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States of Independence: The top ten mind fucks

The most brain-bending, eye popping-worthy 'What the fuck?' moments we bewildered you with during our six weeks stateside

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From "Heavy Words" at Peephole gallery Antoine Catala

I'M GOOGLE TAKES THE POP QUIZ 

For our Tumblr Day, we gave Dina Kelberman of I'm Google notoriety our pop quiz; cementing her views on America with some chilling results. 

THE SEVEN BEST NET-ART "THINGS" RIGHT NOW WITH RHIZOME 

During their takeover day, the New York-based online platform Rhizome shared haunting, tear-stained poetry from Bunny Rogers; an Airbnb pavillion in Venice used to showcase artists and architects in rented apartments around the city and gave some insight into the future of social media.  

BLAKE BUTLER'S PLAYLIST TO STOP THINKING TO 

State of Literature week started off with a takeover from New York's Tyrant Books. Here's an eerie playlist from Blake Butler - an ATL-based writer published by the NY publishing house - titled "Sometimes I Cut My Penis Off In My Sleep". Some words from Butler himself on the track selection: "Don’t listen to anything. Don’t read. Don’t do anything but eat so much food you can’t move and the uncreation is all inside you like 87687qyw o8ed7aoiusedfi..." 

DAVID DANIELS' MS WORD POEMS 

Another gem from the State of Literature comes from David Daniels, hand picked by poet laureate Kenneth Goldsmith. Until his untimely death in 2008, Daniels created pictures using his own MS Word poems and Goldsmith picks a select few poems, including a love themed one shaped into a bunch of flowers, from his 400 page epic, The Gates of Paradise.  

THE PERVERSE ABSTRACTIONS OF DIGI-SCUPLTURE 

Another State of Sex highlight, a Q+A with Danish born Asger Carlsen who warped the human body beyond recognition, morphing limbs together and placing everyday objects in their grasp for her digi-sculpture series, 'Hester'. 

PORN PERFORMER OR PRIMA BALLERINA? STOYA DISCUSSES

As a boundary-breaker herself, Stoya reveals the shocking similiarities between the sex industry and French prima ballerinas during our State of Sex

HACKED BY TELFAR

The founder of Telfar hijacked Dazed for a day; covering the site with various mini Telfars and an Telfar bot to IM with as well as other surprises during our State of Fashion, helped by Art404

ALIENS, POETRY AND CAT HOLOGRAMS

Lisa Cooley's NY gallery picked some of their favourite American visual artists  as part of our State of Art. Featuring drones captioned with 'Pizza' and 'Not Pizza' as well as other sci-fi influenced art from Antoine Catala

CAPRICIOUS SELECTS... CAJSA VON ZEIPEL

Swedish artist Cajsa Von Zeipel is picked by Capricious for her disturbingly emotive clay sculptures of Medusa-type, shoe-holding women and discusses her art upbringing and the NYC artworld in a Q+A. 

OSCAR PISTORIOUS: THE OPERA

You don't even need to head out to the theatre to bear witness to poet and novelist Joyelle McSweeney's creation, Oscar Pistorious, The Opera. We gave you an extract from 'Pistorious Rex' in the form of a Dawn Chorus during our State of Literature. 

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