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- 08/29/18--07:04: 8 handmade costumes that will stop the show
- 08/29/18--12:28: An Etsy artist makes dinnerware with faces coming out of them
- A controversial US artist has crowdfunded to have a "star" launched into orbit.
- The "temporary satellite", Orbital Reflector, will reflect the Sun's rays back to Earth.
- The installation is meant to be launched on a SpaceX rocket in late October but astronomers are annoyed about space debris and light pollution, which could impede space observation.
- 09/11/18--06:06: An artist from Texas transforms home decor with fluid painting
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- Counter stools ($179): Upholstered with vegan leather, measure 15" x 15" x 25" (H)
- Bar stools ($199): Upholstered with vegan leather, include foot rest, measure 15" x 15" x 30" (H)
- Coffee tables ($249): Baltic birch table top with beveled edge and satin finish, measure 35.75" x 17.75" x 17" (H)
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- Artemii Myasnikov sketched Disney princesses in powerful armor and posted the drawings on Instagram.
- He explained to Buzzfeed that he was inspired to draw the princesses after watching "Disenchantment," an animated show on Netflix.
- Myasnikov noticed that the show's heroine is not a "damsel in distress" like other princesses in pop culture, so he decided to channel that concept into his artwork.
- His series depicts popular Disney princesses like Snow White, Cinderella, Princess Jasmine, Rapunzel, and Ariel.
- Legendary soccer star and men's fashion icon David Beckham apparently feels no pain, according to his tattoo artist.
- INSIDER spoke to the so-called "High Priest of Hollywood tattoo artists" Mark Mahoney about his favourite celebrity clients.
- He called Beckham the "ultimate tattoo customer."
- Mahoney also tattooed Beckham's eldest son, Brooklyn, which he called "a real honour."
David Zinn is a sidewalk artist that plays with your perceptions.
He gets creative by imagining characters in random places.
David has drawn all over the USA.
- Banksy's "Girl With Balloon" shredded itself after being sold at auction Saturday for $1.4 million.
- Some experts speculate it may be even more valuable now that it's been destroyed.
- Others suspect the self-destruction was a stunt pulled with the participation of Sotheby's, the auction house.
- A representative for Sotheby's told INSIDER it didn't know anything about the shredder. Banksy's studio told the auction house not to remove the painting from the frame, where the shredder was hidden.
- INSIDER recently caught up with the "High Priest of Hollywood tattoo artists," Mark Mahoney, during his residency at The Mandrake Hotel in London.
- The artist, who's favored by the likes of David Beckham and Johnny Depp, told us you should check a parlor's bathroom before getting a tattoo there.
- "That's probably a pretty good gauge of what's going on elsewhere," he said.
- Technologists think that augmented reality is the next big thing that could replace smartphones, TVs, and all the screens in your life.
- Alumni from Magic Leap, a hyped augmented reality startup, are now using the technology to create music and art pieces.
- Their first work stars Marina Abramović and will premiere simultaneously to 50 people in London in February.
- On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that its Costume Institute's fashion exhibit for spring 2019 will be "Camp: Notes on Fashion."
- The exhibition will be framed around Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on 'Camp,'" for the Partisan Review.
- The essence of camp is a love of artifice, exaggeration, and the unnatural, Sontag wrote.
- Following tradition, the 2019 Met Gala will feature the same theme.
- The gala will be co-chaired by Anna Wintour, Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Alessandro Michele.
- The person who purchased Banksy's "Girl With a Balloon" for $1.4 million is keeping it, even though it's been shredded.
- Some analysts say the painting may now be even more valuable.
- Banksy gave the painting a new name: "Love Is in the Bin."
- Sotheby's maintains it didn't know the painting would be shredded.
- "The Republican Club"— a painting of President Donald Trump hanging out with past Republican presidents — is now hanging in the White House.
- It's drawing mixed reactions, with many people thinking it's gaudy.
- Some people think it's a secret critique of the president, while others think it complements Trump.
A controversial US artist is on track to have his crowdfunded "star" launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX rocket — a rocket from the same company that sent a Tesla Roadster hurtling through the galaxy to mostly widespread cheers of acclaim earlier this year.
Trevor Paglen has toiled over his latest work "Orbital Reflector" for 10 years and, as you can probable tell by now, it isn't a star; the 33-metre reflective obelisk is an installation.
The artist takes his work seriously and so should we: he's made a name for himself and won several prestigious awards by focusing on mass surveillance. Having written several books about the CIA and secrecy in the US, he also once sent 100 pictures hurtling through space for other civilisations to find.
When released, Paglen's work will be monitored for three months, because that's how long you'll be able to see it shining at night as it orbits the Earth every 90 minutes, 560km above us.
But two months before it's even released, it's already causing a fuss.
