pieces etc. I am especially impressed by her nifty chess set design called Chesstryoshka".


Web_64And here's, another interesting Moleskine sketchbook link: "My Moleskine Exhibition 2005 Japan"

and i wanted to do a moleskin artshow...

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Le Navigateur Humain

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Human Browser by Christophe Bruno is a series of wireless Internet performances based on a Wi-Fi Google hack. A human being embodies the World Wide Web, the sum of all speeches of mankind.

http://www.christophebruno.com/

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Dark Places: an experimental group exhibition

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Dark Places, conceived and curated by Joshua Decter, with an installation design by the architectural collective servo. An experimental group exhibition, Dark Places features the digitized works of 76 international artists and architects, organized into eight “curatorial scripts." The show is comprised of the simultaneous interplay of eight distinct micro-exhibitions. These sequences of works are displayed via eight projector units incorporated within a translucent architectural armature suspended in the museum’s space. Relationships among art, architecture, media, and technological design are reanimated here, generating a new kind of immersive environment—the hallucination of a futuristic noir scenario inside the frame of the museum.

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Istant Drawing Machine

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Instant Drawing Machine, sketched interaction.
You don't have to go to Rome's Trevi fountain and throw a coin in the water to let your wishes be fulfilled. Now with the IDM, Instant Drawing Machine (made by Oliver Halsman Rosenberg and Clint Taniguchi aka 'Crust and Dirt') the place where you can make your offer for a good omen is mobile.

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Going Blue In Rotterdam

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is this for real?

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CAR GAMES

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For his solo show in NYC, Brody Condon created a “full size 85′ lamborghini countach (pictured) from cast plastic branches. the original wireframe model came from the game need for speed.” Some other pieces in the show include a self-playing game piece which features “several floating and spinning ramdass - famous guru and early advocate of lsd. somehow his head caught on fire.”

http://www.tmpspace.com/

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The Keith Haring Show

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Until 29. 01. 2006 at La Triennale di Milano

The Keith Haring Show is one of most important retrospective devoted to this great American artist.

http://www.triennale.it/triennale/sito%5Fhtml/keith/index_tot.htm

http://www.haring.com

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United We Stand: Europe has a mission

0100101110101101.ORG keeps their identity of band of media artists who use non conventional communication tactics to obtain the largest visibility with the minimal effort. Their last work, "United We Stand", shown at the Postmaster Gallery of NY, is a fake blockbuster in which a task force of european secret agents is going to save the world facing the menace of a war between USA and China. Thousand of posters mimicking the rhetoric of hollywood-style visual propaganda have been plastered on the walls of Barcelona, Brussels, Berlin and NY. The communication strategy has involved also magazines devoted to art and cinema which have spotted full page United We Stand ads. Proud supporters of net art as the only European art movement of the last 20 years, 01 are ready for their first solo show in the USA. The fact that the advertising campaign is simultaneously presented as an artwork reveals the mediated F for Fake. In addition to the lightboxes and all the materials of the campaign, Postmaster Gallery shows an installation with live images from a hidden webcam capturing the passerbys reactions to the posters. If the spectators in the gallery, aware of the trick, are passive voyeurs, the observer in the street is actually part of the artwork. Both are 'ideal readersÕ whenever they are interested in the topics connected, like European identity, cultural stereotypes, subliminal art and propaganda.

http://www.unitedwestandmovie.com/

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SPOTS INSTALLATION IN BERLIN

