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Saturday, 17 February


50 Years Later, We Still Dont Know Whether This Film Is Fact or Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

William Greaves, Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One (image courtesy Criterion and Janus Films)

In 1968, filmmaker William Greaves took a small crew and his camera equipment to Central Park and made a nonfiction film about making a nonfiction film about the making of a fiction film. If this sounds confusing, its because it is. To break it down: first, a crew shot a short film; then, a documentary captured the crew making the short film; finally, the overall film, titled Symbiopsychotaxiplasm Take One, captured the making of the documentary of the short film. By using the documentary format as a means to test the boundaries of the documentary genre, Greaves turned cinma verit on itself, never making it clear whether the film was in fact fiction, nonfiction, improvisation, or some combination of the above.

Harlem-born Greaves, who died in 2014 at the age of 87, started his career as a dancer and stage actor in New York City with both the American Negro Theater and the Actors Studio. He honed his filmmaking skills when he moved to Ottawa to work with the National Film Board of Canada. When he returned to the States as a filmmaker for the United Nations, the United States Information Agency, and National Educational Television (the predecessor of PBS), he became a nonfiction trailblazer. Over the course of his career, he produced, wrote, directed, and/or edited over 200 documentaries. He was also deeply involved with Civil Rights activism, using his filmmaking to shed light on the lives of such important figures as Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, Ida B. Wells, and others. It was for producing and co-hosting Black Journal, the pioneering public-access show created primarily for and by African Americans, that won Greaves an Emmy.



For Year of the Dog, US Postal Service Delivers a Fetching Stamp "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2018 Year of the Dog Lunar New Year stamp, designed by Kam Mak and issued by the United States Postal Service (all images courtesy United States Postal Service)

Happy Year of the Dog! For the next few weeks, millions around the world will be celebrating Chinese New Year in all sorts of festive ways, from tossing lo hei to watching dragon dances to receiving highly anticipated red ang pao packets. For many years, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has marked the occasion with a gesture only it can deliver: the issue of a special stamp, designed to capture the spirit of the major Chinese holiday.

2018 marks the tenth year that USPS has produced stamps for its series Celebrating Lunar New Year, whose imagery focuses on symbolic objects that feature in festivities. To reflect the Chinese zodiac, which moves in a 12-year cycle, the agencys art director, Ethel Kessler, worked with the Hong Kong-born, Brooklyn-based illustrator Kam Mak to design 12 stamps to roll out one year at a time.

This years dog-themed one is a gorgeous picture that centers on three elegant, twisting lucky bamboo. A red paper decorated with the Chinese character,  (f) indicates good fortune, while a dog, rendered as a traditional paper cutout, waves from the upper-left corner. The subtle canine was designed by the late artist Clarence Lee, who created the very first Chinese New Year-themed stamp series the USPS issued. That series of 12, which illustrated each of the 12 zodiac animals, was introduced in 1992.

Each of Maks designs incorporates Lees visions, from the rat to the boar. The Year of the Dog stamp is the penultimate one to be released, and is, Id argue, the most exquisite yet. Just like its predeces...

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Friday, 16 February


Activism Imitates Art in Londons Three Billboards Outside Grenfell Tower Protest "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Three Billboards Outside Grenfell Tower, London (courtesy Jeff Moore and Justice 4 Grenfell)

This week, activism imitated art when Justice 4 Grenfell protesters drove three provocative signs through the streets of London. In a clever nod to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the Oscar-nominated film directed by Martin McDonagh, the billboards were bright red, with black letters that read:


The signs were designed to revitalize public outcry about the deadly fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, the London public housing project that has come to symbolize bureaucratic neglect of the poor. Hundreds of former Grenfell residents remain displaced, and although police considered prosecuting negligent officials for manslaughter, an eight-month investigation has offered few developments.

Film still, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (via Fox Searchlight)

In the film, a mother played by Frances McDormand responds to the rape and murder of her daughter by questioning police inaction on three billboards. (McDonaugh based the story on actual bil...


Artist Says Kendrick Lamars Black Panther Music Video Uses Her Paintings Without Permission "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Video still from Kendrick Lamars All The Stars video (screenshot via Vevo)

Earlier this month, in the lead-up to the highly anticipated release of Black Panther, Kendrick Lamar released a single from the films soundtrack. But when Lamars All The Stars music video was posted, British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor noticed that one of the backdrops looked a lot like her artwork specifically, works for which the makers of Black Panther had requested permission months before, according to the New York Times Robin Pogrebin.

Pogrebin writes that the artists lawyer sent a letter to Anthony Tiffith, Lamars mentor and the head of Top Dawg Entertainment, alleging a copyright violation of her Constellations series. The paintings, featuring geometric shapes of gold and black, bear an uncanny resemblance to a backdrop used in Lamars new video. According to the letter, the movies creators twice contacted Viktor about using her work, but after a series of negotiations, she ultimately backed out.

Lina Iris Viktor, Constellations...


The Permanence of Toyin Ojih Odutolas Invented World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Representatives of State (201617), pastel, charcoal and graphite on paper, 75 1/2 50 in. (collection of the artist; courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York )

Looking at Toyin Ojih Odutolas exhibition To Wander Determined at the Whitney Museum I think of George Steiners encapsulation of Ariel, the last collection of poems by Sylvia Plath. He said: They are proof of the capacity of poetry to give to reality the greater permanence of the imagined. It feels right to apply this description to Ojih Odutolas visually enthralling drawings. Both artists construct entirely invented worlds that are meant to live and have resonance for the reader or viewer in ways that our own documented histories often fail to.

Ojih Odutolas drawings, made of charcoal, pastel, pencil, and (in some cases) graphite are mostly portraits that aspire to give our social, economic, and cultural interrelated realities something that is yes of potential greater durability. She has developed an origin story: a prelapsarian tale that re-presents a world in which people of wine-dark skin have (in Ojih Odutolas own testimony available via the Whitneys website) wealth and travel. In her conception of this world its inhabitants never fell not from divine grace, not from political autonomy, and certainly not from self-regard.



Rooftop Pizzeria in Kuba, die ihre Pizzen abseilt "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Platzmangel in der Stadt macht erfinderisch. In Havanna auf Kuba gibt es eine Rooftop Pizzeria. Die Pizzen werden in der Kche oben auf dem Dach gebacken. Bestellt wird unten auf der Strae und die Pizza dann mit einem Korb abgeseilt. Video und Bild: Great Big Story / Video Screenshot

Der Beitrag Rooftop Pizzeria in Kuba, die ihre Pizzen abseilt erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Bukkakeworld - Planet of the Owls - Tenth Anniversary Editions... "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

published in 2008 as trade paperbacks by Silverthought Press of N.Y., rights were returned to Chimericana Books a couple years after and re-editioned in new covers.

a book about YOU, the corporate lackey, the indentured, the subordinate. Stuck in a job you cannot stomach, under a manager you want to annihilate, in a corporation that wants to grind you into nothing more than human grease to lubricate its inhuman profit-making machine. 

Planet of the Owls:
Marcus (who works part-time at the falafel kiosk in town) awakens to find a giant black and white bird at his window. He's sure that's what he sees: a giant bird with feathers that throb with sinister portent.

2018, both books have been re-issued in 5" by 8" paperback with special TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION blue covers. Check out CreateSpace, Amazon and other online booksellers over the coming days and you'll see them there for sale. Go on, you know you're itching to...


Missing Klimt Drawing Found in the Closet of a Former Museum Secretary "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Gustav Klimt, Zwei Liegende (ca 1916/17) (photo by Reinhard Haider, courtesy Lentos Museum, Linz)

Back in the 1960s, a secretary at Austrias Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz noticed some irregularities in the documentation of three Egon Schiele artworks that had been loaned to the museum. When the secretary brought it up to her boss, then-director Walter Kasten, he gave her a Gustav Klimt drawing to her keep her quiet.

The world learned the story this week when the Klimt drawing, Zwei Liegende(Two Reclining Figures) (ca 1916/17)   which was also only on loan to the museum was discovered in the recently deceased, former museum secretarys closet; she told the whole story in her will.

The former secretary, whose identity hasnt been released due to legal reasons, worked at the museum until 1977, writes Kimberly Bradley in the New York Times. According to the Austrian newspaper Obersterreichische Nachrichten, in 1951, artist and collector Olga Jger lent four works to the Neue Galerie, including the Klimt drawing and the three works by Schiele: a watercolor (Junger Mann), an oil painting (Tote Stadt), and a drawing (Paar). Jger died in 1965. In 1990, her heirs started asking for the four works back from the museum, but not only had the Klimt drawing disappeared, but the three works by Schiele as well. According to the Obersterreichische Nachrichten, when the museum staff was questioned, the secretary said she knew nothing.

A new generation of Jgers brought the case to court in 2006, suing the city for losing their familys artwork. In 2011, the city of Linz was ordered to pay the Jger family 100,ooo (~$125,000) for the loss of Paar. In 2017, a further 8.21 million (~$10.26 million) was assessed for the remaining three works.

In 2012, there was a glimmer of hope in finding the missing Klimt and Schieles when a trove of almost 1,500 Nazi-looted works was found in the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, a relative of Neue Galerie founder Wolfgang Gurlitt. Because of the family connection, authorities hoped to find the four missing Jger family works...


