weekend links: Maliibu Miitch, "Creative Health," The Bachelor

Lucas Dupuy
Lucas Dupuy

Work by Lucas Dupuy. Image courtesy It's Nice That.

The Guggenheim’s entrance hall/rotunda is scheduled to become an unconventional dance studio space this fall, at least temporarily. Artist Daniil Simkin’s Falls the Shadow will involve custom Dior costumes, motion capture sensors, and projections, all visible to those who will be making their way up and down the famous spiral ramps of the museum. [The Observer]

Triple Canopy Magazine’s The Amme Talks is a book of translated transcripts gathered from conversations between poet Ulf Stolterfoht and a language-gathering chatbot named “Die Amme.” The AI’s indifferent and often sassy retorts to the poet’s philosophical questions, while seemingly futile, actually gives us insight into the capacity and limits of language (especially conceptual poetry) in our now digitalized world. [Hyperallergic]

Bronx native and unapologetic rapper Maliibu Miitch talks New York rap, ’90s nostalgia, and what it means to be a female rapper. Miitch isn’t boss just because of her thick New York accent and bamboo earrings—after unsatisfactory record deals, she launched her own all-female indie label that’s about empowering other women instead of competing. [Pitchfork]

“Creative Health” is an over 200-page document that details the positive effects the arts has on mental health. Produced from over two years of research and supplementation by health professionals, patients, policy makers and artists, the report highlights cases where conditions like depression and anxiety were treated using art therapy. Finger-painting just might keep the doctor away. [Artsy]

SleepCenter Studios held a one-night show called “Here for the Right Reasons” this past Wednesday, where more than a dozen artists who “love watching The Bachelor and feel gross about it” were able to process their feelings about the show through art. It apparently involved interactive installations like a simulated rose ceremony, a song titled “I Should Not Watch the Bachelor,” a painting of Nick Viall as a merman, and an abundance of artificial red roses everywhere. [The New York Times]

Jenny Zhang’s first short story collection Sour Heart explores what it’s like to be a recent Chinese immigrant in New York City in an unflinching manner, weaving together brutal depictions of poverty, uncomfortable tales of sexual exploration, and “potty humor.” Simultaneously cruel and funny the way her poetry is, Zhang’s stories bring to life the feeling of being stuck between two countries and belonging to neither. [New Republic]

South London-based artist Lucas Dupuy is known for his abstract art that combines paintings and illustrations with graphic design, but his recent experimentation with digital imagery is specifically tied to his personal experiences with dyslexia— proof that learning disabilities aren’t always an impediment, but rather a source of inspiration. [It’s Nice That]

The first-ever Asian American Literature Festival took place this past weekend in Washington, DC, organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and organizations like the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. A self-proclaimed “caring space” for Asian American writers in a world full of prejudice and violence, the event was marked by its discussion panels and mentoring sessions, as well as stations for tarot card readings, self-care cards, and meme-making. [Lit Hub]

We're excited to see Xetas, one of our favorite local punk acts, make the cover of this week’s Austin Chronicle. Catch our interview with them from way back when they were prepping their first album, then read up on their successful second album in this short but sweet feature. [The Austin Chronicle]

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