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Rem Koolhaas: “Architecture Has A Serious Problem Today”

At the 2016 AIA convention, the legendary architect gave the profession an honest appraisal of its failures.<p>Rem Koolhaas, the Pritzker Prize-winning Dutch architect, theorist, and provocateur, spoke with Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in the closing keynote for the …

How Instagram Is Changing the Art World

The app has made me more successful than ever, but at the expense of my art.<p>Recently on Instagram I got a direct message from a friend in New York, a reputable photographer. He said, "You're a cult figure on the internet these days," then to make it really hurt, he added: "And I say that with zero …

Five Essential Books on Art History

Hannah Rothschild, the writer, filmmaker and chair of London’s National Gallery’s Board of Trustees, on the best books to begin, or continue, an art history education<p>Hannah Rothschild, the chair of London’s National Gallery’s Board of Trustees who recently picked up a shortlist nod for the Baileys …

Art

Leonardo DiCaprio Keeps Up the Fight to Save the World's Wild Tigers – and Gets the First Good News About the Species in a Century

Now that’s wild.<p>Leonardo DiCaprio has been standing firm in his commitment to help preserve the world’s wildlife and endangered species. And now, the …

This war is for America’s soul: Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and how wealthy white elites protect themselves

<b>Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders (AP/Reuters/John Minchillo/Chuck Burton/Steve Marcus)</b><p>It’s the elites vs the people in this presidential campaign, and nothing less than democracy is at stake<p>Heather Cox Richardson<p>April 5, 2016 4:22pm (UTC)<p>Today’s political crisis is the latest phase of a …

The bleak and charming cyberpunk art of Josan Gonzalez

Gonzalez says that he started out with a style that was more painterly, and only more recently adopted the <i>ligne claire</i> — clear line — style he’s become known for, a look that was pioneered by Belgian artist Hergé on <i>Tintin</i>. Gonzalez’s list of influences includes the usual suspects: like defining …

Bernie Sanders As A Democratic Capitalist

Not surprisingly, there is no more important issue to me than the economy. Not only are there obvious benefits to growth in terms of material comforts, but it is also conducive to the creation of a society in which people are tolerant, generous, and cooperative. When folks struggle, they are prone …

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Black Holes

“World’s biggest bribe scandal”: Report on oil corruption exposes how corporations help destabilize Middle East

<b>An Iraqi Oil Field (Reuters/Azad Lashkari)</b><p>Leaked docs show how the shadowy company Unaoil bribes Middle Eastern regimes for oil contracts for multinationals<p>Ben Norton<p>March 30, 2016 8:21pm (UTC)<p>Unaoil is the most important company you've never heard of. It is at the heart of an enormous …

The secret life of a tattooist: my art has become part of narcissistic, selfie-obsessed modern culture | Anonymous

I fell in love with tattoos when they were exciting. Now studios have sprung up on every high street, they have lost their outsider status<p>From an early age I was always fascinated by tattoos. I came from a family where no one was tattooed, and to see a heavily tattooed person at the beach or …

Philosophers are using science and data points to test theories of morality

Philosophy is no longer a field conducted entirely from the comfort of an armchair. Over the past decade, this notoriously abstract discipline has developed a branch of “experimental philosophy” that conducts its own scientific studies.<p>Though such work continues to face resistance from conventional …

Philosophy

South China Sea: Taiwan enters power struggle

<b>Taiping island, South China Sea (CNN) —</b> Taiwan claims to have continuously occupied this postage stamp-sized island in the azure waters of the South China Sea for 60 years.<p>But it wasn't until this week, that the government invited journalists to see the tiny place firsthand.<p>Also known as Itu Aba, …

Celebrate All Things Kawaii With This Electrifying Japanese Commercial

An exuberant ad invites you to revel in kawaii culture—and it’s all to sell soup.<p>“Absolutely anything that’s tiny is endearing,” wrote 10th-century Japanese author Sei Shōnagon in her definition of the term "kawaii." This concept of innocent cuteness has become a huge part of pop culture in Japan, …

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The East India Company: The original corporate raiders | William Dalrymple

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant<p>One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford …

