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Tuesday, 12 December


The Future of Blues Is in Good Hands: Watch 12-Year-Old Toby Lee Trade Riffs with Chicago Blues Guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Earlier this year, we highlighted some footage from 1989, showing then 12-year-old Joe Bonamassa wowing crowds and announcing his arrival on the blues scene. Years from now, we might look back in similar fashion at this footage of 12-year-old blues prodigy Toby Lee. Recorded last month at the Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark, this video features Lee trading riffs with Chicago blues guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks. It runs a good five minutes--enough to convince you that the future of the blues is in good hands.

By the way, Toby has a Youtube channel where you can watch him evolve as a musician. Below, see one of his earlier clips, where, as a 9 or 10-year-old, he pounds out some Stevie Ray Vaughan in a cowboy hat and tiger suit.

via Twisted Sifter

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An Artist-Led Variety Show at the Knockdown Center, Whoop Dee Doo! "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Performance from Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento, April 2017, featuring The Royalty Dancers (photo by Makoto Hawkins)

When Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche founded Whoop Dee Doo in Kansas City, Missouri back in 2006, the vibe was of a cable-access kids variety show: a blend of unabashed revelry in oddness, transcendent silliness, and earnest dedication to community-building. It was, according to Warren, shaped by being in a smaller city where you make your own entertainment, and in Roches words, theres a fascination with weird local stuff.

Since then, Whoop Dee Doo has continued to evolve, blending serious theatrical practice with a wackily infectious, gleefully manic sensibility, and creating commissions for institutions like the University of Chicagos Smart Museum, SFMOMA, and New Yorks own Abrons Arts Center.

Whoop Dee Doo performance, An Abominable Thawt at Abrons Arts Center in 2015, featuring the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York (photo by Naoko Wowsugi)

Somehow, Queenss Knockdown Center, with its insightful, community-driven, idiosyncratic programming seems like a perfectly natural landing spot. Since November 18, Whoop Dee Doo has been staging an insta...


Up-Close Images of Jupiter Reveal an Impressionistic Landscape of Swirling Gases "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Juno is NASAs project focused on bringing a deeper understanding to Jupiter and the processes that might have governed our solar systems creation. The spacecraft was launched in 2011 to explore several facets of the planets composition, including its atmosphere, magnetic force field, and dense cloud coverage.

This series of close-up photographs was taken by Juno within the last year, and is a dazzling diverse display of the planets gaseous composition. Swirling blue and brown clouds appear like impressionist paint strokes across Jupiters atmospheric surface, a spectacle which is constantly shifting into new optically charged formations.

You can see more images taken with Junos high-tech cameras on NASAs website, and submit your own processed images from Junos raw image files on Mission Juno. (via Twisted Sifter)



The Museum Education Program at George Washington University Is a Leader in Hands-on Experience "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Washington DC is unmatched when it comes to the number of world-class museums it has to offer. Museum leaders in the nations capital see the value in advancing the public service mission of museums and work to shape them into distinctive learning environments for multiple audiences.

The Museum Education Program at George Washington University prepares graduates as professional practitioners to meet the needs and interests of the public in museums and other informal learning environments. Students balance academic study with supervised fieldwork at world-class institutions, where they build their skills and reputation as advocates for museum accessibility and accountability. Graduates of this program are prepared to take on positions as administrative and education directors, curators/directors of education, development and fundraising officers, event planners, docent/volunteer coordinators, and community-relationship coordinators.

Emily Pope Hermans, Docent Program Manager at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens at Museum of Fine Art, couldnt be more appreciative of the doors that opened for her after graduating from the program:

The MEP gave me the opportunity to form deep connections with other museum educators and to gain a better understanding of the intricacies and complexities of the field, Hermans said. It also shifted my understanding of the ways in which museums can create successful, impactful experiences for visitors.

The Museum Education alumni network is extensive, with graduates holding leadership positions in museums and related informal learning environments around the nation and internationally.

Learn more about the program by visiting

The post The Museum Education Program at George Washington University Is a Leader in Hands-on Experience appeared first on Hyperallergic.


Amazing Things Happen at the Grand Canyon and Timelapse Captures Them Beautifully "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Millions of visitors a year come to Arizonas Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in the western United States. On extremely rare days when cold air is trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air, which in combination with moisture and condensation, form the phenomenon referred to as the full cloud inversion.

In what resembles something between ocean waves and fast clouds, the Grand Canyon is completely obscured by fog, making the visitors feel as if they are walking o...


500 WORDS: Farah Al Qasimi "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Farah Al Qasimi discusses her show at Helena Anrather


The (Foolproof) Annual Dangerous Minds Christmas Shopping Guide for Hard-to-Buy-for Rock Snobs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Every year about this time I write up my annual Christmas Shopping Guide for Hard-to-Buy-for Rock Snobs list of cool things for your musichead loved ones. Last year I was all about 5.1 surround, Blu-ray audio, studio masters and so forth. High tech, high quality, high resolution digital audio. Id...


The thread of life: Anatomized textile sculptures "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

I never dug dissecting critters in biology class at school. I understood its relevance but always thought there must be some better way of discovering how a frog, or a rat, or a mouse workedhadnt millions of these little fuckers been sliced and diced by more knowledgeable people before...


Stars Align for Charles White and Leonardo da Vinci at the Museum of Modern Art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Starburst cluster NGC 3603 (courtesy NASA Hubble Telescope via Hubble Highlights Flickr)

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who know astrology is real, and those who manage to muddle through somehow, unguided by the stars. Both, though, can appreciate the rich narratives, visual and textual, that accompany esoteric divinatory and interpretive practices, from the moods and temperaments of the gods that shape Greek astrology, to the allegorical labyrinths of the Tarot.

Ever a master of the oblique and inscrutable connection, David Hammons has curated a wonderfully strange exhibition, Charles White Leonardo da Vinci, on view at MoMA through January 3. White, a legendary Los Angeles drawing teacher to a generation of students, including Hammons, shared with Leonardo both a nearly religious devotion to drawing and a natal chart situated in the first half of April. In addition to drawings by both artists, a focal point of the exhibition is a Vedic natal chart for each: By presenting their destinies as written in the stars, Hammons shifts our attention from the gallery to the galaxy.

This Sunday at MoMA, PopRally hosts An Evening of Art and Astrology, a conversation between astrologer Alice Sparkly Kat, artist Cristy C. Road, and exhibition organizer Esther Adler, looking at creativity and community through the lens of astrology and Tarot. The talk will be followed by a self-guided tour of the galleries featuring a brochure with Sparkly Kats astrology analysis and Roads artwork.

Mercurys in retrograde, so plan to get there early and head straight for the open bar.

When: Sunday, December 17, 7 pm
Where: The Museum of Modern Art...


