Holographic activists marched through the streets of Madrid recently in protest of a new law aimed at preventing Spanish citizens from demonstrating against Congress. “Our protest with holograms is ironic,” explained Carlos Escano, a spokesperson for an organization of 100 groups named No Somos Delito (We Are Not Crime). “With the restrictions we’re suffering on our freedoms of association and peaceful assembly, the last options that will be left to use in the end will be to protest through our holograms.”
- “I think of race as the most successful advertising campaign of all time.” In his new “Unbranded” series, Hank Willis Thomas looks at how white women have been depicted in advertising, stripping out all commercial language from 101 ads from the past 100 years.
- Creative Time’s staging of Tania Bruguera‘s performance work Tatlin’s Whisper #6 in Times Square last Monday was about “testing the boundaries of freedom of speech,” says curator Nato Thompson. Participating were artists Hans Haacke, Pablo Helguera, and Dread Scott.
- “You can’t choose your culture, it sort of chooses you.” The Innovator’s Dilemma, Simon Denny’s show at MoMA PS1 examines the sociocultural implications of technological change, reflecting on the way corporations consciously design devices meant to alter our understanding of the world.
- The late Martin Wong is well known for his paintings of New York, but his current exhibition at the Wattis Institute focuses on his roots in the counterculture of early-70s California, particularly on his stint with the queer performance group Angels of Light.
- Decades ago, LACMA’s Space Sculpture was removed to make way for the expansion of the Anderson Building for Modern Art, but it never came back. Now, the long-lost sculpture seems to have turned up at a Mercedes-Benz factory near Stuttgart, Germany.
- “We try to be different from the kind of political art that is angry and points to something and says ‘This is bad,’” say the Guerrilla Girls. Art in Action, a new exhibition of their work, reveals startlingly familiar statistics on gender inequality in the art world.
- Designers from around the world are contributing to the Noun Project–a new online database that collects and catalogues icons for nearly every noun out there. “Building this visual dictionary would be a universal resource for people around the world to use.”