Technically, it's a "temporary satellite". Paglen has called upon a $76,000 Kickstarter donation, the Nevada Museum of Art, and aerospace company Spaceflight Industries to create it. When it's finished, it will have cost somewhere in the order of $1.3 million to create.
The diamond-shaped polyethylene balloon is coated with titanium dioxide to make it as shiny as possible. It will be packed into a CubeSat and when it reaches its destination, a carbon dioxide charge will inflate it.
As long as it stays up without disintegrating — and that should be at least two months — it will reflect the Sun's rays back to Earth, which means you'll definitely be able to see it at night.
Some astronomers — and journalists — are annoyed about that, because we've got enough debris surrounding our planet without deliberately adding to it. And apparently, even just one extra shiny object can cause enough light pollution to get in the way of serious scientific observation.
The point is, it's not just one extra object. Earlier this year, New Zealand startup Rocket Lab pretty much smuggled a massive disco ball into space, but it didn't last as long as they thought it would and disintegrated after about two months.
"It's the space equivalent of someone putting a neon advertising billboard right outside your bedroom window," Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, told Gizmodo.
So it's possible we're seeing the start of a bit of a run on space as a new frontier for art. And quite likely, advertising.
"What this calls for is a more detailed and widespread engagement of moral and ethical implications of space exploration, as well as an internationally acknowledged legislation on space and its responsible usage," Dr Daniel Brown, an astrophysicist at Nottingham Trent University, told The Times.
Space debris is certainly a problem that humans seem to be doing their best to ignore, because thinking about it too much might get in the way of cool projects like blanketing the Earth with tens of thousands of nanosatellites giving us all amazing internet coverage.
But that's exactly the point of Orbital Reflector. It's supposed to make us more aware of all that activity way up there that's driving our lives down here. "By transforming 'space' into 'place',"the project website says, "it makes visible the invisible, thereby rekindling our imaginations and fueling potential for the future."
Paglen recently responded to critics in an email to artnet, saying:
"It's incredibly unlikely that Orbital Reflector would move through the field-of-view of a telescope right in the middle of an important observation and thereby ruin the observation."
And why, he asks, is it any more of a problem for stargazers than any of the other hundreds (soon to be thousands) of satellites due to launch every year?
Paglen still doesn't have clearance from the US Federal Communications Commission to place his CubeSat aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket but it's due to be launched as early as late October.
At least Paglen can assure us that his space junk will burn up within a couple of months.
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For nine days, Black Rock City, Nevada, is overtaken by 70,000 people to become Burning Man, one of the wildest art events in the world.
This was the event's 33rd year on the desert playa, and it included hundreds of art installations, musical acts, and workshops. This year's theme was "I, Robot," named for Isaac Asimov's science-fiction novel — and much of the artwork reflected a computerized aesthetic.
Here's what it was like:
Burning Man takes place each year at the end of the summer. Up to 70,000 people gather from all over the world to become temporary residents of Black Rock City, Nevada.
The temperature in the desert can reach up to 100 degrees, and shade is scarce.
On the first day of the event, a windstorm swept the playa.
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At online art store Society6, you can find unique and beautiful designs by independent artists splayed across nearly every type of product imaginable — from standard art prints and phone cases to the less common koozies and bath mats.
Recently, Society6 made an even stronger push to bring art to life by introducing an ambitious home category: furniture.
By extending into this category, Society6 plays up mid-century modern-inspired furniture design with a fun and refreshing burst of creativity and style. It's a reminder that furniture doesn't only have to be the oft-overlooked vehicle that merely holds and displays art. In fact, it can be the piece of art itself that invites attention and conversation.
The new line launched with six types of furniture:
With all of the pieces, you can choose between black or gold steel legs.
There are thousands of different prints to consider, so it's safe to say the next time your guests walk into your home, they won't remark that they have the exact same coffee table. Whether you start with an accent piece like a side table or opt for the centerpiece of a credenza, you'll feel like the inside of your home actually reflects your personality.
All the furniture is custom-made and printed to order in the US, and arrives to you one to two weeks after the order is placed. With the exception of the credenza, which requires two people and a more involved process to put together, the pieces are easy to assemble.
We've rounded up some of our favorite designs from Society6's furniture collection below, or you can shop all furniture directly here. Remember, you can order any of the designs below on the piece of furniture of your choice.
A bench that highlights the simple beauty of line art
A colorful, retro-inspired coffee table
A side table you can't tear your eyes away from
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Exactly 10 years ago, Lehman Brothers collapsed into administration. It was the biggest bankruptcy in the history of the United States and the defining event of the financial crisis, which ravaged the global economy between 2007 and 2009. As the anniversary of the collapse arrives, a new production of The Lehman Trilogy — a play about the bank's 150-year history — is being staged in London. Wallpaper* spoke to set director Es Devlin about her "revolving masterpiece." The interview has been reproduced in full below.
