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In most countries there are orphanages, but in South Korea, there’s Baby Box. The premise is simple: leave your unwanted baby inside a box attached to Pastor Lee’s house, and say your goodbyes. The box will ring when it detects a baby, and Pastor Lee will promptly open it like he would an oven. Voila!
Pastor Lee’s house has become a haven for unwanted children—nearly 18 babies a month. Mothers are more inclined to use the Baby Box because it is anonymous and encourages them to abandon babies without registration. Although he has been ordered to shut down the facility, Pastor Lee says there’s nothing illegal about saving lives.
He and his wife care for 18 children — most with disabilities — in his two-story house, aided by volunteers. They have adopted 10 kids as their own, the most authorities would allow.
The Manus Island riot that left a man dead last month became an Internet phenomenon in real-time, but was strangely absent from the ‘real’ news. Meshel Laurie, comedian, blogger, radio personality and currently outraged writer expresses her fury over the lack of interest in the bloke in the body bag.
The morning following the riot, Laurie put a call into Scott Morrison of the Immigration Department. When a secretary answered her call, Laurie said politely, “I wish to convey my concerns about Manus Island, please.” The secretary refused to write down her name or phone number, and ended the call.
This seems surprising given that Morrison employs no less than 66 spin-doctors – a good seventeen more than Tony Abbott according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Laurie notes that Radio New Zealand was the only place the story was reported. Channels Seven and Nine were obsessing over Schapelle’s missing millions whilst Channel Ten was raving about the cast of Modern Family landing down under.
Refugee stories used to be a dime a dozen, but suddenly the higher-ups seems to be quashing the news before it gets to us. In 2011, the Immigration Department reportedly employed only thirteen spin-doctors. It would seem to Laurie that the cover-ups are getting worse; she ends her story with a plea to the government; “If only someone would just tell us the truth. All of us.”
A fortnight after the riot, the public is still being drip-fed information and accusations of cover-ups are still running rampant. Unfortunately, the old adage ‘seek and ye shall find’ doesn’t apply here, but if society were to follow Laurie’s lead, then perhaps more people would tell us the truth.
Laurie is one of the first cultural icons to publically criticise the riots on a forum other than Facebook. Get more Meshel here.
Warhol's have nothing against expressing yourself, we actively encourage it, everyone is a unique snowflake yadda yadda yadda.
If you feel like using your hair to express youself (just like the the notepad 55 seconds into this clip) hell, that's fine by us. This doesn't mean we won't resurface these pics years later at your expence for our amusement. That's just how we are, and that is what awkward life stages are all about.
We do feel sorry for the kids in these photos, they had no choice in the matter.
So, without further ado, check out the Warhol's Gallery of the Most Epic Haircuts from The 80's Immortalized in Photos below.
The Napoleon Dynamite Kid
All Bangs Bro
Dreaming of a Beard
The Coneheaded Lion-Woman
The Eric Bana
I Use My Hair to Express Myself
Joe Dirt Junior
There are no words to describe how epic this is
Kids in the 80's loved Lazers, Mullets and Lazers
The Mullet Family - Package Deal
Son of Prince
Something to Hide
The Spandex Rock Dad (he works in HR now)
A Chuckie Family
The Patrick Ewing Love Child
Annnnnnnd.......The Pure Majestic.
Tired of the contrived wankery of conceptual art? Contemporary artists can be so obsessed with confrontation and controversy that their paintbrush wedges itself up their own ass. If Central Coast, NSW based painter Mike Worrall were to paint from the bowels, it would certainly only be due to the subconscious sorrows of constipation. His surrealist scenes are easy on the eye, mind and digestive system.
“I mostly paint directly from my imagination, preferring not involve a model or photo. But sometimes I do use a real person’s face which is inspiring. Of course, I am unconsciously observing and absorbing the material of life as I move through it.”
A self-taught painter whose strict 1950s upbringing forbade enrolment in art school, Worrall worked odd jobs in advertising agencies, the merchant navy and did pavement art around London’s National Portrait Gallery in his spare time, until:
“My big break came when, towards the end of the sixties, I was discovered by a well-known collector who bought all I did for the next three years and introduced me to a top gallery in Cork Street, where I had my first one-man showing 1971. I had arrived and was being taken seriously at last.”
He was then taken seriously by renowned filmmaker Roman Polanski who based scenes from his adaptation of Macbeth on a Worrall hanging in his lounge room. However, there is a dark secret looming over these dream-like images that must be revealed. His paintings were first hand witnesses to the infamous murder of Polanski’s late wife, the beautiful Sharon Tate. Is there some kind of psychic link between Worrall and Charles Manson? They are both certainly worthy of a cult following.
