Allegories of Occupation - To celebrate May Day, New-York-based artist and illustrator Molly Crabapple released hi-res images of her recent collection, Shell Game, on Creative Commons. The project takes the form of nine 6'x4' paintings and one 3'x3' painting, all of which depict and comment upon the various crises, occupations, protests, and revolutions that happened throughout 2011. The nine large pieces are especially striking, each taking the form of a fairly traditional, though irreverent, allegory. The female figures--embodiments of Debt, Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, Hacktivism, and so on--are subject to violent disassembly, but also powerful augmentation.
Pigs, Cucumbers, and Cloacal Martial Arts - "True Facts about the Sea Pig" is the latest in an ongoing series of irreverent minidocs by zefrank about odd animals and their behaviours.
He’s Being Replaced . . . by a Human! - Director James Cunningham and a team of student animators from the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, imagine a future of robot labour that is certainly less typical than the usual "armed uprising" fare.
Roomba Art - As the review for my dissertation was being put together over at Dissertation Reviews, I was asked to find an image to head up the post. A little Googling later brought me to an amazing Flickr pool called The Roomba Art Pool.
Dissertation Reviews on Creatures of Artifice - Last week, Dissertation Reviews posted a review of my own doctoral thesis, Creatures of Artifice: Rodney Brooks and the Bioethics of Animated Machines.
Curtsy to our Fleshy, Fungal Nobility - Brooklyn-based artist Christian Rex van Minnen invokes Renaissance portraiture and still life, as well as a touch of pop art, into his "neo-grotesque" painting, where vaguely humanoid figures and carefully arranged objects disgorge tumorous masses and burgeon with fungal growths.