Few theatre sets deliver the modernist doctrine – form follows function – quite as effectively as Es Devlin’s revolving masterpiece for the National Theatre’s current hit The Lehman Trilogy, directed by Sam Mendes. This three-hour parable about the inexorable rise and devastating crash of American capitalism, told through three generations of a family of Bavarian Jewish immigrants, has received widespread critical acclaim and will transfer to New York’s Park Avenue Armory for a limited season in March (22 March - 20 April) 2019. Stefano Massini’s play debuted in Paris in 2013 and has been staged in Italy and Germany since then, but it’s Mendes’ 2018 London production that will prove the most memorable with Devlin’s glowing monochrome office imprinted in your mind long after you leave the Lyttelton.
Ben Power’s adaptation of Stefano Massini’s play is concise and lyrical, brought vigorously to life by Nick Powell’s score and a triumvirate of leading British actors. Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley deliver this three-hander in the third person, segueing deftly between a variety of characters – from screaming infants to blushing brides – as they narrate this dynastic saga of boom and bust which spans a 164-year period.
Critics have singled out Devlin’s cinematic set for praise, and rightfully so. Essentially a rotating glass box masquerading as the archetypal modern office, with video designer Luke Halls’ digital panorama projected zoetrope-like behind – it’s so much more than mere scene-setting backdrop, especially given the fact that the narrative traverses centuries and continents. This skeletal glass-and-steel structure plays a starring role: it’s the dynamic force that drives the characters, action and plot from the expansive cotton fields of rural Alabama to the final day of reckoning in the fast-paced urban jungle of Wall Street in 2008.
Devlin has worked with what she calls ‘kinetic sculpture’ before, but the main inspiration for the rotating set came from Massini’s text and in particular Henry Lehman’s description of Manhattan when he first arrives off the transatlantic liner as a ‘magical musical box’. This concept was developed during the pre-production process in collaboration with Powell, Halls and Mendes. ‘Sam rehearsed with the revolving box from the start and wove it into the text, music and movement,’ Devlin says, ‘treating this as an evolving devised dance piece in which the revolving room becomes the fourth dancer.’
In an early meeting, Mendes wrote a list of precepts on a board in Devlin’s studio (pictured above). The other words of wisdom that determined the pared-back design concept were a hand-me-down from legendary American film director Sydney Pollack, who once told Mendes: ‘The audience will go to hell and back with you a bus – as long as it says “Hell” on the bus.’
The clarity and power of this production derive from the newsprint palette (hyper-saturated colour is used only for the characters’ dream sequences) and masculine sparseness of the office set, which comprises three interconnecting spaces. Modelled largely on a midcentury modern office, it only contains the ‘physical vocabulary of a boardroom’: a large table, Eames 117 aluminium swivel chairs, an Arco lamp, marker pens, a vase of white tulips and stacks of the distinctive grey cardboard Bankers Boxes that Lehman Brothers’ employees departed with when the bank collapsed in 2008.
This austere set liberates the actors and script through improvisation. As the play opens – in naturalistic colour – with a janitor in the Lehman Brothers boardroom on the eve of the bank’s collapse, the palette shifts to monochrome as the audience is then swept back to 1844 as the founding brother arrives and uses the smallest corner of the office, stacking boxes, to set up his shop in Alabama. Later the set becomes the Lehmans’ New York office of 1860. At various points the brothers scrawl their evolving company name on the glass walls, signposting the plot and growth of the company – like Pollack’s ‘Hell’ on the bus.
It’s minimal, but incredibly versatile, as Devlin explains. ‘The Bankers Boxes become important building blocks, the boardroom table becomes a stage within a stage, the marker pens stand for paintbrushes, the ashtray for a ritual candle, the office flowers used and reused to relate generations of Lehman suitors.’ In fact this restrained vocabulary of objects serves to highlight the narrative. ‘It throws the emphasis back into the poetry of the text. Once the audience understands that an object stands for whatever the actors tells us it stands for, we accept the objects and tune more deeply into the language.’
Throughout the play, the actors – who document the marriages and deaths of the Lehmans – remain in 19th-century frock coats, a haunting detail that as Devlin points out, suggests ‘the room itself had a memory and were recounting all it had seen’. While the office never changes, Halls’ projected photographic vistas (part of the concept from the start) do, reflecting the location and key points in the plot, with the horizon as a constant. ‘The glass walls of the revolving box behave as a lens through which to view the ever-shifting context of the story,’ says Devlin. This panorama memorably flatlines at one point to signify the start of the Great Crash of 1929, channelling the play’s metaphor of the tightrope walker (depicted on the poster), who, like the stock market, dramatically falls on Black Thursday.
In the third act, these visuals blur, as the office spins at a dizzying pace. The bank is no longer run by family, based on longstanding relationships or respectful tradition, but by risk-taking traders operating in a deregulated market – with disastrous consequences. The finale is as abrupt as Lehman Brothers’ 2008 fate; the stage returns to naturalistic colour with the office full of staff, cardboard boxes in arms, awaiting the inevitable news. The phone rings, the play ends.
