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Samuel Michlap (update)

When I first wrote about concept and visual development artist Samuel Michlap back in 2006, he had recently started his blog and his website was still under construction. Since then, of course, he has added a considerable volume of work to his redesigned website, and his film industry credits now include titles like The Lion […]

Irma Vep as a Space Between the Artist and Her Creation

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Artist Michelle Handelman has taken the epic 7-hour film Les Vampires about a bizarre underground criminal gang and transformed into "Irma Vep, The Last Breath," a video project that is about "living in the shadows, criminal anxiety and the relationship between the artist and her creation, both fictional and real."

The Loves Songs of Saddam Hussein

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Commissioned by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, the songs in Adel Abidin's "Three Love Songs" (2010) are transformed into sinister pop music videos that use attractive blonde women as conduits for the fallen dictator's propagand...

The Mediated Reality of Harun Farocki

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Last month, German filmmaker and artist Harun Farocki died at the age of 70. Farocki made films that were unabashedly political yet remarkably reserved.

Baudelaire, Michael Jackson, and Modernism

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

One of my favorite pieces included in Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum in Harlem earlier this year was Adam Pendleton's "Lorraine O'Grady: A Portrait" (2012).

Better Than Performance Art

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

On Wednesday, artist Jayson Musson tweeted "lol this performance art scene in She's All That is better than real performance art," and his 84 characters opened the flood gates of memory for me.

Free Patching Tool Pd (Pure Data) 0.46 Released: Native OSC, Jack

Pd: Ugly. Hugely useful. Free. The open-source, free graphical patching environment can do everything from simple MIDI tasks to building synths and effects to advanced multimedia. And because it’s free software, it’s also been adapted...Show More Summary

Taylor Swift as Microcosm for the Art World

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Do you ever feel like the art world is sort of like high school, or life at a small liberal arts college? Or maybe just a blowout party you're not actually sure you were invited to, but you decided to show up anyway?

Friday Links: Death on the Internet

2 days agoArts : Art Fag City

David Greg Harth is one of those performance artists who asks people to do one thing, involving him, repeatedly. You can buy him a hamburger. You can write about him. You can have your picture taken with him at a photo booth. This last...Show More Summary

What makes a great image? CR's Photography Annual judges share their favourite work

With the deadline for submissions to CR's Photography Annual fast approaching, we asked this year's judges what they think makes a great image and which photos have caught their attention in the past 12 months. First up is Alan Wilson, art director at AMV BBDO in London...

How Zembla might have looked

It's always fascinating to see how things might have looked if different design directions had been taken. Matt Willey recently shared a video of the dozens of alternate cover and logo designs considered for the late, lamented Zembla magazine.

New Guinness Africa ad launches 'Made of Black' tag

AMV BBDO has created a new Guinness ad for the Pan African market. Aimed squarely at a youth audience, it features a new tagline, 'Made of Black'...

New illustrators: Dan Matutina

As part of a series profiling new and newly signed illustrators, we spoke to Dan Matutina - a graphic designer and illustrator based in the Philippines.

How Sivu's Better Man Than He promo was made

Earlier this year, unsigned singer Sivu and director Adam Powell made a mesmerising video for single Better Than Me using an MRI scanner at London's St Bart's Hospital. To celebrate the single's release next month, Sivu has released a short film revealing how the promo was made...

Designing sets for Game of Thrones

In the September issue of CR, we speak to a range of people with inspiring and unusual jobs in the creative industries, from Kanye West's creative director to an animator on Guardians of the Galaxy. Here, Gemma Jackson, former production designer on HBO series Game of Thrones, outlines her experience of working on the show and offers some advice for recent graduates...

Photographs from Life in the Tombs of Cairo’s City of the Dead

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

For decades, an affordable housing shortage for Cairo, one of the largest cities in the world, has resulted in hundreds of families moving into the cemeteries. Photojournalist Tamara Abdul Hadi went into this community to document what life is like among the dead.

Return to Waterloo

Ray Davies’s “Waterloo Sunset” is one of the loveliest songs in rock. A light-handed paean to the pleasures of solitude, distance, and that spiritual equanimity the Greeks called apatheia, it turns a public form—the evergreen pop superhit—into a private, almost diaristic occasion that makes listening feel like a transgressive listening-in. Show More Summary

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