While Berlin may be the capital of Germany, it has surprisingly few outdoor billboards and public screens, compared to other megatropolises. Except for the (unfortunately) temporary 'Blinkenlights' project and the odd TV Tower laser show, Berlin is not looking forward to any hyper-illuminated Bladerunner-type landscape scenarios. While the city is generally 'dark,' the new SPOTS installation, situated on the historic Potsdamer Platz, is set to shift things and is being hailed as the largest media facade in the world. Created by realites:united and John deKron--who also designed the BIX facade for Peter Cook's Kunsthaus, in Graz--it is composed of 1800 fluorescent lights controlled by a central computer. SPOTS covers all 11 stories of a glass building and, over the next 18 months, the work of artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jim Campbell, and Carsten Nicolai will be presented on its massive walls. SPOTS has been curated by Andreas Broeckmann (curator of the Transmediale fe! stival) but the question remains as to what its function will be after the art has passed... Football World Cup tickets anyone? - Joni Taylor

http://www.spots-berlin.de/de/index.php?col=1&expo=80

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Chris Ware on NPR's Here & Now

David Pescovitz:  Artist Ware Ware Splash WBUR radio's Here & Now interviewed amazing comic artist Chris Ware. The conversation has been archived online. Fantagraphics just published Ware's Acme Novelty Library #16, the first issue of the groundbreaking comic in four years.
Link (via Flog!)

some of us are big fans of Chris Ware over here...

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Robotic drummer

Haile is robotic percussionist that uses computational power and numerical algorithms to listen to live players, analyze their music in real-time, and play with them in an improvisational manner.

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By Director of Music Technology Gil Weinberg and graduate student Scott Driscoll, Music Department, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Don't miss the video.

Related: P.E.A.R.T. - The Robotic Drum Machine.

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Our Favorite New Artist of the Year - The CUTUP COLLECTIVE

It's almost that time of year when we ask artists all over the world their "Favorites of 2005" list. One of the questions we always ask is "Who is your favorite artist this year (that you didn't know about last year)?"

Here's a preview of our answer to that questions:

THE CUTUP COLLECTIVE in London.

To create the work billboard posters are taken down, sliced up into pieces, then reorder and put back up on the streets.

The original image for the posters below was NESCAFE "Lift your Cups"




that is some serious work, i\'d say. check out the post on Wooster\'s site for more pics.

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Amazing Train Takeover Video


From the terrific weblog Screenhead comes a link to a video on You Tube that shows a gang of graf artists completely taking over a train car as it pauses for a stop. You can check it out by clicking here.

whoa! yeah!

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"The World’s Largest Timepiece"

Zurich's new Christmas illuminations, The World’s Largest Timepiece, have replaced the hundreds of light bulbs that were installed along the Bahnhofstrasse 33 years ago. As Christmas draws nearer, the lighting moods cast by the illuminations will gradually alter. At the beginning of the Advent season, a gentle, calm light - resembling clouds drifting by - prevails. Finally, on New Year’s Eve, the band of light will emit effervescing sparks of light, almost like a fireworks display.

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The installation uses a 7 metre long and 30 kilo structure of fiber optic. Each one of the 275 lamps features 28 small light sources, totalling 240 000 lights.

Responsible for the new illumination concept are Zurich-based architects Matthias Kohler and Fabio Gramazio.

Dates November 23, 2005 – January, 2, 2006.
Images.

Via swiss info, travel video and riesenmaschine.

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I BLOGGED ANDY WARHOL

A new project by Evan Roth - a diary of someone famous in blog form.

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it\'s one of those \"ah jeez, why didn\'t i think of this??\"-kind of idea. brilliant.

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If you'll ever have to write an admission essay again...

Here's a great example of how to sell yourself...

Hugh Gallagher - Man of Many Talents

(...seems to be somewhat of an urban legend, maybe in the same vein as Kurt Vonnegut's MIT Speech, but this is great writing nonetheless and the author did attend NYU though we don't know if he actually submitted this for his application...)

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Beer mat art

Marrs Bar is accepting art on beer mats (aka coasters) from artists around the world for an upcoming exhibition. Gallery.

Via Pigmag.

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Pong clock plays one round of Pong every 60 secs

Cory Doctorow: The Pong Clock from Buro Vormkrijgers plays games of Pong that last for exactly one minute each, with alternating sides winning. The clock in the middle keeps time/score. Link (Buro Vormkrijgers site, 10MB Quicktime video) (via Digg)

Update: Hijinx Comics sez, "It actually scores the time, with the left side only scoring once per hour and the right scoring every minute."

nice!