Artist Artemii Myasnikov has been getting a lot of attention lately for the artwork he’s posted to Instagram. A beautiful blend of fantasy and tech, with some images clearly inspired by the world of comics, Myasnikov’s most recent series focuses on an unlikely source: Disney princesses.
Myaskinov has given those beloved characters an amazing upgrade by reimagining them as armored warriors. Is it any wonder the series is going viral?
“One night we were watching the ‘Disenchantment’ series and we started a discussion on what we like/dislike about the main character,” he told BuzzFeed. “One of the things we both liked is how she’s not a damsel in distress, unlike most of the princesses in Disney movies.”
Inspired by the idea of a Disney princess who could kick butt, Myasnikov drew an updated Snow White, because he considered her to be “the most damsel-in-distress-y princess ever.”
Myasnikov’s Snow White was wildly popular, collecting more than 12,000 likes so far, and he went on to draw even more princesses, incorporating aspects of their originally conceived character into his new designs.
For example, check out Ariel riding into battle on a seriously beefed-up Sebastian:
And I am terrified by this Cinderella, who has crushed her glass slipper in her bare hand:
I sort of dig the way Rapunzel’s doing her hair lately:
And my personal favorite is Jasmine, who is swooping in to save the day atop the magic carpet she has obviously carpet-jacked from Aladdin:
Who needs a prince?
Myasnikov, who is based in St. Petersburg, Russia, is incredibly talented, and I am ready and eager to throw all of my money at him for prints. You can see the whole series in Myasnikov’s Instagram feed.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been wowed by reimagined Disney princesses on Instagram. Remember Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen, the artist who painted what Disney princesses would look like in real life?
Which fictional characters do you think Myasnikov should turn in fearless warriors next?
Artist and stay-at-home dad Ken Rolston has many adventures with his three-year-old son. Based in the Vancouver, Canada, this dynamic duo's everyday happenings are hilarious — so Rolston decided to turn them into art.
His series of weekly web comics, "Dad vs. the Threenager," has amassed quite an audience — with almost 10,000 Instagram followers and over 75 completed comic strips, it seems like anyone who knows a "threenager" can relate to the father and son.
Whether they're depicting a trip to the grocery store or an attempt at yoga, Rolston's comics want to make you smile — and remind you to appreciate the magic in the mundane.
Here's a look at some of his funniest strips.
Before his son was born, Rolston worked as an artist in the children's entertainment industry.
When he left to be a stay-at-home dad, Rolston began drawing pictures of his son in a sketchbook — starting the day he was born.
"The original idea was to document those little stories that are easily forgotten as time passes," Rolston told INSIDER.
"By the time he turned three, I had joined the 'Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators' who inspired me to write more, and so the comic strip grew out of an exercise to write a story in three panels."
Rolston draws a comic strip once a week, which allows him time to have adventures with his son that inspire the art.
"It usually takes a couple of days to draw a comic strip, but that’s mostly due to being interrupted to play trains, or cars," Rolston says. "I don't want to miss this time with him. On the days I can sit down and draw it all once, I would say it takes six to eight hours to complete."
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Just when you thought David Beckham couldn't get any more perfect, the man apparently feels no pain.
That's according to Mark Mahoney, otherwise known as the "High Priest of Hollywood tattoo artists," whose clients range from Beckham to Johnny Depp to Angelina Jolie. He's even been cast in Lana Del Ray's music videos.
INSIDER caught up with Mahoney at the location of his residency, London's west-end Mandrake Hotel.
The Boston-born tattoo artist told us that while he and Johnny Depp go back "forever," David Beckham is the first to come to mind as the "ultimate tattoo customer."
"He picks good stuff, he's got great skin, he feels absolutely no pain," Mahoney told us.
He went on to add that even in the most painful places, the retired footballer doesn't bat an eyelid.
"I've tattooed a lot of tattooers on their legs and they'll wince, you know, but David doesn't ever," he said.
There may be some credence to the idea that athletes can handle more pain than us mortals. A study published in the journal "Pain" found that athletes use certain cognitive strategies to push through pain for longer than most, according to TIME magazine.
Professional soccer players also spend their lives getting kicked in the legs, tearing muscles, and spraining their ankles — so their experience with pain is probably a lot more developed than most people's.
At the time of writing, 77 players in the English Premier League are currently suffering from some kind of injury, according to PhysioRoom.
"Life must be pain for him [David Beckham]," Mahoney said, "to get tattooed in some of these places and have it not hurt an iota."
Mahoney also tattooed Beckham's eldest son, Brooklyn, an experience that he called "a real honour."
"To do a second generation, it felt great, and the fact that he got a design that his dad had, that's really cool.
"I know at 18, I was trying to do the opposite of what my dad was up to. So, I was really happy and proud to be a part of that."
