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Headlines: Giant Art; Videogames; Reality TV

1) Artists Create A Synthetic Beach Inside a Museum


An installation by Brooklyn design firm Snarkitechture, titled THE BEACH, is turning over 10,000 square feet of the National Building Museum in Washington DC into a fake, ultra-modern beach. Guests to the museum are encouraged to lounge around and interact with the multifaceted art piece which includes lawn chairs, a snack bar and a ball-pit “ocean.” 


2) Norway Mural is World's Largest


A photo of Ella  and Pitr's 21,000 square meter mural in Norway 

A 21,000 square-meter mural in Norway has become the world’s largest figurative mural to date. Created for the NuArt street art festival in Klepp, the mural depicts a girl wearing shorts and a tank top, dropping a brightly coloured figure of a king from her hand. This is intended as a tongue-in-cheek gesture at the nearby birthplace of King Olaf I of Norway.  


3) Reality TV Takes The Art World


A photo of the two stars of the TV show Art Breaker$ 

A new art-based reality show is set to air on Sunday October 4th. The show, with the cringe-worthy title Art Breaker$, follows two female graduates of the Sotheby’s Institute as they do their jobs as art advisors and give audiences a glimpse into the “seemingly impenetrable” art world. Predictably, art news outlets and critics are already panning the show.


4) PC Game Puts Players In Charge of Italian Renaissance Artists


A screen capture of the PC game Painters Guild


Now for sale on Steam, Painters Guild, a videogame that simulates the experience of being an artist during the renaissance. The game is akin to the Sims, in that it essentially allows you to play god, selecting artists for your guild, assigning them to commissions, and doing your best to keep them healthy and focused on their art. At the moment the game is available only for Windows users.


5) Instagram Thinks Outside the Square


A composite image of Instagram photos


If you haven’t yet heard, Instagram is finally allowing users to select between portrait or landscape orientation for their photo posts, rather than being forced to fit everything into a perfect square. This comes on the heels of the app’s recent announcement that users will now be able to schedule their posts via Hootsuite. All this seems like Instagram might be gearing up to capitalize on Hollywood’s growing adoption of it and other image-sharing platforms. 

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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