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Art, awareness and the refugee crisis

"Irregulars" - a symbolic documentary about a refugee's journey, by Fabio Palmieri and Cyrille Kabore. "Human Flow" (trailer) - a film about current refugee migration, by Ai Weiwei. "Amadou Sumaila (portrait)" - from Passengers, a series by photographer César Dezfuli. "Molti" - an installation, by artist Antonio Biasiucci. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Dec 9, 2017 - 1 comment

"Their Spirits Were Trapped In Those Masks"

At the end of the Southern Plains or "Red River" wars in 1875, the U.S. War Department shipped seventy-two Kiowa, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche, and Caddo Nations prisoners of war held without formal charges or trial from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. In 1878, the Smithsonian commissioned “life masks” — faces molded from clay — to be made of the Fort Marion prisoners. An American war trophy, the masks would become part of the United States' nationalistic propaganda effort to "depict indigenous peoples as vanishing, as nearly 'extinct,' and thus worthy of museum dioramas, not political rights." The masks are now stored in the Peabody Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology's collection at Harvard University. But to whom do they really belong? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 9, 2017 - 3 comments

Celebrate the Fragile Beauty of Endangered Coral Reef Ecosystems

Artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison creates large scale ceramic installations and sculptures inspired by science and marine biology. Her intricate hand-crafted porcelain works celebrate the fragile beauty of endangered coral reef ecosystems and promote awareness to conserve and protect our natural world. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Dec 8, 2017 - 4 comments

“You don’t take a photograph. You ask quietly to borrow it.”

Flickr's Top 25 Photos of 2017. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Dec 7, 2017 - 28 comments

“Bleak But Gorgeous, Like Light Through Ice”

Prize-winning author-critic William Gass dead at 93 [AP] [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Dec 7, 2017 - 15 comments

“It gave you information about controls, but it did more than that,”

A Eulogy for the Video Game Manual [Cultured Vultures] “There is something quite cold and sterile about video game packaging today. Sure, the artwork is occasionally nice and cases are becoming smaller, sleeker – easier to store on the shelfs. But there is just something a bit off about them. They are merely methods of storing the disc or cartridge, which sounds an odd thing to criticise, given that is their primary function, though it seems justified. I think most would agree that the removal of the instruction booklet is one thing that is missed most.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 6, 2017 - 46 comments

The Sounds Of Silents

Can you hear this silent gif bouncing? Try some of the others at /r/noisygifs.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Dec 6, 2017 - 43 comments

People who live in glass villages...something something

Finland has long been home to a vibrant glass industry and renowned glass artistry. To take one example, there are the glass birds of Oiva Toikka. Watch a three-part interview about his art here : Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. The Nuutajärvi glass village was established in 1793, and remains a centre of Finnish glass artwork and production today. The glass company Iittala was founded in 1881 and is known for - among other work - Alvar Aalto 's designs. Aalto was also an architect of some note. You can watch the creation of an Aalto vase here. Iittala also holds a biennial international glassblowing competition, the Iittala Cup. Watch as glassblowing gets competitive, below the fold... [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Dec 6, 2017 - 8 comments

Sophy Hollington's mind makes star poop

"In some Inuit cultures, meteors are colloquially known as Ulluriat Anangit which roughly translates as Illustrator, printmaker, and Linocut artist Sophy Hollington has published a new creation: My Mind Hides a Friendly Crater, the result of her “almost morbid fascination with asteroids.” [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Dec 5, 2017 - 3 comments

With a compass, you're never lost.

Japanese family crests are known for their tasteful design and simplicity, but what might surprise you is the incredibly simple geometric principles used to create even complex ones. (No English in the narration, but give it a moment and you won't need it.) [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Dec 5, 2017 - 17 comments

Patterns in Flax

Patterns in Flax (10’55, Black & White) (1947) This Weekly Review pays respect to the traditional Māori art of raranga (or weaving), and looks at the industrialisation of New Zealand flax (harakeke) processing. The episode features a factory in Foxton where Māori designs are incorporated into modern floor coverings. Patterns in Flax features some great footage of the harvesting and drying of flax plants, and shots of immense (now obsolete) flax farms. [more inside]
posted by Start with Dessert on Nov 30, 2017 - 4 comments

"Without people, being rich would be very boring."