Wearable Glass Objects and Sculptures by Kit Paulson "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Artist Kit Paulson has a broad interest in art, science, and history that intersects superbly in her career as a glass sculptor. Over the past several years shes explored human anatomy through a variety of skull and bones pieces, as well as wearable objects like masks, armor, and even a pair of gloves. Paulson is currently finishing an MFA at Southern Illinois University and will be teaching upcoming workshops at Pittsburgh Glass Center, Bildwerk Frauenau, and Pilchuck Glass School. You can follow her most recent work on Instagram. (via Corning Museum of Glass)



Brian Eno Presents a Crash Course on How the Recording Studio Radically Changed Music: Hear His Influential Lecture The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool (1979) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The rapid development of studio technology in the 1960s could seem like something of an avalanche, started, say, by Phil Spector, expanded by Brian Wilson, who spurred the Beatles and George Martin, who inspired dozens of artists to experiment in the studio, including Jimi Hendrix. By the time we get to the 70s it begins to seem like one man drives forward the progress of studio as instrument, Brian Enofrom his work with Robert Fripp, to the refinement of almost fully synthetic ambient music, to his groundbreaking work on David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" and Talking Heads Remain in Light in 1980.

Eno called himself a non-musician who valued theory over practice. But we know this to be untrue. Hes a profoundly hypnotic, engaging composer, player, and even singer, as well as a virtuoso practitioner of the studio recording arts, which, by 1979, he had honed sufficiently to expound on in a lecture titled The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool. By '79, when Eno delivered the talk captured above at the Inaugural New Music American Festival in New York, he had already done so three times. In 1983, Down Beat magazine published the influential lecture (read it here).

Eno displays the critical acumen of Walter Benjamin in discussing the history and cultural significance of his art form, with philosophically punchy lines like his take on jazz: the i...


On Neuroaesthetics, or the Productive Exercise of Looking at Art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Jean Dubuffet, Jean Dubuffet, Fluence, (November 19, 1984), acrylic on canvas-backed paper, 39 1/2 x 52 3/4 in (photo by Ellen Page Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery; 2013 Jean Dubuffet/Artists Rights Society/ARS, New York / ADAGP, Paris)

We now know that certain forms of visual art increase connectivity and plasticity in our brains when we engage with their nebulous compositional propositions. Such alternative, neuroplastic wonderlands are something that Jonathan Fineberg is tackling as director of an emerging art-science Ph.D. program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

The programs budding syllabus is something of an apogee to Finebergs carer, building on his experiences as Professor of Art History Emeritus at the University of Illinois and Trustee Emeritus of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC where he was founding Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art. In preparation for this endeavor, Fineberg studied psychoanalysis at the Boston and Western New England Psychoanalytic Institutes. He has curated numerous exhibitions and received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Fellowship in Critical Writing, the NEA Art Critics Fellowship, senior fellowships from the Dedalus Foundation and the Japan Foundation, and the College Art Associations Award for Distinguished Teaching in the History of Art.

Recently, I talked with him about the innovative neuroaesthetic Ph.D. program that he and his colleagues are now developing at the University of the Arts; about Donald Trump, art, and politics; and about his newest book on modern art and neuroaesthetics, Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain.

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360-Degree Videos Capture the New Seven Wonders of the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

7 Wonders 360 Video by New York Times

Thanks to ever-evolving technology, people are now able to record 360-degree videos that provide viewers with a highly detailed, fully immersive experience. Whether its a special camera with multiple lenses, or seperate footage stitched together into one spherical video, viewers are able see recordings from every direction with a simple click-and-drag motion. The New York Times is taking advantage of this technology with their Daily 360 series. Every day they treat their readers and Facebook followers to must-see 360-degree videos from all over the globe, and their most recent releases showcases the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Located on four continents, and mostly built by ancient and medieval empires, the new wonders were chosen in 2007, when more than tens of millions of people voted in an online contest organized by the New 7 Wonders Foundation. Each architectural marvel is among the most visited tourist attractions in the world, and this series gives people the chance to visit them without having to fly thousands of miles. Each HD video features annotated facts and minimal illustrations to educate digital visitors.

Sites include the Great Wall of China, an epic 20,000-kilometer (12,427-mile) wall built by several Chinese emperors and dynasties between 220 B.C. and A.D. 1644; the Taj Mahal in India, one of the most recognizable architectural achievements of the Mughal empire; the city Petra in Jordan, where Hellenistic facades of ancient tombs are carved directly into the canyons; the Colosseum in Italy, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire built between A.D. 72-82; Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, a colossal 125-foot-tall statue of Jesus Christ on top of Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro; Chichn Itz in Mexico, an ancient Mayan city; and Machu Picchu in Peru, the Incan settlement nestled 2,430 meters (1.5 miles) above sea level in the eastern Andes mountains.

Experience the New Seven Wonders of the World with The New York Timess 360-degree videos.

Chichn Itz (Mexico)



The Minneapolis Sound, local TV report from 1988 on Prince, Hsker D and the Replacements "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The second half of this local TV report on The Minneapolis Sound, broadcast on KTCA in 1988, has been on YouTube for some time, but earlier this year, one Prince Rogers Nelson uploaded an intact copy of the full program to Dailymotion.



The War on Christmas is over, Motrhead wins. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Im pretty sure jokey Christmas sweaters produced in the last several years must by now outnumber the entire total of sincere (if ghastly) ones made since the invention of those oddly specific garments, but once in a while, its still possible for one to pop up and make me say OH,...


Back cat-a-log: Classic album covers purrfectly re-imagined with kittens "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Purr DivisionUnknown Whiskers.
Cats on the covers of your favorite musicwhats not to like?

On those odd occasions when I finish reading the funnies and have nothing more practical to do, I like to ponder those big meaningful questions of life like what happens to...


An Experimental Softcore Porn Series Is Revived in Japan "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Akihiko Shiota, Wet Woman in the Wind (2016) (all images courtesy Organic Publicity)

In 2012, one of the oldest and most esteemed film studios in the world, Nikkatsu, celebrated its 100th anniversary. Amidst the Japanese companys more prestigious films, including academy award-nominated The Burmese Harp, Nikkatsu is probably best known for its groundbreaking softcore pornographic series, the Roman Porno, which helped save the company from financial collapse in the 1970s and continued through the late 80s. Last year, in celebration of its vivid past, Nikkatsu rebooted the series with five new films, including Antiporno (2016) and Wet Woman in the Wind (2016), which are currently streaming on the platform Mubi.

According to Jasper Sharps book, Behind the Pink Curtain, Roman Porno saw the production of 850 films for Nikkatsu. The connection between the films was tenuous and the freedom given to directors was broad, with few limitations imposed beyond the countrys lax censorship code, which prohibited images of genitalia and little else. Filmmakers could do w...


Stream 74 Sun Ra Albums Free Online: Decades of Space Jazz and Other Forms of Intergalactic, Afrofuturistic Musical Creativity "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

He was born Herman Poole Blount, but the many who appreciate his music and the otherworldly philosophy behind it know him only as Sun Ra. Or rather, they don't just appreciate it but find themselves transported to other places by it, even places located far beyond this Earth. Often space, as the title of the 1975 Afrofuturist science-fiction film that stars Sun Ra states, is the place, and if you seek to take such an interstellar journey through jazz music yourself, doing so has become easier than ever: just steer your ship over to Bandcamp, where you can stream the music of Sun Ra and his ever-shifting "Arkestra" for free.

