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Doug Harvey’s Less Art Radio Zine

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Beginning Sunday, December 8th 2013 at 12 Noon, LA artist/critic/curator Doug Harvey will be hosting a biweekly hour-long radio show on pirate station KCHUNG. An audio version of his long-running (but intermittent) ‘zine LESS ART, Doug Harvey’s Less Art Radio Zine will feature a weekly guest artist with a body of sound art and/or a really interesting record collection, as well as whatever remarkable audio documents demand to be shared. (This date also marks the expansion of KCHUNG’s original programming schedule to Sunday mornings — adding a dozen new programs to its already extensive battery of DIY DJs.)

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Deep Web to Surface via Film Kickstarter Campaign

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From Marc Schiller: I hope you will join our Kickstarter campaign to help fund our new documentary, Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road. This is not just a tech movie, but an examination of a significant moment in cultural history that will shape our future. Here’s an article from Mashable.com about it:


Deep Web Film Will Go Inside the World of Bitcoin, Silk Road and Beyond
by Fran Berkman
Mashable.com
November 20, 2013

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There’s a shadowy corner of the Internet where real names give way to aliases, and “.com” is conspicuously scarce. In this space, privacy and anonymity are dogma, and government-imposed laws draw scoffs more than reverence.

The “deep web,” as it’s known, is where users ranging from do-gooders to cybercriminals employ cutting-edge technology to mask their identities and interact with others around the globe. As you might expect, not many camera crews are allowed meaningful inside access to this world. Despite these challenges, director and producer Alex Winter said he is shooting interviews for a feature-length documentary he plans to call Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and Silk Road.

“The film is about linking all of these people who exist unseen on the web, who are connected technologically and philosophically The film is about linking all of these people who exist unseen on the web, who are connected technologically and philosophically,” Winter told Mashable. “The movie is about, essentially, the cultural implications of having a massive global community online that’s doing good things, bad things and things in between, that’s out of reach of the law and is not public.”

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Bombing for Peace

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15graffiti-graphic-200More than a dozen street artists from around the world, including New York, Britain, the Czech Republic and Hawaii, traveled at the behest of Artists 4 Israel to the Golan Heights, where, with $12,000 worth of spray paint, they left their mark on the edge of this 1.8-mile-wide demilitarized zone between Israel and Syria.

“Most of the group’s time, and paint, was spent at the military and intelligence base, a huge two-story structure that a local tour guide said was built by the Soviet Union in the 1950s. The guide, Chen Kristal, said it had been the headquarters for the Syrian top brass, and that the famous Israeli spy Eli Cohen, who was eventually hanged in Damascus, had also been stationed there.” New York Times

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Read more and view additional photos here

Improv Everywhere: Harry Potter in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Harry Potter In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 8)

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For this week’s episode of Movies In Real Life we sent an 11-year-old actor dressed as Harry Potter into New York’s Pennsylvania Station to search for Platform 9 3/4. Harry wandered the station with a caged owl and a luggage cart and asked both strangers and transit employees how to get to the Hogwarts Express.

Watch the video

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Neighbors and Artists Mourn the Loss of Graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz

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Graffiti mecca 5 Pointz erased overnight
by Laurel Babcock and Bob Fredericks
New York Post
November 19, 2013

Even Banksy couldn’t save this graffiti landmark.

New York Graffiti Landmark 5 Pointz Continues To Appeal Demolition

Furious street art fans were in mourning Tuesday after the owners of 5 Pointz had the graffiti Mecca in Long Island City whitewashed overnight.

“They’ve officially painted over 5 Pointz @5PointzNYC – my commute won’t be the same,” tweeted William McGinn, one of hundreds of supporters who took to Twitter to bemoan the loss.

“WOW. 5 pointz is gone, painted white overnight by the owner with police protection,” added Dynamics.

The warehouse is owned by developers Jerry and David Wolkoff and will now face the wrecking ball.

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Curators and managers of the project accused Jerry Wolkoff of purposely ruining the art to sabotage their efforts to get the building landmarked. They said they were prepared to submit more than 20,000 landmark forms to the Landmarks Commission this week, 1,000 of which were collected during a rally on Saturday.

“It’s vandalism from the guys who want the building back,” said Marie Flageul, a lead organizer to save 5 Pointz. “This is a tragedy. It’s a signature Jerry Wolkoff move. If things don’t go his way, he takes them in his own hands. This is artistic murder.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Improv Everywhere: When Harry Met Sally in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


When Harry Met Sally In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 7)

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For our latest mission we recreated the famous fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally with 20 women in Katz’s Deli. This was staged without the knowledge of the restaurant, though thankfully they all seemed to love it.

