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Michael Jang

Photograph: Michael Jang

  • “If there was ever an academic space that combined a Woodstock party sensibility with the clever pragmatism of an indelible business magnate, it was the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s.” But how can we learn more about this time? Portrait photographer Michael Jang has one answer. He’s been releasing the photos he took as a student during that time on Instagram. So cool. [Nerve, Instagram]
  • Summer sure was short lived. We’re already back to talking about record breaking auctions. This week, 26 artists in the Phillips’ “Under the Influence” broke auction records. [Artnews]
  • The most feminist moments in sci-fi history. [The Cut]
  • The Getty Foundation has announced the first awardees of their Keeping it Modern program, which provides support to conserve modernist architecture. [Hyperallergic]
  • Jackson Pollock’s former home in the West Village is available for purchase at a mere $1.25 million. [Artnet]
  • The Times has released their Fall Art Preview in the form of a new interactive feature. A few ridiculous art pick in here—the mind numbing exhibition David Bowie Is, for example at the MCA but overall it gives one a good sense of what’s going on across the country. [The New York Times]
  • Looking at novelty cameras and fun back in 2000, Steven Stern writes, “Even though most of these cameras are analogue, low-tech devices, the model here would seem to be the Internet – these pictures are not exhibited so much as posted. They don’t end up in a photo album, on a shelf, or in a frame in a gallery, but in some real-life equivalent of virtual space. Like the personal website, the wall of Lomographs and the teenager’s bedroom filled with i-Zone stickers function as open records of the everyday, celebrations of the unexceptional. Not the special ‘Kodak moments’ of conventional photography, but non-events made visible. Disappointing perhaps, but fun.” [Frieze]
  • Net Art Pizza precedents (extreme nerd alert). [Rhizome Today and Tom Moody]
  • ‘nuf said.

    Four words to strike fear into the heart of man

    — Ben Street (@thebenstreet) September 19, 2014


Author:Paddy Johnson

Another GIF Show: Fruit-Tickling, and Wrath


The GIF shows just keep coming. Along with “Wallpapers” and “GIF Free For All”, we now can thank “The Limited Collection” for 33 new GIFS. Organized by the London/Berlin-based La Scatola Gallery, curators Rozsa Zita Farkas and Valentina Fois are rolling out one GIF a day, through the end of the month, on tumblr. The “limited” refers to the fact that come October, the GIFs will be taken down and archived in a limited edition version to be sold by the gallery. As Tom Moody (a participating artist) points out on his blog, “The GIFs will continue to circulate on the internet and elsewhere, depending on whim and circumstance, thus avoiding the public relations gaffe of ‘taking the GIF offline so the collector can have it locally’ (which one institution attempted a while back).” Good. It doesn’t answer the question of whether collector audiences have a sterilizing effect on the medium, though; Paddy Johnson suspects that art fair trends are seeping into the GIF world already.

Anyway, “The Limited Collection” has been running since the end of August, so naturally, this provides us with the basis for another awards ceremony!

This time, highlights are selected for upholding the special weirdness that’s native to the art form. Above, you’ll see Viktor Timofeev’s “Synergeticka”, virtual reality gloves with little hands that come out of the fingertips. As you can see, they seem to be designed for the sole purpose of tickling an orange. I personally find this horrifying.


And then there’s Lawrence Lek’s “Shiva’s Folly”, presumably named for the Hindu god of great benevolence and destruction. I am no expert on Hinduism, so I defer to the wiki description: “At the highest level Shiva is limitless, transcendent, unchanging and formless”. I prefer to think of it as the moment in Ghostbusters when Gozer demands: “Choose the form of The Destructor!”


Author:Whitney Kimball

#NYFF52, Stray Dog: A Vietnam Vet Biker Doc Humanizing The Scars Of War In Middle America

#NYFF52, Stray Dog: A Vietnam Vet Biker Doc Humanizing The Scars Of War In Middle America

ANIMAL will be bringing you continuing coverage from The New York Film Festival, which runs at Sep 26 – Oct 12 at Film Society of Lincoln Center. Stray Dog plays Thursday, October 2nd at 7:30pm and Friday, October 3rd at 6:15pm. 

Ron “Stray Dog” Hall can’t forgive himself for cutting off the ears of another human being and wearing them on a chain around his neck “for nothing.” He tells his “shrink” that if he forgives himself, he will dishonor those he’s hurt. In another scene, Stray Dog explains to his Mexican wife that yes, U.S. is at war in Afghanistan and only “rich old men” start wars. He tells her that once a young person faces combat, he is never the same.

It takes Oscar-nominated filmmaker Debra Granik to show what is in the haunted heart of a man like this — an RV park manager in southern Missouri, tattooed with the American flag, his biker vest garlanded with medals.

