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Strange Days on Lake Rotomahana
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The End of the Pink and White Terraces
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New Zealand's Pink and White Terraces were dubbed the "8th wonder of the world." But in 1886, in a single night of volcanic destruction, they were forever lost to the world. Tim Bollinger wrote about the Terraces and their storied history for White Fungus.
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Uncanny Processes
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Emptyset Embrace Alien Logic in the Making of Blossoms
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Fast-advancing AI technologies are throwing our notions of authorship and creativity again into flux. In creating their seventh album, Blossoms, the electronic music duo Emptyset created a machine-learning system to interpret their back catalog and recordings of improvisations. The musicians sought to identify results beyond mimicry and which constituted unique sonic expressions in and of themselves. What emerged was a bizarre, alien logic. Tobias Fischer interviewed the duo about the process.
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Reawakening the Killing-Tone
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The Sound Art of Lin Chi-Wei
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Lin Chi-Wei is a key member of the pioneering generation of Taiwanese noise/sound artists that emerged in the 1990s. Lin has made landmark contributions as a writer, performer, artist, and member of Z.S.L.O (Zero Sound Liberation Organization). In Lin’s Tape Work, the artist sits in the center of the audience and unfurls a tape of ribbon or paper upon which characters are hand-printed or embroidered. Passed hand to hand through the crowd, each audience member/participant vocalizes the succession of phonetic symbols. The result is the creation of a multi-headed human tape machine. In the Taiwanese-language version of the work, Lin reactivates the “killing tone” or (Rù tone 入聲) from the medieval Chinese seven-tone system.
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Wasteland Utopia
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The Liberation of Sound in Post–Martial Law Taiwan
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Noise music in Taiwan emerged in the 1990s, a tumultuous period of social upheaval following the lifting of 38 years of martial law. In the frenzied atmosphere of street clashes and political demonstrations, artists explored previously taboo subjects and experimented with radical forms. It was in this context that Taiwan's noise movement was born. Jeph Lo witnessed the evolution and reflects on that messy but protean time. His article is accompanied by photographs of political demonstrations of the period by Leon Tsai and Tsai Ming-Te.
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Double Knowledge
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In Conversation with Carolee Schneemann
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In one of her last major interviews, Carolee Schneemann spoke to White Fungus editor Ron Hanson and looked back on her life, stretching back to her early childhood drawings and adolescent adventures in Mexico.
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Hell is the Main Attraction
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A Photo Essay by Yao Jui-Chung
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In this series of wide-angle polaroids, Yao Jui-Chung photographs Madou Temple's animatronic religious display and other similar depictions of hell from throughout Taiwan and Singapore.
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Making the Stones Sing
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On the Centenary of Paul Celan
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Paul Celan is often called the greatest of postwar European poets. Barry Schwabsky looks back on Celan's life and work following the 100th anniversary of the poet's birth, and the 50th of his death.
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Spin into Being
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The Art of Melati Suryodarmo
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Kyra Kordoski speaks to performance artist Melati Suryodarmo and dives into her deep corpus of durational works.
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The Divisive Moment
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After 70 years, Henri Cartier-Bresson almost goes back to China
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Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographs of the last days of the Chinese Civil War were exhibited at Taipei Fine Arts Museum in late 2020. The exhibition was scheduled to be held in Beijing in 2021 but was canceled due to COVID-19. David Frazier writes about the exhibition and its complicated surrounding context.
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Human to Human
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An Interview with Jeff Mills
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Tobias Fischer speaks to techno pioneer Jeff Mills.
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The Pig and Its Friend
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Kalisolaite ʻUhila's Iconic Performance Work
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Kalisolaite ‘Uhila is a Tongan performance artist based in New Zealand. In his 2011 work "Pigs in the Yard", 'Uhila challenged western notions and treatment of the pig. In traditional Tongan culture, the pig is sacred. 'Uhila's performance afforded pigs this reverence while challenging audiences to reappraise their relationship to these sentient creatures.
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you're subverting things
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the music video as an agent of empowerment in the works of bárbara wagner and benjamin de burca
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The Brazil-based artist duo Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca produce films blurring the lines between fiction and documentary. Collaborating with their performers, often figures on the margins, the duo creates works that raise notions of visibility, self-representation, and subversion of dominant cultural forms. Marcella Faustini spoke to the artists and wrote about their work.
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Once Upon a Time
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The Timeless Worlds of Pavel Pepperstein
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Roger Boyce interviews Pavel Pepperstein for White Fungus. The enigmatic Russian painter of hallucinatory landscapes is also known as a writer, critic, art theorist, fashion designer, and rapper.
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Down, down, under and below? 
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Questions and Appearances with Curran Hatleberg
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Joseph del Pesco presents photographer Curran Hatleberg with a series of questions to which the artist responds with images.
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Translating the Personal
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The Music, Noise and Voice of Charmaine Lee
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Kurt Gottschalk speaks to Charmaine Lee about her ever-expanding musical practice.
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A Kind of Circuity
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An Interview with Slavs and Tatars
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Nicola Trezzi interviewed Slavs and Tatars about topics ranging from pickles to the collective's embrace of antithetical thought.
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Ghosts, Radio Waves, Spiritualism and Contextualism in the Art of Aki Onda
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Kurt Gottschalk talks to Aki Onda about channelling the spirit of Nam June Paik.
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Listening to Tagaloa
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Channelling the Oceanic God’s Voice in the Work of Paula Schaafhausen
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Leafa Wilson writes about Paula Schaafhausen's installation series Ebbing Tagaloa, featuring Tagaloa (Polynesian God of the Ocean) figures molded from coconut oil and sand.
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Neither One Nor the Other / Ni l'un, ni l'autre…
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Kyra Kordoski writes about Jessie Ray Short and Dominic Lafontaine’s installation at Open Space in Victoria, Canada.
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The Residents and the Grand Theory of Obfuscation
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Kurt Gottschalk writes about legendary San Francisco experimental music group The Residents.
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Dolly Parton
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America's Last Sweetheart
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Kurt Gottschalk writes about his life-long fascination with Dolly Parton. With illustrations by Emma Gineering.
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Sound Creature, Coming Alive
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Interview with Alessandro Bosetti
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Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi interviews Italian composer and sound artist Alessandro Bosetti.