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    • MIT Media Lab is hosting a mass online social experiment on Halloween at 11 p.m. EDT.
    • Called "BeeMe," the goal of the "dystopian game" is to let participants control an actor and defeat an evil artificial intelligence program.
    • Internet users will program the actor by crowdsourcing commands and then voting on them.
    • BeeMe's creators say they want the project to stoke conversations about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions.

    This Halloween, the creepiest event to attend might be a mass online social experiment hosted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    MIT is famous for churning out some of the world's top engineers, programmers, and scientists. But the university's Media Laboratory is increasingly known for launching experimental projects in October that are designed to make us squirm.

    In 2016, researchers at the MIT Media Lab created the artificial-intelligence program Nightmare Machine, which converted normal photos into into macabre images. (The results were predictably creepy.) Then in 2017, a researcher made AI software called "Shelley" that learned how to write its own horror stories. (These were also creepy.)

    This year, members of MIT Media Lab are taking their desire to freak us out to the next level with a project called "BeeMe."

    BeeMe is described in a press release as a "massive immersive social game" that aims to "shed a new light on human potential in the new digital era." But it also sounds like a choose-your-own-adventure episode of the show "Black Mirror."

    "Halloween night at 11 p.m. ET, an actor will give up their free will and let internet users control their every action," Niccolò Pescetelli, who studies collective intelligence at MIT Media Lab, told Business Insider in an email about BeeMe.

    Pescetelli added: "The event will follow the story of an evil AI by the name of Zookd, who has accidentally been released online. Internet users will have to coordinate at scale and collectively help the actor (also a character in the story) to defeat Zookd. If they fail, the consequences could be disastrous."

    How MIT will let you control a person

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    The project's slogan is: "See what I see. Hear what I hear. Control my actions. Take my will. Be me."

    The full scope of gameplay is not yet public. However, Pescetelli, BeeMe's social media accounts, and promotional materials reveal a few key details.

    The person being controlled will be a trained actor, not anyone randomly selected. Who that actor will be and where they will be located won't be disclosed, Pescetelli said. He said he expects the game to last about two hours, but added "it will be the audience who ultimately decides" how long the game will go on.

    There will be limits to what crowd-generated commands can make the actor do.

    "Anything that violates the law or puts the actor, their privacy, or their image in danger is strictly forbidden," Pescetelli said. "Anything else is allowed. We are very curious about what [is] going to happen."

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    Participants will control the actor through a web browser, in two ways.

    One is by writing in and submitting custom commands, such as "make coffee,""open the door,""run away," and so on. The second way is by voting up or down on those commands, similar to the system used by Reddit. Once a command is voted to the top, the actor will presumably do that very thing.

    This is the origin of the word "bee" in the project's name: Internet users will have to act collectively as a "hive" to progress through the game.

    BeeMe's Twitter account shared an eerie teaser video of the game on October 15.

    "Many people have played an augmented reality game, but BeeMe is reality augmented," Pescetelli said in a press release. "In BeeMe an agent gives up their free will to save humanity — or perhaps to know whether humanity can be saved at all. This brave individual will agree to let the Internet pilot their every action."

    The whole event will be broadcast live at

    "In theory there is no limit to the number of users that the platform can support, but we will know for sure only on Halloween," Pescetelli said.

    Why the researchers created BeeMe

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    The BeeMe project is made by eight people, will cost less than $10,000, and quietly went public in May 2018, when it joined Twitter as @beeme_mit. The tweets posted by the account capture some of its thinking and evolution.

    One tweet quotes philosopher Marshall McLuhan, who famously wrote in 1964 that "the medium is the message"— meaning that any new way to communicate influences what we say, how we say it, and ultimately what we think. McLuhan, who lived until 1980, is described by his estate as "the father of communications and media studies and prophet of the information age."

    The account also references other visionaries, including analytical psychologist Carl Jung, social scientist Émile Durkheim, and biologist Charles Darwin.

