Ben Valentine

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Tired of the one-sided and often misogynistic narrative of the pickup artist (PUA), visual art Angela Washko wanted to provide a more complex understanding of PUAs by recasting their stories from women’s perspectives.

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Not long ago I wrote an article celebrating the work being done by cyberfeminist collective Deep Lab. After the piece was published, a writer, curator, and friend wrote to me to express concerns about the lack of women of color artists in the group.

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In mid-December, 12 hackers, artists, coders, and activists gathered to tackle issues of privacy, surveillance, anonymity, and big data as they manifest in our society.

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Nurturing New Art in Vietnam

by Ben Valentine on January 2, 2015

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HO CHI MINH CITY — Galerie Quynh’s current exhibition, The Cosmos and the Sea, features new work by Los Angeles–based artist Christine Nguyen. Her large drawings and photographs provoke a vibrant imagined landscape of geometric forms and ephemeral figures.

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Artist Sells Naming Rights to a Landfill

by Ben Valentine on December 22, 2014

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Common wisdom has it that when you’re facing a problem, one of the first steps should be to identify the heart of the matter and name it. The sooner the issue is named, the sooner you can discuss what’s to be done. Tokyo-based artist Yoshinori Niwa is taking this idea to a comical extreme in his attempt to address landfills in metro Manila.

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In March of last year, the new director of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Charles Venable, cut 29 jobs to relieve a budget problem. While the museum’s endowment is one of the 10 largest in the country, Venable apparently still believes more must be done to ensure the financial success of the institution, namely, moving from free general admission to $18.

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Death and Trade in Vietnam

by Ben Valentine on December 12, 2014

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HO CHI MINH, Vietnam — The exhibition Come to [What] End? tackles big questions in the way that art does best.

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HANOI — The first thing that struck me about this city was the noise. I arrived by a sleepy overnight train from China, where most of the scooters I’d seen were silent electric bikes. Here the noise was deafening.

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Encountering Fluid Fractals in Hanoi

by Ben Valentine on December 3, 2014

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HANOI — On a recent visit, I asked everyone I met who was remotely involved in Hanoi’s contemporary art scene what the must-see experimental spaces were. Nhà Sàn Collective topped almost every list.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Stepping into a dingy and suffocatingly small cell, you’re immersed in an intense soundscape of horns and the chanting of Tibetan monks. It’s overwhelming, and as the noise builds and bounces around the cold cement room, you wonder if this is akin to the feeling of being trapped inside the space for days on end.

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