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Wednesday, 13 September


Exploring Blackness in Enigmatic, Black-and-White Fragments "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Kameelah Janan Rasheed, A Supple Perimeter (all photographs by Ornella Friggit)

When I first saw Kameelah Janan Rasheeds work in her exhibition On Refusal at A.I.R. Gallery last year, I was mesmerized. What stunned me was how she used her materials to convey the idea of a fugitive, subaltern, lived experience thats expressed in syntactic slips and eruptions of deeply felt personal exertion against the burly undertow of religious ideology. The work amazed me by how she achieved via a cascade of text, photographs, photocopied images, and video with sound, bits of photocopied text and abstract imagery affixed to the walls with pins, the portrayal of an interior, psychological process of working through a crisis concerning ones faith and family history. The crisis simultaneously felt personal and common. I have been there myself, so the exhibition resonated with me. For her much larger show at the Arts Center on Governors Island, A Supple Perimeter, Rasheed uses essentially the same tactics, but here shes addressing a much larger issue: Blackness.



How 9/11 Forever Changed Lilo & Stitch "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


9/11 was a turning point in every facet of American society including cinema. In September of 2001, Disney was approaching final cut on Lilo & Stitch a childrens film set for release in early 2002. The climax of the film initially featured Stitch piloting a 747 through a fictional Hawaiian city. But that urban backdrop was replaced with a mountainous backdrop, and the aircraft was re-worked to look like an alien spacecraft.

The changes were informed by the shift in the mood in America following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Disney wasnt alone in their obligation to rework content to a more appropriate tone for a nation still reeling from the attacks. Childrens shows like Power Rangers, Pokemon, and Invader Zim had episodes taken off the air due to scenes where buildings and cityscapes were destroyed.

The natio...


FILM: By the Book "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nick Pinkerton on Frederick Wisemans Ex Libris: New York Public Library


If the iPhone X Launch Event Was Honest "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Jack Douglass aka Jacksfilms parodies the recent Apple iPhone X launch event aka the $1000 emoji machine.




What Is Fair Use?: A Short Introduction from the Maker of Everything is a Remix "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Back in 2010, we began featuring a series of videos from filmmaker Kirby Ferguson. Called Everything is a Remix, the four-part video series explored the idea that (to quote from one of my earlier posts) "great art doesnt come out of nowhere. Artists inevitably borrow from one another, drawing on past ideas and conventions, and then turn these materials into something beautiful and new." That applies to musicians, filmmakers, technologists, and really anyone in a creative space.

If you would like to watch the original series in its totality, I would refer you to the video below. Above, you can now watch a new Kirby Ferguson video that delves into the concept of Fair Use--a concept defined by the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use website essentially as "any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and 'transformative' purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work." They go on to say:  "Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an infringement."

Needless to say, fair use is an important concept if you're making your own videos on Youtube, or if you're a teacher using media in the classroom.

By the end of his short video, if you're still not clear what Ferguson means by Fair Use, you're in luck. He's giving you the opportunity to submit questions to be answered by "a real live lawyer in a follow up video." He also includes extra resources at the end of the segment.

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Remarkable Finalists of the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

wildlife photography contest

Arctic treasure Sergey Gorshkov (Russia). Finalist, Animal Portraits.
Carrying its trophy from a raid on a snow goose nest, an Arctic fox heads for a suitable burial spot. This is June and bonanza time for the foxes of Wrangel Island in the Russian Far East. Lemmings are the basic diet for Arctic foxes, but Wrangel suffers long, harsh winters and is icebound for much of the year, making it a permanent source of stored food for these opportunist animals. The food convoys arrive at the end of May. Over just a few days, vast flocks of snow geese descend on the tundra of this remote UNESCO World Heritage Site, traveling from wintering grounds some 4,800 kilometers (3,000 miles) away in British Columbia and California. Not only is this the biggest breeding colony of snow geese in the world, and the only remaining one in Asia, but it is also growing: from 160,000 geese in 2011 to about 300,000 by 2016. The Arctic foxes catch any weak or sick birds, but what they feast on are the goose eggs, laid in early June in open nests on the tundra. Though the pairs of snow geese actively defend their nests, a fox may still manage to steal up to 40 eggs a day, harassing the geese until theres a chance to nip in and grab an egg. Most of the eggs are then cached, buried in shallow holes in the tundra, where the soil stays as cold as a refrigerator. These eggs will remain edible long after the brief Arctic summer is over and the geese have migrated south again. And when the new generation of young foxes begins to explore, they too will benefit from the hidden treasures.
(Photo: Sergey Gorshkov / Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

As we move closer to the awards ceremony for the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, the Natural History Museum, London has released select images of finalists. Coming from entries across 16 categories in the adult competition and 3 categories in the young competition, it's an exciting preview of what we can expect when the winning images are announced.

Now in its 53rd year, this year's competition received almost 50,000 entries from 92 different countries. As a reward for capturing the...


Unique Egyptian Gilded Coffin Acquired by the Metropolitan Museum "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Detail of a gilded coffin lid for the Priest Nedjemankh (late Ptolemaic Period, 150-50 BCE) (all images the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has added some serious bling to its ancient Egyptian collection in the form of a rare, gilded coffin with a highly ornamental lid.

Dating to the late Ptolemaic period, the mummiform coffin was inscribed for the high-ranking priest Nedjemankh, who was part of the cult of the ram-god Heryshef of Herakleopolis. Its gold-sheathed surface portrays scenes and texts in thick gesso relief that served to protect the deceased as he ventured into the afterlife. Its interior, too, is decorated, featuring a unique detail: thin sheets of silver foil intended to protect the priests face.

Originally exported from Egypt in 1971, the coffin emerges from a private collection and is now a one-of-a-kind object in the Mets own holdings.

Although fully gilded coffins from Egypt are attested over a period of more than 1,500 years, they are extremely rare, and the Met owns no other examples, a member of the museums Egyptian Art Department told Hyperallergic. The coffin of Nedjemankh is distinctive within the collection both for its materials and the technique of gesso pastiglia used to create the decoration. It also fills a gap in the museums collection of coffins between earlier Ptolemaic examples and later Roman ones.

Gilded coffin for the Priest Nedjemankh (late Ptolemaic Period, 150-50 BCE)

Besides serving as pr...


Magnificent Photographs of Japans Summer Firework Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Furukawa Fireworks Festival

Summer in Japan means colorful explosions in the sky, where some 200 firework festivals called hanabi taikai are held across the country in July and August, a tradition that dates back to the early 18th century. At many events, pyrotechnicians actually compete to create the best firework show, with extreme attention to detail in scale, color, and design. Photographer Keisuke trekked to several shows this summer and captured the most eye-opening moments of these nighttime events. Although just 25 years old, the photographer has received numerous awards for his landscape photography of Japan and hes amassed quite a following on Instagram.



Meet the 6-Year-Old Instagram Fashionista Whos Becoming a Style Icon in Tokyo "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

High Fashion Photography by Coco

Having a flair for fashion is a gift, and its one that a Japanese girl named Coco has cultivated early. At just six years old, shes a bona-fide Instagram star, dazzling people from around the world with her bold and trendy kids fashion. Coco isnt afraid to mix patterns or wear bright colors, and she does it all with an effortlessly cool attitude. Shes even able to make questionable outfit choiceslike wearing white socks with sandalswork for her.

Coco first learned about fashion from her parents. They run a vintage clothing store in Harajuku, a Tokyo neighborhood known for its eccentric style. Its the second iteration of their shop; the family business started in Fukushima, but after the 2011 Thoku earthquake, they were forced to relocate. Coco was just a baby when she moved to Harajuku, and shes used to wild fashions she sees thereto her, they're normal.

When it comes to running her Instagram, Coco has a mind of her own. She chooses what goes online and is genuinely interested in growing her following through great poses and amazing ensembles. But, this is just one facet of Cocos life; None of the kids [at school] dress the way I do, she says in a video. We don't really want to make her go into fashion or that industry, Coco's mom further explains, and she compares the endeavor to an after school program. The little girl pursues her style simply because she loves doing so.

Known simply as Coco, the six-year-old Instagram star is changing the face of high fashion photography.

High Fashion Photography by Coco...


The Mad Meteorologist that Ventures Into Hurricanes to Measure their Wind Speed "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Simon Brewer and Juston Drake are meteorologists and storm chasers currently featured on The Weather Channels series, Storm Riders.

The duo recently shared a viral video on Twitter of Juston venturing into...


Dancing with death: Vintage erotica featuring women cavorting with skeletons "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

It may seem a bit early for Halloween but if Selfridges think it wise to open their Christmas department in August then I see no reason why not to share some amusingly ghoulish pictures as prep for our favorite time of...


Everyday Plastic Objects Fill a Scottish Greenhouse With Faux Flora "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Swiss/Danish art duo PUTPUT creates conceptual still life photography and sculptures, infusing humor into their minimal works. In their 2015 project Fruitless, the Copenhagen-based pair turned a greenhouse on-site at Lust and the Apple Gallery in Temple, Scotland into a florescent green paradise. The two artists subbed cacti and other succulents for everyday plastic objects found around the house, instead planting gloves, combs, and plastic cups in real terra cotta pots.

Because the plastic forms closely imitate plants found in nature, the faux flora seem full of life in the unique context, glowing more brightly than their typical place on a shelf or counter. You can see more of the pairs non-functional arrangements and sculptures on their Facebook and Instagram. (via DesignBoom)



The Illuminati of rock and roll: Remembering Pat Fear, a real-life Robert Anton Wilson character "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

It was recently the birthday of one of my lifelong best friends, Bill Bartell (1961-2013)

Bill aka Pat Fear was a walking, talking anomaly, a living Robert Anton Wilson conspiracy theory, a wisecracking character out of a Firesign Theatre sketch, a Discordian trickster imp of the perverse. His credit card...


Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...

Lets sacrifice Toby: Hilariously deviant retro t-shirt designs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

An inspired retro t-shirt design by graphic artist, Steven Rhodes.
Steven Rhodes, a graphic designer who hails from Brisbane, Australia, is the excellent individual responsible for the hysterical retro-style t-shirts in this post. Loosely based on the popular series of exploitive riffs on Little...


