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Unintentionally Hilarious Infographics

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These infographics verge, nay careen, into the realm of the artistically sublime.

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Michael Nye’s Fine Line, Photographing Mental Health, Mental Illness

Photographer Michael Nye’s latest project tackled a subject you might reasonably suppose to be impossible – addressing inner mental conflict and illness through photography. Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories for audio which accompanies the photos, delving into schizophrenia, depression, obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and bi-polar disorder.

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Linzie Hunter, Spam One Liners

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London-based freelance illustrator Linzie Hunter had the brilliant idea to take the subject lines of the ubiquitous spam messages we all get and loathe and art-ify it. (via Laughing Squid) The most useful re-purposing of unsolicited email messages since Spam-ku!

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Banksy

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banksy.co.uk, New Yorker: Banksy Was Here: The invisible man of graffiti art,

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Recommended: We Made This, a Design Blog

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We Made This. Recent Highlights: Letterhead: Booze and Robots, Raw Shark Texts

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Czech Filmmaker Jan Svankmajer Retrospective in Wired Magazine

Jason Silverman has a great article on the great Czech animator and filmmaker Jan Svankmajer in yesterday’s Wired – The Best Auteur You Never Saw. (photos)Is he as unknown as Silverman seems to think? I suppose. When I was there Emerson’s film program had an exchange program in Prague. The connection made Czech filmmakers minor celebrities in that circle. Svankmajer himself was a demigod, a mad genius whose technical virtuosity and arch-symbolism laden with 60′s intellectual fervor was the stuff of film students dreams. Svankmajer’s Collected Short Films is among the most prized in my DVD collection. While the overt communist-era politics of Svankmajer’s earlier work seems a bit dated and his gruff predeliction for disembodied carnality will offend the sensibilities of many if not most, the animations still retain an edginess and vitality the work of most of his contemporaries lost long ago.

Svankmajer has spent much of the past 40 years working in the relative cinematic obscurity of Prague, his hometown, where he has handcrafted 32 wondrously bizarre, funny and deeply disturbing films. Though he remains the most anonymous of the world’s essential filmmakers, Svankmajer’s also one of the more influential: Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and David Cronenberg are all students of what might be called the Svankmajer School of the Grotesque.

Svankmajer’s films, which combine stop-motion animation with live action, are fearless, nightmarish, hilarious and terrifying, sometimes all at once. He’s been compared to Kafka, Lewis Carroll and Disney, and, in a 1994 New Yorker profile, described as “the last great obsessive in cinema — the end of a distinguished line that goes back to Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Carl Theodor Dreyer.”

Darkness/Light/Darkness (1989)

Trailer to Lunacy (2006)
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Justice for All? Artists Reflect on the Death Penalty

The death penalty art show will be exhibited in Houston at M2 from February 10 – 18, 2007 with an opening night reception at 7 PM on the 10th. The gallery is located at 325 West 19th Street in Houston (Map). There will be a gallery talk Friday, Feb 16, at 7 PM with Mary Mikel Stump, Gallery Director of the JCM gallery at Texas State University.

Death Penalty Art Show

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Cultural Malthusianism

In the New Yorker recently – The Human Sound

It is quite possible that when the century is over, live entertainment—real people singing, acting, dancing, playing, reciting, and clowning in front of real people—will have disappeared in this country or become an anachronism. (The very existence of the phrase “live entertainment” is ominous; the term would have struck the Victorians as a puzzling redundancy.) Concert halls and opera houses are no longer full. The theatre appears static beside the fluid drive of film. (At that, even movie houses, which have always seemed like arenas of live entertainment, are rarely sold out.) The circus and rodeo are obsolescent, night clubs are dwindling, and such diversions as band concerts and the straw-hat circuit are almost at an end.

Yeah, like remember before photography when people used to paint? Oh wait….they still do. I wish I had more time to address this annoying habit of eulogizing things that aren’t dead yet…. alas….

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Latte Art


Impressive.

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Su Blackwell, Book Cut Sculptures

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Amazing work. Su Blackwell, Book Cut Images

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