The Symbolism and Bigotry of a Supposedly Satirical Cartoon About Dreamers "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Political cartoon by Sam Delonas in the February 7 issue of the Albuquerque Journal (courtesy of the author)

ALBUQUERQUE Last week, leaders, activists, and intellectuals across New Mexico condemned and protested the Albuquerque Journal for an editorial cartoon that conflates international gangs with the children of immigrants. New Mexico Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall called the cartoon racist, as did Albuquerques newly-elected mayor Tim Keller, and State Senator Linda Lopez, among others. The cartoonist, Sean Delonas, faced similar accusations of racism in February 2009 for a New York Post cartoon, in which NYPD officers shoot a monkey dead and compare it to President Obama.

In response to the blowback, Journal managing editor Karen Moses apologized sort of. She said in a statement that the cartoon is satirical, that readers just dont get it, and that, anyway, the paper isnt responsible for the opinions expressed by its contributors.

Readers werent convinced. Not good enough, wrote the Albuquerque poet, educator, and activist Jessica Hellen Lopez, expressing the view of many readers in a February 8 Facebook post. A canned wanna-be-apology. The cartoon does nothing for Dreamers still fighting for rights, she wrote, and has earned Delonas accolades from the far-right.

The February 7 cartoon takes a perspective of surveillance, the point of view of a camera mounted on an alley wall or a passive bystander looking down from a window.  It depicts a white man and woman, apparently a couple, backed into an alley and held at gunpoint by faceless masculine figures. They seem racially identified by p...


Colorful Paper-Cut Sculpture Captures the Diversity of a Coral Reef "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Paper Art Coral Reef by Mlle Hipolyte

French paper designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte creates colorful sculptures out of intricately cut paper shapes. Previously mentioned for her three-dimensional animal masks, the artists latest piece of paper art is a magnificent, three-dimensional representation of a vibrant coral reef. Titled Coralium, the entirely hand-made creation is approximately 6.5 feet long by 3 feet tall, and was formed using various paper craft techniques, including quilling, scoring, and 3D modeling.

Not only inspired by the stunning vibrancy of a coral reef, Hipolytes piece represents the fragility of the under-the-sea ecosystem, which is sadly in danger due to global warming and rising ocean temperatures. Set into a wooden frame, Hipolytes paper coral reef brims with a multitude of lush textures that mimic the corals diverse range of organic forms. From fringing reefs, to stoney barnacles, every angle allows the viewer to appreciate the details of each of the paper-cut coral species in all their beauty.

You can see more of Hipolytes paper art creations via her website.

French artist Mlle Hipolytes latest paper art sculpture is a magnificent, three-dimensional representation of a vibrant coral reef.

Paper Art Coral Reef by Mlle Hipolyte

Titled Coralium, the entirely hand-made, colorful creation was formed using various paper craft techniques, including quilling, scoring, and 3D modeling.



Mesmerizing Paintings Capture the Movement of Splashing Waves "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Seascape Paintings Wave Paintings Wave Painting Phoebe Sonder Art

Brooklyn-based artist Phoebe Sonder creates captivating seascape paintings that present the power and vulnerability of the water's movement. Ranging in both scale and stylistic approach, her striking series of ocean art showcases the beauty and buoyancy of splashing waves.

In each energetic piece, Sonder skillfully captures the moment that splashing waves break. Even as the translucent waves crash against the coastline or slosh against each other, the paintings manage to convey a sense of calm amid the chaos. This striking duality is due to Sonder's ability to visualize the undulating rhythm of the tide, which she compares to the inhale and exhale of breath.

While a number of her paintings are impressively lifelike, the artist notes that her aesthetic language of drawing and line is to experience water's essence, not to represent or reproduce. This painterly perspective is particularly evident in her smaller studies, which capture the fleeting nature of the waves with loose brushwork inspired by Impressionism.

Whether rendered in minute detail or painterly strokes, however, each of Sonder's paintings seeks to celebrate the sea, the artist's main muse and the truest monument to the depth of time in its delicate absolute.

Specializing in seascape painting, artist Phoebe Sonder captures the movement of splashing waves.

Seascape Paintings Wave Paintings Wave Painting Phoebe Sonder Art

Many of her wave paintings are impressively realistic.



Discreet Photos of NYC Subway Riders in the 1970s Show an Era Before Smartphones "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Subway Photography by Helen Levitt

Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
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The era before smartphones represented a very different time for subway patrons. If you didnt bring a newspaper or ride with someone you knew, youd be forced to quietly contemplate your own thoughts rather than stare at an entrancing screen. Photographer Helen Levitt discreetly chronicled these simpler, technology-free times in her candid images from the late 1970s.

The black and white photos are a quiet look at the everyday folks who rode the graffiti-decorated subway. Everyone has a different attitude towards riding; single passengers, for instance, appear lost in thought and stare blankly into space as the train barrels down the tracks. Others are cozier as they sit arms linked with loved ones and canoodle as if no one can see them. And then there are some whose presence commands the attention of the entire train with their raucous conversation. Collectively, they are characters in a play and every stop is a new scene. With Levitts masterful eye, we can practically hear the dialogue.

Levitt produced work over the course of sixty years that was centered around the streets of New York. Her photographs have appeared in renowned institutions like the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The images pictured here are part of Manhattan Transit: The Subway Photographs of Helen Levitt that was recently published by Walther Knig. It features a comprehensive look at Levitts subway photography, including many that were published for the first time. Get your copy on Amazon.

In the late 1970s, photographer Helen Levitt discreetly captured folk...


The Internet Cant Seem to Agree on the Answer to This Math Puzzle "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

IQ test math puzzle

Do you consider yourself a puzzle person? If so, take a shot at this math puzzle and see what you come up with. This deceptively simple puzzle went viral, with over 3 million people commenting on the IQ stumper. In fact, the original post declares that only one in a thousand people will actually figure it out.

At this point, you may be thinking, This puzzle doesn't seem very difficult, but you'd be wrong. Still don't get it? Most people will default to using a running tally of numbers, where a + b = 5 and 5 + c +d = 12. This brings you to a final total of 40 when in reality, there's another way to answer this brainbuster.

tricky math puzzle

Confused? It may be the first line that is throwing you off, as if we use the a + ab equation, 1 x 4 equals 4. However, in the following lines the equation becomes clearer. For instance, 2 + 2(5) equals 12. So when used in the last line, 8 + 8(11), the final answer is 96.

If this math puzzle still isn't clear, watch the full video explanation of this tricky IQ test.

And if that weren't complicated enough, Presh Talwakar of MindYourDecisions also points out another pattern that some people see in the puzzle. Though rare, he states that about 10 people saw this pattern out of 5+ million views this video has gotten, it's certainly another, complex way of solving things.

The idea is to evaluate the sums in base 10, and then convert the answer into descending number bases 6, 5, 4, etc. line by line. So the pattern is:

1 + 4 = 5 (base 10) = 5 (base 6)

2 + 5 = 7 (base 10) = 5*1 + 2 = 12 (base 5)

3 + 6 = 9 (base 10) = 4*2 + 1 = 21 (base 4)

So if we do the same for the last line, we would need to use base 3 to get:

8 + 11 = 19 (base 10)...


Stream the Complete John Coltrane Playlist: A 94-Hour Journey Through 700+ Transformative Tracks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In a contrarian take on the legacy of John Coltrane on the 50th anniversary of his death last year, Zack Graham at GQ did not recommend Giant Steps nor A Love Supreme nor Blue Train nor My Favorite Things as the most important album in the artists career, but a record most casual jazz fans may never encounter, and which even the hardest-core Coltrane fans never heard in his lifetime. Recorded in the year of his death, Interstellar Spacea frenetic suite of free jazz duets with drummer Rashied Alididnt appear until 1974. The album has since received widespread critical acclaim, and stands, Graham argues, as Coltranes most influential record, its echoes still heard today in everything from electronic music to some of the worlds biggest hip hop acts.

Graham makes a compelling case. Hardly an accessible album, discerning listeners will nonetheless hear the sound of now in Alis stuttering, rapid fire beats and Coltranes modal bleats. Looking back, it can almost seem like he knew he was running out of time, and rushed to leave behind a blueprint for the music of the future.

In his last months, writes Stephen Davis at Rolling Stone, Coltrane had changed everything about his music, and, perhaps, everything about music in general, jazz and otherwise. His evolution as a musician and explorer of the mystical potentialities of artistic expression was so radical that from a certain point of view we are forced to work backward when approaching his catalog, as we might do with biographies of saints.

Should we pursue this line of thinking, however, we might have to grant that the posthumous Interstellar Space and its follow-up Stellar Regions...


Amok Island Paints Modern Minimalist Murals of Native Flora and Fauna "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017. Zeus faber for SOBER WALLS Festival

A native of The Netherlands and now based in Australia, Amok Island depicts flora and fauna that can be found in the locations of his colorful murals. The artists distinctive minimal style is reminiscent of recent trends in digital design. However, his analog use of flat fields of color and geometric shapes to interpret the nuanced forms of animals and plants is a fresh take in the current mural scene.

Amok writes on his website that if werent an artist, he would be a biologist. He takes many of his own reference photos (including underwater), and titles each mural with the name of the plant or animal. The artist describes his passion for the natural world:

The theme of natural exploration and conservation is a strong and constant undercurrent of Amok Islands artistic practice. His lifelong fascination with nature and her relationships and history with mankind drive the artists obvious appreciation and obsession with his subjects and his urge to direct the attention of his audience to them.

Amok has finished murals in twenty five countries and counting, and also creates smaller paintings, which he sometimes editions as prints. You can see more work on his website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.



The Somber Fate of a Manuscript Illuminator "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Agns (soprano Lauren Snouffer) confronts the Boy (countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo), in a scene from <em>Written on Skin</em> at Opera Philadelphia.Agns (soprano Lauren Snouffer) confronts the Boy (countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo), in a scene from Written on Skin at Opera Philadelphia. (all photos by Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia)

ne of the most extraordinary operas of the 21st century is playing at Opera Philadelphia. Our journey from New York to see George Benjamin and Martin Crimps Written on Skin  the title refers to the parchment on which medieval manuscripts were illuminated was worth every yard.