"I’m the person that looked at the Mona Lisa and be like, Man, that’s gonna be cool in 40 years. I play forever.": The New York Times' Dean Baquet talks therapy, family, music, politics and more with Jay-Z, with annotations by Wesley Morris and Reggie Ugwu.
posted by palindromic on Nov 29, 2017 - 2 comments

At The Museum

AT THE MUSEUM is a short webseries produced by the [New York] Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) that shows off some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running an art museum. The videos primarily consist of ambient recordings of museum employees at work, feature little narration, and are incredibly satisfying/relaxing to watch. Episode 1. (via kottke.org)
posted by schmod on Nov 28, 2017 - 8 comments

Rain-activated art to brighten your day

Tiffany Quon, a third-year engineering student at the University of British Columbia, has used a hydrophobic spray to create a public art installation on the UBC campus that only appears when it rains. (UBC is in Vancouver, one of the rainiest cities in Canada.) Quon also designed the images and hand-lettering in the piece, which was part of Thrive Week, promoting mental health for the UBC community. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Nov 27, 2017 - 38 comments

lost above the scriptorium

A dev named Nothke talks about implementing a simple navigable infinitely large library, inspired in part by Borges, Castel del Monte and Jonathan Bosile's earlier Borges project, libraryofbabel.info (of which previously).
posted by cortex on Nov 26, 2017 - 18 comments

Garageband: Don't Let the Haters Get You Down.

The democracy of sound: is Garageband good for music? Along with open-source recording software like Audacity, which was originally released in 1999, GarageBand has allowed women to freely explore audio recording without being discriminated against. "As a woman, I was used to being undermined and having my creative abilities doubted and my physical allure pitted against me," says Pringle. "I knew I could make something interesting in GarageBand, so I stuck with it and didn't let the haters get me down." [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Nov 24, 2017 - 60 comments

Da Vinci, Decoy Trucks, and Dodging Taxes

"So You Just Bought a $450 Million Leonardo da Vinci Painting. Now What? From decoy trucks (yes, really) to tax wizardry, here's what happens after you win the most expensive painting in auction history." [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 24, 2017 - 15 comments

Burn each match just so, and arrange in a diamond.

Adam Hillman, an artist from New Jersey, makes colorful geometric art from the arrangement of unremarkable objects.
posted by cortex on Nov 22, 2017 - 14 comments

Everything but the clouds

Cory Arcangel (previously) describes his artwork/Super Mario Bros ROM hack "Super Mario Clouds" as "an old Mario Brothers cartridge which I modified to erase everything but the clouds." Except, as Patrick LeMieux discovers when reverse-engineering the ROM, "Arcangel’s ROM hack does not actually contain Nintendo’s ROM". There was no erasure. This video documents Patrick's analysis of Arcangel's ROM and his own attempt to erase "everything but the clouds".
posted by EndsOfInvention on Nov 20, 2017 - 44 comments

“the technical, artistic merit, while leaving all the garbage behind.”

Cuphead and the Racist Spectre of Fleischer Animation [Unwinable] “When asked in a Rolling Stone interview about the unfortunate associations of Cuphead‘s 1930s aesthetic, lead inking artist for the game, Maja Moldenhauer replies: “It’s just visuals and that’s about it. Anything else happening in that era we’re not versed in it.” But these visuals are weighed down by the history that brought them into being, despite the developers best efforts at stripping them of the more overt caricatures that are rife in cartoons for most of the first half of the 20th century. By sanitizing its source material and presenting only the ostensibly inoffensive bits, Studio MDHR ignores the context and history of the aesthetic it so faithfully replicates. Playing as a black person, ever aware of the way we have historically been, and continue to be, depicted in all kinds of media, I don’t quite have that luxury. Instead, I see a game that’s haunted by ghosts; not those confined to its macabre boss fights, but the specter of black culture, appropriated first by the minstrel set then by the Fleischers, Disney and others -twisted into the caricatures that have helped define American cartoons for the better part of a century.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Nov 19, 2017 - 76 comments

“It’s still quite raw,”

Charlotte Gainsbourg Finds Her Own Voice [The New York Times] “Ms. Gainsbourg engages with her family’s glorious, tangled history as never before. On one level, it’s an album about grief, tinted by the deep loss she felt after the 2013 death of her older half sister, the photographer Kate Barry (whose parents were Ms. Birkin and the film composer John Barry). But it’s also an album about pleasure, full of pulsating disco beats and cool pop choruses that feel like Ms. Gainsbourg’s birthright. Above all, it’s an album that comes directly from her heart.” [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Nov 18, 2017 - 9 comments

“Alter Dark allows you to patch NES ROMs in the browser via a REST API.”