Since you'll have no fewer than 74 albums to choose from, you might consider charting your voyage with Bandcamp Daily's guide to Sun Ra and his Arkestra's prolific and varied output.

It begins with his "Chicago Space Jazz" years in the 1950s, many of the recordings from which "sound a lot like jazz with traditional forms, rich ensemble writing, and plenty of swing," but which already show such characteristic choices and tools as "peculiar intervals and juxtapositions, the newly-developed electric piano, lots of percussion, extra baritone sax, group shouts, and so forth," as well as the influence of "exotica and mood music," the Bible, "occult philosophy," and cosmology.

Cosmos (Remastered) by Sun Ra & His Arkestra

The guide continues on to Sun Ra's time in New York in the 1960s, where "the 'space jazz' or quirky hard-bop of the Arkestras Chicago days starts to morph, reflecting the new 'free jazz' ideas being developed literally all around them by Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and others." This period culminate...


A Romanian Artist Tackles Art and Freedom in Authoritarian Times "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view, Geta Brtescu: The Leaps of Aesop (all images courtesy Hauser & Wirth)

Geta Brtescus current exhibition, The Leaps of Aesop, at Hauser & Wirth, is the first solo presentation in New York devoted to the Romanian artist. The show was conceived in collaboration with the Bucharest curator and art historian, Magdu Radu. Brtescus oeuvre is vast and includes drawing, collage, engravings, textile, photography, experimental film, video, and performances. The title of the exhibition, according to the gallery, serves as a point of departure. The Greek fabulist is known for the stories commonly referred to as Aesops Fables, in which animals and inanimate objects, often with human features, speak and solve problems. The concept of animals or inanimate objects speaking or solving problems suggests a kind of intervention on the part of the characters in the fables, perhaps on behalf of humans who are not otherwise able to solve them.

Radu writes in the gallerys press release that Brtescu envisions Aesop as a metaphor for the artist in particular, the artist under totalitarianism. Right after the fall of the Communist regime in Romania, Brtescu declared Aesop a symbol of everything that stood against totalitarianism. But Aesop, like Medea, is a sign of encompassing so many overlapping meanings that his literary embodiment is transcended and endlessly modulated in the artist...


Jad Abumrad Reads an Ode to the Glory of Tiny Creatures and Celebrates His Mothers Scientific Persistence "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In praise of the invisible heroisms and unglamorous triumphs of nature and the human spirit.

Jad Abumrad Reads an Ode to the Glory of Tiny Creatures and Celebrates His Mothers Scientific Persistence

The Universe in Verse was a highlight of my year a beautiful evening celebrating the improbable yet wondrous intersection of science and poetry, raising funds for the defense of science and the arts from political assault. Artists, writers, and scientists read poems about trailblazers of science, many of whom women, and about scientific discoveries that have revolutionized our understanding of the universe and of our place in it.

Jad Abumrad of Radiolab, himself the product of two scientists, prefaced his reading of poet Pattiann Rogerss tender ode to single-cell creatures with an homage to his mothers persistence in studying a single protein for thirty-five years a testament to the unglamorous, invisible heroisms that have propelled the vast majority of humanitys scientific endeavor, proof of what pioneering microbiologist Erwin Chargaff extolled as the value of unremembered work. Please enjoy:

by Pattiann Rogers

Although most are totally naked
and too scant for even the slightest
color and although they have no voice
that Ive ever heard for cry or song, they are,
nevertheless, more than mirage, more
than hallucination, more than falsehood.

They have confronted sulfuric
boiling black sea bottoms and stayed,
held on under ten tons of polar ice,
established themselves in dense salts
and acids, survived ea...


Academic Journal Devotes an Entire Issue to Princes Life & Music: Read and Download It for Free "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Image by Ann Althouse, via Flickr Commons

For decades now, academics have made popular culture a worthy area of study, from hip hop, comic books, and Hollywood film and television to video games and internet culture. And for just as long, there have been those who sneered at the disciplines emerging around pop culture studies. But really, what are we to do with someone like Prince, someone so clearly, profoundly, a musical genius, with such an outsized impact on popular culture, that he cannot help being a major historical figure just a year and a half after his death?

Devote an entire journal issue to him, of course, as the Journal of African American Studies did this past September. This is not, by far, Princes first appearance in a scholarly publication. And a slew of academic conferences devoted to the artist this past year has raised him to the academic status achieved by other megastars like Bruce Springsteen and Pink Floyd. This special journal issue, however, may be one of the most comprehensive collections of Prince scholarship youre likely to find online. And unlike the majority of academic articles, these are all free. Just click the Download PDF link under each title found on this page.

The issue was...


dreams - pull your finger out "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

now this was gorgeous, already the dream was vivid and memorable and surreal but then it did this...

I got a splinter.

Yeah, a tiny little splinter at the tip of my left index finger. So, I got the fingernails of my right hand under it and started to pull. And it came out, but then a new one grew. So I pulled that one out but it came and came and came...

Then it turned decidedly weird, like I was pulling out an insect foot, shin, thigh.... I could see the hairs on the insect leg as I pulled and pulled this thing out of my index finger and it kept coming. But that was only the leg and it was already too big to pull out of the finger ref: image for scale. I realised I was dreaming (it was like I did a 'reality check') and woke up, as I'd seen enough...

I realised, very soon after waking, that it was a message to PULL MY FUCKING FINGER OUT and this refers to stuff I've been putting off in my life - yes, I have a list.  :)


Glen Keane Live Animates the Little Mermaids Ariel to Part of Your World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Legendary animator Glen Keane demonstrates how he uses virtual reality to create 3D animations, sketching The Little Mermaids Ariel to Part of Your World.

Keane designed and animated the character of Ariel in the film The Little Mermaid (1989).




These are videos that I like: Best of Bandcamp Jazz 2017 (Part Two) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Todays videos feature ensembles that were among my monthly selections for Best of Bandcamp Jazz.  2017 saw a minimum of 120 recommendations, so its understandable that some might have fallen off the radar over the course of the year.  Heres a chance to reverse that trend and remind everyone how much great music came []


The Motel, Unsettling Icon of Popular Culture "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


On the 12th of December 1925, Arthur Heineman opened the first recorded motel along Highway 101 just north of San Luis Obispo, California. As he couldnt fit in the full name Milestone Motor Hotel on the sign, he left it as Motor Hotel, which then came to be abbreviated as mo-tel. This first example of a functional inn-type respite for motorists featured the easily recognisable single building made of connected rooms with doors facing a parking lot. Heineman chose original Spanish missionary architecture for the faade, which together with its bell tower and sign are still standing, although used for a different purpose.

The invention and popularity of the automobile in early 20th century America drove many motorists to venture beyond their hometowns. The early bad roads and poor vehicle speeds and reliability required two or more days all-day driving for 400-mile trips such as Los Angeles to San Francisco. Heinemans auto camp was ideally situated midpoint between the two. Later, during the Great Depression, the sole travellers remained those on business journeys and salespeople, forced by their employers to reduce costs. So, instead of trains they used cars and stayed at cheap roadside motels, where...