The plot, based on the 13th-century vida of troubadour Guillem de Cabestany, begins with a chorus of angels here costumed in black and pacing with stage-manager airs, futuristic electronic tablets in hand who turn time back to the medieval period. We meet a wealthy, violent landowner, the Protector, and his wife, Agns. The Protector, who calls Agns his property (already the operas critical stance on traditional gender roles is clear), commissions an artist known simply as the Boy to prepare an illuminated manuscript based on the life of the Protectors family. But the commission requires an almost hagiographical slant: he asks the Boy to depic...


How Mondrian Inspired Architecture Around the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mondrian building in Austin, Texas, 2007 (photo by Kent Wang, via Flickr)

More than 100 years after Piet Mondrian co-founded the De Stijl movement, the artist continues to be as popular as ever. As Nancy J. Troy argues in her 2014 book, The Afterlife of Piet Mondrian, collectors, curators, scholars, dealers, and the artists heirs helped to construct Mondrians legacy well after his death, oftentimes leading to the commodification of his works. In the long line of the Mondrian- and De Stijl-themed, theres the iconic 1965 Yves Saint Laurent dress (and the many imitations to come after), as well as numerous handbags, sneakers, socks, cakes, furniture, manicures, album covers, and everything in between.



Amanda Palmer Sings a Heartfelt Musical Tribute to YA Author Judy Blume on Her 80th Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Art saves lives, and so does author Judy Blume. While some of her novels are intended for adult readers, and others for the elementary school set, her best known books are the ones that speak to the experience of being a teenage girl.

For many of us coming of age in the 70s and 80s, Blume was our bestsometimes onlysource when it came to sex, menstruation, masturbation, and other topics too taboo to discuss. She answered the questions we were too shy to ask. Her characters interior monologues mirrored our own.

The honesty of her writing earned her millions of grateful young fans, and plenty of attention from those who still seek to keep her titles out of libraries and schools.

While her stories are not autobiographical, her compassion is born of experience.

Here she is on Are You There, God? Its Me, Margaret, a tattered paperback copy of which made the rounds of my 6th grade class, like the precious contraband it was:

When I was in sixth grade, I longed to develop physically like my classmates. I tried doing exercises, resorted to stuffing my bra, and lied about getting my period. And like Margaret, I had a very personal relationship with God that had little to do with organized religion. God was my friend and confidant. But Margaret's family is very different from mine, and her story grew from my imagination.

On It's Not the End of the World:

in the early seventies I lived in suburban New Jersey with my husband and two children, who were both in elementary school. I could see their concern and fear each time a family in our neighborhood divorced. What do you say to your friends when you find out their parents are splitting up? If it could happen to them, could it happen to us?

At the time, my own ma...


Re-Animator: Get a Herbert West action figure with bonus dead cat and Dr. Hills head "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ive never been a huge fan of comedic horror, but there are three movies (all from the 80s) that I think got the formula unquestionably right: Street Trash (1987), Brain Damage (1988) and the best one of all, 1985s Re-Animator.

Re-Animator, based on H.P. Lovecrafts short story, Herbert West -...


15+ Enchanting Products for People Who Love the Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ocean Gifts Gifts for Ocean Lovers Ocean Products Whale Purse Fish Pouch

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Mesmerizing, mysterious, and teeming with wildlife, many creatives look to the ocean as a source of inspiration. While this enduring trend has resulted in a sea of similarly-themed products, we've waded through them to bring you a selection of our favorite gifts for ocean lovers.

In this collection, we present a wide range of products with an under-the-sea spin. If you like do-it-yourself decor, you'll love the luminous origami octopus lamp. Looking for a good book? Try Ernst Haeckel's Art Forms from the Ocean. And, if fashion is more your style, Don Fisher's quirky shoulder bag is guaranteed to give you a whale of a good timeespecially when paired with some snorkel-themed socks!

Whether crafted, read, or worn, these products are perfect for anyone who dreams of the deep blue sea.

Dive into our selection of dazzling gifts for ocean lovers!

DIY Octopus Origami Lamp

Ocean Gifts Gifts for Ocean Lovers Ocean Products Whale Purse Fish Pouch



Meet Chandra, the pre-teen who released a fantastic post-punk record in 1980 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Chandra Oppenheim was just twelve years old when her debut album, Transportation, was released. Until recently, I wasnt familiar with Chandra, but when I did hear Transportation for the first time, I was immediately taken with it....


37 Artists Native to the Americas Weave Stories of Migration and Geography "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Monarchs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, with Jeffrey Gibsons Like A Hammer (2016) in the foreground (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

OMAHA Surveys of contemporary American art arent uncommon, but its rare to see one solely focused on people native to the Americas. Thats one of the starting points of Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, an exhibition currently on view at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, along with a geographical conceit: the middle of the United States merits closer attention. Neither of these premises is groundbreaking, but they are both, arguably, underexplored. Monarchs mines them and turns up capacious, invigorating results. Although the show isnt explicitly political, it feels vitally relevant in a time of bald-faced white supremacy and discrimination.

Margarita Cabrera, The Craft of Resistance (2008), hammered copper

The conceptual focus of the exhibition is the monarch, the only butterfly that migrates in two directions, as birds do. Monarchs (specifically eastern North American ones) travel between Canada or the northern U.S. and Mexico, where they spend the winter. A migration can cover up to 3,000 miles and takes three to four generations of butterflies to complete.



This Chic Home Garden Line Proves Potted Plants Are Out "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Plant Glass Terrarium by Tom Dixon


This story was originally published on Domino.

Though excruciatingly low temps and unexpected flurries may have you convinced otherwise, spring is just around the corner. In anticipation for the impending season, were not only thinking hard about the fresh and trendy florals we want to display in our homes this spring, but also the vessels well use to house our in-season blooms and beloved greenery. Thats where British designer Tom Dixons PLANT rangea contemporary and clever collection of design-focused terrariumscomes into the picture.

Painstakingly crafted from mouth-blown glass, each statement-making piece is inherently unique and offers infinite arrangements. Thanks to their sculptural forms and savvy stem-like openings, the streamlined vessels (available in two sizes) aim to instantly elevate even the most ordinary of flowers or house plantsbe they snagged from the supermarket or Amazons new online garden shop.

While certainly fitting for a minimalist floral display, Dixons ultra-mod terrariums can also be used to support a thriving collection of smaller plants and succulents (think of it as a personal, mini ecosystem).

Considering swapping your tired display for something a bit more original? Below, we break down how to set up a flourishing terrarium to call your own.



Joan Didion Creates a Handwritten List of the 19 Books That Changed Her Life "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If you've read much Joan Didion, you've almost surely come across an observation or phrase that has changed the way you look at California, the media, or the culture of the late 20th century or indeed, changed your life. But if life-changing writers have all had their own lives changed by the writers before them, which writers made Joan Didion the Joan Didion whose writing still exerts an influence today? Conveniently enough, the author of Play It as It LaysSlouching Towards Bethlehem, and The White Album once drew up a list of the books that changed her life, and it surfaced on Instagram a few years ago:

  1. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  2. Victory by Joseph Conrad
  3. Guerrillas by V.S. Naipaul
  4. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  5. Wonderland by Joyce Carol Oates
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront
  7. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Mrquez
  9. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  10. Appointment in Samarra by John O'Hara
  11. The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer
  12. The Novels of Henry James: Washington Square, Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors, The Golden Bowl, Daisy Miller, The Aspern Papers, The Turn of the Screw
  13. Speedboat...


Art Movements "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Robert Indiana LOVE (1976) (courtesy City of Philadelphias Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy)

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The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden postponed its re-staging of Krzysztof Wodiczkos three-story-tall projection Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988 in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Wodiczko created the work in response to the political rhetoric surrounding issues such as the death penalty and abortion. George Bush on one hand is for the death penalty and on another is anti-abortion, Wodiczko told the Washington Post in 1988. On one hand he goes on about a thousand points of light and on another defends guns and a strong militaristic policy.

In a repeat of last years budget proposal, President Trump called again for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Robert Indianas LOVE (1976) sculpture was reinstalled at John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia in time for Valentines Day. The work was repainted following...


Ein Supermarkt verschenkt abgelaufene Lebensmittel die noch gut sind "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ein Supermarkt im Bayrischen Bad Brckenau verschenkt Lebensmittel deren Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum abgelaufen ist, die aber noch gut und geniebar sind. Seit Januar diesen Jahres steht in dem Rewe-Markt der Familie Hauke ein Food Sharing Regal, an dem sich die Kunden kostenlos bedienen knnen. In das Regal wandern Lebensmittel, die abgelaufen aber noch vllig in Ordnung sind. Frher wanderten die Lebensmittel in dem Markt, wie in fast allen Supermrkten, im Mll. Laut Utopia Magazin haben die Supermarktbetreiber dabei keine Sorge Gewinneinbuen zu erleiden, was beim Thema Food Sharing immer wieder als Gegenargument von Lebensmittelgeschften angefhrt wird.  Bilder Sebastian Hauke Der Bayrische Supermarkt ist ein gutes Beispiel, wie sich Lebensmittelverschwendung reduzieren lsst. Leider ist der Markt der Familie Hauke in Deutschland noch die absolute Ausnahme. Andere Stdte sind da bereits etwas weiter. In Kopenhagen gibt es einen Supermarkt, der ausschlielich Lebensmittel verkauft, deren aufgedrucktes Haltbarkeitsdatum abgelaufen ist, der Inhalt aber noch unverndert gut und geniebar ist. WeFood in der dnischen Hauptstadt ist damit der erste Supermarkt seiner Art. In Deutschland ist der Verkauf von abgelaufenen Lebensmitteln aufgrund der derzeitigen Gesetzeslage nicht ohne weiteres mglich. Allerdings gibt es auch hierzulande hnliche Anstze. In Berlin verkauft ein Geschft beispielsweise ausschlielich Lebensmittel die aufgrund ihrer Abweichung von der Norm nicht ...