David Zinn has been a freelance artist for 30 years.
One day he got fed up with working indoors and started drawing on sidewalks.
He became famous for his artworks and now takes commisions and does art workshops.
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On Saturday, Banksy's painting "Girl With Balloon" sold for $1.4 million at a Sotheby's auction, a record for the artist.
Then it slid into a shredder hidden in its frame and came out on the other side in tatters.
Now, it might be even more expensive.
"You could argue that the work is now more valuable," Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, told The Art Newspaper. "It's certainly the first piece to be spontaneously shredded as an auction ends."
Banksy is a performance artist and street artist, known for using his work as a platform for slyly political and biting commentary. He's pulled stunts where he's sold art anonymously, then revealed himself as the artist, causing the value of those pieces to spike in the secondhand market.
Something similar may have just happened with "Girl With Balloon." Kevie Yang, a senior specialist at the auction house Phillips, told INSIDER that the painting is now unique in the annals of art history, and that the value of it will definitely change.
"This is a very special case, because nothing like this has ever happened in auction history," she said. "Everyone's talking about it. … There are a lot of people saying that the value of the work has already increased because of the incident."
Banksy's original works are seldom sold, since many of them are works of street art or performance art. The artist positions himself as a critic of consumer culture. He posted a video on Instagram saying he hid a shredder in the frame to destroy it in case it was ever sold at auction.
Did Sotheby's know about the shredder?
Several experts have speculated that Sotheby's may have been in on the stunt.
The banker auctioning off the painting was visibly unfazed, and sold the painting at the end of the lot, when it wouldn't distract from the other works being sold.
Furthermore, auction houses prepare detailed condition reports for potential buyers, and specialists told the Financial Times it would be difficult to imagine experts preparing those reports would miss a shredder in the frame. And because it was shredded neatly, it can potentially be repaired.
"The shredder in the frame — I don't know how well it was hidden. If you just look at the painting, look at the back, they would see something different," Yang told INSIDER.
Rosamund Chester, a press representative for Sotheby's, denied the auction house knew anything about the shredder. She told INSIDER that Banksy requested not to remove the painting from the frame, and Sotheby's agreed to his wishes.
"It is increasingly common in the contemporary art world for artists to deem their frames integral to the artwork, as was the case in this instance," Chester said. "The certificate from the artist's studio for the present work states that the frame is 'integral to the piece.' When Sotheby's asked the studio about removing the work from its frame during the cataloging process, we were expressly told not to remove the frame."
Chester said removing the frame would be tantamount to destroying the artwork.
"This is not unusual – consider Lucio Fontana's lacquer frames, or George Condo's frames that include labels on the back saying do not remove from frame," she said. "In many cases, if you remove the frame you violate the artist's wishes and destroy the artwork."
Chester declined to identify the consignor of the painting. In art auctions, the consignor is either the owner of the artwork who brings it to auction, or a proxy for the owner. Consignors sometimes make independent evaluations of paintings before selling them.
The person who purchased the painting has also remained anonymous. Since "Girl With Balloon" was shredded into ribbons, it's not clear if they'll want to keep it — though its shredding may have actually been the point of the work.
"We have talked with the successful purchaser, who was surprised by the story. We are in discussion about next steps," Chester said.
Whether you're getting your first tattoo or you're covered in ink from head to toe, it's important to make sure the parlor you're visiting is clean and hygienic.
Mahoney started out tattooing biker gangs in his native Massachusetts and now counts the likes of Beckham and Johnny Depp among his close friends. He's even been cast as the muse in Lana Del Ray's music videos.
The artist recently completed a residency at The Mandrake Hotel in London's West End. INSIDER spoke to him during his residency, and he told us there was one key thing to look out for when visiting a tattoo parlor.
He said people who came to his parlor on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard, Shamrock Social Club, always spoke about how clean their toilet was.
"I guess that's probably a pretty good gauge of what's going on elsewhere," he said.
So there you have it. Make sure to head straight to the bathroom before you sit in the artist's chair — it might just save you a trip to the doctor's down the line.
The importance of getting your tattoo at a reputable establishment is hard to overstate. Last year, a man from Texas died from septic shock after swimming with a new tattoo.
"If you choose to get a tattoo, do it safely, do it through a licensed place, and make sure you take care of the wound and treat it like any other wound," Nicholas Hendren, an internal medicine resident at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, told CNN at the time. "That's important."
Marina Abramović, the renowned performance artist, is going to be the star of a piece premiering February 18 at the Serpentine Gallery, in London.
But she's not going to be there in person — or, at least, she's not performing live.
Instead, she's going to be performing in the lenses of 50 augmented reality headsets simultaneously, all of whom will be wearing AR hardware, including the Magic Leap One, a hyped pair of smartglasses that launched earlier this year.