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The Snow Show 2006

The previous Snow Show exhibitions, held in 2003 and 2004, included a total of nineteen structures designed and built from ice and snow.

For the event, one artist and one architect team up to utilize snow and ice as the medium of design and construction.

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The Snow Show 2006 takes place in conjunction with the 20th Winter Olympic Games (well, here's a good reason to stick around during f... Torino2006) to bring examples of cutting-edge contemporary art and architecture to a mainstream audience. Unlike the previous site, which was flat and flanked by a frozen river, the new location, at Sestriere in the Italian alps, has a topography that will allow the seven new projects to take advantage of varied settings, providing different levels for vantage and entrance points for each of the projects.

Besides, the warmer climate will shift the emphasis from monumental pavilions to projects that are more in keeping with the environmental landscape. The primary building material will thus not be snow or ice, but water, as each design will have to take into account the effects of the melting process.

The show will run from Feb till March 20, 2006.

Via dexigner.
Image from the 2004 snow show: Yoko Ono & Arata Isozaki Penal Colony Realization. L'espresso.

Trip to Torino (and hope we don\'t freeze to death)

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European Media Art Fest, Call for Proposals

http://www.emaf.de/

WE WARMLY INVITE YOU TO SUBMIT YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE EMAF 2006 BY 15 DECEMBER 2005.

// Smart Art

The European Media Art Festival is one of the most important current media art forums world-wide. For the 19th time, the festival will present a comprehensive overview spanning the whole range of this young genre of art.

Under the motto Smart Art, we will present works that question social conventions, take familiar things out of their context and subtly track down the absurdities of individual and social everyday life. The approaches range from popular subjects to provocative statements that go down new paths of artistic debate in film, installation and expanded media, making playful and intelligent use of various media.

With their critical, cheeky and smart works, both young talented artists and recognised masters of their field present new positions in contemporary media art in Osnabrück.

Continue reading "European Media Art Fest, Call for Proposals"

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SPOTS

For a period of 18 months media installation SPOTS will convert an office block located at Potsdamer Platz Berlin into a huge matrix made 1800 fluorescent lights.

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Designed by realities:united (known for the BIX media facade for the Kunsthaus Graz), the communicative membrane will display works by internationally renowned artists in changing exhibitions. The first exhibition "The City Has Eyes", curated by Andreas Broeckmann, will feature pieces by Carsten Nicolai, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (in particular: 33 questions per minute), Jim Campbell and John Dekron.

Opening ceremony Nov 27th 2005 05:00 pm @ Park Kolonnaden Building 1; Postdamer Platz, Berlin.

Via republish.

definitely a must see if anyone makes it to Berlin

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Household appliances papercraft

I wish i was bored enough to make paper replicas of vintage Panasonic household appliances. PDF models available: a 1959' automatic rice cooker, a 1931' radio, a 1952' TV Set, a fridge from 1954 and a washing machine made on the year after.

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Via Bibi's box.

a Fabrica Workshop, anyone??

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Murakami exhibition in Turin

Have just spent an hour with Max at the Fondazione Re Rebaudengo in Turin to see Takashi Murakami's works.

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Part of the first edition of T1-Turin Triennial Threemuseums: The Pantagruel Syndrome, that runs through March 19, 2006.

All my pictures on flickr. Another picture gallery.

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FBI names top 10 art crimes

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation issues a list citing what it calls the top 10 art crimes worldwide. The FBI's list of stolen artworks includes paintings by Edvard Munch and Benevenuto Cellini, as well as thousands of items missing in Iraq. ... The FBI is not saying the items are necessarily in the US - although it is likely some of them are. ... The list also includes the world-famous Edvard Munch painting The Scream, stolen in Oslo last year. Although this list is dominated by paintings, the politics behind setting up the Art Crime Team had more to do with the theft of and international traffic in historical artefacts. Thousands of items were looted in Iraq following the US-led invasion, and Washington has been under pressure to track down at least some of them.

fun times...

