Jay-Z, the performance artist

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By Sam Smith in Video on Friday 9 August 2013

Inspired by Marina Abramovic’s infamous 2010 retrospective at MoMa, Jay-Z performed a surprise intimate show at NYC’s Pace Gallery to a combination of fans and big names in the art world. He personally interacted with those in attendance, with one fan claiming he has ‘made himself art’. Jay Z explains the reasoning behind it: “Concerts […]

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Shoot: artist Chris Burden has a friend shoot him in the arm

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By Enrico Varrasso in Video on Thursday 4 July 2013

Are you up for a cringeworthy piece of video art? This is a short (under two minutes) video art piece created by artist Chris Burden in which he has a friend shoot him in the arm, using a rifle, from a few feet away. Most of the video contains audio of the artist describing what […]

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Cafe Scifi-tique: feminist protest against sexist comic book nerds

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By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 9 April 2013

Check out this protest performance a group of Japanese Feminists at a WisCon science fiction convention made against the Maid Cafe trend. Known as Cafe Scifi-tique, the performance features waitresses who mimic robots and  run on a giant wind-up key. ‘Maid Cafes’ are a ridiculously sexist craze in Japanese restaurant culture. Imagine a weird, all-you-can-eat buffet that caters to manga nerd men who can’t […]

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Shape Shifting rug designed by Michelle Weinberg

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By Michelle Weinberg in New Design on Thursday 14 March 2013

The Irregular Polygon rug is designed by Michelle Weinberg. It is hand-tufted of wool and silk, measures roughly 7′ x 7′, and is manufactured by Odabashian. The design of Irregular Polygon is inspired by Weinberg’s painting PreFab2, and it appears to shift shape when viewed from varied vantage points. The rug, in turn, inspired an […]

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Artist vacuum-packs himself in shrink wrap

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Looking at Belgian artist Lawrence Malstaff’s 2010 Shrink installation, which vacuum-packed the artist himself between two transparent plastic sheets and leaves him vertically suspended as he slowly changed positions in his performance, we couldn’t help but think about the photo series of the vacuum-packed couples that went viral last year. It’s a cleverly-designed device — […]

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Nelson Loskamp Chaircuts and paintings

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By Zolton in New Events on Tuesday 16 September 2008

My brilliantly eccentric and talented neighbour, Nelson Loskamp, is performing his Electric Chaircut and exhibiting some of his artwork as part of a Performance and One Day Exhibition on Wednesday, September 17th at New York’s Fuse Gallery. The night runs from 7 to 10 pm. If you’re in the city, this not to be missed!

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