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A giant backside, a mountain of money and chastity belts suspended from a ceiling: the Turner Prize once again looks set to divide the contemporary art world after unveiling the finalists in London on Monday. The four shortlisted artists have each taken over a room at Tate Britain, filling the famous gallery with all manner of materials, shapes and surprises for an exhibition that organisers hope will promote debate about art when it opens to the public on Tuesday. The prize is awarded to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition, and has become synonymous with controversy in its 32-year history with previous winners including contemporary art agents provocateurs Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
New Zealand researchers said Monday they have restored the first recording of computer-generated music, created in 1951 on a gigantic contraption built by British genius Alan Turing. The aural artefact, which paved the way for everything from synthesizers to modern electronica, opens with a staunchly conservative tune -- the British national anthem "God Save the King". Researchers at the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch said it showed Turing -- best known as the father of computing who broke the WWII Enigma code -- was also a musical innovator.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — They were field hands, cooks, musicians and blacksmiths. Some were "well made," others lame. A few showed ritual tribal scarring from their native Africa, others bore scars inflicted by their masters. All of them — some 600-plus men and women — were black slaves who bolted for freedom in upstate New York in the 1700s and early 1800s.
Los Angeles (AFP) - "The Magnificent Seven," a remake of the classic 1960 Western, starring Denzel Washington, outgunned the competition at the North American box office in its debut week, industry data showed on Sunday. In sixth place, dropping from second, was the horror flick "Blair Witch," a follow-up of the 1999 "The Blair Witch Project," which earned $3.95 million.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Work to settle Prince's estate is moving forward, and a closed hearing is expected to be held this week to resolve an undisclosed dispute between the likely heirs and the trust company that's managing the estate. Court papers say only that the dispute involves "confidential business agreements." Five months after the musician's death, here's a look at where things stand:
The curse of the "The Phantom of the Opera" appears to have struck again with a fire at a Paris theatre on Sunday which is threatening to derail the musical's debut in France next month. The global sensation composed by Britain's Andrew Lloyd Webber was due to open at the Mogador theatre in Paris on October 13. In 1896 a chandelier counterweight fell from the ceiling killing a patron at the Paris Opera House, inspiring Gaston Leroux to write the novel on which the "Phantom" musical is based.
Top names in music including Metallica and Rihanna joined leaders Saturday in a concert that brought promises of action to support refugees and improve sanitation in the developing world. The Global Citizen Festival, broadcast live from the vast lawn of New York's Central Park, distributes tickets to fans who commit to petitions and other actions aimed at ending extreme poverty. Interspersing performances from some of the world's most sought-after artists with rapid speeches and videos, the fifth edition of the festival put a special focus on solidarity with refugees amid the mass exodus from war-ravaged Syria.
Asian cinema dominated awards at the San Sebastian film festival, with veteran Chinese director Feng Xiaogang's "I am not Madame Bovary" taking the top Golden Shell prize while Fan Bingbing won the best actress gong for her role in the same film. In the satirical comedy, Chinese star Fan plays a cafe owner caught in the bureaucratic maze of the Chinese legal system after she is swindled by her ex-husband. It had attracted attention earlier this month at the Toronto film festival where it won the International Federation of Film Critics' prize, with the jury hailing "its ambitious rendering of a woman's Kafkaesque struggle as she takes on the Chinese legal system".