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The pics below along with their description: PIETER HUGO’s website. Imagine…

THE HYENA & OTHER MEN

by PIETER HUGO

“These photographs came about after a friend emailed me an image taken on a cellphone through a car window in Lagos, Nigeria, which depicted a group of men walking down the street with a hyena in chains. A few days later I saw the image reproduced in a South African newspaper with the caption ‘The Streets of Lagos’. Nigerian newspapers reported that these men were bank robbers, bodyguards, drug dealers, debt collectors. Myths surrounded them. The image captivated me.

Through a journalist friend I eventually tracked down a Nigerian reporter, Adetokunbo Abiola, who said that he knew the ‘Gadawan Kura’ as they are known in Hausa (a rough translation: ‘hyena handlers/guides’).

A few weeks later I was on a plane to Lagos. Abiola met me at the airport and together we took a bus to Benin City where the ‘hyena men’ had agreed to meet us.” – PIETER HUGO (Full Text Here)

THE HYENA & OTHER MEN(Prestel 2007)

Photographs by Pieter Hugo
Text by Adekotunbo Abiola
Book design by Damien Poulain

All Images Via: PIETER HUGO

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Are you one of those people who love getting high? Some say you can only get high using illegal methods involving drugs and stuff – we’re going to show you how wrong they are! Here, we show you 10 easy, legal ways to get a natural high

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Plenty of scientific evidence suggests that gossiping amongst human beings is equivalent to social grooming – the activity which bonds apes and monkeys.

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One study also reveals that gossiping is a primary need which gives us a natural high. Moreover, gossiping is absolutely essential for our physical and psychological well-being.

Many leading anthropologists also believe that human beings innately need to bond which probably explains why over 60% of all conversation is gossip.

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Living Kitchen Wall | Multi-Touch Nanotechnology

Nanoscience is proceeding at an unnerving pace, revealing nanomaterials and nanoscience discoveries thought to be futuristic, far-fetched or even science fiction-worthy mere decades ago – but what about daily-life applications, turning these incredible innovations to the needs of an everyday home?

Michaël Harboun has conceived of a “Living Kitchen” that animates unlike even the most forward-thinking sci-fi film, using nanobots that can shape themselves along programmed paths to become dynamic kitchen fixtures that flex out and fold right back into the wall as needed.

It is a bit like a real-life touchscreen in three dimensions – perhaps the iPad and other computer technologies are merely the 2D precursors to this kind of interactive 3D design, which might become the single greatest space-saving gadgetry since the hide-a-bed.

[Source:Dornob]

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Picasso’s de Soto

Pre-Sale Estimate At $45-60 Million

[Photo Source: Absolut Londres]

Originally considered controversial, Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto has returned to Christie’s with a record pre-sale estimate of $45-60 million.

Dated in 1903, Picasso’s piece was initially pulled from a 2006 sale over an alleged Nazi link. Now, after nearly four years in limbo, individuals will finally have an opportunity to own this piece of history.

Crafted in the Picasso’s Blue Period, the man within the painting is awkwardly, yet captivatingly seated with the accompaniment of a glass of Absinthe and a pipe emitting swirls of smoke. Fernandez de Soto was nicknamed “The Absinthe Drinker.”

Once offered to Christie’s by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, sales from this revered item will go to the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which promotes arts and culture in Britain.

Collectors and enthusiasts alike are anxiously waiting to see if Portrait of Angel Fernandez de Soto will break the auction record of Giacometti’s L’Homme qui marche I sculpture, established in February at Sotheby’s for a staggering $104.3 million.

This stunning masterpiece will be available on June 23rd in London, England at 7pm.

By Alex Neely •  Category: Collect, News & Noteworthy

[Via Affluent Page Via Christie’s]

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Here’s one from the archives. Heavyweight Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, displays chunky art.

Auto Body Fat | Erwin Wurm

The Fat Car.

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The computerized art critic. There is now a gadget to judge the quality of ones art. I ask, is this really possible to do? In a world where individual taste is priceless, machines may be replacing our personal buds.

Art-O-Meter

Evaluating Art (So You Don’t Have To)

In collaboration with Steve Helsing

Art-O-Meter is a device that measures the quality of an art piece. It bases its evaluation on the amount of time that people spend in front of an artwork compared to the total time of exhibition. The measurements are graphically represented by comments and a 5-star rating system.

Without the interaction of a viewer, the Art-O-Meter will register time like a regular clock. However, when a user enters the area covered by its motion sensor, a second timer is triggered and it will count time as the viewer observes the artwork.

[Source: Marcelo Coelho – MIT]