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Interview with artist Jim Flora's archivist

Mark Frauenfelder: In the latest AIGA Design Forum, Steven Heller interviews Irwin Chusid, author of The Mischievous Art of Jim Flora.
200511171038Heller: Would you say he was happy being an illustrator?

Chusid: Flora was married to an artist, Jane Sinnicksen, whom he considered a superior fine artist. The indications are that he decided to go in the opposite direction—lowbrow, and thus his style of fractured caricature evolved. But he wasn't a "starving artist." He made a good living as a commercial illustrator, raised five children, and paid his mortgage. He traveled, and exuded joie de vivre. What this collection reveals is what he did when he wasn't being paid to help hawk merchandise or entertain tots. It's as if he was exorcising his demons. Instead of being a serial killer, he painted and sketched. I suspect he often stepped back from the canvas, examined his work, and gave a sinister chuckle.

vious Jim Flora coverage on Boing Boing here) (via Cartoon Brew)

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Featuring Fabricante...

Fabricante Andy Rementer's work gets featured in technology related blogs for his anti-ipod stickers:

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...
Earlier this year, a New Yorker named Andy Rementer put up posters in Manhattan, showing a crudely-drawn iPod, with the words "You don't need me" written on its screen. Photos of the posters became popular on-line; like Sak's video, they quickly stirred up a debate.

"I was frustrated by the way iPods were forced upon us," says Rementer, adding that protest is tough in an iPod world. "Most people were complaining about the fact that I drew the wrong number of buttons on the iPod."
...

read more on the anti-ipod movement from the globe and mail.

and months ago, this image of his paste up was flickr-ed by Shira Golding

then picked up by Engadget, where he gets priceless comments like:

wrong number of buttons.

Its a kid who wants to buy one but his parents wont let him, so he's telling people not to get them. Simple as that.

but i do need you!

and so on...

give him props at the mensa!

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Time-lapse figure drawing

David Pescovitz:  Wordpress Wp-Content Images Skeletondrawing I'm taking my first drawing class ever and this time-lapse Flash animation of a figure being sketched drives me wild.
Link (via Drawn!)

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17 Minutes

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From Personal to Public

"Every 17 minutes, someone commits suicide in the United States." 17 Minutes is a video blog/performance project by Chris Barr. Each day he spends 17 minutes standing next to a tree, collapsing at end of the duration. Using time as a signifer, this ritual offers a place of reflection to the viewer and the artist, and deals with the specific circumstance of his own brother's suicide. As a reenactment it aims to be reminder of the life he is engaged in.

The project plays with the diaristic characteristics of blogs to move personal moments into the public/political sphere.

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Tvboy and Sea in Milan





Recently Tvboy returned to Milan from Barcelona for the opening of the Hype Gallery at the Assab 1 Gallery. The photo above is a collaboration between Tvboy and Sea

Tvboy!! Anyone know if he was ever at Fabrica? his tag is all around here... (way to mensa, the bus stop, etc.)

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Interview with Theo Jansen

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http://www.artificial.dk/articles/theojansen.htm

I thought that was a brilliant quote to put here -- ann

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Las Vegas Mayor - "We Should Cut off Graffiti Artist's Thumbs on TV"

Mayor: Cut thumbs off graffiti artists

Friday, November 4, 2005; Posted: 11:00 a.m. EST (16:00 GMT)
From AP - "The mayor of Las Vegas has suggested that people who deface freeways with graffiti should have their thumbs cut off on television.

"In the old days in France, they had beheadings of people who commit heinous crimes," Mayor Oscar Goodman said Wednesday on the TV show "Nevada Newsmakers."

Goodman said the city has a beautiful highway landscaping project and "these punks come along and deface it."