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The Strange, Sci-Fi Sounds of Skating on Thin Black Ice "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

This gives new meaning to "skating on thin ice." In Sweden, a filmmaker named Henrik Trygg likes to take his chances skating on pristine sheets of black ice, measuring only five centimeters/two inches thick. It's a risk. A natural thrill. It's also quite a sensory experience. Just listen to the "high-pitched, laser-like sounds," of which sci-fi films could be made.

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A Placid Ecstasy: Walt Whitmans Most Direct Reflection on Happiness "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

What is happiness, anyhow? so impalpable a mere breath, an evanescent tinge

A Placid Ecstasy: Walt Whitmans Most Direct Reflection on Happiness

One cant write directly about the soul,, Virginia Woolf wrote. Looked at, it vanishes. So with happiness as slippery as the soul, as certain to crumble upon deconstruction. Philosophers have contemplated its nature for millennia, psychologists have attempted to unearth its existential building blocks and delineate its stages. And yet at the heart of it remains a mystery wildly various across lives and within any one life, a fickle visitation unbeckonable by external lures, as anyone who has sorrowed on a sunny-skied day knows. Theres no accounting for happiness, Jane Kenyon wrote in her sublime poem about the ultimate elusion, or the way it turns up like a prodigal who comes back to the dust at your feet having squandered a fortune far away.

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De Sade, Pornography and Women: A Reappraisal by Angela Carter "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

81Hx2EF1fmL._SL1226_On the 16th of February 1992, Angela Carter, one of Englands most valuable female writers of picaresque fiction, magical realism and cultural thought, died in London of lung cancer at the age of 51. In her obituary in The Telegraph, she was remembered for the exuberant fantastic invention, the interest in archetypal fairytale patterns, and her taste for sceptical, musical, politicised comedy. Markedly, Lorna Sage of The Guardian noted that Carter was one of the first female writers to realise that we were living with constructs of ourselves, neither false nor true but mythical and alterable hence, her poignant views, which shattered pre-established myths of women and reinterpreted t...


Who Is Threatened by Women Who Curate Political Art? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Deborah Roberts, Deborah Roberts, Tug of War (2017, left), private collection; and Deborah Roberts, Rope a Dope (2017, right), private collection (both images courtesy of the artist)

In recent months, two museum directors have stepped down from their jobs at major US art institutions. Both resigned amid social justice crises and after championing programming with a political edge. Both are women.

After three years as the director of the Queens Museum, and after (among several incidents) proposing to the board that the museum could connect immigrants with social services, Laura Raicovich resigned, stating: my vision and that of the board werent in enough alignment. The former director of the Walker Art Center, Olga Viso, resigned shortly after a controversy over Sam Durants depiction of historical gallows garnered was resolved with members of the Dakota Nation.

Now lets consider some other recent art world controversies.

In the spring of 2017, the Whitney faced a firestorm when artist Dana Schutzs painting of the corpse of Emmett Till was included in the Whitney Biennial. And in the fall of 2017, the Whitney garnered m...


How Books Get Banned "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Xiaoze Xie, Objects of Evidence (Modern Books) (2017), mixed-media installation, (photo by Jeff Wells, courtesy of the Denver Art Museum, Chambers Fine Art and the artist)

Xiaoze Xie, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto No.2 (2016), oil paint on linen, 36 x 52 inches, (courtesy of Chambers Fine Art and the artist)

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Finding Kinship with Witchcraft in the Fight Against Patriarchy "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Johanna Breiding, Liberty Enlightening the World (July 4, 1776) (2017), gelatin silver print (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES In 1782 Anna Gldi became the last European woman to be executed for witchcraft. The Swiss woman and domestic servant had previously run afoul of authorities and lived as a fugitive before her death. At a younger age, she was held responsible for her firstborn childs death and sentenced to house arrest. She skipped town and managed to settle in the nearby town of Glarus where she found work as a maid. At 47, she was accused by her employer of trying to magically poison one of his daughters with needles, although the true intent of the accusation might have been to prevent her from revealing an affair. More than 200 years later, the Swiss government exonerated Gldi of her crime, acknowledging her death as a violation of human rights and erecting a memorial to her in the town in which she was executed.

Johanna Breiding, Documentation of plaque outside of courthouse (2016), digital C-print

Anna Gldis story is the through-line of Johanna Breidings exhibition at the Angels Gate Cultural Center, which begins with a video installation depicting the small, mountainous town of Glarus where Gldi was killed and buried. The short film (a collaboration with curator Shoghig Halajian and scored by artist Dorian Wood) features still shots of the Swiss towns verdant hills and present-day calm, contrasting the brutal persecution of centuries past. An interview...


FBI Points Finger at Thief of Terracotta Soldiers Thumb "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Terracotta warrior on view at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (courtesy Franklin Institute)

Four days before Christmas in 2017, a clay thumb vanished from the Franklin Institute, a science and technology museum in Philadelphia. It originally belonged to a sculpture of a cavalryman on loan from Xian, China one of thousands of clay soldiers created in the third century BCE for the tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor of China. Immediately, the museum launched a search for the disappeared digit.

Now, with help from the FBI, the thumb and hand have been reunited. The bizarre heist took place during a festive evening at the Franklin Institute its Ugly Sweater Party on December 21, which was designed to attract new visitors to the museum over the holidays. (Ironically, the museum also offers interactive entertainment in the form of an escape room.) During the party, the door to the Terracotta Warriors exhibition was closed to the public, the lights were turned off, and a rope was placed outside the entrance.

But according to an FBI affidavit recently filed in federal court, those measures werent sufficient to keep out even the most harebrained of intruders. At 9:11 pm, according to FBI Special Agent Jacob B. Archer (who previously investigated violent crimes and drug trafficking), a twentysomething in a green sweater and Phillies hat sneaked into the closed exhibition with two friends. According to surveillance footage described in the affidavit, the intruder gazed up at the statues, using his cell phone as a flashlight.



Interview: How Ecocapsule Moved From Innovative Design Concept to Fully-Realized Mobile Home "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ecocapsule pod home

Photo: Michal Chudik, Ecocapsule Holding

If you're a person looking to live off-the-grid or someone who dreams of traveling with a self-sustaining mobile home, chances are you've heard of Ecocapsule. We've been following the innovative micro home's development since a prototype was released and put up for pre-sale in 2015. In the interim, exciting developments have allowed the Ecocapsule to begin delivery of its first models, and the company recently helicoptered the first finished pod onto the top of a building in Bratislava.

It's an exciting time for the Ecocapsule, which was originally conceived by a Slovakian architectural studio. The eco-friendly portable home sleeps one to two people and is completely self-sufficient. Power is provided by integrated solar panels and an extendable wind turbine, with a battery capacity of 9kWh. Water is supplied by external sources (like a lake or from collected rainwater), all of which is then cleaned with built-in filters. And, if you are worried about getting too hot or too cold, HVAC is installed to make sure the temperature always stays perfect in the smart home.

In just 88 square feet (8.2 square meters) of gross floor space, the interior houses a foldable double bed, kitchenette, composting toilet, and plenty of built-in storage. After the initial run of 50 first generation models, Ecocapsule aims to scale up with mass production. In fact, they are already taking pre-orders for a cheaper, second-generation model, which they hope to release after the first year.

As an incredible example of how a conceptual product can transform into a reality, Ecocapsule is a fascinating look at how innovators must take their time and adapt to the market in order to succeed. We had a chance to ask co-founder and CEO Tom ek about Ecocapsule's past, present, and future. Read on for our exclusive interview about this innovative self-sustaining portable micro-home.



New Miniature Post-Apocalyptic Environments by Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber (previously) collaboratively produce detailed dioramas caught in the throes of natural or manmade chaos. From 2005 to 2015 the pair created a series titled The City, which imagined the post-apocalyptic interiors of abandoned violin shops, malls, and natural history museums. Empire, a follow-up suite of miniature scenes, serves as a companion to this series by looking at the same imagined future from an exterior point of view.

Nix and Gerbers new scenes move away from a focus on water-damaged and rusty interiors to explore broad outdoor environments recently devoid of civilization. Scaffolding and bridges crumble as plants begin to poke back through cement cracks, subtle hints that nature has begun to reclaim its land.

Empire presents a world transformed by climate uncertainty and a shifting social order as it stumbles towards a new kind of frontier, the pair explain in a statement. These places are eerily beautiful but also unsettling in their stillness and silence. Long ago, man entered the landscape and forced nature to his will. Once grand and emblematic of strength and prosperity, these landscapes now appear abused and in decay, and it is uncertain how they will continue to (d)evolve.



Designs of Wonderfully Weird Women Capture the Mood of the Moment "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lucy Cahill, Too Many Creeps (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

DETROIT If we require a poster image for 201718 female experiences, I recommend one by illustrator Lucy Cahill, spotted adorning a T-shirt for sale at her solo exhibition, NOW I WANNA at Grey Area  an almost unbearably hip mixed-use art and retail space in the Southwest neighborhood. The shirt depicts a woman with a 1940s-style V-neck dress and black hair, pressing her hands to her ears, mouth wide, and eyes furious. Wavy emphasis lines frame her face. TOO MANY CREEPS it declares in orange letters trailing gooey serifs. Girl, I hear you.