The documentary follows Stray Dog as he takes part in memorial events across the state. He leads a motorcycle convoy of veterans through middle America. The speeches given at these events mourn the dead and preach honor, pride and valor — concepts eternally twisted into jingoistic rhetoric and leading to so many misguided military conflicts, the Vietnam War included, but here, they mean something. We can’t even talk about this without sounding jaded, and most of us have never had to see combat or ever will. Stray Dog has seen (and been) the worst, and now lives only to heal. He has nightmares at night. He sobs in his sleep. He laughs and smiles and takes care of his dogs. He practices his Spanish with a computer program. He drinks moonshine. He talks plainly and directly. He tells his grandkid to go to college, but a few scenes/months later, she’s got a kid and she’s not going to go to college. But he tries, all the time.

Beautifully shot and edited with all the flow of a feature fictional film, Stray Dog feels truer than our own judgements. It catches a particular sort of tenderness, sitting in on long-distance video conversations between “Ronnie” and his “heart” Alicia in Mexico. It flickers by the campfire when a look between Alicia’s nineteen-year-old twins expresses in a second the realization that they’re not in Mexico City anymore, they’re in a trailer park, they’re disappointed, but somehow, it’s ok. It ends with Stray Dog talking sweetly to a bee.

Stray Dog is an essential highlight of the NYFF documentary program. It vibrantly encompasses the themes of middle American poverty, immigration, the changing times, the unchanging tragedies, the complex feelings of loss, disorientation, mourning, confusion, anger and finally, some sort of redemption. At least, an ongoing journey to redemption that never, ever stops.

CHEAT SHEET: If you don’t manage to get tickets to the NYFF and you need to talk about it in conversation, here’s what to say:

– “That part where one of the twins is trying to explain where they live now and can’t find the Spanish word for it… Is it parque de autocaravanas?
– “Debra Granik should make more documentaries.”

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Author:Marina Galperina

Scientists Discover Brain’s “Disappointment Pathway”

Scientists Discover Brain's "Disappointment Pathway"

Scientists are getting closer to nailing down which portion of the brain makes people with mood disorders more sensitive to negative life events. The breakthrough comes after experiments at UC San Diego which demonstrate new links between certain neurotransmitters and emotions like disappointment. In studies on rodents, scientists discovered that neurons above the thalamus were producing “both a common excitatory neurotransmitter, glutamate, and its opposite, the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA.” This is rare — there are only two other known parts of the brain which produce both excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters. Steven Shabel explains:

Our study is one of the first to rigorously document that inhibition can co-exist with excitation in a brain pathway. In our case, that pathway is believed to signal disappointment.

The part of the brain that produces these neurotransmitters, known as the LHb, has been shown to be more active in experiments with monkeys who are promised a treat and don’t get it.

Depression has been linked with hyperactivity of the LHb. The brains of depressed rodents do not generate as much GABA in this region, causing disappointment to become more pronounced. When the rodents were given anti-depressants, their GABA increased. This research helps us understand in a quantifiable way how anti-depressants chemically alter the brain to relieve symptoms.

“We may now have a precise neurochemical explanation for why antidepressants make some people more resilient to negative experience,” Shabel said. This could lead to much better drugs for treating mood disorders in the future. (Photo: @mollyig)

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Author:Sophie Weiner

Parting Shot

Parting Shot

KLOPS, Long Island City. (Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Aymann Ismail

This Is the Right Way To Ride Your Bike In NYC

This Is the Right Way To Ride Your Bike In NYC

While this video of a cyclist riding fearlessly through the streets might upset the city’s older, stuffier demographic, the rest of you will likely appreciate the dexterity and skill it takes to maneuver a bike like this.

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Author:Bucky Turco

Christie’s Selling “Shitty” Gannett Art By Barry McGee

Christie's Selling "Shitty" Gannett Art By Barry McGee

Artist Barry McGee has been working his way up through the art world so it comes as no surprise that a drawing of his is on sale at Christie’s. The drawing features a bottle label on which a man poops out the letter “G” to begin the word Gannett, below which is written “Bottled Shit.” Gannett is a media holdings company which owns USA Today and others, which McGee portrays as corrupt and oppressive in the text below.

“Hey! Gannett gives a shit,” his inscription reads. “Hi, we’re Gannett money mongers and as you know, these damn tagbangers have been taking from you, and us, our lovely, honest advertisement posters.” It goes on to accuse Gannett of promoting ads that degrade women and encourage addiction to alcohol and tobacco.

Christie’s estimates that the piece will sell for $8,000-$12,000. Trollolol. (Image: Christie’s)

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Author:Sophie Weiner

Is This NYC’s Most Ghetto ATM Machine?

Is This NYC's Most Ghetto ATM Machine?

In low income areas all across the city, there are ATM machines that will dispense a minimum of $10. But $5? Apparently, yes. At the “43 Street Deli & Grocery” on 10th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen — not exactly considered a poor neighborhood — there is an ATM machine that allows users to take out a fiver. That’s assuming you can afford the $1.50 fee. (Photo: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork)

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Author:Bucky Turco

Rich People Sleep More, Poor People Barely Sleep At All

Rich People Sleep More, Poor People Barely Sleep At All

For all the media’s coverage of tech people who work 100 hours a week and high-powered executives who brag about working 24/7, it’s pretty overblown. It should come as no surprise that poor people actually get much less sleep on average than those in higher income brackets.

