The Algorithm Of Beauty, Designed By Benetton

The campaign is called The Face of The Cit and has the goal of creating the ideal face without limitation, interpreting all the sights of Tokyo, New York, Milan, Berlin, Paris and London. So the models are the result of a digital construction, made through an algorithm that combined the faces of hundreds of women. To build the face of Benetton cioascuna city has analyzed the demographics. The faces even if they are so beautiful standards take into account the composition of the population of the cities and the most common facial characteristics.

Luca Malafarina

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Fire of Hatred

In Iran, some vengeful lovers, spurned suitors or aggrieved family members turn to the awful, violent act of acid-throwing to exact revenge. This portrait series gives a platform for the victims to speak out.

This powerful yet disturbing photographic series from Asghar Khamseh is about the prevelance of acid-throwing in Iran was selected as a finalist in the LensCulture Exposure Awards 2015.

Acid throwing is a specific and horrible act of violence which, according to official statistics, is on the rise in Iran.

This kind of violence is mostly against women and children. These attacks are often done with the intent to disfigure, maim, torture and destroy the social life and future of their victims.

The motivation to commit this type of violence is cultural destitution and intolerance. It most often happens in situations of family conflict: whether rejected marriage proposals, divorce requests or revenge.

In addition to physical and psychological damage, the victims face the experiences of social stigma and blame.

Across Iran, such victims are in dire need of medical and financial support as well as counseling services. Unfortunately, there is no governmental or even non-governmental organizations who attend to these issues in the country. Thus, burn victims have to treat themselves with recourse only to public aid and charitable donations.

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Julia Kozerski

Julia Kozerski tells her fight against obesity and stretch marks.

“I really thought that my hard work and my dedication would transform me into the perfect person of my dreams. In reality, I had the opposite result . My experience contradicts what the media tend to represent.”

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Clarice Armiento

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Australia-based artist Paul Kaptein unites materiality with virtual reality in his series of sculptural wooden works, adding digital ‘glitches’ into each hand-carved piece. The warped and distorted proportions of a seated monk for ‘and in the endless sounds there came a pause’ are perceived as a mind-bending illusion, as the figure’s body unusually undulates and swerves as if interrupted by software. Each sculpture expresses a distinct mix between data streams and information networks typically seen on screen, and the intricate construction and tangibility inherent in the handmade works.

His work is concerned with the agency of the present moment. This is evidenced in his painstaking and exquisitely hand carved wooden figures and objects. Gaps between the laminated layers of wood are purposefully left, forming contours for emptiness and visual portals for what lays beyond. His artworks are inspired by contemporary culture, everyday observations, philosophical readings and inquiry, news reports, song lyrics, sporting events and politics, all deciphered with a wry dark humour. His works, apparently are through time and space, taps into this medium of emptiness, responding to the gap between immateriality and materiality.

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Falling Down for Art’s Sake

Breaking Instagram one satirical image at a time, Italian photographer Sandro Giordano builds elaborate setups involving people falling down and their stuff flying everywhere.
His staged tumbles, entertaining though they are, come with cautionary tales. “My photographs are short stories about a falling-down world,” he says while not denying the schadenfreude appeal. “Each shot tells of worn-out characters who, as if a sudden black-out of mind and body took over, let themselves crash with no attempt to save themselves because of fatigue. They reach their limit beyond which their false self cannot go.


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My Peluche Needs a Transplant

An organization in Japan care broken toys taking the pieces from others. Objective: to teach children what is a transplant. The idea is that a donor organization provides a toy that does not use from which will be explanted organs (ie the pieces) which will then be used to repair another broken toy. The donor will receive in return a letter with photos of the repaired toy and his happy owner and from there will start a discussion with friends and family about the importance of organ donation.

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Eleonora Formiconi

When The Boxer Is a Painter

Omar Hassan is 29 years old, Italian mother Egyptian father. There’s color everywhere, from the sketches on his shoes and laptop because Omar is a painter. Omar boxa with the canvas. Dips his gloves in painting and tum-tum-tum, you hear the sound of fists on the canvas, an artistic gesture summarizing street art.

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Eleonora Formiconi

Dispatchwork

Jan Vormann is a German artist became famous thanks to a truly original idea: to fill the cracks of old walls, buildings and dilapidated structures with Lego bricks. The experiment, despite his art studies in Berlin, began during a visit to Rome by that time, thanks to his travels that have taken him around the world, has managed to put his signature everywhere. the aim is, through a satirical criticism, counter excessive seriousness of the citizens groups and to make them more cheerful and livable spaces.