Worrall exhibits annually at the Wagner Art Gallery in Sydney.
Check out his work here.
Cinema is one of the most highly consumed cultural commodities and it is a powerful medium for understanding history, life and culture. But lets be honest; it often falls short and we end up spending hours watching repetitive dramatised dribble. Thankfully young Australian artist Omar Chowdhury is creating films that are unique and have much to offer in terms of cultural understanding and new techniques.
Chowdhury relocated from his suburban Sydney home to the developing city of Dhaka in Bangladesh. There he creates art that captures aspects of life and culture under-appreciated in the Western world. Chowdhury subverts traditional cinema forms, instead making pieces which are rhythmic and aesthetically amazing, ultimately falling somewhere between documentary and experimental film. His current project centres around people having intense religious experiences.
He captures this extra-verbal and elusive phenomenon by immersing himself fully in the lifestyle of religious figures and events, working closely with monks and in huge religious festivals. Together Chowdhury and his small film crew adopt a lifestyle adhering to ideas of Zen, regularly meditating and opting to get as physically and emotionally close as they can to people having metaphysical experiences. Chowdhury’s cinema strives to capture the energy and essence of the raw, tactile and sensory aspects of events.
Chowdhury returns to Sydney in 2014 for his Solo exhibition at A4 Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney, Alaska Projects in Sydney. He also has an exhibition at Momentum in Berlin and an installation at Dhaka Art Summit.
You can see more of his work here.
Last week we interviewed the enigma behind Fling Fling and quite frankly, I’ve been left with more want than I started with.
All he’s shared with us so far are minute-long fashion films featuring stunning, if quirky, individuals set to the soundtrack of the coolest party you weren’t even invited to.
“I don’t think there’s necessarily a comment on fashion or anything like that. It’s just showing that everybody has their own voice and take on things. I suppose however it’s put together, it’s just there for people to pretty much enjoy it.”
Fling Fling releases a video every Wednesday but for now, you can catch up on these visual treats right here on Warhol's Children. That’s right – a Fling Fling video for you every few days until we’re up to date.
What acts of kindness have you done recently to deserve this?
We all know the onslaught of debauchery that ensues from NekNominate, but how about the charitable acts of goodwill that started with RAKNominate?
When Brent Lindeque was NekNominated, he performed one Random Act of Kindness (RAK) instead of peeing into a cup or biting the head off a baby chicken.
What followed was a slew of people uploading videos of their own RAKs and nominating their friends to pay it forward.
See if you can #changeonething after watching this video.
We'd never thought of Russell Brand as a Gamechanger, but recently he has been spiking our interest and putting some important messages out into the the world. If anyone hasn't checked out Brand's new Youtube series - THE TREWS: True News with Russell Brand" in which Brand "analyses the news, truthfully, spontaneously and with great risk to his personal freedom", do yourself a favour and check it out.
The video below is an awesome mashup of some of the most interesting and powerful things Brand has ever said. It is a consolidation of some of Brands greatest speeches into one strong message - and the audience watching it are having some emotional reactions. Some of the responses commented on the youtube video are below and show the conviction that people are feeling about this issue and the growing unrest toward it.
"There is no reason at all at this stage of human and technological capabilities to submit to tyrannical forces. We have had the power all along, but haven't realized it. The elite is way more dependent of us, than we we are of them. The old structures are obsolete!"
"As more & more children are raised with reason, ethics & negotiation, and fewer indoctrinated to obey power based on fear of violence or social stigma, there will be a fundamental shift in the way human beings solve social problems. Coercion is not a viable solution, that has been clealy & repeatedly proven."
Have a watch and leave your thougths, Kudos to Brand, our respect for him grows....
What do you do when you’re sitting on the train without a book, you’ve run out of Candy Crush lives and today’s mX sucks? October Jones, alias Joe Butcher, has dreamt up a solution that will keep you entertained for hours, as long as you have a couple of sticky notes and a good imagination.
It’s simple; draw head on sticky note, place strategically over a real body, take picture. Maybe if you’re not a good cartoonist, they won’t go viral like Jones’ have, but they’ll still kill time until you get to your stop. Jones, apparently, has ‘reinvented’ commuting. A movie montage of his cartoons has just hit a million views on YouTube.
His most retweeted sketches are ET phoning home in the train’s quiet carriage, Mickey Mouse glaring at a passenger who laughed at his squeaky voice and the Hulk texting Thor.
Jones has also written a book called Texts From Dog; when Jones discovered his phone was able to text himself, he decided that the best use of this discovery was to send passive-aggressive messages to himself under his dog’s name.
