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Goodbye Pirate Bay…Hello New Anonymous, Impossible to Shut Down BitTorrent

Goodbye Pirate Bay...Hello New Anonymous, Impossible to Shut Down BitTorrent

With the Pirate Bay raid, the internet’s most iconic piracy site is gone. But have no fear, because Delft University researchers just released the safest way to torrent yet. Tribler is an open-source, peer-to-peer decentralized — and now anonymous — BitTorrent client.

Tribler is an easy-to-use application, much like Popcorn Time, a Netflix-like BitTorrent app that can stream movies as you download them. While you can still use Torrent sites, Tribler has decentralized search, meaning no more relying on websites that can be found and shut down.

This latest version adds in an integrated Tor-like anonymity engine, with an exclusive Tribler darknet. Tribler will search and download via the anonymous darknet. You’re hidden the entire time not only from other users, but from anyone trying to peek into the network.

It’s quick to install, though you will have to let it self-test the darknet connection after starting for the first time. Once it’s up and running, just click the “Channels” tab on the sidebar to see collections of torrents your fellow users are checking out. There are channels like “The Pirate Bay – the entire collection”, “Movies 720p min quality”, and “Porn.”

Finally, now the NSA will never learn about my love for “Firm Russian Girl [540p].mp4” and “Haruhi Suzumiya S03E012.mkv”. Tribler is available for Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.

(Photo: Tribler)

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Author:Peter Yeh

Please Keep Maureen Dowd Away From Black Truffles

Please Keep Maureen Dowd Away From Black Truffles

According to science, there’s an active ingredient in black truffles similar to THC, the psychoactive compound in weed that makes it so great…or bad, if you pull a Maureen Dowd and don’t read the instructions first.

Italian researchers — of course — discovered that the fungal delicacy affects the brain in the same way cannabis does. Like other naturally occurring substances, it not only gets humans high, but also animals. The BBC reports:

The demeanour of pigs and dogs used by truffle hunters when they are close to making a find might best be described as animated. Or possibly even frantic. So what is it about the subterranean delicacies that triggers such vigorous enthusiasm in the animals trained to sniff them out?

Italian scientists may have hit on the answer. It turns out the black truffle (Tuber melanosporum) contains a “bliss molecule” similar to the substance that gives cannabis its psychoactive properties.

Mauro Maccarrone, of the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy, and colleagues have revealed the highly-prized fungi produce anandamide, a compound that triggers the release of mood-enhancing chemicals in the human brain, and does so using the same biological mechanism as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for producing the mind-bending effects of marijuana.

Apparently it’s all nature’s fault:

Maccarrone believes truffles use it to attract animals to eat their fruiting bodies, so that their spores are spread more widely and they have a better chance of reproducing.

It’s too bad these findings didn’t come out before the world’s largest truffle went to auction. It probably would have fetched even more.

(Photo: Farrukh)

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Author:Bucky Turco

Well, This is Fucking Nuts: Team America: World Police Pulled From Screenings Amid Sony Hack

Well, This is Fucking Nuts: Team America: World Police Pulled From Screenings Amid Sony Hack

This has officially spiraled out of control: Not only is Sony trembling in fear after a bunch of hackers directed vague threats to theaters screening The Interview, but now Paramount Pictures has also canceled a showing of one the movies meant to take its place, Team America: World Police.

Like The Interview, Team America: World Police is a comedy in which Americans go after a North Korean dictator with the intention of killing him. Unlike The Interview, no one hacked a major corporation and sent dumb emails to executives threatening 9-11 level chaos that made them pee in their plush office chairs back in 2004. That’s why Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, Texas, and other theaters figured it was the perfect film to promote right now:

Due to to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today.

— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 18, 2014

Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW

— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014

Breaking Plaza news : Team America World Police pulled from all theatres as per Paramount Pictures .

— Plaza Atlanta (@PlazaAtlanta) December 18, 2014

Personally, I need to process this with an episode of South Park.

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Dick Cheney Said Torture Is Bad For America … Back In 1992

Dick Cheney Said Torture Is Bad For America ... Back In 1992

Since the release of the CIA Torture Report, critics of the policies have mostly made one of two arguments: “Torture is a despicable practice that is not only illegal under international law but also something that shouldn’t be considered by civilized society after millions of years of evolution, what are you a monster?!???!?” and/or “Torture makes America look bad and degrades our position in the world.”