"I'm saying maybe you put them on TV and cut off a thumb," the mayor said. "That may be the right thing to do."

Goodman also suggested whippings should be brought back for children who get into trouble.

Another panelist on the show, state university system regent Howard Rosenberg, said cutting off the thumbs of taggers won't solve the problem and Goodman should "use his head for something other than a hat rack."

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Send Us Your Thumb


Dan's Thumb



In response to the Mayor of Las Vegas saying that he wants to cut off the thumbs of graffiti artists - if you're an artist dedicated to the streets - send us a photo of your thumb (or hand) with a little drawing or message on it. We'll collect all of the photographs, post them on the Wooster site, and then send them as a group to the Mayor.

Email photos of your thumbs to woostercollective@hotmail.com

Check out the site for more details.

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All your guitars are belong to us

Just for today, this is the greatest thing ever: A single page with every guitar for sale on Amazon, cheapest on the left, most expensive on the right. Creator Jim Bumgardner (Man, that's an unfortunate name) explains how it works. (Thanks, Mikey)

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flight pattern map

flightpatterns.jpgseveral beautiful geographical maps depicting flight patterns over the US over time, derived from air traffic data that was parsed & plotted using the processing programming environment. [aaronkoblin.com & aaronkoblin.com(movie)|via futurefeeder.com]

Who would have thunk that people traveling across the world could creat such beautiful images (and of course someone had the insight to use this information in an intelligent way!)

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Room with Edited Soundscape

Akitsugu Maebayashi's new sound installation "4Pieces for Object, Sound, Space and Body - 'Radio,' 'Window,' 'Metronome,' 'Darkness,'" is now exhibited at NTT ICC Museum in Tokyo. Looks like it's based on Radio Room (photo).

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[Radio Room.]

When you sit and wear a headphone in Radio Room, you start hearing sound from the radio in front of you. Then you start hearing the sound of leaves on the floor, and now you realize you are listening to the sound from the trees outside the room. The careful design of the sound space provides a unique multimodal experience.

(Yeah, well, writing about sound is like dancing about architecture isn't it?)

His installation is part of the exhibition called "Possible Futures: Japanese Post-War Art and Technology".

Nikkei recently wrote a nice article summarizing Maebayashi's works including: Radio Room, Disclavier, Audible Distance, Sonic Interface, [I/O] white room, [I/O] warehouse, [I/O] distant place, Velocity, and Motto Darwin. If you want, check out the article to at least see various photos.

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Splitterwerk’s Treefrogs

Rather than simply designing houses, the Graz-based architects SPLITTERWERK are reinventing the way we inhabit domestic spaces.

Between 1994 and 1996, they built The Red Treefrog, a row of twelve stridently rust-coloured maisonettes on the edge of the wetlands, where in spring the frogs go about their noisy business.

In recent years, this building has seen the birth of two siblings: the "black" and the "green" treefrogs.

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The Black Treefrog is an insignificant existing structure, together with a garage added later for the fire brigade, converted into a ten-unit apartment complex. The new outer skin of the structure, which consists of two buildings, is formed by black impregnated wood lamellae while the inner skins are coated in coloured wooden materials that surround the individual living units. The flats are accessed by a path which creates an accessible free space in front of each entrance. Liberated from the existing walls, new inner skins are created that correspond to the outer skin. The functional areas are integrated into the space between the inner and outer walls. This produces an empty centre where the living functions can be switched concurrently or successively. The staircase becomes a virtual exterior room, wallpapered with photorealistic vine-leaf patterns that leave the impression of an LSD-trip on the retina (check also the Blue Shell flat).

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For the Green Treefrog, the architects allowed the slope to "flow through the building". Above a green area measuring approximately 10 by 25 metres, twelve columns support an airy structure, which, if interpreted as a pitched roof, would slope at an angle of 45 degrees. This two-layered structure consists of an upper and a lower skin of green translucent corrugated polyester. Between the skins there is a lighting system consisting of fluorescent tubes and the roof structure of wood and steel.