Watch the video

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Must-have Bacon Accessories

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From Andrea: Everybody loves bacon…


From Natalie Luder Design

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And, from J&D Foods, with products including bacon lip balm and bacon coffins:

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via Découvrez le fou-lard, une sublime écharpe impression bacon

Company of Thieves

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From Artists Denial and Ben Frost:


Company of Thieves

Canadian artist Denial and Australian born Ben Frost have joined forces in a bold exhibition of new work that explores the boundaries of appropriation, in confronting re-imaginings of our current dystopian society.

Inner State Gallery
October 18 – November 15
1410 Gratiot, Eastern Market
Detroit, Michigan
313-774-6505 / info@innerstategallery.com

Self-confessed ‘visual thieves’, both artists have had a long history of stealing and subverting the cultural icons that the advertising and consumerist world has thrust upon us, to create new and pertinent interpretations that are as confronting as they are humorous.

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Denial and Frost formed an instant friendship since their meeting in Canada in 2011 and have been creating engaging street and gallery work ever since. ‘Company of Thieves’ sees their collaboration push further, with large and small-scale works that reference Pop Art, Graffiti and the corporate world they rebel against.

Mike Merrill, Human IPO

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An interesting metaphor for the merging of life and work…


Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share
by Joshua Davis
Wired
March 28, 2013

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On January 26, 2008, a 30-year-old part-time entrepreneur named Mike Merrill decided to sell himself on the open market. He divided himself into 100,000 shares and set an initial public offering price of $1 a share. Each share would earn a potential return on profits he made outside of his day job as a customer service rep at a small Portland, Oregon, software company. Over the next 10 days, 12 of his friends and acquaintances bought 929 shares, and Merrill ended up with a handful of extra cash. He kept the remaining 99.1 percent of himself but promised that his shares would be nonvoting: He’d let his new stockholders decide what he should do with his life.

Read the full article here.

Improv Everywhere: The Matrix in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere:


The Matrix In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 4)

For our latest mission we sent Neo from the Matrix into Macy’s in New York City to shop for a new “man dress.” As Neo talked to a confused sales associate in the mens suits department, over 30 “Agent Smith” clones suddenly appeared, pouring out of elevators and escalators surrounding the area. An entirely unauthorized slow motion battle ensued, similar to the famous fight scene in The Matrix Reloaded. It’s the Matrix sequel you’ve always wanted: Macy’s Reloaded.

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker


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Banksy Keeps on Trucking

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Some recent highlights from Banksyny.com


October 22, Queens:

No turn unstoned. A 1/36 scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinderblocks. You’re advised not to drink the replica Arab spring water.

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October 20, Upper West Side:

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Improv Everywhere: Lord of the Rings In Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Lord of the Rings In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 3)

For our latest mission we recreated the famous “You shall not pass!” scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, placing Gandalf the Grey on Central Park’s iconic Bow Bridge. Rather than facing off against a Balrog as he did on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, this time Gandalf faced an even more daunting foe, Central Park tourists. The tourists proved to be too powerful for Gandalf, as nearly every one was able to successfully pass.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker


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WISH, by Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada

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From Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada:


Urban art reaches epic proportions in Belfast

For the 2013 Ulster Bank Belfast International Festival at Queen’s, Cuban-American Artist, Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada, has created WISH, a portrait of an anonymous local girl photographed by the artist in the process of making a pure and simple wish for the future. Spanning an 11 acre site in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter, the photographic image of this girl – made of topsoil, sand, grass and stones – can be seen from various locations around Belfast. This innovative public artwork pushes boundaries and uses cutting edge technologies, making it one of the most ambitious land art projects in the world.

Making WISH was no easy task. With 30,000 wooden stakes, 2,000 tonnes of soil, and 2,000 tonnes of sand, the WISH team had just four weeks to complete one of the largest realistic portraits the world has ever seen. (more…)

Banksy Carries On

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From Deborah, Michael, & Toni:

Banksy’s month long New York show “Better Out Than In” continues. Here’s work found in the streets from October 11-14, 2013.


October 14, 2013, Queens

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Says Banksy:

Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from ‘Gladiator’) but you know what? “I’m just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker” as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor.


October 13, 2013, Banksy originals sold for $60 each in Central Park

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Want to know who bought them and how much they were worth? Read about it here.


October 12, 2013, Concrete Confessional (more…)

Improv Everywhere: Indiana Jones in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


Indiana Jones In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 2)

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For our latest mission we recreated the famous boulder chase scene from Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark in New York’s Central Park. A man dressed as Indiana Jones ran through the park with the golden idol as he was chased by a man in an enormous custom-built boulder costume. The chase started in Central Park’s Ramble, a wooded area that resembles the location from the film. The chase continued through more populated parts of the park, surprising tourists and sun-bathing New Yorkers alike. The project ended with Indy attempting to return the idol to the American Museum of Natural History.

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

For credits, photos and more info, visit Improv Everywhere.