"Up until now it has been impossible to understand what the artist does and the purpose of the event is unless you were in the room at the time of the event," Todd Eckert, founder of Tin Drum, which is producing the piece, told Business Insider.
"As a performance artist, my work is about energy, so the work we've been doing here, what is the chance that I can really keep energy that can radiate to the public, and you can feel it," Abramović said in a video starring her 3D avatar.
"This is a really promising media," Abramović continued.
What is augmented reality?
Augmented reality is a technology that, if you listen to investors in Silicon Valley, might one day be able to replace the smartphone and every other screen in your life by showing advanced computer graphics seamlessly mixed with the real world.
But Tin Drum, a studio partially staffed by Magic Leap alumni and other technologists, is betting that before augmented reality becomes an everyday technology, it's going to become a new tool for artists and directors to create works that can't be displayed on a traditional, flat screen.
With this most recent piece, "you have the ability to feel what performance is like, not as an artifact of something that already happened, but the energy of what's happening now as if you are actually there at the time of the event," Eckert explained.
Eckert first started thinking about augmented reality and its challenges when he worked for Magic Leap as its director of content development. There, he reached out to a variety of musicians and artists to get their ideas on how to transfer a live performance into a wearable augmented reality experience.
So, after he left Magic Leap, he decided to start a production studio focused on augmented reality projects — and the Abramović piece is Tin Drum's first public exhibition.
There are lots of challenges when recording a person in three dimensions, often called "volumetric capture," he explained. It usually requires an array of cameras, as many as 32, as well as a lot of care and time to put the images together in a way that can be placed into a real-world environment.
Other challenges include how colors are represented in augmented reality — red looks very different than, say, black, inside a headset that's based around displaying graphics inside transparent lenses. And each different augmented reality headset, like Hololens or ODG, also requires tweaks.
"The positioning of cameras and the specific lighting attributes during the time of capture is very specific based upon each project," Eckert explained. To create the Abramović piece, Tin Drum teamed up with 4DViews, a volumetric capture company in France.
I was able to see a short preview of the Abramović piece on a Magic Leap One, although I was nowhere near London. Inside the smartglasses, you could see the artist, and although there were technological limitations including the headset's field-of-view, cutting off parts of the virtual people in frame, I felt her "presence" in the room with me — but I was just in a conference room in New York.
But simply capturing a 3D image of an artist is only the first step. There's lots of post-production that's needed in order to take the raw footage and turn it into a graphic that can be integrated with the real world inside a pair of augmented reality glasses. Then Tin Drum's specialists, who are technical and proficient in software like Unity, tweak the footage in Tin Drum offices until it's perfect.
Tin Drum wants to produce other high-quality mixed-reality experiences, and Eckert said the company is close to raising venture capital so it can continue to develop technologies for volumetric capture.
After capturing video of a subject in a green screen room, the background can be removed, and the video can be placed in the real world, like this:
Going forward, Eckert believes that in a new medium like augmented reality, it's going to be more important to experiment with completely new ways of thinking about media, as opposed to shoehorning older modes of thinking onto new technologies.
"I think people have a tendency of trying to use what they know and in order to kind of embrace whatever they perceive as new," Eckert said. "This is recognizing that the technology can do things beyond anything else that's ever existed."
On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Vogue that its Costume Institute's fashion exhibit for spring 2019 will be "Camp: Notes on Fashion." Following tradition, next year's Met Gala — the museum's annual fundraising benefit for the Institute and one of the biggest nights in the fashion world — will feature the same theme.
What is camp?
The exhibition will be framed around Susan Sontag's 1964 essay, "Notes on 'Camp,'" for the Partisan Review — a hugely influential piece that arguably introduced camp as a concept to mainstream culture.
In her essay, Sontag identified camp not as a strictly-defined idea but rather a "sensibility" that rejects aesthetic judgment on a scale of good to bad, offering art and life a "supplementary set of standards." At its essence is a love of artifice, exaggeration, and the unnatural.
"Camp is playful, anti-serious," Sontag wrote. It celebrates "'style' over 'content,' 'aesthetics' over 'morality,' and 'irony' over 'tragedy.'"
Speaking to Vogue, Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge of the Costume Institute, said that camp, which "has become increasingly more mainstream," embraces elements such as parody, theatricality, extravagance, and nostalgia.
Its many iterations in culture today include "political camp, queer camp, Pop camp, the conflation of high and low, [and] the idea that there is no such thing as originality," Bolton added.
According to Bolton, contemporary examples of camp in fashion include Virgil Abloh's little black dress printed with the words "Little Black Dress" on the side from Off-White's Pre-Fall 2018 collection; Cristobal Balenciaga's 1957 Baby Doll dress; and Franco Moschino's "Too much irony!" shirt from Moschino's Spring/Summer 1991 collection — to name a few.