    "[In] the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed," BeeMe tweeted in August, quoting a famous saying of Darwin's (and likely as a tip on how to win the game).

    Another tweet highlights a shocking act of performance art called "Come Caress Me," created in 2010 by Amir Mobed. In the installation, Mobed stands before a huge target with a metal bucket on his hed, and volunteers are led into the room to shoot him with a pellet gun. (Many do, not seeming to understand the ammunition is real.)

    These and other BeeMe posts seem to reflect what the experiment strives to be on Halloween: Something that is on its surface fun, but reveals some hidden truths about ourselves and our digital society.

    In a release sent to Business Insider, the project described itself this way: "BeeMe is a dystopian game that promises to alter the face of digital interactions, by breaking the Internet's fourth wall and bringing it back to reality. BeeMe wants to reopen a serious — yet playful — conversation about privacy, ethics, entertainment, and social interactions."

    Whatever the game ends up teaching those who play or watch it, we'll find out on Halloween if humanity can pull together to save itself — or fail in dramatic disarray.

    This story has been updated with new information.

    SEE ALSO: Watch a haunting MIT program transform photos into your worst nightmares

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    Rob Biddulph is a pretty normal parent — he leaves notes in his daughter Poppy's lunch every day to make her smile. Except most parents aren't able to draw miniature works of art on their notes.

    Five years ago, when Poppy was four years old and nervous about eating lunch at school, her dad decided to draw her a little Post-It note to make her feel better — and 900 Post-Its later, they're still making her smile.

    Keep scrolling to see some of Biddulph's most jaw-dropping works.

    Every day, kids all over the world open their lunch boxes at school. Some are lucky enough to get a sweet note or an extra snack — but Poppy is a bit luckier than most of her peers.

    Of course, Poppy's not the only kid with artistic parents — check out this mom who turns her sons' brown paper bag lunches into hilarious doodles.

    Her dad, Rob Biddulph, is an illustrator — and on the side, he creates Post-Its for Poppy's lunch every day that are essentially works of art in their own right.

    It's hard to believe this amount of detail fits onto a Post-It.

    Sometimes they are literally works of art, like this miniature Monet painting, "Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies."

    Biddulph has done an entire series of artists, ranging from Monet to Picasso to Keith Haring.

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    We've all seen photos of the iconic women that changed the course of history, but rarely do we see them in their day-to-day lives, still on the cusp of fame. That's exactly what Susan Wood accomplished through her work.

    The 86-year-old photographer, who worked for magazines such as Look, Life, People, and New York during the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, captured the faces of many then-fresh, now iconic women who broke ceilings and barriers, and thus changed the world.

    Her colorful body of work recently culminated in a book titled "Women Portraits: 1960-2000."

    Keep scrolling to see some of her most powerful pieces.

    Wood first became interested in photography when she was 16, and started taking photos on a family trip to Europe after her high school graduation.

    Wood told INSIDER, "I decided to buy a camera in Germany, a 35 millimeter Leica, because I preferred something more immediate with what your eye is actually seeing. It put me on a direction of encouragement in a career that has to do with using your eyes to make art."

    She began forging her career path early on, taking over her college yearbook as a means to practice photography when her school offered no courses on the subject.

    At Sarah Lawrence, Wood said, "There wasn't any photography course, but there was a dark room and a projector, and a yearbook that nobody cared about. So we, this girl and I, took it over and raised money to make it a magazine, with a yearbook element." 

    After graduating with a masters in art from Yale, she became a freelance photographer, taking photos on movie sets and selling them to magazines.

    "It was all about forming relationships with the subjects," she explained.

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    Kiev-based illustrator Daria Artemieva specializes in drawing iconic Disney characters with a modern twist: she turns them into millennials. 

    With over 100K Instagram followers, Artemieva's renditions are popular with fans of the franchise and the general public alike. Both classic and new characters are fair game for an Artemieva-drawn transformation: Princess Jasmine trades her magic carpet in for a purple yoga mat, and Moana throws on a baseball cap and eats In-N-Out. 