Check out more of his work here.
So Warhol’s have a confession for you, we are obsessed with the Suicide Girls, always have been, and this has nothing to do with the fact they’re usually scantily clad and completely to do with the fact that they are the natural embodiment of powerful feminine sexuality. We’ve never been ones for stick thin, airbrushed, princess looking girls, however, everywhere we look we have the same photocopied version of beauty shoved down our throat, whether it be TV, Movies, Magazine or advertisements.
The Suicide Girls are definitely not this, they’re all about individuality and uniqueness. They celebrate that everyone is different. What some people think makes them strange, or weird or fucked up, is what makes them beautiful. They're beautiful young women with tattoos, piercings, and wild hair.
"When we started celebrating tattooed and alternative-looking women being beautiful, the majority of what you saw in pop culture was Gap models and Pamela Anderson. Barbie-doll types were the sort of women heralded as being beautiful," says Suicide Girls founder Missy Suicide when asked what influence she thinks her company has had on the wider culture. "Today there are so many actresses and fashion models who have tattoos and who don't fit into the mold of mainstream beauty, and I like to think Suicide Girls had a little bit to do with that."
Anyhow, it’s Sunday and we felt like celebrating this, so we’re bringing you a gallery of our favourite Suicide Girls for your enjoyment. I'm guessing this will become a regular, you can imagine how hard it was spending our Sunday looking at the girls below.
Fighting in Kiev - This is clearly not just a protest anymore.
Check out the Intense documentary style footage of the protest from both sides
Tough seeing such a modern, medieval-style battle going on. Truly terrifying.
Also, check out the 3 minute explanation on the protests underneath.
These books actually exist, honest, we aren't just making this up. Check out the gallery yourself.
We aren't saying that all of these books are pointless, a lot of people should probably have read "How Not to be a Dick When You Grow Up" - hell, I should have definitely read that one. But "Learning to Play with Lion's Testicles"? What purpose does it serve? WHAT PURPOSE!?!?
I'm going to out it out there though, "Make Your own Sex Toys" and "How to Avoid Everything" are definitely relevant.
Anyhow, enjoy, be stupified, and give "baldy your tit".
Courtesy of http://themetapicture.com
Adelaide-based artist Julia Robinson has looked straight into the bloodshot eyes of human fear and transformed it into a bent broomstick. In other words, she does superstition themed instillations. Her exhibition Dark Heart is like Harry Potter having a psychological breakdown. The sculptures are an extension of her research into the history of superstition, which comes down to fear of death.
"If you actually study superstition, 90 per cent of them predict deaths, and really, if you think about death as an inevitability, it's not really that amazing that it is predicting it." Says Robinson. True dat.
Taking the term ‘old wives tales’ literally, the exhibition is a domestic scene of knotted long johns, ominous ladders, baked fireplaces and a mop that seems to have acid washed a wall. A mixed cauldron of religion, ritual, legend and psychology lecture, Robinson’s work makes you feel like Hansel and Gretel locked in the witch’s kitchen.
Check out her work here.
With the summer music and entertainment schedule already in full swing, new boutique event Lost Picnic aims to bring a new style of experience to Sydney’s calendar. Music lovers will enjoy the sounds of talented local musicians while savouring chefquality food all from the lush surroundings of Sydney’s Centennial Park.
Supporting home-grown talent, Lost Picnic will showcase some of Australia’s most talented artists including Platinum selling, ARIA & APRA award winning Megan Washington, who is about to release her highly anticipated new single, her first in more than 2 years, five-piece alternative rock band and platinum award winning The Rubens, the alluring sounds of Queensland songwriter Emma Louise, Triple J unearthed indie/folk artist Dustin Tebbutt and three-piece indie folk band Sons of the East.
Breaking the mould of traditional festival style food,Lost Picnic has teamed up with successful local restaurants to offer gourmet picnic hampers. Rushcutters; a collaboration with celebrated chef, Martin Boetz and award winning hospitality company, The Keystone Group will offer Northern European inspired food, with the majority of produce sourced directly from Boetz’s Cooks Co-op in the Hawkesbury Region. Paul Wilson, Melbourne's celebrated chef, and Icebergs Dining Room and Bar’s culinary director, Maurice Terzini, will prepare what's best described as ‘Italian Soul food’, celebrating the much loved regional food of Italy.
Icebergs Dining Room and Bar has recently expanded to outside catering in collaboration with Cherry Kitchen.
