A few years ago, China’s traffic jams of epic proportions started to make the news. Traffic on the ring roads in a city like Beijing is on par with, sometimes even worse than, that of Los Angeles’s 405 or New York’s BQE at rush hour. It seems to be an inevitable part of our lives, as this amazing compilation of traffic jams the world over reveals.
Angolan artist Binelde Hyrcan‘s “Cambeck Voitures” (which I discoverd via studioafrica) is a short film of young boys playing in the sand and re-enacting traffic in Luanda, the country’s capital. According to the blog, “One can easily lose 2 to 4 hours inside the car, making this a big factor when organizing your everyday life.” The video follows a written script, but it’s still fascinating when performed by children on the beach, as if they were rehearsing the reality that they, too, will have to live in traffic.
The traffic of Southern California, of course, is nothing to sneeze at. I wrote last year about Chris Burden’s “Metropolis II,” a zipping wonderland with lots of cars but no backup. If that work is a fantasy of a traffic-free city, the freeway puppet show hosted by Joel Kyack and LAXArt was a fantasy within the traffic-clogged city. “Supperclogger” was a puppet show with words and songs that could be accessed on the radio, Angelenos’ major salvo for handling the hellish jams. It might be a dangerous distraction, but as the creators noted, cars at the height of rush-hour traffic move incredibly slowly.
And then there’s the insane traffic signal design in Yangren Jie (“Foreigner’s Street”), a theme park in Chongqing, China, a megalopolis in the southwest. Dubbed “14 traffic lights” and situated in a busy four-way intersection, it reads like a commentary on the human condition. As the world population urbanizes, traffic is becoming increasingly universal. No wonder there’s so much art out there to deal with it.
The small New York art fair celebrated its 26th edition with the works of 11 women artists.
The artist couple shared creativity and mutual devotion reflecting a period of light and joy that came after considerable darkness in their early lives.
Conversations with Leslie Barlow, Mary Griep, Alexa Horochowski, Joe Sinness, Melvin R. Smith, and Tetsuya Yamada will be accessible online or in person at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
The plot of Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes’s film moves backward in time, continually recontextualizing what at first looks like a simple situation.
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The artifacts are estimated to date from 400 to 300 BCE, when Greek settlements existed along the northern shores of the Black Sea near Odesa.
Jeremy Webster of Leicester University’s Attenborough Arts Centre reportedly pelted the statue from behind a fence.
Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art Presents A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
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Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and model Miranda Kerr paid off the student loans of 285 recent graduates.
Cammie Tipton-Amini’s opinion piece “When Ukraine Was Newly Independent and Everything Was Possible” employs simplistic whataboutism that dangerously echoes Putin’s lies.
Anthony Banua-Simon’s documentary Cane Fire contrasts decades of Hollywood images of his home with its current reality.