This image contains everything fans of Cahill have come to expect: engaging, funny, and colorful compositions that owe as much inspiration to midcentury design aesthetics as they do to Love & Rockets comics. Cahills odd composite images are surreal, personal, and feminist. NOW I WANNA features small-scale new works, including framed drawings, resin-sealed paintings, and screen-printed posters and T-shirts. Each of them provides a dislocating and dynamic little burst of femininity not the crappy, mass market, #LadyDoritos kind, but the gross, difficult, and hilarious world of the weird girl. Females who burn things down. Females who are demanding attention and demanding to be left alone. Females who are, for some reason, being covered in a rain of fish blood. No one ever said being a woman was easy. But Cahill makes it look empowering and fun.



Bifido & JulietaXlf Mural in Requena "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Der italienische Knstler Bifido hat sich mit der Knstlerin JulietaXlf zusammen getan und hat in der spanischen Stadt Requena ein groes Mural realisiert. Das Wandbild erstreckt sich ber zwei Fassaden eines Wohngebudes und kombiniert die unterschiedlichen Techniken der beiden Knstler in einem Bild. As in our previous works, we blended our techniques in order to reach a stylistic and poetical equilibrium. It is titled Le Baccanti. As in Euripides`tragedy the baccanti joined Dioniso to find their freedom and the best way to express themselves, so in our work the girl joins the typical elements of the local landscape to get emancipated and become a free woman. The wine, represented by some grape berries held in her hands, serves as chance of something else. Richness of the land and unconsciousness, to achieve full awareness. The girl, split, looks at her previous self, a free woman, able to be whatever she is, without compromise. A woman as fierce as the surrounding landscape, that she held strongly, becoming part of it. All Pictures by courtesy of the artists / Palmer  Um immer auf dem Laufenden zu sein, folgt Bifido auf Facebook und besucht die Website des Knstlers.

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Die AfD verklagt einen Blogger, der die fremdenfeindlichen Zitate der Partei verffentlicht "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Der Berliner Blogger Nathan Mattes sammelt und verffentlicht fremdenfeindliche und menschenverachtende Zitate von AfD-Mitgliedern und zeigt so das wahre Gesicht der populistischen Partei. Dafr betreibt er die Website, auf der die Zitate mit eindeutigen Quellen verffentlich werden. Das findet die AfD nicht lustig und hat den Blogger verklagt, da er den Parteinamen in der Domain verwendet. Screenshot Im April 2017 schickten die Medienanwlte, die die AfD gegenber vielen kritischen Stimmen vertreten, Nathan eine Abmahnung inklusive Entwurf einer Unterlassungserklrung. Sie drohten mit einer Klage auf Herausgabe der Domain. Gegen den Inhalt der Seite kann die Partei nicht vorgehen, weil die Zitate auf der Seite alle rechtlich gut abgesichert sind. Aber sie kann ihr Namensrecht geltend machen, indem sie behauptet, Nathan htte ihren Namen benutzt, sich also mittels der Domain als AfD ausgegeben. Nathan Mattes gibt nicht auf und geht vor Gericht in die nchste Instanz. Da ein Rechtsstreit eine Menge Geld kostet, werden die Kosten per Crowd gesammelt. Mit Erfolg. Die derzeit bereits aufgelaufenen Kosten in Hhe von rund 10.000 Euro sind bereits zusammengekommen, aber der Betrag sollte meiner Meinung nach noch ein mal ordentlich aufgestockt werden, damit Nathan Mattes weiter machen kann. Wir ziehen den Hut vor so viel Einsatz und Courage. Das ...

Der Beitrag Die AfD verklagt einen Blogger, der die fremdenfeindlichen Zitate der Partei verffentlicht erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


FILM: Lazy Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Travis Jeppesen on Apichatpong Weerasethakuls SleepCinemaHotel


Fragmented Figurative Sculptures Pay Tribute to Human Emotion and Strength "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Stainless Steel Sculpture Jordi Diez Fernandez


Barcelona-based sculptor Jordi Dez Fernndez creates magnificent figurative sculptures out of steel. His growing collection of shiny metalwork includes various detailed depictions of the human form that brilliantly capture the essence of each subject. In 2016, the artist made a sculptural tribute to his wife Celia and his latest work continues to celebrate the people he admires, using cold metal to convey warm human emotions.

One piece, titled Sculptural Tribute to Carlos Martinez & Jos Galn, commemorates the two late Spanish architects. Pointing into the distance, the two figures appear to be excitedly discussing design plans. In another piece, Goddess Sedente, Fernndez sculpted the form of a pregnant woman sitting on a steel plinth. As the artist reveals, this piece represents the most profound secret of all, unattainable by reason: the fertile feminine principle and the maternity arising from its creative impulse.

A third piece, Profundity, expresses a couple in love. Fernndez explains, The woman plunges into the depths of mans nature and rescues him through an act of love, a kiss. Other sculptures depict the power and strength of the human body, such as the muscular frame of a torso, a female tennis player mid-serve, and a blindfolded bowman, with muscular steel arms, ready to fire off an arrow.

You can find more of Fernndezs expressive sculptures on his website and Instagram.

Barcelona-based sculptor Jordi Dez Fernndez creates magnificent figurative sculptures out of steel.



After Florida Shooting, Hirshhorn Museum Calls Off Art Projection Featuring Giant Gun "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988 (1988) (courtesy Gallery Galerie Lelong & Co.)

On Tuesday, two giant hands holding a gun and a candle between microphones were projected onto the exterior of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Krzysztof Wodiczkos Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988 projection was supposed to last for three nights, but after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida left at least 17 people dead on Wednesday, the museum decided to cancel the remaining two nights.

Now is a time for mourning and reflection, and out of sensitivity to our community in DC and beyond, the Hirshhorn, Smithsonian leadership and artist Krzysztof Wodiczko have made the decision to postpone the artists projection, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, Hirshhorn Director Melissa Chiu said in a statement sent to Hyperallergic. We remain committed to exhibiting this important work, which is still relevant today 30 years following its original showing. We look forward to restaging the work in its original format at a later date.

The statement adds that footage of the projection will still appear in the museums lobby. Coinciding with the opening of the Hirshhorns exhibition, Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980sWodiczkos site-specific projection was shown earlier this week for the first time since it first premiered at the museum almost 30 years ago.

To me, the silence feels most respectful, the artist added. In this case, not showing the projection shows respect and sensitivity to the people who suffer from this great tragedy.

Taking on issues of political rhetoric, the death penalty, reproductive rights, and the power of mass media, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1988 originally appeared wrapped around the museums circular building for three nights in October 198...


Man Builds Giant Sphere With 42,000 Matches and Sets It On Fire "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

We've all come up with crazy ideas from time to time, but most of us never have the patience to see them through. Not Ben Ahles. The artist spent 10 months carefully gluing 42,000 matches into a giant sphere, only to let it burn in an oddly satisfying video. And all this magic happened with just $500, a lot of hot glue, and even more patience.

The idea came after he'd been playing with some matches and wondered if they would form a sphere if he kept gluing them together. So naturally, he had to find out. But he didn't just go into things blind; Ahles actually used modeling software to see how many matches he would need and what the final sphere would actually look like. The resulting model was so data-heavy that it crashed his computer while rendering it.

So, the gluing began. I think the best way to describe this process is to articulate my mental and emotional state while gluing matches together for hours upon hours, he shares. The sphere started to take shape, but at a much slower pace than he'd anticipated, so Ahles quickly figured out that by lining the matches up in the same direction, he could grab and glue even quicker.

Matches Sphere Process

Image: YouTube

There was a hiccup in the middle when the boxes of 300 matches he'd been buying weren't enough to complete even one layer of the sphereas it was at its widest point. But, he pushed through and persevered. I kept going! And it kept growing! And it started to look less like a sphere and more like a childs approximation of a sphere. I had to let go of the idea of perfection when I saw that I hadnt been able to maintain a perfect growth just by eyeballing the placing of the matches. I guess I could have templated the curvature and really tried to nail it but I was so far pa...


Its OK to Feel Ambivalent About Michelle Obamas Official Portrait "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald (2018, image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution)

Monday marked one of the biggest news headlines ever for black art, when the National Portrait Gallery unveiled official paintings of Barack and Michelle Obama. And it gave rise to a Black Art Critic emergency.

The unveiling of the Obama portraits was an emotional event and for black women, who have so long been cut out of the official canon, the historic gravity of the moment could not be overstated. When the images were revealed, social media feeds immediately flooded with praise and disappointment. Many commentators questioned the likeness of Michelle Obamas portrait to the woman herself. They asked whether the painting really captured the personality and persona that they had individually and collectively imagined.

Watching this in real time, I felt deeply uncomfortable. Perhaps these critiques filled an emotional void for social media audiences, which can be quick to judge with little context. But they also felt disrespectful to the artist. Sheralds body of work is formally compelling, with her signature greyscale black bodies in flattened yet luminescent washes of color, with pops of saturated hues. She deserves, if nothing else, a thoughtful response.

Commentators seemed to race to publish their opinions of the portrait. Elizabeth Wellington of the Philadelphia Inquirer said Mrs. Obama looked more like Kerry Washington than Mrs. O, while Holl...


