What began as a conceptual art idea to expose America's dependence on oil and its love for big vehicles, got artist, Jerilea Zempel detained by border guards when they found her in possession of a sketch detailing her project.
According to Boing Boing.net, when Zempel tried to re-enter the United States after exhibiting her creation at the Cultural Capital Festival in Sackville, New Brunswick, she was held in custody for more than an hour and was told by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers that they suspected her of copyright infringement. Zempel had made a an SUV covered by a cozy, with its mirrors marked as "ears."
She spent an hour trying to convince her captors that she was in fact an artist and the sketch was for an "SUV cosy" to turn an "oversize, macho, gas-guzzling vehicle into a technological ghost by shrouding it in a white, fuzzy cover reminiscent of women's handiwork from another time, another place". Explaining the abstract concept to a bunch of paranoid border guards was no mean feat, but she eventually succeeded and was released.
The experience prompted her to christen her project the "Homeland Security Blanket".
Joey Mellen, his partner Amanda Feilding and their baby son Rock, live in a London flat overlooking the Thames. They own an art gallery in King's Road. Feilding, apart from being a successful artist, has stood for parliament in Chelsea in the last two General Elections. Her chief political objective is to have trepanning operations made freely available on National Health.
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To make the job of reading the whole World Wide Web every week easier, I subscribe to RSS feeds from a variety of websites which I keep in my Google Reader. I have feeds from Discovery news that sends me stories about new scientific discoveries and feeds from Wired magazine to let me know if there is anything new on the technology front (there always is). One of the feeds I find particularly useful comes from Wordspy, a website that dredges the media for neologisms. This week they word-spied "burqini" which combines "burqa" and "bikini" to give us a word for a swimsuit that conforms to the Islamic dress code for women. The burqini or burkini, in sharp contrast with the bikini, is comprised of leggings, a loose top and a head covering.
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