Recently the architects admitted that they would like to construct a building in the form of a frog, the "frogscraper".
In 2003 already, they had imagined another zoomorphic building: Duck House.

Via Domus.

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Walk..... And Keep Walking



From Gothamist comes our favorite photo of the week.

why didnt i think of that? Its one of those things that we all ought to have done!

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Womb House

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The master brain behind the multidisciplinary company called 'Atelier van Lieshout' is the artist Joep van Lieshout. His art factory produces installations, sculptures, furniture, architecture and everything in between, van Lieshout is especially famous for his 'Mobile Homes'. Strange organic environments, sometimes added to existing architecture, but also presented as architectural installations on their own. In has recent work he is focusing on the human figure, or it's internal organs, in his art. He uses organs like the liver, heart and womb but also more sexual explicit ones like the penis and the vagina.

His work is best described as conceptual, but it's far from difficult to understand. He plays with known imaginary, known cultural icons and basic human feelings and embraces them in his installation. His work is all about exploration and experiences, the exploration of the artist, but maybe even more the exploration of the visitors engaging the work of van Lieshout.

I can imagine entering the large rectum installation called "Bar Rectum" with a huge smile on my face getting something to drink or do some lounging, or going back to my origin in the "Womb House" and feel finally safe again.

related articles:
A Gnome with a Sex Toy
Spencer Tunick in England
Feminism & Art : Louise Bourgeois

The website of Atelier van Lieshout

Via The Art Of Love :: Erotic art & nude photography

Hey! A womb with a view! This reminds me of a previous project interactive was proposing recently... hehehehehehe

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Glamrus frilly knickers

Buttress&Snatch was born in 1998 as the costume and styling part of the Burlesque live public art group "Glamrus".

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The lingerie label soon followed. This all girl operation produce everything in their workshops in North London, using real vintage and retro fabrics and trims sourced from all sorts of interesting places (some are more than 100 years old!)

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TV competition seeks site for a masterpiece

After having asked viewers to identify Britain's worst building for a reality series (to culminate in a live broadcast of the building's destruction), Channel 4 is to launch The Big Art Project.

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The TV series is seeking nominations from communities, identifying sites where a piece of significant public art could be placed. Six sites will be shortlisted in January, and the series will follow the progress of the communities working with artists to commission and create the pieces. The completed works are expected to be unveiled in October 2007.

Chosen communities will work with experienced curators to draw up a brief for the chosen artist. Artists who have expressed interest in the project include Gavin Turk and Turner-prizewinner Jeremy Deller. Anish Kapoor said: "This is a fantastic project, it is an opportunity for some world class, risky art." Yinka Shonibare added: "It is a fantastic idea."

"We want to empower people to create and want art in their own towns," said Channel 4 head of arts Jan Younghusband. "I feel it's an important subject to address; we don't necessarily appreciate the value of public art and why it costs what it does."

Via The Guardian. Picture: The Angel of the North, by Anthony Gormley.

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Keep A Breast Auction Now On Ebay

Ebay is currently auctioning off over 80 pieces of artwork with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Keep A Breast Foundation which raises money for breast cancer.

The organization, and the artork is terrific, you if you haven't yet checked out the auction and perhaps placed a bit, click here now.

Here's a couple of our favorites:


Andrew Pommier


Caia Koopman


Brendan Monroe

i wish i have $$$ for this, but great stuff to check out and browse through

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Destructed.info Art & Design Magazine


Issue#07 of destructed.info art & designmag is out now and available for download. Topic for this issue is "perfectly balanced," and features work by 23 international artists. Above is from Josh Cochran.