The 2019 Met Gala will have five co-chairs
The event will take place on Monday, May 6, 2019. It will be hosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour — who has chaired the gala since 1995 — along with Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, Harry Styles, and Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele.
Made possible by Gucci, "Camp: Notes on Fashion" will be presented in the Met Fifth Avenue's Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall from May 9 to September 8, 2019.
According to the Met's website, "Camp: Notes on Fashion" will explore the origins of camp as an aesthetic, its evolution from the margins of society to the mainstream, and its influence in the fashion industry.
There's already a ton of buzz about next year's Met Gala co-chairs
After the Met's announcement, Twitter was flooded with excited reactions from fans of Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, and Harry Styles.
LADY GAGA, HARRY STYLES, AND SERENA WILLIAMS AS CO-CHAIRS OF A CAMP-THEMED MET GALA IS THE GIFT WE NEED AND DESERVE— Ashley Spencer (@AshleyySpencer) October 9, 2018
i will be thinking about harry styles, lady gaga, and serena williams co-chairing the met gala from now until may.— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) October 9, 2018
if u need anything else from me i'm busy.
i just started convulsing at my desk because the next met gala will be co-chaired by lady gaga and harry styles and the theme is susan sontag's 'notes on camp'!!!!!!— #BrittanySpanos (@ohheybrittany) October 9, 2018
dont talk to me unless its about harry styles co-hosting a camp themed met gala with lady gaga and serena williams— bianca robles (@biancaxrobles) October 10, 2018
People also can't wait to see the camp-themed red carpet looks
If nobody dresses for this camp-themed Met Gala as Mimi Imfurst’s Leigh Bowery-inspired space look, I will lose all faith in fashion.— Joe Reid (@joereid) October 9, 2018
The theme for the next met gala is camp and I couldn’t be more excited— sofia// -7 (@sofianarkis) October 9, 2018
I literally can't get over Harry co-hosting the met gala and the theme is CAMP. I'm going to scream so loud on that day when I see his outfit.— Laura ◟̽◞̽ (@LTBuzzin) October 10, 2018
THE TWO BIGGEST ICONS HOSTING THE MET GALA WHEN ITS THEME IS CAMP? I AM NO LONGER ON THIS EARTH I CANNOT WAIT LIKE IMAGINE THE LOOKS THE OUTFITS THE BANTER I AM OBLITERATED— bri hernandez 🕸 (@ithinkitsbri) October 9, 2018
And some are already joking about Met Gala guests misinterpreting the theme
*at the 2019 met gala*— gabe brujería-gado (@gabebergado) October 9, 2018
THEY TOLD ME THE THEME WAS CAMP pic.twitter.com/Yoyl3f7WGP
some of yall boo boos about to show up outside the met gala wearing a whole ass girl scout outfit because you took the term ‘camp’ literally— alina 🌹 (@idthrowroses) October 9, 2018
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The winning bidder for "Girl With a Balloon," the Banksy painting that dropped through a shredder hidden in its frame after being sold at auction for $1.4 million, is keeping the pieces.
The buyer remains anonymous, but The Guardian identified her as "a female European collector and a longstanding client of Sotheby's." She said she was initially shocked by Friday's shredding stunt.
"When the hammer came down last week and the work was shredded, I was at first shocked, but gradually I began to realize that I would end up with my own piece of art history,"she told The Guardian.
After the painting turned to tatters, some analysts predicted the value had increased. Other works from Banksy have changed in value after being involved in conceptual artwork.
The artist's authentication body, Pest Control, even gave this version of "Girl With a Balloon" a new name: "Love Is in the Bin."
Alex Branczik, Sotheby's head of contemporary art in Europe, told The Guardian that "Banksy has cleverly nestled himself in the pages of art history."
"Banksy didn't destroy an artwork in the auction, he created one," he said. "Following his surprise intervention on the night, we are pleased to confirm the sale of the artist’s newly titled 'Love Is in the Bin,' the first artwork in history to have been created live during an auction."
Sotheby's plans to show "Love Is in the Bin" at its galleries in London on Saturday and Sunday. After that, it'll be sent to its buyer.
A spokesperson for Sotheby's told INSIDER that the auction house wasn't aware of the shredder before it sold the painting, even though several experts suspect the whole thing was planned.
"It is increasingly common in the contemporary art world for artists to deem their frames integral to the artwork, as was the case in this instance," Rosamund Chester, a representative for Sotheby's, told INSIDER. "The certificate from the artist's studio for the present work states that the frame is 'integral to the piece.' When Sotheby's asked the studio about removing the work from its frame during the cataloging process, we were expressly told not to remove the frame."
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In the White House, there's a painting that depicts President Donald Trump drinking with other Republican presidents — Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, and others.
He sits there smiling, a Diet Coke before him, as the others laugh uproariously.
The painting, titled "The Republican Club," first went viral in March when it was revealed by Andy Thomas, who also made a version featuring the Democratic presidents. Thomas is best known for his paintings of cowboys. (Prints of "The Republican Club" run from $155 to $1,700.)
