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How an Art Exhibition in New York Led to Harassment from Chinese Authorities

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 26, 2016
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This story has all the elements of a 1990s cyberpunk thriller: hackers, foreign government agents, and multinational corporations. But this is terrifying reality in 2016. A collaboration between American and Chinese activists, artists, and programmers has resulted in FIREWALL, a pop-up internet cafe/art installation that lays bare the censored version of the internet mainland Chinese citizens have access to. When visitors search a term at one of the consoles, they see the results in both Google and state-controlled Chinese equivalent Baidu.. That gesture appears innocent enough—after all, FIREWALL merely presents the internet as curated by the Chinese state. Those very censors, however, seem pretty unhappy about it.

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Win a Private Consultation With El Museo del Barrio Curator + Two Tickets to Our Benefit

by Paddy Johnson on February 26, 2016
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Get your art seen by the best professionals in the business.

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New York Artist’s Bottle Project Drifts Onto French Shores

by Rea McNamara on February 24, 2016
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Two and half years ago, artist George Boorujy tossed a message in a bottle into Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island. Last week, that bottle was found on France’s southwestern coast—ironically enough, by a French artist.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Offers Membership Program to Artists

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 23, 2016
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art joins the ranks of institutions such as MoMA, offering a new discounted membership program for artists. Go to Philly! RUN!

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Young Professionals Can Now Pay to Live With a Brooklyn Artist

by Michael Anthony Farley on February 19, 2016
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A new housing scheme to bring young professionals to Crown Heights with shared short-term rentals has a unique amenity: an artist roommate!

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BHQF Announces MFU: Get Your Non-Degree for Free!

by Paddy Johnson on February 10, 2016
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Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU) is our kind of institution. Who else would offer, MFU, a new year-long residency touted as a “DEBT-FREE AND DEGREE-FREE” program with a name that gives the traditional MFA the middle finger. And it’s a big one at that. The program offers 24/7 access to personal studios, a teaching curriculum in which artists design their own course to teach, and public programming opportunities. It’s the definition of self-guided education that avoids the homogenized product of MFA programs, while responding to the digital age. Today, countless virtual resources are at our finger tips, yet space and time often remain illusive.

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Internet Artists Help Stuttgart’s Akademie Schloss Solitude Launch Web Residency

by Rea McNamara on February 3, 2016
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Good news for internet artists. Schlosspost, an online platform for Stuttgart’s Akademie Schloss Solitude, is planning to extend the public foundation’s international artist residency program. The extension will coincide with the launch of their own online residency program. Acting as a sort of “virtual” Akademie, Schlosspost will be awarding the residencies several times a year, offering artists a micro-grant and online promotion of their projects.

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New Artist-Run Gallery to Launch in Rockaway

by Paddy Johnson on January 29, 2016
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By now, Industry City has a reputation of consistently raising artist studio rents and quickly pushing them out. So where are these artists landing? One former Industry City artist and entrepreneur, George Leo Turner, has moved most of his life to Rockaway. He’d already purchased a home there in 2008 (a random bike ride with his wife in 2007 led them to Jacob Riis Park where they feel in love with the beaches and shorelines). This August, when the Fecund Clown Building came up for sale, he jumped. Since that time, he’s founded an Artist Run Center called New York Arbor, which will launch its first show March 18th.

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New Artist-Led Project Surveys Plight of Canadian Arts Interns

by Rea McNamara on January 27, 2016
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If an emerging arts worker wants a leg up in the art world, it’s generally acknowledged that a necessary entry point is working an internship. While some of those internships are paid, the lived reality in the Canadian culture sector is that most are unpaid. A new artist-led project is addressing this, with the aim to create a set of best practices for the future treatment of arts interns.

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Artists Use Yelp to Shame Plagiarizing Restaurant

by Rea McNamara on January 26, 2016
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Turns out Yelp isn’t only useful as a go-to website for dining destination consensus. For Kelly Mark, it’s an effective way to pressure a restaurant to remove its unauthorized copy of an artwork.

Last August, the Canadian artist served notice to the owners of Old School, a Toronto restaurant, demanding the immediate removal and destruction of a neon sign that bears a striking resemblance to her 2006 work, “I Called Shotgun Infinity When I Was Twelve”. The neon copy is exactly the same in text, layout, and color. Only the font and size of the piece differs.

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