Simon Beckingham and Wade Cawood, the faces behind Lost Picnic, started their career in the electronic music industry, organising acclaimed events across Sydney. As their personal lives evolved, both becoming fathers in recent years, so did their appetite for a different direction and style of event. This transition began when popular Bondi restaurants Corner House and Panama House, which Simon part owns, launched a few years ago. The Corner House recently launched a pop up bar, The Garden Bar at The Opera House, with yoga, kids entertainment and international and local DJs.
Simon Beckingham, Director Lost Picnic,“We’ve grown up organising successful dance events in Sydney and although this will always be a passion of ours, we have evolved and we want our events to evolve with us. Growing up in the UK festival scene, we know Sydney is looking for the next generation in music events. Lost Picnic is exactly that, a boutique-style event that not only supports local musical talent but local restaurants, to offer a completely different experience to the Sydney entertainment calendar.”
The Garden Bar, by The Corner House will be setting up shop on site, and there will be a selection of games to complete the picnic experience.
Lost Picnic will take place on 23 March 2014 in Centennial Park. First release tickets are priced $89 and the gourmet hampers serving 2-3 people cost $69 and will be available from15 January, 2014. For more information visit www.lostpicnic.net
We've always been a fan of tattoos at Warhol's, it's true, we have, we aren't just jumping on the band-wagon, honest. But these tattoos are a little squeemish. We're talking about the body-modification trend of tattooing, it's not for everyone - so you've been warned.
One thing is for sure, the creativity and innovation behind the scenes of each one of these tattoos is amazing. They do border on the “novelty” aspect of things, but none the less, they are as unique as it gets.
.Just some Friday afternoon fun for you. Check out the gallery below.
Yes we’ve all seen the selfie from the Oscars that became a record-breaking tweet shortly after being taken. The Oxford dictionary also crowned selfie it’s word of the year for 2013, but what is the science behind the cultural phenomenon of the selfie?
Selfies aren’t anything new, we may be in the midst of a golden age for selfies, but throughout history the phenomenon has raised its head every time a new pictorial form rises up. Check out the first ever recorded selfie below.
A new book by science writer Jennifer Ouellette "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self" puts forward that selfies could feed a psychological need to extend a claim of personal identity into new territory, in real life or cyberspace.
Talking about the Selfie, Ouellette stated "Your Facebook page, for instance, is one gigantic identity claim. It's how you wish to be perceived. If you want to get artsy-fartsy, you could say it's a form of performance. ... I think the selfie phenomenon is a different version of that. It is definitely a way of saying, 'Here I am. This is me.' It's a mirror kind of thing, particularly since people often turn the camera on themselves.'"
The motivation behind the selfie can be strange, we know that women consistently post more selfies than men do, and that Bangkok's selfies were significantly happier-looking than Moscow's (yes there are studies on this - Ed). Essentially though, Ouellette claims that selfies are just an effort to claim an identity and this is natural to being human.
Ouellette claims this is why we also collect totems that can do one of two things, they can serve as external connections to our internal lives — items that can range from posters on the walls and pictures on our desks to trophy cases and custom-made bobbleheads. Or, they can be as an identity claim, a way of signifying who you are to the outside word.
Take this example, if you happen to work in an office (let’s hope you don’t), which way are the pictures on your office desk facing? If they're facing toward you, they're feeling regulators - they are an extension of yourself. If they're facing toward your visitors, they're identity claims. Either way, they serve an important role in defining the self.
One thing is certain, selfies are here to stay, so why not celebrate them, so we bring you, the 20 worst selfies ever, yes, EVER! Feel free to out-do us!
The Awesome Angry Old Dude Selfie
The Dinosaur Pose Selfie
The Fat Kid From the Sandlot Kids Look-A-Like Selfie
The Actual Guy from the Sandlot Kids
The I Fucking Heart Cats Selfie
The I'm Jesus Christ, Bitch! Selfie
The Mischievous Monkey Selfie
The Pug Shirt Selfie
The Squirrel Selfie
The Dad Schools Son Selfie
The El Creepo
The So Wonewy Selfie
Just a Guy and His Lawnmower Selfie
The Thumb Selfie
M.E Thomas is a successful law professor and devoted Sunday school teacher; her smile lights up the room and she knows exactly what to say to pick you up when you’re down. She knows this because she’s been studying you, identifying your weaknesses and carefully formulating a plan of attack to obtain sex, admiration, revenge, or whatever it is she wants from you. M.E Thomas is a sociopath.
What’s the difference between a psychopath and sociopath? I can hear your brain ticking from here. Basically, it’s flamboyance. A psychopath wears his disorder like a fine cloak while the sociopath keeps it hidden in a pocket. Due to their ability to adapt socially, these charming, entitled, remorseless liars likely make up a good portion of our CEOs, lawyers and politicians. Here’s looking at you, Tony.