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Eleonora Formiconi

Albino Animals

Given the myriad of colors we see in the animal kingdom, seeing a purely white animal can be an unsettling but magical experience. Albino animals, as well as rare all-white species and leucistic creatures, are the same as any other animals, but with a coloration that makes them (sometimes literally) one in a million.
Albinism is an umbrella term that covers a variety of genetic pigmentation disorders. Most creatures born with albinism are born with white or pink skin and fur, and some (not all) have reddish or violet eyes as well. Albinism is associated with poor eyesight and a higher susceptibility to skin cancers, but animals and people with albinism are otherwise no different from their peers. Leucism is a similar condition that can affect a wider array of pigments than albinism does.

Chiara Barbera

Shadow Sculptures Built from Discarded Wood from Tim Noble and Sue Webster

cold-death-2009Tim Noble and Sue Webster take ordinary things including rubbish, to make assemblages and then point light to create projected shadows which show a great likeness to something identifiable including self-portraits. The art of projection is emblematic of transformative art. The process of transformation, from discarded waste, scrap metal or even taxidermy creatures to a recognizable image, echoes the idea of ‘perceptual psychology’ a form of evaluation used for psychological patients. Noble and Webster are familiar with this process and how people evaluate abstract forms. Throughout their careers they have played with the idea of how humans perceive abstract images and define them with meaning. The result is surprising and powerful as it redefines how abstract forms can transform into figurative ones.

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Big Nose

An important or irregular nose is not necessarily a
bad nose and it isn’t going to destroy the harmony of a
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aspects of the faces.

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Stalking Cat

Descended from American Indians, Dennis Avner liked to go by his Indian name ‘Stalking Cat.’

He said felt inspired after a discussion with a Native chief who inspired him to ‘follow the ways of the tiger.’

“I am Huron and following a very old tradition have transformed myself into a tiger,” he said on his website.

Avner, who worked as a computer programmer, often appeared at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! events around the world and numerous TV shows.

Shannon Larratt, who knew Stalking Cat, wrote in a blog post that Avner had tried to adopt the spiritual essence of the animal world.

He said tried to transform “himself not just into a tiger, but a female tiger at that, blurring and exploring the gender line as much as the species line.

“A wonderful and complex person, he was at times as troubled as he was remarkable, and he recently took his own life at the age of 54.”

[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/dennis-avner-dead-cat-man-1435103]

Man Ray’s Violon d’Ingres

Inspired by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s La Grande Baigneuse, Ray used Kiki de Montparnasse wearing a turban as a model for this piece. He transformed the female body into a musical instrument by painting sound-holes on her back, playing with the idea of objectification of an animate body. Throughout his career Man Ray was fascinated with juxtaposing an object with a female body. Ingres’s works were admired by many surrealist artists, including Ray, for his representation of distorted female figures. Ingres’s well-known passion for the violin created the colloquialism in French, ‘violon d’Ingres’, meaning a hobby. Many describe Le Violon d’Ingres as a visual pun, depicting his muse, Kiki, as Ray’s ‘violon d’Ingres.’ This image is one of many of Man Ray’s photographs that have gone on to have a rich afterlife in popular culture. F-holes have become a popular tattoo design amongst musicians, and fashion designers like Viktor and Rolf referenced the image to create their spring 2008 collection.

[http://www.wikiart.org/en/man-ray/ingre-s-violin-1924]

The Bonzo Dog Band (Colour Me Pop)

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The Bonzo Dog Band (also known as The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) are a satirical rock band which formed in 1962 in London, England.

Their hilarious song, “Mr. Apollo” – is a strong criticism of pop culture.
This song appears on the album Tadpoles (1969) and on the album The Best of the Bonzo Dog Band (1990).

Watch “Mr Apollo by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band” on YouTube
I have seen Mr. Apollo
Uproot trees with his bare hands
I have seen Mr. Apollo’s
Body-building plan

He’s the strongest man
The world has ever seen
And if you take his courses
He’ll make you big and rough
And…and you can beat up bullies
Till they cry “Oh, lor’, oh crikey,
Let go, you rotter! Don’t punish me!”

When you’re tough (You’re very fit)
Your voice is gruff (It sounds like grit)
You are so strong (And proud of it)
Thanks to Mr. Apollo

Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows he’s the greatest benefactor of mankind
Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows that a healthy body makes a healthy mind

You know! You know!
He’s the strongest man
The world has ever seen
And if you take his courses
He’ll make you big and rough
And…And you can kick the sand
Right back in their faces!
Kick! Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

When you’re tough (You’re very fit)
Your voice is gruff (It sounds like grit)
You are so strong (And proud of it)
Thanks to Mr. Apollo

Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows he’s the greatest benefactor of mankind
Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows that a healthy body makes a healthy mind

Yes, just give me ten years of your life
And I’ll trade in that puny flab for living muscle
A physique you deserve!
Strong!
Chest and shoulders to hold your shirt up!

