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08.14.14 Marina Galperina

Russian-born Berlin-based 26-year-old performance artist Mischa Badasyan will have sex with a different man every day for a year, starting this September. He is influenced, in part, by the writing of French philosopher Marc Auge on “non-places.” As Badasyan explained to VocaTV: He was writing about non-places in the big cities; places like supermarkets, shopping malls, airports, […]

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07.09.14 Sophie Weiner

A few weeks ago, New York-based performance artist Miao Jiaxin had posted a listing on Airbnb seeking guests to spend the night in a cage in his Bushwick studio for $1 a day. Shortly afterwards, Jiaxin’s listing was taken off Airbnb, but the project lives on. To participate, book your stay and promise that from […]

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07.01.14 Sophie Weiner

New York based artists Mike & Claire create surreal videos incorporating performance, design and digital art. Their newest work, Fried Eggs, is a bizarre take on the popularization of gender critique. There are eggs everywhere, being cooked, served, eaten and gagged on. There’s also a strong element of police brutality in the video, albeit enacted in […]

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06.27.14 Sophie Weiner

Miao Jiaxin‘s Airbnb listing describes itself as “the best cage accommodation you could ever find in New York City.” The cage, located inside a sunny studio in Bushwick with “roof access,” will be available for reservations at no cost to participants, provided they follow a set of rules. The studio will be livestreamed 24/7, but […]

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06.04.14 Marina Galperina

Artists Eva and Franco Mattes have just launched a new project crowdsourcing a massive body of performance video work. There are several online services where you can pay people to do things on camera. Some of them aren’t even erotic. And now, it’s art. For project BEFNOED, the creative duo pays webcam workers to perform specific actions. The “Balaklava Snacks” series […]

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04.28.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Brooklyn and web-based performance artist and playwright Ann Hirsch speaks candidly about Twelve, a digital media piece inspired by her cybersexual preteen relationship with an older man, which was turned into an app and censored by Apple for […]

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04.03.14 Rhett Jones

“Art is easy,” says Diego Leclery. That’s the biggest thing he’s learned in the last three weeks as a participating artist in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Sitting outside of the Whitney Museum, just under the bridge that leads to the entrance, Leclery plays the video game Civilization seven hours a day, five days a week. The […]

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02.19.14 Marina Galperina

Earlier today, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and others were brutally attacked by Cossacks in Sochi, 20 miles from the Olympic Park, while performing a Pussy Riot action. The Cossacks are part of Sochi’s internal security force, beefed up for the Olympics. Shortly after, the IOC denied violations of the Olympic Charter as it was a “local” Sochi issue […]

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01.06.14 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-based artists Mike Bailey-Gates and Claire Christerson share detailed storyboards and lists for their recent video piece The Cherub Garden, inspired by Marie Antoinette and Peter Greenaway. When we thought of this project, we were inspired by our collection […]

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12.13.13 Marina Galperina

There’s an international “Performance Art: Ethics in Action” conference going on in Moscow, for experts and artists “to converse and do research for a large-scale exhibition on the history of Russian performance” set for late 2014. It takes place at socialite/art world powerhouse Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. The history of Russian performance art is full […]

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