Alter Dark is a new project that lets you create your own screensavers out of NES ROMs. It was put together by Rachel Weil, an NES homebrew expert and glitch enthusiast, and recently shown off at NodeConf EU in Dublin. For Weil, it combines two of her favorite things: messing around with NES software and the dated aesthetics of screensavers. The name is also a play on the After Dark software package release in 1989 which consisted of, among other things, a flying toaster screensaver.” API files and code at GitHub. Rachel Weil also discusses how screensavers influenced her work, spurring a years-long obsession with putting screensavers where they don't belong. [YouTube]. [via: Kotaku]
posted by Fizz on Nov 16, 2017 - 4 comments

Classical Music, Visualized with Animations

Stephen Malinowski of the Music Animation Machine creates beautiful animated visualizations of classical music, which enable viewers to see repetition, variations on a theme, structure, complexity, and other interesting properties of music. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Nov 11, 2017 - 5 comments

“It’s a spectacular find.”

A miniature masterpiece from the Greek tomb of the “Griffin Warrior.” From an archaeological dig in the Pylos region of Greece, a find in a Bronze Age grave : "the tomb has revealed its most valuable secret, and intricately carved sealstone that researchers are calling “one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered.”
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee on Nov 8, 2017 - 50 comments


Peggy is troubled by an ominous dream. Hank makes his dreams come true. Bobby gets ready for his baseball game. Hank meets his neighbors and chats with a machine. Hank catches Bobby smoking and reacts. Edited by Aliantos.
posted by Fizz on Nov 8, 2017 - 20 comments

Sea snails, cow urine, mummy flesh and digital preservation

Alongside a few tubes of Mummy Brown are other pigments whose origin stories are practically legend. Tyrian purple, an ancient Phoenician dye that requires 10,000 mollusks to produce a single gram of pigment, is said to have been discovered by Hercules’s dog as he snuffled along the beach. Indian yellow, purportedly made from the urine of cows fed only on mango leaves, was banned by the British government in the early 20th century on the grounds that its production constituted animal cruelty. Ultramarine, a vivid blue made from lapis lazuli mined in Afghanistan, was once more precious than gold.
[more inside] posted by infinite intimation on Nov 4, 2017 - 5 comments

Pen, ink, water, bleach

Nick Stewart: Fountain pen inks are made up of dyes. When the inks are applied to blotting paper the dyes are released and the colours spread outwards – imagine a drop of petrol on wet tarmac. I have found a way of achieving and utilising this effect on watercolour paper. The chromatic process is very much serendipity led and the beauty of the final outcomes are invariably dictated by this. Because they are natural and non contrived, the viewer is naturally drawn to them, like watching clouds or a sunset. I’m also a firm believer in the concept of ‘less is more’ and through these processes you can get so much from so little. I also love the idea of alchemy or in this case, creating a gold effect through subjecting fountain pen inks to bleach.
posted by rewil on Nov 3, 2017 - 15 comments

Tattooing, very simply put, is blood magic

Two interviews with , trans tattoo artist and witch.
For me, learning tattooing was really wrapped up in my process of learning to be trans and what that meant for me. It was a way to take a fraught, complicated, and largely unaided relationship with my body and try to have it more on my terms."
"I also think that tattooing, very simply put, is blood magic and I think that it’s something that is inherently very intense to do... any time we intentionally change our bodies, we’re doing magic, and I think that doing that in a way that feels intentional and feels respectful and consensual is also the ways in which those things overlap." [more inside]
posted by Grandysaur on Oct 30, 2017 - 7 comments