Tracing the Life and Times of Self-Taught Artist Bill Traylor in a Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Bill Traylor, Untitled (Radio) (1939-42), opaque watercolor and pencil on printed advertising cardboard, 32 1/2 24 1/2 inches (courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Next September the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) in Washington, DC will open Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor, a comprehensive retrospective on the self-taught Alabama artist. Bill Traylor was born into slavery in 1854 and later worked as a sharecropper, finally creating art late in his life when he became too old for farm work. Yet he was prolific, drawing and painting over 1,000 silhouettes of city scenes, rural life, soaring birds, and fighting dogs, created on scraps of cardboard and paper found around Montgomery. Only decades after his death in 1949 did his art get mainstream attention, and today hes among the most recognizable names in American folk art.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, filmmaker Jeffrey Wolf is planning to premiere a new feature-length documentary  Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts on Traylors life and work. A Kickstarter campaign is underway to support its production.

Rather than a conventional documentary comprised mostly of talking heads, the film will use commentators to offer information based on historical research and writings, Wolf told Hyperallergic. He previously directed James Castle: Portrait of an Artist (2008), another documentary on a self-taught creator. Interviews with artists, historians, and other figures will be in Chasing Ghosts, but the film will also involve rarely seen 1940s color footage depicting segregated Montgomery, and draw on census records, the Traylor family archives, an unpublished text ab...


Deciphering Duchamps Clues "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Serkan zkaya, Serkan zkaya, We Will Wait (201417) (photo illustration by Brett Beyer and Lal Bahcecioglu)

After Marcel Duchamps death in 1968, the strangest installation was discovered in his studio on East 11th Street in Manhattan: a quixotic diorama featuring a nude, splayed female figure in a pastoral setting reclining so far that her head disappeared while one hand held up a lantern, the entire scene only visible through tiny holes in an ancient-looking wooden door. tants Donns (194666) was the final and most beguiling puzzle created by an artist who reveled in subterfuge and sleight of hand. For the past four years, the Turkish-American artist Serkan zkaya has been working at creating a full-scale replica of tants Donns in order to test his answer to its riddle: that the installation is in fact an elaborate camera obscura.

Earlier this year, zkaya rebuilt Duchamps installation in the studio space where the original now in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art was created. The result was a ghostly image, projected through the twin pinholes in the installations wooden door, which from the right angle may have resembled a blurry, rosy portrait of Duchamp himself. That installation, and objects related to its making, are currently on view at Postmasters Gallery. But more than the final, fuzzy projection, zkayas project speaks to an irrepressible human desire for mystery and narrative, which will likely be one of the subjects he discusses on Wednesday in a conversation at the gallery with the author Augustus Rose. His widely praised debut novel,...

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10+ YouTube Channels to Learn How to Draw for Free "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Learn How to Draw

Photo: Samuel Castro on Unsplash

As one of the most basics skills of any artist, drawing is an essential part of the creative process. Centuries later, we still remain fascinated by the sketches in Leonardo's notebooks and Picasso's poetic line art, each for their respective ability to show us the purest form of an artist's skill. But you don't necessarily have to attend art school in order to learn technique. These days, if you want to learn how to drawwhether you are a beginner or an artist looking to refine your skillsthere are a vast number of free drawing tutorials on YouTube to help you improve.

Think about it. It doesn't matter where you learn to draw, just that you are able to progress your creativity. In fact, some of our favorite artists are self-taught, and these online drawing tutorials allow you to go at your own pacefor free! From learning the basics, like how to select the proper drawing tools and color theory, to more complex information on how to draw an eye, a little digging will turn up a wealth of information. Some videos are step by step tutorials, while others are time-lapse demonstrations that will allow you see the process from start to finish.

Let's look at some of the top art instructors on YouTube, who will help you learn how to draw in no time. And while you are at it, brush up on your knowledge of materials by looking at our selection of the best colored pencils for beginners and professionals.

Here are some amazing artists on YouTube that will help you learn how to draw for free.

Emmy Kalia


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13 Best Watercolor Paint Sets Both Beginners and Professional Artists Will Love "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

best watercolor paints

Photo: Kira auf der Heide
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Since gaining widespread popularity in the 18th century, watercolor painting has been a favorite of amateur and professional artists alike. Its portability makes it the perfect medium to take on the road, allowing artists to sketch en plein air or rapidly work out ideas. But with so many available brands, what are the best watercolor sets on the market? And what to look for when selecting watercolor paint?

Whether seeking out pans or tubes or professional or students quality, these are certain technical aspects you'll want to be aware of as you seek out watercolor paint. Of course, you can always buy individuals tubes or pans for any of the brands mentioned below, filling an empty watercolor well palette or empty watercolor pan tin to make your own travel set. But if you are looking for something ready to go or simply want to splurge on a professional watercolor set, here are some things to consider.

How to Pick the Best Watercolor Paint Set for Your Artistic Needs


Just like many other art supplies, such as acrylic paints, watercolors come in two grades: student and professional. Professional, or artist quality, watercolor paint is typically made with more pigment and comes in a wider range of colors. As student watercolors usually have more synthetic binders and fillers, which keeps the cost down, but they tend to have less permanence.

If you are a beginner, or just want to test your hand a watercolor painting, student quality should be just fine. You may not even notice much difference to begin with, and it will be lighter on your wallet.


The nice thing with watercolor paint is that mixing means you can extend your color palette greatly without investing in a wide range of colors. So, if you are thinking of upgrading to artist quality paint, you may want to star...


The Valentines Day Tape an Avant-Garde Musician Left Behind "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nervously Engendered: The Art of Gerardo Velazquez, installation view (all photos courtesy Coagula Curatorial)

Gerardo Velazquez, an artist and member of the band Nervous Gender, was an urgent voice at the intersection of queer, Chicano, and punk identities. Formed in 1978, the LA-based band offered an alternative to the then-prevalent testosterone-fueled, guitar-based punk with a synth-driven sound that was no less confrontational. His boundless creative energies found further expression in photography, poster and record design, performance, and early digital media experiments.

Gerardo Velazquez, Late Valentine Tape

Curated by Louis Jacinto, Nervously Engendered at Coagula presents a cross-section of Velazquezs output, shedding light on this influential, but oft-overlooked artist. To celebrate the shows closing, the gallery will be hosting a listening party of Velazquezs Late Valentine Tape. Featuring eight songs, the tape was originally intended to be given to friends on Valentines Day 1991; however, he changed the cover art to read Late after the holiday had passed. The original recording was found among his possessions, a year after he died...


Protesters and Police Clash as Artifacts Seized from Catalan Museum "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Protesters and police officers clash outside the Museu de Lleida (screenshot by the author via YouTube)Protesters and police officers clash outside the Museu de Lleida (screenshot by the author via YouTube)

This morning, in the predawn hours, Spanish law enforcement officers entered a museum in Catalonia and seized artifacts that the neighboring region of Aragon has long claimed as its own. Since the 1980s, the Museu de Lleida, in the city of the same name in western Catalonia, has been home to 44 objects from the Monastery of Santa Mara de Sigena, a 12th-century convent in Aragon. Though Catalan officials maintain that the works were acquired legally, Aragon claims the monasterys nuns didnt have the authority to sell them. The objects include ornate and colorful wooden coffins, paintings, sculptures, and more.