Sally West Uses Thick Dabs of Paint to Create Amazing Textural Surfaces and Outdoor Scenes "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Sally West is a leading Australian artist and her work is internationally collected. Her professional career as an artist has taken her all over the world, winning prizes and selling to private collectors. Her application of the paint is thick and creates amazing textural surfaces. Admirers of her work love her subtle palette and bold application of the paint.

Sally has been the winner of many recent art prizes and is a regular finalist in many prestigious prizes including the Portia Geach Art Prize (SH Ervin Gallery 2013, 2014 & 2015), New South Wales Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Paddington Art Prize (2016), KAAF Prize (2016), EMSLA (2016), Salon Des Refuses (Wynne) Prize, Charlatan Ink Art Prize (Manhattan NYC), and the Pacific Palms Art Prize (winner 3 years), Gosford Art Prize, Mosman Art Prize, Hornsby Art Prize and many more.

She is represented by the...


David Bowie, Dennis Hopper and/or Dean Stockwell bring blow to Iggy Pop in a psych ward, 1975 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Iggy Pop and Dennis Hopper talking shop back in the day.

By 1975, I was totally into drugs, and my willpower had been vastly depleted. But still, I had the brains to commit myself to a hospital, and I survived with willpower and a lot of help from David...


Crop Circles - what are they - who or what is making them "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

I have no idea, but I enjoyed this documentary about mathematical electromagnetic radiation associated with so-called Crop Circles or Crop Pictograms as they've evolved into over recent years...


When Roald Dahl Hosted His Own Creepy TV Show Way Out, a Companion to Rod Serlings Twilight Zone (1961) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In an odd twist of history, two of the wisest and weirdest childrens writers of their generation also happened to have both been fighter pilots during World War II. Antoine de Saint-Exupry, author of The Little Prince, flew reconnaissance missions for the French Air Force before the 1940 armistice with Nazi Germany. Roald Dahl, author ofamong many othersCharlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and The BFG, flew with the Royal Air Force. Both wrote about their flying exploits and both writers, it so happened, were once shot down over Libya, which also happens to be the title of Dahls first published story, written for grown-ups and published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1946.

There are maybe other uncanny similarities, but one thing Saint-Exupry never turned his hand to is television. Dahl, on the other hand, had the opportunity to host two TV shows during his lifetime: Way Out in 1961 and Tales of the Unexpected, which aired from 1979 to 1988 and featured several episodes based on Dahls own stories. Although he has become renowned for his high-concept kids books, at the time of Dahl's entre onto the tube, he had mainly achieved fame as a writer of macabre tales published in the New Yorker as well as a script written for Alfred Hitchcock Presents called Lamb to the Slaughter.

Dahl seems a natural fit for the medium, not only as a writer but as a presenter, with his dry wit and suave personality. But his first show, Way Outeight episodes of which you can now watch on YouTubecame about entirely by accident, or rather, as the serendipitous result of another programs spectacular failure. This is no exaggeration. Jackie Gleason, perhaps the most famous comedian of his day, had decided in 1961 to attempt a celebrity game show on CBS called Youre in the Picture. The show was such a bomb that it only aired once, and the following week, Gleason appeared on a bare stage for ha...


Psychedelic Smoothie Bowls Bring a Tie Dyed Twist to Healthy Eating "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Food Art by Rachel Lorton

Life is more fun in color, so why not make your meals as bright as a rainbow? Rachel Lorton, a self-proclaimed smoothie bowl enthusiast creates eye-pleasing dishes that are a psychedelic twist on the popular culinary trend. Using all-natural ingredients, she produces colorful, swirling patterns that are so vibrant, their visual electricity practically leaps out of the bowl. Neon pink, ocean blue, and deep magenta together resemble tie dye prints youd find on clothing. But don't let their hues fool you; Lorton has made her vegan creations good for you, too.

Through her Instagram, Lorton demonstrates that you dont need artificial colors or flavors to make stunning works of food art. I constantly get feedback from, let's just say junk-eaters,' she explains, who tell me that I inspire them to eat healthy because they didn't realize vegan food can look so good. Ingredients like turmeric, hemp heart, pea flower, and cantaloupe offer a variety of hues, in addition to their wellness benefits. Raw beetroot, especially, is a favorite of Lorton. I love all of its nutritional characteristics, but I enjoy how it helps muscle recovery and stamina for working out the most.

To produce these artistic smoothie bowls, Lorton uses a few readily-available tools. Once she's made the smoothie base, she'll fill squirt bottles with pureed colors and layer them on top. Then, using a toothpick, she drags the colors back and forth to create the swirling patterns. Finally, cut fruit is added for colorful accents and textures. Watch her mesmerizing technique in a couple of videos, below.

Rachel Lorton creates vegan smoothie bowls that are a psychedelic twist on the popular food trend.



Whats Your Sign?: Big Stars Alex Chilton and his obsession with astrology "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Big Star
Alex Chilton had quite a career in the music business. As the singer of his first group, the Box Tops, he had a number one hit with The Letter; he was just sixteen at the time. Later, he joined Big Star, writing pop gems that failed...


A Family of Artists Creates a Portrait of Inuk Life Across Three Generations "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait

Three generations of artists from Kinngait, the renowned center of Inuit printmaking best known as Cape Dorset, are on view in an exhibition that consists of a century-spanning matrilineal exchange of forms, stories, and values. Akunnittinni: A Kinngait Family Portrait is titled for the Inuktitut word akunnittinni, meaning between us, and features work by Inuk grandmother, mother, and daughter Pitseolak Ashoona, Napachie Pootoogook, and Annie Pootoogook. Their prints and drawings resonate with intergenerational themes of motherhood and community, and the exhibition is itself a sampling of the history of the resilience of Inuit life in the face of the complexities of modernity and globalization as seen through the lens of a single, extraordinary family of artists.

Work from Kinngait is not infrequently shown in New York. Most recently, in late 2016, the Brooklyn Museum presented programs with the Cape Dorset Legacy Project to supplement its collection of Kinngait work from the 1950s to the present. It is also a major moment for Inuit artists internationally. Kananginak Pootoogook, a family member and one of the first Kinngait printmakers, is now the first Inuit artist to be shown at the Venice Biennale, having been selected for this years Arsenale exhibit seven years after his death. Closer to home, the exhibition SakKijjuk, organized by Heather Igloliorte the first major show of Labrador Inuit art is now currently touring across Canada.



Spanischer Knstler Kraser malt Mural in Kiev "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Der spanische Knstler Kraser war vor kurzen in der Stadt Kiev zu Gast, wo er ein neues Wandgemlde gemalt hat. Das Mural erstreckt sich ber die unverputzte Backsteinfassade eines fnfgeschossigen Wohngebudes in Kiev. Entstanden ist die neueste Arbeit von Kraser aus Einladung des Kunstprojektes Art United Us, fr das in der Vergangenheit bereits etliche Knstler aus unterschiedlichen Lndern im ffentlichen Raum Murals realisiert haben. All Pictures by courtesy of the artist About the Artist Kraser is an artist and graphic designer born in Cartagena (Spain) in 1977. He attended the School of Art in Murcia in 2000. Kraser moved to Milan in 2009, where he continues to live. Even as a young child he was attracted by painting. He began in the Street Art scene in his early teens. Since then he has participated in many national and international exhibitions. His works have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and he has curated exhibitions of his works at art festivals and expositions. He has also participated in Live Painting events at many european festivals. His works are influenced by an eclectic mix of Old Master, Surrealism and Lowbrow art. His paintings convey emotion through a mix of ironic and dreamlike concepts. Their aim is to convey emotion ...

Der Beitrag Spanischer Knstler Kraser malt Mural in Kiev erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Revisiting a Devastating 1900 Hurricane in an Experimental 3D Film "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Still from <em>PROTOTYPE</em> (2017) (courtesy Blake Williams)Still from PROTOTYPE (2017) (all images courtesy Blake Williams)

The stereoscopic cards in question are souvenirs made from photographs of the devastation wrought by the Great Storm of 1900, a hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas. It remains the deadliest natural disaster in US history. Of course there were souvenirs. As I write this, multiple hurricanes have just hit the Gulf and East coasts of North America, and our modern media is spreading images of the storms in its own leering way. Galveston and its morbid stereoscope cards are perhaps the prototype for disaster gawking in the 21st century. After all, such pictures were among the first methods of mass visual communication, rapidly disseminated from their inciting incidents to be slotted into viewing contraptions all over the country.



The Cost of Sexual Harassment "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Originally posted at Gender & Society

Last summer, Donald Trump shared how he hoped his daughter Ivanka might respond should she be sexually harassed at work. He saidI would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case. President Trumps advice reflects what many American women feel forced to do when theyre harassed at work: quit their jobs. In our recent Gender & Society article, we examine how sexual harassment, and the job disruption that often accompanies it, affects womens careers.

How many women quit and why?  Our study shows how sexual harassment affects women at the early stages of their careers. Eighty percent of the women in our survey sample who reported either unwanted touching or a combination of other forms of harassment changed jobs within two years. Among women who were not harassed, only about half changed jobs over the same period. In our statistical models, women who were harassed were 6.5 times more likely than those who were not to change jobs. This was true after accounting for other factors such as the birth of a child that sometimes lead to job change. In addition to job change, industry change and reduced work hours were common after harassing experiences.

Percent of Working Women Who Change Jobs (20032005)

In interviews with some of these survey participants, we learned more about how sexual harassment affects employees. While some women quit work to avoid their harassers, others quit because of dissatisfaction with how employers responded to their reports of harassment.

Rachel, who worked at a fast food restaurant, told us that she was just totally disgusted and I quit after her employer failed to take action until they found out she had consulted an attorney. Many women who were harassed told us that leaving their positions felt like the only way to escape a toxic workplace climate. As advertising agency employee Hannah explained, It w...