The rediscovery of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Murky provenance, poor restorations, and sold for £45 at Sotheby’s in 1958 -- Leonardo's lost painting, Salvator Mundi, was rediscovered by Dianne Dwyer Modestini when she was trying to undo the damage of of the past and past restoration attempts in 2005. This was remarkable not only as a discovery of a lost work, but also because Leonardo da Vinci has such a small number of surviving paintings, and some are still disputed. Authenticated in 2011, it has made some rounds to international museums, and has again been traveling as an extended pre-sale exhibition by Christie's. Given what is expected to be a remarkably high final sales price, da Vinci's last privately owned painting will probably go back into private hands because no museum can afford the price. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 26, 2017 - 26 comments

it's like Vine for old-school console games

Back to Bits is a curated collection of short, small animation loops based on classic video games. Here's the whole Level 2 collection as a video; see also the (maybe slower-loading?) Level 1 archive and corresponding video montage.
posted by cortex on Oct 26, 2017 - 2 comments

Resistance is possible and beautiful

There are times in human history — and this is surely one of them — when there comes a sort of collective holding of the breath, an unwilling suspension of belief (to mangle Coleridge) in our leaders, our institutions, and the very idea that we might have some sort of shared purpose in this mess-making we call living.
Ian Gill writes on resistances and victories in Skeena River country, British Columbia.
posted by Rumple on Oct 25, 2017 - 3 comments

"Displacement is not beautiful": Vancouver and artwashing

Major Vancouver real estate developer Westbank Corporation has come under fire for its free downtown art exhibit, Fight for Beauty, which contains works by renowned Vancouver artists Fred Herzog, Stan Douglas, Shane Koyczan and Douglas Coupland. Vancouver activist Melanie Ma, however, calls the Westbank exhibit "artwashing," or using "arts and culture as a facade or Trojan horse to go into neighbourhoods and claim it as revitalisation, when in fact it's a profit-driven motive that results in displacement and gentrification of the residents in those neighbourhoods." Ma and other critics in Vancouver's art and activist community have launched their own satirical website, The Real Fight for Beauty. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Oct 23, 2017 - 10 comments

It ain’t high art but it helps to be high

Wiley Wallace’s art is what you’d get if you tried to create a Spielbergian “kids in peril” classic on mescaline. Interestingly, Wallace says that he uses his own children as models for the characters in his paintings. A press release states that “at times realistic depictions deliquesce into abstract blurs of bright colors, while at others subtle apparitions make their way into otherwise unassuming everyday scenes.” Yeah, they “deliquesce”…
Website and Instagram
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 22, 2017 - 13 comments

They who are falling

The mechanics of history, one of a series of kinetic sculptures with acrobats by circus artist Yoann Bourgeois.
posted by Rumple on Oct 22, 2017 - 6 comments

museum camouflage

Photographer Stefan Draschan haunts the art museums, waiting to capture photos of People Matching Artworks. Other projects include People Sleeping in Museums and Couples Matching.
posted by moonmilk on Oct 19, 2017 - 6 comments

My kid could do that! Oh, wait, no. Never mind.

Callum Donovan-Grujicich is an twelve year-old artist who lives in Whitby, Ontario with his parents, his younger brother and his beloved dog Jiggs. From about the time he was learning to walk, Callum showed a strong inclination towards expressing himself through art, preferably in three dimensions. At the age of ten he began experimenting with the creation of art dolls and has been passionately constructing them ever since. They are made from a variety of materials, including paper clay, wire armature, acrylic paint, fabric, stuffing and various found objects. He hand sews all the clothes.
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 16, 2017 - 22 comments

I paint the way I do because I’m just plain scared.

Known in Chicago as the Queen of the Bohemian Artists ; in her papers is an elegy from Studs Terkel who had interviewed her for radio - “To Queen Gertrude, You are regal—And we love you—Studs.”
Mainly self taught, Gertrude Stein in 1935 advised her to ‘draw better'.
She lived and moved in the Chicago Jazz scene inspiring Richie Powell to write as she walked "just like the way the rhythm sounds in the Introduction". Her home in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago became a salon of sorts for such writers and musicians as Dizzy Gilespie, Sonny Rollins, Billie Holiday, among others.
posted by adamvasco on Oct 15, 2017 - 5 comments

"I think that such ‘ambivalent’ emotions can be embodied"

Yoshitoshi Kanemaki’s sculptures include large intricate skeletal memento mori which achieve just what their titles describe—figures gripped by the bones beneath the skin. He also carves strange figures with multiple heads [making-of] which depict human indecision, ambiguity, the swinging change of mood daily wrought by life like an unmoored boat upon torturous seas. And then we have the split personalities or “glitches,” the two-head figures that capture “the hesitations or inconsistencies” that we can never answer.
[more inside] posted by Johnny Wallflower on Oct 12, 2017 - 6 comments

