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02.03.14 Marina Galperina

This morning, ANIMAL staff collectively deliberated whether an artist’s self-portrait was appropriate for a lead image. Presumably, we overestimated the general public’s tolerance for side-boob. We’re still following up on our story about a Chicago curator’s alleged “found art” exhibit of an “anonymous” artist, who we instantly recognized and proved to be the very non-anonymous […]

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09.20.13 Marina Galperina

Have you heard of Rospotrebnadzor? We haven’t, until 30 minutes ago, when Anatoli Ulyanov of art site Looo.ch told ANIMAL that Rospotrebnadzor — Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare — has blocked their site and added it into the Registry of Forbidden Sites. This means that every ISP in Russia is blocking Looo.ch from their customers. […]

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09.18.13 Marina Galperina

Ten years ago, Brian Joseph Davis launched his first online project 10 Banned Albums Burned Then Played. He collected records that were banned — The Beatles, Mahler, Stravinsky, Prince, Dead Kennedys — then burned and warped them, played them on a record player and composited them into alchemic, rhythmic noise tracks. Their “texture” was physical texture — bumps, […]

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08.29.13 Marina Galperina

Russian news organization Russia Today has recently been banned from the popular Reddit forum r/news for allegedly spamming and manipulating upvotes on the thread, subsequently promoting its own stories as not only factual, but popular on the site as well. Doesn’t that sound just a little bit like propaganda to you? However, fans of the news organization have equated this […]

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08.23.11 Marina Galperina

This work is “extremist!” The Russian courts have taken one more morally misguided step towards letting the zealots criminalize heresy by banning this Mickey Mouse as Jesus Christ mid-Sermon on the Mount art from exhibitions, newspapers, magazines and television, lest the ruling is appealed. Russia’s regressive criminal code’s Article 282 — outlawing “hate speech” in […]

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08.15.11 Marina Galperina

As if shutting down a “sacrilegious” exhibit of Catholic-themed dildo art and a Mickey Mouse-eared Jesus Christ wasn’t enough, the Philippine authorities let enraged Christians conduct an “exorcism” in the gallery. […]

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07.05.11 Marina Galperina

Following the arrest of a teenage “laser hooligan” who caused an eye injury to a pilot flying over the city of Grozny in Chechnya, President Ramzan Kadyrov has outlawed the sale of laser pointers. […]

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04.28.11 Marina Galperina

An Istanbul council wants a William S. Burroughs’s 1961 novel banned for “vulgarity,” “slang,” “a fragmented narrative,” “attitudes permissive to crime,” myths and “hurting people’s moral feelings.” Bill, you immortal badass. […]

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10.18.10 Marina Galperina

Strictly No Photography aggregates all those photos you’re not supposed to see, from Indian dam trespassers to Berlin airports’ negligee girl trotters to Banksy at work. See the Sistine Chapel, Slovenian caves, highway suicides and bloody births in spite of Chinese soldiers, Minnesota cops and countless “no photo” signs. Grow on, little network, grow on. […]

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Marina Galperina

Pop rapper Kanye West says his “beautiful dark twisted fantasy” of sipping beer with a nipply phoenix-thing à la George Condo hoisted over his thigh was banned. But did ‘Ye jump the gun with his Twitter outrage? The LA Times says sort of. An anon industry source told them the label would back the art, […]

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