    Keep scrolling to see what your favorite Disney princess would look like in 2018.

    While drawing these millennial renditions, artist Daria Artemieva strives to preserve details.

    She lets color schemes, themes, and the overall essence of the original Disney princesses shine through in their new looks. Check out Cinderella's cat-eye sunglasses — it's a style that was popular in the 1950s, which is when Disney's iconic "Cinderella" was released.

    Look closely at Princess Jasmine's magic carpet — it's actually a yoga mat.

    Snow White trades in her signature dress for a hip button-up skirt and takes a selfie.

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    • Sometimes being online is bad and not fun.
    • Adam Hillman's aesthetically pleasing Instagram, Witerny is good, though.
    • He started the page in 2014, but it remains popular.
    • Hillman takes mundane objects, arranges them in unconventional ways, and makes them look like art.
    • People think it's soothing — but that's not necessarily his intention.

    Here is the thing about the internet in 2018: It is mostly very bad. But, admittedly, few things are still good. Very good, even.

    Take, for example, Adam Hillman's aesthetically pleasing Instagram account, Witerny, where he transforms everyday objects into works of art. 

    The 23-year-old art student at Rutgers University has been posting on Instagram in 2014 to build up his portfolio, he told INSIDER. 

    TBT to my 2015 sticker selfie, which took me 5 hours of putting stickers on my face in front of a mirror 😭: Positive Outlook, 2015

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    "At first I took photos of everyday things around me without arranging them, and I was inspired by the beauty of little things like paint spills and wood patterns around me in my day to day life," Hillman said.

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    From there, he was featured on the Tumblr Things Organized Neatly,Bored Panda, and other websites, like BuzzFeed. His account has been popular ever since. These days, he has over 271,000 followers on Instagram and gets between 10,000 and 27,000 likes on each of his perfectly arranged pictures.

    The college student is a trained painter, so transforming the mundane objects he saw in the world came naturally to him. And he's always thinking of new ideas for an Instagram, whether he's at the grocery store or online shopping.

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    Once he has a concept in mind and the props secured, Hillman said the process of making a post varies.

    "I'll play with the objects a bit to see if my idea works, and after that, it can take anywhere from 2 to 12 hours to make," he said. "I try to finish arrangements in one sitting, but if I'm using nonperishable items I'll sometimes let it sit overnight, and take the final photo the morning after."

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    But after a picture has been posted, Hillman doesn't look at likes or engagement to measure its success, he said.

    "Even if I've used an object before, I consider [a post] a hit if I'm able to reinvent its previous usage, and am able to create a piece that genuinely surprises my followers," he said. "I also consider a post successful if I'm able to utilize an object for a purpose it was not designed for and it seems to fit perfectly, creating a kind of reinvention of the object through placement."

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    TBT to one of my faves: Pencil Pusher, 2015 #adamhillman

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    One post that stood out over the years, he said, was his "SpaghettiOOOOOOOOO" picture, because it was turned into a meme on Reddit and became attached to the phrase, "when you take Adderall and try to force yourself to eat something."

    TBT: SpaghettiOOOOOOOOO, 2016

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    Hillman said he couldn't forget the moment of virality, as it led people to leave "Adderall-related comments on my photos for months."

    Over time, he's garnered quite the following. Many of the comments on his posts are along the lines of so satisfying," or people saying that the pictures and videos "hypnotic" qualities.

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    But Hillman said he isn't really trying to make anyone feel any type of way.

    "I don't necessarily attempt to make satisfying work, but since a very important part of my work is its geometric qualities and the way things fit together I think it's natural that people find the images satisfying," he said. 

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    Hillman said that it doesn't matter how people interpret his work, he's just glad people find it meaningful. "I accept all readings of the work as equally valid, and prefer to let my audience decide for themselves," he said.

