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Photo courtesy of the artist When a 30 foot purple hand appeared earlier this week in the middle of Prague’s Vltava River giving the finger to the Prague Castle, where Czech president Milos Zeman lives, it was pretty obvious David Čern? was behind it. The 45-year-old sculptor has spent much of his career playfully (and […]

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When pop music is as pluralistic and hegemonic as it is right now, it makes sense for critics to have weird taste. In a way, it’s impossible for them not to — a consensus that champions Vampire Weekend, My Bloody Valentine, and the Knife is pretty weird, and I love all of those albums. Nevertheless, […]

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Everything Old Is New Again: GIFs Edition

on October 25, 2013

A 19th century phenakistoscope disc (image via Dick Balzer on Tumblr) Wow, digital art man, it’s so fresh, like short moving pictures in the Graphics Interchange Format and cyber-self-portraits and the printer that will make a flimsy thing out of plastic just like that. The whole thing is a bottomless cornucopia of originality — a […]

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WASHINGTON — On the day many Iranians were hoping to hear about the release of opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi, his daughters were beaten up by security guards after a visit to their father, according to one of the women’s posts on Facebook.

 The alleged incident, where one of the daughters was bitten, on October […]

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Installation view, ” , , , ” the third Minnesota biennial at the Soap Factory (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) MINNEAPOLIS — Unlike similarly named convocations in Venice or New York or Sao Paulo, Minnesota’s biennial art exhibitions have little to do with market vogue or value. These shows take stock of trends, […]

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Photo via Flickr user kennejima When you’re locked up in an upstate New York prison, you’re in an alternate universe. Everything happens very far away from you and on a time delay. A serious example is the death of my grandmother, who I was very tight with—I was in prison when she died and I […]

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The author, with his mom and sister. The Bush years were not kind to my family. Between 2000 and 2011, my parents went from earning high six-figures to roughly $50,000 a year at the Puppy Palace, the pet store my mom owns and my father manages in Hollywood, Florida. During this period, the store’s staff […]

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On November 28-29, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite will host European Union leaders and their counterparts from the bloc’s six Eastern Partnership countries in Vilnius for what’s expected to be an historic summit. In an interview with RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak, Grybauskaite shared her views on what Ukraine must do to sign an EU Association Agreement, […]

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Ingo Maurer’s oversize lightbulb “Lucellino” (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) DALLAS — Aurora illuminated the Dallas Arts District last Friday, featuring 90 site-specific light and sound installations covering 19 blocks of downtown from 7 pm until midnight. An estimated 30,000 people gathered and wandered through the city, taking in the […]

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Seeing as all of their songs on Spotify have a little “<1,000" symbol where the play count is, chances are you haven't listened to much Live Skull. This is your fault, not the band’s. Of the scowling noise-rockers peppering downtown Manhattan throughout the 80s, the quartet was the leanest and meanest around, free of Sonic […]

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Our Cities Are Killing Us

on October 25, 2013

A smoggy Olympic stadium. (Photo via) As of 2010, more than half of the world’s population lives in an urban area. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2030, six out of every ten people will live in a city. By 2050, this proportion will increase to seven out of ten people. And cramming […]

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Welcome to another edition of This Week in Racism. I’ll be ranking news stories on a scale of 1 to RACIST, with “1” being the least racist and “RACIST” being the most racist. -An Australian girl currently known only as “Olivia” became internet infamous this week for posting a bunch of photos from her “Africa”-themed […]

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Each U.S. Troop in Afghanistan Costs $2.1 Million

on October 25, 2013

Jake Beaudoin, a U.S. Army Private, takes cover during a controlled detonation to clear an area in Zahri district of Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan. (Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters) The average cost of each U.S. troop in Afghanistan will nearly double in the last year of the war to $2.1 million, according to a new analysis of the […]

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Photos by Myrto Papadopoulos As if Greece didn’t have enough problems in the aftermath of the devastating economic collapse, with its horrific street drug epidemic, immigrants who are being stabbed to death on the streets, and police who are beating anarchists, it’s now facing a wave of sex trafficking. Although prostitution in Greece is legal, […]

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