Why, And How, Did A Liverpool Biennial Artwork Documenting The Deaths Of Thousands Of Refugees Disappear?

What the … “On Wednesday, August 1, the Liverpool Biennial announced that their installation of The List was anonymously removed by unauthorized persons unaffiliated with the arts festival. The city council also affirmed that nobody employed by the municipality was thought to have pilfered the long list of the dead. On Twitter, the biennial is […]

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No More Free Sundays At Colosseum, Uffizi, Etc., Says Italy’s New Government

“The new culture minister of Italy’s populist coalition government, Alberto Bonisoli, has [announced] that a monthly free-entry initiative at the country’s museums and monuments is coming to an end. Since July 2014, more than 480 state-run cultural sites, including Pompeii, the Uffizi and the Colosseum, have been free to visit on the first Sunday of […]

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Paris Gets Its First Digital Art Museum, And It’s Très Trippy

At L’Atelier des Lumières, “artists’ works are transformed as images of their paintings are projected (using 140 laser video projectors) on to (and across) 10-metre-high walls over the vast 3,300 square metre surface area of the renovated 19th-century building. These images provide an immersive and panoramic show throughout the space, to a sound track of […]

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Rome’s Subway Expansion Keeps Digging Up Ancient Treasures

“The presence of ancient artifacts underground is a daunting challenge for urban developers. For archaeologists, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime. ‘I think it’s the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to me, professionally speaking,’ says Simona Morretta, the state archaeologist in charge of the Amba Aradam site. ‘Because you never get the chance in a […]

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1,000-Year-Old City Walls Of Kano, Nigeria ‘May Not Survive The Rainy Season’

“The historic walls are under threat as never before from a combination of an exploding population that has put pressure on land and housing, as well as local politics. … Houses and commercial buildings have sprung up on [some] demolished sections or been turned into dumping grounds for rubbish, litter and sewage from the ever […]

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Sophie Calle And The Ethics Of Using Unwitting Subjects To Make Art

“Since the 1970s, Calle has repeatedly invited us to question whether artists should be held to the same standards as other people. In viewing her work, we must ask whether invading someone’s privacy or betraying their trust is an acceptable emotional cost to art.” Natasha Bell looks at some of Calle’s most famous projects, similar […]

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