Some of the painted wooden coffins at the Museu de Lleida whose ownership is disputed (photo by Xavier Zapater/Flickr, Lleida Museum)Some of the painted wooden coffins at the Museu de Lleida whose ownership is disputed (photo by Xavier Zapater/Flickr, Lleida Museum)

Officers from the Guardia Civil and the Catalan police accompa...


Recap: The Social Paradox Group Exhibition @ Londons Calio "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Last month in London, The Social Paradox group exhibition opened its doors for the weekend at the Stolen Space Gallery, a show focusing and highlighting peoples over reliance on technology and social media. The exhibition was curated by Rom Levy.

Some of the worlds leading urban artists such as iHeart, Joe Iurato, London Police, Mad Steez, Martin Whatson, Mau Mau, Millo, Myneandyours, Nafir and Word To Mother created for this exhibition a series of brand new works reflecting their views and thoughts on The Social Paradox theme.

Show was initiated by Calio Calio is a unique and brilliant personal calendar that makes it easier for you to create and share events with friends, and keep everything in one place.

Technology has added many benefits to society, from giving us greater choice and information, to allowing us to connect with many people from all around the world. However the downside of this has become more apparent in recent times. While people are virtually connected, there is an obvious separation between people in the real world. The technology meant to bring us closer to the people furthest away, is taking us further away from the people closest to us

Social media is so deeply embedded in our daily lives that I felt it was unfair for it to be exempt from any mockery. Its sad to think that the technology that has made us privy to every waking moment of each others lives is also the wedge that drives us further from the people peripheral to our screens. However, I take refuge knowing that we can still bring people together for art shows that celebrate them drifting apart.


Take a look below for some images from the opening of this show and keep checking back with us for the latest updates from London!



The Unbuilt Futuristic Architecture of New York City "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Never Built New York at the Queens Museum has three distinct experiences with a New York City that never was. One is a salon-style gallery packed with models, blueprints, drawings, and other ephemera, arranged geographically like a collage of unrealized Manhattan; another plots illuminated models of unbuilt designs right on the museums 1960s Panorama of the City of New York ; and the third features a bouncy castle in the atrium.

Installation view of <em>Never Built New York</em> at the Queens Museum (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)...


Why Can 70% of People Hear This Silent GIF? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

HappyToast Pylons GIF

We all know that by their very definition, GIFs are silent. So why is it that people are hearing this GIF created by HappyToast. Originally made in 2008, it's been making the rounds again after Dr. Lisa DeBruine from the University of Glasgow's Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology started inquiring about why many people think they can hear the GIF.

In fact, she put up a poll that received over 300,000 responses and it turns out that almost 70% of those polled swore they heard a thudding sound. So what is the scientific explanation? For one, our mind has the ability to play all sorts of tricks on us. Remember this image of red strawberries that didn't actually include any red pixels? That particular illusion is a test of color constancy, but here we're looking at something different.

Christopher Fassnidge, a doctoral candidate in psychology at London's City University jumped in with an explanation. It turns out his lab is researching this type of phenomenon, calling it visual ear. A subtle form of synesthesiawhen one sense triggers anotherit's not as uncommon as you think for people to hear moving objects when they are silent.


Depression & Melancholy: Animated Videos Explain the Crucial Difference Between Everyday Sadness and Clinical Depression "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Depression, the TED-Ed video above informs us, is the leading cause of disability in the world. This may be a hard fact to swallow, the product, we might think, of pharmaceutical advertising. We all feel down from time to time, we think. Then circumstances change, and those sad feelings disappear. Isnt it like this for everyone? It is not. Clinical depression is different. Its a medical disorder, and it wont go away just because you want it to.

Depression can linger for up to two weeks, and become so debilitating that sufferers cannot work or play. It interferes with important relationships and can have a lot of different symptoms: a low mood, loss of interest in things youd normally enjoy, changes in appetite, feeling worthless or excessively guilty, restlessness and insomnia, or extreme lethargy, poor concentration, and possible thoughts of suicide. But surely we can hear a paid promotional voice when the narrator states, If you have at least 5 of those symptoms, according to psychiatric guidelines, you qualify for a diagnosis of depression.

What we dont typically hear about in pharmaceutical ads are the measurable physiological changes depression writes in the brain, including decreased brain matter in the frontal lobe and atrophy of the hippocampus. These effects are measurable in humans and rats, in study after study after study. But while most of us know the names of a neurotransmitter or two these days, not even neuroscientists fully understand the biology of depression. They do know that some combination of medication, therapy, and, in extreme cases electroconvulsive treatment, can allow people to more fully experience life.

People in treatment will still feel down on occasion, just like everyone does. But depression, the explainer wants us to understand, should never be compared to ordinary sadness. Its effects on behavior and brain health are too wide-ranging, pervasive, persistent, and detrimental. These effects can be invisible, which adds to an unfortunate social stigma that dissuades people from seeking treatment. The more we talk about depression openly, rather than treating as it as a shameful secret, the more likely people at risk will be to seek help.



Confronting the Hazards of Power in Photomontages of Recent Mass Protests "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of The Sword of Damocles (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES The Sword of Damocles, the title of artist Felix R. Cids show at Garis & Hahn, is the story of a sycophant in the court of Dionysius II. Damocless fascination with power leads the king to exchange places with the courtier for one day but with a twist: Damocles must sit on the kings throne while a sword, suspended at the pommel by a single strand of horse hair, hangs above his head. This tale about the hazards of power ties together a collection of six large-scale photomontages of images from mass demonstrations around the US and Europe.

Felix R. Cid, Untitled (Trump Inauguration) (2017) (detail)

Instead of a street-level view of the action, Felix Cids photomontages take a drones eye view of resistance, with participants appearing as an indiscernible mass. The prints, made up of composite images, provide a holistic view of events like the Womens March by representing sheer numbers of people in a densely packed frame. Closer examination, however, reveals detailed scenes with identifiable faces, signs, and clothing. Observing the work up-close can feel like an act of surveillance, your gaze in search of anomalous details. The composites can also result in some humorous juxtapositions. Out of the six works displayed, only one, Untitled (Trump Inauguration), does not have throngs of people filling the entire frame. Almost half of the print is covered by a patchwork of gray sky (actually, its a composite of the empty grounds of the National Mall), a not-so-subtle dig at 45s inability to dra...


Watch The Art of Flying, a Short Film Capturing the Wondrous Murmurations of the Common Starling "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In the tradition of Andrew Sullivan's Dish, we start the week--before it even gets a bit hectic--with a Mental Health break. Above, watch The Art of Flying, Jan van Ijken's short film that captures the mysterious flights--or murmurations--of the Common Starling. A blurb accompanying the film adds a bit more context:

It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show. Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.


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Japanese Woman Draws Beloved Characters on Carpets By Moving Rug Fibers Around "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Carpet Drawing by Atsito

Inspiration can strike in the most unlikely of placeseven your ordinary area rug can be an unconventional canvas for spectacular works of art. Japanese pop culture enthusiast Agito demonstrates this in her ongoing series of carpet drawings. She's perfected an art that most of us had never considered before; using the long nap of rug fibers, she reveals that there are two sides to the carpet and uses this to build form and depth in her large-scale artwork.