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    • Self-taught artist André Manguba is reimagining "Riverdale" couples as popular Disney characters. 
    • A drawing of Jughead and Betty reimagined as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from "Tangled" is just one of the pieces catching fans' attention. 
    • "Riverdale" stars, including Lili Reinhart, have also shown the artist some love on Instagram.


    For the love of Archiekins, this is simply divine.

    Self-taught artist André Manguba found artistic inspiration through two of our favorite things: The CW's hit series "Riverdale" and Disney characters. The reimagined versions of Jughead, Bettie, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl, Toni, F.P., and Alice are utterly breathtaking. Of course, Manguba's sketches are particularly interesting when you consider which iconic Disney couple he’s assigned to each "Riverdale" ride-or-die pairing. Scroll down to check out the amazing artwork. 

    1. Archie and Veronica as Hercules and Megara

    This makes sense since Archie Andrews is kind of a god-like figure at Riverdale High. Not only is he a star athlete, student-body president, part-time brooding musician, and an all-around hottie, but Archie is also pure muscle and loyal to a fault. Meanwhile, his main squeeze, Veronica Lodge, is no damsel in distress. This fashionable diva prefers to lead rather than follow and has sass for days.

    2. Betty and Jughead as Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

    "Riverdale's" resident bad boy, Jughead Jones, is no stranger to falling into trouble in the name of journalism and the Serpents. Betty, his greatest ally and partner-in-crime, also has a knack for getting tangled into dark, twisted mysteries. Together, Bughead has gone on epic adventures and found a new home with each other. No murderous family member or supernatural entity could keep this duo apart. They are the ultimate end goal and we are so here for their epic romance. Long live Bughead!

    3. Toni and Cheryl as Moana and Ariel

    Toni Topaz is no wallflower. She's a fierce warrior who's loyal to her crew of Serpents. From driving a motorcycle to fighting for justice, there isn't anything that can hold Toni down. She's an empowered, modern-day princess who can throw a killer sucker punch when the time calls for it. Not one to be outdone, Cheryl Blossom has quickly become one of the most memorable TV redheads of all time. She's got a mesmerizing mane, a razor-sharp tongue, and is swimming in money bay-bay. Together, Toni and Cheryl are a formidable force on land and sea.

    4. F.P. and Alice as Beast and Belle

    Who else would be the misunderstood Beast with a heart of gold? F.P. Jones may look like a real tough guy, but he's got an ooey-gooey center filled with unconditional love and diehard loyalty. If you stick around long enough and nurture him like the delicate rose that he is, you just might catch a glimpse of the prince he's hiding inside. Luckily, Alice Cooper has seen this side of F.P. because she's the ultimate caretaker. From her wealth of knowledge and flare for drama, Alice always fights the good fight and then gets the guy at the end.

    5. Veronica and Betty as Elphaba and Glinda

    OK, so this is a bonus fanon pairing which emphasizes how Veronica and Betty's characters are often represented in the Archie Comics. Surely, Veronica is the drop-dead-gorgeous bad girl while Betty is the goody two shoes. Fortunately, on "Riverdale," both leading ladies are a complex mix of good and bad which reinforces the notion that women are dynamic, deeply-layered individuals who shouldn't be unfairly categorized by society.

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    A Japanese artist that wishes to remain anonymous brings some of the best and most viral animal memes to life with super realistic clay sculptures. Of course, the internet is here for it.

    INSIDER spoke with the artist, known as Meetissai, to learn more about the adorable project. 

    The sculptor started the project after searching for an IRL version of their favorite animal meme. Unable to find one, they decided to make their own.

    It takes 10 days to make each sculpture, including this one of the Bullet Cat meme.

    The artist told INSIDER that their personal favorite is the cat walking on two legs.

    Each sculpture is made out of epoxy putty and stone powder clay.

    Every sculpture is also meticulously painted by hand.

    Although most of the creations are cats, Meetissai creates sculptures of other animals, too.

    If an animal meme is going viral, you'll likely see a Meetissai original of it soon.

