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3D Street Art by MTO in Rennes, France

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Creative Activism in Bulgaria

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From Marcy LaViollette: Appreciated and reblogged from animalnewyork.com


Bulgaria’s Soviet Soldier Statue Vandalized Again: The Ukraine Colors Edition
by Marina Galperina
Animalnewyork.com
February 25, 2014

The most hated statue in Sofia, Bulgaria has been painted in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, in solidarity with the revolution and the deadly protests in the former Soviet Republic.

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It is, essentially, a gigantic bronze relief to remind the Bulgarian people about an invading Soviet forces that crushed and “liberated” the country from its a reformist uprising 45 years ago. It was previously vandalized in June 2010 when the soldiers were painted as Superman, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus and other capitalist/pop culture American icons, captioned below in graffiti: “In step with the times!”

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It was vandalized again in August 2013, when it was sprayed entirely in hot pink and tagged with the words “Prague ’68″ and “Bulgaria apologizes” in Czech and Bulgarian, as in, sorry about the Warsaw Pact, you know, that time Bulgarian troops aided the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

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And of course, that time in August 2012 when it was briefly balaclava’ed in tribute to the jailed Russian feminist art-band activists of Pussy Riot.

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lead image: AFP Photo/Nikolay Doychinov

This Way, Please

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From Peter Markus:


Boise craft-beer maker ordered to remove sign near Connector
by Zach Kyle
Idaho Statesman
March 13, 2014

When Woodland Empire Ale Craft opened in January, the brewery announced its presence with a billboard mimicking the nearby green and yellow signs on the westbound entrance of the I-184 Connector. The sign read like a freeway off-ramp: “Craft beer: right here.” An arrow points to the brewery parking lot.

The Idaho Transportation Department is not amused.

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Clet Abraham Graffiti Artist

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From Tim Jackson: The artist Clet Abraham has a innovative approach to graffiti – apparently not legal.

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Kultur Jamming with the Russian Police

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Members of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs choir perform a rousing rendition of Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ before Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The original video with better quality is available at the NBC Olympics website.

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Russian Flash Mob

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From Erin


A couple of years old, but fitting to welcome in the Sochi Olympics

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Chinese Flight Attendant Flash Mob

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Pudong flight attendants in Shanghai stage flash mob dance to entertain passengers as the Chinese Spring Festival begins.

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No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere


No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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On Sunday, January 12th, 2014 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in over 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. The above photo is from Beijing. In New York, our 13th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over seven meeting points and eleven subway lines.

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Patrice Letarnec’s Upside Down World

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Photos from Patrice Letarnec

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Britain and U.S. Intelligence Punked by Punks

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The British Punk Band That Fooled Reagan, Thatcher And The CIA
by Nico Hines
Daily Beast
January 4, 2014

How a small British punk band fooled Reagan, Thatcher, the MI6, and American spies.

The U.S. government blamed the KGB; British intelligence agencies pointed the finger at Argentine spies. They couldn’t have been further from the truth.

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The full story of a hoax recording of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher can now be disclosed after a raft of secret documents were declassified in London. A crackly tape purporting to capture a confrontational phone call between Reagan and Thatcher in 1982 was created as a prank in the Essex bedroom of an English punk band, and yet we now know it was being analyzed by the British Prime Minister and top officials in Washington years later.

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Cicada 3301 Baffles Cryptanalysts

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The internet mystery that has the world baffled
by Chris Bell
telegraph.co.uk
25 November 2013

For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world’s finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolveable problems. But to what end? Welcome to the world of Cicada 3301

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One evening in January last year, Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Uppsala in Sweden, was trawling the web, looking for distraction, when he came across a message on an internet forum. The message was in stark white type, against a black background.

“Hello,” it said. “We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck.”

The message was signed: “3301”.

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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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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.

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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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