The amount of detail that Agito achieves in her carpet drawing is awe-inspiring. Her charactersmany from the Gundam franchisehave fine lines and boast expressive facial features. When viewed from afar, they really take shape, and you can better admire how Agito uses a reductive drawing technique to bring her figures to life. From the dark green background, she pushes and pulls the fibers to look lighter and carve faces, masks, and adorable animals.

Agito gives little insight into how she makes her art carpet, but she routinely shares her amazing creations through her Twitter account dedicated to the unique practice.

Japanese pop culture enthusiast Agito creates art in an unexpected placean ordinary rug!

Carpet Drawing by Atsito Carpet Drawing by Atsito ...


Timely, Exciting Work by Women Artists at Miami Art Week "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nancy Davidson: p e r Sway at Locust Projects, installation view (image courtesy Studio LHOOQ)

MIAMI  Im unsure of the exact percentage of women artists at Art Basel Miami Beach and its satellite fairs, and if Im being honest, I wasnt thinking about it this Art Week. I know women are underrepresented and underpaid in every field; I know that as long as this statement is true, it is even more true for women of color. I also know that art fairs are sometimes emblematic of larger trends, and that this is a watershed moment for women precisely because men, it seems, are awful.

But even without this historical revelation, the women in my life artists, mothers, farmers, plumbers are my favorite people; if there were two women or two thousand women artists at the fairs, I would look for them. Thats what I did this Art Week, and I felt lucky that I didnt have to look hard.

Cheryl Pope, A Silent I (2016). Nylon and tackle twill, appliqud letters and border, grommets for hanging (image by the author for Hyperallergic)

Fair., curated by Zoe Lukov and Anthony Spinello, was an all-women art fair where nothing was for sale, occupying, ironically, the Brickell City Centre (as mammoth a mall as they come). I loved all of it, from Juana Valdess ceramic skin-colored Colored China Rags II (2012) which references labor and the women who conduct it, to Cheryl Popes...


Crab vs Eel vs Octopus Blue Planet II "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


To get to their feeding ground these crabs must cross treacherous waters where a hungry Moray Eel and Octopus are on the hunt lurking just below the surface. In this clip its crab vs eel and crab vs octopus watch to find out if the crabs make it to their feeding grounds in one piece or if the eel and octopus nab themselves a tasty meal.

This clip is taken from the 6th episode of Blue Planet II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.




Grim Vistas of Present and Future Dystopias "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Anna Conway Desert (2017) oil on canvas, 30 x 48 inches (all images courtesy Fergus McCaffrey)

The vistas depicted in Anna Conways paintings for her exhibition at Fergus McCaffrey are wide and deep and mostly devoid of human presence. They are also elegantly composed and as rigorously quiet as the pursed lips of a schoolmarm keeping watch during classroom reading time. This to say they are grim images. The majority of her landscapes in the Anna Conway show are modernist, urban spaces: a museum late at night; well-lit, monochromatic office spaces; underlit, high-rise apartments with pendulous chrome lamps and mottled calf-skin rugs that look staged for a photo shoot in Architectural Digest.

But in each painting there are small intimations of our preindustrial past that place our contemporary moment in heightened relief. There is a tribal figure in Desert (2017) who stands off to the left in what looks like sternly demarcated plots of ground being irrigated by water sprinklers. This might be a vegetable garden for the inhabitants of the lit building in the background, but every element in this painting asks to be read allegorically: the silhouetted African figure is a representative of the primordial; the sprinklers and garden are modern, regulated production; the satellite dish antenna on the back building represent the technically sophisticated people using these resources; and the small water bottle in the foreground speaks to our selfish, personalized, wasteful, yet aesthetically pleasing habits of nourishment which ultimately are unsustainable. Conway demonstrates a bright intelligence by embedding a kind of memento mori in these images to indicate something of the past the viewer can recognize as preamble to our current state of affairs, and a sign of what has been lost with the onset of the modern world.



An Inspiring Performance About the Recipe a Migrant Carried with Her "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ripping the bread for Breakfast Elsewhere at Dark Matter Manufacturing on November 28 (all photos by Ayodamola Okunseinde)

On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, I found myself standing outside what Curbed once called Brooklyns Wackiest Office Building. While waiting for someone to open the door to let me into a participatory gastro-performance hosted on the 7th floor, I listened to a loudspeaker facing the street emitting birdsongs, a project sponsored by Birds of Brooklyn. After a few minutes, local artist Ayodamola Okunseinde let me in, leading me up to the eerily named Dark Matter Manufacturing artist collective on the 7th floor. There, the UK-based artist behind the performance, Carmen C. Wong, was busy preparing the kitchen.

Wong, who is currently pursuing a PhD in Coventry at the University of Warwicks Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, has been putting on what she calls tactile food performances for almost 10 years now, hosting unique events centered around the deeper philosophical meanings of food and sharing meals. Shes organized performances in New York, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Belgrade, New Delhi, Singapore, and Washington, DC where I first met her. For her latest project, Breakfast Elsewhere, Wong invites a small group of attendees to cook a traditional recipe together, one she learned from a Middle Eastern immigrant she met in Coventry.



Intricate Golden Labyrinths Created From Fallen Leaves of a Gingko Tree "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Every year since 2013, Joanna Hedrick, a counselor at the Sacramento State University Student Service Center, celebrates the fall season in a special way. She rakes the golden leaves of the campus' gingko trees into elaborately artistic patterns, creating stunning pieces of environmental art as her gift to students studying for exams.

Whether creating spiraling circles, a honeycomb, or a complex labyrinth, Hedrick carefully rakes the fallen leaves into intricate designs. She draws inspiration from famed British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, whose rock arrangements have been displayed in museums around the globe. With a background in landscape design and art, Hedrick sees her annual installations as a way to transform the environment.

[My art] is about taking something thats already beautiful and making something uniquesomething you dont just pass by, she shares.

Hedrick's project began in an unusual way. Looking for an interesting backdrop for family photographs, she originally raked together a golden masterpiece. After taking a photograph of her children, she was amazed to see how the design quickly gained admirers and campus and across social media.

Now, she creates about six designs annually as the trees shed their leaves, with the campus leaving each on display for about three weeks. She estimates that it takes her two to three hours of meditative raking to complete each...


Donut Worry Be Happy: Pop Culture References on Expertly Glazed Ceramic Donuts by Jae Yong Kim "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

South Korean ceramicist Jae Yong Kim creates deliciously glazed donuts out of clay, glitter, and swarovski crystals. The faux desserts present a glossy perfection in their paint application, yet contain an irregularity in shape to trick the eye into believing they might be an edible treat.

Kim chooses patterns and images that evoke a sense of pop culture both past and present, with several pieces imitating the style of famous painters such as the splattered marks of Jackson Pollack or concentric dots of Yayoi Kusama. These references, alongside their presentation as food, ask the audience to consider what they are really consuming when viewing his small, spherical works.