Recommended: Domenico Cartago Chromos "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Its with a workman-like attitude that Domenico Cartago goes about crafting a melody.  The music of Chromos is quite beautiful, and every inch of that beauty hinges on the success of its melodies.  The impression made is one where the pianist sketches the melody out according to a very specific routine, adds embellishments and []


Light Up Morningside Park with Handmade Lanterns "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Morningside Lights procession (photo by Karli Cadel)

Every fall, since 2012, a sea of glowing lanterns traverses Manhattans Morningside Park. The event, known as Morningside Lights, is led by artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of the Processional Arts Workshop, a group dedicated to mounting immersive theater, processions, and parades. But Kahn and Michahelles do not put on these events alone; rather, they see them as opportunities for community building, and for Morningside Lights anyone is invited to make a lantern to brighten the parades path.

In the week leading up to the procession on the evening of Saturday, September 23, Kahn and Michahelles will host free lantern-making workshops at Columbia Universitys Miller Theatre, which produces the yearly event.

Last year, participants were invited to make lanterns adorned with poems to commemorate the Pulitzer Prizes centennial. This year, the theme is Harlems secret gardens the various community green spaces that have long been carefully cultivated by local residents. So if youre unable to craft your own paper plant, it will nonetheless be a sight to behold an illuminated collection of more than 100 flowers and trees floating in the park.

When: Workshop, Saturday, September 16Friday, September 22 (check schedule for daily hours); Procession, Saturday, September 23, 8pm

Where: Workshops are held at Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway, Morningside Heights, Manhattan); the procession begins in Morningside Park (116 Street & Morningside Avenue)

More info here

The post Light Up Morningside Park with Hand...


One Poem by Jos Olivarez "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Ichrhuta (2017),  Mixografia print on handmade paper and archival pigment print
Edition of 49, 12.75 X 7.5 inches (image courtesy MIXOGRAFIA and the artist)


Mexican American Disambiguation

after Idris Goodwin

my parents are Mexican who are not
to be confused with Mexican-Americans
or Chicanos. i am a Chicano from Chicago
which means i am a Mexican-American
with a fancy college degree & a few tattoos.
my parents are Mexican who are not
to be confused with Mexicans still living
in Mxico. those Mexicans call themselves
Mexicanos. white folks at parties call them
pobrecitos. American colleges call them
international students & diverse. my mom
was white in Mxico & my dad was mestizo
& after they crossed the border they became
diverse. & minorities. & ethnic. & exotic.
but my parents call themselves Mexicanos,
who, again, should not be confused for Mexicanos
living in Mxico. those Mexicanos might call
my family gringos, which is the word my family calls
white folks & white folks call my parents interracial.
colleges say put them on a brochure.
my parents say que significa esa palabra.
i point out that all the men in my family
marry lighter skinned women. thats the Chicano
in me. which means its the fancy college degrees
in me, which is also diverse of me. everything in me
is diverse even when i eat American foods
like hamburgers, which to clarify, are American
when a white person eats them & diverse
when my family eats them. so much of America
can be understood like this. my parents were
undocumented when they came to this country
& by undocumented, i mean sin papeles, &
by sin papeles, i mean royally fucked which
should not be confused with the American Dream
though the two are cousins. colleges are not
looking for undocumented diversity. my dad
became a citizen which should not be confused
with keys to the house. we were safe from
deportation, which sho...


A First Glimpse of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, Recreating Queens Great 1985 Live Aid Performance "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Few filmmakers have ever figured out how to make a motion picture about an already larger-than-life personality, and personalities haven't come much larger in recent history than Freddie Mercury's. Talk of a movie about the Queen frontman, who died in 1991, has gone on for years: Dexter Fletcher came up as a potential director, and for the role of Mercury both Ben Wishaw and Sacha Baron Cohen have at different times been attached. But now the film has entered production, having found a director in Bryan Singer, he of the X-Men franchise, and a star in Rami Malek, best known as the lead in the television series Mr. Robot.

But can Malek or indeed anyone currently living convince as Mercury? The first piece of evidence has surfaced in the form of the clip at the top of the post (sorry, it's no longer available), shot on set as the cast recreates Queen's 1985 comeback performance at Live Aid. The band "seemed to intuit right from the start the importance of the day, though they were very nervous backstage.

But once onstage they completely own it, even more so Freddie Mercury who rises to the occasion as a front man and as a singer, giving one of his best performances," writes Ted Mills of the real concert video, which we featured just this past May here on Open Culture. The show opens by going straight into"Bohemian Rhapsody," Queen's signature eight-minute rock opera, which gives the new movie its working title.

Even going by just a minute and a half of footage, shot shakily, in low resolution, and at a distance, it must be said that Malek does look to make an uncanny Mercury, right down to that d...


Hear What Happens When Avant-Garde Composer Pierre Boulez Conducts Three Frank Zappa Songs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Was Frank Zappa a musical genius? A modernist, avant-garde composer who just happened to work in an idiomatic pastiche of jazz, classical, progressive rock and juvenile shock tactics? The question can be a deeply divisive one. Zappa tends to inspire either intense devotion or intense dislike. But whatever ones opinion of the man or his music, its safe to say that when he wasnt working alone, Zappa worked in the company of some incredibly talented musicians. And he attracted, as John Rockwell wrote in 1984 at The New York Times, a tiny following among classical avant-gardists.

That year, one of his more genteel fans, Pierre Boulezformer music director of the New York Philharmonic and widely regarded, notes Rockwell, as one of the great composers of the [20th] centurydecided to conduct a suite of Zappa songs. Zappa hoped the resulting album, The Perfect Stranger, would help him realize his ambition of having his music taken seriously in classical circles. (A brief collaboration in 1970 with Zubin Mehta, writes April Peavey at PRI, went nowhere.)

Boulez conducts his own ensemble for three tracks on the album, The Perfect Stranger, Naval Aviation in Art? and Duprees Paradise. The remaining four songs are performed by The Barking Pumpkin Digital Gratification Consort, a Zappaism for the Synclavier, Zappa's favorite electronic instrument. For all the high seriousness the collaboration implies, Zappa couldnt help inserting his surreally sardonic sense of humor; always a compulsive musical comedian, wrote Rockwell, he wears here the defensive mask of irony, again.

Each of the songs has an accompanying scenario. The Perfect Stranger imagines that a door-to-door salesman, accompanie...


Edwin Hubble - big bang red shift - or some new principle of nature "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Even astronomer Edwin Hubble, who is world-famous for his proposal that red-shift of stellar light is a measure of recessional Big Bang-effect, publicly questioned his own conviction in this published statement from Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific vol:59 #349 in August 1947,

red shifts may not be due to an expanding universe.

...and collisional/gravity-based Astronomers and Atrophysicists didn't listen; still don't. One wonders what went wrong in the MICC's recent past for us to be force-fed this Big Bang nonsense on a global scale. Can't they SEE that their own telescope-confirmed evidence proves Big Bang is flawed? Or can't they 'afford' to admit it?

NB: I'm of the opinion that ALL ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATIONS will devolve to the microwave end of the spectrum over time, so the Cosmic Background Radiation evidence has no valid get-out clause...


My short DJ set from Mohonk Tumblr event, 2017Thanks, @cyle! "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

My short DJ set from Mohonk Tumblr event, 2017

Thanks, @cyle!


Richard Hamilton: The British Roots of Pop Art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Richard Hamilton: Just What Is It That Makes Todays Homes So Different, So Appealing? (1956)

Just What Is It That Makes Todays Homes So Different, So Appealing?, 1956

On the 13th of September 2011, English painter and collage artist Richard William Hamilton died in London, England. Commonly referred to as the father of pop art, he began his artistic career attending painting evening classes at Saint Martins School of Art, after which he enrolled at the Royal Academy in London. During World War II he worked as a technical draftsman, and re-enrolled at the RA once the war was over. Once expelled from the latter, he spent two years studying at the Slade School of Art at University College London. In 1952, he got introduced to Eduardo Paolozzi and the Independent Group, which consisted of artists,...

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SCAD Presents Guo Pei: Couture Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Guo Pei, dress and jacket from the An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream collection (2008) (photo by HOWL Collective)

In her fantastical, unrestrained creations, Guo Pei imbues contemporary high fashion with ancient tradition, invoking history and mythology through intricate craftsmanship, opulent embroidery and sumptuous detail. The SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film exhibition highlights more than 40 of Guo Peis most dramatic couture designs, alongside a selection of custom dresses and jackets, accordant footwear and accessories. Featured prominently is the now-iconic imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Costume Institute Gala in 2015 a seminal moment that introduced Guo Pei to Americas fashion cognoscenti.

For more than 20 years, Guo Pei, the first Chinese national designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, has dressed celebrities, royalty and political elite. Long heralded as a modern messenger of the countrys rich cultural heritage, Guo Pei made her Paris Fashion Week debut in January 2016 to wide critical acclaim. She has also been named one of Time magazines 100 Most Influential People and one of The Business of Fashions 500 People Shaping the Global Fashion Industry. Her work has been covered in several major media outlets, including Vogue, Womens Wear Daily, The Sunday Times and The New York Times.

A concise, complementary exhibition of Guo Peis designs will be on view October 27, 2017, through March 4, 2018, at SCADs Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

Admission is free to all museum members, as well as SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond continues at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film (1600 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia) and the Pei Ling Chan Gallery (322 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Savannah, Georgia) through March 4, 2018.

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Photoville Returns to Brooklyn with Over 70 Exhibitions in Shipping Containers "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A view of Photoville 2016 from above (all photos Kisha Bari, courtesy United Photo Industries)A view of Photoville 2016 from above (all photos Kisha Bari, courtesy United Photo Industries)

When was the last time you saw a rich cluster of photography exhibitions in a pop-up village of shipping containers? If you were lucky, it was almost exactly a year ago at Photoville, which means its time for the newest edition of the annual photography festival.

