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We Tested NYC Dirt and Tasted (Yes, Tasted) London Smog

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

(Photo: Jaime Cone)

Have you ever wondered what another city’s pollution tastes like? Of course you haven’t. And yet, there it was: a tasting booth serving up smog meringue at Ideas City last Saturday. The edible experiment traps all kinds of nasty grit, grime and chemicals in an egg and sugar mixture, ruining what would have been a tasty dessert for the sake of science. At the festival put on by New Museum we not only tasted London and Atlanta but also stopped by a soil testing booth to check out what lurks in some dirt samples we collected from Tompkins Square and McCarren Parks. Here’s what we found out.

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Readings and Talks: Post-Apocalyptic Pregnancy, Kafkaesque Erotica, and More

Wise-up about the underlying structures of the Israel-Palestine conflict, lust in the style of Kafka, and hear about California’s (fictional) dystopian future at this week’s worthy readings and talks. 

Friday, July 18

An Evening with Nir Evron
As the Israel-Palestine conflict is once again splashed across the international press, there’s never been a better time to become familiar with the work of Nir Evron. The Israeli filmmaker has long been fascinated with the physical architecture of the conflict, and this latest work—Endurance—is the third in his “Architectural Trilogy.” Keep Reading »

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Shamans, Vermin, and a Campy Slasher Flick: This Week in Art

Ragnar Kjartansson at the New Museum

Ragnar Kjartansson at the New Museum

Apparently some dude named Jeff Koons will be squeezing a bunch of vacuums and enormous balloon creatures into the Whitney over the next few weeks. But boys and girls, it’s not time just yet to put on your Ewwww-Koooons snarl. So get out there this week and see some “real art” before you trek uptown to see the Whitney collapse under the all that vacuous weight. See below for our recommendations of ongoing shows and openings happening this week.
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