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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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Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the extent to which the NSA and others have encroached on our privacy, everyone from technologists, reporters, politicians, and voters have been engaging in an international debate around surveillance.

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Artist Sofia Niazi is a Londoner, born and raised. But in a post-9/11 world, Niazi has been troubled by how her city and her country have changed, by how people in her community are being treated.

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When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) closed its public comment period on the issue of net neutrality earlier this week, the agency counted more than 3 million comments, the greatest volume of such input in its history.

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A New Media Artist Looks to Iranian Spam

by Ben Valentine on September 3, 2014

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Completed in June, “Like Pearls” in as an animated and interactive web-based collage inspired by Farsi spam from Morehshin Allahyari’s inbox.

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