What Are the Keys to Happiness?: Take The Science of Well-Being, a Free Online Version of Yales Most Popular Course "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Don't listen to people who tell you they've found the one true path to happiness but do listen to people who seem seriously in search of it. One such person, Yale psychology and cognitive science professor Laurie Santos, teaches a whole course on the subject: Psych 157, also known as "Psychology and the Good Life." And even though college students are living the best time of their lives or so the culture keeps insisting to them enough of them desire its insights to make it the most popular class at the university, with more than 1,180 students currently enrolled.

"The course focuses both on positive psychology the characteristics that allow humans to flourish, according to Dr. Santos and behavioral change, or how to live by those lessons in real life," writes The New York Times' David Shimer. "Students must take quizzes, complete a midterm exam and, as their final assessment, conduct what Dr. Santos calls a 'Hack YoSelf Project,' a personal self-improvement project." The body of knowledge underlying it all is hardly obvious: "Scientists didnt realize this in the same way 10 or so years ago, that our intuitions about what will make us happy, like winning the lottery and getting a good grade are totally wrong," the article quotes Santos as saying.


Queens Museum Releases Report Making Extraordinary Allegations Against Former Director "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Queens Museum (photo by Leo Chiou, via Wikimedia Commons)The Queens Museum (photo by Leo Chiou, via Wikimedia Commons)

On Tuesday, the findings of an independent investigation into the controversy surrounding an event last summer at the Queens Museum were released; they claim that the institutions former president and executive director, Laura Raicovich, and its former deputy director, David Strauss, knowingly misled the Board, and otherwise failed to comport themselves with the standards consistent with their positions. Raicovich resigned from her position last month and Strauss has been terminated, according to the report. The investigations findings come after an outpouring of support for Raicovich and her vision for a politically engaged institution.

The event in question, a rental of the museum building to the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations on November 29 of last year for a reenactment of the UN vote 70 years earlier to create the State of Israel with a keynote speech by US Vice-President Mike Pence became a flashpoint for accusations of anti-semitism after the museums board appeared to cancel and then reinstate the event. The independent study into the incident, conducted pro-bono by the law firm...


Whats the Origin of Time Travel Fiction?: New Video Essay Explains How Time Travel Writing Got Its Start with Charles Darwin & His Literary Peers "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The idea of time travel is probably as old as the feeling of regret, but the desire to go back in time is not the same as the theoretical notion that it might actually be possible to do so. Where, the Nerdwriter wonders above, did this idea originate? And where did time travel narratives come from in general? Time travel, he argues, as a device to tell stories, is a relatively recent phenomenon. And time travel as a specific genre of literature is just a little over a hundred years old.

An important point of clarification: We find instances of time travelor at least a kind of parallaxin many ancient texts, where some characters experience time differently in different realms and dimensions and can thus see the past or future in our world. In the Ramayana, a figure named Kakbhushubdi lives like the Watchers in the Marvel Comics universeoutside of time, observing millennia passing. (It is said he sees the same events happen over and over, with different outcomes each time.)

This is not strictly what we mean by time travel. Yet many ancient stories do show humans going back in time, or going to sleep and waking up in the future, through divine agency. In the Buddhist Pali texts, we learn that the Devas experience one hundred human years as a single day (an idea echoed in the Bible). In the Japanese legend of Urashima Taro, a man visits the palace of the Dragon God, and when he comes back 300 years have passed. But the Nerdwriter is talking about something different than these many narrative instances of time dilation (hundreds of years before Einstein elaborated the concept), though the same devices appear in modern time travel stories.

A significant distinction, the video suggests, lies in the very concept of time. Many ancient people believed that time was cyclicalhence the many variations on the same themes in Kakbhushubdis experienceor that time was malleable, subject to divine interruption and disruption. After Darwi...


Incredible Nominees of the 2018 World Press Photo Contest "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2018 World Press Photo of the Year Nominee - Adam Ferguson

Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived. Aisha, age 14.' by Adam Ferguson, for The New York Times. World Press Photo of the Year Nominee. Aisha (14) stands for a portrait in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria. After being kidnapped by Boko Haram, Aisha was assigned a suicide bombing mission, but managed to escape and find help instead of detonating the bombs.

Since 1955, World Press Photo has celebrated the best of international photojournalism with its annual photography contest. Always gripping, sometimes heartwarming, and often difficult to see, the images of these top photojournalists tell the story of our collective history with unflinching realism. Last year's World Press Photo of the Year was a heart-wrenching image taken during the assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey.

The recently announced nominees of the 2018 World Press Photo Contest have produced equally powerful imagery that demonstrates just how vital photojournalists still are to our understanding of world news. The best visual journalism is not of something; it is about something. It should matter to the people to whom it speaks, states Lars Boering, managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation.

For the 61st edition of the photo contest, not only were category nominees announced, but for the first time, the six nominees for the World Press Photo of the Year were revealed. Forty-four phot...


The Dadaists Fevered Dreams of Africa "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Man Ray, Noire et Blanche (Black and White) (1926) glatino-argentique photograph, 21 27,5 cm Paris, Centre Pompidou, muse national dArt moderne ( Man Ray Trust Adagp, Paris, 2017, courtesy Adagp Image Bank)

PARIS Following on the heels of the Dada centennial, curator Ccile Debray of the Muse de lOrangerie, in cooperation with the ethnological Museum Rietberg in Zurich and the Berlinische Galerie, double down on the Discordian pychodelic aspects of Dada with Dada Africa, an exhibition that exhumes the collision between the Dadaists preconceived notions of Africa and actual African cultural artifacts.

Concurrent with the appalling butchery of World War I, Hugo Ball and Emmy Henningss Cabaret Voltaire opened its doors on February 5th, 1916, and the tumultuous Dada revolt ensued. The cabaret soon became the epitome of bohemianism by rejecting the conventional Western mores described as civilized that had led to such blood-soaked discord. Placed within the range of vertiginous possibilities and improbabilities released by the effort to end polite society, Cabaret Voltaires mischief club took up the theme of transmigration that they perceived in non-Western systems of thought and creation, leading many avant-garde artists to study and adopt radically different types of artistic production.



Fearless Girl and Wall Street Bull Sculptures May Get a New, Permanent Home "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

People photographing Kristen Visbals Fearless Girl on Wall Street (photo by Jillian Steinhauer/Hyperallergic)

Adweek is reporting that, according to multiple sources, there are negotiations underway between the New York City Mayors Office and State Street Global Advisors, the financial firm behind the infamous Fearless Girl statue, about the future of both Fearless Girl and the iconic Wall Street Charging Bull.

The sculptures were installed in the Financial District some 28 years apart (Charging Bull was installed illegally in 1989, and Fearless Girl was installed legally last year on the eve of International Womens Day), but both have become major tourist attractions. The Adweek report confirms the citys plans to keep both sculptures together Fearless Girl was originally intended to be temporary and to find a location that is more tourist-friendly, since the current location is on a traffic island located between busy Downtown streets.

According to Adweek:

Millions of tourists and natives have indeed flocked to see the statue since its March 7, 2017, debut. Analysts estimate that the work, which cost a reported $250,000, had generated more than $7 million in free marketing after only six months.

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I was a teenage Goth, Punk, Hesher, Hip-Hop, Raver: Photographs of fashionable youth from the 1980s "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The 1980s encapsulated in one photo.
If you remember the eighties, you were probably there. Big hair, bad music, and terrible fashion. Or was it so bad?

This was the decade when no one dominant musical trend dictated the termsas say the Beatles did in the sixties...


Adorable Couple Surprises One Another by Accidentally Proposing at the Same Time "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A marriage proposal is a happy and joyous time, but what happens when two people propose to each other in the same moment? If youve never pictured that scenario before, you arent alone. Tori Monaco recently asked her girlfriend of a year to marry her, but when she didto her immense surpriseher girlfriend (now fiance) Berkley Cade pulled out a ring, too. Yes, they accidentally proposed to each other at the same time.

Cade had bought the engagement ring in September and was waiting for a trip to visit her family in Washington to propose. Similarly, Monaco had the ring since January and planned on surprising her beloved there as well.

In a heartwarming scene all caught on video, Monaco and Cade were playing a game of Pictionary with the family. During Cades turn to draw, Monaco got on one knee and guessed Will you marry me? as an answer. There was a moment of awe on Cades part, and then she pulled out her ring and asked the same question of Monaco. The answer? Yes, of course!

My heart was pounding. I had knots in my stomach the whole week leading up to it, Monaco recalled. I almost broke and proposed early so many times.

So, how did it happen that the two women proposed at the same time? That was thanks to Cades mom, Kristy. She had spoken separately to Monaco and Cade about their desire to propose and coordinated them so theyd ask each other during Pictionary. I was laughing at the crazy coincidence, Monaco explained, And just so unbelievably shocked that something so perfect was happening to me.

The couple has set a September 2019 date for their wedding where theyll be wearing two complementary dresses.

In one of the best marriage proposals ever, Tori Monaco and her girlfriend (now fiance) Berkley Cade accidentally proposed to each other at the same time.


Anonymous Figures Struggle Against Nature in Porcelain Sculptures by Claudia Fontes "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Since 2013, artist Claudia Fontes (previously) has been investigating the use and meaning of the word foreigner in a series of small figurative sculptures. Each sculpture, which is about the size of Fontes hand (about 23 x 5 cm / 9 x 2 inches) is made with flaxseed paper porcelain. Anonymous figures, alone or in groups, are consumed by or emerging from organic textures that resemble grass, sea sponges, and thin shards of stone. Fontes has been based in England for the last ten years, where foreigner is a popular pejorative term. She was born and raised in Argentina, and has also lived and worked in the Netherlands. The artist describes the process and inspiration behind the series on her website:

I began to make [Foreigners] in response to the English landscape that surrounds me and to my cultural understanding of it as a foreigner. I generally find the images out of which they are born during walks in the nearby forest and in the field that begins as soon as I cross the street where I live. During these walks, I concentrate in observing the process of transformation, interaction and the mechanisms of adaptation that happen amongst the creatures that share this particular bio-political system.

