Patrick Blanc's vertical garden for London's Athenaeum, via Norwegianity
• As Wired profiles "an eight-story antigravity forest composed of 12,000 plants" (above), ROLU catalogues plant-based artworks including Mikayla Dwyer's The Hanging Smoke Garden, Mona Hatoum's Hanging Garden, and n55's City Farming Plant Modules.
• The AP gags the Noorderlicht. Photo giant forces Dutch photography festival to remove a curator's essay by former Magnum head Stuart Franklin because, after interviewing photographers and gathering shots in Gaza, he came to the conclusion that while both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict have committed criminal acts, more blame should be assigned to the Israelis (via Conscientious). Franklin's response to the AP's quashing of free speech:
I have been asked, not by the photographers in the field, but by those who appear to own the rights to some of the photographs, to ‘substantially moderate’ my curatorial text – an analysis of the historical background to the work. I am too upset to do this since this would emasculate my perspective beyond what is reasonable. So having been offered, against all the principles of free speech that I cherish so much, two modes of capitulation: the replacement of my text with one not written by me, and the removal of my text, I choose the latter option. So I will say nothing and let the pictures talk. The pictures must speak and one day, we must hope, their stories will be told.• Artist Paul Chan visits the Walker Art Center Sept. 17 for a free talk on "war, politics, religion, philosophy, and desire."
• "Unsettling old photos of the 'living dead.'"
• Video: What would it look like if a house was dreaming?
• Flickr deletes the Obama-as-Joker Time cover due to "copyright-infringement concerns."
• Curator Rachel Hooper interviews artist Josephine Meckseper.
• The top 16 New York art shows Jerry Saltz wants to see this fall.
• A 2004 classic: A Tetris block just tries to fit in.