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    Books are one of our primary sources of stories. They’re a way to connect with others and reading has been proven to increase empathy. But which authors have had their words in front of more faces?

    We combed through to find 15 of the best-selling authors of all time. While many will be familiar names, there will be a few authors that surprise you.

    William Shakespeare is a legend.

    The legendary bard of Avon. Whether you love him or hate the fact that you were required to stumble through iambic pentameter in middle school, you can’t deny that the author of “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the bestselling writers of all time.

    With an estimated 4 billion copies of his work in circulation, there are almost enough copies of Shakespeare’s work for each and every person on earth.

    Agatha Christie is the queen of mystery.

    The undeniable queen of the mystery novel, Agatha Christie has duped, confused, and surprised millions of readers. Over the course of her career, Christie wrote such classic novels like “And Then There Were None” which have become classics now taught in many schools.

    Her over 70 works have racked up a sale count biting at the heels of Shakespeare’s estimated 4 billion. Her website claims her as "the best-selling novelist of all time."

    Barbara Cartland tops nearly everyone with sheer number of books.

    One way to make it onto the rarefied air of the bestselling authors of all time is to be incredibly prolific.

    Barbara Cartland wrote 723 novels during her career and is referenced in the Guinness World Records for publishing the most novels in a single year. It is estimated that Cartland has sold over 750 million copies of her work, but that figure has been disputed.

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    • Thomas Ollivier has been a freelance art director for over 10 years.
    • His most recent project, "Re:Birth," transforms modern tech into pure '80s nostalgia.
    • His unique work has allowed him to collaborate with many big companies, like Nespresso and Netflix.

    The world was a very different place pre-internet. In fact, it was much harder.

    But there's a sense of nostalgia we just can't shake from that era: and graphic designer Thomas Ollivier perfectly mixes that nostalgia with modern-day technology.

    His latest project, "Re:Birth," takes you back in time to see what your favorite apps and technologies might look like transformed into objects from the '80s.

    His work has garnered thousands of Instagram followers, and allowed him to work with huge brands like Nespresso and Netflix. Keep scrolling to see why.

    Ollivier grew up in France and now lives in London.

    "While being bored at school, I started to get into graffiti and quickly decided that I wanted to do something related to visual art," Ollivier told INSIDER.

    He chose a career in graphic design because "being able to imagine and create anything you want is pretty liberating."

    "I have produced music, I am now co-making wine, it opens up new horizons and feeds my curiosity I suppose," he added.

    His most recent project, "Re:Birth," takes popular apps and social media platforms and re-imagines them in the form of '80s technology.

    Everything was so different before the internet (and so much harder!).

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    • Under a new program, doctors in Canada will be able to hand out up to 50 prescriptions for their patients by giving them free access to a local museum.
    • These prescriptions will be available for those with a wide range of mental and physical illnesses.
    • A systematic review of clinical art therapy found that visual art has significant and positive effects on depression, anxiety, mood, trauma, distress, coping ability, and self-esteem.

    An unconventional new initiative in Canada will soon allow doctors to literally prescribe art to their patients - by giving them free access to a local museum.

    Wandering through the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), these patients and their loved ones will be able to feast their eyes on the soothing properties of art.

    The initiative is the first of its kind in the world. And while you certainly can't replace a conventional treatment with a couple of paintings, the idea is for such 'prescriptions' to assist a person's current treatment plan.

    Under the new program, members of the Francophone Association of Doctors in Canada (MFdC) will be able to hand out up to 50 prescriptions for their patients.

    These prescriptions will be available for those with a wide range of mental and physical illnesses, and each one of the passes will allow two adults and two minors to visit the museum for free.

    "By offering free admission to a safe, welcoming place, a relaxing, revitalizing experience, a moment of respite, and an opportunity to strengthen ties with loved ones, MMFA-MFdC Museum Prescriptions contribute to the patient's well-being and recovery," explains a press release from the MMFA.

