Genius of the day: Cindy Sherman

… not just because you’re a genius, but also because it’s your birthday today. Who could ever work out how old you are, anyway?

Danger. Look out!

Awesome live video of one of my favourite bands, Pylon, performing their song “Danger”, when they reformed in 2007… 30 years on and they sound as amazing as ever.

Jump For My Love in Wiesbaden

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ever, Buenos Aires

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Doug Dubois

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Genius of the day: Kate Bush

We OD’ed on Kate Bush docos last night, including this one about her exhausting preparations for her one and only tour in 1979.

Edward Burtynsky, Oil Fields #22, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada

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Wayne White

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CSIRO CEO: we need science hubs

AUSTRALIA needs to develop at least five national scientific hubs, each with more than 10,000 researchers, says the CEO of the CSIRO, Megan Clark.

”Major shifts in how we do science and how we invest nationally are required if we are to remain globally relevant and attract the best and brightest to Australia,” said Dr Clark, giving the 2010 Lowy lecture in Sydney in November.

Sydney had an opportunity to develop a national precinct in ICT, and Melbourne could have a precinct in human life sciences and material sciences.

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Pop-Up Park at OpenHouse Gallery

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(protesters outside Bigger Than Jesus)

… which really wasn’t controversial enough to warrant the outrage.

Miss Piggy is Editor of French Vogue in new Muppet Movie

Cari — er, Miss Piggy at the fall 2010 Michael Kors show.

.. and there is nothing I don’t like in that sentence.

- from The Cut.

Genius of the day: Edward Burtynsky

We watched Edward Burtynsky’s film, Manufacturing Landscapes, this weekend, which combines ideas about consumption, sustainability, our impact on natural landscapes and the human cost of the rapid pace of development in China. It’s an unforgettable, affecting and visually stunning film. Here’s Burtynsky’s TED talk to give you a taste of the film – definitely worth seeking out.

"Schickimicki" pushing creatives out of East Berlin

The advent of the Schickimicki – the wealthy in-crowd – in the formerly run-down and edgy areas of East Berlin has not only been resisted but mocked. In 2009 they were satirised in a comic song translated loosely as Hey, You Beautiful Hipster, which portrayed them as gauche and phony interlopers.

With elections due in the city in the autumn, it is no longer a matter for laughter. Instead, the issue of the city's gentrification has entered the political debate as a serious issue, with both the Greens and Social Democrats offering proposals to blunt the edge of Berlin's yuppification.

- from The Guardian

Director Tom Shadyac gives fortune away, makes film about our addiction to materialism

In I Am, Shadyac embarks on a journey to talk to world figures who inspired him. He ends up interviewing a list of top scientists, religious leaders and philosophers that includes Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and leftwing historian Howard Zinn. About as far from previous hits such as Jim Carrey classics Ace Ventura and Liar, Liar, the documentary is already creating a buzz in film festivals and special screenings at colleges. He has no regrets.

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(at Edge of Elsewhere launch at 4a)

Best Rug Ever: Bouroullec Brothers for Nanimarquina

Using traditional Afghani techniques and colours to create a stunning new take on the rug.

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(I loved My Bicycle Loves You by Legs on the Wall)

Crazy physical theatre + stunning old footage + fantastic live music + excellent use of projections. Part of Sydney Festival.

Elizabeth Farrelly on Gehry’s ego-tecture in Sydney

Critiquing a building involves measuring it against three sets of criteria. First, does it fulfil its own intentions? Second, are these intentions valid? Third, does it synthesise these with the demands of structure, economy, use and context to form a single, coherent creation? Does it do the magic? This is resolution

Great buildings – like Palladio's Villa Rotonda or Mies's Berlin Gallery – tune inside and out in total harmony. Gehry's ''termite's nest'' (Greer's tag) does anything but.

If movement is his thing, he could at least move us forward to greener cultural pasture, rather than pretend Sydney needs more faux-habitable sculpture. It's not a choice between the dull box and the exuberant PR-driven sculpture. There is a third option: architecture. We deserve it.

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Chinese authorities demolish Ai Wei Wei’s studio.

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Baby by Thomas Houseago

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Bad Times by Philip Guston

The art: Philip Guston, Bad Times, 1970. The news: Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour praises White Citizens’ Councils then — then tries to backtrack. Coverage at Talking Points Memo. The source: Collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Nicolas Lampert: The Problem With Taking "Art in the Streets" Into the Museum

I would be shocked if “Art in the Streets” reaches beyond anything but a gala celebration of the genre. An ominous sign is the name of the show itself, which ideally should have been titled “Street Art in the Museum.” That name alone might have suggested a more critical exhibition, one that would take a careful look at street art and its history and ask the tough questions. For starters, what happens when a subculture gets too cozy with the brokers of mass cultural and economic power, be it street artists showing in major museums or designing products for corporations? What happens when a genre becomes represented by two polar extremes — celebrated art-world stars and taggers who are viewed as criminals and vandals?

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LA’s Broad Art Museum: ambition vs reality

Just as bad is his failure, in the view of many (myself included), to grasp the peculiar beauty of Los Angeles, its oddly hypnotic blend of flimsy houses and muscular freeways, raw nature and metropolitan grit. His urban ideal, to the degree that he has one, seems to be based on the Upper East Side of Manhattan or on central Paris — models that, however attractive, have little to do with Los Angeles’s sprawl.

Some of us saw the new museum building, which will be called the Broad Art Foundation and will occupy a site on Grand Avenue in the city’s downtown, as this 77-year-old philanthropist’s best — and perhaps last — chance at redemption. And there is something alluring about the design, by Diller Scofidio & Renfro. Its honeycomblike exterior is a smart counterpoint to the swirling forms of Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall next door. And the sequence of spaces that leads you through the building makes subtle but important nods to the city around it — not only to other, nearby cultural institutions, but also to the Latino community a few blocks to the southeast, which many of those institutions historically ignored.

- from Architecture Review: Not All Sweetness in a Honeycomb Museum

David Mitchell: Gap-year travel won’t broaden the mind – it just turns the young into fantasists

For Britain, this could be the one good outcome from the whole tuition fees betrayal. For one generation at least, our student population won’t be contaminated by a vociferous minority who think they’ve seen the world and have the beaded bracelets and ethnic ponchos to prove it. And they haven’t seen the world – they’ve seen Peru. The world’s not like Peru – not the bit that Britons tend to inhabit when they graduate. It’s more like Reading.

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