Googly Eyes

Hilarious Kinetic Eye Sculptures by Lucas Zanotto via This Is Colossal [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Oct 9, 2017 - 5 comments

Dear catcallers,

20 years old dutch student Noa Jansma documented one month of street harassment on her @dearcatcallers Instagram account, taking selfies on the street with the harassers, to which they were happy to oblige, without the faintest clue of the situation, bar one. [more inside]
posted by _dario on Oct 7, 2017 - 66 comments

In the loop

The Academic use Facebook Live's video delay to make a mesmerising music video for their song Bear Claws. [more inside]
posted by Stark on Oct 6, 2017 - 4 comments

1,858 artworks of Adora

1,858 artworks of Adora [via mefi projects]
It started over 7 years ago as a 365-photo-a-day-type tumblr for my baby daughter, and it keeps propagating. Right now, the best way to see (most of) the 1,858 different artworks of Adora (with a new one coming every day) is on instagram, a massive cache of original illustrations.
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 5, 2017 - 4 comments

To Feed the Soul

"My name is Leah Chase. I run this kitchen at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Been here for what? Sixty-eight years." Meet the amazing woman behind a New Orleans culinary institution in this 2014 interview with the Southern Foodways Alliance. And then take a few moments to appreciate her taste in African-American art. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Oct 3, 2017 - 6 comments

Paintings in Sikhism

Although mostly a music review site, the Quietus has posted an interesting short essay by Gurmeet Singh on the development of painted representations of Sikh gurus and religious subjects.
posted by Dim Siawns on Oct 3, 2017 - 4 comments

The Salon de la Rose+Croix in Paris, 1892–1897

The Magus of Paris is an article by Alex Ross about Symbolist author and art impresario Joséphin Péladan, and the artists he championed in his The Salon de la Rose+Croix in the 1890s, which is the focus of the Guggenheim exhibition Magical Symbolism. The website has various articles, including one about Symbolist poetry (with an accompanying SoundCloud page with readings) and another by Nat Trotman on putting on a 19 hour concert featuring only a single piece three and a half minutes in length called Vexations, by the best known participant in Péladan's salon, Erik Satie. New York Times' critic Joshua Barone staid for the whole duration. The first full performance of the piece was in 1963, organized by John Cage in New York and the Times covered it then too.
posted by Kattullus on Sep 30, 2017 - 7 comments

I’ll just leave this here/The fuck up before he kills us all.

Provide a Twitter handle to Poetweet and get back a sonnet or a rondel.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 29, 2017 - 26 comments

Defacing coins like a suffragette, and how to make a Celtic torc

Back in 2015, the British Museum ran a contest to choose its new Youtube series. The selection was which features interviews with...well, curators. It's now on its second season. Most recently, Irving Finkel discussed the Lewis Chessmen (the Lewis Chessmen previously on Metafilter). [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Sep 29, 2017 - 5 comments

beauty is only skin

Dolls can play a big part in the self esteem of young children. If they see a toy that looks like them, it can make them feel more accepting of who they are. For kids (and even adults) that have vitiligo [NSFW], this is a challenge....While not life threatening, it can affect a person’s confidence, and they might be subjected to taunts or bullying. Kay Black, aka Kay Customz, is an artist encouraging those with vitiligo to be proud of who they are; she’s doing so through inclusive custom dolls that have the same condition.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Sep 28, 2017 - 13 comments

Bridge to nowhere

“Thomasson: noun \ to-ma-son \ a preserved architectural relic which serves no purpose”. #トマソン is the Instagram community hashtag for the The Inexplicably Fascinating Secret World of Thomasson (previously.)
posted by Room 641-A on Sep 27, 2017 - 40 comments

Just add blorps and floof.

Updated your mental image of a dinosaur to include feathers? You're probably still not picturing a plausible animal, much less a realistic depiction of a dinosaur. Artist C.M. Kosemen points out that paleoart historically has just "skinned" the fossiled remains, creating improbable creature designs that lack all kinds of soft tissue and features that wouldn't show up in most fossils. To illustrate our collective failures of imagination, he's re-envisioned swans, baboons, elephants, zebras, hippos and rhinos as if they were drawn by future paleontologists working only from fossilized remains.
posted by deludingmyself on Sep 24, 2017 - 36 comments

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