This year, the events organizers, United Photo Industries, have brought together some 70 partners from the International Center of Photography and the Bronx Documentary Center to the Magnum Foundation and the Pulitzer Center to curate exhibitions in shipping containers beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. They include a project by photographer Nichole Sobecki documenting the impacts of climate change in Somalia, an exhibition of beach images by female photographers on the theme of body positivity, a series in which Syrian photographer Alaa Hassan attempts to convey the ubiquity of Bashar al-Assads image in Damascus, multiple projects about the global refugee crisis, and much, much more.

Alongside the container exhibitions, Photoville boasts a plentiful lineup of outdoor exhibitions,...


New Banksy Piece Targets London Arms Fair "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Banksy, Civilian Drone Strike (2017) (image courtesy the artist)

As is the case with most works by Banksy, the message of this latest piece is immediate and biting. A childlike drawing of a girl and a dog, standing next to an exploding house, sits in a frame beneath three drones. Its title: Civilian Drone Strike.

The work was unveiled this week in London as part of Art the Arms Fair, organized by local activists in opposition to the concurrent Defense & Security Equipment International (DSEI), one of the worlds largest arms fairs.

Poster for Art the Arms Fair by Rowan Abbott (image courtesy Art the Arms Fair)

Civilian Drone Strike is such a powerful statement against everything that events like the DSEI arms fair stand for. Sam Walton, an Art the Arms Fair organizer, said in a statement. The arms trade doesnt like people knowing about their dodgy deals to despotic regimes. They want to stay in the shadows. We are using art to draw as much attention as possible to the deadly results of their terrible industry.

Banksy is only one of many artists who have contributed works to the alternative fair, which will sell off the pieces and donate proceeds to the UK-based organization,...


Professional Photographer Shares Secrets to Capturing Perfect Landscape Photos "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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We all wish we could receive advice on how to better our photography from experts in the field, hoping they will let us in on the secrets of their lens selection or the coordinates of their scouted location. And yet, one of the most overlooked aspects of photography is the planning stages. Professional photographer Albert Dros recently shared the secrets behind his spectacular landscape photos, and the meticulous planning that goes into each shot.

By setting himself up for success, Dros leaves as little as possible to chance, looking to get information on everything from time of sunset and sunrise to cloud cover and wind speed. With his advice, Dros has given photo enthusiasts a gifta laid out plan that should help landscape lovers capture the scenes they are after.

Here are the tools that the Dutch photographerwhose work has appeared in TIME, National Geographic, and the Huffington Postuses to optimize his chances for the perfect shot. And if you want specific tutorials, Dros' blog has several articles on how he plans incredible nature scenes, including how he captured an erupting volcano with the Milky Way.

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Weather App for Smartphone

There's nothing more important than weather when planning the perfect lands...


Monkey Selfie Dispute Ends as PETA and Photographer Reach Settlement "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Self-portrait of a female Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, who had picked up photographer David Slater's camera and photographed herself with it. (via Wikimedia Commons)Self-portrait of a female Celebes crested macaque (Macaca nigra) in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, who had picked up photographer David Slaters camera and photographed herself with it (via Wikimedia Commons)

The legal battle over a batch of self-portraits taken by a macaque has been driving lawyers bananas for years, but it appears to finally be resolved. Today the British nature photographer David Slater and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) settled their dispute, and Slater pledged to donate 25% of any revenue from the use and sale of the so-called monkey selfie images to charities that protect crested macaques habitats in Indonesia.

PETA and David Slater agree that this case raises important, cutting-edge issues about expanding legal rights for nonhuman animals, a goal that they both support, and they will continue their respective work to achieve this goal, a joint statement explains.

The viral and legally confounding photos were taken in 2008, when Slater visited Indonesia to photograph crested macaques, and a six-year-old named Naruto took his camera, snapping a series of selfies. In 2014,...


National Geographic Travel Shares the Best Fall Trips of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

National Geographic Best Fall Trips

As summer winds down, there's no need to tuck away your passport. In fact, the fall season offers all sorts of different adventures, from traipsing across the vineyards in France to experiencing the wonders of the United States National Parks. In the spirit of autumnal travel, National Geographic Travel has released their list of best fall trips 2017.

The list includes far off exotic locations, as well as local adventures, all inspired by National Geographic Expeditions and Lodges. Let's take a look at what's on the top of the list for fall 2017, and for full details visit National Geographic Travel.

Taktsang Palphug Monastery Bhutan

The constitution designates that 60 percent of the country remain under forest cover. In between your wooded explorations, explore the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, also known as the Tiger's Nest. (Photo: Sean Caffrey, Getty Images)

Revel in Bhutan's Sacred Rituals

With its eco-friendly constitution and measurements of gross national happiness, a trip to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan can't help but be enlightening. Annual fest...


Performing the Artists Role in the Community "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Liz Toonkel as My Period (photo by Ian Byers-Gamber)

As our nations political landscape becomes increasingly fraught and fractured, many citizens are focusing on local issues in order to effect change. At the locus of these debates is the town hall meeting, the most basic realization of our democratic process. So, this weekend, artist and production designer Liz Toonkel will be hosting her own Town Hall meeting that examines the role of the artist within the community.

In the guise of her costumed character My Period, Toonkel will emcee two days of irreverent, interrogative performances that embrace dissent and radical participation. These include Zoe Aja Moores interactive performance led by her 10-month-old child; a dance piece about the fall of white supremacy by Darling Shear-Squire; and Molly Sheas one-woman show about the daughter of the creature from the Predator films a valley girl who goes on vacation and misappropriates things and has a mild existential crisis about power and violence and what it means to be from a culture that murders, according to Shea. In between performances, the audience will be invited to ask questions or discuss the works. As at actual town hall meetings taking place all over the country, coffee and donuts will be served.

When: Saturday, September 16, 59pm & Sunday, September 17, noon4pm
Where: Ltd Los Angeles (1119 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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3D Artist Transforms Everyday People into Their Own Pixar Characters "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Pixar Characters by Lance Phan

Have you ever wondered what you'd look like as a Pixar character? Well, 3D artist Lance Phan is now giving ordinary people the chance to see themselves Pixar-fied. Using a single photo of the person (or the couple), he applies digital textures and three-dimensional modeling to transform them into stylized portrait art. The resulting images fit perfectly with the style of Pixar, and so it's no stretch to imagine Phan's handiwork as characters in a future flick by the esteemed animation studio.

Phans ability to make the leap from photograph to 3D art is impressive, and a lot of what makes these pieces so great is in the details. Most notably, his characters have the same inner glow that appears in big-screen Pixar movies. Their delicate, glistening strands of hair and the twinkles in their eyes add a similarly life-like touch that makes the animation studio shine above all the rest.

Phan works on commission and has periods of time in which you can request a portrait. As of now, hes fully booked, but he promises to figure out an opening date for when he can accept proposals again. In the meantime, check out his guidelines and pricing here.

3D artist Lance Phan creates unique portrait art that's perfect for animation fans.

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Completely Covered in Foundation, Worlds Most Tattooed Man Slowly Reveals His True Self "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Rick Genest aka Zombie Boy, is considered one of the worlds most tattooed people. In this video, a team of makeup artists completely cover his body with foundation only for Genest to slowly reveal his actual body using makeup remover.




How to Rescue a Wet, Damaged Book: A Short, Handy Visual Primer "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

After the hurricanes in Florida and Texas, the question has surely been asked: How to save those wet, damaged books? Above, you can watch a visual primer from the Syracuse University Libraries--people who know something about taking care of books. It contains a series of tips--some intuitive, some less so--that will give you a clear action plan the next time water and paper meet.

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Romare Bearden: Abstraction at the Neuberger Museum of Art Features Largely Unknown Works by the Artist "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Romare Bearden, River Mist (1962), mixed media, 54 x 40 inches, Romare Bearden Foundation (courtesy DC Moore Gallery, NY. Art Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY)

Recognized as one of Americas great 20th century artists, Romare Bearden is best known for his uniquely textured collages, evoking the history, culture, richness and tension of the African-American experience. Those influential collages were produced largely over a twenty-four year period, from 1964 to his death in 1988. They are found in every major museum collection in the United States, have been widely published. However, Bearden was making art long before 1964, experimenting with various ways of abstracting form.

Romare Bearden: Abstraction at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, focuses on the startling body of work Bearden produced throughout the 1950s and early 1960s fully-abstract watercolors, oil paintings, and mixed media collages. Not only will the exhibition serve as the first public viewing for many of the works, it will also contextualize them within the framework of what Bearden produced both before and after this decade. The works are striking and fluid, astonishing in their variety and scale, notes Tracy Fitzpatrick, Director of the Neuberger Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition. Romare Bearden: Abstraction also will provide the first substantive and scholarly examination of this important body of work.

The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by Morgan Stanley, the Triennial Adeline Herder Fund for Collage, Ronni Rubin Bolger, ArtsWestchester, with support from the Westchester County Government, the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, and the Purchase College Foundation.

Romare Bearden: Abstraction continues at the Neuberger Museum of Art (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, New York) through December 22, 2017.

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A 30-Day Timelapse Transports You Across the Globe Aboard a Container Ship "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Jeffrey Tsang is a maritime vlogger, sailor, and photographer on a container ship that travels across the globe. His latest video is a timelapse that captures 30 days of the barges journey, tracing its path from the Red Sea all the way to Hong Kong. The 4K video is composed of nearly 80,000 photos which capture breathtaking views of quickly shifting skies, deep red sunsets, and brilliant blue lightening amidst ferocious storms.

Sailing in the open sea is a truly unique way to grasp how significantly small we are in the beautiful world, says the Canadian photographer. Chasing the endless horizon, witnessing the ever changing weather, and appreciating the bright stars and galaxies.

We highly recommend you watch the video in full screen, a viewing experience that transports you directly to the bow of the globe-trotting ship. You can see more of Tsangs maritime photography on his Instagram and Youtube. (via Coudal)


Mathew Brady, the Story of the Man Who Photographed the Civil War "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Group of officers, 5th U.S. Cavalry. c. 1863. (Image via U.S. National Archives)

A defining moment in American history, the Civil War is an event that still resonants across the country today. And thanks to one man, we are able to have a first-hand view into what life was like in camp and on the field. Known as the father of photojournalism, we can thank Mathew Brady for exposing the American public to the effects of war for the first time through photography.