Dick Cheney has decidedly been on the side of “torture the fuck out of them,” since he was an unprecedentedly powerful vice president. But way back in 1992, he agreed with internal deliberations that torture was a bad look and harmful to American interests.

When it was discovered that intelligence training manuals being distributed to U.S. trainees in Latin America contained torture instructions, the news reached Cheney, who was the then Defense Secretary.

The memo to Cheney made the same arguments about the image torture portrays to the world that critics are making today. Cheney ordered those instructions to be removed from the manuals and beneath his signature, left a two word note: “I concur.”

Cheney will probably say something like, “9/11, NINE/11, NEIN NEIN NEIN!!!,” when he’s asked about his change of heart but who cares, he’s been lying to the press constantly and shouldn’t be taken seriously anyway.

(Photo: Wikimedia)

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Author:Rhett Jones

What Does Our New Relationship With Cuba Mean For Che T-Shirts?: Original Designer Weighs In

What Does Our New Relationship With Cuba Mean For Che T-Shirts?: Original Designer Weighs In

Now that the U.S. and Cuba have started the process of normalizing political relations, lovers of mojitos and cigars are rejoicing, and politicians are debating — but the question on everyone’s mind is: What kind of effect will this monumental event have on the industry of manufacturing merchandise emblazoned with the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara’s image?

The famous photo of Che looking into the distance is one of the most bootlegged and reproduced in the world. Graffiti artists paint it, protesters put it on signs and it can be found in college dorm rooms right beside the Scarface and Salvador Dali posters.

Known as Guerillero Heroico, the original photograph was taken by Alberto Korda in 1960. Later, in 1967, the Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick altered the photo into a stark poster design that is now available on practically anything you want to buy.

ANIMAL spoke with John Trigiani, owner of The Che Store to see how he thought the renewed relationship between Cuba and the U.S. might effect Che merchandise. Trigiani had this to say:

“I’m not sure at this point. Anytime in the past that Che would come up in culture it has increased sales, if there was a movie or a book released, a little bit … People will probably learn more about him as they visit Cuba and the culture and history becomes better known, which could be good for sales.”

Trigiani added that for his business, which is located in Canada, it might hurt if someone in the U.S. started competing with him. But for the time being, The Che Store holds the image license for all of North America from the Alberto Korda family.

When asked if he thinks that Che’s cache as a rebellious figure might be harmed now that the United States isn’t at odds with the Cuban government, he says:

“Anytime I see images of revolution around the world on the news, I see Che’s image … so it’ll probably continue to be an image of revolution.”

The original designer of the graphic image, Jim Fitzpatrick, had no direct comment on the business surrounding Che. In an email to ANIMAL, Fitzpatrick sent a single word, “Venceremos!” Which means “we will overcome”, or “we will win” in Spanish. Moments later he followed up with a p.s.:

Now let peace break out. God bless and protect your President from the nut cases.

The struggle continues.

(Photo: Wikimedia, eBay)

 

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Author:Rhett Jones

Smart Crew’s Jeffrey Gamblero Tribute In Brooklyn Is So Massive, You Can See It From Manhattan

Smart Crew's Jeffrey Gamblero Tribute In Brooklyn Is So Massive, You Can See It From Manhattan

Graffiti collective Smart Crew lost one of its dearest members this week with the passing of Jeffrey KORN Gamblero — also known as the Nets super fan — so the group painted a dedication piece to him at the very edge of India Street in Greenpoint. It took about eight hours to complete.

The letters spelling out his name and the iconic eyes from his “K” character are so big that they’re visible over half a mile away from Manhattan’s FDR Drive.

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(Photos: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Bucky Turco

Theater Replacing The Interview With Different Movie About Killing North Korean Dictator

Theater Replacing The Interview With Different Movie About Killing North Korean Dictator

Threats from North Korea prompted Sony to not just pull comedy The Interview from theaters ahead of its premiere Thursday night, but also to cancel all current release plans against the film, and now pretty much everyone is pissed that the terrorists succeeded in getting what they wanted.