India

Photographer Gets Lost in the Beauty of Tokyo’s Neon Streets at Night

Liam Wong injects a unique cyberpunk flavour into his images, casting a light upon the dark corners and back alleys that twist throughout Tokyo. His photographs manage to precisely capture the dynamism of the bustling city lit by bright neon signs and artificial lights, making one question the …

Cyberpunk

The arrow of time

In T.H. White’s fantasy novel <i>The Once and Future King</i>, Merlyn the magician suffers from a rare and incurable condition: He experiences time in …

Paintings within Paintings Hit Disorienting New Show '#metadata'

“Information about the information." You might as well call Ryan McGinness' new show 'Artception.'<p>Paintings within paintings hung within a studio within a studio when I visited Ryan McGinness's workspace before his new show, <i>#metadata</i>, shipped to its resting place at Los Angeles' Kohn Gallery. …

Anita Brookner’s subversive message – the courage of the single life deserves respect | Christina Patterson

Society celebrates marriage and families, but staying unattached can be the braver choice<p>When I first read Hotel du Lac, I thought it was a portrait of a miserable life. Dowdy middle-aged woman goes on holiday by a lake and faces up to a future without love. Why not, I thought, just go the whole …

Middle Age

Vienna is cited as the world’s most livable city. Most exciting? Not so much.

<b>Leon Trotsky found Vienna</b> to be a most livable city. For the Marxist revolutionary and sworn enemy of the bourgeois, the stylish, imperial Habsburgcapital was way more livable than, say, czarist St. Petersburg or some godforsaken city on the Black Sea. From 1907 until Austria-Hungary disastrously …

The Irish Novel That’s So Good People Were Scared to Translate It

In 1948, the Irish-language writer Máirtín Ó Cadhain received the kind of rejection letter a novelist might dream of getting. He had submitted his foul-mouthed first novel, “Cré na Cille” (“Churchyard Clay”), to his publisher, only to see it denied on the ground that it was too “Joycean.” This …

Literature

The New Fiction of Solitude

For an influential group of writers, the purpose of novels is to bear witness to the spectacle of aloneness.<p>This past September in Des Moines, President Obama conducted an unusual conversation with the novelist Marilynne Robinson. The transcript, published in <i>The New York Review of Books</i>, touched on …

Dead Slow Ahead is a transcendent sci-fi documentary that must be experienced

<i>Dead Slow Ahead</i> is not about zombies, but it is about slow-moving things. There are slow films that seem to position themselves as endurance tests to their audiences, but <i>Dead Slow Ahead</i>'s pace has more in common with Slow TV; it becomes an ecstatic, almost physiological experience once you've …

Conflict photographer: Corinne Dufka's humanitarian resolve

A fighter with Charles Taylor’s NPFL faction executes a prisoner captured during a frontline battle. The man pleaded for his life but was then stripped naked and shot.<p>Humanitarian resolve<p>It was through social work that Corinne Dufka first picked up a camera, documenting human-rights abuses during …

5. The Chase (1946)

Arthur Ripley'€™s dark, expressionistic film noir tells the tale of war veteran Chuck Scott, suffering from terrifying dreams caused by …

This App Brings Personalized Augmented Reality Fashion to Your Phone

Design studio N O R M A L S made an app that allows you to wear your Tweets.<p><i>Don an Augmented Reality Outfit at the Ace Hotel</i>

Ask Ethan: Could Our Universe Be A Hologram?

Holograms are some of the most interesting “flat” objects humans can create. By encoding a fully three-dimensional set of information onto a two-dimensional surface, holograms change their appearance accordingly as you change your perspective. Well, many extensions to our current understanding of …

The beginning of the end: Google’s AI has beaten a top human player at the complex game of Go

I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but we have entered the beginning of the end for the human race as we know it.<p>Earlier today, AlphaGo, an artificially intelligent algorithm developed by Google’s DeepMind subsidiary, categorically beat Lee Sedol, one of the best players of the Chinese board …

Artificial Intelligence

Substance-Free Psychedelics | High Art

Fluidly paintings of mushrooms and melting women mark the surreal work of Lauren Young Smith.<p>The connection between the influence of an outside substance and the creation of hallucinatory art is an easy one to pass off with assumption. Realistically, we're all wired differently, and some, like …