But Brady didn't only help shape the course of war photography. He is also responsible for shooting portraits of some of the great historical figures of his time. In fact, the photograph of Abraham Lincoln on the $5 bill is by Brady. A man who investedboth personally and monetarilyin his work, Brady was riddled with debt at the end of his life. He spent over $100,000 funding his project to document the American Civil War, producing over 10,000 plates that form the basis of Civil War photography. He eventually sold his work to Congress for just $25,000 but remained deeply in debt at the time of his death in 1895.

Today we recognize Mathew Brady as a fundamental figure in war photography. Though he may not have shot all the photographs himselfBrady hired a large team of field photographersthere is no doubt that his Civil War photos have become an iconic part of American history. We take a look at his career and contributions both to the history of photography, as well as the preservation of American history.

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Self-Portraits. c. 1863. (Image via...


30 Day Timelapse at Sea from the Red Sea to Hong Kong [4K] "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Filmmaker JeffHK created this incredible timelapse from more than 80,000 photos and 1,500 GB of footage. The 30 day shipping route took him from the Red Sea Gulf of Aden Indian Ocean Colombo Malacca Strait Singapore South East China Sea Hong Kong.

Camera: D750, Rokinon 12mm f/2.8
Music: Stellardrone Billions And Billions | Philip G Anderson Winter

Times of interest:

0:32 Milky Way
0:53 Jupiter the planet according to some viewers
1:17 Approaching Port of Colombo
1:45 Cargo Operation
2:08 Departure Colombo with Rainstorm
2:29 Beautiful Sunrise
3:13 Lightning Storm at Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait
3:29 Clear night sky Milky Way with lightning storm
4:01 Camera getting soaked
5:09 Arrival Singapore
5:56 Depa...


A Towering 4-Story Organic Structure Built From Material as Thin as a Coin "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

All photographs NAARO

Minima | Maxima is the latest creation from Marc Fornes / THEVERYMANY, known for their innovative fusion of computational design and architecture to build organic self-supporting structures. This new piece was commissioned by World Expo 2017 and now stands as a permanent structure on the grounds in Astana, Kazakhstan. Despite its impressive height of 43 feet (13.1 meters), the core material used to build Minima | Maxima are 2mm strips of aluminum. From their project statement:

Minima | Maxima evolves the studios invention of Structural Stripes a signature material system for building self-supporting curvilinear structures with a step in a direction that offers even more structural potential: multi-ply composite. Three layers of flat stripes white and white sandwiching pink are constructed in tandem, supporting one another as they assume curvature and gain height. One layer never exists independently, but contributes to and benefits from the unified whole as it is built.

The system warrants comparison to fiber technology such as carbon or glass fiber yet is unique in that unlike fibers, each individual component does not need to be in tension (a straight line), and/or their processing does not require any mold or temporary scaffolding. Also such a composite system is mechanically bonded, allowing for recomposition and corrections during construction.

You can see how the structure was assembled in the video below, and explore more work by THEVERYMANY on Instagram.



Cave Hotels Transform Ancient Dwellings into Luxurious Vacation Stays "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Anitya Cave House

Located in central Turkey, the Cappadocia region is known for its breathtaking landscapes and arid climate. Visitors flock to the area to take in otherworldly rock formations and cave dwellings that have been in use for thousands of years. Cappadocia's incredible appearance is due to volcanos that were active in the area 2 million years ago, leaving behind lava flows that turned into a soft porous stone known as tuff.

Over the years, water and wind have eroded this stone layer, carving out deep pockets and structures known as fairy chimneys. Now tourists visit to take in the bizarre formations and partake in a hot air balloon ride, one of the most popular activities in Cappadocia. But where to stay? A cave hotel, of course.

Making the most of its history, Cappadocia's towns are filled with cave hotels, these ancient dwellings transformed into vacation stays. From high-end luxury to rustic charm, each hotel offers a different experience and ambiance. We take a look at some of the unique cave hotels in Cappadocia, which have transformed ancient dwellings into comfy suites.

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The ancient town of Uchisar in Cappadocia. (Photo: thipjang / Shutterstock)


Anitya Cave House Ortahisar

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500 WORDS: Harry Gamboa Jr. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Harry Gamboa Jr. speaks about his recent work and the early days of Asco


The Life Cycle of a T-Shirt "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Consider the classic white t-shirt. Annually, we sell and buy 2 billion t-shirts globally, making it one of the most common garments in the world. But how and where is the average t-shirt made, and whats its environmental impact? Angel Chang traces the life cycle of a t-shirt.

Lesson by Angel Chang, animation by TED-Ed.




In Protest of Gentrification, Sydney Residents Turn Towers into Light Displays "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Photos of towers at the Waterloo Estate in Sydney, illuminated for the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker, all images courtesy #WeLiveHere2017)

Residents at a 1970s public housing estate in Sydney are fighting gentrification in a simple yet striking display that asserts the presence of their community to the entire city. Every night, hundreds of residents living in soaring towers at the Waterloo estate are turning on colorful lights in their windows to illuminate the buildings. The gesture is part of a major campaign to oppose a New South Wales government plan to raze and redevelop the 40-acre estate into a mixture of private and public housing a project that would relocate at least 3,600 people and create a high level of dwelling density thats unprecedented in the country.

A resident of the Waterloo Estate participating in the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker)

Launched last week, #WeLiveHere2017 represents two years of planning by Waterloo residents and local activists that began soon after the state government announced its redevelopment plans. The illuminated towers, known as Matavaia and Turanga, were chos...


An Animated Introduction to Rene Descartes & His Philosophy of Radical Doubt "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Early Enlightenment French philosopher and mathematician Ren Descartes invented a new genre of philosophy, we might say, one that would dominate the century to come. Before Locke, Leibniz, or Kant, Descartes stood out as a "theist rationalist. Rather than trusting in revelation, he leaned solely on logic and reason, creating a set of rules for the direction of the mind, the title of one of his books. He believed we might think our waysolely unaided by unreliable external sourcesto belief in God and all the knowledge that we may need for the conduct of life.

Descartes proofs of God may not sound so convincing to modern ears, slipping as they do into the language of faith when convenient. But in other respects, he seems distinctly contemporary, or at least like a contemporary of Ludwig Wittgenstein. He believed that philosophy suffered from improper definitions and lacked clarity of thought. And like the early 20th-century logical positivists, he put tremendous store in logic and mathematics as analytic tools for acquiring knowledge about the world. These, along with the scientific method Descartes championed, were indeed the sole means of acquiring such knowledge.

Descartes, then, has become known for introducing the radical method of doubt, which supposedly strips away all prejudice and preconception, every article of belief, to get at the most fundamentally ascertainable core of knowledge. Upon doing this in his 1637 Discourse on Method, the French philosopher famously found that the only thing he could say for certain was that he must exist because he could see himself doubting his existencecogito ergo sum, I think therefore I am. The process involved casting aside all authority and tradition, which made Descartes a hero to French Revolutionists. His freethinking also made him very much the enemy of many in the Catholic church.

Describing in Discourse on Method how he had abandoned all reliance on other texts and resolved to derive the answers to his questions from experience and reason, he seemed to dismiss th...


Quirky Fingerless Gloves Offer Colorfully Knitted Ways to Ease into Cooler Months "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Handmade Fingerless Gloves

The impending cooler temperatures mean that layered ensembles are coming back. But rather than lamenting over the eventual arrival of coats, sweaters, and boots, have some fun with your fall and winter outfits. Stylish accessories like scarves and gloves can make the cold, gray days seem brighter, and NB Gloves and Mittens is just the place to start. The Lithuania-based shop is the work of crafter Natalija Branceviien, and she creates knitted fingerless gloves whose designs will appeal to a wide range of personal styles. Best of all, the garments are made with a cozy blend of wool and acrylic yarn to ensure that your wrists and hands will stay warm.

Branceviien offers both beauty and whimsy in her impressive collection of knitting. Many of her handmade fingerless gloves feature pretty patterns of colorful florals whose long blooms traverse the length of the knitted accessory. Other creations use a special stitch technique and produce a three dimensional surface pattern of scallop shapes. In these garments, Branceviien layers the ruffles to look like feathers and makes the otherwise basic knitwear into a pair of wise owls.

Branceviien's three daughters inspire her creativity. The girls, along with a love of learning and discovering, encourage her to continually hone her craft in new and exciting ways. You can own a piece of Branceviiens imaginative world by visiting her Etsy shop.

Crafter Natalija Branceviien creates knitted fingerless gloves that add a colorfully quirky touch to a winter outfit.

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Check out the bodacious Lynda Carter as a blonde in The New Original Wonder Woman, 1975 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nothing to see here. Its just Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter in a blonde wig holding a massive golden barbell back in 1975. Yawn.
When actress Lynda Carter got the good news that she had landed the starring role in the television series Wonder Woman, she was apparently


Redefining American Art Through an Intersectional Lens "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Marlena Myles, Dakota 38 + 2 Prayer Horse (2017) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

ST. PAUL, Minnesota  Theres something about having a president who openly promotes hate and fear that makes a country reconsider its foundational values. We are the society that created Trump, that created Dylann Roof, that opened the door for a white supremacist madman to drive his car into a street full of protesters. Something is terribly, terribly wrong.

Perci Chester, Old Soles with Holes (2015)

So its time to go back to the drawing board. What are we teaching our children in schools? What are the statues that tower over us in public places? What is the art that visitors see in museums? And if these cultural artifacts embedded in our institutions dont lay the right framework for creating the open, respectful society we want, perhaps its time to do some rethinking.

Its in this context that the Minnesota Museum of American Art presents We the People, a group exhibition organized by four curators who each grapple with the question of how to reshape our American social contract. The show follows up on a similar investigation the museum undertook two years ago when it presented American Art: Its Complicated.