The Interview stars James Franco and Seth Rogen and centers around a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un. One Texas theater is taking a stand against the North Korea hackers…by playing another comedy about killing a North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-Un’s father, Kim Jong-Il. The movie, of course, is Team America: World Police, the 2004 animated satire written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

FOR THE RECORD: We were still going to show #TheInterviewMovie

— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014

…but now we'll be showing TEAM AMERICA in it's place…for FREE(DOM). Because AMERICA, F YEAH. http://t.co/7A7p6ApIIE pic.twitter.com/U3EEqQU1Px

— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014

The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Richardson, Texas, will be playing it on Dec. 27th at 7 pm.

Meanwhile, publicity for the by-all-counts mediocre movie is at an all-time high. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before someone leaks the full movie and every American watches it. America, fuck yeah!

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Author:Prachi Gupta

Poll: New Yorkers Disagree With Eric Garner Grand Jury…And Protests Against Eric Garner Grand Jury

Poll: New Yorkers Disagree With Eric Garner Grand Jury...And Protests Against Eric Garner Grand Jury

According to a recent Quinnipiac University Poll, New Yorkers are a funny bunch. While 67% of New York City voters agree that the grand jury fucked up the Eric Garner case, 57% of those same voters aren’t cool with demonstrators protesting that bad decision in the streets. Only 34% think blocking traffic is okay.

Some of the other poll results:

Most New Yorkers, 64%, said they wanted to see the federal government bring civil rights charges against Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who placed Mr. Garner in an apparent chokehold during an arrest last July. Mr Garner died in the hospital later that day. And 29% of New York City voters said they didn’t approve of the federal government bringing charges in the case.

The poll found support for New York Police Commissioner William Bratton declined. His job approval rating fell to 44% from 47% in November. His disapproval rating rose from 35% in November to 39% this month.

The takeaway: Injustice sucks, but getting stuck in traffic is too inconvenient to justify people exercising their First Amendment rights.

(Photo: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Bucky Turco

NYPD Is Canceling Its Holiday Parties Because Of The Protests

NYPD Is Canceling Its Holiday Parties Because Of The Protests

NYPD precincts across the city are canceling their holiday parties amid the ongoing protests for Eric Garner, reports DNAinfo. The decision is one of practicality: officers pay for holiday parties themselves, and many are worried that they’ll have to skip the parties to work, patrolling the streets during a demonstration. So far, two thirds of the city’s precincts have canceled festive events.

The parties sound pretty nice:

All the precincts celebrate differently. Midtown South typically has a banquet-style affair, while the 9th Precinct was planning to hold its holiday party at the Scholastic building in SoHo this year, sources said.

Some get even ritzier: The 6th Precinct was planning to celebrate at upscale event space Capitale on the Bowery, sources said.

Many of the parties have open bars.

However, don’t feel too bad for the cops. They’re making a ton of money working overtime and many of them will push the celebrations off to January.

(Photo: *Bitch Cakes*)

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Author:Prachi Gupta

L Train May Get Avenue A Entrance Among Other Improvements

L Train May Get Avenue A Entrance Among Other Improvements

The MTA is exploring the possibility of putting in an entrance at Avenue A for the L train as part of a proposed $300 million dollar plan to improve the overcrowded subway line.

According to a press release from the MTA, the L train “runs from Manhattan to the Canarsie section of Brooklyn through neighborhoods that have seen the largest increases in population in New York City,” and the proposed improvements would add “a 10% increase in service, which could carry 2,200 additional customers per hour.” Those estimates are based on the addition of three power substations that would allow for two additional trains per hour.

Anyone who’s been on the L Train at rush hour knows that Bedford Avenue is the real bottleneck. Indeed, that area “has been rezoned to allow for almost 10,000 new residential units” — but don’t expect that area to get much better, because “ridership is expected to continue to rise.” The best case scenario: the status quo will keep pace with growth.

As for the Avenue A entrance, it “would serve 60% of the station’s ridership, thus eliminating a 500-foot walk (from First Avenue to Avenue A) for 31,000 weekday customers.”

Partial funding for the improvements has been included in the MTA’s 2015-2019 capital program, but the transit service has always figured out a way to squander funds.

(Photo: Bitchcakes)

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Author:Rhett Jones

Today’s Pigeon

Today's Pigeon

Gottfried, Bed Stuy. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Bucky Turco

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