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04.20.15 Prachi Gupta

For years, the Soul Glo Project was a regular production at Upright Citizens Brigade, championed by longtime improvisor Keisha Zollar. However, the next few shows will be in Harlem, where Zollar hopes to foster an indie improv scene similar to those in parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Lower Manhattan. “I’m trying to develop the comedy […]

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03.11.15 Prachi Gupta

White teens are way more into alcohol, tobacco and weed than black and Latino teens. But as white kids enter adulthood, their usage drops, while teens of color increase usage, according to new research from Penn State: At 18.5 years old, 44 percent of whites surveyed smoked cigarettes, 27 percent of Hispanics did and 18 […]

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01.02.15 Rhett Jones

While a masculine voice is often believed to contain authority and is proven to be desirable in leaders, it may not be the best characteristic for a lawyer. A research team has conducted a recent study of lawyers voices and it has concluded that an attorney who is perceived to have a very masculine voice is less likely […]

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10.13.14 Marina Galperina

In real life, Nemo’s dad “would have to start behaving as a female just a few hours after Nemo’s mom was eaten by a barracuda.” That’s because his species clownfish (of the genus Amphiprion) are protandrious hermaphrodites, modulating their gender as required to sustain their adult breeding pairs. Practical! This is just one of the many things […]

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07.01.14 Sophie Weiner

The Museum of Art and Design’s biennial show NYC Makers, opening tomorrow, includes a recently conducted study showing that “New York’s art world” is twice as white as the city’s population. With the recent protests against the lack of diversity at the Whitey Biennial and causal racism by attendees at the Kara Walker exhibit, this study […]

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03.14.14 Marina Galperina

“The art world is still a boys’ club,” artist Mollie McKinley told ANIMAL. Before a nude performer bent herself over Z Behl’s giant-horned sculpture and the crowd flooded in, we crashed the instal of this year’s massive Brucennial group show in the Meatpacking Disctrict. Soon, the lines would stretch around the block in the freezing cold and the GoPro we taped to the […]

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01.22.14 Andy Cush

With the intent of giving people the experience of living in another’s body, the Machine to Be Another project uses Oculus Rift to approximate another person’s perspective. In the above video, entitled “Gender Swap,” two pairs of people — one man, one woman each — wear the perspective-switching headsets and mimic each others physical movements, […]

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11.11.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, New York artist Andrea Crespo talks about Cyborg Polka and how essentialized identities of gender play out in consumer electronics and “synthesized pop-icon characters like Hatsune Miku or servile personal assistants like Siri.” The idea originated from my encounter with Donna Haraway’s […]

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07.08.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, net artist Emilie Gervais traces the creation of her “Gendered HTML Collection” w-h-a-t-e-v-e-r.net, even though most of her production is deleted after its “processed” or “mutated into something else.”  My sketchbook is my internet connection =^.^= Most of my notes […]

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10.25.11 Marina Galperina

Prune Nourry — the artist behind NYC’s eugenics-awareness public installation SpermBar and the prenatal buffet — has completed the next series of her ongoing Holy Daughters project. Addressing Asia’s trend of aborting pregnancies after the fetus is diagnosed with the female gender (apparently, a malady in some parts of the world), Nourry continues to remix […]

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