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    It may look a lot like a marketing effort for the museum (and it's possible there's an element of promotion in this) but there's also increasing evidence that the display of visual art, especially if it's depicting nature, can have positive effects on health outcomes.

    In some ways, the benefits of looking at art appear a little similar to physical activity. A systematic review of clinical art therapy found that visual art has significant and positive effects on depression, anxiety, mood, trauma, distress, coping ability, and self-esteem.

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    Findings like these are slowly gaining traction in the medical community, making artwork a higher priority in hospitals around the world.

    In the US, nearly half of all healthcare institutions have reported including art in healthcare programming, such as art therapy and the placement of visual art in hospitals.

    With spaces dedicated to art therapy and also a medical consultation room, the MMFA already provides services for people with mental health issues, eating disorders, autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease, just to name a few.

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    So far over 100 doctors from MFdC have signed up to the pilot program.

    Nicole Parent, head of the MFdC, said these numbers just go to show that even physicians have "a sensitivity and openness to alternative approaches."

    These art prescriptions aren't the only unconventional treatment in the world, either. In Scotland's Shetland Islands, a pilot program for prescribing 'nature' to patients went so well, it's now a scheme available to all doctors in the region.

    Encouraging people to get out there and appreciate some clouds is expected to improve patients' blood pressure, reduce their risk of heart disease, and give their mental health a boost.

    It's not quite the same as art therapy, but it's a nice idea - both of these types of unusual 'prescriptions' can play a role in one's overall wellbeing. (We'll keep our fingers crossed for some 'chocolate' prescriptions next.)

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    An Italian artist is shocking and delighting the internet by turning humans into animals using nothing but body paint and clever poses.

    Johannes Stotter creates optical illusions that first appear to be hyperrealistic depictions of animals. But on closer inspection, you can see they're actually models covered in body paint. 

    Stotter began his "Illusions" project in 2013 while living in the Italian Alps, where he says nature directly influenced his art.

    INSIDER spoke with Stotter about these mildly NSFW photos, which show humans in the naked form. 

    Stotter said the idea for the project started as a coincidence. He was working on another series when the model's leg reminded him of a frog's leg, so he decided to create a whole frog out of people. 

    "I knew immediately that it would be something very special," he told INSIDER. 

    Read more: 38 mind-boggling optical illusions that have stumped the internet

    The first illusion he created was the frog, which is still Stotter's favorite.


    Stotter then created a video for the illusion to demonstrate how the frog actually consists of five models covered in body paint. 

    "I always had a special relation to the frog, I felt it to be my totem, my power animal," he said. "When I had the idea of my frog illusion, which came somehow out of nowhere, it felt a bit like getting help from my power animal to bring my art and my life on a new level."

    His lengthy and detailed process continued with a wolf illusion. 


    It took three models to create this portrait. 

    The process begins with Stotter having models pose in different positions. He then sketches what he expects the final image to look like. It then takes him a whole week to paint the background. Next, Stotter body paints the animals on his models, which could take anywhere from two to 10 hours. Once the background and models are painted, he takes around 100 photos to get the perfect shot.

    "A little movement, sometimes even just a breath, can change the whole image," he explains. 

    Lastly, Stotter shoots a video of the models walking away from the constructed scene to create an element of surprise. 

    It took three hours to paint the sea turtle on this model, but four hours to shoot the video.


    This illusion is actually just one person contorted to resemble a turtle. 

    Stotter said he doesn't have a favorite part of the process but loves the "final photo of successful work," especially with the chameleon. 


    In the video, you learn it's actually two models lying on top of each other. 

    Stotter said his love for animals led him to create this series. 


    "I always loved animals," Stotter said. "As a child, I knew more animals than adults. I went to the forest and mountains to see wild animals, and I was drawing animals all the time. Today it seems to me that everything I did so far was part of the development to get where I am now."

    But there is a deeper meaning to the series than just his love for animals. 


    "There is unity between people and nature," he said, adding, "[there's a] message that things are not as they seem — an inspiration to change the perspective."

