The New York Photo Festival, for its third juried photo invitational exhibition, is accepting submissions of photographic work that shatter definitions of the passively accepted, and open the door to social change.

These photographers’ actions generate questions that have the potential to propel a society to experimentation and to embark on new projects that could lead to a renewal and revitalization of social consciousness.

Provocation is most frequently and mistakenly couched in negative terms applied to persons and behaviors that lack “normalcy.”

In a world pervaded by power imbalances, those who belong to the power elite set the norms for the masses to follow – standards which serve to legitimize and enshrine their advantageous position in the body politic. The photographer-provocateur represents a challenge to such authority, and acts as a social critic, one who by his or her actions calls the legitimacy of convention and “normalcy” into account, and thus becomes a threat to the systems in power.

Drawn from online submissions, 85 images will be selected and exhibited at The powerHouse Arena in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

Provocation – presented by the New York Photo Festival – will be on show from March 14 to April 3, 2011.

Enter the New York Photo Festival Provocation Contest.

For advanced collectors focusing on early Walt Disney material, here is one of the most important Mickey Mouse items you could ever hope to acquire, Mickey Mouse The Band Concert Production Cel Animation Art (Walt Disney, 1935). A cel, short for celluloid, is a transparent sheet on which objects are drawn or painted for traditional, hand-drawn animation.

The Band Concert was the very first color cartoon to feature Mickey and his gang, save for an earlier promotional appearance, and has long been cherished by Disney fans worldwide. It is a intensely funny short, crammed with colorful gags involving Mickey’s ragtag orchestra (who never stop, no matter what is happing around them), and the efforts of soft drink salesman Donald Duck to subvert the program by playing “Turkey in the Straw” on his piccolo. The film climaxes with an intense windstorm, just as the band plays “The William Tell Overture.”

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The Hole and ALIFE  present ART MACHINE, a special project at the gallery February 10 – 22nd, 2011. In this show, The Hole presents a huge artist vending machine filled with special products and artworks from $5 and up, all the way to the thousands.

From special personal artist memorabilia (“artist’s panties”) to customized products (“artist bicycle”), to actual artworks (mini painting and mini sculpture!), to limited edition products (T-shirts of G-Shock watches) this machine will vend out items by over fifty artists in our ALIFE and Hole joint communities.

ALIFE is a lifestyle concept based on and in downtown New York City. It is focused on art and creativity with a strong penchant for originality, even if that means stealing it. Alife’s mission is to showcase, elevate and perpetuate the downtown culture from which it is born. For more info on ALIFE visit

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You’ve been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of the most addicting game to ever to hit a mobile device called Angry Birds. Now the folks over at Funny or Die have a pretty ingenious video of Real Life Angry Birds. Fans of the app will appreciate this.

A sample of 12 logos which uses a cluster of shapes to form a design.

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Bibliophiles will love this! Create your own wall bookcase design with this creative single unit designed by Tarcisio Colzani. The  90° basic unit creates endless compositions. A template is supplied for the fixation to the wall.

Great for a large wall or small spaces, it’s more aesthetically pleasing than your standard boxy shelves. via architonic


Kim Dorland’s ‘Nocturne’ exhibition (his six solo exhibition at the gallery) is currently running at Angell Gallery in Toronto through February 19, 2011.

Toxic Rabbit

Ghost in the Woods

While Kim Dorland’s process in both its formation and its final object have remained grounded in the insights and attitudes he evolved in the suburban and rural towns of Alberta where he grew up, his stance toward his subject matter has taken some turns along the road, very much as though he were driving further into his own proverbial forest.

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