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Brave New Art

Artists take on corporations and the government in "Thought Crimes"

Gleefully lacking any social relevance, the Neistat Brothers are poster children for bratty teenage-boy subversiveness. In their giant projected videos, they do things like make a lighter child-friendly, blow stuff up and, most disturbingly, kill and reanimate a goldfish. One of their wittiest experiments shows the stripped copper wires of an electrical cord being attached to two forks. A fork is stuck in each end of a pickle, and the cord is plugged in. The Franken-pickle starts to glow and smoke and then catches fire. Like just about everything in this show, it's pretty darn cool.

On the BBC, "Jude Finisterra, Dow Chemical 
spokesperson" -- really one of the Yes Men -- draws 
attention to the Bhopal gas-leak disaster.
Courtesy of the Yes Men
On the BBC, "Jude Finisterra, Dow Chemical spokesperson" -- really one of the Yes Men -- draws attention to the Bhopal gas-leak disaster.

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Maybe there's an upside to the current repressive political climate: increasingly subversive art. It's like the preacher's-kid syndrome writ large -- the more the forces in power try to control and homogenize, the more vocal the rebellion.

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