    No matter what viewers learn from the series, he is excited that it's moving people.

    "The most beautiful thing is that it makes people happy," Stotter said. "For me, that is the biggest success that an artist can reach."

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    Spanish artist Julio Anaya Cabanding has a deft hand, and he enjoys putting it to good (and unusual) use.

    Cabanding recreates famous works of art and hangs the paintings in abandoned places: inside dilapidated buildings, layered over graffiti, and so on.

    Though his recreations — of paintings by Monet, Vermeer, and others — look framed, Cabanding's detailed process is entirely two-dimensional. By layering colors and shades, he's able to create the illusion of frames. This, juxtaposed by the grittiness of abandoned environments, makes his work a feast for the eyes.

    Keep scrolling to learn more about his process, and to see some of his edgiest displays. 

    Cabanding paints adjacent to a photo of the actual painting to ensure accuracy.

    Cabanding uses acrylic paint, and often mixes his own colors to make sure his replica is on par with the original.

    First he sketches an outline, and then he fills it all in.

    He's truly a master of recreations: you can barely tell which one is real and which is a replica.

    Here, Cabanding recreates "Head of Study" by Fernando Labrada Martin. Look closely at his sketch — you can see the frame is included.

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    • Felix Semper creates sculptures from thousands of glued sheets of paper. 
    • Felix lost his housing business in 2008 and decided to change his career to become an artist.
    • His works can take months to create and sell for thousands of dollars.


    Felix Semper's viral sculptures are made entirely out of paper. They each take months to create and are made from thousands of individual sheets.

    Felix only became an artist recently, he was previously a builder and developer. In 2008 he lost his business and went bankrupt, he used this as an opportunity to change career completely.

    Felix has no formal training and creates each piece by hand. He glues each piece of paper together until he has the height he needs then begins to carve. The sculptures are carved into shape and sanded.  Each one is worth thousands of dollars.

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    Kurt Wenner

    In 1984, American artist Kurt Wenner found that when he mixed his love for classical street art with his understanding of geometrics, he produced an entirely new art form — 3D pavement art. 

    For the past 35 years, Wenner has led the 3D pavement art movement, creating incredible illusions on streets and sidewalks around the world that are making people question reality. Each piece seems to reach endlessly into the pits of the Earth when they are, in fact, only surface level. 

    INSIDER spoke with Wenner to learn more about 3D pavement art and what it takes to create one of these masterpieces. 

    Pavement art dates back to the 16th century in Europe, but Wenner put a modern twist on it by creating 3D illusions.

    In 1984, Wenner combined his classical art training and his understanding of illusions to create 3D pavement art, which is also known as anamorphic or illusionistic art. This art form makes images appear to rise from or fall into the ground. 

    He's has created masterpieces in countries all over the world, from New York City to Dubai.

    "My artistic motivation is to rediscover, transform, and share insights from the past," he wrote on his site. "I have been fortunate to be able to share my work with millions of people and hope that it will inspire artists and the public to delve into the patrimony of European Art so they can find the wealth of ideas that are so often hidden with the passage of time."

    Wenner combines classical art techniques with 3D elements.

    "I originally conceived of the art form as a way to demonstrate the process of classical drawing in front of an audience," Wenner told INSIDER. "I soon found that my new perspective geometry allowed me to revisit traditional classical themes in a fresh and original way. The geometry of the perspective space also informs the structure of classical drawing, so I achieve a special harmony by using classical themes and forms."


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    • Illustrator Tyler Feder reimagined iconic film scenes from the past century.
    • She took famously white, able-bodied, heterosexual, slim, cis-gendered characters and made them more diverse.
    • The aim was to help people see bodies that represent them.
    • Feder tackled everything from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to "The Lizzie McGuire Movie."

    Hollywood is historically not a particularly diverse place. 

    From the directors to the actors, key roles have always tended to be played by white, able-bodied, heterosexual, cis-gendered, slim people.

    With this in mind, one illustrator decided some of the most iconic movie scenes of all time should be given a makeover. 