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First cartoonist submits drawing of one the the 700 hoboes

Hobo26(Tree Surgeon) (Click on thumbnail for enlargement.) Mark Frauenfelder: A couple of days ago, I wrote about John Hodgman's terrific song with 700 hobo names. I mentioned that it would be great if 700 illustrators drew the hoboes, and Daniel Cardenas was the first to submit one. He drew hobo #26 -- Frederick Bannister "the tree surgeon." Thanks, Daniel! Let's keep them coming adding them to Flickr. Tag it with "700hoboes". Link

Reader comment: Levi says: "Frederick Bannister 'the tree surgeon' is number 19 (not 26) in the hobo names."

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Kader Attia's Flying Rats

David Pescovitz: French artist Kader Attia's Flying Rats installation at the Biennale de Lyon is an urbanite's Hitchockian nightmare. From a description of the work posted to AEIOU Excuse My French:
 Blog Img Kader-Attia Kader Attia presents, here, an installation whose title is taken from the English expression flying rats, which refers to pigeons : the visitors find themselves face to face with a birdcage containing 150 pigeons and 45 children made from moose mixed with compacted bird grain. In what seems to be a recreation courtyard, girls and boys play with marbles or squabble while the pigeons are slowly devouring them. Throughout the exhibition, it will be the pigeons that appropriate the space provoking the evolution of the piece. With all the utilisation precautions connected with a volatile security and vigorous hygiene rules, the birdcage will therefore become a natural habitat, a microcosm in which the pigeons will make there nest and will devour the children. Beyond the cruelty of the scene, Kader Attia wishes to remind us that childhood is probably the period in the life that we see further and further behind us but still think of very nostalgically.
Link (Thanks, Alex Boucherot!)

I would love to see this exhibit in the middle of Piazza San Marco! They won\'t even need to bring the pigeons! (Nick Bourriaud, father of Relational Aesthetics curated this exhibition, I believe)

Via Boing Boing

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Homemade "fallen rapper" Pez heads


An artist sculpted a series of prototype fallen-rapper Pez heads and tried to get the Pez company to give him permission to manufacture them (they turned him down). He mounted a show of his Pez heads at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco instead. Link (via Neatorama)

brilliant!

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Jello scale model of San Francisco

Cory Doctorow: Elizabeth Hickock has created a gigantic jello sculpture of the city of San Francisco, including the Bay Bridge. The photos are just amazing -- especially the video of the whole city shaking like a bowl full of jello. Link (Thanks, Patti and Trelana!)

Via Boing Boing

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Mathematical Photography

David Pescovitz: My friend Justin Mullins of New Scientist creates artwork consisting entirely of mathematical equations. He calls it "mathematical photography." Justin says, "In the same way that an ordinary photograph is a snapshot of an area of outstanding natural beauty, a mathematical photograph is a snapshot of mathematical beauty." (He's having his first UK gallery exhibition next February in London.) Seen here is "Entanglement, For Sandra," 80 x 50cm, 2000.
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Link

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Beecroft installation in shop window

Vanessa Beecroft has been invited to make an installation to celebrate the grand opening of the Louis Vuitton Megastore on the Champs Elysées in Paris.

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The opening show featured works by three leading artists displayed as landmarks of the house promenade. James Turrell created a "Wide Glass" modular light sculpture, while Tim White-Sobieski contributed a video installation alongside the house's 20-meter long "traveling staircase." Olafur Eliasson transformed an elevator linking up directly with the top floor of the Champs-Elysees building, which will open in January 2006 as a permanent space of artistic and cultural expression, into a "chamber of sensual entropy" isolated from its surroundings. And of course i found a picture gallery of Beecroft's work but nothing else.

Via Stern (german) and Yahoo news.
Viele Danken Roman!

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Desaparecen primero las palabras

How can a word appear or disappear? You can open and close a book; you can use a pencil and an eraser; you can use a keyboard or touch a screen. By moving your hand in front of the Desparecen Primero las Palabras display, a feast of red letters will glow to form a poem.

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Desparecen Primero las Palabras ("First, The Words Disappear") combines 160 infrared sensors and 160 alphanumeric LED displays to generate an interactive poem:

Desaparecen primero las palabras-cantándose así mismas en su mejor aspecto dan locura-gri-llos frotando alas-vivo lucha descarnada y llegan-impertinentes cabras-probar mi mano.

