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Welcome To “Hamaswood”
07.24.2009
11:18 am
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Side where you will when it comes to Israel vs. Palestine, but I do think it’s an encouraging sign that, content aside (and for many of us, I know, that’s a big aside), Hamas is launching their own, home-grown film studio in Gaza.  Why encouraging?  Film-making is a slow, arduous process!  I know we’d all rather have Mahmoud al-Zahar polishing his latest screenplay and fretting about distribution costs than plotting coups and ordering missile strikes.  In fact, I’m sure I’ve got an old copy of Story around here, somewhere.  If any of you have an address for Mr. Zahar, I’d happily mail it to him!

Via Foreign Policy: Welcome to Hamaswood

In today’s NYT: Hamas Shifts From Rockets to Culture War

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.24.2009
11:18 am
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Alan Moore: 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom
07.24.2009
12:51 am
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Spotted at Nerd Prom today: an advance edition of 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom, a hardcover non-fiction book by comic author Alan Moore, copiously laid out with photos and illustrations. As it was announced (just now, apparently):

With each new technological advance, pornography has proliferated and degraded in quality. Today, porn is everywhere, but where is it art? 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom surveys the history of pornography and argues that the success and vibrancy of a society relates to its permissiveness in sexual matters.

This history of erotic art brings together some of the most provocative illustrations ever published, showcasing the evolution of pornography over diverse cultures from prehistoric to modern times. Beginning with the Venus of Willendorf, created between 24,000-22,000 bce, and book-ended by contemporary photography, it also contains a timeline covering major erotic works in several cultures. 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom ably captures the ancient and insuppressible creative drive of the sexual spirit, making this book a treatise on erotic art.

Moore says:

Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust.

The book is out in October.

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.24.2009
12:51 am
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Time Applauds Artists, Self
07.23.2009
11:13 pm
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This week, Time magazine designates the top 10 guerrilla artists deemed “hip” enough to make it into Time magazine.  Along with the usual suspects —Fairey, Banksy—they do some hat-tipping to lesser known forebears like Xavier Prou, and Simon Rodia, whose Watts Towers have been celebrated by everyone from Charles Mingus to Andy Warhol.

Time Magazine’s Top 10 Guerrilla Artists

Via The World’s Best Ever

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.23.2009
11:13 pm
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555 KUBIK: How it Would be, if a House Was Dreaming
07.23.2009
08:36 pm
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Mind-blowing 3-D projection on German building created by UrbanScreen:

The conception of this project consistently derives from its underlying architecture - the theoretic conception and visual pattern of the Hamburg Kunsthalle. The Basic idea of narration was to dissolve and break through the strict architecture of O. M. Ungers “Galerie der Gegenwart”. Resultant permeabilty of the solid facade uncovers different interpretations of conception, geometry and aesthetics expressed through graphics and movement. A situation of reflexivity evolves - describing the constitution and spacious perception of this location by means of the building itself.

UrbanScreen

(via feingut)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.23.2009
08:36 pm
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Jo Hamilton: Crochet Portraits
07.23.2009
07:01 pm
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Portland artist, Jo Hamilton, creates these really cool and funky crochet portraits from photographs:

Originally trained in drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, Jo Hamilton discovered crochet ten years later and assimilated it into her practice.

In the series ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.23.2009
07:01 pm
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Charles Bukowski Los Angeles Tour (Hollywood and Western)
07.23.2009
06:53 pm
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I love Los Angeles, I am an Angeleano by choice and forever shall it be. I’ve lived in New York, London and Amsterdam but Los Angeles is my favorite city by far. It’s great here!

I am also a big fan of the writings of Charles Bukowski. The city of Los Angeles is practically a character itself in all his books. As unique as Bukowski was, of course, he was very much an “LA character.” It’s hard to imagine him existing anywhere else. This video, one of 52 shorts made by Barbet Schroeder in 1985 as part of “The Bukowski Tapes” sees Buk taking the camera on a tour of his favorite dive haunts in the section of town near Hollywood and Western.

