Ben Valentine

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia — The sun sets, the stage lights turn on, and the conversations pause.

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The mapping and the drawing borders has been an especially violent and contested activity here for centuries.

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SIEM REAP, Cambodia — Over four million people visited Cambodia in 2014, many of whom came to see Angkor Wat, the country’s most popular tourist destination.

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HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — Highlighting six HCMC-based contemporary artists and featuring several large works all incorporating new media, this exhibit would feel at home in any global arts city, from NYC to Beijing.

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In recent years, my interest has grown in how art can help tackle the environmental devastation of our planet. During that time, I’ve begun following the artist and educator Ellie Irons, both for her work and her thinking.

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What started as a series of unexpected visits from Vietnam’s Cultural Police has left one of Southeast Asia’s most respected artist residency programs temporarily stalled.

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A Museum for Our Postnatural Age

by Ben Valentine on February 24, 2016

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The Center for PostNatural History’s mission is to collect, document, and study living organisms that have been intentionally altered by people.

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Eva and Franco Mattes’s latest work, Dark Content (2015–ongoing), is a series of videos only viewable through the Tor Browser and hosted on the darknet.

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Located in what was a massive floating hotel in the Kingdom of Wonder, The Boat could become a thriving center for arts and culture in Cambodia.

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The new stone is a fusion, through fire, of molten plastic and natural materials.

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