Like the earlier exploration, We the People takes an intersectional approach to the question of what makes American art, but this time around, the curators push things a little further in the direction of art with a message and protest art, with many pi...


Girls: Drawing porn with eyes wide shut (NSFW) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Take a pencil and a piece of paper. Sit in front of a mirror and look at your face. Now close your eyes and draw your own portrait in one continuous line. This will give you an idea of the technique used by multi-media artist Katie Dunkle to blindly draw images...


The KKK Took My Baby Away: The Ramones on The Tomorrow Show, 1981 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Tom Snyders late-night talkfest The Tomorrow Show was one of the more reliable sources of stimulating programming in the 1970s and early 80s. Snyder was a lanky Midwesterner with an emphatic speaking style and a certain fearlessness about presenting off-kilter content on TV. When



Recommended: La Pingos Orquesta Peregrino "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Peregrino has got a little something of everything.  The motion of the music is tango and tropanka, waltz and twist, foot taps and head bops and long slow dances with someone held close.  Its music from Argentina and Mexico and the Balkans and NYC to the north and Tuscon to the south.  This music []


Pacific Standard Time Returns with Sprawling Latin American and Latino Art Program "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Andrea Ferreyra, Torbellino/Whirlwind, documentation of street performance, Mexico City (January, 1993), from the exhibition Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico at the Armory Center for the Arts (photo by Joseph Jankovski, image courtesy Andrea Ferreyra)

This week, the Gettys long-awaited initiative on Latin American and Latino Art in Los Angeles, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (PST: LA/LA), officially kicks off, with dozens of exhibitions opening at venues all across Southern California. From a survey of pre-Columbian luxury objects at the Getty to the Hammers show on Radical Women artists in Latin America to Ken Gonzales-Days photographic survey of LA murals, PST: LA/LA ambitiously attempts to capture the breadth of hundreds of years of art from Latin America and by Latina/os in the US.

To celebrate the opening, a day-long launch party will take place this Thursday in Downtowns Grand Park, featuring live music, dance, workshops, and food trucks. In between performances ranging from traditional Latin American folk m...


1,000-Year-Old Illustrated Guide to the Medicinal Use of Plants Now Digitized & Put Online "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

If you don't much care for modern medicine, entire industries have arisen to provide you with more "alternative" or "natural" varieties of remedies, mostly involving the consumption of plants. Publishers have put out guides to their use by the dozens. In a way, those books have a place in a long tradition, stretching back to a time well before modern medicine existed as something to be an alternative to. Just recently, the British Library digitized the oldest such volume, a thousand-year-old illuminated manuscript known as the Cotton MS Vitellius C III. The book, writes the British Library's Alison Hudson, "is the only surviving illustrated Old English herbal, or book describing plants and their uses." (The sole condition note: "leaves damaged by fire in 1731.")

The manuscript's Old English is actually the translation of "a text which used to be attributed to a 4th-century writer known as Pseudo-Apuleius, now recognized as several different Late Antique authors whose texts were subsequently combined." It also includes "translations of Late Antique texts on the medicinal properties of badgers" and another text "on medicines derived from parts of four-legged animals."



Against Overlapping by Elian in Cologne, Germany "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

This wall by Elian is located in Mllheim. Cologne, Germany and was created for the CityLeaks Festival.

The main idea of the piece was to not force the neighbor into a specific moment of interpretation, but to ignore the idea of masterpiece and get confused with other possibilities. The main tool was to not generate a complex composition, without author features; searching for the harmony instead of protagonism, trying to balance it with the monumental scale.

Elian thinks that when you work in a neighborhood that already has very strong culture, you must observe and work carefully to give a point of view in the environment, instead of imposing a way of making things. A big mural may seem like a spaceship that came to force a daily life situation that in some point it end to use up.

Take a look at more images after the break and keep checking back with us for more mural updates from the street of Europe.

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When Pink Floyd Tried to Make an Album with Household Objects: Hear Two Surviving Tracks Made with Wine Glasses & Rubber Bands "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

There are bands one casually encounters through greatest hits or breakthrough albums, on which they sound exactly like themselves and no one else. Its impossible to imagine anyone but Fleetwood Mac making Rumors or Tusk. Or anyone but Pink Floyd recording Wish You Were Here or Dark Side of the Moon. But just like Fleetwood Mac, when we look back before Floyds best-known work, we find, as Mark Blake writes at Team Rock, that they were a very different proposition.

And yet it wasn't that Pink Floyd radically shuffled the lineupthough they had, since their first album, lost founding singer and guitarist Syd Barrett to mental illness and taken on David Gilmour to replace him. Its that the same four musicians who re-invented psych-rock in the early 70s with Money, Time, and Great Gig in the Sky, sounded nothing like that blues/funk/disco/prog hybrid in the late 60s. Some of the same elements were therethe sardonic sense of humor, love for sound effects and extended jam sessionsbut they cohered in much more alien and experimental shapes.

The title track of 1968s Saucerful of Secrets, for example, opens with four minutes of dissonant horror-movie organ drones, which give way to primal drumming around which piano chords and sci-fi noises fall haphazardly, then resolve in a closing wordless choral passage. Not a single, cynical lyric about the pains of modern life to be found. The following years Ummagumma continued to build the bands experimental foundations, and in-between these projects, they recorded film soundtracks that, again, do not make one think of laser-lit arena rock shows.

But there is plenty of connective tissue between the various phases of Floyd, much of it, like t...


A New Mural Pays Tribute to John Coltrane in Philadelphia "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Earlier this summer, artists painted a 10-story high mural of Muddy Waters in the heart of Chicago. Now, Philadelphia answered with a mural of its own, right at the corner of 29th and Diamond. There, you'll find a giant painting of John Coltrane by artist Ernel Martinez, which takes visual cues from another Coltrane mural that graced the side of a Philly building from 2002 until 2014.

The new mural is not far from where Coltrane bought his Philadelphia home in 1952. (It's now a national landmark, by the way.) The jazz web site,, has more on the new mural.

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Anatomy of Hatred: The Paradoxical Psychology of How That Which Repels Us Binds Us "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The closer the likeness the more virulent the hatred.

Anatomy of Hatred: The Paradoxical Psychology of How That Which Repels Us Binds Us

Hate, in the long run, is about as nourishing as cyanide, Kurt Vonnegut admonished in his magnificent Fredonia commencement address. But when the run is generations long when hate lodges itself in the soul of its carrier and becomes part of the spiritual DNA that propagates the species it becomes more toxic than anything human beings can synthesize.

Decades before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asserted that along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate, a forgotten woman offered an incisive perspective on hates paradoxical quality to both repel and bind with its magnetic chain stretched across time.

Millicent Todd Bingham (February 5, 1880December 1, 1968) was the daughter of astronomer David Todd and writer Mabel Loomis Todd, who penned the first popular science book on eclipses and who, through a maelstrom of complicated family dynamics and antagonisms, ended up as the steward of Emily Dickinsons body of work. For two decades, Mabel had been the lover of the poets brother, Austin. Her invasion of the lives of the Dickinsons caused a rupture from which the family never recovered. When she edited the first volumes of Emily Dickinsons letters and poems to enter the world, Mabel didnt hesitate to exercise her position of literary power...


Das Handwerk der Straenmarkierungen in Perfektion "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Es ist immer wieder spannend zu sehen, wie die Straen- und Bodenmarkierungen auf die Strae kommen und wer hinter diesem ziemlich einzigartigem Handwerk steckt. Dieser Straenmarkierungsmaler beherrscht seinen Beruf so gut und routiniert, dass er komplett ohne Schablone oder maschinelles Hilfsmittel auskommt. Es ist eine wahre Freude ihm bei der Arbeit zuzusehen. This guy is an actual magician joe (@goulcher) 10. September 2017 Gesehen bei Kraftfuttermischwerk

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The Wellin Museum of Art Presents Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Elias Sime, Tightrope, Familiar Yet Complex 2, from the series Tightrope (2016), reclaimed electronic components and telephone wire, mounted on particleboard, 83 x 87 1/2 inches, collection of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College. Purchase, William G. Roehrick 34 Art Acquisition and Preservation Fund ( Elias Sime. Image by Max Yawney, courtesy of James Cohan Gallery)

In celebration of its fifth anniversary, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College presents an exhibition of 140 works of art drawn from its permanent collection. Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions brings together recent acquisitions of contemporary art and works donated over the last 150 years by alumni and friends of the College.

Artworks by Michelle Grabner, Elias Sime, and Vanessa German will debut at the museum. Reflecting the museums five-year history, several works on view were acquired by the Wellin through its exhibition program, by artists including Rhona Bitner, Karen Hampton, Yun-Fei Ji, Sharon Lockhart, Rene Stout, and Frohawk Two Feathers. These pieces are in conversation with historic works from the collection, including ancient Greek vases, glass vessels from the Roman Empire, Mesoamerican ceramics, and Native American objects of material culture. The diversity of the exhibition with mediums ranging from prints and drawings to photographs, sculptures, and paintings reflects that of the collection itself.

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated publication featuring an essay by Katherine D. Alcauskas, the Wellins Collections and Exhibitions Specialist and curator of the exhibition, detailing the history of the arts and collecting on Hamilton Colleges campus, from the establishment of the original Cabinet in 1850 to the technologically sophisticated galleries, teaching spaces, and open storage of the Wellin Museum today.

Innovative Approaches, Honored Traditions continues at the Wellin Museum of Art (198 College Hill Road, Clinton, New York) through December 10, 2017.

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Far-Right Criticism Shuts Down Brazils Largest Ever Queer Art Exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Queermuseum: Queer Tactics Toward Non-Heteronormative Curating at Santander Cultural (all images courtesy Gaudncio Fidelis unless otherwise noted)

In early August, the cultural center Santander Cultural in Porto Alegre, Brazil, opened an exhibition on queer art. Featuring 85 artists and 263 artworks ranging from the mid-20th century to today, Queermuseum: Queer Tactics Toward Non-Heteronormative Curating was anchored, as curator Gaudncio Fidelis put it in the catalogue, in a concept we believe dearly: diversity observed under the aspects of variety, plurality, and difference. The exhibition featured prominent artists such as Lygia Clark, Cndido Portinari, and Jos Leonilson, alongside lesser known, contemporary ones. It was the first major exhibition dedicated to queer art in Brazil until it was shut down yesterday, September 10, almost one month before its planned end date.

