- Twitter grumbles about Google Play apps about Zwarte Piet, or “Black Pete”, the blackface companion to Saint Nicholas in the Netherlands. [Twitter]
- One of the most brilliant ideas to come out of Occupy was the Rolling Jubilee, which buys people’s debt for pennies on the dollar and then destroys it. Author Chris Kraus speaks about art after Occupy with Strike Debt members Yates McKee and Thomas Gokey. [Artists Space]
- From the new book Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion , Maria Popova weeds out a particularly interesting finding. “[C]uring loneliness is as good for your health as giving up smoking.” Meditation is also medically validated. [Brainpickings]
- A new virtual reality documentary comes out specifically for Oculus Rift. Unfortunately, it’s ABOUT THE TECH GUYS who made Oculus Rift, with some panoramas thrown in. I’ll wait for the movie that’s all panoramas. [The Verge]
- Taylor Swift has been appointed the New York City Global Welcome Ambassador; so far duties include butt shots on the Hudson. [MTV News]
- Relatedly, London mayoral candidate David Lammy would like to fill the city with celebrity statues a la Turbo Sculpture. [artnet News]
- A good case for prefab houses: airy Muji hardwood boxes with large windows, high ceilings, and kits which run as little as $200,000. [Gizmodo]
- Eva Barois de Cavel, Assistant Curator at the Raw Material art center, has won ICI’s Independent Curatorial Vision Award. She only gets $4,000 for a new project, though, which is barely enough to pay the artists. [Gallerist NY]
- People are looting Morocco’s fossils. Which museums are buying them? [artnet News]
- Eva Diaz gives Prospect New Orleans a decidedly mixed review. There’s great work, but it’s buried in locations that are hard to get to and not well marked. This mirrors our own experience, which will be discussing shortly. [Art Agenda]
The New York Times just got a lot cooler, thanks to this “animated echo chamber” by Peter Burr. The image above heads up a report by Brendan Nyhan that challenges the idea that our news has become so tailored to our tastes that we wall ourselves off from dissenting opinions. He finds that news outlets tend to provide a platform for more views than an individual would assemble in, say, their twitter feed. Our info feed tends to meet more in the center.
As mentioned in our events listing this week, Burr will be lecturing at Pratt on Wednesday. Not to be missed.
We’re in New Orleans today checking out Prospect 3, so the commentary on this GIF is gonna be description. This here, is a GIF of bouncing spheres in water by Eva Papamargariti. It gets a mention because it looks like something drawn straight from Star Wars, and we like that.