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Got Balls? Scrotum-Nailing Performance Artist Pavlensky Does

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2013 | (17:02)

Who's afraid of Petr Pavlensky? (YouTube)

No one's proved the axiom "desperate times call for desperate measures" more accurately than Russian performance artist and political activist Petr Pavlensky. Last week, a stark-naked Pavlensky hammered a huge nail through...

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'Short Term 12' Director on Why It's Worth Getting Punched in the Face by a Troubled Teen

(0) Comments | Posted 12 November 2013 | (11:53)


Can one person really make a difference? Destin Cretton, writer and director of Short Term 12 - which swept up the Grand Jury and Audience Award at this year's SXSW Festival - thinks so. With bittersweet humor, Cretton's Short...

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Barbican's New 'Pop Art' Show Is Way More Than Just Popular

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (12:36)

Evelyne Axell, Ice Cream (1964)

Forget everything you thought you knew about Pop Art. Thanks to curator Mattias Schwartz-Claus's outstanding vision, the Barbican's latest Pop Art Design show presents a fresh take on a movement spanning the 50s to 70s--the...

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On and by Luc Tuymans: Why Painting Still Matters

(0) Comments | Posted 24 October 2013 | (22:36)


Luc Tuymans is not shy about admitting that he is easily one of the most influential figurative painters working today. His work - which often deals with heavy historical subjects like the Holocaust and postcolonial guilt - resists easy interpretation. So...

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Breaking "Good": My First Psychedelic Drug Conference

(0) Comments | Posted 15 October 2013 | (17:06)


If the popular rise of drugs in mainstream culture is any indication of the times - just think how many viewers caught the finale of Breaking Bad - perhaps we need to especially reconsider the use of psychedelic drugs.

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Sophie Fiennes Directs Zizek in New 'Pervert's Guide'

(0) Comments | Posted 3 October 2013 | (19:55)


It's a well-known fact that most cinematic sequels are bound to disappoint - but thankfully, this is not the case with director Sophie Fiennes's and rock-philosopher Slavoj Zizek's latest collaboration, The Pervert's Guide to Ideology. At turns provocative,...

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Sally Hawkins on Surviving 'Blue Jasmine'

(1) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (01:00)


Some things never change, especially regarding sisterhood. Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's latest cinematic masterpiece, could just as easily have been entitled Blue Ginger, due to actress Sally Hawkins's understated yet outstanding performance as Cate Blanchett's (Jasmine's)...

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Any Day Now: Gay Rights & Alan Cumming in Glittery Drag

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2013 | (13:20)


With a whopping eleven Audience Award wins under his belt - including one from this year's Tribeca Film Festival - Any Day Now's director and co-writer Travis Fine is more than willing to admit that he's created a "crowd-pleaser." But more importantly,...

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'Frances Ha' Paints Rather Inaccurate Portrait of Brooklyn Hipster Scene

(2) Comments | Posted 23 July 2013 | (13:43)


Though I remember taking a quantum physics class in high school, I'm still not entirely certain which dimension of reality Noah Baumbach's indie film Frances Ha takes place in. All I know is, after living in New York City for several years,...

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Youthquakes in Brazil Nothing New: Tropicalia Director Explains

(0) Comments | Posted 1 July 2013 | (17:50)


Student riots and revolution repeat themselves. So what made the Brazilian art movement Tropicalia unique? What exactly is Tropicalism?, a TV host asks Caeteno Veloso--Brazil's answer to Jimi Hendrix--at the start of Marcel Machado's new documentary. To be honest, the...

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How My First UK Festival Followed the Classic Five Steps of Grief

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2013 | (21:27)


Despite the false promise of "a day of sunshine fuelled electronic sounds in central Shoreditch," FOUND Festival ravers' spirits refused to be dampened by London's schizo-storms. In fact, my first festival foray of the summer pretty faithfully followed Kubler-Ross' famous...

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Do Girls Like Beyonce Really Rule the World? A Reaction to Cavalli's Fashion Sketch

(0) Comments | Posted 19 June 2013 | (14:03)


I couldn't help myself: shortly after all the outrage over Cavalli's scarily skinny fashion sketch of Queen Bey--feted for her bootylicious beauty--I checked out his Facebook fan page and started to skim some of the comments. Despite considering myself a 21st century...

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