Santander Cultural, a gallery space sponsored by the eponymous Spanish bank, decided to close Queermuseum after receiving an onslaught of vitriolic criticism on social media and from gallery visitors last week. People have accused the artwork of being offensive as well as harmful to children, citing blasphemy, pedophilia, and bestiality. One of Santanders buildings was recently tagged with the phrases the Santander Bank supports pedophilia and they are antichrists. Behind these protests is the libertarian group Movimento Brasil Livre (MBL), which has gained traction throughout the country ever since it drew mass support of former President Dilma Rousseffs impeachment. Pedophilia, zoophilia, an...


Decoding Techno-Orientalism in Science Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Scene from Lawrence Leks film <em>Sinofuturism (18392046 AD)</em> (2016) (courtesy the artist)Scene from Lawrence Leks film Sinofuturism (18392046 AD) (2016) (courtesy the artist)

The cannon of science fiction is replete with futuristic visions sprinkled with appropriated elements of Asian cultures and identities. From Blade Runner and the recent live action Ghost in the Shell remake to the video game StarCraft, filmmakers, designers, artists, and others have continually whitewashed Asian narratives and characters while treating Asian cultures as a kind of exotic raw material to augment fantastical depictions of the future. Fine artists have fared somewhat better, calling attention to the eroticizing of Asian people as passive technological objects for (typically white) main characters to manipulate and exploit.

On Wednesday, September 13, ongoing practices of techno-orientalism will be the focus of a discussion led by art historian (and Hyperallergic contributor) Danielle Wu at the AC Institute. The event is part of a monthlong series organized by Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin in tandem with her solo exhibition at the space. Wednesdays conversation about the legacy of eroticized Asian imagery and characters in science fiction will be followed by a screening of moving-image artworks that use Afrofuturism, Asiafuturism, and other empowering cybernetic iconographies to expose systems of oppression and exploitation. Works to be screened include pieces by Morehshin Allahyari, Lawrence Lek, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Sondra Perry, and Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde.


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Amazing Three-Legged Lion Shows Resilience After Losing Leg to Poachers Trap "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Given their power, prowess, and place in the food chain, one may not expect to see a vulnerable side to lions. Unfortunately, however, trophy hunting and poaching have drastically affected the big cats' populations, historic range, andas in the case of Clarence, a dominant male lionindividual livelihood.

In 2011, Clarence became trapped in a deadly poaching snare in Uganda's Murchison Falls National Park. Fortunately, he was found by rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, who immediately brought him to the park's vet upon realizing the shocking state of his nearly severed left hind leg. To spare Clarence from a life of pain and possible infection, the vet decided to amputate the limb, leaving the poor lion with three legs and a unique limp.

Following the procedure, Clarence was released back into the wild. While the operation had been successful, rangers feared that Clarence would inevitably face a range of obstacles once back in the park, from mobility difficulties to finding his place in his reorganized pride.

To their surprise, however, the lion immediately adjusted to life on three legs and was warmly welcomed back into the pride by his brother, Bernie. Though he had taken Clarence's place as dominant male, he showed his brother great compassion by guiding him, protecting him, and even hunting for him.

Unfortunately, in 2013, Bernie was tragically killed by a trap similar to the one that had impaired his brother. Without a dominant male, the fate of the pride was at stake, and Clarence was left exceptionally vulnerable. However, in 2014, wildlife photographer and writer Corne Schalkwyk spotted Clarence, and observed something remarkable: We were once again, stunned and surprised to recently find Clarence not only alive and well, but feeding on a buffalo carcass, he reports. This really is the lion that could and will survive against any odds Africa throws at him.

For information about how you can help lions like Clarence and Bernie, visit the African Wildlife Foundation's...


Glistening Jewel-Covered Tights Transform Mortal Legs into Mermaid Tails "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mermaid Tights Fishnet Tights Lirika Matoshi

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Thanks to a surge in ocean-inspired designers, there's never been a better time to take the plunge and embrace your inner mermaid. Spanning conch shell crowns, cozy, crochet tails, and, more recently, glistening tights by Lirika Matoshi, these crafty makers create accessories that can magically transform anyone into a mer-personeven if you decide to keep your legs.

Inspired by life under the sea, Matoshi's exquisite stockings are beautifully bedazzled with glistening gems, sparkling flowers, and star-shaped sequins. As each embellishment is applied by hand, no two tights are alike, making every pair even more alluring. Additionally, the stockings are available in a range of hues, from classic black to sunset-inspired ombr, culminating in a colorful collection of statement pieces.

Based in New York, Matoshi specializes in one-of-a-kind tights, socks, and tops. In addition to enchanting, mermaid-esque designs, she also dabbles in other dazzling aesthetics equally inspired by nature and fantasy. To see all of her captivating creations, check out her Etsy and Instagram.

Designer Lirika Matoshi creates captivating and colorful mermaid tights.

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Michael Pedersons Lighthearted Street Art is Hidden in Plain Sight "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Using the nom de guerre Miguel Marquez Outside, Michael Pederson (previously here and here) tucks art installations in unexpected locations around Sydney. The artists plaques, signs, and miniature architecture tend to center around ideas of escape, isolation, and our relationship to social norms. But he approaches these heavy subjects with a a sense of humor and brings a lighthearted pseudohistory to various structures and spaces. And if Pedersons shovel piece, shown below, has you wondering, you can use this site to find out what location is on the opposite side of the world from you. See more of the artists work on Instagram.



Dutch Art Museum Chooses to Change Its Colonialist Name "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The exterior of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (photo by Fred Romero/Flickr)The exterior of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (photo by Fred Romero/Flickr)

On Thursday, Rotterdams Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art announced that it has decided to change its name to dissociate itself from its namesake, the Dutch naval officer Witte Corneliszoon de With. As an agent of both the Dutch West India and the Dutch East India companies in the 17th century, de With led many colonial expeditions. The institutions decision to change its name was immediately politicized, causing a flurry of controversy in the Netherlands.

In an email to Hyperallergic, the art centers director Defne Ayas explained that the name never really fit the institution and its mission. We were named after our location in 1990, the street in which we are situated is named after [Witte de With], she said. Naming art institutions after locations in a bid to affirm neutrality was a trend in those days. So, what will Witte de Withs new name be? That remains to be seen. Ayas whose maximum six-year term as the institutions director is about to end says itll be up to her successor to decide next year.



Hypnotizing Kinetic Sculpture Tells Time Through Its Mesmerizing Movement "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

humans since 1982 kinetic clock

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Functioning both as a clock and kinetic sculpture, A Million Times is a hypnotic timepiece by Humans Since 1982. Collections of clocks are positioned on a grid and programmed to move in sync, slowly turning their hands until the analog time is formed. Mesmerizing and surprising, the firm has been creating incarnations of the design since 2013.

The first piece, created for Victor Hunt, was composed of 288 clocks, with electrical engines controlled by an iPad driving the minute and hour hands separately into a dance of patterns. The visually satisfying rotations complete as the hands settle in to form the numbers of the current time. Through the years the design has evolved, taking on different sizes and shapes, while still challenging notions of form and function. The kinetic clock asks us to reconsider what we recognize as the function of individual objects, and how design can subvert these expectations.

Locked in its functionality to show the time, the natural character inherent to an analog clock with its two arms constantly dancing in slow motion around the center, writes Humans Since 1982, unveils hidden figurative qualities without denying its primary purpose.

A Million Times increases the pattern making possibilities of the timepieces, with the hands dancing across the board in a well-choreographed ballet. The concept has been installed across the world, from hotel lobbies in London to offices in Beirut. And if you can't get enough, but aren't able to shell out for this unique art piece, there are also...


Innovative Textiles MFA Program at Parsons School of Design Cultivates Creative Change Makers (Sponsor) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Can algorithms become textiles? Can local making spur global sustainability? Do smart fabrics make for intelligently designed businesses? Questions like these inspired Lidewij Edelkoort, international trend forecaster and The New Schools dean of Hybrid Studies, to establish the MFA in Textiles, a groundbreaking masters program at Parsons School of Design part of The New School in New York City.

Launching in fall 2018, the MFA program is designed to prepare creative leaders for the broadening range of textile applications, including fashion and wearable tech, auto and aerospace industries, heath care, and interiors and architecture. The good news for textile education is that there is an enormous number of jobs, says Edelkoort. You can work for a fashion house designing new fabrics. There is the idea of constructing environments, by knitting buildings and creating tent-like structures, using fiber to regulate temperature. All these things come together, from the smallest bit of embroidery to an enormous built environment.

The recent proliferation of new materials is bringing together makers, designers, and scholars to reimagine textiles from locally created materials to 3D-knitted and biofabricated matter. In Parsons two-year, 60-credit full-time program, students join working professionals in developing a critical understanding of textiles sociocultural, environmental, and emotional dimensions and considering their unlimited potential to unite traditional techniques with cutting-edge technologies.



20 Free Business MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) That Will Advance Your Career "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Art, philosophy, literature and history--that's mainly what we discuss around here. We're about enriching the mind. But we're not opposed to helping you enrich yourself in a more literal way too.

Recently, Business Insider Italy asked us to review our longer list of 1600 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and create a short list of 20 courses that can help you advance your career. And, with the help of Coursera and edX, the two top MOOC providers, we whittled things down to the following list.

Above, you'll find the introductory video for Design Thinking for Innovation, a course from the University of Virginia. Other courses come from such top institutions as Yale, MIT, the University of Michigan and Columbia University. Topics include everything from business fundamentals, to negotiation and decision making, to corporate finance, strategy, marketing and accounting.