You can explore more of Fontes body of work, which includes other sculptures as well as conceptual pieces, on her website. (via Womens Art)



James Castle: People, Places & Things on View at the New York Studio School "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

James Castle (18991977) is an enigma. Entirely self-taught and born profoundly deaf in rural Idaho, where he spent his life, he never learned to speak or read. Making art was his life-long preoccupation and his main means of communication. Refusing to do farm chores, he retreated to his studio, first an unused chicken coop, later a trailer, to draw haunting landscapes, interiors, animals, people, and objects, adopting, first from necessity and later by choice, scavenged paper and home-brewed mediums.

Most mysterious are his hand-drawn books and photo albums, with their inexplicable letters and words. Some works are inventions; others reflect memories; still others are based on such random visual stimuli as ads, packaging, photos, or comic strips. Castles images and constructions poetic, fantastic, naturalistic, or stylized, in monochrome soot and spit, and in color allow us a glimpse into his silent world. Just as he was separated from his environment by his deafness, the originality and variety of Castles work sets him apart from many other self-taught artists.

Curated by Karen Wilkin, this exhibition surveys the full spectrum of Castles themes, from the well-known farmyards and interiors, to the less familiar portraits of house and machines, clothing and groups of geometric people, as well as some of his impenetrable books, plus ephemera, including rarely seen sources for his imagery. The breadth and depth of Castles many modes of working are revealed, affirming why he should be regarded simply as an American master, without qualification, albeit an elusive one.

More information can be found at and

New York Studio School (8 West 8th Street, New York)
Free and open daily to the public 10am-6pm.
January 29March 4, 2018

James Castle is featured in the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, January 28-May 13, 2018


Animation Brings to Life Man as Industrial Palace, the 1926 Lithograph Depicting the Human Body as a Modern Factory "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In 1926, Fritz Kahn, a German gynecologist and anatomy textbook author, produced a lithograph called Der Mensch als Industriepalast (Man as Industrial Palace) that depicted the human body as a factory, a chemical plant of sorts. Kahn's body came complete with mechanical lungs, a rock-sorting stomach, gears for a throat, and a switchboard for a brain, and it illustrated rather metaphorically the degree to which industrialization had taken over Western life, creating deep anxiety for some and curiosity for others.

More than 80 years later, Henning Lederer, a German artist, has brought Kahn's mechanical body to life with some gifted animation. To learn more about Lederer's project, you will want to spend more time on and particularly with this helpful PDF. Other animation by Lederer can be found on Vimeo.

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Designers Create Real Observation Beehive You Can Mount on Your Wall at Home "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Modular Observation Bee Hives by BEEcosystem

With an aim to help reconnect individuals with the nature of food, eco-driven designers Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle created BEEcosystem, a modular observation beehive. The hexagonal honeycomb-inspired structure can be mounted to walls (indoors or outdoors) and features a see-through front so that users can watch and learn about their resident honeybees. Unlike existing, fixed-sized observation hives, the BEEcosystem is modular, allowing the user to expand their hive by attaching additional magnetic HexHive bodies.

The connection points of each magnetic hive features sliding ventilation screens that open into crawlways that allow the bees to move freely. The BEEcosystem also features a transfer tube that the bees can use to come and go from between indoors and outdoors. A feeder at the top can be used for supplementing the hive when necessary, and a top bar can be removed to harvest honey.

Bees play a vital role to our global food system and, as pollinators, theyre to thank for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Most crops grown for their fruit and vegetables are completely reliant on the insect for production. However, with 3.5 million less beehives than there were in 1947, bees are declining in record numbers due to a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder. The BEEcosystem designers hope that they can build a community, a hive mind of beekeepers who can support one another through sharing industry best-practices and educational outreach strategies.

For those who want to support the BEEcosystem cause, but lack the necessary beekeeping knowledge and skills, Betz and Zaengle have set up a new ambassador program. The project enables beekeeping experts to visit potential customers such as restaurants, hotels, and education centers to teach them how to care for their beehives.

Find our more about BEEcosystem on their website.

With an aim to educate people about the importance of pollination, eco-driven designers Dustin Betz and Mike Zaengle created BEEcosystem, a modular observation beehive.



This Years Oscar-Nominated Shorts Are Slam Dunks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Negative Space directed by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter (copyright 2018 ShortsTV)

This years Academy Award nominees in the Animated Short Film category are kind of downer for a medium thats often associated with uplifting childrens fare. In Dear Basketball, director Glen Keane partners with basketball legend Kobe Bryant to tell the story of the stars retirement from the sport. The French Garden Party follows a cadre of amphibians as they pick over the detritus of a luxurious party at an opulent estate mysteriously devoid of residents. Pixars Lou begins with a playground bully robbing children of their cherished toys, and Negative Space features a character mourning his absentee father. Finally, the framing device of Revolting Rhymes  the longest of the bunch at 29 minutes focuses on a character describing the deaths of his nephews. Despite the theme of loss, viewers can take heart in knowing that their time and money will not be lost if they catch one of the many theatrical screenings; this is the first crop of nominees in many years without a single dud. 



Two Artists Set Sail in a Pair of Floating Art and Photography Studios "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2Boats Ubermut Project Art Studio Boat Camera Obscura Boat Claudius Schulze Maciej Markowicz

Today, many creatives opt to abandon the confines of traditional workspaces in order to produce work on-the-go. From pop-up art studios to portable photography labs, this trend has resulted in both an abundance of experimental spaces and a surge in new technologies. Taking both of these approaches on board, artists Claudius Schulze and Maciej Markowicz have created 2BOATS, a floating photographic platform that puts a creative twist on travel.

The 2BOATS project revolves around a unique pair of water vessels. Intended to house the artists as they travel around Europe, each boat is much more than meets the eye. The first was dreamt up by Schulze and resembles a rustic houseboat. It serves as a hammock-equipped hub for artists to discuss vision, formation, creation and the environment, hold workshops, and view Schulze's eclectic body of work.

The second boat, Obscuraboat, was designed by Markowicz. Known as a moving camera, this whimsical watercraft doubles as a functional camera obscura. Additionally, it houses a collection of Markowicz's photography, which ranges from fine art and portraits to projections and negative prints.

While the boats drastically differ in design and function, they both aim to inspire. During their trip, the 2BOATS blog states, both artists will be engaging in a study of the environment, urban life and photography while always on the lookout for new perspectives, a different kind of awareness and novel experiences.

This unique project is part of the bermut Project, an initiative by visitBerlin and...


How Overnight Shipping Works "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


To ship packages around the world, companies like UPS, DHL and FedEx operate large fleets in cities you might not expect.

via Wendover Productions




Babal: Ricky Ricardo big-ups Santeras Lord of Pestilence "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Is I Love Lucy the real Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, the Vault of the Adepti, the Island Beneath the Sea? Robert Anton Wilson used to talk about the sect of Fred Mertz, Bodhisattva, and its adherents simple creed:



Six Famous Paintings that Were Given New Names "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Modigliani (left), Picasso, and Andr Salmon (who renamed Les Demoiselles dAvignon) in front the Caf de la Rotonde, Paris, 1916 (photo by Jean Cocteau via Wikimedia Commons)

Would a Picasso by any other name smell as sweet? That seems to have been the question for a short time earlier this month, when British businessman and all-around rich guy Richard Caring allegedly planned to hang a plaque that read Annabel under Picassos 1937 The Girl With A Red Beret And Pompom. According to Robbie Griffiths at the Daily Mail, Caring bought the painting for 20 or 30 million last year, hung it in Annabelshis London nightclub, and decided to rename it after the club.

This particular painting just one of many depicting Marie-Thrse Walter, Picassos mistress, wearing a beret with a pompom is far from the first artwork to be renamed by someone other than the artist. In fact, artists naming their own works at all is a fairly recent phenomenon; for hundreds of years, art historians used descriptions instead of official titles to identify specific works. Its unclear when exactly naming an artwork became so important to the artist that created it, but these days, even WikiHow has a guide on How to Title Your Work of Art.

Jan van Eyck, The Arnolfini Portrait, 1434. Oil on oak, 82.2 x 60 cm (image via Wikimedia Commons)

As for renaming works, this has largely been the arena of critics, curators, and art dealers. It may seem silly and pedantic to harp on the names of artworks but as a neuroscientific study suggested in 2015, ...


A One-Man Pink Floyd Band Creates Note-Perfect Covers of Echoes, Comfortably Numb, Mother & Other Classics: Watch 19-Year-Old Wunderkind Ewan Cunningham in Action "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If youre a 19-year-old wunderkind like Ewan Cunningham, who can play any number of instruments, its a great time to be alive. Recording is cheap, video is just as cheap, and YouTube provides a venue to share a slew of his homemade covers of rock classics.

Above is one of his most ambitious ventures: a full note-for-note cover of Pink Floyds Echoes, all 20 minutes, that uses video trickery to have four Ewans side-by-side playing at Dobbie Hall. (From what we can tell, Dobbie Hall is located in Larbert, Scotland, a town about equidistant between Glasgow and Edinburgh.)

Diving down into all six years of Ewans videos and we find, at first, not a 13-year-old Ewan, but his dad, playing and singing an acoustic cover of Coldplays Paradise. So we know where Ewan got the music bug.

