On the Ingenuity of Musgum Architecture

An extraordinary example of indigenous engineering, the traditional architecture of the Musgum or Mulwi people — an ethnic group from Chad and Cameroon — has for centuries provided inhabitants with pragmatic and beautiful living solutions. Mostly found in the plains of Cameroon, where wood and stone are relatively scarce, these housing complexes are made from…

What Is Paleontology? By a Leading Paleontologist

Fossils stir people’s imaginations. Dinosaurs continue to be one of the main attractions of museums across the world, drawing crowds fascinated by these ancient creatures. Following a devastating fire that destroyed 85% of the collection of the Museu Nacional/UFRJ — the largest museum of natural history and anthropology in Brazil — the institution has recently…

From Port-au-Prince to Paris: The Impact of Haitian Art on Surrealism

In 1945, French writer and poet, André Breton — the co-founder, leader, and principal theorist of surrealism — wrote about his first encounter with Haitian artist Hector Hyppolite’s paintings at the Centre d’Art in Port-au-Prince. “Haitian painting will drink the blood of the phoenix. And, with the epaulets of Dessalines, it will ventilate the world,”…

“My First Date Was with a Psychic in an Ethically Non-Monogamous Relationship”: Eavesdrop on Yulia Zinshtein’s Search for Love

You are the sole actor in your life is an exhibition and experimental performance that explores the complexities of human connection in an increasingly individualistic society. Long-time friends and collaborators, artist Yulia Zinshtein and film director Emma Westenberg are behind the immersive performance. Presented at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation in Holborn, the play takes…

The Home of Fluxus Online

In the 1960s, Fluxus emerged as a global, interdisciplinary art movement that sought to merge diverse artistic mediums and blur the lines between art and everyday life. Associated practitioners — spanning visual artists, composers, designers, and poets — adopted a playful and open-minded approach to art making, often using commonplace objects and actions to challenge…

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