- “Babies Going Through Tunnels in Cars” is like the vortex sequence from 2001 Space Odyssey but with babies. [YouTube via Metafilter]
- Please, don’t drive with your cat on your dashboard. [Imgur]
- Hauser & Wirth now represents the Mike Kelley Foundation. [Los Angeles Times]
- Whoa. In response to the Charlie Hebdo, Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ” was removed from the AP’s image archives. Serrano discusses the original outcry over “Piss Christ”; he continues to advocate for freedom of expression. [Creative Time Reports]
- Scams are everywhere on the Internet. Now they’ve inspired several new art commissions. Arjun Srivatsa discusses third-party pop-up ads, like MacKeeper, in “Human Inside,” a curatorial essay with commissions by himself, LaTurbo Avedon, Eltons Kūns, and Giselle Zatonyl. [Rhizome]
- Poetweet will craft your tweets into a poem of the sonnet, rondel, or indriso variety. It’s a new site, so don’t expect it to work perfectly 100 percent of the time. [Poetweet via @mfortki]
- In the world of art law, a new bi-coastal firm, Spencer Kerr LLP, has opened offices for “international clients with business and investments in art.” For a spicy take on art law, see our “Two Experts” interview between Franklin Boyd and Sarah Conley Odenkirk. [Business Wire]
- And if you’re interested in the book Conley Odenkirk’s book “A Surprisingly Interesting Book About Contracts” discussed in the interview, you can buy it here. Only seven left! [Amazon]
- Betting on the Super Bowl Is now an American tradition amongst museums. This year the Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute will bet art loans on the winner of this weekend’s Super Bowl. This tradition was established by Tyler Green in 2010. [Art Daily]
- On the past and future of teledildonics. (You know, electronic sex toys.) [VICE]
- AFC friend/furniture designer/past contributor Katie Stout is on Ellen’s Design Challenge! We’d probably watch anyway, but go Katie. [YouTube]
- Emoji portraits of Miley Cyrus and other celebrities by Yung Jake. [Miley Cyrus on FB, via Marina Galperina and CNET]
- “While searching through the White House art loan records for the Nixon administration yesterday…” begins a typical Greg.org post. I love this. He notes that hundreds of the White House’s artworks went missing during the Nixon Administration. Were they on that helicopter?? The artworks were eventually returned, but again, we now know that Nixon could have smuggled hundreds of artworks on his fucking helicopter. Records show that works were borrowed from the Smithsonian specifically for helicopter display, according to Greg Allen’s research. [greg.org]
A big news day for GIFs: Image-hosting site Imgur has released a video-to-GIF tool, and the GIF search engine Giphy announced raising $17 million in new funding. What do these two tech stories have in common? GIFs are being touted as the next wave in mobile-media consumption. Today, GIFs officially go corporate.
“I do believe that there is cosmic synchronicity that we don’t understand,” Rachel Mason told me on a chilly night in her Long Island City studio. Eight years ago, she began researching an eighty-year-old newspaper story for her new opera “The Lives of Hamilton Fish”– the making of which, alone, is a long story.
It’s that time of year when all the artists who inhabit the Internet descend upon Berlin for the art and tech festival Transmediale. We wish we were there for the talks, workshops, screenings—and for Abrupt Diplomat, Lorna Mills’s solo exhibition at the Canadian Embassy. Rosa Menkman is on site, though, and has transcribed parts of the opening night conversation between Mills and Kristoffer Gansing, the artistic director of Transmediale. Mills knows her GIF history, and offers a simple reflection on its recent rise. Read on for an excerpt.
Another classic complaint from Jonathan Jones.