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What can a house be? A cinema for a film series. A card-making workshop. A record listening station. An observatory where you can watch the clouds.

Something wonderful is happening inside abandoned houses in Indianapolis’ Near Eastside: neighbors and artists are reclaiming the vacant structures and converting them into spaces for local arts and culture.

The House Life Project was conceived by local artist Meredith Brickell. Looking around at the vacant properties in her neighborhood, she wondered: “If these are going to be empty for another ten years, maybe more, what can we do as a community in the meantime?” 

Working hand-in-hand with residents, the House Life Project breathes new, life into these once-neglected spaces. Learn more and support the project here.

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I’ve been fighting all week, though I don’t know what for, June 21 2016.

Galaxy of Emptiness - Beth Orton

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Street Artist: Pejac

Pejac (featured previously 1, 2) is a Spanish artist whose street art combines elements of surrealism, fantasy with the minimalist style. Most of his works are his street murals, which cleverly incorporate the surrounding architectural features into the compositions. He is also an accomplished painter and illustrator on more traditional surfaces like canvas. Some of his street art is also site-specific, playing with its surroundings. via



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posted by Margaret

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Isaac Cordal’s “Urban Inertia” at C.O.A. Gallery.

Spanish artist Isaac Cordal (Previously on Supersonic) has a solo exhibition currently on view at C.O.A. Gallery in Montreal, Canada entitled “Urban Inertia.”

Urban Inertia” highlights Isaac’s well known public installations as well as his gallery pieces.  His tiny resin sculptures of men all wearing suits are often found in precarious, doom ridden situations.  Cordal explains them as a metaphors for all humanity, that we all face bizarre and inexplicable situations every day.  Isaac spent three weeks installing pieces inside the gallery as well as around the city of Montreal in various cracks and puddles.

Urban Inertia” is only on view for one more week (sorry I haven’t posted about this until now!) until November 28th, 2015.  You can see many more of Isaac’s work from the show below:

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Amanda Palmer
New York Public Library


Fifth Avenue
New York, New York

August 20, 2015

(See more of my photos from this show here on Flickr)

Here are some of my photos from Amanda’s performance as a living statue in front of the New York Public Library to raise awareness of children’s literacy and to collect donated books in a children’s book drive.

I live-tweeted the event for Amanda on twitter, and I’m stoked to see a quick photo I took on my iPhone announcing the event’s start get so many retweets and favorites:

IT’S HAPPENING @NYPL {@HayleyFiasco for AFP} pic.twitter.com/2R5IgNkSqL

— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer)

August 20, 2015



Soon Amanda will share video of the performance, and soon I will share some my photos that I took backstage, but until then, enjoy these shots from the event.

It was a beautiful performance, and as always, I’m honored to have experienced it, witnessed it and have been part of it.

PERFORMANCE ART SUCCESS selfie with @amandapalmer

A photo posted by Hayley Rosenblum (@hayleyfiasco) on Aug 20, 2015 at 4:20pm PDT

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A Milan, Italy based street artist known only as Biancoshock has been garnering some attention in the past few days for his curious new series of miniature rooms set within his local city streets. Underneath manhole covers and openings in the pavement, he has built elaborate and even luxurious interiors titled “Borderlife”, a series while surreal and evoking images of Alice’s tumbling rabbit-hole, takes its inspiration from a very real and serious issue.

See more on Hi-Fructose.

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#wearehere

On 1 July 2016, 1,400 volunteers took part in a national memorial to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. ‘We’re here because we’re here’ saw soldiers in First World War uniform appear unexpectedly in locations across the UK. Commissioned by 14-18 NOW, conceived and created by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre and 27 other organisations including Lyric Theatre Belfast, Manchester Royal Exchange, National Theatre of Scotland and National Theatre Wales.

The soldiers congregated without ceremony in public places up and down the country. Like ghosts, the soldiers remained silent throughout the day and when approached simply handed out a white card displaying the name, rank, battalion and regiment of a real soldier who had died at the Somme on July 1 2016.  All the volunteers carried the details of a different soldier.  

19,240 British soliders were killed on the first day alone of the Battle of the Somme.

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With the start of another September comes the legendary Zundert Flower Parade or Corso Zundert (previously featured here), when the streets of Zundert, Netherlands are filled with spectacular floats made of thousands of vibrant dahlias.

Started in 1936, the parade celebrates the region’s reputation as a global supplier of dahlia flowers, an area now covering 33 hectares (81 acres) of 600,000 dahlia bulbs in fifty different species. The first Corso Zundert parades were modest in size featuring horse-drawn carts or bicycles covered in flowers, but the event has since grown dramatically. The floats now merge more ambitious aspects of contemporary/urban art with traditional parade floats as part of a friendly annual competition.

Zundert is the birthplace of Vincent van Gogh and this year’s 19 parade floats were inspired by imagery, motifs, and colors from his paintings. Our favorite float from this year’s parade is this awesome hedgehog made of pencils:

Head over to BN DeStem to check out many more photos from this year’s dazzling Corso Zundert.

[via Colossal]

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If you spend a lot of time on social media, you might have noticed some Americans have confused Labor Day with Memorial Day or even Veterans Day. Today is not about honoring veterans or the military dead, it is strictly about celebrating workers and the labor movement. I actually received a few texts yesterday and today hoping I have a great Memorial Day weekend. A bunch of dead union organizers are rolling over in their graves right about now. Anyway, let’s remember all the workers who fought for the eight-hour day and national minumum wage/overtime pay or against child labor. They live on in murals across the country. I know some of you out there do not have the world’s greatest jobs (hey, Millennials I’m talking to you!) but if you find your job somewhat tolerable, then you have these people to thank.

(Image Source 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)