Without my intention, references to Pop Art have been a consistent occurrence throughout the entirety of the donut artworks, said Kim in a statement. Questioning myself regarding the donuts falling in line with a specific genre has brought questions and need for understanding. Each individual donut has invariably read to me as a small painting; color, pattern and physicality have been the ultimate procedure for my personal expression.

Kim is a graduate of the Hartford Art School and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Kim splits his time between Korea and New York, and works form a studio in Jersey City, NJ. You can see more of his donut-based paintings on his...


How a Jewish Storytelling Tradition Is Reflected in Contemporary Art "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Elisabeth Higgins OConner, lullaby/lament (2017) (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

In Judaism, the word maggid describes a centuries-old classification of preacher, a proselytizer who specializes in pointedly using storytelling for a purpose to help individuals understand and explore their own spirituality. Theirs is a lens through which people have long accessed esoteric secrets within diverse sources, from folk tales and parables to historical passages. The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco has attempted to invoke this tradition with its latest exhibition Jewish Folktales Retold: Artist as Maggid.

The museum commissioned 16 artists from across the country to draw inspiration from Jewish folk tales. The source material can largely be traced back to those stories selected by Howard Schwartz for his anthology Leaves from the Garden of Eden: One Hundred Classic Jewish Tales. Artists were free to choose which characters, plots, or themes they wished to explore, as well as their method of exploration.

A few true standouts immediately impress. Elisabeth Higgins OConnors blame/thirst and lullaby lament (both from 2017) are monumental and mystifying interpretations of the well-worn golem mythos. Her artwork is site-specific and crafted in accordance with what the space seems to need and permit. Despite their size, (lullaby/lament, for instance, is probably four feet by seven feet at the base and ten feet high) the lace and paper in which they are at once crowned and clothed lift and dance thus adding a weightlessness which belies their enormity. These ideas are complemented by the evocation of the golden calf in lullaby/lament and the she-wolf in blame/thirst. Each of these golems are created in the guise of enemies subversive and overwhel...


The Proof That Mel Blancthe Voice Behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck & Porky PigWas a Genius "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Bugs Bunny is a talented mimic.

His effortless impersonations of the celebrities of his day are not always politic (see Al Jolson) but  theres no denying that his impressions of Liberace, Edgar G. Robinson, Bing Crosby, and Hollywood Bowl conductor Leopold Stokowski introduced these personages to subsequent generations.

Clearly he was not working alone. In the 1981 interview with David Letterman below, Mel Blanc, who voiced Bugs, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn and many other animated favorites demonstrated his versatility.

Blanc shaped the characters from the get go, inventing voices for character sketches and storyboards, though it was clear to him that tough nut Bugs should have an equally tough  accent - either Brooklyn or the Bronx. (Rather than split hairs, he invented a hybrid.)

Hank Azaria, who is as central to The Simpsons mythology as Blanc is to Warner Brothers, marvels (up top) at Blancs ability to mimic one character imitating another, as Bugs and Daffy Duck do above.

Regionalism steered many of Blancs most memorable creations, from Foghorn Leghons Texas drawl to French loverboy, Pepe Le Pew.

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Vintage Photos Reveal the Spirit of the Holiday Season in New York City 100+ Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

old pictures of New York Christmas

Christmas in New York has always been a special time of year. From shoppers bustling about to the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the city buzzes with activity. And this glimpse of New York City in the early-20th century shows that much of that spirit was alive even in the past. In fact, the nation's first public Christmas tree was installed in 1912 in Madison Square Park, complete with bulbs donated by the Edison Company.

The tree was a charitable act, envisioned by Emilie D. Lee Herreshoff, wife of a chemical scientist, who wanted a public tree that everyone could enjoy, regardless of social status. Through these vintage images from the 1910's, it's clear that charity was an important aspect of the holiday season. The sight of Salvation Army collecting funds to provide Christmas dinners is familiar even today, while an image of volunteers packing a ship full of gifts for European children during World War I is a distinct act of the era.

By contrast, shop windows filled with gifts and street peddlers selling toys shows the commercial aspect of the holiday. Even then, shoppers filled the streets and children longingly stared at the toy displays, hoping for that special gift under the tree. The photographs are just part of the Library of Congress' images from the Bain News Service. One of America's first new picture agencies, they specialized in life in New York City.

These vintage photographs of Christmas in New York during the 1910's show the holiday spirit that has always engulfed the city.

early twentieth century New York Christmas in New York - 1910s...


Riot Simulator RIOT Civil Unrest "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ab jetzt kann der nchste groe urbane Aufstand schon mal erprobt werden. Der Spieleentwickler Leonard Menchiari hat vor kurzem einen Aufstand-Simulator mit dem Titel Riot Civil Unrest verffentlicht. Der Spielesimulator, mit dem ein fiktiver zuknftiger Aufstand geprobt werden kann, ist bereits seit mehreren Jahren in der Entwicklung. Der Plot ist denkbar simpel und leider garnicht mal so unwahrscheinlich, dass er in der Realitt irgendwann in der Zukunft genau so eintreten wird. Whrend sich die Wirtschaftskrise der Welt verschlimmert und soziale Ungleichheit die Gesellschaft auseinanderreit, uert sich die Unzufriedenheit des Volkes in gewaltsamen ffentlichen Unruhen und Widerstnden gegen die Staatsgewalt. Der erste Trailer ist bereits vor vier Jahren verffentlicht worden, danach wurden noch weitere Trailer und Gamsplays verffentlicht. Das Spiel gibt es fr knapp 23 Euro als Download fr Windows bei Steam. Gesehen bei Nerdcore

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Code Girls: The Untold Story of the Women Cryptographers Who Fought WWII at the Intersection of Language and Mathematics "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Virtually as soon as humans developed the ability to speak and write, somebody somewhere felt the desire to say something to somebody else that could not be understood by others.

Code Girls: The Untold Story of the Women Cryptographers Who Fought WWII at the Intersection of Language and Mathematics

During WWII, when Richard Feynman was recruited as one of the countrys most promising physicists to work on the Manhattan Project in a secret laboratory in Los Alamos, his young wife Arline was writing him love letters in code from her deathbed. While Arline was merely having fun with the challenge of bypassing the censors at the laboratorys Intelligence Office, all across the country thousands of women were working as cryptographers for the government women who would come to constitute more than half of Americas codebreaking force during the war. While Alan Turing was decrypting Nazi communication across the Atlantic, some eleven thousand women were breaking enemy code in America.

Their story, as heroic as that of the women who dressed and fought as men in the Civil War, as fascinating and untold as those of the Harvard Computers who revolutionized astronomy in the nineteenth century and the black women mathematicians who powered space exploration in the twentieth, is what Liza Mundy tells in Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II (public library)...


The Haphazard and Playful Worlds of Mark Dion "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Mark Dion, Toys R U.S. (When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth) (1994) (photograph by John Kennard; all photos courtesy of the ICA-Boston unless otherwise indicated)

BOSTON Misadventures of a 21st Century Naturalist, a Mark Dion mid-career retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, is bookended by two pieces that are both strong entry points to his stated project.

