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LU.CU.MA.: FROM PSYCHO KILLER TO PAINTER

“I have been a “Taita” in prison. Taita” means the prison’s lord, the wisest one, the toughest one, the biggest killer. If you’re “Taita” you master a bunch of thugs, because they respect you, you have a certain weight.”

Luis Cuevas Manchego

After spending 27 years in prison for multiple murders, Peruvian folk artist Luis Cuevas Manchego (aka Lu.Cu.Ma) has spent the last decade dedicating his to life to social change through art. In the documentary “From the Knife to the Brush” Vice Magazine examines Manchego’s criminal past, how he uses art as a way to repent and the message that even a stone cold killer can change.

CONVERSNITCH: THE LIGHT BULBS ARE LISTENING

Conversnitch is an inconspicuous recording device that automatically tweets snippets of overheard conversations onto twitter. Disguised as a light bulb or a lamp, the Conversnitch works anywhere that has wifi — a restaurant, library, or home, for instance — and uses a Raspberry Pi and a microphone to record audio.

Project creators, Kyle McDonald and Brian House built the device for about a hundred dollars and then pay to have the audio transcribed through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing platform. Although it’s creators admit that the art project could be used for a variety of illegal activities, they intended it to raises questions about the nature of public and private spaces in an era where anything can be broadcast by ubiquitous, Internet-connected listening devices. (Via)

Previously:
At Newark Airport, The Lights Are On, And They’re Watching You

ARCHENEMY: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE DEVIL

History Of The Devil is an entertaining documentary about the origins of Satan that Top Documentary Films sums up best:

“The History of the Devil is wickedly good, informative and concise. A no-frills Welsh film produced in association with SBS Australia and distributed by Siren Visual, it’s roughly 52 minutes in length and packs a fair dinkum amount of history into its slender running time.

The documentary itself is made up entirely of mostly still images alternating sporadically with talking heads; religious scholars, theologians and reverends.

Directed by Greg Moodie and written and produced by Dave Flitton, it was researched by Eibhleann Ni Ghriofa, Deirdre Learmont and Craig McGregor.

It’s an impressive and very open-minded account and offers some fantastic insight into the evolution; the hows and whys the specter of the Devil has existed and morphed through the ages from the dawn of civilization through to the new millennium.

So despite its relatively low-fi approach, the richness and diversity of its imagery; the historical plaques, plates, engravings, illustrations, paintings, drawings, and the occasional staged re-enactment (some dude dressed up in rather bemusing demonic attire), keeps the documentary at a high level of beguilement.”

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Image: Engraving made by Cornelis Galle I, After Lodovico Cigoli, Belgium, 1591-1650. Lettered extensively around image with excerpts of Dante’s Divina Comedia.

HYSTERICAL LITERATURE: THE ORGASM AS ART

In his latest project, Hysterical Literature, photographer Clayton Cubitt takes a beautiful woman, places her at a table in front of a black backdrop and gets her to read from her favorite book while an unseen accomplice below the table attempts to bring the woman to orgasm with a vibrator. The results are an intimate, sexy experience that captures a beauty rarely found in most modern pornography.


Session Five: Teresa



Session Four: Stormy



Session Three: Danielle



Session Two: Alicia



Session One: Stoya

Stoya writes about her encounter:

Sexually speaking I really enjoy things that I can’t predict and things that are new to me. This attempting-to-read-aloud-and-maintain-composure while being sexually stimulated game is new. The video camera adds a dash of exhibitionism which I always appreciate. Most interesting, though, is the Hitachi that my vagina is about to be making very good friends with for the first time.

When I tell Clayton’s lovely assistant for the evening that I’ve never experienced the Hitachi, her eyes light up. I’ve obviously gotten myself into the most fun kind of trouble. Lights get set and everyone assumes their positions. My underwear lays on the floor out of frame. As I start reading, my disbelief is suspended. I forget what is about to happen. The first touch on my thigh sends all available blood to my vulva. I continue to enunciate properly, focusing on the text. I’ve broken a sweat. If this goes on for much longer my hair will be plastered to my head with perspiration as though I’ve been working out or engaging in acrobatic man/woman penetrative fucking. I stumble over a word, my concentration breaks as I go back to pronounce it correctly. Neither the Hitachi or the woman wielding it will be denied, but in the interests of art (and because this feels so beautifully filthy I don’t want it to stop yet) I hold out as long as I can. This section of the world that I’m inhabiting slows down, zooms in. Like a stretched rubber band it suddenly contracts, and I am lovingly punched with an orgasm.

And Clayton Cubitt talks to Salon about the project.

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Okay, and now, the shameless product placement. Is the real artist of the evening? The Hitachi Magic Wand Massager:

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