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