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Artist Uses Gay Men’s Blood to Protest a Discriminatory FDA Policy

“Blood Mirror” was created using blood supplied by men who would much rather the FDA accept their donations, instead.

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Since the early 80s, the Food and Drug Administration, citing fears of HIV infection, has effectively banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood. It’s a policy that has, for decades now, been blasted as being both discriminatory and unnecessary. Since 2006, even organizations like the American Red Cross, and other blood-donation service providers, have begun characterizing the policy as scientifically unnecessary and outdated. Recently, even the FDA itself has considered revising their ban to allow for donations from gays and bisexual men, providing the donor has been celibate for 12 months.

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Is This What the Future of Creating Masterpieces Looks Like?

The only thing missing is a 3D printer at the end.

Here’s an interesting take on the age-old art of sculpting: using an Oculus Rift and handheld 3D inputs to make it happen. Check out the real life view 58 seconds in.

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Town Says “No” To Statue Of Swedish Woman Who Smacked A Nazi With Her Purse, But…

The #tantentillVäxjö movement has seen handbags popping up on statues across Europe as a sign of support.

It was the smack seen ‘round the world.

It’s 1985. Danuta Danielsson, the Polish-Swedish daughter of a Holocaust survivor, steps out into the street during a Neo-Nazi march in the Swedish town of Växjö, and swings her purse directly into the head of a passing skinhead. Photographer Hans Runesson is nearby, and captures the moment in a picture he unambiguously titles “Kvinnan med handväskan” (“A Woman Hitting a Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag”). The image goes viral and Danielsson becomes something of a folk hero as a result.

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How Weather Inspired My Creative Intervention for a Johannesburg Bus Stop

How one artist tried to create the visual effect of a ‘wet bus stop’ in Johannesburg by hanging straight stripes of white and blue barrier tape.

I was born in South Africa and I lived in the U.K. for several years, and in both places I couldn’t escape noticing the weather and its impact on my daily life. Since I returned home earlier this year, I’ve been amazed by how powerful a much-missed blue sky can be.

As an artist, I play with my immediate environment and question familiar things we often take for granted. Recently for a project, I had an idea: I wanted to create the visual effect of a "wet bus stop" in sunny Johannesburg by hanging straight stripes of white and blue barrier tape on the inside of a bus stop. To me, the tape looked like rain drops. So when installed, the bus stop—supposed to protect us from the elements—would look like it was raining from the inside.

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Venice Biennale in Pictures: The Most Important Contemporary Art Today

Over the weekend the 55th Venice Art Bienniale—the largest and most important international showcase for contemporary art—opened to the public.

Over the weekend the 55th Venice Art Biennale, the largest and most important international showcase for contemporary art, opened to the public. Sculpture, drawing, installation, performance, and video were all on view—challenging and expanding our notions of what art is and continues to be.

With more than 150 artists from 37 countries, and 88 National Participations in venues throughout the city, a range of topics were explored visually: everyday life in Iraq; the war zone in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; cloning as it relates to exploration. There were also calls to look inward, with the main exhibition wondering: "What room is left for inner images in an era besieged by external ones?" And South Korea's Kimsooja asked viewers to tap into their own bodies and breath—an interesting exercise to do among a crowd of art viewers, which included curious members of the clergy.

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This 20-Foot Balloon Dinosaur Will Blow Your Mind

Artist Larry Moss and his team at Airigami have made a 20-food dinosaur air balloon for the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

When I was a kid if I saw a 20-foot-balloon animal my head might have exploded with excitement. Back then clowns, magicians and dads at birthday parties had cornered the market on creating these bubbly creatures. But today, as artist Larry Moss and his team at Airigami have demonstrated with their 20-foot dinosaur air balloon made for the Virginia Museum of Natural History, this clever craft is evolving.

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