Approximately ten years after this was shot, I myself lived on this particular corner for a period of about two months (don’t ask!) and although it had been cleaned up quite a bit since 1985, it was still pretty horrific. The first night I spent in the hotel where I was staying, a man was shot and killed outside my window. On another occasion I had to sleep in the bathtub because a shot had been fired right outside my room. I figured I’d be safe from stray bullets in the iron tub. The corner had an all night hot dog stand (seen in video) beside a porn store that was also open 24/7. Tranny hookers that were over six feet tall and didn’t pass strolled the area.

It was, as one friend of mine put it, like an early Funkadelic album cover had come to life. Take a look for yourself:


Via The Rumpus

Thank you Michael Kurcfeld!

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.23.2009
06:53 pm
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Alex Kovas: Freaky Manimal Model
07.23.2009
12:00 pm
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Alex Kovas (born 1977) is a Russian-British male model in the fitness and fashion industries.   He gained notoriety within the furry fandom after a number of videos featuring Kovas were posted to his YouTube account; the videos depict Kovas posing in a combination of body paint and animal masks.

It’s a little creepy folks!  Do what you will with this:

Humanimal is collaboration between amazingly talented body painter Kirsten Bentley and professional model and actor Alex Kovas. Combining detailed body painting with the use of prosthetics, Humanimal can create a variety of visually stunning animals, for your event using, contact lenses, body paint and ingenious prosthetics to complete the illusion. Humanimal can turn Alex Kovas into a jaguar, panther, lion or any other big cat you could imagine, as well as a range of dogs and even a zebra. All these animals are amazing recreations of the orginal, created with astounding attention detail. humanimal have even recieved praise from a big cat game keeper at a safari park reception they performed at. He commented that the markings displayed by Humanimal`s big cat were as close to the real thing as they could possibly be.

Alex has modelled for a Diesel billboard campaign and has starred in commercials for both Nike and Adidas. He has also performed in Calvin Harris?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.23.2009
12:00 pm
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Radovan Karadzic?
07.23.2009
11:30 am
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imageYes, THAT Radovan Karadzic, the Serbian politician, poet and accused genocider!

In a tale that will surely go down in the annals of WTF? as one of the weirdest “Where are they now?” stories of all time, Rodavan Karadzic—well we know where he is now, he’s awaiting trial at The Hague—grew a beard and took the alias of Dr. Dragan David Dabi?тİ. Under this name he operated a website offering to treat sexual disorders using what he called Human Quantum Energy. He gave talks on his theories to hundreds of people.

This story is super tweaked:

At the time of his arrest, Dragan Dabi?тİ was fast becoming a minor celebrity in Belgrade. He had his own column in a national magazine. He was a rising star in a Connecticut-based vitamin company. And he was collaborating with a well-known sexologist on a novel form of sperm-rejuvenation therapy.

So after Karadzic was hustled off to The Hague last July to stand trial for war crimes, some knotty questions lingered. I made e-mail contact with Tesanovic, whose antiwar writings became popular in the late ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.23.2009
11:30 am
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The ESPN Porn Scam by Douglas Rushkoff
07.23.2009
10:50 am
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Our friend Douglas Rushkoff has written about the ESPN video virus from an interesting perspective over at Tina Brown’s Daily Beast this morning:

But the Andrews video has also fueled the spread of highly toxic computer viruses, and quite probably financial thievery and terrorism, by hackers who know the real law of the Internet: The closer an Internet user is to a set of videotaped breasts, the more likely he (and 99% of those who fall into this trap are male) will be to click on whatever he’s told to.

Porn has become our enemies’ ultimate control mechanism, turning a nation of late-night Internet horndogs into an unconscious army of cyberterrorists. Talk about sleeper cells.

Nice turn of phrase there, Douglas!

The ESPN Porn Scam by Douglas Rushkoff

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.23.2009
10:50 am
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WE DEMAND…MULTIPLE NETWORK OWNERSHIP!
07.23.2009
10:21 am
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If the parliamentarians in South Korea get this riled up over media reform, I’m left to wonder what a Battle Royale over universal healthcare might look like on our own Senate floor.  I got my eye on you, Baucus.  You look like a podium crasher!

Debate Ends With Massive Brawl in South Korean Parliament

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.23.2009
10:21 am
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