Massive Links: Bloomberg’s Stupid Design Contest Isn’t Fooling Anyone

by Whitney Kimball on July 10, 2012 Massive Links

  • GIF of the day, via @vinandomi [Twitter]
  • Chinese artist Chen Weiming is suing Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and its Chief of the Bureau of Civil Affairs for backing down from erecting his statue on the shore of Kinmen, a Taiwanese island five miles off the coast of mainland China. The statue is a reproduction of the Goddess of Democracy, a foam and papier-mâché sculpture built by the Tiananmen Square protestors and destroyed by the Chinese government. Mr. Chen seeks $22 million in punitive damages. [Courthouse News, via ArtINFO]
  • “[H]ow much navel-gazing can a single borough sustain?” asks Austin Considine, as another Brooklyn magazine launches. [NYT]
  • In case you missed it yesterday, Bloomberg is subjecting us all to an obnoxiously-punctuated design contest (adAPT NYC): in which proposals will be drafted for micro-apartments which violate current space minimums. These barbaric adorable singles pads will be constructed at 335 East 27th Street, averaging 275-300 square feet. [Curbed] Jonathan Allen reminds us that’s 125 square feet under the current regulations. [Reuters]
  • The  Hermitage employs 65 cat guards. Cute! [CBC]
  • The Higgs boson may be the most important scientific breakthrough since the dawn of man, but like most of what’s going on in the outside world, it’s probably not gonna make much of a dent in art. Thankfully for us outsiders, Garance Franke-Ruta explains what it is [The Atlantic], and physicist Lawrence Krauss tells us why we should care [NYT].
  • Calling art hackers: on the weekend of July 27th, the Walters Art Museum of Baltimore will be hosting a creative hackathon in which participants are given three days to use technology solve a specific challenge. $5,000 will be awarded in prizes. [Eventbrite]

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