(He can do it for you!)

Five years ago I was a four-stone apology…
Today I am two separate gorillas!

No tiresome exercises!
No tricks!
No unpleasant bending!
Wrestle poodles and win!
Play beach ball!
Shave your legs! (He can do it for you!)
Lope over walls!
Tease people!
Brush them aside as though they were matchsticks!
Impress your friends!

Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows he’s the greatest benefactor of mankind
Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows that a healthy body makes a healthy mind

Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows he’s the greatest benefactor of mankind
Follow Mr. Apollo
Everybody knows that a healthy body makes a healthy mind
………
Here is my intrpretation about this song in a fast ans simple sketch.
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Make love not scars

 

Reshma before and after the attack.

Reshma before and after the attack.

Reshma Banoo Qureshi is an acid attack survivor from India, who was attacked from her own brother-in-law and two other man while she was hanging out with her sister.

To raise awareness against acid victims, she started a campaign called #makelovenotscars which includes a series of videos where she gives make up advices.

Finally, the most important tip. You’ll find red lipstick easily in the market…just like concentrated acid.

Reshma says to her fellow survivors: “Beauty doesn’t lie in physical appearance but in being strong from inside.”

Reshma Quereshi

Reshma Quereshi

You can follow and support her cause here:

Website: http://makelovenotscars.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeluvnotscars
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MakeLuvNotScars

Günter Brus: Primal Secretions

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Günter Brus, an Austrian performance artist, draughtsman, painter and film maker, was born in 1938. With Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler he was a founder-member of the Aktionismus group (Viennese Actionism), and with Muehl he helped found the Institut für Direkte Kunst in 1966. To a certain extent, Brus conceived of his Aktionen in terms of paintings or tableaux, where the body occupied the centre of a clearly defined space. Just as he had scratched and degraded the fabric of his paintings to the point of destruction, in his Aktionen he portrayed various acts of self-mutilation. This development was encapsulated in the title of his exhibition in 1965 at the Galerie Junge Generation in Vienna: Malerei, Selbstbemalung, Selbstverstümmelung (Ger.: painting, self-painting, self-mutilation).

In his Aktionen after 1967, Brus pushed himself to further physical and mental extremes as he analyzed his own body and its functions, while colleagues such as Hermann Nitsch and Otto Muehl concentrated on the role of the body in the construction and analysis of psycho-dramas. Symbolism was generally dispensed with in the performances, as Brus publicly urinated, defecated and cut himself with a razor-blade, for example. The first of these Aktionen to be performed in public, Citizen Brus Looks at his Own Body, was performed in Aachen and Düsseldorf in 1968; in June of the same year his Art and Revolution, performed at Vienna University, led to his arrest and a six-month prison sentence for degrading the symbols of the State.

The culmination of these body-analysis Aktionen came in 1970, when Brus stopped his live performances and returned to painting, drawing and the production of artists’ books. His first exhibition of drawings at the Galerie Michael Werner in Cologne, and his book Irrwisch, both in 1971, formed a link between the bleak Expressionism of the Aktion and the book form by joining grotesque sexual humor, cathartic intention, and at times narrative depictions of his performances and fantasies.

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“Les Voyageurs”

French artist Bruno Catalano has created an extraordinary series of eye-catching bronze sculptures called “Les Voyageurs” in Marseilles that depict realistic human workers with large parts of their bodies missing.

The sculptures were put on display in Marseilles to celebrate its position as the 2013 European Capital of Culture. They are skillful works of art even without the omissions, but the missing parts of the sculptures make them truly extraordinary and unique. They leave room for the imagination – are they missing something, or is it something that these “voyagers” have simply left behind? What’s especially impressive is that some of the sculptures seem to stand on very little support, giving them a sort of ethereal and surreal appearance.

Only ten of the life-size sculptures were presented at the port of Marseilles – many more can be seen on his website.

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Ron Mueck |Hyperrealist sculptor

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RON MUECK (BORN 1958) IS AN AUSTRALIAN HYPERREALIST SCULPTOR WORKING IN GREAT BRITAIN.

Ron Mueck early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo, and the Jim Henson series The Storyteller.

Mueck’s sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five metre high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale. Today it sits as the centerpiece in the foyer off the Danish Contemporary Art Museum ARoS in Aarhus.

In 1999 Mueck was appointed as Associate Artist at the National Gallery, London. During this two-year post he created the works Mother and Child, Pregnant Woman, Man in a Boat, and Swaddled Baby.

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