One is domestic a dinosaur-themed childs bedroom from April 1994, that feels teleported directly and wholly out of a Toys-R-Us catalog. Colorful and chaotic, but doggedly adherent to the theme,  Toys R U.S. (When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth) (1994), does a succinct job of establishing the nature of the conversation here by reminding us of the basic building blocks of our interpretations of the natural world: the framing of its elements we came to as children. Of course, in the 21st century, this framing is laced with commerce.

The other entry point is given through Memory Box (2016), a wood and steel shed which museum visitors can enter and explore as thoroughly as they have time to.

The shelves of Memory Box, crammed with boxes of all sizes and descriptions, do not disappoint. Any explorer who opens just a box or three will discover something that has the heft, glow, delicateness, or mysterious aura of a treasure of some kind. The entire shed feels like an oracle ask it a question and it will hand you a beautiful, enigmatic answer in object form.



Everyday Objects Obsessively Organized into Patterns by Adam Hillman "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

New Jersey-based object arranger Adam Hillman has really stepped up his organization efforts the last few months, pushing his precisely organized patterns of everyday objects into increasingly more complicated designs. Everything from breakfast cereal to office supplies finds its place in these tightly controlled symmetrical layouts that take hours to measure, cut, and arrange. Hillman now shares some of his best work as prints and you can follow him on Instagram.



Spectacular Highlights of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Entries to 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Back to the future. Sung Lok Cheung, Hong Kong (China), Entry, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

With less than one month left to enter the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, the coordinatorsWorld Photography Organisationhave recently released a selection of the impressive entries so far. Submissions come from photographers all over the worldof all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. The judges will award prizes from across 10 different categories, including Landscape and Nature, Street Photography, Portraiture, and even an Enhanced category, where photographers get to show off their editing skills.

2018 marks the 11th year since the competition began, and since then it has helped many of the shortlisted and winning photographers gain global exposure and recognition. One such photographer, Simon Butterworth (UK) said, Its impossible to overstate the importance of this achievement to my career, the global coverage was amazing, in fact, interest in my work as a direct result of the awards continues to this day.

In addition to an amazing career boost, prizes range from $5,000 (USD) for the overall Open competition winner, to $25,000 for the Photographer of the Year. On top of that, all category winners will receive the latest digital imaging gear from Sony and the Professional category winners will be flown to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards dinner in April.

If youre feeling inspired, you can still enter the competition for free via the World Photography Organisation website, but hurryentries close during the first week of January.



Notes of Berlin Abreikalender 2018: Zettelbotschaften von den Straen Berlins (Gewinnspiel) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Fast jeder hat schon mal einen lustigen oder straingen Aushang in seinem Kiez fotografiert. Der Berliner Joab Nist versammelt auf seinem Blog Notes of Berlin bereits seit mehreren Jahren eine Auswahl der besten und kuriosesten Zettelbotschaften, die sich in den Berliner Kiezen auf der Strae finden lassen. Die besten der netten, bsen und lustigen Botschaften gibt es auch dieses Jahr wieder als Abreikalender fr zuhause. Erschienen ist der Kalender bei Seltmann und Shne und kostet 24,80 Euro, wo er versandkostenfrei bestellt werden kann. Oder ihr geht in den Buchladen eures Vertrauens, oder kauft mit weniger Karmapunkten bei bei amazon. Gewinnspiel Wenn ihr einen von 2 Kalendern fr zuhause gewinnen wollt, postet einfach per Kommentar auf Facebook die kurioseste Zettelbotschaft aus eurem Kiez, die ihr bisher entdeckt habt (bitte nur eigene Fotos). Oder per Email an post T Einsendeschluss ist der 18. Dezember 2017. Es entscheidet das Los. Alle Bilder: Joab Nist / Notes of Berlin. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung

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Torch of Mystics: Sun City Girls on Lebanese News "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sun City Girls was brothers Alan and Richard Bishop with Charlie Gocher on drums. The group formed in 1981 in Phoenix, AZ, during a time in which bands like J.F.A, The Feederz, and Meat Puppets invigorated their Southwestern capital. Having played their first show with Black Flag and toured with JFA, you...


The Map of Biology: Animation Shows How All the Different Fields in Biology Fit Together "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Of all the science classes required throughout primary and secondary school, most students seem to like biology the best. Maybe, dealing as it does with such familiar things as plants, animals, and human beings, the popularity of biology has to do with its clear relevance to their life or more to the point, to life itself. But any biology-loving youngster who decides to go take their studies more deeply into their favorite subject must sooner or later make a difficult choice: what kind of biology will they focus on? Biophysics, cellular biology, ecology, environmental biology, biomechanics, molecular biology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology... the list seems endless.

So instead of looking at the world of biology as a list, why not look as it as a map? Domain of Science, the Youtube channel previously featured here on Open Culture for their map of mathematics, map of physics, map of chemistry, and map of computer science, have just recently put together one for biology, a video tour of which appears above.

It begins with "the most basic unit in the foundation of all life," the cell, continues on to molecular, chemical, and physical processes, then to genes, populations, anatomy, the immune system, genetic engineering, paleontology, and even the search for life in outer space, with many other stops along the way besides.

"If there's one word that describes biology, it's complexity," says series creator and narrator Dominic Walliman. "There's a huge amount we still don't understand about how life works, how it started, and how it ended up with intelligent apes like us who are able to look back and try and work out. I feel like we'll be making new biological discoveries for many, many years to come." Encouraging words for those students now considering going...


Art and Insanity: Sraphine Louis, Nave Genius "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

51iRjfgygMLOn the 11th of December 1942, a nave painter, Sraphine Louis, also known as Sraphine de Senlis, died in a Villers-sous-Erquery hospital in northern France, although according to her mentor, Wilhelm Uhde, she died at Clermonts lunatic asylum in 1934. It is questionable then whether Uhde wanted to withdraw from being associated with the mentally ill painter or he simply did it to round up the story of her life to a reasonably respectful ending.

Sraphine Luis was a poor and simple woman. Born in 1864 to a family of labourers, she was orphaned at the age of seven. She was then taken care of by her older sister and from early childhood worked as a shepherdess. Later on in her life she was employed as a servant to middle-class families in the town of Senlis. One of the households she worked in was that one of the German collector of primitive paintings Wilhelm Uhde, who stood behind the successes of such painters as Henri Rousseau, Andr Bauchant, Camille Bombois and Louis Vivin. In 1912, Uhde spotted Sraphines captivating talent for painting....

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Friday, 08 December


Bryan Singer Accused of Abusing a 17-Year-Old Boy (Again) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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The director of X-Men movies Bryan Singer is being sued for allegedly raping a 17 year-old-boy during a party on a yacht. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Cesar Sanchez-Guzman claims that he did not know who Bryan Singer was at the time of the events. He met him in the summer of 2003 at a party []

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Thursday, 07 December


Peek-a-boo by Red Velvet: Why Do Men Keep Getting Killed in Music Videos? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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In Peek-a-boo, members of the group Red Velvet kill a pizza delivery boy as part of an occult ritual. It is the ultimate proof that K-Pop is completely sold out to the occult elite. Red Velvet is the name of a delicious cake, but it is also the name of a K-Pop girl band that []

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