Working multiple jobs, irregular schedules and lack of personal transportation are only a few of the factors to blame for the sleep deprivation among the poor. According to a new Gallup poll, “about half of people in households making less than $30,000 sleep six or fewer hours per night, while only a third of those making $75,000 or more do.”

In one study, researchers had mice imitate the schedules of shift workers: The rodents’ brain cells began dying off after just days, and the loss was permanent. A later study on 147 adult humans found that the sleep deprived among them had actively shrinking brains. This suggests that no amount of “catch up” sleep can ever reverse the effects of sleep loss on the body.

The situation is bleak for those who can’t get enough sleep. Not only are their brains and bodies at risk of illness and injury, if they do have a car, they’re much more likely to get in an accident that could kill them or others. “Drowsy driving” kills as many or more people than drunk driving does.

Working two jobs — often both as full time — is not a choice, but a necessity for those making minimum wage. Working 40 hours a week for minimum wage brings in $1,386 a month, “less than half of the current median average rent in Brooklyn.” And when you’re toiling 80 hours a week, without the luxury of a driver, a cook, a cleaner, a nanny or any of the other privileges of the rich, there is precious little time for rest. (Photo: Nisarg Lakhmani)

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Author:Sophie Weiner

Have A Good Weekend: BHQFU, Dirty Movies And Nick Cave

Have A Good Weekend: BHQFU, Dirty Movies And Nick Cave

Here are some art, film, music and other things happening in NYC so you can Have a Good Weekend. Drop your suggestions in the comments or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

FRIDAY 65° LOW 57°

In theaters: Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem (see it at IFC Center) and the Nick Cave pseudo-documentary 20,000 Days on Earth (see it at Film Forum.)

NYC Climate Convergence, kick off to a weekend of climate protests. (4pm, $20 donation, Manhattan)

A Life In Dirty Movies at Anthology Film Archives, a love story about legendary sexploitation director Joe Sarno, “the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street,” and his wife and collaborator Peggy. Director Wiktor ricsson and Peggy Steffans Sarno in person. (7pm, $10, Manhattan)

Les Bonhommes, So Cow, Shark?, Shorts at Death By Audio. (8pm, $8, Brooklyn)

Wu Tang Clan, The Diplomats, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Curren$y, Lil Kim, Dom Kennedy at Barclay’s Center. (8pm, $40, Brooklyn)

Open mic at BHQFU. (8pm, free, Manhattan)

Drunk Dad, Honduran, Heavy Medical, Law$uits at The Gutter. (9pm, $7, Brooklyn)

Cibo Matto, Nels Cline at the McKittrick Hotel. (10pm, $25, Manhattan)

Reptilian Reprisal 2014 at Palisades, with DJ Vague, Max McFerren, Weird Magic and others. (11:55pm, $8, Brooklyn)

Heavenly Creatures at Nitehawk. (12am, $12, Brooklyn)

Superchick at Spectacle. (12am, $5, Brooklyn)


Youth Convergence at the People’s Climate March. (9:30am, free, Manhattan)

Troll Museum 14th Anniversary Art Show at The LES Troll Museum. (12pm, free, Manhattan)

Landlady, Those Darlins, Heat, more at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. (6pm, free, Brooklyn)

The Personal Experience of Surveillance at Silent Barn. “A series of storytelling panel discussions across New York City that aims to build a shared understanding of the personal impact of surveillance across different kinds of everyday familiar people,” with Ryan Devereaux, Adam Harvey and others. (7pm, free, Brooklyn)

The Gooch Palms, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, New England Patriots, Mr. Transylvania at Death By Audio. (8pm, $8, Brooklyn)

A Boy And His Dog at Spectacle. (10pm, $5, Brooklyn)

Ghe20 Gothik: Apocalypse featuring Venus X, MikeQ, UNIIQUE, and Crysto Martyr at Santos Party House. Includes a voguing battle with $250 prize. (11pm, TBA, Manhattan)

SUNDAY 82° LOW 63°

People’s Climate March, the largest climate march in history. (11:30am, free, Manhattan)

The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show at Silent Barn, with Maldivian Ex-President Mohamed Nasheed with a film about missing journalist Ahmed Rilwan, music, food and more. (3pm, $5-$10 sliding scale, Brooklyn)

Marnie Stern, Cayetana, Crazy Pills, Motion Studies at Brooklyn Flea, 50 Kent Ave. (3pm, free, Brooklyn)

Why?, Dessa at le poisson rouge. (8pm, $20, Manhattan)

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Cassie Ramone, Free Time, Liam Betson at Glasslands. (8:30pm, $10, Brooklyn)

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