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gave the painting to Trump as a gift, and people noticed that it's now hanging in the White House when it appeared in the background of a photo posted by the Twitter account for CBS's "60 Minutes" to promote the show's interview with Trump.
Now on 60 Minutes: There's less than a month until the mid-term elections. Hear what President Trump has to say about some of the issues that will likely be motivating voters at the ballot. pic.twitter.com/4WYnh3t0hy— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 14, 2018
Some people who found the painting tasteless were bewildered it was hanging in the White House
oh my god, it's hanging in the white house pic.twitter.com/wrq8eo7Bvx— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) October 15, 2018
I'm begging you— Faster, Pussycat! Shrill! Shrill! (@theshrillest) October 15, 2018
please let me go back to my own timeline
I've learned my lesson https://t.co/FNvFRTjtTx
The next National Treasure should be breaking into the White House to replace this painting with one of Garfield cradling Jon Arbuckle https://t.co/iSDnh6Tj0W— James Hell Brooks (@BobbyBigWheel) October 15, 2018
They say if you look at it for more than a minute your eyeballs start bleeding https://t.co/LsmWB7KTzX— Grendel’s Mom (@ambernoelle) October 15, 2018
Thomas keeps his own political views close to his chest. He makes portraits for both Republicans and Democrats, and says he wants to maintain a bipartisan reputation. He says people can try to figure out his views by looking at his work.
"I challenge people to look at the paintings and see if they can figure it out,"he told The Daily Beast.
Some people thought the painting might be mocking Trump
A painting putting trump in context of the mainstream of the Republican Party with all of them laughing is so remarkably on the nose it could pass for a leftist critique. https://t.co/wQGSGD22Bx— An Isaac Butler Reboot (@parabasis) October 15, 2018
Let TR sit at the table instead of Nixon. https://t.co/560insH2kH— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 15, 2018
Others thought it might be flattering to Trump
Ok but we all know Trump probably paid extra to get himself painted skinnier https://t.co/KP1zTqfsN8— Sebastian Artola (@sartola23) October 15, 2018
Ok but we all know Trump probably paid extra to get himself painted skinnier https://t.co/KP1zTqfsN8— Sebastian Artola (@sartola23) October 15, 2018
But to be fair, who wouldn't want a portrait of themself hanging out with Lincoln in the White House?
tbh this is pretty much exactly what i would do if i was elected president https://t.co/uli6jhg2Me— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) October 15, 2018
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Buying art might sound like the reserve of the super-rich, but it can actually be more affordable than you might have thought.
The Affordable Art Fair in London, which runs from 18-21 October, presents thousands of original works every year, priced from just £100 ($131) to a cap of £6,000 ($7,889).
Business Insider spoke to Fair Director Lucinda Costello and Recent Graduates' Exhibition Curator Cassie Beadle to find out the biggest mistakes people make when buying art.
Scroll down to see what advice they had to offer.
The artist doesn't have much consistency
It's incredibly important to do your homework, Costello says, when choosing the artist whose work you're buying.
If you're hoping to buy a piece of art as an investment, then it pays to research the artist's portfolio beforehand.
If there's a lack of consistency in their portfolio, it could denote a lack of maturity in their work.
It could be a red flag, "if you're seeing things that look like they could have been created by different artists," Costello says.
"If there isn’t much consistency across their portfolio then they may not have defined what they're doing yet, which can mean they need more time to develop."
"That's not to say they won't go on to become fabulous artists," she adds, "but, if you're playing it a bit safer then noticing colour palettes or a certain quality, just something about the overall feel of the work... [will make it] a bit more of a comfortable gamble."
You don't check where the artist studied
Unfortunately, not all art schools are born equal.
"Statistically some of the bigger institutions, like Central Saint Martins or the RCA, have produced more successful artists," Costello says.
And, although she stipulates that "this should never be a bigger factor than the quality of their work," it can sometimes be a safer investment to buy art produced by graduates of the more prestigious institutions.
"The tuition they'll have had and the peers they'll have been exposed to probably accelerate [the artist's] maturity."
You don't buy from a gallery
"Whilst buying from the artist direct can feel like you are 'cutting out the middleman' this can be problematic both for artist and collector later on," Beadle says.
Buying from galleries guarantees the collector with essential credentials and documentation of their work, which is key if you want to sell the piece(s) on in future.
It also allows you to build a relationship with the gallerist, Beadle says, who can inform you of trends and developments in the art market, and offer you wider context on purchases.
"Gallerists are the professionals in selling art, knowing art, doing their homework and presenting it in a retail situation to a visitor and being able to have conversations about all of their artists," Costello adds.
This has benefits for the artists too, she says, as they are then free to focus on their craft, rather than travelling the world's art fairs and keeping their social media accounts going.
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