Shabani, The Gorilla That’s Making Japanese Girls Go Crazy

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What a fascinating country.

Coked-Out Italian Eels

In the rivers, not in the piazzas.

“Penguins Mirror” (2015)

by Daniel Rozin

“Penguins Mirror” is an installation scattered on the floor and comprised of 450 motorized stuffed animals. Reductive in palette, yet baroque in behavior, it performs an absurdly homogeneous system of movement. Playing with the compositional possibilities of black and white, each penguin turns from side to side and responds to the presence of an audience. As they perform, the penguins’ collective intelligence is puzzling, yet somehow familiar, as the plush toys enact a precise choreography rooted in geometry.

On view at bitforms gallery through July 1, 2015

The Most Popular Bird on the Planet

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Good Worth & Co.’s Flamingo Ashtray for the tropical inhaler.

Chem Trails

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A seagull joins the Red Arrows, who are the UK’s answer to the Blue Angels or something.

“They also found ginseng and a squirrel.”

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Contenders for “trio of the year” were recently arrested after police executing a search warrant found “meth, heroin, firearms, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash” in their Indiana residence. The squirrel in question was eating out of a cat food bag, running around the house, and the ginseng was out-of-season.

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The loneliest lion in the hills of Los Angeles.

Photograph by Steve Winter

Chillin’ For The Weekend

A Taze and a Beatdown

In weird police chases caught on film that end predictably, San Bernandino’s finest assault a suspect who tried to getaway on a stolen horse.

All The Cute and Fuzzy Bunnies

SERRANO-ANGORA

Andres Serrano goes to the National Angora Show to photograph some rabbits in a perfectly timed piece for the NY Times Magazine.

For those wanting to head upstate for a little quality time with some angora furrballs, this is just the place.

In Dogs We Trust: An Interview With Will Robson-Scott & Ollie Grove

The truth of the internet is that it skews terribly towards cats. Today it does not. Here, Alix McAlpine interviews Will Robson-Scott and Ollie Grove about their new book In Dogs We Trust, which spans both sides of the Atlantic to look at the relationships between dogs and their owners.

Alix: I’ve been following you on instagram for a while so dogs as a subject matter doesn’t really surprise me since you post a fair amount of dog pics – did you always have dogs growing up, do you have one now or are you just a dog appreciator?

WRS: Me and Ollie both grew up with dogs, Rusty was my first family dog, a cairn terrier, he was highly excitable and now my parents have Milo, a miniature schnauzer , I’m not responsible enough to own one myself and living in nyc and travelling a lot isn’t a perfect marriage.I prefer dogs to humans.

How did you go about selecting your potential subjects?

WRS: With this sort of project theres a snow ball effect , one person leads to another. The interesting thing about shooting dogs is that people open there door to you and let their guard down. People are proud of their dog similarly to having a family photograph taken. People in the lime light are always a bit more weary of having there photograph taken in intimate situations, but having a canine involved breaks down that barrier

Was there a particular breed of dogs you saw most? Is there a breed-to-occupation or breed-to-region correlation?

WRS: There are definitely dogs that are more “in trend” , you come across a lot of french bulldog and pits/staffies . There is defiantly a trend of west coast bullie(pit bull) breeders, that is comparable to west coast car culture.

Ollie: Staffordshires are the dogs of the uk, loved by as many people as they are feared. Everyone knows of them and everyone has an opinion.
If we didn’t have the dangerous dogs act in the UK then i think we would have a much larger collection of pitbulls which are seen as a loving family dog in the US but as a loaded gun in the UK.

What’s the most extravagant owner behavior you saw? Any ridiculous dog treatment?

WRS: We shot an artist in London called David Harrison, his dogs name is ‘Mr Harrison,” Davids bedroom is like a boudoir from 100 years ago. Attack pit bull training is something to be seen, the dog is triggered by a word, any word and then basically won’t stoop attacking until its called off or gives itself a heart attack

Ollie: There was one dog which i’m convinced got involved in the bedroom of the owners but i’ll refrain from putting a name or breed to them

Some people might see this project as a departure from your previous published work but, it seems you’ve been working on it the whole while. What were some of the challenges or particularities of shifting between projects and making sure this didn’t fall through the cracks?

WRS: Me and Ollie are still actually shooting this project, the book being published was going to be the end of it, but its a project you can stop and start and its something we both enjoy, it makes sense to keep building on it. As far from it being a departure from other work i don’t think it is. It might seem a bit more subdued, but all my work is about people and how they interact with the world and this is very much about that.

Any tips for photographing dogs you could share?

WRS: Get the human in the shot to stay engaged with the camera and then get the dogs attention ,if the human is trying to help get its attention it never works out.

How many dog shits were you subjected to while shooting?

WRS: I don’t think we had many issues with dog shits to be honest.

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“World’s Best” Pig Squealer

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French truck driver Noël “Nono” Jamet took home first prize for the sixth year in a row for his pig impression at France’s annual agricultural fair in Paris.

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