Dublin’s Sweep of Public Mural Removals Prompts Wave of New Artworks – Colossal

For the past several months, a collective of artists in Dublin known as Subset has been coming up against the letter of the law, as the Dublin City Council (DCC) issues orders requiring Subset to paint over their colorful murals with swaths of monochromatic paint. Blindboy Boatclub,a Dublin comedian and hip hop artist who was the subject of a Subset mural, points out the conundrum in an interview with JOE:

Subset have been brightening up dull spaces all over Dublin. People were engaging… taking selfies, having craic [fun conversation]. That’s what art is supposed to be, socially engaged. A genuinely engaging spectacle for real people, not just hidden away in a gallery for those with an art education. Dublin council have disappointed me. How is it OK to paint a wall one dull color of paint? But it’s illegal to paint the same space with multiple colors.

The sweep of mural removals began in late 2017, despite previous successful collaborations between DCC and Subset, as cited in the Irish Times. Although the murals are created on private property and with explicit permission from property owners, under current law the artists are still required to apply for permits for each painting. These permitting fees are calculated by square meter, and can cost thousands of euros.

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We went to Jamaica Carnival 2018 and got our whole lives (WATCH) — Gossiping Heifers

If you’ve ever been to a Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, you know the experience can be life-changing. Aside from partying, drinks and a good time, there is an uplifting power in soca music, freedom of expression, and an elevation of black beauty everywhere you look. While many people associate Carnival with Trinidad and Tobago […] The post We went to Jamaica Carnival 2018 and got our whole lives (WATCH) appeared first on theGrio.

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Spate of Murders in Brazil Shines Spotlight on Militia Phenomenon

Angelika Albaladejo

A recent string of militia-linked murders in Brazil is sparking increased public discussion about the widespread presence and power of these criminal groups, which in spite of their long history and current expansion remain shrouded in mystery and relatively untouched by security operations.

On April 16 — one month after the high-profile assassination of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes — the city’s Security Minister Raul Jungmann publicly confirmed that the “most probable hypothesis” under investigation is that militias were responsible for the murders.

Rio’s militias are paramilitary-style groups rooted in a nationwide tradition of death squads that grew up in the era of the brutal military dictatorship that ruled Brazil from the 1960s to the 1980s. They are typically composed of former and current security force members that use violence and coercion to assert control over typically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Many of these groups enjoyed…

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Melting Memories: A Data-Driven Installation that Shows the Brain’s Inner Workings – Colossal

Media artist Refik Anadol’s work Melting Memories combines data paintings, light projections, and augmented data sculptures to visibly demonstrate how the brain recalls memories. The installation was created with a custom 16 x 20 foot LED media wall andCNC milled rigid foam, and was shown earlier in 2018 at Pilevneli Gallery in Istanbul. In the work, seething swirls move across the work’s surface, resembling cresting ocean waves, blossoming flowers, and shifting sand.

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UK withdraws deportation case against Singaporean doctor in Manchester

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(Source: sg.news.yahoo.com)

A Singaporean doctor who faced deportation after having trained and worked in the United Kingdom (UK) for more than 10 years can breathe a sigh of relief, as the British authorities said they were withdrawing their case against him, the BBC reported.

Luke Ong, 31, had applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain, which would allow him to stay, but his application was 18 days late due to “an honest oversight” on his part. Ong attributed his tardiness to not being able to secure an earlier visa appointment.

He then appealed the original denial and won, but the UK Home Office applied to overturn his victory. Now, the authority is withdrawing that challenge, leaving the door open for Ong to continue his work towards qualifying as a general practitioner (GP). He has five months to go in his training.

A relieved Ong told the BBC that he…

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Ten Percent of Your Brain – PsyFile

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#tbt Remember this Classic desktop image?

Yeah me, right now!

Michael Janairo


1.1, Copyright 1998 Christopher Johnson
Mac OS 9.2.1

Does anyone still use this?

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Colossal Curates ‘Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art’ at San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum

Colossal is thrilled to announce the summer show, Inflatable: Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art at San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a museum dedicated to science, art and human perception. Led by our founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson, Colossal has worked closely with the Exploratorium team to curate the museum’s summer 2018 exhibition. Inflatable brings together artists from around the world who work in the mediums of textiles, technology, and air.

Jason Hackenwerth (previously), renowned for his massive balloon sculptures that often simulate the universal biology of living things, will be building an inflated sculpture comprised of thousands of hand-tied balloons. Cauldron Veil will be built in front of the public at the Exploratorium in the days before the exhibition opening, and hoisted up to the ceiling where it will be suspended over visitors.

Tasmania-based artist Amanda Parer (previously) examines the relationships between humans and our natural surroundings in her large-scale white inflatable sculptures. Parer’s series, Fantastic Planet, includes two enormous humanoid figures that will be hard to miss as they tower over gallery walls.

Jimmy Kuehlne taps into interactivity, wonder, and humor in his diverse range of artworks. For Inflatable, he’ll be building a forest of glowing air-filled columns that invite museum-goers to explore his art from within. The Cleveland-based artist describes the spirit of his creations: “If I can make something that you can’t quite put in a category, then maybe there’s going to be a short circuit and you’ll have a genuine interaction.”[…]

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The Strange Anatomy of Hummingbirds

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How we need to remake the internet

In the early days of digital culture, Jaron Lanier helped craft a vision for the internet as public commons where humanity could share its knowledge — but even then, this vision was haunted by the dark side of how it could turn out: with personal devices that control our lives, monitor our data and feed us stimuli. (Sound familiar?) In this visionary talk, Lanier reflects on a “globally tragic, astoundingly ridiculous mistake” companies like Google and Facebook made at the foundation of digital culture — and how we can undo it. “We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them,” he says.

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