Found Objects 23/04/2011

Another interesting week in art online has yielded up the following:

  • Oh my aching sides! Chinese spambots have turned the #AiWeiwei hashtag into a forum for risque jokes on Twitter. Hyperallergic translates for us. As if that wasn’t bad enough, hackers have targetted an online petition in support of the dissident artist. So sign now while you still have the chance.
  • Meanwhile on the Art21 blog, Michelle Jubin calls for your consideration of 37 more people who have been arrested in the Chinese government’s crackdown on the  ‘Jasmine Revolution’ (via/ @thebenstreet).
  • Last Sunday Christian fundamentalists attacked a photograph in France. But I am more shocked by the broadminded views of Sister Wendy than by Piss Christ by Andres Serrano.
  • Sadly this week Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed in an explosion on the Tripoli Highway in Libya. A piece in the Guardian sheds some light on how and why photographers go to war.
  • Also from the Guardian, here’s a strangely reassuring slideshow: portraits of bureaucrats by photographer Jan Banning.
  • This feature in the Atlantic about branded entertainment contains some jawdropping quotes and facts. In fact this blog post was brought to you by PG Tips.
  • A new show in Aachen, Germany, highlights the spooky way television first invaded our homes with some tantalising screen shots on We Make Money Not Art.
  • One of the “known feelings” here is grim satisfaction, as Alistair Gentry tears into a pretentious press release on his vitriolic Career Suicide blog.
  • I’m sorry, this one-star review of a Jean-Marc Bustamente show at Henry Moore Institute from The Independent has only whetted my appetite to see work by the high-falutin French artist.
  • Now, the top five bunnies in art according to Jonathan Jones. That seems like a good way to sign off for Easter. Have a good ‘un.

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