2013 heralded some of the most significant news stories in recent years, including mass tragedies and remarkable leaps forward in technology and science. The 3D printing of a human ear led to scientists working toward making it possible to print just about any organ imaginable, leading to a rise in wish for maimed victims and people tired of pretending that peeled grapes are “the dead man’s eyes” on Halloween night. Former CIA employee and NSA contractor Edward Snowden released around two hundred thousand classified reports documenting the mass surveillance programs carried out by the NSA, and a new pope with a much better PR agent was elected after everyone decided the old one was too creepy. Battle, as always, marches on. Oh yes, and the universe might be a holographic simulation. May Holo-Tupac help all of us.
On that cheery note, let’s see a few of the occasions that captured the attention of our visitors over the course of a year!
1 . Banksy’s New York residency
The world’s most infamous wandschmiererei marketeer broadcasted a cloud associated with mystery around his month-long NEW YORK CITY residency, which included a slaughterhouse truck full of stuffed animals and in-disguise artwork sales in Central Park. The real mystery, though, is just how long his murals will last before somebody adds funny mustaches and boners to all of them.
2 . Miley Cyrus twerks
“Miley Cyrus should have done something really offensive this time since the media who stand to benefit from our interest in her are discussing her again. ” Representation by Miguel Martin.
3 or more. Protests in the Ukraine
Anti-government dissent is something growing worldwide (though sadly less therefore from the US or the UK, both of which could use it). Currently a lot of eyes are turned toward Kiev as more and more Ukrainian citizens and international supporters gather, police violence escalates, and government officials seek financial loans from Russia to temporarily relieve the country’s crippling economic crisis. Because it doesn’t involve a celebrity doing a attractive dance move with arbitrary racial limitations placed upon it, however , it is number three material.
four. Venice Biennale
Both a showcase for social/political commentary, visual beauty and pure intellectual indulgence, the Biennale consistently delivers one thing well: spectacle. For our money, we loved (among others) Ai Wei Wie‘s “Sacred“—a grim reconstruction associated with his time in a Chinese prison—and the occult-tinged somberness of Manfred Kielnhofer’s “Guardians of Time” (pictured).
5. Gay marriage bill passed in the UK
In a year of great change, the slow shift toward equal marriage laws is gaining speed, even while LGBT rights continue to face resistance and backlash. It took years for many lawmakers to realize that making a union of love between two people illegal was morally hideous. If only they’d make the same conclusion about reality TV. ~
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