The installation, by Thomas Charveriat and Miriam Llorens, is part of Art Futura, October 27th-30th, Barcelona, Spain.

mmm, that\'s nice... -- ann

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Photos From Banksy's Crude Oils Show

wooster collective posted some photos from Banksy's show in London:



more

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Wooster's Buenos Aires Report #2

wooster collective reports the scene and some street art from Buenos Aires:



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Shanghai Living

Hu Yang began documented the lives of Shanghai residents, interviewing and photographing 500 families in their homes. From poor migrant workers to expats to billionaires, nearly all of Shanghai is represented.

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Some of the pictures are online and the Shanghai Living exhibition is at the ShanghART H-Space Gallery, through October 30.

Via Shangaiist.

great project, reminds me of stuff they would do for COLORS magazines (the back back back issues) -- ann

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Bringing back the instant fun


Freshly launched polanoid.net is building the biggest Polaroid-picture-collection on the planet to celebrate the magic of instant photography. To get started you might wanna pick yourself up the classic SX-70.

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Oral Fixation Gallery

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Jon Harris, ex-Fabricante, also known as PJ, presents a new online gallery by Oral Fixation Mints currently featuring great works of 3 current Fabricanti: Juan Ospina, Conrado Almada and Vladimir Dubko, among others.

check it out!

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Masahiro Fukuyama suits

Masahiro Fukuyama sculpts suits, inspired by the ancient culture of the Samurai and contemporary game-culture.

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hey, he was at Fabrica!

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War is Smurf

smurfwar.jpgWith images of real people killed, injured and/or left as refugees from war losing their emotional resonance, UNICEF has turned to killing Smurfs.

In an advertisement set to appear in Belgium starting next week, approved by the family of the Smurfs' creator "Peyo," very bad things happen to the blue cartoon creatures:

The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

rfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."

In test showings, the sight of beloved cartoon characters killed by bombs proved far more effective than similar images from the real world at sending UNICEF's anti-war message.

(Via jwz)

(Posted by Jamais Cascio in QuickChanges at 04:33 PM)

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Yo Arthur! It's You!!

The poster above, located in St Michel in Paris, is the work of the French photographer and street artist JR.

Who's the smiling baby?

It's Arthur, the son of a friend of JR's.



It would make me smile too. Joe, can we do this with Pascal's picture? -- ap.

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Playing the Building, by D. Byrne

With Playing the Building, David Byrne wanted to create an installation that would produce sound and would take advantage of the fact it is housed in a raw factory space- with exposed pipes, heating and structural elements.

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Devices are attached to the building structure- to the metal beams, the plumbing, the electrical conduits, the heating pipes, the water pipes - and are used to make these things produce sound. No amplification is used, no computer synthesis of sound and there are no speakers. The machines will produce sound through wind, vibration and striking. The devices that are part of the piece do not produce sound on their own, but instead they cause the building elements themselves to vibrate, resonate and oscillate so that the building itself becomes a very large musical instrument.

At the the Färgfabriken artspace, Stockholm, Sweden. 2005-10-08 - 2005-11-13.
Opening and party Saturday October 8, 12pm-1am.

Thanks Matti.

Related: Sascha blogged the Electromechanical mandala workshop with Douglas Irving Repetto at the UDK in Berln.

Via we make money not art

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The Best Subway Stops in the World

This fantastic series of photos of subway stations really makes me appreciate mass transit in a way that I haven't in ages. Look at Stockholm!

Any space where people spend a significant amount of time waiting every day should be beautiful. It seems like that's something people agree on, regardless of what culture they're from. Thanks to Byrne for the link.

New york's is also included, not for being the most clean one anyway...FM

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Giant pink bunny on Italian mountain, for 20 years!



I have no idea what to think about this.

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