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281_Anti-Nuke Art Retrospective in Roppongi

  Things are heating up again in Japanese politics. The House of Councillors election for the Japanese Diet’s upper house is expected to take place in July 21, 2013. As a result, it’s J-Politics all the time in the Japanese news cycle and until then, we won’t find out whether the ruling party, LDP, will have a firmer foothold. Until then, you can get your fix of both art and politics at  281_Anti-Nuke’s exhibition at the Pink Cow bar in Roppongi, Japan.Tourists and Tokyoites may have seen 281′s work conspicuously stickered on public property throughout the city. Giant Robot did a brief entry on sighting on his designs last Fall. Since then, 281′s prominence has grown as more news outlets...

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Street Art at Asian Museum

It’s street art and perhaps it’s all ok to do, I guess. This piece is by a group, UpsideUp and ask Museum Director Jay Xu who just said “go and paint our walls.” Hear that? Bay Area graffiti artists are notorious and strong. Aerosol on the walls? Maybe he didn’t want to say this. Museum Director Jay Xu says: “It’s a great thing that our museum is in such a dynamic neighborhood that artists choose to use our wall as a canvas,” said museum director Jay Xu. “We will keep it there as long as it lasts.” (SFGate - Jay Xu)

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TED Senior Fellow Candy Chang: It’s Good to Be Here

THREE YEARS AGO, Pittsburgh-born artist Candy Chang was named a TED Senior Fellow for Urban Innovation, and since then she’s been caught up in the vortex of a whirlwind that has sent this architecture-graphic design-urban planning graduate of Columbia University and onetime New York Times graphic artist on a creative journey that has allowed her to leave a mark on communities in faraway places like Helsinki, Nairobi, New Orleans, Vancouver and Johannesburg.  Chang’s now-global “Before I Die” project began when she she transformed an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans into a fill-in-the-blank chalkboard for people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in a public space. “Before I Die” proved so empowering and uplifting,...

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TOKiMONSTA 101: A Crash Course

 What was once a normal Korean American girl named Jennifer Lee was transformed by a primordial soup of  an upper-middle-class Torrance, Calif. upbringing, classical piano, R&B, hip-hop and Japanese anime into TokiMonsta, a wildly eclectic contemporary composer with a growing global following. Tapped by Ryuichi Sakamoto a couple of weeks ago to collaborate on his “Odakias” anti-nuclear project earlier this month along with Japanese avant-garde musician Otomo Yoshihide and rapper Shing02, Tokimonsta is blowin’ up!   [youtube]zCnmmrYIXrw[/youtube]   Yeah, “eclectic:” a truly overused term. But TokiMonsta owns it. Her sound has been described as “vast textural soundscapes by utilizing live instruments, percussion, digital manipulation, and dusty vinyl. ” Okay   [youtube]-i5jP5DwrRw[/youtube]   “I just like everything. I get bored easily,...

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