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Carnegie Mellon Student Shreds Self-Loathing in 'Queer' Performance Art Piece: VIDEO

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Will Taylor, a Carnegie Mellon freshman and budding performance artist, staged "I'll spell it out for you", a visual reaction to the self-loathing experienced by LGBT teens.

Writes Taylor:

"Three days ago, Ellen Page bravely came out to the world through an incredibly powerful speech. Her inspiring and impactful words reminded me of several important issues that I hadn't mustered the courage to express. One of these issues involves the self-hatred that's commonly found amongst LGBT youth. Having grown up in a conservative region, I am incredibly fortunate to have learned to accept myself, as well as understand that my differences with pre-defined social norms do not have to define me as a person. That being said, LGBT youth from my area, and throughout the United States, are in constant struggle with the harassment and misjudgment that's commonly found in our country."

Watch Taylor take on and take off, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Austrian Artist Reinvents The Door: VIDEO

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And it looks pretty cool. Klemens Torggler apparently decided that doors were a bit boring and decided to make some changes to basic door design. The result is the torggler door, of which Torggler has created a few variations on the theme of "two large squares that roll out of the way."

The first is the Evolution Door - or "flip panel door" or "Dryehplattentür" - which folds outward, origami-like, as it rotates before flattening out once again. The second presently unnamed version uses careful placement of steel rods to rotate the door open and closed.

You can watch both doors in action AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russian Tradition Wears the Rainbow with Gay Pride Nesting Dolls

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Toronto artist Brahm Finkelstein wanted to find a way to bring awareness to the LGBT human rights abuses that are going on in Russia. Then, he came up with a subversive idea for perhaps the perfect representation of gay pride and Russia: he teamed up with Italian artist Danilo Santino and crafted Pride Dolls.

The Pride Dolls are iconic Russian matryoshka dolls, or "nesting dolls", done up in each of the six colors of the Pride flag and six different portraits of gay and lesbian characters, with the drag queen as the largest, swathed in the entire rainbow. Naturally.

Finkelstein hopes that his dolls will raise awareness and predicts that he'll have a second line soon. The proceeds from the dolls will go to the Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association (GLISA), the creator of the OutGames.


SF Art Student Recreates Meticulously-Detailed Boeing 777 Out Of Manila Folders: VIDEO

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22-year-old San Francisco student Luca Iaconi-Stewart has taken the hobby of papercraft to astounding new levels of complexity.

777After being inspired in an architecture class in 2008, Iaconi-Stewart began the painstaking work of crafting an entire Boeing 777 out of manila folders. Not content to just create a shell of the plane, Iaconi-Stewart filled the 1:60 scale model with an intricate level of detailing, including individual seats, overhead compartments, and functioning cargo doors. Again, entirely out of Manila folders.

You can see videos of a time-lapse paint job and the cargo doors in action AFTER THE JUMP...

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Looking: Art Installation In Madrid Calls Attention To Issues Of Surveillance

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A street artist in Madrid has taken over one narrow block in an effort to raise awareness about surveillance and the technology used to perform it. The artist, named SpY, who incidentally began his career as a graffiti artist, has installed over 100 CCTV cameras on a wall overlooking the tiny street. The cameras are all aimed in the same direction and at the same angle, giving the overwhelming impression that anyone on the receiving end of their gaze is being closely watched and scrutinized. Though they are not in fact recording passers by, their mere presence gives off an air of suspicion and danger.

The Verge reports:

"The piece invites reflection about our present and daily interaction with technology and who is behind [it]," SpY writes in an email to The Verge. "The cameras are a symbol that represents it, however it is clear that we are surrounded by devices that act as tools of surveillance."

...SpY says that he's seen a variety of reactions; some people wonder whether the cameras are on, while others assume that they are and interact with them as though they're being recorded.

"I like to generate some type of reaction with my work," SpY says. "I try to awake and create a more lucid conscience with my interventions. Irony and humor are a way to make the receiver an accomplice, create a dialog, and make one think that the work communicates something with which one identifies."

..."As a side note regarding its location, all the cameras point to the house of a well-known drug dealer," SpY says. "Well known even by local police."

Check out more beautiful photos of the art installation at The Verge.


Satanic Statue Proposal For Oklahoma State Capitol Revealed, Controversy Just Beginning

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We previously reported on their funding efforts (and their disdain for the Westboro Baptist Church), and now they've delivered. The Satanic Temple, a Satanist group based out of New York, has revealed a design of a 7-foot statue, including a pentagram, a "goat-headed Baphomet," and two children looking on, which would join an already-constructed monument commemorating the Ten Commandments on the lawn of Oklahoma's state capitol.

The Oklahoma legislators approved the privately-funded Ten Commandments statue in 2009, a move that was immediately faced with an ACLU lawsuit. Incidentally, the lawsuit, which hopes to remove the Ten Commandments statue, now stands in the way of approval for the Satanists and other groups: the Oklahoma City Preservation Committee voted to ban construction of new monuments on capitol grounds until a judge rules on the case.

Philly.com reports on the Satanist statue controversy:

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” said spokesman Lucian Greaves. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”...

"Either way you cut it, this is a First Amendment issue," Greaves said. "Once they open that door, they can't discriminate."...

Greaves assured the Satanists’ monument would be “in good taste and consistent with community standards.”

He also noted that there were a surprising amount of Oklahomans interested in constructing the statue. Still, state legislators have decided that the Satanists may not build their statue alongside the Ten Commandments, though their decision is moot until the ACLU lawsuit is up.

Lucian Greaves summed up the importance of Satanism, and its deserved place alongside the capitol, eloquently:

“Medieval witch-hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence, secular law, and a more substantive burden of proof,” he said.

“Today, we are rightly offended by the notion of blasphemy laws and divine fiats. Acknowledging wrongful persecutions has helped shape the legal system that preserves the sovereignty of our skeptics, heretics, and the misunderstood. It has shaped a proud culture of tolerance and free inquiry. This is to be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority, and the unjustly outcast.”

What do you think of the Satanist statue?


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