In fact, he tells us I started playing drums at the age of 4 and continued to only play drums until I started branching out into other instruments such as guitar, bass, keyboards and vocals. I've been teaching myself to mix, record and film music since I was 10 years old and this is my passion.

Ewan started uploading drum covers at 14, playing along to everyone from Evanescence to Foo Fighters. At 16 he uploaded his first Floyd drum cover (Brain Damage/Eclipse) and, like many a teen before him, fell hard for the band.



42.000 Streichhlzer zu einer Kugel zusammenkleben und anznden "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Es gibt Sachen, die existiere nur, weil das Internet existiert. So zumindest unsere Vermutung. All is Art haben in gut einem Jahr Arbeit 42.000 Streichhlzer mit grnem Kopf zu einer groen Kugel zusammengeklebt und den Streichholzball anschlieend angezndet. Kann man machen. Muss man nicht machen. So, oder so muss man verdammt viel Zeit haben. Video und Bild: All is Art / Youtube Screenshot What happens when you start gluing matches together? Because the heads are slightly wider than the wooden bodies, they begin to form a sphere. This was an experiment in how many matches it would take to get all the way around to make a perfect globe. After months of gluing and gluing and gluing we made it to the other side. Then the experiment shifted to see what it would look like when this thing burned. Enjoy! Vor einiger Zeit hatten wir schon mal ber einen Youtuber geschrieben, der 6.000 Streichhlzer zu einer brennenden Installation zusammengebaut hat. Gesehen bei kraftfuttermischwerk

Der Beitrag 42.000 Streichhlzer zu einer Kugel zusammenkleben und anznden erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


An Openness to Life: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dag Hammarskjld on Love, Failure, and What It Means to Be Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Openness to life grants a lightning-swift insight into the life situation of others.

An Openness to Life: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dag Hammarskjld on Love, Failure, and What It Means to Be Yourself

Months after his death in a plane crash while traveling to negotiate a ceasefire during the budding civil war in Congo, the Swedish diplomat, economist, and author Dag Hammarskjld (July 29, 1905September 18, 1961) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, Hammarskjld became one of only two people in history awarded the Nobel posthumously. John F. Kennedy considered him the greatest statesman of the twentieth century.

Hammarskjld left behind a most unusual manuscript, eventually published as Markings (public library) a compendium of reflections and poems constellating a luminous record of one persons struggle for a foothold of meaning, radiating universal human truth. Partway between young Tolstoys diaries, Walt Whitmans prose meditations, and artist Ann Truitts journals, these fragments of thought and feeling embody what it means for a person who has devoted their life to moral action to also have a rich inner life of contemplation the rare, bountiful marriage of via activa and via contemplativa, as W.H. Auden observes in his admiring foreword to the book. Hammarskjld contempla...


Brazils Extreme Social Tensions on Film "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from <em>Outer Edge</em>, directed by Ewerton Belico and Samuel Marotta (courtesy the filmmakers)Still from Outer Edge, directed by Ewerton Belico and Samuel Marotta (courtesy the filmmakers)

TIRADENTES, Brazil A foreigner arriving here a pristine baroque town in Minas Gerais, the site of Portugals colonial-era gold mines may not know that its a place where cultural and social tensions are at a boiling point. Tiradentes is a major tourist destination, but much more importantly, its also where, for 21 years, Brazils pioneering indie film festival, Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, has brazenly set the course for the countrys cinema. Now the festival increasingly channels anger about the status quo.

Brazilians have plenty to be angry about. For one, the hijacking of democracy after the Operation Car Wash; the revelations of corruption at the highest levels; and the ousting of president Dilma Rouseff (which, as the international press widely reported, was partly a result of political calculations dictated by class interests). The countrys social inequality is again on the rise, and so is vehement, violent...


Art and Science: Galilean Influences in Artemisias Judith Beheading Holofernes "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

41W4Sr+68lLOn the 15th of February 1564, the Italian astronomer, philosopher, mathematician and physicist Galileo Galilei was born in Pisa, Italy. Often considered the father of science, Galileo established a new perception of the physical world. Fascinated by the invention of telescope, he constructed one himself and conducted observation of such celestial bodies as the Moon, Jupiter and its four moons, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, Milky Way, and various stars. This allowed him to discover certain law of interdependences between planets and stars, which led him on to support the Copernican heliocentric system. These claims turned him into the subject of major criticism from the Church. Tried by the Holy Office and found guilty of heresy, he was forced to spend the last years of his life under house arrest.   

In 1638, Galileo published Two New Sciences, the work compiling his lifetime research on kinematics and strength of materials. Unlike the natural philosophers of his day, who searched for causes of phenomena, Galileo maintained that a mathematical description of the world was the primary aim of science. The book of nature, as he said metaphorically, was written in mathematical characters. Thus, for example, instead of asking why a heavy object falls to earth, he began with the fact that it does so and rather asked how it falls; this led to his discovery of the law of acceleration specifically that an object falls independently of its weight, and the distance fallen is proportional to the square of its time of descent. The other key discovery that followed from these laws is that the path of a projectile is a parabola. (David Topper and Cynthia Gillis, Trajectories of Blood: Artemisia Gentileschi and Galileos Parabolic Path, Womans Art Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring-Summer, 1996). It seems that the latter discovery attracted the attention of the painter Artemisia Gentileschi, the first female member of the Florentine Accademia del Disegno, who at some point befriended the great scientist.
51xx4W1YnpL._SY445_According to David Topper and Cynthia Gillis, Artemisias first exp...

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2,000-Year-Old Rock Carvings of Camels Discovered in Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

High relief of standing dromedary on sandstone spur (all photos CNRS/MADAJ, R. Schwerdtner)

Scholars believe that the dromedary was likely domesticated on the southern Arabian Peninsula, where they helped humans travel across unforgiving desert landscapes for millennia. Now, in a study published in the Cambridge journal Antiquity, archaeologists exploring the province of Al Jawf in Saudi Arabia have found what they say is an unprecedented group of rock art that attests to the creatures early significance to the region.

Rock relief depicting recumbent dromedary raising head towards an equid, possibly a donkey or mule

The carvings, cut into large sandstone spurs, depict about a dozen life-size dromedaries and equids that date back about 2,000 years. Notably, they are shown without harnesses and have individualized features, from their eyes to their muzzles. One dromedary is shown in a curious interaction, engaging with what appears to be a donkey a mammal rarely represented in rock art.

The animals are difficult to make out today. Some of them are incomplete, and some have suffered damage over the centuries, said the Franco-Saudi research team, whose members represent the French National Center for Scientific Research and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage. The areas harsh conditions have also left little...


Artist Suspends 600,000 Tied Knots Over a Historic Plaza in Spain "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

1.78 Madrid, a Sculpture by Janet Echelman

(c) Janet Echelman, Inc., 2018, Photo: Joao Ferrand

Visitors to Madrids Plaza Mayor will be greeted by a dazzling installation by artist Janet Echelman. Known for her suspended thread sculptures, this site-specific fiber art is called 1.78 Madrid and represents the latest work in her Earth Time series that started in 2010. Comprising 600,000 tied knots and 77 miles of twine, this new network is 15 times stronger than steel by weight, but it will gently move if struck by a passing breeze.

Clad in oranges, pinks, purples, and reds, the see-through sculpture electrifies the historic buildings below; Echelmans work hovers over the plazas statue of King Philip III like an electric cloud. Although it descends like a looming alien spaceship, the abstract form gets its title from the number of microseconds that a day on Earth was shortened as a result of the 2011 Earthquake in Japan.

Echelmans installation was installed to mark the 400th anniversary of Madrid. Conceptually, it comments on timeincluding its passing and its various scales, from a single day to entire centuries. In the last four hundred years people have gathered at Plaza Mayor to witness bull-fights and Spanish Inquisition burnings, Echelman said. Today we gather together with art that explores our concept of time, to discuss ideas. This is a hopeful trajectory for humanity.

Echelmans interest in time is particularly geared towards those living in metropolises, who are often swept up in the energy of the urban environment and lack the opportunity for reflection. I feel a need to find moments of contemplation in the midst of daily city life, Echelman explained. If my art can create an opportunity to contemplate the larger cycles of time and remind us to listen to our inner selves, I believe this can be the start of transformation.

If youre local to Madrid, 1.78 Madrid is currently available to view until February 19, 2018.

Artist Janet Echelman has created a fiber art installation that's suspended over the Plaza Mayor in Madrid.



Werner Heisenberg Falls in Love: The Love Letters of the Nobel-Winning Pioneer of Quantum Mechanics and Originator of the Uncertainty Principle "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Lifes essence should always be clearly noticeable behind the love, or the music, or the work.

Werner Heisenberg Falls in Love: The Love Letters of the Nobel-Winning Pioneer of Quantum Mechanics and Originator of the Uncertainty Principle

Between the time Albert Einstein composed his courtship letters and Richard Feynman wrote his extraordinary letter to his departed wife, another Nobel-winning physicist contributed to the small and singularly beautiful canon of scientists love letters.

Two years after he received the Nobel Prize for his uncertainty principle a supreme bow before the limits of knowledge, stating that the more precisely we know the position of a given particle, the less precise our measurement of its momentum, and vice versa Werner Heisenberg (December 5, 1901February 1, 1976) lurched into the ultimate unknown with absolute certainty: He fell in love.

Troubled by the tensions cusping on war, accused of being a white Jew by the Nazi media for teaching Einsteins theory of relativity in his university course, and feeling like dark political agendas were keeping him from his calling the undisturbed inquiry into nature Heisenberg found solace in his spiritual practice: playing music (which we now know benefits the brain more than any other activity).


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