Wednesday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  April 14, 2010 at 10:01 AM EST

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A woman visits an installation art work named ‘Feelings are Facts’ in Beijing, China. ‘Feelings are Facts’ showcases the first collaboration between the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and leading Chinese architect Ma Yansong. They create a unique experience through architecture, fog and light. Eliasson is known for his exploration of the human perception and he often works with light, shadows, color, water, wind or fog to create a specific environment in order to move us to think about our experience of our surroundings — perceptions we usually take to be self-evident. Photo by Feng Li/ Getty Images

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The Somalian government has banned all music (even jingles) on all but two (government-operated) radio stations, via Foreign Policy.

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France, meanwhile, formalizes its support of pop through its Ecole des DJ, a two-year college program that trains aspiring emcees, via The Wall Street Journal

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In Washington on Tuesday, retired Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens advocated for arts funding as an aid in diplomatic and military goals, via the Los Angeles Times.

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Sudanese artists unite to paint public murals ahead of the upcoming elections, via the Christian Science Monitor.

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A professor at the University of California Davis is using art as a defense after her incited his students to take part in a online “sit-in” protest against the institution’s president, via Artnet.