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10.24.14 Prachi Gupta

What if you could transform a single subway performance into a city-wide orchestra? That’s what producer Anita Anthonj and director Chris Shimojima succeeded in doing in their short film Signal Strength (embedded above), which used Wi-Fi to connect performers across nine different stops in New York City. On a sunny September morning, 11 performers were […]

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06.18.14 Marina Galperina

MSHR’s stage is one giant musical instrument, a sculpture made of mirrors and fluorescent plastic. It’s laser-cut into latices of glyphs connected by wires, with plates curving into square, kaleidoscope shapes and lasers cutting through the fog. Their other instruments are custom-built from analog synthesizers, optical sensors, oscillators, light bulbs, microphones and seashells. As they perform, moving […]

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02.18.14 Marina Galperina

A few hours ago, Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina were walking down the street in Sochi when they were detained by the police for alleged hotel theft. Along with several activists and journalists who recently arrived to the Winter Olympics site, they were roughly shoved into vans. “We are not resisting arrest; they […]

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10.21.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, London artist Leslie Kulesh talks about building the set for her performance Auto Italia LIVE: Double Dip Concession at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The idea was to create a set on the floor that would look like […]

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09.23.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, Irish artist Saoirse Wall talks about her video performance piece Den Perfekte Saoirse (The Perfect Saoirse), twerking and appropriating Jorgen Leth. A recurring theme in my work seems to be my fixation with and my pride in my own failures. […]

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03.27.13 Marina Galperina

So, tell me more about Estonia’s punk metal scene. I mean, just watched meaty men in athletic wrestling uniforms get dangled by one foot each over the Eurovision-esque stage while playing hardcore riffs on balalaikas as two drummers strapped into their vertical rotating drumsets were spinning and spinning and spinning. The gentleman sprouting a wolf-man mane out of his face? […]

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03.05.13 Eugene Reznik

Artist Abby Portner, who designed the album art for Animal Collective‘s latest Centipede Hz (and who is the sister of co-bandleader Avey Tare), has been the self-dubbed “visual person” for the band since the early 2000s, designing multilayered tour visuals that turn live music into a unified multisensory experience. In collaboration with Creators Project, they’ve […]

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08.31.11 Marina Galperina

Turns out the cops were not fans of Andy Golub painting on naked models in the middle of Times Square yesterday. Zoe West, 21, dropped dropped the g-string after all. Gasp! The model was arrested, clad only in neon body paint. Apparently, the cops weren’t informed that according to the New York State law, public […]

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09.09.10 Marina Galperina

As far as I can tell, BioNihil and his minions are a merry bunch of Belorussian madmen based in Germany and their art actions bleed a lot. Recently, BioNihil smoked a bong cocktail of his blood, hair and nails and the public’s spit in a performance dubbed DNA to the People. […]

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02.18.10 Marina Galperina

  Despite the fact that most of that Animal Collective droning bores my brain into staticky soup, their upcoming ‘psychedelic’ art show at the Guggenheim might be worth an ogle. A three hour site-specific arty shin-ding promises something about city noises, “music, projections, costumes and props.” Premiering at the celebration of the museum’s 50th b-day, […]

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