On the flipside, a sprinkle of sociopathy in a population can be a good thing. In her blog Sociopath World Thomas explains:
“They have the choice of either wallowing in the role of victim or taking the opportunity to learn from the experience… It's a little bit like how surviving cancer can give someone a healthier outlook on life”
Sociopath World is a community for budding could-be sociopaths and their lovers, family and friends to gain insight into mind of this unique and feared creature. After all, we are all children of God, right?
Thomas has also laid her guts out in her memoir Confessions of a Sociopath. Read it and you yourself can be a connoisseur of anti-social personality disorders, what a skill.
Check out her work here.
Being a gay Muslim is an oxymoron, but that didn’t stop this one from revolutionizing his beloved religion. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is an openly gay and feminist French Muslim—a rare combination but not impossible. He realized that homophobia and misogyny don’t conform to the ethics of the Qur’an, so he proposed a change.
This change means having an inclusive mosque sans homophobes and misogynists in the center of Paris. It’s a place where men and women can mingle and be absolutely fabulous without being condemned for their sexual orientation. Now Zahed wants to get it straight (ha ha), it is not a “gay mosque” but a mosque that is open to all without discrimination.
Watch the interview with Zahed here.
He pulled up barefoot to his St. Peter’s studio. He set down two crates for chairs. He was most unassuming. How could he be so casual about something so political?
Originally from the English countryside, Sydney street artist Will Coles gave us an inside look into how politics and street art are, now more than ever, inextricably linked.
He started from the beginning.
“In the 80s, because of Thatcher, everyone was just having the worst time. It was kind of like the grit that makes the pearl...it was so awful that it managed to create this great underground arts scene,” said Coles.
Once antitheses, they now seem play with each other.
"In the past, for connections you'd just go to opening nights and basically suck up to people...but now there's a whole course on that,” said Coles.
Coles suggests that maybe that little piece of paper is more of an entry ticket than a certificate of accomplishment.
"COFA is a brand,” said Coles.
There’s nothing wrong with being part of the gang until that gang is the only one deciding what is and isn’t art.
“[Curators] only have a small circle of people they know and it's often only from the college they've just been to so you end up having a very limited view [of what art is]…” said Coles.
And so begins the game.
"You have to know curators, but no one tells you who the curators are. You can't find them, they have to find you,” said Coles.
"It kind of goes back to this idea of an aristocracy. They have this very small circle of artists and the only way the curator expands his knowledge of artists is when one of them introduce someone to the circle. It's almost Masonic,” he added.
Enter street art.
"Art critics hate street art because their say is irrelevant and it bypasses them completely...that's why I did it. I just realised it was dumb playing their game by their rules..."said Coles.
Coles says art should be for the masses, not the elite.
“If you just put it in a gallery, it’s the same small tiny demographic of population that sees it, but if it’s on the street people can see it. That’s why I do it,” said Coles.
Street art isn’t only about tagging up a side of a building or circumventing the gallery game, it’s a way to make people think about the world around them.
“Most stencils make you think because it’s so much like screen printing. It’s always been political. Like you see silk screens from the Spanish Civil War or French students in the 60s protest stuff…and it’s the same thing with stencilling. There’s just something [political] about it,” said Coles.
It’s not a perfect system, he admits. Even the subversive can become impotent.
“You’re trying to get a message across, but then [rich people] buy it and it ends up in their house where only they see it so it’s not changing anyone’s opinion…” said Coles.
Even when it’s in the streets, art can sometimes lose its meaning.
On last year’s ‘Better Out Than In’: “People were queued to see Banksy because it was a box to be ticked, not because they wanted to think,” said Coles.
“But you try,” said Coles.
So where does art go from here?
“I see art, established art, meaning colleges and galleries, being the domain of wealthy people,” said Coles.
All is not lost however, he says art will move east with “the current Chinese explosion as they become more free and the West becomes less free.”
See Will Coles here from March 8.
Ok, it's officially, our childhoods are officially ruined. Yes we've all Googled the hidden penises, drug references and adult jokes in our favourite cartoons, and if you haven't get cracking, but Artist Paul Ribera decided to go one step further depicting of our 90's animated besties as strung-out drug addled fuck-ups.
At least we all knew Johnny Bravo was just tripping and not mentally fucked up.
Now, someone get me a cup of hot chocoloate and a hug, you've wrecked my childhood.
Follow him - http://paulyrib.tumblr.com/