    Chicago-based illustrator Tyler Feder, 29, has just completed a project which saw her reimagine one classic movie still for every day of the month, but with a more diverse cast.

    The project was part of a movement called Inktober, which sees artists create one ink drawing a day for the entire month.

    "One of my goals as an artist is to make my work as intersectional as possible," Feder told INSIDER. "It feels good to draw people who don't often get to see themselves represented in art and (selfishly) it's way more fun to draw lots of different identities rather than the same ones we're used to seeing.

    "In this vein, last Inktober [2017], I updated famous paintings to make them less white, straight, cis, thin, able-bodied, etc. It was a great creative challenge, and it felt fulfilling to show my audience a different view of these familiar images.

    "I wanted to do a different version of the project this year, so when my friend suggested reimagining classic movies, I was in."

    Feder hopes that her illustrations might provide an idea of what films will look like in the future. 

    "I am hoping to show a small glimpse into a world where movies actually portray the wide spectrum of identities that exist in real life," she says.

    From "Titanic" and "Dirty Dancing" to "Mean Girls" and "Harry Potter," Feder has put her spin on some of the most popular movies of the past decades. 

    "I tried to choose movie scenes that are visually iconic, with costumes or scenery that are recognizable even if the characters look different from the original actors," she explains.

    And it's safe to say the vast majority of people have expressed their delight at her creations.

    "I asked my Instagram followers to suggest their favorite movies or physical characteristics they wanted to see in my art, and I tried to include as many of their ideas as possible," she says. "It made me feel so good to see their excitement after I turned their suggestions into illustrations."

    See Feder's most popular movie illustrations below, or check out the whole collection on her Instagram account

    "Back to the Future" before...

    ...and after.

    "Dirty Dancing"

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    • David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" is poised to shatter auctionrecords on November 15.
    • It's expected to be sold at a starting point of $80 million.
    • That would make it the most expensivepainting ever sold at auction by a living artist.

    A David Hockney painting is expected to shatter auction records by more than $30 million on Thursday.

    The painting in question, "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" will be going on sale as part of Christie's Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale.

    As Business Insider previously reported, the current record for most expensive work sold by a living artist was Jeff Koons' orange "Balloon Dog," which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. (Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce site, capitalized on the sale by selling knockoff replicas of the sculpture for $500.)

    According to CNN, the 81-year-old Hockney is considered "one of the world's most popular artists." His current auction record stands at $28.5 million.

    In an email to Business Insider, Alex Rotter, Co-Chairman Post-War and Contemporary Art for Christie’s, noted that the painting "stands as one of the great masterpieces of the modern era."

    "David Hockney's brilliance as an artist is on full display with this monumental canvas, which encapsulates the essence of the idealized poolside landscape, and the tremendous complexity that exists within human relationship," he continued. "With this painting, Hockney cemented his placement within the real of history's most venerated artists," he continued.

    Read more:A nude painting just sold in New York for a record-breaking $157 million — here are the 15 most expensive paintings ever sold

    Hockney moved to California from England in 1964 and it was then, as reported by Robb Report, that he started taking great interest in the theme of swimming pools. This painting is all the more recognizable in that, Robb Report notes, it "...combines two of his most recognizable motifs — the swimming pool... and the device of the double portrait."

    The projected $80 million price tag still feels comparatively modest (keyword: comparatively) in the scheme of historic art sales worldwide. "Salvator Mundi," a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, sold for an eye-popping $450.3 million at a November 2017 Christie's auction, making it the most expensive piece of art ever sold.

    Hockney's painting, if it sells at its projected value, won't be the only record-smashing auction sale 2018 has seen. It will join the likes of a bottle of Macallan 60-year-old, which sold at auction for $1.1 million in October and destroyed the record for the most expensive whiskey ever sold.

    SEE ALSO: These are the 20 most expensive cars ever sold at auction

    READ MORE: 22 world records set at Christie's Rockefeller auction

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