One tip to keep in mind. If you want to take a course for free, select the "Full Course, No Certificate" or "Audit" option when you enroll. If you would like an official certificate documenting that you have successfully completed the course, you will need to pay a fee. Here's the list:


Best Weatherman Ever Uses Calm Reporting Style as Comfort During Hurricane Irma "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Hurricane Report

Hurricane season in the United States is in full force. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have recently ravaged parts of the south, most notably Texas and Florida. Meteorologists have, understandably, taken a dire tone in their forecasts to prepare residents of these areas for the worst-case scenarios. Often times, however, they veer from being helpful and informative into sensationalism, reporting from places that theyve explicitly told everyday people to evacuate. As a result, it offers little in the way of useful coverage. Mobile, Alabama-based Chief Meteorologist Alan Sealls recently took a different approach to giving a hurricane report. Rather than play to emotions, he gave a calm and straightforward assessment of three impending storms, including Irma, which was then poised to hit landfall.

Although it might seem like meteorologists have a crystal ball, they cant completely predict how a storm is going to unfold. During his forecast, Sealls reiterated this factthat the models and projections he was showing viewers dont control the storm. He offered an explanation, stating, That's the attempt to keep up with what's going on, calculate, and generate another projection. Upon adding the caveat that conditions will change, he also remained serious about those in Irma's path to evacuate or take shelter.

The four-minute clip of Sealls has made its way far beyond the Mobile area. His articulate, well-informed, and thorough reporting was a breath of fresh air to many, and it landed him on the front page of Reddit. The attention brought to Sealls demeanor shows that, in these unpredictable situations, having a helpful expert is seriously comforting. A meteorologist neednt be dramatic or goofy to deliver the weatherthey simply need to show us the science.

Many recent hurricane reports for Harvey and Irma have bordered on sensational, championing drama over facts.


Paintings of a Writer: Obscenity in the Art of D. H. Lawrence "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

41j8daV6G2L._AA160_On the 11th of September 1885, English novelist, poet, dramatist, essayist, and critic D. H. Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England. He was the fourth of five children born to a passionate but uneducated father and a serious, intellectually alive, and religiously devout mother. Her Congregationalist views were most influential on young Lawrence they shaped his later attitudes toward his role as a writer and had a paradoxically positive effect on his conception of appropriate conduct, especially sexual. Throughout his life, Lawrence struggled to find a balance between passion and thought, body and spirit, and the creative and destructive powers of human existence. Driven by so many opposites, it comes as no surprise that his opinions on art and literature were based on a definite set of moral rather than purely aesthetic principles, yet his morality was not entirely conventional. This was a paradox, most explicitly present in his controversial novel Lady Chatterleys Lover (1928). The book made him go on a crusade against censorship and sexual Puritanism, and ended in the famous obscenity trial in 1960. It is most likely that the suppressive reaction of the critics towards his writing pushed Lawrence towards other forms of expression, in this case painting. He had painted before, but only...

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Sunday, 10 September


Elsa Schiaparelli: The Couturire and the Avant-Garde "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

shockingOn the 10th of September 1890, fashion pioneer Elsa Schiaparelli was born in Rome, Italy. She is remembered for her witty accessories, such as a purse in the shape of a telephone and reoccurring motifs such as masks, cages, and butterflies. She was also famous for creating garments with multiple uses, such as a skirt that could be worn as a cape. During her shows she played on the idea of metamorphosis through clothing which was employed to conceal one facet of a woman only to reveal another.

Although she came from a well-to-do educated family  her father was a scholar of Arabic and Islamic studies, which inspired her fashion work; a cousin was an Egyptologist; and her uncle, an astronomer Schiaparelli had her fair share of struggles and her success was entirely self-made. Moving to Paris as a single divorced mother, Schiaparelli started her career by producing elegant and simple clothes for herself and her friends. She then met Paul Poiret, perhaps the most distinguished designer of his time, who kindled in her the taste for design and by 1927, her...

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Friday, 08 September


DIARY: Emory Memories "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva on Emory Douglas at Laveronica Arte Contemporanea


Body-Consciousness in the Art of Maria Lassnig "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


On the 8th of September 1919, artist Maria Lassnig was born in Kappel am Krappfeld, Carinthia, Austria and died in May 2014 aged 94. She is remembered for her daring self-portraits and her theories of body sensation and body awareness which she explored in her painting. Seeing the innovations of expressionism and surrealism in her youth left a lasting mark on the artist, especially meeting Andr Breton, and Yves Klein in 1950s Paris; she consequently developed a very personal signature style of anthropomorphic painting. By the 1960s, Lassnig moved further away from abstraction and began to focus more wholly on the human body and psyche. Later, however, as she settled in New York in the 1970s, she found that she had to experiment with new media such as video, as no one took her deformed paintings seriously, in a period in which figurative art was seen as outdated.

Undeterred by artistic trends, Lassnig continued to pursue her quest of representing the naked body with startling honesty. As early as 1948, she had referred to this theme in her art as body consciousness it allowed the artist to depict the parts of her body that she could actually feel as she worked. She painted herself painting herself as such, many of her s...

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Thursday, 07 September


Found Object Sculptures that Spell Out an Urgent Environmental Message "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Dawn DeDeaux, The Mantle (Ive Seen the Future and It Was Yesterday) (201617), aluminum mantle with objects, and Broken Mirror (2017), transparency on convex mirror (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, its a bit eerie to walk through MASS MoCAs Thumbs Up for the Mothership. This two-person show addresses Lonnie Holley and Dawn DeDeauxs artistic responses to the state of the earth, both environmental and political.

Curator Denise Markonish has paired the two artists, noting the common points of connection in their lives. Both were residents at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on Captiva Island, Florida, although not at the same time. As Markonish observes in the shows press release, both are southerners, they are the same age, and each has experienced traumatic losses. But these facts seem superficial in light of the more potent underlying thematic interests they share. Both artists work with found objects that are fabricated into sculpture, although DeDeaux has also worked extensively in digital media. While joined in time and theme, the two approach their narratives from decidedly different life paths and directions a tension that highlights the strengths of each body of work and makes the exhibition as a whole successful.

Thumbs Up for the Mothership, installation view

The title is based loosely on an ongoing project, started in 2012, of DeDeauxs, which was includ...


Grandma Moses Emancipation Through Art and Duty "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

9780060130909On the 7th of September 1860, American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson Moses, better known as Grandma Moses, was born in Greenwich, New York, the US. Little in her early years indicated the artistic path that her life would eventually follow. As a farmers daughter she was expected to do her chores, learn how to cook and clean, and marry and raise a family of her own. Anna Mary did just that. In 1886, she worked for the James family where she met Thomas Moses; the two were married within a year. Soon after the ceremony, the newlyweds travelled by train to Virginia where they managed a farm. A few years passed though, and homesick for his home in New York, Thomas Moses moved his wife and five children to a farm in Eagle Bridge. Tragically, Thomas Moses died of a heart attack in 1927. After her husbands death, with more time on her hands, Anna Mary took up embroidery and stitched beautiful pictures on cloth. However, one of her sisters saw how painstaking the work was and suggested that Anna Mary paint her pictures instead. And with that one suggestion, a new career was born. At the age of seventy-eight, when most folks simply retire, Anna Mary, soon to be known by the nickname Grandma Moses, became a painter. Her work was discovered by an art dealer in 1938 who gave her the sobriquet by which she became world-famous. Grandma Moses enjoyed huge popularity from the 1940s onwards up until her death in 1961 at the age of 101....

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Wednesday, 06 September


Feminism and Royalty: A Paradox "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

41PWXNGE4DLOn the  6th of September 1997, the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, took place in London. Two thousand people attended the ceremony in Westminster Abbey and the British television audience reached 32.78 million, one of the countrys highest viewing figures ever. Two billion people followed the ceremony worldwide, making it one of the most watched events in history. In death, as in life, her persona attracted an incredible amount of public attention.

Therefore, it comes as no surprise that phenomenon of Diana has become the subject of scholarly study. If Diana, Princess of Wales, was indeed the most photographed of women, then she is surely an essential object of examination for the scholars from a number of disciplines. Her immediately obvious relevance is to studies of the British monarchy and the construction of national identities, to studies of feminisms and the representation of women, and to studies of image culture and the ideologies of the media. Representing Diana is a study that takes as it...

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Tuesday, 05 September


John Cages Music of Chance and Change "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

41EwHX9Cu-LOn the 5th of September 1912, American composer, theorist, writer, and the pioneer of indeterminacy in music John Cage was born in Los Angeles, California. After having studied piano in LA and Paris, he came under the influence of such musical innovators as Richard Buhling, Henry Cowell, Adolph Weiss, and Arnold Schnberg. By the late 1930s, Cage had established himself as a leader of the music worlds avant-garde movement, a position he solidified over the next five decades, expanding the influence of his ideas into art and dance. His fascination with rhythms and percussion instruments greatly influenced his early work, as did the music of Asia, especially India. His first work for prepared piano, a polytimbral instrument he developed, premiered in 1938, and he later became known as a pioneer of aleatoric composition techniques (indeterminate music) and for his free-form improvisatory performance pieces.

Cages idea of indeterminacy in music was born after reading the I Ching, also known as the ...

Monday, 04 September


Victorian Idyllism and Social Realism in Lionel Smythes Art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A14ovrpH8MLOn the 4th of September 1839, Royal Academician Lionel Percy Smythe, an English artist and etcher, was born in London. Smythe painted rural landscapes, genre and maritime scenes, people and animals in both oils and watercolours. He became associated with a group of artists called The Idyllic school (or the Idyllists), a 19th-century art movement of British artistsboth painters and illustratorswhose depictions of rural landscapes combined elements of social realism and idealism. It was one of the earliest times such issues were brought up in European art history. 

Smythe was a near contemporary of Fred Walker and J. W. North and, like them, was born in London: however. while he was still a boy he spent periods of time in France and was partly educated there. Childhood holidays were spent at Le Chateau des Fleurs at Wimereaux in Normandy. In adult life, Smythe and his wife Alice, made frequent visits to France and from 1879 onward the family lived almost entirely in Normandy. Until 1882 they occupied a Napoleonic fortre...

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